Gordon Thomas Ward

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Welcome to the Past

Séan’s Song

Talent

Gordon Thomas Ward on lead and harmony vocals, 6-string jumbo guitar.

Background & Inspiration 

I wrote this song in fifteen minutes when I was nineteen after hearing about the suicide of one of my friends. However, it never felt like it was me writing it. It poured out of me so quickly that I could barely get pen to paper fast enough to keep up with the music and lyrics that were spilling out of my head. Séan was a talented piano player who used to play on our high school’s piano in the auditorium during free periods and after school. He and I jammed a couple times at a friend’s house. Séan was the first of my contemporaries to pass away, so it made a huge impression on me. The line in the song about him being a “wayward son” references a song that he loved at the time, “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas. I didn’t want to have the loss of his life be glorified or become the sole focus of the song because choosing to take one’s life is never the right choice, so I twisted the lyrics around to be those that can offer hope as well. I played this song for the first time in public at a gathering that some friends and teachers had for Séan in a church across the street from our high school. Godspeed to you, buddy. If you like the song, play along…it’s in C, your favorite key.

Lyrics

Life is hard to understand.

It twists and turns before you learn to stand.

On your own, looking for your home,

It casts you out and forces you to roam,

But as your life runs down that rocky path 

and troubles crowd your mind,

You know the sun can’t be far behind.

 

You drifted with the tide,

A wayward son hoping he might find

A way to hope, a way that he could dream,

A way to rid himself of life’s unpleasant scheme,

But the more you ran away from life, the harder it became

To try and see the sun through all the rain.

 

Oooo, you’re just a scared young man

Runnin’ hard to keep up with the pace,

But did we ever tell you that we cared enough

To try and help you win your race?

 

Oh, they say that life can heal and be your friend

Or knock you down and cause you pain that never ends,

But the time that you spent struggling on the ground

Overshadowed all the love and friends you ever found,

And as your vision slowly faded on that starlit night in May,

You thought you’d finally found a place to stay.

 

Life is hard to understand.

It twists and turns before you learn to stand.

On your own, looking for your home,

It casts you out and forces you to roam,

But as your life runs down that rocky path 

and troubles crowd your mind,

You know the sun can’t be far behind.

You know the sun can’t be far behind.