Lockdown lyrics: The Year the World Stood Still

August 4, 2020

Collage by Exposure using Earth image by Arek Socha and crystal ball image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Tom reflects on how this period can drive humanity to improve

Verse 1
This is the year the world stood still
We took a step back, it helped us to heal
Started to care for others more
Missing the ones who truly build our core

Verse 2
I cried with tears of exploration
Trying to figure out this weight of obligation
This feeling of helplessness
I’m not sure I know how to suppress

Pre-chorus
But maybe I could change
Stop feeling so estranged
Loving everybody is what makes me feel engaged

Chorus
Maybe we could change
Change for the greater good
The devil in the mask
Is helping to chop down the rotting wood
Leaving only the best
Humanity is put to the test
The change is filling up the till
Overflowing in the year the world stood still

Verse 3
White noise is all I hear
Just enough to fear
I miss you oh so much
Guilt appears with every touch

Bridge
But this is not about me
Make the best of time
There’s so little around you
Spend it being kind

Verse 4
Misunderstood teenage troubles
Living in my own little bubble
Selflessness is what I endeavour
I know that no feeling lasts forever

Pre-chorus
So maybe I could change
Stop feeling so estranged
Loving everybody is what makes me feel engaged

Chorus
Maybe we could change
Change for the greater good
The devil in the mask
Is helping to chop down the rotting wood
Leaving only the best
Humanity is put to the test
The change is filling up the till
Overflowing in the year the world stood still.

Overall winner (upper secondary category) of Voices 2020, the national writing competition for care-experienced young people, in this year’s special category ‘Experiences of Covid-19’. You can read all the shortlisted entries or watch the award ceremony, hosted by Peter Capaldi. This year’s competition is sponsored by Cadence Innova.

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