I Never Left

KC Turner Songwriter Club – Challenge #3


Behind the Music

“I Never Left“ was song assignment #3 in KC Turner’s Songwriting Club. We had to use it as the title and in the lyrics and had one week to write, perform, and share the song.

The chorus came to me on the first day of the challenge but the music for the verses didn’t come very easily. Finally on my way to work on Wednesday I hummed out a tune I thought would work so immediately when I got to the office I recorded it – cause if you don’t you forget it pretty quickly.

On my Thursday morning commute to work, I had worked out a first draft for 2 verses. (Songwriters always need to have pen and paper ready!) I was pretty happy with what I came up with and decided to do one more draft recording to help capture the song as it was so far. I also wanted to give it some time to simmer in case I could improve some of the wording. By the end of the day, though, I knew I wouldn’t have much time this weekend to work on it so I called it “done” and recorded it.

It’s interesting when you have such a tight deadline for a song. I always wonder what the final product would be if I had another week. I definitely think some of the lyrics could be improved. But it is what it is and there’s nothing that says that I can’t someday rework it.


© 2010 Ben Chilcote

I’ve been silent, I know
Invisible – But no
I never left you.
And I never will
I’ve been hiding
‘Cause I’m not invincible
But know
I never left you
And I never will

Yet again
Words are not exchanging
I dodge your eyes
I sense my fear engaging
My mistake is I try to fake my innocence
Instinct says
Silence is my only defense
Against unknown consequence


There are things inside of me
That I want to shout!
You can’t see
It’s killing me that I can’t figure it out
There’s a wall you can’t cross and I can’t see around
Is this the day courage says “I’m breaking it down!”
Gotta find a way to get back to you


You took a chance
Don’t give up on me!
I could take a chance…


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