July 14, 2021

The UK Songwriting Contest 2015!

In 2011 while I was doing one of my stupid low-paid part-time jobs that I hated from the bottom of my heart, writing song lyrics became my way of self-therapy. I was working as a Call Center agent for a national phone company and while customers called and yelled at me because of their unpaid bills, writing lyrics helped me to survive the exhausting and long hours at work.

During my phone conversations with rude and unpleasant customers, I began to write song lyrics based on my memoir “Destination Freedom”. It has always been my goal to produce a musical based on my true story to bring more awareness about the global refugee issues. Being creative made me survive this unpleasant experience for a year! So here we go, these are the two lyrics, written in 2011 that were scored with 6 by the UKSC Judges back in 2015.

EXPLANATION OF THE JUDGES SCORING  www.songwritingcontest.co.uk

Songs are scored between 1 and 10. Most songs in the contest (around 80 per cent) will not receive a score higher than 6. Semi finalists and finalists receive a very high score of 7, 8 or 9. The score of 10 is reserved only for the winning song in each category.

A score of 4, 5 and 6 indicates that the writer has demonstrated real songwriting ability and understanding and songs with these scores will usually receive a Commended Entry Certificate. The UKSC attracts a high standard of entries and the majority of songs in this contest will usually fall somewhere in this range. A score of 6 is regarded as a borderline semi finalist score and indicates that the song very nearly made it into the semi finals!


DESTINATION: FREEDOM

Lyrics by Lily Amis © 2011 scored with 6 by the UKSC Judges in 2015

Verse 1

Bombs keep falling like a raindrop from the sky
Bloods are falling like tears from their eyes
Dear God only you can make it stop
You’re their light in the dark

 

Verse 2
Families are taken a part
Life’s are falling apart
Young soldiers are falling like leaves from trees
Bloods flowing like a river in the streets
Hopes and dreams are vanishing in clouds
Instead cemeteries are full of crowds

 

Verse 3

In the middle of the night
They’ve awaked several times
It’s terrifying to live in fears
It’s terrifying to live with tears

 

Chorus:
Destination Freedom is all they wish for
Security is all they hope for
Justice is all they pray for
They need a place to survive
A place to call home is all they wish for
A place to feel welcome

 

Verse 4
So they pray silently
Dear God we’re scared of dying
The attacks seem to last forever
Dear God please let us survive or
at least die together

 

Verse 5
Oh God, it takes allot of courage
to leave everything and everyone behind
Taking this step is a sign
A sign of helplessness and
Desperation
Cause every day, every hour
Could be the last
Dear God, they’re so
Conscious of that
 

Verse 6

They’re powerless over a silly war
And speechless by all the greed
They victims, victims by disregard of
Human rights
Disregard of democracy
Who can they blame for this misery?
One day these all will only be in history

 

Chorus:
Destination Freedom is all they wish for
Security is all they hope for
Justice is all they pray for
They need a place to survive
A place to call home is all they wish for
A place to feel welcome


REMEMBER… BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED 

Lyrics by Lily Amis © 2011 scored with 6 by the UKSC Judges in 2015
 

Verse 1
Did you choose the country of your birth?
Did you choose your skin colour?
Did you choose your religion?
Should that make a difference?

Chorus:

You and me, we are all visitors to this life
Flesh and bone - one and the same!
Remember Blood is always red.

Verse 2

Then why is it so hard to except people the way they are?
Why do we have to make it so hard?
Who on earth has the right to decide peoples destinies?
Who on earth has the right to destroy people’s dreams?

Bridge

We should all be given the right to Freedom
The right to live a life in dignity
Regardless of nationality Skin colour
Race and religion

 

Chorus

You and me, we are all visitors to this life
Flesh and bone - one and the same!
Remember Blood is always red.

Bridge

Life is precious and short
You can’t turn back the time you wasted
So start to live today and led the others live to
Allow everyone to experience
the benefit of this wonderful place
planet earth and his human race
 

Verse 3

Why is it so hard to except people the way they are?
Why do we have to make it so hard?
Who on earth has the right to decide over peoples life?
Who on earth has the right to destroy peoples
wishes and goals?

 

Bridge

We should all be given the right to self-determination
Regardless of nationality
Skin colour
Race and religion

 

Chorus

You and me, we are all visitors to this life
Flesh and bone - one and the same!
Remember Blood is always red.

Verse 4

As long as people remain narrow-minded and Selfish
As long as people are dazzled and poisoned by devils game
Nothing will change
We have to destroy the devil in us
Only then something will change
We should all be given the right to equal chances
Regardless of nationality Skin color
Race and religion

Chorus

You and me, we are all visitors to this life
Flesh and bone - one and the same!
Remember Blood is always red.

 STAY TUNED FOR MY ZOOM INTERVIEW WITH MY SPECIAL BLOG GUEST 

DANCER AND WRITER AHMAD JOUDEH ON JULY 21TH 2021! 


No comments:

Post a Comment