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Released in 2022

Ever The Optimist

Written by Lynsey WardJonny KnightMatt Harrison

Last updated on December 23, 2022


Album This song officially appears on the Ever The Optimist Streaming.

Timeline This song was officially released in 2022

Ever The Optimist” is a song written by Exploring Birdsong, a band which describes itself as “a piano driven progressive rock band from Liverpool, UK“.

In the writing process, the band got help from Paul McCartney, as part of a songwriting session he gave at LIPA in 2018.

This song certainly has the most interesting back story to any of the tracks we’ve written. When in university back in 2018, Lyns and Matt were given the opportunity to have a one on one songwriting session with Sir Paul McCartney. This is the song they took into the session and worked on with Sir Paul himself. It’s by far the poppiest song on the record and was the catalyst for centring our songs around synths as well as sole piano parts.

Exploring Birdsong – From Ever the Optimist | Exploring Birdsong (bandcamp.com)

Lyrics

Loss of control

The gears twist and the clock turns

Ever the optimist ’til

The clouds roll in and the bridges burn

The aggravation of drawing blood out

From the stone

We’ve hit the bone


Kingdoms fall

With the weight of it all

And we’re gone


I hate to tell you but the setting sun won’t rise

The shepherd lost his grip and

Now the wolf’s inside


Now the paragon has poison in his veins

We’ll wash away

We’ll all decay


A slowing breath

A sharpened tongue for comfort

Ever the optimist ’til

The deluge hits, but the famine first

The final reckoning

The action and the consequence

You’ve drawn your breath


A fumbling king

Only chaos he’ll bring

An obedient queen

Forced in between

The obscene


I hate to tell you but the setting sun won’t rise

The shepherd lost his grip and

Now the wolf’s inside


Now the paragon has poison in his veins

We’ll wash away we’ll all decay

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