Golden Rule (Nothing Wrong With You)

from LOVE . HUMANITY . METAMORPHOSIS ♥ ☆ ∞ by Melissa Axel

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pigtails, she loved pigtails
wore ’em every day to school
hopscotch, catch me if you can
but do unto them as they’d do unto you
that’s the golden rule

tears run, lines get blurry
when you’re afraid of who you are
broken crystal, shattered daydreams
lonely little brilliant star

when kids made fun
when life got hard
mommy held her hand
when it was more than she could stand

she would sing, soft but strong,
“there is nothing wrong with you”
it’s still true

pigtails, she loved pigtails
on her first love back in school
jumped, but never caught that love …
kids can be so cruel

when people stare
when they avert their eyes
no one holds her hand
but when it’s more than she can stand

she still sings, soft but strong,
“there is nothing wrong with you”
it must be true

it takes the shine off, don’t it?
“‘be yourself’ but don’t be you”
fit your heart into our boxes
and play by our rules

oh “do unto them”
means nothing to you
when you do this to me,
is it hurting you too?

but “everyone is special,
everybody’s unique”
that’s what they say,
and I’d like to believe it

so I sing, soft but strong,
“there is nothing wrong with you”
‘cause it’s true

oh sing, soft but strong,
“there is nothing wrong with you"
you know it’s true

nothing wrong, there’s nothing wrong,
there’s nothing wrong with you
nothing wrong, there’s nothing wrong …
with you

pigtails, she loves pigtails
ties her daughter’s hair for school
taught her hopscotch and “do unto them
as you’d have them do unto you”
that’s the golden rule


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

MELISSA AXEL vocals, piano
KAILIN YONG string arrangement, violin
IAN HUTCHISON upright bass
AYO AWOSIKA harmony vocals

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Justin Peacock
Strings conducted by Justin Peacock
and engineered by Michael C. Morgan
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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Gorgeous piano, lush strings, and a fearlessly intimate vocal. Recommended if you like: Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, Tori Amos

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