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Two Poles Apart

Ross Hemsworth

July 24, 2017

Genre: Pop

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A song about living with bipolar disorder


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Brent Baxter

Hey, Ross- thanks for sharing your song.  Wow- that’s a tough subject matter.  Not having personal experience with the topic, I’ll have a (limited) outsider’s perspective.  But here goes…

I think the main thing for me is I want more showing than telling.  I think I’d rather hear about a particular person with bipolar disorder than hearing about the disorder.  Make the person real and empathetic.  Show how it affects that particular person, and it’ll tug on the heartstrings more.  Plus, it’ll probably open up who can sing it.  Right now, the singer is taking on the status of expert.  However, if they just tell Annie’s or Bill’s story, it’s less “hey, I’m an expert telling your about bipolar disorder” and more “hey, let me tell you about my friend, Annie.”

I think if you do that and really paint what it’s like (show me, don’t tell me), it’ll make your song a lot more powerful.

I applaud you for tackling this subject.

Please pay it forward by leaving a comment on another writer’s song.  Thanks!

July 28, 2017

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Ross Hemsworth

Thanks for this Brent. Having suffered with bipolar myself for many years, this one was written from the heart and actually does express it from a personal viewpoint. So many singers and writers in this industry suffer fro depressive illnesses, some have even ended up taking their own lives, and i feel that this is a story well overdue to be told in song.
Ross

July 28, 2017

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Brent Baxter

Hey, Ross- thanks for sharing your song.  Wow- that’s a tough subject matter.  Not having personal experience with the topic, I’ll have a (limited) outsider’s perspective.  But here goes…

I think the main thing for me is I want more showing than telling.  I think I’d rather hear about a particular person with bipolar disorder than hearing about the disorder.  Make the person real and empathetic.  Show how it affects that particular person, and it’ll tug on the heartstrings more.  Plus, it’ll probably open up who can sing it.  Right now, the singer is taking on the status of expert.  However, if they just tell Annie’s or Bill’s story, it’s less “hey, I’m an expert telling your about bipolar disorder” and more “hey, let me tell you about my friend, Annie.”

I think if you do that and really paint what it’s like (show me, don’t tell me), it’ll make your song a lot more powerful.

I applaud you for tackling this subject.

Please pay it forward by leaving a comment on another writer’s song.  Thanks!

July 28, 2017

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Ross Hemsworth

Thanks for this Brent. Having suffered with bipolar myself for many years, this one was written from the heart and actually does express it from a personal viewpoint. So many singers and writers in this industry suffer fro depressive illnesses, some have even ended up taking their own lives, and i feel that this is a story well overdue to be told in song.
Ross

July 28, 2017


Two Poles Apart ( © R Hemsworth 16-06-2017)


YOU CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE

LIVING INTWO KINDS OF REALITY

ONE DAY YOUR WORLD’S A MILE HIGH

YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN ALMOST FLY


BUT THEN SOMEBODY KNOCKS YOU RIGHT BACK DOWN

TO THE DARKNESS OF THE UNDERGROUND

EVIL WORDS CUT THROUGH YOU LIKE A KNIFE

YOU WANT TO RUN AWAY AND END YOUR LIFE

(Chorus)

IT’S SO HARD TO EXPLAIN

YOU'RE DROWNING IN A SEA OF PAIN

BUT THEN SUDDENLY THE SKY IS BLUE

AND THERE’S NOTHING THAT YOU CAN’T DO….

THIS IS HOW WE LIVE, WHEN WE’RE TWO POLES APART


ON A GOOD DAY YOU CAN REACH THE STARS

YOU DREAM OF MANSIONS AND EXPENSIVE CARS

YOU CAN REALLY DO THE WORK OF TEN

TAKE A REST AND DO IT ALL AGAIN



BUT WHEN THE BLACK DOG MEETS YOU AT THE GATE

YOU FALL AT SUCH AN ALARMING RATE

THE MEDICINE DON’T WORK NO MORE

AND YOU’RE KNOCKING AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR


(Chorus)

IT’S SO HARD TO EXPLAIN

WHY YOU’RE DROWNING IN A SEA OF PAIN

BUT SUDDENLY THE SKY SEEMS BLUE

AND THERE’S NOTHING THAT YOU CANNOT DO….

BECAUSE, THIS IS HOW WE LIVE, WHEN WE’RE TWO POLES APART


Middle 8

LIVING IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS, THAT PEOPLE CAN’T SEE

IT’S LIKE LIVING WITH TWO DIFFERENT FORMS OF ME


(Chorus)

IT’S SO HARD TO EXPLAIN

ALL THE ANGUISH AND THE AWFUL PAIN

BUT THEN SUDDENLY THE SKY IS BLUE

AND THERE’S NOTHING THAT YOU CAN’T DO….

THIS IS HOW WE LIVE, WHEN WE’RE TWO POLES APART

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