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Two WIP variations on a theme and a riff on Don't Be Cruel
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I've been writing a lot of song lyrics lately.

This one is actually one I've had in my back pocket for years and finally finished, taking a divergent direction from the Elvis Presley song. I had the rhyme scheme and the first four lines of the chorus worked out for the longest time, but hadn't quite fleshed out the rest of the lyrics.


Oh don't be cruel
To a heart that's complicated
No one's completely true
We're just all complicated
I know that you
Feel like you're overrated
So just believe
It's unsubstantiated

I tried to be just what you wanted
Tried so hard it almost broke me
Tried so hard my dreams were haunted
Tried so hard the trying choked me

Tried to keep you first best and last
Tried to keep the storm clouds at bay
Tried to keep transparent as glass
Tried till there was nothing to say

Tried till I could only see red
Tried until my fingertips bled
Tried until we beat that horse dead
Tried and still too much went unsaid

So don't be cruel
To a heart that's complicated
No one's completely true
We're just unsatiated
We can't undo
Don't even contemplate it
Cause there's too few
Ways left to recreate it

I always knew
There'd be too few
Ways I could do
The things you wanted me to do
And so I flew
Where the wind blew
Without regard
For how it took a toll on you

So don't be cruel
To a heart that's complicated
No one's completely true
Even if dedicated
We can't pull through
Because we hesitated
And then withdrew
So flaws perpetuated

Ah, the appeal
Of an ideal
All too surreal
Just made of moments I could steal

I tried so hard my heart was aching
Tried so hard my back was breaking
Tried so hard it felt like faking
Tried from sleeping until waking

I threw my wheel
And went off-keel
Without regard
For how it might make you feel

So don't be cruel
To a heart that's complicated
No one's completely true
We're just sometimes ill-fated
And one day soon
We'll circumnavigate it
But until then
You don't deserve self-hatred

I try not to want your love
But baby, it's still you I'm thinking of


And the two are variations on the same basic musical theme taken in two separate directions. The first one, all I had for a long time was the "...in the summer" bit. Like, I would have "in the summer" pop into my head all the time, and knew that there were words that were meant to precede those ones, but not what they were supposed to be.



I don't need faith to know
That the days will get longer
And like it or not,
I'll be warm in the summer

Cause there's
Only so
Many ways
To make me cold

And no matter
How raw
I feel now,
I'll be bold

In the summer
Sun will shine
Grapes will grow
On the vine
Crickets chirp,
Keeping time
Bees will buzz
I'll be fine

I don't need faith to know
That my heart will get stronger
It will mend on its own
I'll be warm in the summer

Cause there's
Only so
Many ways
To make me cold

And no matter
How young
I feel now,
I'll get old

I don't need faith to know
My skin's thicker than leather
My blood's thicker than water
When I'm sick, I'll get better

And I don't know
How I fell
From sublime
To unwell
At the toll
Of a bell
Or the cast
Of a spell

But I still don't need faith
I need light on my face
Just set fire to this place
And I'll rise from the waste

Cause there's
Only so
Many ways
To make me cold

And no matter
How weak
I feel now,
I won't fold

I don't need faith to know
That the days will get longer
And like it or not,
I'll be warm in the summer




Oh I, I cannot breathe
When your waves crash over me
I've lost all my bearings
Floating aimless out to sea

And your smile
Is like a charm
And your kisses,
Soft and warm
And we dance
Until the dawn
And I sleep sound
In your arms

Yeah you'll keep me safe from harm
Till the tide recedes at dawn
I've been following your song
Like a beacon in a storm

Sound no alarm
There'll be no war
I'll raise anchor
And head for shore
Your siren song's
Enchanting me
I can't breathe when
You gaze at me

Oh I, I cannot breathe
When your skies envelop me
I've lost all my bearings
And your shoals have grounded me

And I don't
Know how we came
From the day
I learned your name
To the day
You took my hand
And pointed
Me toward land

Yeah you'll keep me safe from harm
Till the tide recedes at dawn
I've been following your song
Like a beacon in a storm

Raise white flags high
Cast my nets wide
Your lips say there's
Nothing to hide
My sails unfurled,
You break my stride
I can't breathe when
You step inside

Oh I, I cannot breathe
All you are is all I see
I've lost all my bearings
Floating aimless out to sea
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