#TheScriptChallenge: If You Could See Me Now

Welcome to week 4 of #TheScriptChallenge! Get inspired by the most heartbreaking songs of The Script, If You Could See Me Now.

Note: Sorry about giving the wrong lyrics before. Mark confirmed it’s NOT   “I won’t know a wind until it crossed me”.   My bad!

If You Could See Me Now is such a personal song, it almost didn’t make it to the album #3. Both Danny and Mark said it was a song they simply had to write about the losses of losing a parent – it was one of those moments when a song is not about making it for others but writing it for themselves.

“As a band, writing that song was the bravest thing we’ve ever done. It’s us imagining what our parents would say were they still here. We like to think they would be proud of us and our achievements, but they’d probably be telling us off for drinking and smoking and swearing too much. And you know what, they’d be right.” (Danny)

Danny’s verse is all about the love and respect he has for his dad. He said often that he’s trying to fit the shoes his father left behind and it’s never so apparent than in If You Could See Me Now.

I’m trying to make you proud
Do everything you did
I hope you’re up there with God saying “That’s my kid”

Mark’s part reflects the uncertainty he feels for not having his parents any more to guide him.

Would you follow every line on my tear-stained face
Put your hand on a heart that was cold
As the day you were taken away?

It’s one the songs that hits you right in the gut, no matter where you are in your life:

So if you’ve lost a sister, someone’s lost a mom
And if you’ve lost a dad then someone’s lost a son

It was released as a single from #3 in March, 2013 and was in the top 20 in both Ireland and the UK.

The lyrics

It was February 14 Valentine’s Day
The roses came but they took you away
Tattooed on my arm is a charm to disarm all the harm
Gotta keep myself calm but the truth is you’re gone
And I’ll never get to show you these songs
Dad you should see the tours that I’m on
I see you standing there next to Mom
Both singing along, yeah arm in arm
And there are days when I’m losing my faith
Because the man wasn’t good he was great
He’d say “Music was the home for your pain”
And explained I was young, he would say
Take that rage, put it on a page
Take the page to the stage
Blow the roof off the place
I’m trying to make you proud
Do everything you did
I hope you’re up there with God saying “That’s my kid!”

[Chorus:]
I still look for your face in the crowd
Oh if you could see me now (Oh if you could see me now)
Would you stand in disgrace or take a bow
Oh if you could see me now (Oh if you could see me now)

(Oh if you could see me now)

If you could see me now would you recognize me?
Would you pat me on the back or would you criticize me?
Would you follow every line on my tear-stained face
Put your hand on a heart that was cold
As the day you were taken away?
I know it’s been a while but I can see you clear as day
Right now, I wish I could hear you say
I drink too much, and I smoke too much dutch
But if you can’t see me now that shit’s a must
You used to say I won’t know a win until it cost me
Like I won’t know real love ’til I’ve loved and I’ve lost it
So if you’ve lost a sister, someone’s lost a mom
And if you’ve lost a dad then someone’s lost a son
And they’re all missing out, yeah they’re all missing out
So if you get a second to look down on me now
Mom, Dad I’m just missing you now

I still look for your face in the crowd
Oh if you could see me now (Oh if you could see me now)
Would you stand in disgrace or take a bow
Oh if you could see me now (Oh if you could see me now)

Oh, oh
Would you call me a saint or a sinner?
Would you love me a loser or winner?
Oh, oh
When I see my face in the mirror
We look so alike that it makes me shiver

I still look for your face in the crowd
Oh if you could see me now (Oh if you could see me now)
Would you stand in disgrace or take a bow
Oh if you could see me now (Oh if you could see me now)
Yeah I’m just missing you now

I still look for your face in the crowd
Oh if you could see me now (Oh if you could see me now)
Would you stand in disgrace or take a bow
Oh if you could see me now (Oh if you could see me now)

If you could see, you could see me now [x2]

“I won’t know a win until it cost me”

Note: Sorry about giving the wrong lyrics before. Mark confirmed it’s NOT   “I won’t know a wind until it crossed me”.   My bad!

I chose this as the line of the week because as a motherly advice it can’t get any better. There are misfortunes we have to go through to really understand what they mean, to really grasp the lesson. There also are certain things, people, who, like the wind, can be benign, even helpful for a bit but they change turns and will hinder us instead – that’s usually when true colours are shown.

Hope it’ll inspire you to create something great, looking forward to see them all! Don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be an edit, it can be a drawing, a poem, a personal story, a song etc. Create something that feels true to you.

Make sure you include the quote somewhere (anywhere) in your creation.

For example:

  • an edit with that line
  • you singing the song (cover)
  • draw something that reflects the quote and include it in the caption
  • write a short story that includes that line
  • etc.

Have a look at first week’s submissions if you need some ideas.

Guidelines

When I say “creation”, I use it in the widest of sense: it can be a drawing, painting, montage, photograph, digital or manual art, edits, videos, gifs, short stories, poems, real life stories, blog posts, music and anything else you can think of when you say art. Don’t limit yourself with the format.

Please include the line of the week in your art. It doesn’t have to be featured as the main piece but it has to be included at least in the caption.

Only submissions sent until midnight Dublin time on Saturday will be included in the challenge.

You’ve probably noticed, I really like hashtags, so please humour me and use the hashtag (#TheScriptChallenge) when you share your art on social media. 🙂

You don’t have to do it every week: you can join whenever you feel like it. No excuse not to do it, really! 🙂 The more you practice art the better so to help that along there are special prizes for the “frequent fliers” 🙂

Any questions, let me know.

Love,

Andrea

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