Lyrics: How many days are you on the road for? How many times you thought driving was a chore? How many hours did you sleep in bed before getting in your minivan? How many times did you change the channel, Taking your hand off the wheel, you scramble. Risking the chance of losing control, Imagine the lives all gone as a whole. We all know of distracted driving, So why don’t we ever emphasize it? There’s more than just texting and calling. You can take lives from GPSs and eating. If there’s something urgent, just pull over. Handle all your tasks off the road. Get rid of the loud noise and distractions. Safe driving saves lives, so let’s take action. Tell your friends they should do the same, Together we can make the world a safer place, The world a safer place. Don’t hesitate to advocate. Together we can make the world a safer place, The world a safer place. Credits: Ukulele Instrumental and Vocals are my own. Backstory: Once a year, I gather data for Santa Clara County on distracted driving in educational areas. I would stand at an intersection next to my school, spending an hour jotting down drivers who were eating, grooming, using devices, etc. The number of vehicles I noted was substantial, over 60 cars were unfocused while driving around thousands of children. I wanted to raise awareness that lives prioritize over tasks. You can always check your phone later, but you once you hit a person, there is no coming back.
Lyrics: A life is a life And a car is a car Who would’ve known they’d ever be at war Well they are Cause the phone comes to play And the drinks so tempting I mean facetime is just one click away I’ll just say hey On my way Just kidding I’d rather not get hit today everyday So I’ll drive all alone Or I’ll drive with the grown But you’re not gonna catch me in these streets With a drink Or a phone in my reach And not when I want sleep Cause I’d rather not kill or get killed as a teen
Inspired by 50-60s classic American rock n roll, this song will ask you a series of questions that you should ask yourself “Before You Get On The Road”. If your answers to my questions do not mirror safety precautions everyone should take before driving, then do not get behind that wheel! So in essence, listening to this song before you begin to drive is a solution to avoid accidents, plus its catchy and very fun to sing. Also, I’ve personally been in two collisions in the past 18 months, so I believe I have some pretty good pointers to give when avoiding an accident. In the verses, I ask you the questions and give you an explanation of what the safe answers to those questions would be. The chorus of the song is me poking fun at myself and warning the listener that they do not want to “learn the hard way” because “insurance is costly” and “med bills are ungodly;” I unfortunately had to learn the hard way. Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship, and I hope you enjoy the song. 🙂 Lyrics: “Before You Get On The Road” by Maria Isabel Nido Verse 1: Are you well rested, well fed? Driving when you’re tired is never the best Having had is better than Putting to test If you can eat on the wheel I’m being real Verse 2: Did you put the phone away? Baby you don’t wanna get distracted on the way Pre-send those messages Want music? Don’t scroll Just turn on the radio Or make a playlist before you go, yeah Before you go Chorus: You don’t wanna learn the hard way Insurance is costly And med bills are ungodly Why risk your life if you can take precautions to be safe? Before you get on the… You don’t wanna learn the hard way Insurance is costly And med bills are ungodly Why risk your life if you can take precautions to be safe? Before you get on the road (2x with interchanging harmonies)
Slow down, don’t hurry This is not gonna end a sad story Don’t make rash choices while you’re driving make safety important Oh, don’t wanna get distracted while you’re driving on the road ‘Cause a crash is ’bout to happen if you don’t get off your phone It’s time to make a change With the way we drive Gotta try to keep everyone safe Gotta stay alert Putting safety first that’s the only way to put a stop to all the hurt Put your seatbelt on focus on what’s in front Put silent on that ring Gotta do the right thing Do the right thing While you’re driving Oooh drive like everyone you love’s in the car with you You’d wanna keep them safe so say no to distractions Reckless driving is preventable when you make the right choices So it’s time then to put safety first, do it right while you’re driving
had my juice and My friends turned up the music I told a funny joke and we hollered while we’re cruising I sped up the highway(High) Made minutes into seconds I’m looking on my iPhone I got another message I’m texting I’m texting I miss the red light Music is too groovy too groovy I miss stop sign Two cars are coming they’re coming they’re coming left right Watch out Watch out Watch out …the same thing can happen to you But life is treasure Try to make a change today Get it together Tomorrow might be too late Gotta remember A car is your weapon any time you drive So drive a little slower No food in the way Texting is a never Your friends must behave Diversion is a killer No matter your age Stay focused when you drive
This is a song written based off the feelings of losing a close friend. A an apology. Lyrics: Remember that November, when we first met? You gave me a world that I’d never expect. It lasted a year, I could never forget. So many promises that couldn’t be kept. And I know… That i should’ve kept my eyes on the road! You called me an angel, but I didn’t see I only brought you misery Everyone knows that should’ve been me but now you’re the angel, so fly free… I’m sorry The lyrics express feelings of regret for killing a close friend by driving recklessly. The chorus expresses this most this guilt most.
For my entry, I am submitting an original song title “I don’t.” This song is about the struggle that most teens go through when deciding whether to look at their phones or not when they are on the road. Each verse reinforces the notion that it is better to be safe than sorry, and that focusing on driving is infinitely more important than any text could be. I had so much fun making this song, and I believe it is a very catchy way of reminding people to stay safe while driving. Honestly, the hardest part about the project was trying to make something under 90 seconds! Here are the lyrics for the song: I Don’t By Max Reed Maxreedd715@gmail.com Verse 1: 365 days Are in a year, And on every single one I need two hands to steer. Verse 2: My foot’s on the gas And my eyes on the road, And a sound that can’t be found Is my new ring tone. Chorus 1: Now I pull up to the light, Do I look at my phone? I don’t. Ooh, I don’t. Verse 3: When I hop in my car I click it, so no ticket, And my phone’s a distraction So you know I gotta ditch it. Chorus 2: But I’m alone on the road, Do I look at my phone? I don’t. Oooh, you bet I don’t.
I sang how a song called “It Can Wait” by Prince William County Schools. This song resembles about texting can wait till later while driving. All distractions can wait so that we are able to protect ourselves and people that we love.
Lyrics: It can wait (repeat 4 times) i kno that at times if feels like we’re invisable. We do what we want when we want where we want without a care in the world. It can wait (repeat 4 times) We can choose how we move forward. But we can never bring time back. While we strive to seixe the moments. We must protect the ones we have. So let patience be your armor in the rush of life stand fast. It can wait (repeat 4 times)
Slow down, don’t hurry This is not gonna end a sad story Don’t make rash choices while you’re driving make safety important Oh, don’t wanna get distracted while you’re driving on the road ‘Cause a crash is ’bout to happen if you don’t get off your phone It’s time to make a change With the way we drive Gotta try to keep everyone safe Gotta stay alert Putting safety first that’s the only way to put a stop to all the hurt Put your seatbelt on focus on what’s in front Put silent on that ring Gotta do the right thing Do the right thing While you’re driving Oooh drive like everyone you love’s in the car with you You’d wanna keep them safe so say no to distractions Reckless driving is preventable when you make the right decisions So it’s time then to put safety first, do it right while you’re driving
turn it off when you drive round turn it off when you drive round you don’t need your phone out turn it off when you drive round mom i’ll come home safe dad i’ll see you soon wont text back gotta focus on the road red lights green both hands wheel nothing to distract my mind stays clear turned my ringer off won’t hear that bell friends can wait im busy now each corner im cautious cool every stop I wait tempted but i won’t cave cause when we drive we must focus even a small distraction can be unsafe don’t be reckless turn it off when you drive round turn it off when you drive round you don’t need your phone out turn it off when you drive round in the driveway glad to be done put it in park we made it home dinner on the table with my family and friends I was cautious driving now i’m back again if theres one thing you could take away when cruising just play it safe turn your phone off they can wait turn your phone off when driving
This song features a girl who receives a call during her drive, and she decides to make the wise decision to not answer it, with the help of a road sign. She then tells the audience to “think twice” when making decisions while on the road. Lyrics: I get my keys, head out the door Can’t wait for what, my wheels turn for In the middle of my drive I see you calling me Won’t pick it up, just let it go See the sign not to call when I drive, you know Cause oh, that’s not right of me Might wanna think twice when picking that up Might wanna take advice when driving some Just focus on the road ahead, and you’ll be fine Might wanna wait off on hitting that send Might wanna realize our lives matter Just keep your hand right on the wheel, and fix your eyes Might wanna think twice
I wrote this original based on my own reckless driving collision with my younger sister in the car. It was a life changing moment and I am so blessed that we were able to come out of it with little to no injuries, especially when I now understand the consequences could have been much worse. Having experienced that, I felt the need to draw awareness on such a grave matter in our society and I hope I’m able to make a difference through my music. Lyrics: It was early Wednesday morning Speeding down that busy street I tried to make a turn, it all went too fast and I screamed What could have happened to me? Slow down, look up, and drive You might just spare a life Slow down, look up, and drive Take this advice: slow down, look up, and drive I was luckier than most We all walked out of there alright Sure I had no car But at least I came out alive Some kids, they can’t survive Slow down, look up, and drive.
Often in todays society, people will not stop doing something unless there is a legitimate reason not to do it. Distracted driving is one of them. Many think that they might be able to text a quick message or take a quick bite, but in reality they are endangering themselves and the people around them. In this song I strived to communicate a message of how driving safe saves lives. The sanctity of life is something everyone should care for, and if simply telling someone that distracted driving is bad wont work, then telling them that it risks the lives of others is the best option. All instruments and vocals performed by Keaton Stout She was in the car and turned the key But immediately she thought to herself They’ve all said I drive unsafe What can I do to be better Street lights and painted signs Reminding her everything she knew I have a future to fulfill And I can’t be reckless for the thrill We’re singing oh oh arrive alive You better put your thumbs on the wheel Turn off your phone don’t break a bone Just let your complexion wait Oh oh arrive alive You better save your drink for later Filling your mouth can always wait better to be safe than sorry Focus on the road to save a life Focus on the road to stay alive Focus on the road to save a life One life is worth more than perfect eyeliner Two lives are worth more than a quick bite to eat Three lives are worth more than having a wild night in the car Focus on the road to save a life Focus on the road to stay alive Focus on the road to save a life
Lyrics Now I will take a breath I’ll get in the front seat I’ll let all my worries pass My mind on the task ahead of me Now my seatbelt’s on and I feel safe With all distractions tucked away I’m prepared, my eyes look straight I’m on the road today I don’t want to risk my life Don’t want to play that game I don’t want to lose sight of The car in the next lane I don’t need the chatter Or the radio chorus I’ll listen to the sound Outside these doors I’m not the only one on these roads I’m not the only teen driving home I’m not the only life to be saved Remember the plan – the time and place Why do I have to be so selfish? Why do I have to be distracted? There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be satisfied Just being alive I believe that the solution to distracted and reckless driving is increased mindful driving. That is why the very first words of my song are “Now I will take a breath”. Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment, and a skill that is useful in all aspects of life, including driving. When we take a breath and focus “on the task ahead”, we open ourselves up to all that is around us. On the road, we are more alert to important signs, the cars, the road itself, the sounds, and the communication that happens between drivers. It is an all too common experience for us to be lost in thought while driving only to realize we have traveled a long way since the last time we were paying attention. The first step to mindful driving is to have a habitual routine before turning on the car to get rid of all distractions and prepare ourselves for driving. In the bridge I “remember the plan – the time and place”, signifying the plan for safe driving. There might be a checklist we run through in our heads, or even on paper to be sure. Is our seatbelt on? Do we know the directions to our destination? Is it safe and legal to drive at this time? Are all “distractions tucked away” (*especially the cell phones*), perhaps in the trunk? In marriage, it is a known adage to not go to bed angry. It is the same thing with driving. Along with physical distractions in the car, such as “chatter” or the “radio”, we also need to clear our minds of all thoughts that take us away from the road. When we “let all our worries pass”, including any angry emotions we might be feeling before driving, we are better “prepared” to “listen to the sound outside these doors”. Let every drive have a beginning ritual. Teens would benefit from practicing a breathing exercise or some sort of mindfulness routine before every drive. When we increase our awareness internally and in our vehicles, we can then escort our awareness to the world beyond us. It is important for teens to be aware that distracted driving really is a “game” that places their life in jeopardy. Not only that, it places others’ lives in jeopardy because as the driver, “I’m not the only one on these roads” and “not the only life to be saved”. When we make careless decisions on the road, it is truly “selfish”. We must all increase our awareness of life and death, remembering how valuable every human life is. We don’t need to text and drive. We don’t need the radio and chatter. No distraction is as important as the life we possess. We should simply be “satisfied just being alive”.
“Little Cross” is a story about losing people you love to distracted driving, specifically Phones. The day I wrote this was two days after I had just been in a car accident myself. I was so blessed to make it through the accident, and I began thinking about what would’ve happened if I hadn’t made it. In less than 30 minuets, I had the whole song written on guitar. This song came together so fast, and I’m really proud of how it came out. Enjoy “Little Cross” By Alleigh Leslie!
“Arrive” Lyrics: Don’t you text and drive ,no We rather you arrive oh Don’t you text and drive ,no We rather you arrive Don’t put your life at stake The texting it can wait Don’t you text and drive ,no We rather you arrive ,oh Don’t you text and drive ,no We rather you arrive It’s about safety first One click can make matters Worse Don’t you text and drive ,no We rather you arrive ,oh Don’t you text and drive, no We rather you arrive Dash the phone it’s not to late let’s lower the death rates Don’t you text and drive ,no We rather you arrive ,oh Don’t you text and drive ,no We rather you be here today No music track. I wrote this song in memory of a friend that passed due to distracted driving this year! I wanted to bring awareness to distracted driving in hopes of creating change and advocating for safe driving!