Fearless Songwriter Challenge August 2019

Day 1 Prompt: Bump into Stars: Hectic day. Wrote the words first which is always a challenge for me. I think the hook has potential and I like the lyrics, but I don’t like the song…

Day 2 Prompt: How to Fall Down. I started the piano figure in the morning and then errands, airport pick-ups and parent refereeing derailed me. All done by 7pm. Not bad!

Day 4 Prompt: Eating Sugar out of my hand. So, I googled the term because I had little time today. I got a million sites about how bad sugar is for you. Lol. I turned it around.

Day 3 Prompt: Unbecoming. And I used it! WARNING: This song contains expletives.

Day 5 Prompt: Who made the world? Well…I went a bit off the rails here. Warning,WARNING: This song contains expletives and political commentary that is negative towards a man named Donald…😉

Day 6 Prompt: The Voice of a Mouse. Hmmm…I wasn’t feeling the mouse, but the idea of that small voice that tries to get heard above all the clutter, that’s what motivated me. Apologies for the wonky F#m chord. I’m capo’d to the 9th fret and it just wasn’t working.

Day 7 Prompt: At last, and too soon. I had so many ideas and decided to lean into the sweet one. Being thankful even though something is over. It’s short and sweet. I hope you enjoy….another Fearless Songwriter Challenge COMPLETED!!!!


Lyrics for those who are having trouble hearing the vocals:

Day 1:

Brush the Stars
Words and music by Marci Geller

I.

F  Fm      Em

I’ve wanted out for so long but fear keeps me tethered. 

FFmAm Gadd2

I keep patching the holes from the storms that I have weathered.

EmF

Once in a while there’s a glimmer of faith.

EmF

I remember my store--regain my strength.

Am         G7

Everything is possible for me. 

 

Chorus

CEm

I am one with the light--my feet leave the ground.

Am  FmG7

Less fear of height—I bathe in the sound. 

Fm           G7        CEmAm Fm G7

I may get so far that I brush the stars.

 

II.

F         Fm             Em

I’m an optimist for everyone but myself.

F         Fm                   Am Gadd2

I deserve kindness just like everyone else.

EmF

We’re taught to be humble—give more than receive.

EmF

Truth can jumbled when thwarted by thieves.

Am         G7

Everything is possible, I see. 

Chorus

Bridge

Fm     G7   Fm      G7

If I take a chance and join this cosmic dance…

Chorus

 

© Copyrighted 8-25-19 by Marci Geller/Paisley Saucers SESAC

Day 3:

UNBECOMING

Words and music by Marci Geller

I.

Bbm7     Gb7

I’ve learned to act perfect in a very public way.

Bbm7     Gb7

My best side, best angle and the clever things to say.

 

DbEb       Gb

But let’s be honest because perfect is a lie.

Db     Eb              Gb

I crave a different kind of high…

Chorus

Db  Ab/CEb       Gb    Db Ab/CEb     Gb   Bbm7

Oooooh, I’m unbecoming….    ooooh, I’m unbecoming that version of me.

II.

Bbm7        Gb7

Today my unsubscribes are fucking with my brain.

Bbm7        Gb7

Maybe that new mantra will help me to reframe it. 

DbEbGb

It feels so lonely when strangers shut me off.

Db          Eb        Gb

I think I’m stronger, but I’m soft.

Chorus

Bridge

Fm7Gb   Bbm7      Ab

Then there’s this moment I am bathed in the light

Fm7     Gb                 Bbm7   Gb

That reassures me I should raise my sights…

 

Chorus

 

© Copyright 2019 by Marci Geller/Paisley Saucers Music SESAC

Day 5:

WHO MADE THE WORLD A SCARY PLACE?

Words and music by Marci Geller

Capo 4

Chorus

G     Am    Em  D

Who made the world a scary place, a scary place to be?

G     Am    Em  D    G

Who made the world a scary place, a scary place to be? This ain’t free…

I. 

AmEmGD

I’ve eaten my way through 20 pounds of fear.

Am  Em     G          D

It’s a big joke to some, but for me it’s chips and tears.

Am        EmG     D

It keeps me up at night—the heavy sense of doom.

Am  Em   G     D

Will we reverse this threat? 2020 can’t come soon enough…

Chorus

II.

Am         EmG       D

It feels like friends I’ve loved have been abducted by hate.

Am     Em  G      D

Folks I’ve known for most my life think that I made the mistake.

Am        Em        G        D

Neighbors waving flags with words that cut me to the core.

AmEm          GD

It feels like mass-insanity. I can’t take anymore of this..

Chorus

Bridge

C   GD

I’m waiting for us all to wake up from this nightmare

C      G                D

I only want people to be reasonable, kind and fair. Is that too much to ask for?

G     Am    Em  D

Who made the world a scary place, a scary place to be?

G     Am    Em  D    G

Who made the world a scary place, a scary place to be? (adlib)

 

© Copyright 2019 by Marci Geller/Paisely Saucers Music SESAC

Day 2:

SHIFT YOUR GAZE
Words and music by Marci Geller

I. 

G      Bm

You don’t always have to be so hard on yourself.

CCm

Taking on the problems you are helpless to help.

G    Bm         CCm

Oooooh, ooooh, oooooh. Oooooh, ooooh, oooooh. 

 

II.

G      Bm

You keep fighting demons that just aren’t yours to slay.

C       Cm

Searching for some reason to explain it all away.

G    Bm         CCm

Oooooh, ooooh, oooooh. Oooooh, ooooh, oooooh. 

 

Chorus

Am9        G      Am9           G

You’re so good at falling down. Maybe you just love the ground.

Am9        G     Cm           DG

See the world so upside down. Baby, I’m here to say: Shift your gaze.

 

 

III.

G           Bm

I can list the reasons to leave this all behind.

C  Cm

Somehow it must serve you ‘cause I know you’re not blind.

G    Bm

And who I am to judge you?  I only wish you peace.

C         Cm

But watching this is painful and I don’t want your disease.

G    Bm         C Cm

Oooooh, ooooh, oooooh. Oooooh, ooooh, oooooh. 

Chorus

Am9        G      Am9           G

You’re so good at falling down. Maybe you just love the ground.

Am9        G     Cm           DG

See the world so upside down. Baby, I’m here to say: Shift your gaze.

G    Bm         CCm

Oooooh, ooooh, oooooh. Oooooh, ooooh, oooooh. 

 

© Copyright 2019 by Marci Geller/Paisley Saucers Music SESAC

Day 4:

IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE

Words and music by Marci Geller

I. Capo 6

  G Em  DC

It’s all about love every single day.

        G           Em            DC

Woven through moments—it’s the reason to stay.

    G        Em     DC

‘Cause it makes us stronger during the wave

       G Em    DC

that turns it all upside down, it’s the one thing to save.

Am  D    Am D

Sometimes I let the doubt creep in but then you stop the spin.

Chorus

GC  Am D  GC          Am D

You still make me quiver. We glide like a river.

G  C      Am D   DGEmDC

I picked the Golden Ticket and we are the prize.

II. 

  G Em  DC

It’s all about love. Every photograph

  G Em  DC

Captures the moments we so freely laughed.

  G Em  DC

Nothing could stop us. It still can’t today.

  G Em  DC

Because we are stronger than all the decay.

Am  D    Am D

I know you see me as that girl I was when we first met.

Chorus

Bridge

EmDEm  D

It’s no surprise you’re the answer to all my whys.

III.

  G Em  DC

It’s all about love—our purpose and reason.

  G Em   DC

Creating a shelter as we weather the seasons.

 

© Copyright 8/28/19 by Marci Geller/Paisley Saucers Music SESAC

Day 6:

THE SMALLEST VOICE  
Words and music by Marci Geller

I. Capo 9
E                                      E7                              A

Sometimes when I’m drowning in the crowd

  Am                                    E
And the world gets way too loud.
    E7                              A                                  Am

I stumble all my steps—try and take a breath.

            F#m                        A                             E            E7 A Am

And try to tune back into the smallest voice.

II.

E                                      E7                              A

“Cause here in the center of the storm

  Am                                    E
I can turn the cold to warm

   E7                 A                  Am

And elevate my view to recall the truth

            F#m                        A                             E            E7 A Am

And tune myself back into the smallest voice. 

Bridge 

Dm                          G

Somedays are brighter than others.

Dm                        G                  G7
I forgive my sisters and brothers.

III.

E                                      E7                              A

Sometimes when I’m searching for the sun

  Am                                    E
Feel like I’m the only one

   E7                                   A            Am                                       F#m

Who is trying to find their way in a world that’s torn and frayed

                     A                                            E            E7 A Am                        E

I must tune into the smallest voice.             The smallest voice.

© Copyright 2019 by Marci Geller/Paisley Saucers Music SESAC

Day 7:

WHISPER TO THE MOON

Words and music by Marci Geller

I.

C G/B      EmF

I’d raise a glass if I were the drinking kind.

     C G/B      EmF

It all went so fast. Feels like I fell behind.

FGC G/B Em F

I’m filled with gratitude. Whisper to the moon.

 

II.

  C G/B      EmF

You know me so well. You helped me face my fears.

C G/B  Em      F

My eyes are my tell, even when holding tears.

FGC G/B Em F

I’m filled with gratitude. Whisper to the moon. 

 

Bridge

Dm     AmBb   FG

And maybe someday I’ll be strong on my own.

Dm    Am   Bb      FG

But the gift right now is not feeling alone.

 

III.

 C G/B      EmF

It all has to end but I’ll carry the love with me.

    C G/B      EmF

And I will ascend and float above the trees.

FGC G/B Em F

I’m filled with gratitude. Whisper to the moon.

 

© Copyright 2019 by Marci Geller/Paisley Saucers Music SESAC