From the Journal: Don’t Run Away

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Emotions are the playground of the songwriter. Many a song has been written about pain, heartache, and guilt. After all, these are common human elements. Everybody’s experienced these sorts of things. But should a good song just leave the listener there, wallowing in the depression?

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As the band and I wrote for the album, “The Deep End of Hope,” we wanted to convey not just ordinary songs with cliche lyrics. Especially because lyrical substance has long been one of my primary concerns in the songwriting process, I sought to bring a little more light to the darkness of depression.

Getting Into Someone Else’s Thoughts

All of the best stories can’t be told by only one storyteller. Strength lies in variety of perspectives and experiences. That’s why it seemed best to write outside of what I’ve known in my own experiences. Though the scenarios in “Don’t Run Away” aren’t drawn from specific people, I’ve seen hints of these emotions and needs in the faces and stories of my friends.

Don’t Run Away

In the midst of the dark realities we face, we need a little bit of the light to shine through. Real life is a wild concoction of the good and the ugly, the beautiful and profane.  Don’t run away from the glimpses of light, even if you find them in the darkest corners of emotion.

Here are the lyrics, dancing between pain and hope: “Don’t Run Away.”

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Desperate she never knew there was life outside of
Broken homes and broken glass
Scars from memories long past
Never had she known the touch of a friend
Who cared enough to know her pain
Is there no escape?
.
Where will you run to when life disowns you?
.
If you run away from home
Would you go back if you knew
Someone’s waiting there for you with open arms
With open arms
.
He had never understood the arrows lodged
Within his chest from gaping wounds
Only emptiness he knew
Never had he known the touch of a friend
Who cared enough to know his pain
Is there no escape?
.
If you run away from home
Would you go back if you knew
Someone’s waiting there for you with open arms
With open arms
Cause we are broken, every one
Craving deeper love that fills
But we can’t find it if we run
Don’t run away, don’t run away

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What songs connect with your emotions and experiences?

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Read more From the Journal:

Love and Her True Implications.
I Won’t Die in Roseville.
Destiny.
Hundreds & Thousands & Millions.
Hang On.
Look.
Ink & Paper.
Diluvium.

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