I enter songwriting contests from time to time and at the end of 2020 I was pleased, and astonished, to have won the UK Songwriting Contest 2020.

This competition is held annually and had around 10,000 entries from 84 countries for the 2020 contest.

I won the lyrics category with these words:

It’s Later Than You Think
2020© John Schofield

Verse 1
On a restroom wall in Baltimore
Above a broken sink
Someone scratched this message:
It’s later than you think

Verse 2
I took this simple line to heart
I knew that it was true
I built myself a little boat
And sailed the ocean blue

Chorus:
You are the captain of your fate, your only master’s you
Don’t ever let yourself regret the things you didn’t do

Verse 3
Go and see the Northern Lights
Or visit Timbuktu
But better do it now, my friend,
Time catches up with you.

Chorus:
You are the captain of your fate, your only master’s you
Don’t ever let yourself regret the things you didn’t do

Verse 4
I won’t forget that simple line
Scratched above a broken sink
That changed my life forever
It’s later than you think

NB: The last verse was added later and doesn’t appear in original versions of the song.