I Still Follow

L Gateway 2

This is the type of lyrical poetry I began writing earlier on and still do most of the time. It is more based on a state of mind, an emotion, or a mental reaction to a situation, circumstance, or person. With this particular song, I wrote it after reading from a lifestyle blog, a post listing regrets many people have at the end of their lives. The top regret was not being true to self, choosing to live a life based on others’ standards or views.

I thought of how true this is and can be for a lot of people and how easy it is to be influenced by others’, including society’s standards and views about how one should ideally live their life. Not that all those values are bad, but we must think of what is true for us first, what we value, and follow that path. For me, the most obvious influence has been in careers. Maybe one chooses a particular career because  it is seen as prestigious, valuable, or pays well.  But the real question is, is it what is true for one to pursue?

I Still Follow

They promised me nothing
They given me no hope
Yet I still, I still follow
Faithfully, like a fool who has no home
Barren, left to roam

What do I have to show for
What do I have to give
I’ve given them all I had
Even the chance to live

And like a fool, I still follow
Like a fool, I still follow
Like a prisoner, waiting for a bone
To gain the strength
To break away
To go it alone

Through many suns and storms
Bitter seasons, burning in the warmth
I’m still the same
A little too loyal, maybe insane
That’s the only way
I can follow

What do I have to show for
What is left for me
I’m not nearly free
I’m not close to what I want to be

And like a fool, I still follow
Like a fool, I still follow
Like a prisoner, waiting for a bone
To gain the strength
To break away
To go it alone

I must break away
From the conventional things
I must reclaim my mind
And take hold of today
Of this time
Right now I can see the light

I won’t be a fool
I won’t follow
I won’t follow
Like a prisoner, waiting for a bone
To gain the strength
To break away
to go it alone

© 2013 C.A. Barnes

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