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Brave

The end of summer approaches and the house is starting to jangle with nervous energy, as both Minis are starting new schools. Of course I have to trot out this classic (to them) message of encouragement from their beloved Severus Snape:

And as the antidote for the extra trepidation, the brilliant Sara Bareilles sets the perfect tone for the first few weeks of school. Who knows – this may be our morning anthem for a while.

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you

My confidentiality agreement with the Minis and my own limitations as their not-omniscient mom precludes me from predicting exactly what words they will need to be brave enough to say, but a starter list might include:

  • I don’t know where I’m supposed to be.
  • I’m new.
  • It’s not nice to ask people where they’re from, or if they’re adopted.
  • We don’t have cable.
  • I’ve never been to Disney.
  • My mom picked out this skirt.

I could go on but I don’t want to talk myself into prescription-strength crazy. Over-the-counter crazy already has me thinking about what’s going to make the difference between acceptance and rejection. Will they be able to be themselves?

Here’s the link to an article about the song, which features a lyrics video that caters to the teen and preteen target audiences, as well as an interview with Bareilles and co-writer Jack Antonoff of fun. I have such admiration for Bareilles. I will miss her when The Sing-Off returns for Season 4, but I hope this means she has more music on the way. Maybe she’s writing a follow-up song to “Brave” about wearing a skirt that your mom picked out.

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