Reaching Back

Reaching Back

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My husband and I have been hosting a little quiet morning write-along with some friends all week, and it's elicited some interesting stuff. This morning the prompt my husband brought was "this is your last warning," so that's where this started, but then it sort of veered off elsewhere. This one was heavily influenced by the work I've been doing in therapy lately. I like how it came out - once I started it all just sort of fell onto the page.

Lyrics: 

I should have seen the signs
Should’ve known that this was coming
In retrospect I recognize the clues
Oh my mind
Has slowly been unraveling
With every new disaster in the news

I am reaching back
To save the child that I was
When everything began to fall apart
To love myself the way
That I needed in the days
Before I had the words to speak my heart

I’m learning all the secrets
That I quietly forgot
Back when there was no one I could tell
Oh and I
Am witnessing with clearer eyes
The ways that I survived those years of hell

I am reaching back
To save the child that I was
When everything began to fall apart
To love myself the way
That I needed in the days
Before I had the words to speak my heart

I’ll draw the poison from my veins
I’ll do the work and feel the pain
To come out on the other side
And know why I’m alive

I am reaching back
To save the child that I was
When everything began to fall apart
To love myself the way
That I needed in the days
Before I had the words to speak my heart
Before I had the words to speak my heart



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katpiercemusic's picture

This song has such a lovely stillness to it. And I like that you took "last warning" and sort of flipped it to retroactive should have seen the signs. It's really lovely!

kahlo2013's picture

This song tugs at my heartstrings with the poetic perspective that feels both sad and optimistically inspiring. The ability to find that self-love when we don’t seem to fit the ‘norm’ of expectations others have projected on us that we reluctantly accept for ourselves before we have the confidence and voice to chart our own course is often late in coming. This song is both very relatable and beautifully bittersweet. Lovely delivery as well.