Song Stories: Wreckage

By Matthew Mayfield

Song Stories: Wreckage

The chorus of this tune is more of a desperation prayer than anything else.  “Please...I need a hand, I’m stuck in the recklessness where all of this began.”  When the melody first arrived for this one, I wasn’t quite sure where to go lyrically.  I kept seeing an image of a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean - mangled and destroyed by a severe storm.  Sometimes when those swells come at us, they leave pieces of the wreckage behind as reminders.  At times I feel like there’s no more room left on the inside for storing it all.  But without fail, I always manage to cram into whatever compartment is left  and allow it to find its place until it’s time to release and cut ties.  There’s a certain triumphant feeling in the music that rubs against the semi-defeated lyric nicely.  But in the end, the boat must be broken before it can be pieced back together and emerge from those depths as a stronger, steadier ship.