Song Spotlight: 7 Years

Music is such a beautiful thing. It has the ability to open up a new realm, define your mood and feelings, and tell a story that couldn’t have been told otherwise. An artist is capable of translating simple words into something more — like poetry. How many of you can agree that your music library is full of various playlists? One for every season, every mood, and every type of occasion you could think of, right? That’s why we love digital music services like Spotify and personalized radio stations such as Pandora. It’s curated for our tastes, lifestyles and moods. And then there’s YouTube, SoundCloud and even Facebook that helps us discover up and coming talent… 

This week’s song spotlight features Leah Guest, a 19 year old singer/songwriter from England, and her rewrite of Lukas Graham’s hit “7 Years.” I stumbled upon this on my Facebook newsfeed and have had it on repeat since. In a nutshell, it’s honest, empowering, relatable; and pretty much restores faith in humanity. It’s also a feel good song that needs a spot on your playlist ASAP!

 

Once I was seven years old and my mama told me to be the kindest girl that I could be 
Once I was seven years old 

This is a scary world, I didn’t let that phase me 
We put our brave face on from the morning til the evening 
And by eleven I learnt words that hurt more than bruises 
Life is a restless game, we’re tryin not to lose it 

Once I was eleven years old, my daddy told me – my heart had to be the prettiest thing about me 
Once I was eleven years old

I’ve always dreamt so big, and I’ma keep on dreaming 
And in a hopeless world, I’ve always kept believing, I’ve always kept on breathing, always kept achieving 
Despite the sticks and stones, I will not be defeated 

Soon I’ll be twenty years old and my brothers told me to hold the ones who love me most so closely 
Soon I’ll be twenty years old 

I wanna make a change, make this place a little better 
We need to live within a world where everybody matters 
I don’t wanna see anyone’s sons or daughters cryin, cause they don’t fit in with what society has taught them

Soon I’ll be twenty years old and my friends have told me to keep my chin up when my tears are streaming 
Soon I’ll be twenty years old 

Soon we’ll be thirty years old, what will our lives hold? Will I be satisfied with all that surrounds me?
Soon I’ll be thirty years old 

No matter how old we are age is just a number 
It’s never too late to love 
To reach or care for each other 
To forgive a brother, or to find a lover 
Life is a mystery waiting to be discovered 

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, my life will be a story
Where my children tell their children about me
I’ll watch a generation rise up to change the nation, the past lays down foundations for the future celebrations

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, will I be all alone cause I never valued what was all around me?
Soon I’ll be sixty years old 

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, and God will show me that he was by my side through my every heartbeat 

Once I was seven years old and my mama told me to be the kindest girl that I could be 
Once I was seven years old 
Once I was seven years old

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