• Melissa

Creating "Breathe Underwater"

Updated: Mar 28



Writing A Song

The creative act of writing a song is equal parts cathartic and frustrating. I usually get the urge to write a song at the most inconvenient times (freshly painted nails or exhausted at midnight, I'm looking at you!). But if I've learned one thing it's to listen to that urge, and nurture it rather than quash it with doubts or the thought of "I'm too busy, I'll do it later." Every composer/musician creates their song in their own special unique way. For me it's the melody and bass line that come first and foremost. The story, the lyrics, figure themselves out once the song takes hold.

Being a writer I have about a million stories floating around in my head. Fiction or non, they all have their place somewhere.

Breathe Underwater The song was born from diving. Ever since my first dive in 2008 with my sister and friend in Koh Phi Phi, I knew I was hooked on being a mermaid. (Pun intended.) I became obsessed with sun-seeking and more importantly looking for the perfect dive, an underwater world full of marine life - fish, turtles and coral. Growing up in Australia, I was practically born by the sea, spending every Summer and many seasons in between by the ocean. I like the idea of leaving it up to the listener to decide whether I’m singing from a scuba diver’s point of view, or a siren/mermaid’s song.

For those of you who have dived before, you'll understand the calmness and impressiveness that comes from being 40m below the surface of the ocean. I hope this song can convey how truly beautiful it is in this mysterious blue world beneath the waves.





Lyrics

Oceans underneath, it's so much better

hoping for relief, in all this salt

and sand gives way to deep

you know it's where I'm free

I am, I'm under the sun

it makes me

makes me want to run

this world feels

it feels like a gun

and I am, I am not made for fun


Breathe underwater, and breathe

deep dark and clear, you'll breathe

Into the ocean. This saltwater sphere

Let go of fears


Sink or swim, come, and find your sea legs,

while I shed my skin, but I'm aware

that you're without a fin

don't worry I'm right here

I am, I'm under the sun

it makes me

makes me want to run

this world feels

it feels like a gun

and I am, I am not made for fun


Breathe underwater, and breathe

deep dark and clear, you'll breathe

Into the ocean. This saltwater sphere

Let go of fears x2


Bridge interlude


Breathe underwater, and breathe

deep dark and clear, you'll breathe

Into the ocean. This saltwater sphere

Let go of fears x2



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