A selection of work from our participants
Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Back
Back in the day, the SAOL participants wrote and recorded three songs - 'I don't care what the people say', 'The night is young' and 'Stronger Woman Now'. You can hear each song by clicking on the title - to add to the experience, some of the lyrics are reproduced below:
"Suddenly we had so much to say, we talked for hours every day
You made me laugh and showed to me all the things that love could be" - from 'I don't care what the people say'.
"I'm tired of painting this town blue. There's so many things I want to do. I'm tired of feeling that I don't belong. Tonight this town belongs to me" - from 'The night is young'.
"I'm a stronger woman now and there's no turning back. I'm a stronger woman now, nothing's gonna hold me back" - from 'Stronger Woman Now'
I love the summer
It brings me lots of good memories
All related to my daughter
And all the beautiful days out on the beach
If I could change just one thing
I’d be a millionaire, have lots of bling
I wouldn’t have to worry about a thing
I’d be so rich everyday I would sing
Live the life of a king
But as it goes I am broke
And believe me this is no joke
Maybe though I’ll meet a millionaire
A man with style and flare
Fall in love, into each other’s eyes we’d stare
O to live my life without a care.
The Winter Sun
Well I always love the sun when it shines.
The sun shines through the clouds and it's a softer kind of sun
But shines so nice even though the snow is all over the ground.
I love walking through the snow, the noise it makes
And the way it falls when I walk on it.
I love watching the telly when I see people skiing down the slopes
I always see other people wearing sun glasses
And say to myself “O God, if only that was me and the kids”
Well as I always say, ‘maybe some time’.
When I was young I had lovely long hair
But that was the fashion and fashion meant so much that I went out and worked for it.
Levi’s was what everyone was wearing
Well I had every colour that came out
And as for the shoes and me runners
I would only wear Air-Max and all the top brands.
As my fella’ always says
“You weren’t born with a silver spoon – you had a platinum one”
“It’s not my fault my ma went out and worked”
And he says
“Well, your ma was buying all the robbed clothes”
And I said,
“And why did your ma not buy any?”
And he said
“Any time my ma wanted some, your f***ing ma had them all”