LyricSlinger latest songs

I’ve already included links to some of the songs that have been created from my lyrics. However, I’ve created this page to provide a summary of all my latest songs. They’ve all been created in collaboration with fantastic musicians from around the world and I hope that you enjoy listening to them. If you do, then you can even buy many of them for less than a dollar!

Latest Songs – 2019

War Face

Man's face with war paint
War Face song

Listen to the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/942426

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/940676/file/940677

About this song

I wrote this lyric about a situation where someone feels worn down and daunted by life’s challenges. They feel they have to put their war face on just to get out the door and do the things that they need to do in life.

Regular musical collaborator James Fraser picked the lyric up and came up with a fantastic guitar riff to support the musical composition. Then, he rounded up Nigel Robinson (drums) and Peter Zero (lead guitar) to add the finishing touches. At one point we had quite a lot of cow bell in the song but we ended up saying ‘less cowbell’ rather than ‘more cowbell’ for this particular song. 

Darkness

Woman standing in darkness
Darkness

Listen to the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/936376

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/933140/file/933141

About this song

A dark little lyric, written in an AABA format, that James Fraser has taken and turned into a classy song. Check out the beautiful baritone guitar that underpins it!

Here’s a taster for the lyrics:

Darkness

(Verse 1)

I watched the darkness come down

Completely over my town

I couldn’t see my fingers

I couldn’t see my way

All I could do was watch my past on constant replay

Said Goodbye

Old picture of a woman holding children
Said Goodbye collab contest song

Listen to and watch the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onN5qS79fvo&feature=youtu.be

About this song

I’ve been taking part in a song collaboration contest on the MuseSongWriters website, which resulted in this great song, called ‘Said Goodbye’. I wrote the lyrics and then Joe did the music, vocals and live recording YouTube video. We’ve also been working on another song and the contest has been great fun to take part in. 

The contest had an interesting premise. Alistair, who was running it, stated ‘Simply see what the picture evokes in you in terms of ideas and emotions (which might have nothing to do with what the picture actually represents) and write a song based on that. Second, the song must be no longer than 3 minutes and no shorter than 2 minutes and 30 seconds. You will need to negotiate what is kept in and what has to be sacrificed to fit the time constraint.’

The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was people emigrating from Ireland to America to escape poverty and in search of a better life. Indeed, that trip across the Atlantic is one that several people from my family did, so it felt like a nice topic to write about. The time constraints were certainly a challenge and we had to cut down a bit on my original draft of the lyrics. However, I think what we’ve ended up with works really well and sounds great. Kudos to Joe for doing the hard lifting on the song and I particularly love the idea he came up with for singing the word ‘suitcase’! 

I’ve included the lyrics below. The bits in red are the lines that got cut …

Said Goodbye

(Verse 1)

Mouths to feed

No food to find

Love of the land

Land’s been so unkind

 

(Verse 2)

Forced to flee

Flee far away

Leave love behind

Last words hard to say

 

(Chorus)

Said goodbye to her family

Kissed goodbye to Emily

She said ‘It won’t be long Sis ‘til I see your face’

Then she packed her life into an old suitcase.


(Verse 3)

Days at sea

Grey as the sky

Pallor of death

Watching children cry


(Chorus)

Said goodbye to her family

Kissed goodbye to Emily

She’d said ‘It won’t be long Sis ‘til I see your face’

Then she packed her life into an old suitcase.

 

(Verse 4)

Said farewell

To all she knew

Tossed to the wind

Landed with a harbour view

 

(Bridge)

America

It was New York city

Lady Liberty

Opened her arms out wide.

Ellis Island

Names recorded

Then out into those big American skies

 

(Chorus)

Said goodbye to her family

Kissed goodbye to Emily

She’d said ‘It won’t be long Sis ‘til I see your face’

But she never did make it home again

 

(Outro)

From the farm fields of Fermanagh

To New York city’s dirt and glamour

It’s a long road for a country girl to take.

From the farm fields of Fermanagh

To New York city’s dirt and glamour

It’s a long road for a country girl to take.

(to fade)

Written by Simon Wright

(March 2019)

 

 

Madly in love with you

Tree in front of shed
Madly in love with you song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/919227

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/697106/file/697107

About this song

I wrote this lyric away back in June 2016 when I was just getting into the idea of collaborating with musicians. It was partly influenced by an experience I had as I was travelling home after work. I fell asleep and missed my stop so I had to get off at the next station. As I waited for the next train back, I witnessed a seagull getting hit by a train. Or, more accurately, I saw the aftermath with white feathers fluttering up into the air.

Anyway, here we are in 2019 and the lyric was picked up by Italian musicians Riccardo Della Pelle and Fabrizio Formicone, plus American drummer, Brian Henry. The lyric’s quite a quirky one, and Riccardo and team have stayed true to that with the song they’ve constructed. It’s really cool! 

River Reaper

River Reaper skull creature
LyricSlinger Latest Songs – River Reaper

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/911414

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/907171/file/907172

About this song

It’s funny how some lyrics get started. My wife had done a painting and remarked how it had ended up looking like the Grim Reaper was walking beside a river. I remarked that she should call the painting the River Reaper. Not long after, I was scribbling some lyrics that turned into this great song.

James Fraser and Nigel Robinson did a fantastic job of turning my lyric into a moody-sounding song. Check it out … but maybe not at night time if you are wandering near a river!

Latest Songs – 2018

Olives and Clementines

Olive tree
Olives and Clementines

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/897620

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/882496/file/882497

About this song

This lyric was inspired by watching a very moving BBC documentary about the plight of ordinary people who find themselves stuck in war-torn Palestine. Without taking sides in that political conflict, I wanted the lyric to convey the sadness of the tragedy that has played out there.

James Fraser has displayed great skill and sensitivity in the way he has taken my lyric and turned it into a song. Please have a listen. 

Army of the Damned

A soldier in the trenches
Army of the damned

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/892011

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/856847/file/857799

About this song

I initially wrote this with the thought that it could be a dark doom-laden Black Sabbath style of song. The opening lyrics ‘This is not a cold war / Though a chill fills my head / This is not a cool war / Just go and ask the dead’ immediately sets the scene and the song goes on to decry the awful reality of war, including eyes being cooked! I think I was a bit influenced by Wilfred Owen’s fantastic poem, ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’. Check it out if you’ve never read it! Its description of a victim of mustard gas is both compelling and heart-wrenching. 

Seeing this lyric become a full on rock song was really thrilling, not least because it saw me working with a brand new set of musicians. There was Bob Campbell on vocals, and then Heron Almeida, Anand Gupta, and Paul Schlichting provided the music. I think the final result is REALLY high quality!

White Feathers

White feather
White feathers First World War song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/891831

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/888019/file/888020

About this song

Ahead of Remembrance Day, I attended an exhibition in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, about the First World War. The exhibition included stories about men from the area who had gone off to fight in the war and who had died. One story that stood out was about a boy who was underage but signed up to fight anyway. The circumstances were quite shocking and sad. Apparently a box of white feathers were left on his family’s doorstep. The implication of being handed white feathers was that people thought you were a coward. Despite being so young the boy lied about his age, signed up to join the war effort, fought bravely for 4 years and then tragically was killed.

That story was the inspiration for the lyric that followed, although I have to stress that there’s an element of fictionalisation in my song. It’s not supposed to be an exact telling of that particular case. I think the stories that exist around service and loss from both the World Wars are extremely poignant and I hope that people enjoy this song. Thanks to James Fraser for taking the lyric and doing all the hard work to turn it into a beautiful song!

Stand for you – part of charity album. Available to buy now!

Christmas charity album
Christmas charity album for homeless veterans

Buy as part of ‘Hope for Homeless Heroes’ Hearts’ charity album: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/hopeforhomelessheroeshear?fbclid=IwAR3sC86HOZZHNHelHog6xv9EfMAIdb8qopyWEU8F788MEOLTWrG25T8tnkc

I’m very pleased to have been part of an inspiring Internet group of musicians and songwriters who collaborated to create a Christmas charity album  ‘Hope for Homeless Heroes’ Hearts’ that will raise funds for homeless veterans in the US. With contributors from across the globe, the album is truly an International effort and it’s fantastic how people have been able to collaborate so effectively to create what I think is a really nice album.

I set myself the task of writing an original lyric and ‘Stand for you’ is what emerged. I had originally envisioned it being a Bruce Springsteen genre song but album mastermind Stephen Kalpin came up with the idea of turning it into a heavy rock song! Then, I recruited Bob Campbell (who I’ve worked with previously on the Kompoz website) to provide vocals. Bob also added drums and production on top of Stephen’s guitar and bass and the end result is, I think, a really energetic fun rock song that also has a hard hitting impassioned message!

Here’s a taster of the lyrics:

(Verse 1)

Snow is falling on Christmas Eve
Reindeer being readied
Sleigh bells on the breeze,
But not everybody’s tucked up in bed
Or has a roof on which to land a sled

Woah, Christmas Eve

(Verse 2)

Snow keeps falling on Christmas Eve

Riley’s old blanket

Guards against the freeze,

The medals that he earned were sold long ago

A dog-tag round his neck glinting in the snow

Woah, in the snow

 (Pre Chorus)

We all have our wars to fight
Let me stand with you
Deep in the dark of night
I know what you would do

(Chorus)

You stood for me
So I will stand for you
If you can’t stand any more
I will carry you
We’ll carry you
Support each other
It’s what we gotta do

 

Hold on

Bride whispering into man's ear
Hold on song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/881022

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/868264/file/868271

About this song

Hold on started as just a beautiful piano piece by Tommy Helsten. From the moment I heard it on the Kompoz website I felt compelled to write lyrics for it. I stayed up into the wee small hours until I was satisfied that I had completed my lyrics! I was thrilled then when Kim Noble sang a demo with my lyrics and Tommy then agreed that we could take it forward as a song. Tommy added in cello and flute, and Jean Toudou came in to add drums and bass. I think the resulting song is memorable. A real pleasure to be part of.

The lyric is about someone who saw the love of their life walk down the aisle with someone else, but they retained their love over many resultant years. I think I originally envisaged the singer being male but it works really well with a female singer, especially when the vocals are to great!

I’ll hide

Drought scene with dead baby elephant
I’ll Hide song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/877956

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/871791/file/871799

About this song

I saw a post on the Kompoz website’s Community page, where a conversation was taking place about writing songs that tackle the topic of climate change. I had an old lyric on this topic that I had never taken forward so I dusted it off and uploaded it. 

I was delighted when Parmia Vaala and James Fraser picked it up. We actually ended up doing 2 versions. (The other is called ‘Six Degrees (and gone)’ and you can find it further down this page!)

James provided the chord structure and then Parmia handled vocals, melody, and music. It was my first time working with Parmia who is an extremely gifted and powerful vocalist from Finland. Check out this song please as I’m sure you will enjoy it and the topic is important!

Underwater

Man in diving mask underwater
Underwater

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/877858

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/875319/file/875320

About this song

Underwater is a song about someone who despairs at the daily grind of work life and office politics and lives to get away to the freedom of diving underwater.

Two of my regular collaborators, James Fraser and Nigel Robinson, teamed up to magic the lyric into a song, and I think they’ve done a great job. James did the song arrangement as well as vocals, guitar and bass. And Nigel provided drums and keyboard.

This Dog

Picture of a dog lying on the pavement
This Dog song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/875958

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/863189/file/866444

About this song

This Dog is a song about a dog who is homeless and has been mistreated over his life. But he still wags his tail and is still optimistic that things will work out well. That message could also resonate with humans who have been through a tough time.

I was very lucky to have the lyric picked up by Suzana Stoimenova, from Bulgaria, who did a brilliant job of adding music, song arrangement, and vocals that are beautiful. We then had Ronnie Allison come in to add some great guitars that work so well with the song. And then the icing on the cake was having Paul Schlichting come in to do the final mastering of the tracks. I think it sounds amazing! 

Make Dreams Come True

Busker's empty guitar case
Make dreams come true song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/876389

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/876143/file/876183

Make Dreams Come True is an example of where I’ve created a bespoke lyric for an existing piece of music. James Fraser approached me saying that he was interested in adding guitar and vocals for a great piece of music that a German musician Steffen O had created, but he needed lyrics. I accepted the challenge and am very pleased with the way it’s turned out.

The song tells the story of a musician who is out busking to try to promote a CD that he or she is selling. However, it’s not going well and they look a bit down on their luck. Another person (the singer) then goes to perform with them and also tells them that they can achieve what they want to if they work really hard for it. I think both the lyric and the song have ended up as nicely uplifting and it also sounds great! As well as Steffen and James’ contributions, it also features lovely backing vocals by Susan FidlerSongs and top quality drumming by Chris Bouchard. An all-star cast! 

Six Degrees (And Gone)

Drought landscape with dead baby elephant
Six degrees and gone song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/876382

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/870144/file/870587

The inspiration for this lyric was reading an article about what the impact would be if the planet’s average temperature was to increase by 6 degrees Celsius. Basically, it would not be good and is a disaster that we need to avoid! Anyway, I sat on the lyric for a while until I saw a discussion on the Kompoz Community pages about doing songs that are about global warming. 

I posted my lyric and was thrilled when James Fraser and Parmia Vaala said they would help take it forward. James is a regular contributor and it’s always fantastic to work with him. Parmia is a really talented and powerful vocalist from Finland and I’m delighted to have collaborated with her for the first time! (Even better, there will be a second time as she has also been working on an awesome alternative version of this song, under the song title ‘I’ll hide’. Look out for that version appearing here at some time in the future!)

Another regular collaborator, Nigel Robinson, brought in his drumming prowess to help underpin the song and I love the way it’s worked out. Please check it out – I hope that both the song and the message resonate with lots of people. 

Mr Smith and Mr Wesson

Old American car
Mr Smith and Mr Wesson song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/874610

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/871735/file/871736

About this song

Mr Smith and Mr Wesson is a fictitious tale about an attempted bank robbery that doesn’t quite go to plan! I originally trialled the lyrics on the MuseSongWriters website and received some useful feedback about it. I then made a few tweaks and my regular collaborator James Fraser said that he’d like to have a go at it.

James came up with a really cool music idea for it, contributing guitars, bass, harmonica and vocals. And then we invited in another regular contributor Nigel Robinson who provided some lovely drums and keyboard. For a final flourish James added some cool special effects. The feedback received on this song has been extremely positive. I think it’s a classy and fun track and I hope that you will enjoy listening to it!  

Out on my feet

Tired man pinching bridge of nose
Out on my feet song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/872396

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/867867/file/867868

About this song

This is a song that is about being in a tough place, totally bone tired, but knowing that you’re going to work through the pain and come out the other side. My protagonist is a lobster pot fisherman which allowed me to bring a storm metaphor in. Besides, I love songs that are about the sea. 

Regular collaborators James Fraser and Nigel Robinson teamed up to turn it into a really cool song. James contributed vocals, guitar, bass, and production. Nigel provided keyboards and drums. 

Counting the days down

The James Caird Boat being launched in the Antarctic
Counting the days down – a song about heroism in the Antarctic

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/869121

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/858873/file/858885

About this song

The lyric for this song was inspired by reading about Ernest Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross the Antarctic continent from one coast to the other via the South Pole. His attempt ran into difficulties when his boat, The Endurance, became trapped in ice. He and all his crew had to leave the Endurance behind and make their way to Elephant Island. From there, it goes from a disaster story to one of the greatest rescue stories of all time. Shackleton took 5 other men, including navigator Frank Worsley, in a small boat called the James Caird. Their implausible task was to make it safely through fierce Antarctic seas to reach a remote whaling port, from where the alarm could be raised to save all his crew.

My lyric was beautifully turned into a song by my regular collaborator partner James Fraser, who handled vocals, all music, and production. I think he did a fabulous job with it and I love that we were able to create a song about such a great historic story.  

Lady of the Lake

Image on water underwater
Lady of the Lake song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/868376

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/824989/file/824990

About this song

I guess this is a song about being lonely. And being by a beautiful expanse of water. And then creating a love for a mythical person, who can’t succumb to the faults that real flesh and blood humans possess. 

I had ‘discovered’ Nick Drake’s music back in January and spent lots of hours listening to his wonderful music and reading about his tragic life. This lyric followed those hours of immersing myself in his songs, so I guess formed the inspiration. Lady of the Lake was breathed into life expertly by the hugely talented James Fraser (vocals, guitar, bass, production) and Nigel Robinson (piano, strings, and accordion). Thanks guys!

Molly Brooker

Close up of part of a woman's face, with one eye showing
Molly Brooker song collaboration

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/864233

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/862783/file/862784

About this song

Molly Brooker is a dark tale about a fictitious character called Molly Brooker. She lives alone and gets into a romance with a prisoner called Ricky Breen, who is in jail for murder but is about to be released.

James Fraser picked up the lyric and turned it into a song, adding vocals, guitar, and bass. Roddy Potter then added drums. And Alice Minguez added some haunting lyrics to bring in Molly’s perspective on the story. I LOVE the way this has turned out and I hope that you will enjoy it too!

Boots O’Reilly

Picture of a weatherbeaten old man with a bushy white beard
Boots O’Reilly song

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/863825

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/862773/file/862774

About this song

Boots O’Reilly is a fictitious Irish character who I pictured had led a colourful life, including lots of time on the open road. The lyric has actually written for a songwriting collaboration contest on the MuseSongWriters website but wasn’t used. I then posted it on the Kompoz website and was delighted when regular collaborator James Fraser picked it up.

James has done a great job with it. He used 2 acoustic guitars, Irish bouzouki, tin whistle, and bodhran. And also handled the vocals and all production. 

A little meadow

A meadow by the sea

 

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/859484

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/857987/file/857988

About this song

A little meadow is a quirky love song. It’s about two people who find love when they least expect it. I originally wrote it to just be a male vocal but feedback I received from another lyric writer encouraged me to suggest that it could be a male/female duet. And I think that approach has worked brilliantly!

All music and production, plus male vocals provided by regular collaborator James Fraser. And female vocals added by Alice Minguez. Thanks to both of them for doing such a fantastic job with my lyric!

Comeback Kid

A boxer throwing a punch

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/854808

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/839924/file/839925

About the song:

This is a song about never giving up. I wrote it about a boxer who has suffered some losses but is determined to learn from them and come back stronger. However, it could apply to anyone. Whatever your goal in life, don’t give up when you hit bumps in the road!

This is actually the 2nd version of this song that I’ve been lucky enough to see. George Schiessl had previously created another version based on my lyric, which I also love. It’s fantastic when I get to see different musicians interpretations of my lyrics!

In this version, Pascal Vanier has done a brilliant job of creating all the supporting music. And it was a lovely surprise when Alice Minguez came in to do the vocals. They sound amazing. The song also includes a Muhammed Ali quote so listen out for it!

Credits:

Simon Wright – Lyrics

Pascal Vanier – All music and Production

Alice Minguez – Vocals

You know the score

Gangster in hat and shades

Listen to & buy the song: https://www.soundblend.com/store/release/851745

Full lyrics: https://www.kompoz.com/music/collaboration/765758/file/765759

About the song:

The idea behind this song is that a successful old-time rock star has a drug problem that has led to him being in debt to a gangster. The gangster sends a man around to either collect the debt or show others that you don’t fail to pay your debts. I had great fun writing this one. I had in mind that it could be a bluesy hard rock songs, maybe along the lines of ZZ Top. However, George took it in a more mellow direction but it sounds very cool. 🙂

Credits

Simon Wright – Lyrics

George Schiessl – Vocals, guitar, piano, production

Brian Henry – Drums

Not my fault

Cactus by desert road

Listen to the song: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hjN3SXjMOujCyQromqm5RXulhmq5OG4E/view 

Credits:

Simon Wright – Lyrics

Josh Castagno – Vocals, all music, production

About the song:

Another gangster song and the fact that it appears right below ‘I know the score’ makes it sound like I’ve been going through a gangster phase! However, ‘I know the score’ was written much earlier – it just took some time to get to a completely finished state.

The idea behind the lyric was that I wanted to place someone in a hugely perilous position right from the start of the song. The 1st verse ended up as:

‘Out on a dirt track
Dust in my eyes
Wiped blood from my hands
And waved away the flies
Cause you’re dead
And i’ve no alibi’   

And the angle I went with that sometimes we can get into trouble through friendships that we have with others. In this case, the protagonist’s best friend had a drug addiction that led to a run in with gangsters. 

Footprints in the snow

A couple kissing in the snow

Listen to Footprints in the snow

Credits:

Simon Wright – Lyrics

Josh Castagno – Vocals, all music, production

About the song:

I created this lyric as part of a song collaboration on the MuseSongwriters website. The lyric writers in the contest were given a free reign to come up with whatever lyrics they wanted. However, the organiser had suggested that we try to write to an AABA song structure on a theme to do with feet or footwear.

The angle that I took was of a couple who had sneaked out into the snow many years ago for a secret romantic rendezvous. They had been forced into secrecy because the love they shared was in some way taboo.

I was lucky to be paired with amazing American musician Josh Castagno and Josh turned the lyric into a fantastic moving song. And it ended up winning the contest! 🙂 

Poor John Druitt

19th century horse drawn carriage

Listen to and buy the song

Full lyrics

YouTube Video

Credits:

Simon Wright – Lyrics

James Fraser – Vocals, all music, production

About the song:

John Druitt was named retrospectively as a suspect in the infamous Jack the Ripper murders that happened in London in 1888. By the time he was named he was already dead, having committed suicide in the River Thames. All the evidence seems to suggest that he couldn’t have been the killer. For example, he was a very keen cricketer and match records show his whereabouts on key dates and make it implausible that he could then have travelled to some of the murder scenes in sufficient time.

I decided to write a lyric about him. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out. And was delighted when regular collaborator James Fraser picked the lyric up and turned it into a cool atmospheric folk song. 

Liked my latest songs?

I hope you’ve liked my latest songs? If so, then please also check out the My Songs page, where I’ve included some more. And, if you’re a musician, and would like to collaborate with me, then please use the Contact Me form to get in touch with me. 

Olive tree