Song Lyric Sunday – Burning Bright by Shinedown

As you all know, I struggle with depression.  This, of course, means that I’ve spent a lot of my life pretending because sometimes it’s easier to pretend than to admit that things aren’t okay.  On one hand I want to say it’s a bad thing, but I think it’s helped in some ways.  You know that whole saying that you have to fake it until you make it?  When things weren’t at their worst, but I could still feel the cloud surrounding me, I decided to get up and do something, no matter what it was, and just by doing it, I could sometimes make the cloud disappear.

It doesn’t always work and it’s never easy.  Most of the time, I just have to live with the cloud and tell myself over and over again that things are okay, even though it feels like everything is falling apart.

I wasn’t sure what song I was going to pick for today, but then I came across this song.  I started listening to Shinedown because they ended up being the headline band at a concert my daughter and I attended.  Little did I know that I would fall in love with them and their style of music.  This song is no exception.

I hope you enjoy!

Lyrics found at Google Play Music

I feel like there is no need for conversation
Some questions are better left without a reason
And I would rather reveal myself than my situation
Now and then I consider my hesitation

The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I’m burning, burning bright

I wonder if the things I did were just to be different
To spare myself of the constant shame of my existence
And I would surely redeem myself in my desperation
Here and now I’ll express my situation

The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I’m burning bright
The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I’m burning

There’s nothing ever wrong, but nothing’s ever right
Such a cruel contradiction
I know I crossed the line, it’s not easy to define
I’m born to indecision
There’s always something new, some path I’m supposed to choose
With no particular rhyme or reason

The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I’m burning bright
The more the light shines through me
I pretend to close my eyes
The more the dark consumes me
I pretend I’m burning

I feel like there is no need for conversation

Written by Brent Smith, Tony Battaglia • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was pretending.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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24 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Burning Bright by Shinedown

  1. Oh yeah; been there done that. It gets harder every day to put on a fake smile and carry on, doesn’t it? I really wonder how much longer I can go on like this. Given that my depression runs along with autism spectrum disorder it makes it almost impossible to hide my pain, admittedly. Pretending is not my strong suit.

    Great pick.

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    • I’m not really very good at it either, but sometimes I do it so other people will leave me alone, you know? I’m sorry you’re having a hard time right now. Please know that you’re not alone, even though it feels like it. Feel free to send me an email if you ever need to talk. ❤️

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  3. I think a popular platitude with mental health practitioners in regard to depression is to ‘fake it ‘till you make it’. So people with depression tend to revert to lies in order to survive. But really …. doesn’t everyone do that?
    My own view is that anyone who refuses to acknowledge depressive impulses is either delusional or simply not paying attention.
    Depressed people make a hell of a lot more sense to me than most others.

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