Keep Your Head Up

"Feeling blind, I realizeAll I was searching for, was me"

– Ben Howard, Keep Your Head Up

I just love this song so much. It gives me hope. I don't know the story behind it, but the lyrics speak to me of recovery, of healing and discovery – of connection with yourself, and the people who love (and I mean truly love) you:

Now I saw a friend of mine, the other day And he told me that my eyes were gleamin' Oh I said I'd been away, and he knew Oh he knew the depths I was meanin' And it felt so good to see his face All the comfort invested in my soul Oh to feel the warmth, of his smile When he said, 'I'm happy to have you home.'

I haven't even left yet, and I'm already looking forward to coming home. And I mean really coming home.

Keep Your Head Up

I spent my time, watching The spaces that have grown between us And I cut my mind on second best Oh the scars that come with the greenness And I gave my eyes to the boredom Still the seabed wouldn't let me in And I try my best to embrace the darkness In which I swim

Now walking back, down this mountain The strength of a turnin' tide Oh the wind so soft, and my skin Yeah the sun so hot upon my side Oh lookin' out at this happiness I searched for between the sheets Oh feelin' blind, I realize All I was searchin' for, was me Oh oh-oh, all I was searchin' for was me

Oh yeah, keep your head up, keep your heart strong No, no, no, no, keep your mind set, keep your hair long Oh my, my darlin', keep your head up, keep your heart strong Na, oh, no, no, keep your mind set in your ways Keep your heart strong Now I saw a friend of mine, the other day And he told me that my eyes were gleamin' Oh I said I'd been away, and he knew Oh he knew the depths I was meanin' And it felt so good to see his face All the comfort invested in my soul Oh to feel the warmth, of his smile When he said, 'I'm happy to have you home.' Oh oh-oh, I'm happy to have you home

Oh yeah, keep your head up, keep your heart strong No, no, no, no, keep your mind set, keep your hair long Oh my, my darlin', keep your head up, keep your heart strong No, no, no, no, keep your mind set in your ways Well keep your heart strong

'Cause I'll always remember you the same Oh eyes like wildflowers, oh with your demons of change

May you find happiness here (Keep your head up) (Keep your heart strong) (Keep your head up) (Keep your heart strong) May all your hopes all turn out right

Keep your head up, keep your heart strong No, no, no, no, keep your mind set, keep your hair long Oh my, my darlin', keep your head up, keep your heart strong No, no, no, no, keep your mind set in your ways Keep your heart strong

'Cause I'll always remember you the same Oh eyes like wildflowers, oh with your demons of change

Written by Benjamin John Howard • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Sober, alcohol free recovery blogger.

Photographer. Writer. Ex-Blackout Artist.

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