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A little while ago, I was working with Tim Yatras and a couple of other really talented writers and musicians on some song submissions for J-pop artists. We basically get an outline of what sort of thing they’re after and it’s thrown out to the writing team to come up with a rough draft of a song to send back, and ultimately our contact in Japan pitches it to the artist along with other producers and songwriting companies around the world.
Secret Tears is one such song. We were really happy how it came up but ultimately it wasn’t chosen, and we thought it was too good to just let it sit there unheard.
I finished the whole song structure, TY finished the lyrics and did live drums, and then we got our good pal Gareth in once again to do lead vocals, and one of our other writing team, Lucy, to do the bridge vocal.
This is still one of my favourite things we’ve written, hope you enjoy! :)
I sit alone and watch the rain, yeah
Falling down all on its own
I just wanna be at home
My mind is trapped inside a cell, yeah
And inside grows calm and still
And I lay these broken bones
This was my secret
I kept it alive
Through thick and through thin
And with tears in my eyes
Follow no one
Because no one would care
No one will ever be there
Where are you, you’ve gone away
I’m struggling to face the day
Don’t know what you’d even say
These open wounds will never heal
And yet I know this much is real
That I’ll carry this for life
I just can’t feel anymore
Trapped behind this closed door
How did you do this to me?
When you said
Oh, you said
That you love me
released May 20, 2016
Lyrics: T. Yatras
Music: T. Grose/T. Yatras