Overwhelmed

I'm an eternal procrastinator. I have a mental block on doing things that aren't due immediately, and I can’t function with ambiguous deadlines. However, I don’t know how I could have possibly started on this assignment any sooner. I’m in a constant state of growth and reinvention, as we all should be. If I’m getting the most out of an experience, it should be changing me and shaping what I believe. I feel like the proverbial wall, and everyone is throwing information at me. I haven’t had a chance to step back and assess the damage because I can’t tell what’s sticking when I’m still under fire. On top of that, I’m well on my way to being tossed into the bottomless pit called the “real world”, and I’m not particularly excited. My parents are pressuring me to get a job, when I can’t even think about that yet. I can barely think past this oral exam. I need to figure things out before I progress. Everything’s happening so fast and the only way I can describe it is “overwhelming”. There’s so much pressure to decide something, but I don’t know if I’m ready to say things with conviction.

So, I'm writing this credo in a comfortable format. Instead of presenting an epic about what I believe, here are a series of songs. You have the option of listening to the demo tracks, reading lyric sheets, or following along with both. I've included the lead sheets for documentation purposes. I recognize that sometimes Michelle is a dish best served in person, so I recommend at least listening for as long as you can stomach my highly compressed .mp3 files. If I can improve the quality, I'll replace these versions.

Note: Right/option click titles to download tracks.

Overwhelmed

E
This “expression” is “immediate”
A
And I hope I’ll do my “best”
E
To write a credo that is “founded
B
on specific experiences and texts.”
C#m
So I’ll take the “train of passion”
C#m B A
In hopes that I’ll “strike out”
E
“Towards some further point over the horizon”
B B B B B B
Instead of just thrashing about, spewing out doubt, and generally complaining about how

E
I’m overwhelmed
C#m
I’m overwhelmed
A B E
This credo project’s giving me such hell
E
There’s so much pressure to be creative
C#
And I don’t know if I can take it
A B E
I’m overwhelmed; I’m overwhelmed; I’m overwhelmed

E
So of course I’ve known about this, damn
B
Since I joined the Honors program
D A
But I keep on changing the things I think
E
I feel like the proverbial wall
B
Getting pelted by information and all
A
It hasn’t stopped yet
B C#m
So how can I so how can I tell you what sticks?
A B E
This oral examination is making me sick

E
Well, I’m overwhelmed
C#m
I’m overwhelmed
A B E
This credo project’s giving me such hell
E
There’s so much pressure to be creative
C#
And I don’t know if I can take it
A B E
I’m overwhelmed; I’m overwhelmed; I’m overwhelmed

E
Now I could blather on and on
B
Kill every tree in my front lawn
D A B
Print a manifesto worthy of leather binding
E
Instead of writing words that aren’t profound
B
And talking myself into the ground
A B C#m
I’m much more suited to get this guitar grinding
A B E
And just incase you needed some reminding…

E
I’m overwhelmed
C#m
I’m overwhelmed
A B E
This last semester came straight out of hell
E
And I don’t know if I’ll survive
C#
I’ll barely make it out alive
A B
I’m overwhelmed; I’m overwhelmed
D C#m
I’m overwhelmed; I’m overwhelmed
A B E
I’m overwhelmed; I’m overwhelmed; I’m overwhelmed

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