Hey There, Lonely

Hey There, Lonely

Verse:
Hey there, Lonely, don’t you give up the fight,
I know you’re tired of running into the night.
Be there, Lonely, sit and question the dark,
Don’t fear failure, for the sake of your heart.
Weave your sorrow in the folds of your dress,
Stow your worry in the words you confess,
Float a spark on waves of change,
Capture time in the notes you arrange.

Chorus:
I won’t let the shadows drown you in their wake,
I won’t let the fearful trace your heartache
I’ll be the strength you desperately needed back then,
So take my hand, and remember to swim.

Verse:
Hey there, Lonely, did you sink in to doubt,
Searching for answers, tryin’ to figure it out.
Be there, Lonely, it’s a fight you can win,
Survive the scars of where you have been.
Surround your story with ones you love,
Anchor to joy when life brings you grey.
Measured moments, big and small,
Carry them with you, a light through the fog.

Bridge: 
When you can’t see land
When they call for the same old songs
Follow your heart beating to the sound of your storm
Let the rhythm in your arms lead you home

Chorus:
I won’t let the shadows drown you in their wake,
I won’t let the fearful trace your heartache
I’ll be the strength you desperately needed back then,
So take my hand, and remember to swim.

Verse:
Hey there, Lonely, did he give up the fight?
You woke up hurting after that night
He made tiny changes to the earth,
There are no words for a legacy earned,
From candor and kindness,
And a great sweaty hug,
If you feel yourself falling,
Close your eyes, and remember to swim.


About This Song
This song is a letter to a past version of me that was struggling with difficult family changes. At the time, I couldn’t see a way past all of the pain that I felt. I turned to music, and I found comfort and connection with lyrics penned by some of my favorite songwriters, like Josh Ritter and Scott Hutchison (the latter of the band Frightened Rabbit). This song is also about how much I miss Scott, who passed away earlier this year. His loss has been deeply felt by so many, and in thinking about how important his words have been to me, I wanted to honor some of my favorite songs he wrote by including subtle nods to his work (“he made tiny changes to the earth”). I also wanted to convey the very nature of Scott, a man who was hurting but still somehow found a way to greet you with a sweaty post-show hug as if you were an old friend. His kindness, his lyrics, and the way he’d make everyone around him laugh will be deeply missed.

If you, or someone you know, is in crisis or needs help, please please tell someone.

Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.


If you’re able, please consider donating to the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) here.

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