Song Spotlight: Give Myself 2 U

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I wrote this song somewhere around september and november 2012 – which means I was around about 23 at the time. I had read the Tibetan Book of the Dead and a few other Buddhist texts the preceding year so there’s a few references to that school of thought in the semantics of the song. Ultimately what drove the song was an infatuation. The main tenet of Buddhism is to be free of all attachment. The nature of infatuation is that you are very attached to the person of your affections. So the song is a mental pull between giving yourself to the flow of life or giving yourself to the infatuation. At the end of the day they are the same thing. The lyrics to this song are some of my favourite out of any of my compositions. Lyrics below.

Shed this skin for now. It’s true that I don’t need it. Chances that I’ve cheated, mistakes I’ve made repeated until I break.

Free from all I crave. The shelter and the clothing, fear, untimely loathing, the horse I rode in on must be slain.

Then I will return, to how I was as a child, innocent and wild, sincere in every smile, it’s been a while.

So I give myself to you, yes I give myself to you. If you steer me safely through, I will give myself to you.

Now I will recall, fortune’s to be favoured, solitude is savoured, grief is just a graveyard where we mourn.

All that’s gone before, if I can’t learn a lesson, berate every blessing, puff out my chest and I’m at war.

Still marching blindly on. I’m wasted in the trenches. The corpse beside me stenches. Battle is expensive. I can’t pay.

So I give myself to you, yes I give myself to you. If you steer me safely through, I will give myself to you.

Sultry and seductive, panicked yet productive, the last one to be trusted I don’t care.

I dive into the excess of your stare. Everyday is summer when I’m there.

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