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  • lovenotes_from_carolyn 8w

    This is a lyrical rewrite, written in my own words to the tune of the Adele song, "Someone Like You." ��

    by lovenotes_from_carolyn
    Oh child, well it's been a while
    Since you dropped that frown and you wore a smile
    I guess life's been tough on you
    But child, you're so much tougher, and you know it's true
    Dear child, won't you please just try
    I'm waiting here for you, right here in the light

    And I won't tell you what to do or to hide it
    But when a chance comes your way, sometimes you gotta ride it
    Please just try to hear my voice
    And everything inside it, 'cause you see, it's never over...

    Precious child, I'll find my way to you
    All the world's available for you too
    Don't give up please, I said
    But I'm not gonna beg
    Sometimes the wound's too deep to get free of your head
    Yeah, sometimes the wound's too deep and you get lost in your head...

    I know how you've capsized
    And that all these days have made you realize
    You were born so brave, never misbehaved
    But only by your own hand could you be saved

    I wait for you to rise up, to try and fight it
    To fully realize your strength, to not deny it
    I wish you'd hear my words
    And that soon you'd finally find that for you, it's still not over...

    Precious child, I'll find my way to you
    All the world's available for you too
    Don't give up please, I said
    But I'm not gonna beg
    Sometimes the wound's too deep to get free of your head
    Yeah, sometimes the wound's too deep and you get lost in your head...

    Release all your fears, your sorrows, and tears
    All past mistakes were valiantly made
    You couldn't have known all the challenges you'd soon face...

    Precious child, I'll find my way to you
    All the world's available for you too
    Don't give up please, I said
    But I'm not gonna beg
    Sometimes the wound's too deep to get free of your head
    Yeah, sometimes the wound's too deep and you get lost in your head.
    ©lovenotes_from_carolyn 11/28/2021

    *As a reminder, I'm remaining on hiatus from reading and reposting until my son is healthy and home, and after we've moved and gotten settled in our new state. Thank you all very much for your ongoing prayers, good wishes, support, kindness, patience, and understanding. I have been tremendously blessed by this beautiful extended family of writers and I remain forever grateful. ♥️

    #ceesmusicalmakeovers #writersnetwork #miraquill #motherandson #motherslove

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  • lovenotes_from_carolyn 22w

    This is my submission to the #cees_doors challenge. It's a lyrical rewrite of a song called "The Gambler," performed by Kenny Rogers back in the late 1970's. Using my own words, I've written it to the tune of that song. Thank you for reading.

    by lovenotes_from_carolyn
    On a long and winding road
    Through the journey of existence
    I met a fellow traveler
    Whom I walked with for a while

    He wasn't one for talking
    And I noticed his resistance
    So instead of conversation
    I simply offered him a smile

    Soon the day grew into nighttime
    And the world fell dark around us
    All was still and silent
    'Cept the movement of our feet

    The traveler looked my way
    Then he told me his life story
    And he said his circumstances
    Left him feeling dead and beat

    When he'd said what needed sayin'
    He paused for just a moment
    Then again he looked my way
    And said that I'd been awfully nice

    He was grateful that I'd listened
    But his soul was dreadful weary
    And in his desperation
    He requested my advice

    I said "Friend, I ain't no expert
    I'm just a fellow traveler
    But I can see how bad you're hurtin'
    So I'll tell you what I know"

    "In life there's lots of choices
    I think of 'em as doorways
    And when it comes to doors
    You gotta know which way to go"

    You've got to know when to open 'em
    And know when to close 'em
    Know when to turn away
    And when to bolt them shut

    And at times when you're uncertain
    You gotta trust your instincts
    You gotta look deep down within
    And always listen to your gut

    You see, every traveler knows
    That life ain't ever easy
    But when we don't trust our wisdom
    We got troubles all the more

    Because all doors lead to hell
    And all doors lead to heaven
    It's all about perspective
    It really ain't about the door

    The traveler looked bewildered
    And as he took in all I'd told him
    He was thanking me profusely
    For which I said there was no need

    We stopped and slept a while
    And woke up with the sunshine
    The traveler looked straight at me
    And said "It's time I take the lead"

    He said I'd taught him many lessons
    And it was time to change directions
    He knew his worth and purpose
    And that his soul was finally free

    Then he warmly shook my hand
    And the traveler, he departed
    On the journey of existence
    To pursue his destiny

    ~Repeat chorus~

    ©lovenotes_from_carolyn 8/26/2021

    #miraquill #writersnetwork #imageprompt #challenge #lyricalrewrite #originalpiece #ceesmusicalmakeovers

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  • lovenotes_from_carolyn 87w

    Every once in a while, I like to write my own lyrics for a particular song. In this case, I've rewritten the lyrics for a song called "If I Had a Heart," which is the theme song of the "Vikings" series on Hulu. The writer of the original song (which has been performed by several bands) is Karin Dreijer Andersson. In the rewrite below, all words are my own. Thank you for reading.

    by Carolyn Glackin
    Anointed by blood, I can feel you
    Deep in my bones you remain
    I look in the mirror and see you
    So often you cry out my name

    The passage of time changes nothing
    Your presence lives on nonetheless
    What is it you want, won't you tell me?
    For now all I have is a guess

    War, always war, always war
    Why do they all long for war?
    War, always war, always war
    Why do they all long for war?

    In the eye of the storm I await you
    Yet still you've not answered my call
    Are you a ghost, merely watching
    Oh were you ever with us at all?

    Mighty are those come before us
    Valhalla lives on in their eyes
    And oh how they plead and implore us
    To join them above in the skies

    The mud of the Earth will anoint you
    The sea and the skies know your name
    Though the faces have changed through the years
    The yearning is always the same

    War, always war, always war
    Why do they all long for war?
    War, always war, always war
    Why do they all long for war?

    By tasting the blood, you awaken
    Returning to all you once knew
    Seeing you now, I'm quite shaken
    What is it that you've come to do?

    Will you still be what you once were?
    The mightiest man among men
    A taste both for blood and for glory
    Is your story repeating again?

    How soon my resolve starts to weaken
    As I'm graced by the blue of your eyes
    And how could I ever deny you
    When it's me that you've claimed as your prize?

    War, give them war, give them war
    Always they'll come back for more
    War give them war, give them war
    Always they'll come back for more.
    Copyright Carolyn Glackin 5/25/2020

    *Image via Pinterest.

    #mirakee #writersnetwork #songs #music #lyrics #vikings #valhalla #battlecry #war #love #lyricalrewrite #ceesmusicalmakeovers

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  • lovenotes_from_carolyn 136w

    Occasionally I like to write my own lyrics to a song that already exists. It's challenging, but a lot of fun too. This is a lyrical rewrite I've penned for a song written and performed by the American country singer/songwriter Travis Tritt. The words '10 feet tall and bulletproof' are credited solely to Travis Tritt. All other words/lyrics are my own. Thank you for reading. ��

    #writersnetwork #mirakee #song #lyrics #songrewrite #cees10feetchal #WritersAgainstPlagiarism #ceesmusicalmakeovers

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    To whom it may concern...

    by Carolyn Glackin
    If you had the chance to meet me
    Then maybe you'd know the truth
    That I'm not ten feet tall
    Nor am I bulletproof
    I'm not made out of stone
    Nor was I forged from steel
    Thus when you set out to hurt me
    The hurtin' hurts for real
    Now I never did you no wrong
    Heck, I don't even know your name
    And I don't know what you're after
    And maybe this is some kind of game
    But the hatred you sent my way
    Will be countered by peace from me
    And I wish no harm upon you
    So let's set one another free
    You attacked my reputation
    You tried to degrade my name
    I wish that I understood why
    Because I'm not the one to blame
    The accusations you made
    Don't carry a shred of truth
    But my friend, the pain is quite real
    'Cause I'm not 10 feet tall or bulletproof
    Peace be with you.
    Copyright Carolyn Glackin 6/14/2019.

  • lovenotes_from_carolyn 167w

    The song I chose to rewrite for my 'Love for Lyrics' challenge on @carolyns_challenges_and_quotes is a Taylor Swift song called "I Knew You Were Trouble," and I've used the lines 'I knew you were trouble when you walked in' which are solely credited to Taylor Swift. The rest of the lyrics are all my own words. Thank you for reading.

    Once there was a time
    Before I let you go
    You and I were one
    Together we would flow
    You drowned me
    You drowned me
    You drowned me

    You didn't seem to care
    And baby that's a fact
    'Cause what you felt for me
    Was always just an act
    Drowning me, drowning me, drowning me

    He's a devil
    All he does is deceive
    And I sit here way too mad to grieve

    "I knew you were trouble when you walked in"
    What a fool I was
    You fooled me once but never again
    Such a fool I was oh
    Fooled me once and then
    Now I'm left here with the harsh, cold truth
    Oh, oh, drowning, drowning, drowning
    Oh, oh, drowning, drowning, drowning

    And the devil slides right off of his tongue
    He makes me feel alive
    He makes me feel so young
    But Lord, what a wicked way
    I know I should move on
    I know I shouldn't stay
    My downfall, I know it too well
    He acts sweet, but he's really from hell
    I can see the flames all over him
    He makes me want to sin

    I'll be your everything
    I'm standing here to confess, I'll be your fiery temptress
    Untamed and wild and free
    Tell me you'll sin with me throughout all of
    Eternity ah ah
    Eternity ah ah

    And I probably should be singing the blues
    But I'm so wrapped up in him, I've got nothing to lose
    And I love having him around, even if it doesn't last
    But things are really good now
    My downfall, this dark soul from hell
    And now it seems that I'm his jezebel
    The wild flames are all over him
    He makes me want to sin

    Back to refrain ��

    Copyright Carolyn Glackin 11/14/18.

    Image via Google.

    #mirakee #writersnetwork #challenge #ceeslyricluv #ceesmusicalmakeovers

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  • lovenotes_from_carolyn 182w

    Ok, those of you who've been with me for a while may recall that every once in a while I like to choose a favorite song of mine and completely rewrite the lyrics. This is easier said than done, because aside from coming up with the lyrics, I also have to match the rhythm, flow, and melody of the song, and I even do my best to match the syllable amount, line per line. The song I chose to rewrite this time was "The Boxer," by Simon and Garfunkel. Interestingly, it has no actual refrain or chorus. If you aren't familiar with it, you most likely won't be able to follow the unique flow of this piece, so you might consider giving it a listen before reading further. Just an idea. Also, all the ones I've done thus far will be under the hashtag: #ceesmusicalmakeovers
    Well, without further ado, here it is...

    by Carolyn Glackin
    I am just a writer
    Countless stories to be sold
    And my words are my companion,
    Ever with me through all moments, whether good or bad
    In truth, no less
    All I see or hear gets penned down
    Lest I shall have no rest

    When I started this adventure
    I was only a wee child
    Surrounded by a family
    On a slow train bound for nowhere
    Short of tragedy
    Off I'd go, to the refuge of my closet
    The safest space that I did know
    Seeking out the happy places
    My pen would often show

    As I had no expectations
    I went searching for my truth
    Yet I got no answers
    Just a pocket full of daydreams
    Dressed as promises
    It wasn't fair!
    I'd go off looking for the truth
    Only to find it wasn't there

    Then I'm heading off to college
    So grateful to be gone
    Away from home
    Where the days and nights had often
    Suffocated me
    I had no air
    Couldn't breathe

    And now years later stands the writer
    Who writes poetry these days
    And in every word you'll find her
    Every aspect of her heart and soul
    Is right there for all to see
    Thus the writer found herself
    Living within her poetry
    "I am breathing, I am breathing"
    Yes, the writer's finally free.
    Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018

    Art credit: "The Storybook," by Catrin Welz-Stein.

    #wod #wordoftheday #home #writersnetwork

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  • lovenotes_from_carolyn 209w

    So, lately I've had this thing going on where a favorite song remains stuck in my head until I write my own lyrics to it. Last time, it was "My Immortal," by Evanescence. If you want to check out my version, it's titled "No Goodbyes."
    Anyway, this time, the song that's been stuck in my head is "The A Team," by Ed Sheeran. I absolutely love the song because it manages to be both hopeful and hopeless at the same time. Plus, I just like the sound of it.
    Of course, it deals with some pretty heavy subject matters: homelessness, drug use, and prostitution. I have no frame of reference for any of that, and I can't begin to imagine the loneliness, the isolation, the desperation, and the feelings of worthlessness. Truly heartbreaking. My heart goes out to anyone facing such difficult situations.
    So, this piece is quite different from my standard fare in regard to the subject matter; but the song kept calling to me, so I've done my best to depict a day in the life of such an individual.
    If you aren't familiar with it, the flow of this piece will seem pretty peculiar. If you are familiar with it, then my version should flow similarly. I'm calling it "Broken Dreams." I've rewritten the entire song with my own words. Thank you for reading.

    Broken Dreams
    by Carolyn Glackin
    Used up, broken
    Her sorrow goes unspoken
    While selling love for tokens

    Morning, too bright
    Such harshness in the daylight
    She only thrives at night

    [chorus 1]
    And she's waiting
    For that somebody amazing
    To set her heart a-blazing
    Soul gazing
    But it seems that he never comes
    Nothing here but derelicts and bums
    And as always the bed awaits
    Yeah it waits...
    If she wants to get paid

    Hunger intrudes
    But she isn't in the mood
    And there's never any food

    Stacks of bills unpaid
    She leaves them for another day
    When some money comes her way

    [chorus 2]
    And maybe
    There's someone out there waiting
    To call her their own baby
    Just maybe
    So she waits for a day
    That never comes
    Sells her love to derelicts and bums
    Cause it's cold out tonight... tonight
    Yeah it's cold out tonight
    And she wants to be inside

    She lights the pipe
    Glowing in the moonlight
    Suddenly the world is right

    Sweet salvation
    Without hesitation
    But no self preservation

    [chorus 3]
    Now she's sailing
    She's in the sky star gazing
    So free, so liberating
    If she could just have
    A second chance
    She'd find herself a sweet romance
    A decent job, a place to live
    There must be more
    To life than this...
    But for now she's got her pipe
    And everything's alright
    Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2018.
    Image found on Pinterest.

    #writersnetwork #pod #readwriteunite #music #lyrics #song #ceesmusicalmakeovers

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  • lovenotes_from_carolyn 214w

    This plaintive piece came about after several days of fixating on "My Immortal," by Evanescence. My piece, called "No Goodbyes," is loosely written to the tune of "My Immortal." The entire song has been rewritten in my own words. Thank you for reading.
    No Goodbyes
    by Carolyn Glackin
    I've thrown away my reckless heart
    It does me no good while we're apart
    I was the one that warmed your bed
    Now I'm a phantom in your head
    I never really realized
    Love could change
    With the passing of the skies
    This place where I now dwell
    Offers no return
    Due to what I know
    And all I've learned
    Although I miss having you near
    I can't exist in that place of pain and fear
    That type of world was killing me
    Knowing that my mind was never free
    My heart was dying day by day
    You know the reasons why
    I couldn't stay
    I hope you'll realize it too
    And that you'll forgive me
    For leaving you
    But I'm much closer than you know
    A change in your perception
    Would tell you so
    What is there to go back to anyway?
    A world in darkness every day
    A place where souls
    Externalize their pain
    Where the majority are mentally insane
    They'd rather hurt each other
    Than look within
    Never knowing it's a game
    No one can win
    But oh my love, how the tide has turned
    People fear this light though it never burns
    For the first time in years
    I'm finally alive
    Away from all the darkness, I can truly thrive
    But there's one bit of sadness
    Causing me to grieve
    Knowing I can't be the one
    To help you believe
    Knowing you won't see this
    Through my eyes
    And so I must leave you there
    Under those darkened skies
    Heavy is the heart that bears the grief
    As I watch you struggle with no relief
    And I don't get to know
    All the reasons why
    But I simply refuse to say goodbye
    When you've had your fill
    Of that endless hell
    Come join me in the place of love
    In which I now dwell.
    Copyright Carolyn Glackin 2017.
    Image credited to the rightful owner.
    #writersnetwork #pod #readwriteunite #mirakee @writersnetwork @readwriteunite #ceesmusicalmakeovers

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