Unwritten: A Review

I’ve never reviewed a song before but I recently got asked to listen to Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield and the words hit me like a ton of bricks, so thanks Alex for the prod to listen to it.

Here’s the video –  Unwritten on YouTube

Lyrics

I am unwritten,
Can’t read my mind
I’m undefined
I’m just beginning
The pen’s in my hand
Ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your innovation

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

I break tradition
Sometimes my tries
Are outside the lines
We’ve been conditioned
To not make mistakes
But I can’t live that way oh, oh

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

I totally love the lyrics, I mean I would, they are all about blank pages in a book and wanting to write and be something new. It’s more then that though, so much more.

The songs all about embracing the future, the future totally unique to you and your path. Carving your own through-road in and around the lives of other people. It’s about choosing to embrace the unexpected, the moments of spontaneous opportunity. On top of all that it’s suggestive of the awesome middle ground between free-will and fate. When there is a path we can create by our choices but also the knowledge that we’ve got some help from somewhere.

The part I love most though is the feeling of new beginnings. When times are tough and stuff goes wrong we can close the book on it and move on to something new, something fresh, and something entirely our own.

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3 Responses
  1. Mahtlef says:

    I agree, the song is a good one 😀

    I particularly like the part about mistakes. The song is saying that it is OK to make mistakes in your life. It is also very true that we have been conditioned to think they are a bad thing when actually they help us learn and grow. Nobody is perfect.

    It might be important to observe that the lines “Open up the dirty window, Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find” are in all probability referring to God and letting him into your life. Natasha Bedingfield is Christian and sings about God in a lot of her songs. However that is just my opinion, I might be wrong.

    The music video for the song is also really good as well. It complements the music nicely and brings out more of the songs meaning. I particularly like the gospel choir 😀 It’s not a surprise really that this was Natasha’s first big hit.

    Cheers for the blog, It was awesome 😀

  2. Mahtlef says:

    For anyone who is interested there is actually an alternate video for this song. I’ve been looking for it for a while and have finally found it. It’s the UK release that was aired on British TV channels.

    Although the song is the same the video is completely different. It shows the journey of a book climbing from the bottom shelf in a library right up to the top of a mountain. Once at the top there is some pretty good symbolism of God. Although again that is my opinion. There are other things she could have been thinking.

    There’s a lot more I want to say about it. I have so much going on in my head about the song that I could probably write a paper on it. I actually get more out of this video than the American version. I strongly suggest a look. The video can be found here

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