Packing My Bags is basically the twin song of Time To Leave.
Both songs deal with getting away from everyday life but this song is, amongst other things, from the perspective of a self-absorbed musician who goes around doing whatever he/she wants without thinking about their loved ones back home. God knows I’m guilty of this – I throw myself 100% into whatever I’m doing at the time to the exclusion of everything else. I think most working musicians are a little bit selfish, you kinda have to be. By the end of the song the musician realises that they need to be there for their loved ones as well as pursue their career.
The rest of the lyrics are just about positivity, being happy and the summer. The way I write lyrics always starts with a ‘stream of consciousness’ approach – I stop thinking and just sing random words and sentences that just pop into my head. Afterwards I will use the structure and melody to write the final lyrics around. I have sung some really weird shit in the early stages of songwriting! Sometimes I like the initial line well enough to keep – the line in Carousel ‘How are we ever gonna get ourselves out of this one?’ was a stream of consciousness line that I kept intact. Packing My Bags is full of them.
Its also worth noting that this is the most relentlessly upbeat and catchy song I’ve ever written. The full version contains happy claps and cowbell. I’m sure some people will hate it!
Packing my bags and I’m on a plane
And I’m never gonna see this place again
‘Cause you know nothing ever went my way
Well I made a wish on a falling star
Yeah I wished that it would take me to wherever you are
‘Cause I know that everything will be fine today
And I can feel the sun is round the corner
We’re living life, we take it day by day
And if you need to cry I have a shoulder
But if you blink I might just slip away
Well I never wished to be all alone
But wherever I feel like laying my hat is home
And it shows, oh in the way I sing and play
Drinking with friends as the sun goes down
And playing on my guitar is sure to lighten my frown
Up and down, oh is the way I live these days
And I can see that hope is round the corner
I’m wide awake, switched on and self-aware
And I admit I probably should have told her
But right now I just cannot seem to care
You know I could leave today
Find my place out in the world
There’d be nothing more to say
But maybe we should take time to let our wings unfurl
‘Cause all I know is that I love you
And all I know is that I care
And if there are dark skies above you
Just look around you know I will be there