Have You Ever Slept with the Lights on?
Interestingly, I've had this chorus idea kicking around for a while but I really doubted I was ever going to write the song because I thought it sounded silly. Actually it was going to be "Do you ever sleep with the lights on?" For some reason, changing it to "*have* you ever slept with the lights on" and writing the verses the way I did, very genuine and deeply meaningful to me, suddenly I love the song I got out of it. So you just never know if a so-so idea will lead to a good song, or vice versa really. And damn I am so happy/proud of myself for how many VERY old song ideas I've finally cleared out this year!! Making room for the new! Maybe next 50/90 I will have so few old ideas left I will actually have to collaborate and/or try some of the prompts and exercises offered by others!
I've always wished I could ask you
If you were ever afraid
And how old were you when the fear finally went away
It's been my steadiest friend
And though I try to defeat it every day
It's so hard for me to fall asleep
So afraid of what could go wrong tomorrow
Have you ever slept with the lights on?
Do you get scared when you're all alone?
Do you ever worry that something's wrong
And your safety net's gonna break soon
Have you ever slept with the lights on, lights on, lights on?
But I get up every morning
And I force myself to follow a dream
My stomach never settles and my heart struggles to break free
But through every word from my mouth
And through every single face I meet
And I know these nerves are just excitement
A sign that shows just how much this all really means to me
Someday I'll do my best to help
The next generation like you help me
And maybe I'll never get my answer till one day
My most promising protege asks me the same thing
Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.