Hello & Hi

by Charlotte Campbell

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Last year I was on a busking break writing a sad, slow song about heartbreak. I was looking down at my guitar in a world of my own, when an unexpected voice interrupted my melodic daydreaming.

“Hey, sorry to bother you, do you know what the time is?”

I looked up in surprise into a pair of crystal blue eyes. An extraordinarily handsome man with messy ginger hair and an amused smile stood before me, waiting for a response.

I started smiling, wondering why he didn’t just ask Big Ben for the time and hoping perhaps he didn’t really want to know the time at all but just wanted an excuse to talk to me! Perhaps he spotted me here, writing songs from the depths of my soul and he thought “I must speak to that beautiful girl!” I started to imagine what my mum might think of this handsome man (my new boyfriend!) when I took him home to meet her. We’d have beautiful children, I’m sure of it! What a wonderful love story this will be when I tell them all about it…

His smile started to fade as the uncomfortable pause got longer and I realised that he did, very much, want to know what the time was.

Quick, I thought, how do you tell the time? I looked at my bare wrist in vain. I started patting around me on the floor for my phone to give him an answer. I stood up, triumphantly.

“It’s ten past one!” I said with confidence.

“Thanks a lot!” he said. He smiled politely and walked swiftly away.

I slumped back down next to my guitar, my face a little hot from pure embarrassment. I looked at my phone again trying to distract myself from the utter shambles I’d made of a perfectly simple interaction. It was ten past two.

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Hello and hi!
You’ve got a face that could light the night sky
And I hope you don’t mind
But I fell in love when you asked for the time

I haven’t felt this way in a while
So how do I make this
More than a passing smile?

I did not know it was dark until I saw the light
If you came back and asked me to dance then I think I might
But I always forget that I’m shy
Until all I can say
All I can say is 
Hello and hi

Hi and hello!
I’ve made a plan how our future should go
And you know it makes sense
A house and a dog and a white picket fence

I haven’t felt this way in a while
So how do I make this
More than a passing smile?

I did not know it was dark until I saw the light
If you came back and asked me to dance then I think I might
But I always forget that I’m shy
Until all I can say
All I can say is 
Hello and hi

Oh if I had the nerve
I’d show you that I deserve you
But my voice goes unheard because
I just can’t find the words

I did not know it was dark until I saw the light
If you came back and asked me to dance then I think I might
But I always forget that I’m shy
Until all I can say
All I can say is 
Hello and hi

Oh if I had the nerve
I’d show you that I deserve you
But my voice goes unheard because
I just can’t find the words

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released August 17, 2017
Charlotte Campbell - writer, vocal, guitar
Will Noon - writer, guitar, piano, producer, arranger

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