I’ll never forget the first thing I ever wrote. I was in school, and we were taking end of the year achievement tests. I finished the English section rather quickly and sat there waiting for everyone else to finish theirs. I started jotting down a poem on a piece of notebook paper. Before I knew it, I had completed my first writing project (outside of the usual school assignments). I was very excited, to say the least. I enjoyed making words rhyme, so I eventually started writing song lyrics. I’ve had a couple put to music, but most just sit on my computer with no melody.
Having moved to Charlotte and become actively involved with One7 for two years now, I’ve heard so many stories from the kids that would completely rip your heart out. Most of them have suffered through more pain already than I will ever have to face in a couple of lifetimes.
I wanted to share with you two songs that I’ve written. The first one is entitled Will You Love Me. This one describes most of the kids we work with at One7.
Will You Love Me © 2011 Chris Martin/Chris Burnett (verse one) I show you my smile, but inside I'm hurting My heart's on the brink of defeat We talk for awhile, but inside I'm searching For a love that's forgotten me The marks on my arm, evidence of my shame Why am I never good enough You cry for my scars, but you don't know my pain It feels like I'll never be loved (chorus) Can you hear my cry from the depths of my fear Will you love me, will you love me I can't explain why, but I don't want to be here Will you love me, will you love me (verse two) I'm the girl in the crowd, the one you don't see Hiding behind all my fears I'm the boy who is loud, alive and carefree I won't let you see all my tears There is no love at home, I don't need all this pain I have a heart no one will forgive I am always alone, everyday just the same I have no reason to live (pre chorus) If you would just let me in you would see You're not that much different than me (repeat chorus)
The next song I want to share is one that I wrote about my Dad. As I mentioned in a previous post, he passed away in October of 2008. It was an extremely distressing time for all of us. Dad and I used to play golf once a week, and one day I started thinking about those times we shared out on the golf course. I came up with this song. It’s entitled Dad Moment.
Dad Moment © 2011 Chris Martin (verse one) I drove by the park today Walked the course where we used to play The grass is going to need a cut real soon So many memories came to life Wish I could turn back the time I sure do miss those Monday afternoons It was you and me in the fading sun Just a boy and his Dad having so much fun I know you're smiling down on this broken heart (chorus) I never knew pain could hurt this way I remember everything you used to say About life, about love and all the rest I don't know why you had to leave God took the strongest part of me If forgetting is the answer, then I've failed the test Forgive me this is where they start Tear stains on the deepest part It's just another Dad moment from my heart (verse two) The kids are growing up so fast It's hard to live outside the past They talk about you pretty much every day Holidays and birthday wishes They miss your hugs and your kisses Nothing can replace your gentle way Now it's you and me in the fading light On my knees with a prayer tonight Please ask God to heal Mom's broken heart (repeat chorus)
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