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Song Lyrics: Who Is Gonna Love Me?

“(VERSE 1)

My problematic unloved soul

Has accepted that it might always be alone

 

I’m too complicated and paradoxical

Way too weird to be understood by someone

 

Trust is something I lack

Met too many people that didn’t treat me right

 

(PRE-CHORUS)

So I know dating isn’t for me

Yet, I still wonder…

 

(CHORUS)

Who is gonna love me?

Who is gonna stay?

Who is gonna heal me?

And end my pain?

 

I don’t see anyone

Courting me and liking me enough

To tolerate my broken mind

And to fill the empty spaces in my heart

 

(VERSE 2)

My dysfunctional sad brain

Has processed it will never find a partner

 

I’m too arrogant and cold

Way too independent to depend on someone else

 

Bravery is something I lack

Met too many people that told me to step back

 

(PRE-CHORUS)

Hence I’m aware relationships aren’t for me

Yet, I still wonder….

 

(CHORUS)

Who is gonna love me?

Who is gonna stay?

Who is gonna heal me?

And end my pain?

 

I don’t see anyone

Courting me and liking me enough

To tolerate my broken mind

And to fill the empty spaces in my heart

 

(BRIDGE-Just Melody)

 

(CHORUS)

Who is gonna love me?

Who is gonna stay?

Who is gonna heal me?

And end my pain?

 

I don’t see anyone

Anyone

Anyone

Courting me and liking me enough

To tolerate my broken mind

To tolerate my broken mind

And to fill the empty spaces in my heart”

 

By Emilie H. Featherington

All Rights Reserved © 2016

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Song Lyrics: The Chess Game

“(VERSE 1)

Prepare for the game

That you are forced to play

Sided on the white side

Even if you prefer the black one

Surrounded by other pawns

Whose innocence won’t save their minds

Get ready for the battle

Because you are about to suffer

First move

Someone pushes you

You don’t know what’s going on

But you don’t complain, no

You have been trained to be a good pawn

To lie and scam

Yet, you weren’t told about the rules

You don’t know you are about to enter a real mess

(CHORUS)

Welcome to the chess game

It won’t be a fair play

64 squares to explore

An eternity to do so

You are just one of the 16 pieces

Don’t ever think you are special

Remember the queen is the powerful figure

And you only exist to serve her needs

Pawn, pawn, pawn, stupid pawn

So naïve and young

One day you will learn

But till that, welcome to the chess game

(VERSE 2)

Many minutes have passed

Time really flies

Against the odds, you remain strong

The bishops and knights await behind you

Your sacrifice will be their freedom

Meanwhile you ignore the deceiving rooks

Who make the sharpest moves

And create the most hurtful wounds

Another push, this time by your own mind

You swear you know what you are doing

Fatal threats taught you to be calculated

You think you are staying safe

And you don’t foresee the bad outcome

That other pawns will pay with their lives

While the rules keep changing

And you are forced to keep up and don’t look back

(CHORUS)

Welcome to the chess game

It won’t be a fair play

64 squares to explore

An eternity to do so

You are just one of the 16 pieces

Don’t ever think you are special

Remember the queen is the powerful figure

And you only exist to serve her needs

Pawn, pawn, pawn, stupid pawn

So naïve and young

One day you will learn

But till that, welcome to the chess game

(BRIDGE)

The board is now nearly empty

Most figures have been eliminated

None of the teams are winning

Yet the clock keeps ticking

You are the queen’s last paw

You protected her through everything

But finally you realised

It wasn’t worth it all

You finally see

The power she has isn’t love

And you regret all the time and effort lost

You just want to disappear

You want to quit playing

You pray to be eliminated

But nobody hears your prayers

It is too late, stupid pawn

Stupid pawn

(CHORUS)

Welcome to the chess game

It won’t be a fair play

64 squares to explore

An eternity to do so

You are just one of the 16 pieces

Don’t ever think you are special

Remember the queen is the powerful figure

And you only exist to serve her needs

Pawn, pawn, pawn, stupid pawn

So naïve and young

One day you will learn

But till that, welcome to the chess game

Pawn, pawn, pawn, stupid pawn

So naïve and young

One day you will learn

But till that, welcome to the chess game”

 

By Emilie H. Featherington

All Rights Reserved © 2016

 

 

 

Song Lyrics: You Were There

“(VERSE 1)

It all began

With a simple tweet

And an indirect

That I made

You understood my intentions

And with just a mention

We became friends

Part of the clique trend

All the jokes

That we told

And the fun

That we had

Made me trust you

And tell you my secrets

You told me yours

So much sorrow in a few words

(PRE-CHORUS)

I found in you

Something I had lost

You ended my loneliness

Welcoming me into your heart

Your kind words

Dried the tears from my eyes

Melted the ice from my heart

Day and night

When my emotions crumbled….

(CHORUS)

You were there

When others weren’t

You were there

Virtually hugging my soul

You didn’t promise

Everything would be okay

But you made me feel

As if everything could be okay

You were there

When the devil came for me

You prevented him

From taking me with him

You didn’t promise

That you would never leave

But you made me feel

As if you will always be here

You were there

When others weren’t

You were there

(VERSE 2)

It’s been nearly 3 years

From that simple tweet

And the indirect

That I made

You stayed by my side

And with just a message

We knew how each other felt

While watching our illusions melt

All the dreams

That we disclosed

And the wishes

That we had

Connected us

I shared my nightmares with you

You shared yours

So much pain in a few sentences

(PRE-CHORUS 2)

I found in you

The sister I lost

You ended my loneliness

Giving me a place in your life

Your kind words

Cleaned my dark soul

Liberated my silent mind

Day and night

When my emotions crumbled…

(CHORUS)

You were there

When others weren’t

You were there

Virtually hugging my soul

You didn’t promise

Everything would be okay

But you made me feel

As if everything could be okay

You were there

When the devil came for me

You prevented him

From taking me with him

You didn’t promise

That you would never leave

But you made me feel

As if you will always be here

You were there

When others weren’t

You were there

(BRIDGE- JUST MELODY)

(CHORUS)

You were there

When others weren’t

You were there

Virtually hugging my soul

You didn’t promise

Everything would be okay

But you made me feel

As if everything could be okay

You were there

When the devil came for me

You prevented him

From taking me with him

You didn’t promise

That you would never leave

But you made me feel

As if you will always be here

You were there

When others weren’t

You were there

You were there

When others weren’t

You were there”

 

By Emilie H. Featherington

All Rights Reserved © 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Song: Hey Hey

“(VERSE 1)
Looking at the mirror
You don’t like what you see
You wish you were different
But that’s not an easy wish

Always staying silent
Avoiding to be noticed
You have so much to say
But nobody cares

(PRE-CHORUS)
To be admired in this world
You need to be a size 6 or over 6 foot
To be admired in this world
You need to be have a six pack or a thigh gap

Because beauty is the most valued feature
So you are damned if you are not a flawless creature

(CHORUS)
Hey, Hey
You are more than your appearance
Hey, Hey
Stop seeking their approval
Hey, Hey
Beauty is based on trends
Hey, Hey
While your self-esteem is based on you
Just you
Stop trying to reach their standards
Or your self-confidence will keep going backwards

(VERSE 2)
Magazines profit from your insecurities
Overrating Eurocentric beauty and thin bodies
Why are you pouring bleach in your skin?
You are ruining it, honey stop please

Healthy is not an antonym for thick
And skinny is not a synonym for unhealthy
You can be gorgeous and fat
You can even be sexy if you are flat

(PRE-CHORUS)
To be admired in this world
You need to be cute and tall
To be admired in this world
You need make up and extra hormones

Because beauty is the most valued feature
So you are damned if you are not a flawless creature

(CHORUS)
Hey, Hey
You are more than your appearance
Hey, Hey
Stop seeking their approval
Hey, Hey
Beauty is based on trends
Hey, Hey
While your self-esteem is based on you
Just you
Stop trying to reach their standards
Or your self-confidence will keep going backwards

(BRIDGE)
Hey, Hey
Care less about your looks
Hey, Hey
It’s more important to be good
Hey, Hey
Work hard and make an effort
Hey, Hey
No one is more important than your education

Hey, Hey
Life is about happiness
Hey, Hey
It’s nice to feel good and praise your looks
Hey, Hey
Just don’t get lost in vanity
Hey, Hey
And love yourself before anyone else

(CHORUS)
Hey, Hey
You are more than your appearance
Hey, Hey
Stop seeking their approval
Hey, Hey
Beauty is based on trends
Hey, Hey
While your self-esteem is based on you
Just you
Stop trying to reach their standards
Or your self-confidence will keep going backwards”

By Emilie H. Featherington

All Rights Reserved © 2016

“BEYONCÉ”: Music is Often a Marvellous Way

Nearly 2 years ago, singer-performer Beyoncé Knowles released her 5th studio album, “BEYONCÉ”. This release shocked the world of music fans, since there was no previous alert about it, such as a lead single or promotion, and a very few number of people knew it was coming. However, “BEYONCÉ” surprised her fans in a positive way, due to the new approach Knowles took. She didn’t just put a bunch of songs together: she shared a personal story through both lyrics and videos. And people liked her approach. “BEYONCÉ” sold 828, 773 copies during its first three days available exclusively in digital format via Itunes. A total commercial success, and more taking into account the risk the singer took when releasing an album out of the blue and hardly promoting it afterwards.

Leaving figures aside, let’s talk about art. A lot of people have described “BEYONCÉ” as Knowles most artistic work ever. Through a series of sort videos in YouTube, the artist herself explained she had a lot of control and power over what she wanted to express through her music and videos. For this project, creativity and freedom meant a lot to Knowles, which is reflected on the wide range of themes the album covered. From sex to feminism, the artist managed to make heard her view in various topics while she shared parts of her personal life, including motherhood and marriage.

Songs such as “Drunk In Love”, “Rocket”, “Blow” and “Partition” have very explicit lyrics and connotations, through which Knowles expresses her sexuality and desire for sex with a loving partner. This kind of topics are normally taboo, and singing about them without experiencing backlash is quite difficult if you are a celebrity and society considers you a role model for the young population. However, Knowles is 32 years old, and after various years in the music industry, she believed she had done her part and it was time for her to feel liberated. In spite of her words, her sexually explicit songs and videos attracted a lot of negative criticism, and this would have been awful it didn’t have started a conversation on feminism and sexualisation.

It is not unusual for male singers to sing explicit lyrics or to appear in sexual videos half naked, and society doesn’t seem to bother enough with that behaviour, because “boys are going to be boys”. However, as soon as a female singer curses or shows a little bit of skin in a video, she is deemed as “trashy with no self-respect”. The double standards in society are real, and Knowles didn’t hesitate in showing this with her song “***Flawless”, which contained an extract of a speech on gender equality by the writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

An additional important topic the artist sang about is insecurities, through songs such as “Mine”, “Pretty Hurts” and “Jealous”. Beauty, motherhood and marriage were ideas expressed in a fragile way, opposed to the general idea that these three things bring just happiness. With her opening track, “Pretty Hurts”, Knowles drew attention to the drawbacks of beauty pageants and the pressure for perfection in society nowadays: with “Mine”, she made listeners know motherhood made her feel different and down at times; and with “Jealous”, she expressed her concern about losing the love of her life. As Beyoncé has had pressures to have a perfect appearance due to her artistic career since a young age, she is married, and she was mother just a year before releasing the album, it is obvious the songs are directly linked to her own experiences, and even if she didn’t write them by herself, she put them in the album for a reason.

Despite these negative views on love and motherhood, other songs in the album such as “XO” and “Blue” show a different side of these two topics: happiness. “XO” has a positive vibe and beat that makes you feel instantly cheerful and festive. Even if you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend to whom dedicate the lyrics, the song makes you celebrate love in all its ways. Alternatively, “Blue” starts off with a harmonic piano melody, accompanied later by the soft voice of Knowles singing calmly and sweetly. You can just feel how grateful the singer is about her daughter and how she sees her as peace in her life.

Another aspects of the album to talk about, other than the songs, are the videos, because they are very artistic too. Knowles said she wanted to create an “immersive experience” in her music for her fans, which is why she made the album visual. Every song in the album has a video which gives a better picture of what the artist wants to express through images, movements and colours. For example, the video for the song “***Flawless” is in black and white, and except for the part of the gender equality speech, the movements and facial expressions of the singer are aggressive, quick and tough, giving a sense of authority and strength to the whole concept of feminism, which is what Knowles is trying to express. The visual format of the song “Rocket” is also in black and white, but this time, everything is pictured in slow motion and with suggestive moments, what transmits a sense of calmness to viewers, making sexual liberation easier, which is the aim of the track.

In contrary, the video for “XO” is full of life and colours: it was recorded in an amusement park, which is usually a place of happiness and affection between families, friends or lovers. And the track in itself is about those two ideas. “Blue” was also illustrated in a colourful way, as it was shot in a tropical paradise, but the views of the sea offer a pacific approach to love between a mother and a daughter that found peace in a more solitary and less noisy environment. Conversely, “Blow” has a very colour rich video too, though it is more energetic and vivid than the other two, with neon lights and jazzy outfits. The scene is recorded in a roller skating rink, and as the song has influence from the disco genre, so does the video. It feels like a throwback to the decade the 80s.

A wide use of different dance techniques are present in the videos of the album, which are another form of artistic expression. For instance, “Grown Woman” combines a serious of African movements which link directly to the African sound of the song and the African background of the singer, while “Heaven” includes a woman dancing gracefully in a church to show the pain due to bereavement: this has been widely attributed to the artist’s miscarriage, but it is not clear, as Knowles rarely expresses very sensitive topics in a straightforward way.

Alternatively, in other videos such as “Ghost” and “Mine”, shapes and fabrics accompany the movements of the artist and her dancers. Knowles has always been an artist that shows her dancing skills through her videos and performances, so it couldn’t be different for this album. Moreover, her dancing often combines sexual movements, which can be shown in the video titled “Yoncé”, which is the audio that acts as intro in the song “Partition”. “Yonce” has a different style to other videos in the audio, as it was shot in the streets of Brooklyn and doesn’t show an actual story. This is similar to the videos for “No Angel” and “Superpower”.

Lastly, it is needed to comment on the videos for “Haunted” and “Partition”. On the one hand, filmed in a mansion, the visual format of “Haunted” makes honour to its title with evocative and gothic symbolism and outfits. It also contains sexual movements, linked directly to the theme of the song, which is a sexual desire. On the other hand, “Partition” was filmed in a cabaret club, and it is the video that most shows Knowles’s sexuality. The female sexual nature is unlocked with this visual, and sex is presented as a game of two. The connection between those two videos is not only erotic: it is provocative too, which is an aspect of Knowles personality, often portrayed in her past videos and songs.

On conclusion: artistically, “BEYONCÉ” set high standards in the music industry when comes to freedom of expression, as it is known deem a feminist icon for the liberation of women in areas like beauty, sexuality and love. Moreover, the album isn’t just explicit and provocative: with powerful and meaningful lyrics, followed by calm and heart breaking melodies, it touches sensitive topics such as the loss of a loved one and low self-esteem. Even if Knowles had the help of various songwriters and producers with this album, it can be easily seen how her songs and videos portray her thoughts and personal story. And at the end of the day, that’s something most artists aim for, because music is often a marvellous way of letting out ideas and experiences.