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lyrics

tell me how our children live their lives
growing up immersed in lies
like “girls are soft and sensitive,
boys are strong and brave”

tell me who our children think they are
reaching to become a star
when “what” means more than “who” or “how”
from cradle to grave

rocking blue, rocking pink,
as we rock our kids to sleep
singing, “this is who you'll be,
this is what you are to me”

well, you don’t have to tell me
who and what and where and when and why
I’ll find my own colors,
like the colors of the sky

there’s a kind of lullaby
that robs us of our will to try
like a thief who sings to you
as he steals your heart

there’s a kind of fairytale
designed to set us up to fail
when our choices aren’t our own,
they’ve been scripted from the start

rocking blue, rocking pink,
as we rock ourselves to sleep
singing, “this is who you'll be,
this is what you are to me”

well, you don’t have to tell me
who and what and where and when and why
I’ll find my own colors,
like the colors of the sky

and this is love, this is trust,
this is how we turn to dust
singing, “this is who I am:
I’m a woman / I’m a man”

well, you don’t have to tell me
who and what and where and when and why
I’ll find my own colors,
like the colors of the sky …

no, you don’t have to tell me
who and what and where and when and why
I’ll find my own colors …

credits

from LOVE . HUMANITY . METAMORPHOSIS ♥ ☆ ∞, released September 20, 2011
Words and music by Melissa Axel

MELISSA AXEL vocals, piano, toy piano
KAILIN YONG violins
IAN HUTCHISON upright bass
CURTIS BROOME drums
AYO AWOSIKA harmony vocals

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Justin Peacock
Recorded at The Hook Factory and Macy Sound Studios
Mastered at JP Masters by Dave Locke
Painting by Laurie Maves ART

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