‘Taking that one small step’ – song lyrics

Since I quit my full-time research job last November, I’ve found myself writing songs.

No, that’s not quite the right way to explain it.  It’s not as if I write them out in music notation.  I could probably do that if I really tried, but it’s been a quarter of a century since I last had anything to do with formal composition or music theory. It feels more as if songs have been finding me, and I’ve been singing them into existence.

Sometimes I start with a line, and sometimes with a melody: but one thing that all the songs have in common is that they’re intended to inspire and motivate. This weekend, on Sunday 12th March, I’m taking one small step: hosting a workshop called “Sing Your Dreams Into Reality”.  It’s an

This weekend, on Sunday 12th March, I’m taking one small step: hosting a workshop called “Sing Your Dreams Into Reality”.  It’s an event for anyone who wants to use the power of song to rewire their brain for success, happiness and well-being.  When you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  How many times have you had a song going round and round on a continuous loop in your head – even one you learned as a child?  And how many times have you been told that ‘affirmations’ are the way to train your subconscious mind to overcome fears, change your habits, or stop repelling money?  So instead of just repeating the affirmations, why not sing them instead?

While I was on a train to Brighton earlier today, this line started singing itself in my brain: I’m taking this one small step.  If you’ve ever had the misfortune to be on a train from Southampton to Brighton, you’ll know that it’s a very long and very slow journey.  The train, which is nearly always running late (although, to be fair, it was on time today!) seems to stop at every little seaside village on the south coast: Durrington-on-Sea, Goring-by-Sea,  Shoreham-by-Sea, and everywhere in between.  So by the time I got to Brighton, the lyrics to the entire song had unfolded.

Here it is: I hope you enjoy it, relate to it, and put it into practice!  If you’re in the UK and would like to learn to sing it, please come along to my workshop on Sunday.

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One Small Step

 I’m taking this one small step beyond the world I know:

Today I will reach a place I’ve never dared to go,

And I just don’t care what people say,

I’m gonna feel the fear and do it anyway:

I’m taking that one small step that lets my passion grow…

 

Because life was meant for living, for exploring and forgiving,

Doesn’t matter if they call me mad or weird or strange:

For I may never get another chance to join this wild and crazy dance,

I can’t keep waiting around for someone else to change!

 

I’m taking this one small step that brings my soul alive,

With barriers breaking down, my heart’s in overdrive,

Don’t you tell me that it can’t be done,

‘Cause I will not give up before I have begun:

I’m taking that one small step, just watch me learn to thrive!

 

Because life was meant for living, for exploring and forgiving,

Doesn’t matter if they call me mad or weird or strange:

For I may never get another chance to join this wild and crazy dance,

I can’t keep waiting around for someone else to change!

 

I’m taking that one small step: oh, can you understand?

On days when I don’t feel brave, will you please hold my hand?

Will you show me that I’m not alone,

And will you find one step that you can call your own?

For when we step up together, we can change this land!

 

Because life was meant for living, for exploring and forgiving,

Doesn’t matter if they call us mad or weird or strange:

For we may never get another chance to join this wild and crazy dance,

We can’t keep waiting around for someone else to change!

 (Repeat final chorus to fade)

 

 

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About gemmaburford

I've travelled to many places, tried on a lot of different professional 'hats' - researcher, designer, teacher, artist, CEO, management consultant - but the work that brings me alive is all about reconnection. Reconnecting people with each other, with nature, with their inner creativity and soul purpose, with their own bodies and what makes them well… and with the Mystery that runs through everything.

Posted on March 6, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. maria lopez fernandez

    One Small step is a mesmerazing piece of poetry. I so resonate with you, we have so many things in common that I can really explain them all because it would be a book, but I love poetry, art, languages,community and nature. Reconnecting for me is the main key to a sustainable life. If you like poetry you will love David Whyte “Start Close”

    • Thanks for this lovely message, and for sharing that David Whyte poem – I love it! Please keep folloiwng my blog as I will be posting more about my book soon, which is all about reconnecting with nature, music and the Sacred Feminine 🙂

  1. Pingback: Finding our place in Nature | gemmaburford

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