This is Forever
True to form, I stretched the guidelines for this writing task. It began as a song called ‘Another day’ and was the product of two weeks worth of writing challenges. The themes for the weeks were ‘water’ and ‘endings’.
It was over Christmas, a time I always spend on the coast, and we had just lost a beloved family member to cancer.
Murray was a big-hearted larrikin who loved his family, the beach and a beer with his wife and mates at the local. They were married on the beach and he always knew the tides. So there was the water; the pull of the tides.
That Christmas day, Barbara (the love of his life) told me about the moment when she, alone in their home, closed his eyes for the last time. It broke my heart. It still breaks my heart, but Barbara is determined to keep living and honouring his memory.
The chorus originally ended with the line “and I’ll live another day”, but it wasn’t strong enough. It didn’t have a deeper layer to it that developed as you heard the story. It took weeks for me to figure out that what I thought was the chorus was actually a pre-chorus and that I had to write a bigger, punchier chorus.
Love is a rip running deeper
Pulling me under and under
Telling me this is forever
This is forever.
An extra challenge was to use present tense in your lyrics. I liked the power that had, especially when also speaking directly to someone. I also enjoyed the trickery of speaking to someone like they are still here. It adds a gut punch to the third verse when you find out they have passed away, but it is also the way I would speak to someone I love after they are gone.
The story is ongoing because you don’t stop loving someone when they are gone. It might feel different, but it is forever.