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New Year's resolutions in lyrics


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From the unused gym membership to the abandoned dairy-free diets. The vow to read more, and the promise to stop drinking so much.

We promise ourselves so much at the start of each year.

Music lyrics have always been there to remind us of the changes we need to make, point out some new ones, or to justify our imperfections.

Here are our resolutions, inspired by lyrics.

Tanyel Gumushan

“Ice cold, I roll my eyes at you, boy, I'm a cool girl, I'm a, I'm a cool girl”

In the year that I turn 21 and graduate from university (hopefully), 2017 is going to be about self-love and the adoption of a badass attitude. It’s time to listen to the Swedish pop superstars; Tove Lo’s lyrics and Zara Larsson’s brilliant tweets.


Lucy Fletcher

“Glass half empty / glass half full / well either way you won't be going thirsty / count your blessings not your flaws”

From the wise words of Lauren Aquilina on ‘King’, this is the year I make a proper effort to work on my mental health instead of just sitting around hoping everything will heal itself.

Bruno Russell

“I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones / Enough to make my systems blow / Welcome to the new age, to the new age.”

Inspired by Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’: This is the year that I won't let anxiety bring me down. I feel it and how it can make me 'blow' but will tackle it head on!

Carly-May Kavanagh 

"I wanna contribute to the chaos / I don't wanna watch and then complain." 

I want to actually get involved with the things I find interesting this year without fear of 'being bad' or what people might think. I don't want to just watch others doing something fun or being part of a cool opportunity, I want to also be there! Self-consciousness shouldn't get to me because really, nobody's focusing on what other people are doing but what they're doing. Thanks, The Front Bottoms!

Yasemin Gumushan

“I believe in dreamin’, shootin for the stars baby, to be number one you’ve got to raise the bar”

Inspired by Sharpay Evans, my New Year’s resolution is to stop procrastinating and make sure I knuckle down to get the best grades when I graduate this summer.

Olivia Firth

"I'm sick of faking diary entries / Gotta get it in my head / I'll never be sixteen again / I'm waiting to live, and waiting to love / It'll be over and I'll still be asking when."

Instead of looking back at previous years with melancholic feelings, I hope to tackle this year head on and begin to stop romanticising old memories. I hope to live in the 'now' and stop looking towards the past for a future a childhood me always thought would happen. I also hope to listen to Dodie Clark more.

George Seabrook

"I'm not doing anything / I'm not doing anything / My body's made of crushed little stars / And I'm not doing anything." 

I didn't want to make resolutions this year because I didn't meet any of the previous year's, but I've realised I'm not at all happy or doing anything at the moment, and that's an enormous waste of my existence. So I'm going to try to remember that this year, I'm going to find help, and I'm going to do something creative with my time - something less vague than this resolution.

Sofia Quaglia

“And I always find, yeah, I always find something wrong / You been putting up with my shit just way too long / I'm so gifted at finding what I don't like the most / So I think it's time for us to have a toast”

This Kanye song never gets old – I still cry most of the time I listen to it. This year I want to learn to own up to my mistakes, be humble, and be honest to myself before going ahead with anything. I want to stop shifting my anger on everybody around me and want to stop pointing out what I don’t like and start looking up to what I do like. 

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