#SongLyricSunday | “Reincarnate” – Motionless In White

Happy Spooktacular Sunday, ya’ll! 😀 It’s #SLS time again, so make sure you follow the theme link below to Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, to check out today’s picks!

This week’s theme is: Lean | Sit | Stand

In the spirit of the upcoming All Hallow’s Eve, my pick this week was just as much for the lyrics as for the video. It’s 100% Halloween cinema-worthy. Plus, I just really like keeping everyone on their toes – Which genre will she pick this week? 😀 Released in 2014, “Reincarnate” is the title song of MIW’s album by the same name – the 3rd and final record under their original label, Fearless Records. Lead Singer, Chris Motionless, was quoted in an interview stating that they knew the album would be the one to make or break their band, so they decided to say “f**k it” and do it exactly the way they wanted to, not for anyone else. Turns out, that approach really paid off, as they’ve released 5 albums since and seem to gain more popularity with each new hit release.

Personally, Motionless In White is my favorite male screamo-gothic-metal band and those who follow me on Instagram and Twitter already know that I have a major crush on their lead guitarist, Ryan Sitkowski…

…and that he’s the inspiration behind the main antagonistic anti-hero/hero in my psychological romance WIP. But all that great reason aside, I like MIW mostly because their lyrics, while often brutally honest to the point of cynical about the world/society/people, are pretty spot on. They’re the perfect band to get me in the right mood when I need to tap into some raw, angry, defiant, or confrontational energy for one of my characters or scenes. While it would never stop me from listening to them, I’m glad Chris Motionless has come into more of his own look now, rather than this Marilyn Manson version. Enjoy!

Content Warning: Explicit language in parts. (Especially, in the funniest line of the whole song)

Get up
 
You pull the trigger just for fun
Forgetting I’m a loaded gun
So hate me for the things I’ve done
And not for what I’ve now become
 
I want this
I need this
I love it
 
Crawling from hell
Fallen from grace
And there is nothing left to take
Leaving the past to the grave
So we can reincarnate
 
You sit upon your throne of filth
Condemning what you haven’t built
So hate me cause you’re standing still
Watching while I shoot to kill
 
I live this
I breathe this
You crave it
 
Crawling from hell
Fallen from grace
And there is nothing left to take
Leaving the past to the grave
So we can reincarnate
 
There’s one thing you forget
You can’t make me play dead
I’ve swallowed your bullshit
No respect
You make me fucking sick
 
Give me a reason
 
I won’t bite my tongue
I am not afraid spineless
A dominion of nothing is all you will reign
You laugh but what did you create?
Bitch you give a fucking aspirin a headache
 
Through hell
From grace
There’s nothing left
 
Crawling from hell
Fallen from grace
There’s nothing left for you to take
Driving the nail through my mistakes
So we can reincarnate
 
When we lie down, we’re sore and sick
We fall down, sink or swim
Underground
The remedy for who we are
And what lies beneath
 
Reincarnate
 

Songwriters: Chris Cerulli / Drew Fulk / Michael Kenney • Reincarnate lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Global Talent Publishing, The Bicycle Music Company

I do not own any rights this song, lyrics, or video. All right remain with the artists and their respective agents/labels. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday | Pass Out – Tinie Tempah

Thanks for the challenge this week, Jim! Wow, I never thought it would be so hard to find a song for any challenge, but this one almost got me. Normally, the most difficult task is choosing one song out of many – not today! I was lucky I could find one at all. Okay… I was lucky I could find one that wasn’t yet another country & western song, cuz let’s face it…Trucks? Yeahhhh…

This week’s theme is: Bus / Truck / Lorry

My choice for this week is from my favorite British rapper, Tinie Tempah. Ever since “Written In The Stars” hit the U.S. airwaves way back when, I’ve been a big fan. He frequently collabs with other artists, having multiple tracks with singers like Ellie Goulding, Wiz Khalifa, and 2 Chainz just to name a few. In a total fangirl way, I still think he’s hot and has a sexy as-sin voice (not to mention the accent!)–even if he is a “cheeky bastard” as he says. So, there’s the truth of that. LOL

Update: Had to change the video because the original one kept switching itself to different videos and would even go as far as being different for each viewer/device, so…this one is censored and static. Sorry.

It’s okay, I’m good
Let’s go

Yeah, yeah, we bring the stars out
We bring the women and the cars and the cards out
Let’s have a toast, a celebration, get a glass out
And we can do this until we pass out

Let it rain, let it pour away
We won’t come down
Until we hit the ground and pass out

Yeah, I’m in charge now
I’m a star and I brought my fuckin’ cast out
I live a very, very, very wild lifestyle
Heidi and Audrina eat your heart out

I used to listen to “you don’t wanna bring arms house”
I got so many clothes, I keep some in my aunt’s house
Disturbing London baby, we about to branch out
Soon I’ll be the king like Prince Charles child

Yeah, yeah and there ain’t nobody fresher
Semester to semester, ravin’ with the freshers
20 light bulbs around my table on my dresser
ClC Kompressor, just in case that don’t impress her

Say hello to Dexter, say hello to uncle Fester
Got them gazing at my necklace and my crazy sun protectors
G-shocks, I got a crazy thumb collection
Haters, I can’t fuckin’ hear your reception

Yeah, yeah, we bring the stars out
We bring the women and the cars and the cards out
Let’s have a toast, a celebration, get a glass out
And we can do this until we pass out

Let it rain, let it pour away
We won’t come down
Until we hit the ground and pass out

Yeah, this shit was meant to last me 24 hours man
OK

Yeah, they say hello, they say hola, and they say bonjour
I’m pissed, I never got to fly on a Concord
I been Southampton but I’ve never been to Scunthorpe
I’m fuckin’ crazy with the kicks, call me Jean-Claude

I’m ’bout to be a bigger star than my mum thought
‘Cause every day I got a groupie at my front door
Now I drive past the bus I used to run for
Where’s my fucking clap, where’s my encore?

I walk alone ’cause I was born alone
I chirps her just for fun, I’ll never ever call her phone
I’ll leave her in the club, I’ll never ever walk her home
DL the fuckin’ foundation, I’m the cornerstone

I’m pretty famous, I’m sorta known
And if your son doesn’t, I bet your daughter knows
Check out my visual, check out my audio
Extraordinary, yo, hope you enjoy the show

Yeah, yeah, we bring the stars out
We bring the women and the cars and the cards out
Let’s have a toast, a celebration, get a glass out
And we can do this until we pass out

Let it rain, let it pour away
We won’t come down
Until we hit the ground and pass out

Whoa, whoa

Uh, look at me, I been a cheeky bastard, man and
Look at all the drama we started, now I’m
In here layin’ on my back
Sayin’ DJ, won’t ya gimme one more track?

Let it rain, let it pour away
We won’t come down
Until we hit the ground and pass out

Let it rain, let it pour away
We won’t come down
Until we hit the ground and pass out

Pass out

Songwriters: Marc Williams, Timothy McKenzie, Patrick Okogwu | Pass Out Lyrics © Parlophone Records

I do not own any rights to this song, video or lyrics. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents/labels. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday | Orphan Train – Lee Ann Womack

It’s time for #SLS again, so hop on over to Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, by clicking on the theme link below. There you’ll find the rules for taking part and you can check out all of the other song choices for today!

This week’s theme is: Train Songs

I almost picked Journey’s iconic “Don’t Stop Believing,” but figured 1 or 2 (or more) #SLS peeps will probably post it. Then, I considered Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” because who doesn’t love that song??? But, you all know me, I prefer songs less likely to get picked by others. So, I have chosen an old favorite of mine from back when I was listening to C&W on a regular basis.

The moment I heard this song on Lee Ann’s album, I fell in love. It gave me goosebumps all over. Even if you don’t like country music, the lyrics are worth a read. I’m sure the song can be interpreted in more than one way, some might even find it sad if you take it too deep, but I’ve always taken it as a metaphor for human equality. Embracing the fact that we’re all human beings. Shed your status, your heritage, and your circumstances, and you’re exactly the same as the person beside you. I love that message. Enjoy!

Come all you brokenhearted, come and lay your burden down
Come kings and queens, come royalty, surrender up your crown
Come empty-handed, come with nothing of your own to claim
Come naked, poor, come like a child to ride the orphan train

Come ride, ride on the orphan train
Put your ear to the track, you can hear your name
Come ride, ride on the orphan train, it’ll take you all the way home

The way is narrow, it is steep that brings you to the door
But love awaits there to embrace your heart forevermore

Come ride, ride on the orphan train
Put your ear to the track, you can hear your name
Come ride, ride on the orphan train, it’ll take you all the way home

♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

Come you abandoned, you forsaken
Friendless and alone, come refugees left homesick for
Some place you’ve never known
Here princes, paupers, criminals, and saints are all the same
No more or less than God’s beloved child aboard this train

Come ride, ride on the orphan train
Put your ear to the track, you can hear your name
Come ride, ride on the orphan train, it’ll take you all the way home

Ride, ride on the orphan train
Put your ear to the track, you can hear your name
Come ride, ride on the orphan train, it’ll take you all the way home

It’ll take you all the way home
It’s gonna take you all the way home

Songwriters: Julie Anne Miller | Orphan Train lyrics © BMG Rights Management

I do not own any rights to this song, video, or lyrics. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents/labels. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday ♫ A Special Event Post

I normally don’t do this – and I apologize, Jim! – I know everyone’s time is precious and there are a lot of songs to listen to by all of the other participants (click theme link below to check those out). But as some of you are reading this, I’m getting ready to take my oldest son to his first concert ever. It’s his graduation present, and since I completely corrupted him from a young age – we both love the same kind of music! 😀 So, we’re off to the White River Amphitheater to see 5 – yes FIVE – rock bands play tonight. I really wanted to pay tribute to at least the 3 main headliners for this special event post, but you don’t have to listen to all of them. I will completely understand if you only pick one.

This week’s themes is: Clothing|Hat|Pants|Scarf|Shirt|Shoes|Tie

Soooo, I totally cheated because I wanted to include a song by the three bands and I could not find any that I’m familiar with by BB with any of the theme words (as they’re meant to be) – buuuut, the song I chose does have the word “Tie” in it, just not the kind you wear around your neck. It’s a special occasion – I get a free pass! 😀

My picks are “Tourniquet” by Breaking Benjamin, “Hats Off to the Bull” by Chevelle, and “Me Against You” by Three Days Grace. Now, old school TDG fans, this is a whole new sound from when Adam Gontier was the lead singer – but it’s still pretty good. The new lead singer is Matt Walst formerly of My Darkest Days, who I saw in concert a few years back with Bush, Papa Roach, and Nickelback. The other two bands that will be playing tonight are Dorothy and Diamante. I’m so excited!!! Okay…enjoy!

p.s. to completely understand this video you have to watch “Never Again,” “Red Cold River,” and “Torn In Two” prior to this one – in that exact order. But it’s still a good song on its own!

Take this life

I will make you
I will start the pain within
I will crave you
I will learn to hate again

I will drain you
I will make you whole again
I will blame you
I will lay beside the dead

‘Cause I don’t want to live inside this hell

Tame the fire from within
You won’t break me
Love will tie the tourniquet
And suffocate me

I won’t save you
I won’t start the hope within
I won’t change you
I won’t fight the pain within

I won’t fail you
I won’t let your light descend
I won’t play you
I won’t face your fate again

‘Cause I am born to live inside this hell

Tame the fire from within
You won’t break me
Love will tie the tourniquet
And suffocate me

Tame the fire from within
You won’t take me
Love will tie the tourniquet
And suffocate me

Let the calm rise up
So graceful
Every wasted word
So faithful

Tame the fire from within
You won’t break me
Love will tie the tourniquet
And suffocate me

Tame the fire from within
You won’t take me
Love will tie the tourniquet
And suffocate me

Suffocate me
Suffocate me

Songwriters: Aaron Bruch / Benjamin Burnley / Jasen Ryan Rauch / Keith Joseph Wallen / Shaun William Foist | Tourniquet lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Songtrust Ave

All our needs put together
Don’t bleed on their own
You paid for an eyeful
So behold the bull
Why can’t I look up, (out in the clearing)
Tell me what’s there below, (end over end)
While he’s safe for the moment, (guess what I’m learning)
He’s never safe from the crowd, come one

So hats off to the bull
No giving up
(Either way, it makes ya mad)
(Well some of us)
Hats off to the bull, keep giving all
(What ya say we make amends)

To be monumental
Could mean the beyond
The simpler the treasure
Means the higher the cost
Well as for the ending, (damn right I’m learning)
You might ask for the door, (end over end)
Well I hate how the clouds hide
The gasps from above

So hats off to the bull
No giving up
(Either way, it makes ya mad)
(Well some of us)
Hats off to the bull, keep giving all
(What ya say we make amends)

Find your challenge, suffer miles
Colors gray, he brings them out
Don’t mind the challenge, suffer miles
A little shallow, if I don’t say

Hats off to the bull
His time ain’t up
(Bitter hell in the lion’s den)
For some of us
Hats off to the bull
The sun won’t set
(Till the pain and the final breath)

So hats off to the bull
No giving up
(Either way, it makes ya mad)
(Well some of us)
Hats off to the bull, keep giving all
(What ya say we make amends)

Hats off to the bull
No giving up
Hats off to the bull
Keep giving all
Hats off to the bull
No giving up
Hats off to the bull

Songwriters: Peter Loeffler / Samuel Loeffler | Hats Off to the Bull lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Lyrics in video. Theme word: SHOE

Songwriters: Barry Stock, Brad Walst, Ted Bruner, Gavin Brown, Matt Walst & Neil Sanderson | Me Against You Lyrics © RCA Records

I do not own any rights to these songs, videos or lyrics. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents/labels. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Take It Off” – Kesha

It’s time for #SLS again and you know what that means: Hop on over to Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, to listen to variety of songs for today!

This week’s theme is: Floor/House/Roof/Walls

With so many obvious options (Floyd, The Animals, etc.), I was looking for something less likely to get picked. I thought maybe a song about walls closing in, or being brokenhearted on the floor…until I came across this old gem in my library and realized that Walls and Floors don’t have to be so tragic. They can be fun and completely inappropriate! 😉

Hey, I write Erotic Romance, are you really that surprised? I have more than a few characters that could use this as their personal theme song, lol. Anyway, I am a fan of Kesha and always have been, and her old school hits were designed to get you out of your seat and moving – this one is no exception.

Fun Facts:

  • Prior to landing her own label, Kesha performed the female vocals for Flo Rida’s hit song, “Right Round,” but at the time, refused to appear in the video or take credit, claiming she wanted to make it big off of her own talent, not piggyback off of another artist.
  • Kesha‘s massive advocacy and positive impact for the LGBTQ community awarded her the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award in 2016. You can watch her emotional acceptance speech here.
  • In 2010, one year after lending her vocals to “Right Round,” Kesha (then stylized as Ke$ha) catapulted to the top of the charts with her first hit single “Tik-Tok” which sold over 16.5 million copies world-wide. She was only 18 years old.
  • Kesha has three albums under her contract with RCA: “Animal” released in 2010, and “Rainbow” released in 2017 both hit #1 on the US Billboard 200, while “Warrior” released in 2012 hit #6.

Kesha’s slow fade from the spotlight wasn’t due to lack of fans or great music, but started from a legal battle with her former producer in 2014, whom she’s accused of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse on top of gender discrimination. The courts wouldn’t let her out of her contract with the label, itself. For the past several years, Kesha has fought with a confessed eating disorder and depression, and her music has evolved away from its original sound. I can’t claim to be as familiar with all of her new works, but her song “Rainbow” and “Praying” says a lot about her personal struggles. One thing I do know, the woman still has a voice and her new tracks highlight that more adequately than her old school hits.

Though this song may be deemed inappropriate, the video is just plain fun and hints at a possible “hidden message” that Kesha is outspoken about – and that’s “taking off” the facade, the shell, the image society wants you to wear and just be yourself. Enjoy!

There’s a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around
It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

When the dark of the night comes around
That’s the time, that the animal comes alive
Looking for something wild

And now we lookin’ like pimps
In my gold Trans-Am
Got a water bottle full of whiskey
In my handbag got my drunk text on
I’ll regret it in the mornin’
But tonight I don’t give a, I don’t give a, I don’t give a

There’s a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around
It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

And they turn me on
When they take it off, when they take it off everybody take it off

There’s a place I know if you’re looking for a show
Where they go hardcore and there’s glitter on the floor

And they turn me on when they take it off
When they take it off everybody take it off

Lose your mind, lose it now
Lose your clothes, in the crowd
We’re delirious tear it down
‘Til the sun comes back around

Now we’re getting so smashed
Knocking over trash cans
Everybody breakin’ bottles
It’s a filthy hot mess
Gonna get laid I’m not the designated
Driver so I don’t give a, I don’t give a, I don’t give a

There’s a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around
It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

And they turn me on, when they take it off
When they take it off, everybody take it off

There’s a place I know
If you’re looking for a show
Where they go hardcore
And there’s glitter on the floor

And they turn me on, when they take it off
When they take it off, everybody take it off

Oh, oh, oh! Everybody take it off! Oh, oh, oh!Everybody take it off!
Right now! take it off! Right now! Take it off! Right now! Take it off! Oh

Right now! take it off! Right now! Take it off! Right now! Take it off!
Everybody take it off!

There’s a place downtown,
Where the freaks all come around
It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

And they turn me on
When they take it off, when they take it off everybody take it off

There’s a place I know
If you’re looking for a show
Where they go hardcore
And there’s glitter on the floor

And they turn me on, when they take it off
When they take it off, everybody take it off

Source: LyricFind | Songwriters: Kesha Rose Sebert / Lukasz Gottwald / Claude Kelly | Take It Off lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

Dear Indie | Prologues, Prefaces, Forwards, Introductions & Epilogues

Hi Indies! I’ve been thinking about prologues a lot lately. Mainly because most of my original works have them and when I get the rights back from my publisher, I plan to polish them up and have them re-edited. But, it seems that more and more readers are expressing their dislike for prologues these days. It makes me wonder if I should cut them out of my revised books, or just leave them as is.

Looking back on when I was gobbling books up by the dozen as a teenager, it seems that ALL books had some kind of Prologue, Preface or Introduction and usually an Epilogue to boot. When I first started writing, I used them all of the time because I thought they were standard and therefore, made my manuscripts look more legit. But, are they really necessary for your book? What exactly is their purpose?

I had to do a bit of research, because I wasn’t too sure on the differences between some of these extra areas of a book, or why they’re used. Here’s a short breakdown of what I learned:

FORWARD: In my experience, I’ve only ever seen a Forward used when the book has been re-edited or translated by someone other than the author. Maybe it’s an adaption of The Master and Margarita, something that wasn’t originally written in English – or it’s just an extremely popular classic novel that’s been re-published a hundred million times. Either way, a Forward is never written by the author of the book. It is always written by someone else, usually with some kind of ‘authority’ on the subject or other credentials.

Your book doesn’t have to be re-edited or translated to have a Forward, though. You can have a Forward written for your book by another author as a marketing tool. The Forward sells YOU as an author to readers. The writer of the Forward will highlight what they liked most about your writing style, vocabulary, etc. It’s not about the book or the book’s content as much as it is about you as an author, and what the Forward’s writer thinks the readers will enjoy most about your awesome skills.

PREFACE: I’ve noticed that most authors use a “Dear Reader” rather than labeling it a Preface, but essentially, they’re the same thing. Like the Forward is designed to “sell” the author, the Preface can be used by the author to “sell” the story. It’s when they talk to readers about where the idea for their story came from, and how it evolved along the way. It can cover the writing process or character development, as well. For example: I recall reading a Preface by one of my favorite authors where she explained how she’d scrapped hundreds of pages of her original idea, because her MC had better ideas and wanted to do it his way, LOL – this kind of insight in a Preface can be endearing to your readers and have them already feeling some kind of connection to your main character.

As a marketing tool, a Preface can be just as big of a selling point as the “Blurb” or “Book Description.” You can use it to speak directly to your readers and boast about how much you think they’ll love your book, while leaving baited hooks that will further pique their interest in the story.

INTRODUCTION: The perfect example of an Introduction that comes immediately to my mind is actually from a movie, rather than a book and that was the opening scene of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone where Hagrid first delivers the newly orphaned, infant Harry to the Dursley’s doorstep. This one short scene covered the entire foundation for the story to come, and gave just enough of the backstory that viewers knew exactly what kind of journey they were about to embark on with Harry.

The use of an Introduction seems to be more frequent and popular in Fantasy genres because they usually take place inside of a fictional world with elements unfamiliar to readers. By Introducing the story to your readers, you’re not only preparing them for what comes next, you’re also attempting to further pique their interest – so, once again, it can be a great marketing tool.

PROLOGUE: I think we’re all pretty familiar with and understand the purpose of a Prologue, I just didn’t want to leave it out. Typically, a Prologue is used to provide information to the readers about characters, a referenced event, or anything else that isn’t fully explained in the main story, itself, but you feel is vital for them to know to understand the plot completely. For example: In one of Nora Roberts’s series, she uses a Prologue in each book to show what happened to the ancestors of the main characters. Not only did this provide her the opportunity to share vital information with the readers, but it further invoked the ‘mystery’ of the whole, deepening her readers’ investment and interest in how the present-day plot would play out.

Most of the Prologues I’ve ever used was to flesh out a past event that will either come into play later on in the main story, or will explain one or more of the characters’ reasoning/personality/connections,etc. Prologues are good to use when the information you want to provide isn’t enough to flesh out a whole scene in the main story, or like the example above, doesn’t involve your main characters’, themselves, and may even take place long before their time. Prologues can help keep those bad “info-dumps” from showing up in your main story, as well.

EPILOGUE: Generally, an Epilogue is used to give readers a glimpse at your Main Characters at a future point. It can be an immediate future or years later. This can be for multiple reasons, either to tie up any loose ends, or to “introduce” some of the things that will be happening in the next book, if it’s a trilogy/series. While a lot of Epilogues seem to be geared toward satisfying the readers’ curiosity about what happens to the MC’s after the end of the book, sometimes it can be from a whole new character’s POV that is somehow connected to the story or Main Characters.

For example: I used an Epilogue at the end of Hearthstone Alpha to explain something that would happen in the next book, Little Queen. There were two purposes for this. One: it allowed me to give my readers pertinent information without the use of a dialogue info-dump later on in Little Queen – and two: it tied up a loose end from Hearthstone Alpha about a ‘missing’ sub-character. Since the Epilogue is written from that missing sub-character’s POV, it satisfies the readers’ curiosity about whatever came of him.

One thing that almost all of these extra areas have in common, is that they’re usually shorter than the length of one of your book’s chapters. Although, I have seen some pretty lengthy Forwards and Introductions before.

So, Indies, what’s your opinion on using these extra areas in novels? Do you think it’s solely dependent on the genre, or do you prefer your books without them? I’m mostly ambivalent, but in all honesty, those ‘extras’ can feel like treasured bonuses when they’re in a book I absolutely love and enjoy reading.

I do feel genre has a lot to do with whether or not an author uses a Preface, Introduction, or Forward, where Prologues and Epilogues tend to be more flexible. In today’s market, though, and especially for the Romance genres, I think readers appreciate when they’re used more sparingly. So, if there’s a way to work the same information into the main story, that might be the better way to go.

❤ Happy Tuesday! (Hey, at least it’s not Monday anymore) 😀

#SongLyricSunday ♫ “Bird Set Free” – Sia

Thanks again to Jim for continuing the #SLS challenge for all of us music lovers! Make sure to follow the theme link bellow to visit his blog, A Unique Title For Me, where you can join in the weekly fun or check out all of the other song choices for today.

This week’s theme is: Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing

I’m bringing the amazing singer/songwriter, Sia back into the spotlight this week and I’ll be really surprised if I’m the only one who picks her hit, “Bird Set Free.” It has all but one of the theme words in the lyrics and is just a powerful, inspirational song–as many of her hits are! I was so happy I found a live version since there’s no ‘official’ video to share. Of course, she has one of her Interpretive Dancers on stage with her, and I’m really digging the polka-dotted bow…it’s a nice break from the solid colors.

Enjoy!

Clipped wings, I was a broken thing
Had a voice, had a voice but I could not sing
You would wind me down
I struggled on the ground, oh
So lost, the line had been crossed
Had a voice, had a voice but I could not talk
You held me down
I struggle to fly now, oh

But there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, we cannot deny
Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive, oh
Yes, there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, but I don’t wanna die, no
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die, yeah

And I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I shout it out like a bird set free
No, I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

Now I fly, hit the high notes
I have a voice, have a voice, hear me roar tonight
You held me down
But I fought back loud, oh

There’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, we cannot deny
Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive, oh
Yes, there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, but I don’t wanna die, no
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die, yeah

And I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I shout it out like a bird set free
No, I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

Source: LyricFind | Songwriters: Sia Furler / Gregory Kurstin | Bird Set Free lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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