13. UNITED KINGDOM III: londonvision – Alexander

“Alexander”
Performed by: londonvision
Music by: Andy Brook
Lyrics by: Andy Brook

Andy Brook from the United Kingdom is responsible for the country’s only victory in the Home Composed Song Contest, with the song “Running On Empty” by londonvision feat. Tiina in 2010.

In his own words:
I moved to London in the 1980s with a head full of tunes and no idea how to turn them into songs. I didn’t work out how to unlock them until 2005, and since then I have been writing songs, sometimes together with my childhood friend David Graaff, and often based on experiences from our lives.

I thought I was beginning to run out of stories until I remembered that there was one massive event in my life that I hadn’t written about, which happened more than 30 years ago. But how do you turn such a profound and scary event into a pop song? Well, add a happy tune and bouncy rhythm, of course!

Whilst I would love people to take the song as an allegory for overcoming depression – something that many of us have experienced – the story is actually a faithful account of an accident. I fell down a lift shaft in an abandoned building. Names have been changed to protect the innocent!

I’ve been taking part in the Home Composed Song Contest since 2007 with good, bad and mixed results. It is exciting, sometimes disappointing, but always a privilege to take part. To my fellow competitors, the very best of luck. Enjoy the competition and may the best song win.

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Lyrics:
Alexander needed more and more excitement in his life,
He went looking for adventure, on the sharp edge of a knife
The thrill was all embracing, though he knew the danger was quite clear
He was overwhelmed by adrenalin and then overcome with fear

He fell down to the bottom of the deepest, darkest hole
He was falling, still falling, totally out of control
But when he thought his time had come
He saw a distant light
And he knew that, if he followed, he would find it
But he knew it would be a fight
The fight of his life

So Alexander started climbing, he was fighting through the pain
It was two steps forward, and one step back, but it was progress all the same
And through the dark at last he sensed that he had reached an open door
And he cried and cried from sheer relief – until he couldn’t cry any more

He fell down to the bottom of the deepest, darkest hole
He was falling, still falling, totally out of control
But when he thought his time had come
He saw a distant light
And he knew that, if he followed, he would find it
But he knew it would be a fight
The fight of his life

Then Alexander hurried home
Before the shock began to bite
He was rocked by the experience
And had a new found love of life

He fell down to the bottom of the deepest, darkest hole
He was falling, still falling, totally out of control
But when he thought his time had come
He saw a distant light
And he knew that, if he followed, he would find it
But he knew it would be a fight

And he knew that, if he followed, he would find it
But he knew it would be a fight