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This Long Pause - Lyrics & Backstory

Verse


Give into your never ending appetite

Feed those dreams while overlooking others rights, and move on

We’ll take our share now, ignore the why the how

Put your heads down and let the system show you the way


Pre Chorus


And all I know it’s always been easier

To keep going on and never look behind

Feels like we can spin like this forever

If we could take the time to ask if we are losing our minds


Chorus


When this long pause turns to play

Would it all just change

Would it all be the same


As we walk outside that door

Could it all replay

The way it did before


Verse 2


Normalise the pain the loss the suffering

Consume like you won’t live another day, and move on

We’ll have it all today

Tomorrow’s another day

Let’s stick to the grind and we’ll wake up to find we’ve made it


Pre Chorus


And all I know it’s always been easier

To keep going on and never look behind

Feels like we can spin like this forever

If we could take the time to ask if we are losing our minds


Chorus


When this long pause turns to play

Would it all just change

Would it all be the same


As we walk outside that door

Could it all replay

The way it did before


Bridge (Instrumental)


Chorus


When this long pause turns to play

Would it all just change

Would it all be the same


As we walk outside that door

Could it all replay

The way it did before


This Long Pause - Backstory


This Long Pause quite literally is in reference to the pause created by the announcement of the global Covid-19 pandemic. It was a surreal experience for me as it was for many having absolutely everything you know and are used to 'pause' almost as if a button was pushed and the world stopped spinning and came to a grinding halt. This was a time (at least where I live) when people were literally in their houses not stepping out, there was nobody on the streets, no movement, no construction, no traffic sounds, honking of horns, nobody commuting to work. The images from a few drones and cameras that were out were telling. All human activity was at a standstill like no time I can compare to.


In a sense, the pause forced reflection of how we were living before this happened. As a a global society (myself included), is engrossed completely in consumerism. The pace of life is out of control, the hustle, the routine, obsession with money for moneys sake, the pressure to earn more, provide better..it was all turned up to 11 out of 10. In this vicious cycle, we've completely ignored the effects of this. The effects of what our actions cause. The effects on the planet, on nature, on others around us, others we share the planet with, animals, ecosystems and we've been living this bull dozer lifestyle without really stopping to question why.


The pause was perhaps the first collective opportunity for the world to stop, think and introspect our direction. The question I had while writing this song is what happens after the pause? Will it impact collective change in many areas of life to move towards a more conscious way of life for the world? Or would it shake it off and just go back to the way things were before?




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