Winners of the Young Poets Network Song Writing Competition Announced

Huw Williams of Melodica, Melody and Me challenged members of the Young Poets Network to unleash their inner song writer, by turning their hands at writing lyrics.

The challenge was to write lyrics to accompany the instrumental taken from Melodica, Melody and Me’s ‘Ode to Victor Jara’, taking on a different subject matter from the original song.

Huw’s favourite entry was Liquid Entry by Joshua Keeling, Hwu told us, “The lyrics to this entry paint a very vivid picture of lonely drunken woe, and hearing Josh’s recording shows how well they combine with the music to create a great song.”

You can read the winning Lyrics below:

 

Liquid Entry
Kind of heart and kind of face,
That kind of drunken smile,
Means I will stay wandering
Around this drunken isle.

Winging, whining, begging, crying.
Crying for your love.
You’re nothing but a teen got lost,
Still so juvenile.

There has to be a cure to this, your temporary woe.
The city has a cure for that, a constant ale flow.

I wish I could remember things the way I used to do,
The way that I remember her and won’t remember you.

Seconds come like days to me.
Jacks and skipping rope.
Why won’t the other’s play with me?
Neglected as I’ve grown.

I’ve been drinking on my own again,
In the city’s deepest holes.
I will send them back to bed again,
With bloody bullet holes.

Darkened face, red with tears.
Why these fears?
You haven’t seen the things I’ve seen.
You haven’t seen what I have been.

You’ve got faith and you’ve got soul,
And half a pint to ease the woe.
But, most of all you have your girl.
Your darling girl, sure you fight,
but she won’t go.No, never show your hand to her.
Never raise a fist,
Intending on hurting her.
Just hold her with your kiss.

If I give you one piece of parting advice,
Go to her now and look her in the eyes.
Say “I am your man” and all the while picture me.
I must’ve said something wrong, beneath that oak tree,
My hand met her chest and she fled away from me.

So here I am, all alone.
A wandering drunk.
The drunken tome.

I wish I could remember things the way I used to do,
The way that I remember her and won’t remember you.
I wish I could remember things the way I used to do,
The way that I remember her and won’t remember you.

When the sun meets the ground you know it’s drinking time.
Memories good and bad, all drunk away in spite.
All drunk away tonight.

I wish I could remember things the way I used to do,
The way that I remember her and won’t remember you.

 

 

You can listen to the original Music here:

Huw also selected four entries to be highly commended. You can read the lyrics and comments from Huw in the New Writing section. Each of our runners up recieves a Young Poets Network notebook.

“DimondLove” by Ankita Sexton
“Shadow Lands” by Jessica Crips
“You Made Me Lowered” by Freya Wilson

“The Red Girl” by Jessica Matthews.

 

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