On Reflection – A Cantankerous Lament

After submitting entries at the very last minute for Nov and Jan, I decided to get writing asap this month and started a mind map to develop the theme and lyrics. However, a single bus ride last week provided all the material I needed, and reminded me the boundaries of my personal space may have changed over the last couple of years. This is my first attempt at a video, I think I was about into take 10, so I may have lost the smile somewhat :). Enjoy.


  1. Lyrics:
    There are times in my life
    where I crave peace and quiet,
    somewhere I can be just by myself
    to zone out with some tunes,
    crank up the volume and
    escape into my own little world

    And it’s here that increasingly
    I find myself lately,
    amazed at what my counterparts can do.
    Carefully listening to everything
    that my fellow TIsTers
    create and then release into the blue

    But there’s locations where I find myself of late
    Where my endeavours count for nought
    Because despite turning my headphones way past eight
    All I can hear is Robert on another fucking skype call
    Explaining why the latest in a long line of deliveries is late

    Now I would like to think
    that I’m a tolerant person
    It’s a big world and there is room for all.
    But on the bus ride home today
    well there again was Robert,
    and oh so many many Robert’s more

    One was yelling in Italian
    Some were deep in conference calls
    and a couple of Tik Tokers run amuck
    When the racket became deafening
    A beserkeresque cacophony
    I snapped and yelled “Will you all just shut up!”

    On reflection it was not my finest hour
    I’m not proud of my eruption
    I’m going to have to take a different bus to work
    Maybe wear a false moustache, dark sunglasses all year round
    Change my name by deed poll and move into another part of town

    Or maybe not.

  2. As mentioned on the Facebook page, this is a great song. Because the lyrics are so strong it is easy to overlook the fact that this is a very catchy pop song with a really catchy melody. Oh, and I love the fact you used the word ‘fucking’ – max respect! Look forward to hearing more from you. Cheers, Phil