Songwriting breakthrough: Don’t be a stranger

It’s been eight years since I wrote a song I thought was any good. But a couple of weeks ago I sat down at the piano one evening and this one almost wrote itself.


You can hear a recording of it here


Don’t be a stranger

I’m haunted by these echoes
Shadows of a history
The story that keeps us apart
I want to close the distance
But the fear keeps me frozen
And I just can’t find the strength to make a start.

I’m running from myself
I know I can’t be someone else
But I can’t look into the mirror anymore.
How can you love me
When I’m not the person that I was before.

Don’t be a stranger
Don’t keep me outside when I need you the most
Don’t be a stranger
Don’t leave me in the darkness surrounded by these ghosts
I need you to hear me
To see that I’m still here and I can’t do this on my own
It’s cold without you near me
So wrap me in your arms and take me home.

Now I stand here broken
Engulfed by these demons
Nobody wants to see
So many shattered pieces
And I cling to the fragments
The memories connecting you and me

Please don’t leave me here
Take me away from this
Tell me that I’m safe now
I’m not alone.

Photo: MikeLao26, Creative Commons.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow this is so beautiful! I love it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Laura Black says:

      Thank you so much for saying so 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. So talented! My husband was humming along. Just love it…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Laura Black says:

      Glad you like it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. bethanyk says:

    Wow!!! Listening still. Very good

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  4. The song and lyrics were so powerful I really enjoyed it😊

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    1. Laura Black says:

      Thanks for listening and for the kind feedback

      Liked by 1 person

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