Week 52: Just to help one another survive

And here it is folks, song number 52. Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “I put my big question about life to my biological son Mark. Mark is a pediatrician, and author of a memoir, The Eden Express. It is about his crackup, straightjacket and padded cell stuff, from which he recovered sufficiently to graduate from Harvard Medical School.Dr. Vonnegut said this to his doddering old dad: ‘Father, we are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.’ I read that a long time ago and it’s always been one my favourite quotes, so I thought I’d see if I could use the idea in a song.

Huge thanks to Chris Tuck who patiently recorded all the songs for the blog. Chris will be working with us soon to produce an album of the best of these songs.

      Just to help one another survive - Simon Van Gend

52 Just to help one another survive
To stream all 52 songs on soundcloud, click here.


Yesterday, on my way to the station I saw
A nest full of chicks in the treetops crying for more

No-one seems sure
What they were put on this mad world for
But I guess we’re alive
Just to help one another survive

She phoned me up, said she’s ready to do herself in
We spoke for hours about nothing and everything


Here on our rock we go endlessly circling the sun
Another year over and we’re back to where we began


Success isn’t measured by nuggets of gold in your sieve
The winner’s the one who gives someone else reason to live

6 thoughts on “Week 52: Just to help one another survive

    • Thanks Christel, that’s great to hear. The idea of a book of my lyrics has been suggested before, but I’m not sure how much of a market there would be. It’s hard enough selling CDs. But now you’ve got me thinking – maybe!

  1. hey simon, i am so happy i was introduced to your work. this is a beautiful song, i immediately shared it with my winner. this is an inspirational feat of raw honesty and creativity. thank you.
    ‘god and other artists are always a little obscure’ – oscar wilde

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