Ye_Old_Fountain_Pen

United States

The fifty-something-year-old thread binding of a hardcover... a trusty pen... ancient typewriters... paperbacks with covers that don't stick up... just some things that I and so many writers share nostalgia for ;)

Message to Readers

Thanks for checking out my songwriting entry! A lot of the inspiration for this piece comes from something I heard awhile back. I think it was one of my grandparents who said that you can sometimes tell if a house once stood somewhere by the daffodils (or buttercups, which are similar to daffodils if not the same) that grow in the area. So even when the house is gone, the flowers are still there. I thought this was sweet -- sad, but sweet -- and thus it has inspired some of my works, such as this song (:

Heart of Daffodils

February 12, 2021


(Melancholy chords of just guitar, approximately ten seconds. Guitar continues under)

There was a house
Away down that lane
Its walls are gone
But its heart remains

(Melancholy chords of just guitar, approximately ten seconds. Guitar continues under)

Seems like yesterday
When the newlyweds moved in
They brought very little with them
Except the love they felt within
They knew they'd have to work
To make a life of their own

(A couple of short, distinct chords of just the guitar. Guitar stops)

The first thing they did was plant daffodils
And call their little house home

(Melancholy chords on guitar, approximately five seconds. Guitar continues under, pace slightly increased)

Through their sweat and dedication
Never defeated, never shaken
They gave their kids an education
Showed them joy that can't be taken
Forged bonds that can't be broken
Made memories that can't be stolen
It was all worth it in the end

(A pause of approximately four seconds. Guitar continues under, pace slower)

Years have passed, the birds have flown
The children are grown and gone

(Guitar stops)

First the man, then his bride
Entered into beyond

(A pause of approximately four seconds. Sweet, melancholy chords of the guitar resume under)

If you happen to go
Down that lane
You will surely find
That something still remains

(Guitar stops)

A bunch of yellow daffodils
All carefully arranged

(Melancholy guitar chords resume, starting again as if from the very beginning)

There was a house
Away down that lane
Its walls are gone
But its heart remains

(Guitar chords steadily slow down)

There was a house
Away down that lane
Its walls are gone
But its heart remains

(Guitar chords gradually slow down as verses come to a close)

There was a house
Away down that lane
Its walls are gone
But its heart remains

(One- or two-second pause, then guitar gently thrums, signaling the end)
This is mostly a slower-paced song with heavy country blues and folk music themes. Pace and tune is repetitive, though it does pick up a little at the second stanza and especially the fourth stanza, and slows down towards the last three stanzas. The tune sometimes pauses entirely, as indicated in parentheses.

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7 Comments
  • ✧♬TwinklingLights♬✧

    re: thanks, man! uhmmmm I'd rather keep the piece somewhat anonymous


    3 months ago
  • The Inky Writer

    This is a beautiful song.

    RE: Thank you so much for your very kind comment!


    3 months ago
  • Zirong

    re: thank you so much! Have a nice day! :D


    3 months ago
  • Stone of Jade

    aww this is gorgeous!! Such a heartfelt, loving, summery vibe! Really well written! I wish i could hear it in the tune you imagine it in <3 so beautiful


    3 months ago
  • Ava Marie

    I love this so much! It's really pretty and is definitely something I would listen to. I'm not entirely sure why, but this gives me "Vincent" by Don McLean vibes. If you haven't heard it before, I would definitely recommend.


    3 months ago
  • Ye_Old_Fountain_Pen

    Re-submitted this to avoid the large capital letter at the beginning -- thought the piece would cleaner that way ;)


    3 months ago
  • Odyssey

    Really beautiful!


    3 months ago