[Realistically] Thinking Out Loud

My favorite thing about this Ed Sheeran tune is embarrassing my son in the car, while I belt it out with my pretend microphone. If you ever want to make an 8 year old boy slump in his seat, serenade him with some real emotion.

With a title like, Thinking Out Loud – the possibilities are endless. If the title came before the song – was the first draft more realistic? I’m not doubting Ed doesn’t have romantic sweet nothings constantly swirling around his head, but he is human. I’d like to hear the original.

I don’t know, but if it was me? 

It would probably go something like this


When my legs don’t work & they’re hairy for sure
And I can’t sleep in shorts, gotta deal with the heat
Will my husband still try and get a taste of my love?
Will my fake sleep be obvious from my cheeks?

And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70
But, it’s not like I’m still 23.
And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in idealistic ways
Maybe just the touch of a leg…
Well, me – I don’t shave my legs every single day
And I just wanna tell you that

So honey now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
That maybe we found love, but keep your hands off my legs.


That seems practical.

TLC – Waterfalls [I was 10]

I was 10 when this song came out.

My son will be 10 in 2 years.

I jammed to this.

A lonely mother gazing out of her window
Staring at a son that she just can’t touch
If at any time he’s in a jam she’ll be by his side
But he doesn’t realize he hurts her so much

But all the praying just ain’t helping at all
‘Cause he can’t seem to keep his self out of trouble
So he goes out and he makes his money the best way he knows how
Another body laying cold in the gutter
Listen to me

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you’re moving too fast

Little precious has a natural obsession
For temptation but he just can’t see
She gives him loving that his body can’t handle
But all he can say is “Baby, it’s good to me.”

One day he goes and takes a glimpse in the mirror
But he doesn’t recognize his own face
His health is fading and he doesn’t know why
Three letters took him to his final resting place
Y’all don’t hear me

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you’re moving too fast

Come on

I seen a rainbow yesterday
But too many storms have come and gone
Leavin’ a trace of not one God-given ray
Is it because my life is ten shades of gray
I pray all ten fade away
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days

And like His promise is true
Only my faith can undo
The many chances I blew
To bring my life to anew
Clear blue and unconditional skies
Have dried the tears from my eyes
No more lonely cries

My only bleedin’ hope
Is for the folk who can’t cope
With such an endurin’ pain
That it keeps ’em in the pourin’ rain
Who’s to blame
For tootin’ ‘caine into your own vein
What a shame
You shoot and aim for someone else’s brain
You claim the insane
And name this day in time
For fallin’ prey to crime
I say the system got you victim to your own mind
Dreams are hopeless aspirations
In hopes of comin’ true
Believe in yourself
The rest is up to me and you

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to
I know that you’re gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you’re moving too fast

And now I’m a grown up… & I don’t want my kid to listen to music anymore.