By Nicholas Hooper

Understanding’s on my mind now
Look inside and try to find now
The reason for that endless fear
That wakes me up each night, each year

That fear is understanding what to do now
About this, about that, there’s always something new now
But what it is is hidden right behind
That shadow that lives inside my mind

That shadow is the grownups of my past
That led my through dark tunnels till at last
I knew not where or why I was going
That knowledge I had no way of knowing

To live a life, to understand each thing
The world will surely ever bring,
‘Impossible!’ I cry, no way to know
Which way to see, which way to go

But ever try to understand
And that is all, just take my hand
And show me light and show me space
So I can find a peaceful place

A room inside to work it out
A chance to twist and jump and shout
‘Hooray!’ for not knowing, just being
For that’s a life that’s ever freeing.



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper