Announcing the 2014 Grand Prize Lyric Contest Winner

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Congratulations to Blair Bodine, the winner of our 2014 Grand Prize Lyric Contest! Bodine took home 1st place in our May/June Lyric Contest for her song “Lonely Pretty Things,” a song she wrote after a particularly inspiring trip to Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

For her grand prize, Bodine, who currently resides in New York City, will join singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe for a dream co-write. Bodine will also receive a demo recording session at Omni Sound Studios. American Songwriter will provide hotel accommodations and airfare to Nashville.

Read our Q&A with Bodine here and check out her winning lyrics below.

“Lonely Pretty Things”
Blair Bodine
Nashville, Tennessee

I know the loneliness beauty can bring
A falling star, a sidewalk flower, a feather floating on the wind
A syncopated melody that others try but they just cannot sing
I know the loneliness beauty can bring

And you, you showed that to me
How lonely pretty things can be

I know how easily things fall apart
The crumbling ledge of promises like bridges falling down between our hearts
One minute you are standing there the next you’re packing boxes in your car
I know how easily things fall apart

And you, you showed that to me
How easy leaving things can be

I know forgiveness is the grownup thing to do
A parting gift I’ve yet to give, cause once I do, I’m scared of what I’ll lose
See I held on to pain so long that pain became how I held on to you
Forgiveness is the final gift my heart will give to you

And you, you showed that to me
Didn’t you baby?
You, oh you showed that to me
Forgiving you sets my heart free