ABOUT five years ago, we posted a question on our Facebook page asking for song titles. The idea was that we would write songs based on the ideas that we got from people who like our page.
“Teabags for Tears” was suggested by Tharuna Devchand. (Thank you, T!)
I like the alliteration in the song title, I like the sentiment of the healing properties of tea that often come into stories, and I like that this song was actually written before the title came to it.
Some 20 years ago when I was a university student, I penned the first verse of this song, and it was 15 years later that I wrote the second verse.
I recall writing this song somewhere around the time that I watched a film called Into the Wild, a 2007 American biographical adventure drama film written, co-produced, and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the book of the same name written by Jon Krakauer, and tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. He basically wants to abandon life as he knows it and live off the land in nature, and ends up in an abandoned bus. However, as his supplies dwindle, he realizes that nature is also harsh and uncaring. McCandless concludes that true happiness can only be found when shared with others.
At the time, the film had a profound impact on me. I was single, somewhat lost and directionless, and caught in a deep and endless philosophical vortex about the meaning of life. There are two thoughts in the song, Teabags for Tears.
The first is found in 2 Corinthians 4:17 which reads: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
The second is that as human beings, we are not designed to live alone.