So Beautiful, Yet So Sad
Colleen: when I listened to this instrumental piano piece by Nadia Cripps, I knew I wanted to set lyrics to it. Having collaborated with her before, I knew she'd do an amazing job on mixing my vocal track with her music. She did not disappoint. I dedicate this song to my two beautiful, brown daughters. After the incident in Charlottesville, VA, I was quite worried for my 12 year old daughter's safety. She strongly voiced to me that she has stood up to bullies before and she was not going to let haters block her from living her life. Her courage gave me the courage to write these lyrics.
One of my favorite moments this year was standing close to the stage with this daughter at the Boston Women's March in January. No, we won't back down. We will stand our ground and make magic happen!!!
Nadia: thank you so much Colleen for your beautiful and moving lyrics and vocals. It is amazing to hear how my instrumental music transformed into a beautiful song thanks to you.
Oh, daughter of mine. Oh, joy of my heart.
You're perfectly fine as you are.
Don't listen to lies that dismiss your face,
Your brown skin, your eyes, your grace.
You weren't born to blend into backgrounds built by men.
You're outstanding. Rise up! Stand again!
The cruelties of life seem to cut us like a knife.
Life's so beautiful, yet so sad.
My wonderful girl, the weight of the world
Is descending on you far too fast!
Keep your head held up high. You're meant to fly.
Work hard. Try and try to move past.
Life is difficult. I will do my best to stand up to the hate that puts you to the test.
Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.