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Lyric of the Week: I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO WRITE

Things were slow this week

It was easier to stay in bed

I chose to get more sleep

Rather than face myself again

Is it just depression

Working its way into my brain

Or is it a form of rebellion

At having to get up at 5 day after day

Well one thing’s true and one thing’s right

Through long work days and shortened nights

Whether in the dark or in the light

I have not yet begun to write.


Things were weird this week

I didn’t get my pages done

Before work, so I had to sneak

And steal away under the gun

But I managed to do it

I got my thoughts onto the page

It was tough but I got through it

And maybe it was just a growing stage

With all the sounds and all the sights

With all the lines clichéd and trite

There is no wrong, there is no right

I have not yet begun to write.


Things were funky this week

I went through my waking hours in a daze

Some kind of confusing streak

Was shrouding my vision in a haze

I couldn’t see too far ahead

But the other choice was sliding back

The thought of that filled me with dread

So I fought to keep myself on track

The threat of slipping back into the deep black night

Was in no way imagined or slight

I had to put up a fight to maintain my right

I have not yet begun to write.


Because it’s my duty to speak the truth

Even if it’s “incorrect” or uncouth

Even if it goes against the grain

And stirs up a mini-hurricane

With piano and paper, computer and pen

I’ll expose and condemn, and protect and defend

I will fight for what’s right

With all my might

I have not yet begun to write!


©2021 The Hesh Inc.

Ya gotta fight for your right to write.
Ya gotta fight for your right to write.

This one goes back to late 2002 or early 2003, when I was working as a limo driver as a stopgap between being laid off from my publishing job in the wake of 9/11, and moving to California. Trying to find time to write, especially when I felt I had a lot to say, was always a challenge. And sometimes, it was easier to write about not being able to write what I wanted to write about, than actually writing it. It continues to be a struggle, after several cross-country moves and upgrades in my job situation that required increasing degrees of responsibility and commitment.


The music for this song is actually a fast-paced, minor-key rocker that I composed a number of years before when I was living in Philadelphia. I have written several sets of lyrics to this music but I never actually performed it outside of a rehearsal room.

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