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I want to see you be braveThe first time I realized the Clinton campaign was using Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” as a campaign theme, I thrilled everywhere. (It’s the “I wanna see you be brave” that’s belting out behind her when she walks onstage at a lot of rallies).

You see, it’s kinda my song. Or, at least in the way that a song that’s sold millions of copies can be mine.

“Brave” came out a month after my book. And its lyrics read like a writer’s manifesto. “Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out/Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.” But other parts are uncanny too: “You can be amazing/You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug,” and “Stop holding your tongue.” It speaks to every urge to write I’ve ever had. It even has a phrase that feels like a kind of nod to my book title (but isn’t, of course), “Let your words be anything but empty/Why don’t you tell them the truth?”

Stuck? Sad? Lost? There’s always a way out. And it usually involves being brave.

Or, as Sara Bareilles writes, “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.” Check out the lyrics video and get your brave on.

“Brave” always makes me feel unstoppable. Glad to know it also works for the next leader of the free world.

 

 

Full lyrics:

“Brave”

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 upNothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if youSay 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 braveI 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, just 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

And since 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
See you be brave

I just wanna see you (yeah)
I just wanna see you (oh ooh)
I just wanna see you

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

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