I'm Not the One that You Want

by Akira & the Merpeople

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A song from the musical, Akira & the Merpeople.

Akira & the Merpeople takes place in a world where there are merpeople trapped in human bodies. At night, from the ocean the liberated merpeople call out to these humans to come back to their true selves. Akira is a rebellious human teenager who has a punk band. Akira believes that she is actually a mermaid. But her mother, Hue, a Vietnamese refugee who came to the United States as a boat person, is keeping her from the ocean.

We would like to share this demo of a song Akira sings, "I'm Not the One that You Want." Toward the beginning of the show, Akira discovers magical bath salts on her windowsill and when she uses them she starts to develop scales, which frighten her.

The at school, much to her dismay, she has been nominated homecoming queen, a competition she doesn’t believe in. Her band convinces her to compete as an anti-contestant, so the band has a stage to perform on. She begins her talent show performance pretending to twirl a baton but soon she switches it for a microphone and a guitar. She says, “Let me tell you why you shouldn’t vote for me.”

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Lyrics:

I’M NOT THE ONE THAT YOU WANT.

I’M NOT THE ONE THAT YOU WANT.
DON’T VOTE ME INTO YOUR CLUB.
WON’T BE A MASS PRODUCTION
NO MORE!

I’M NOT THE ONE THAT YOU WANT.
I’LL TAKE A TORCH TO YOUR THRONE.
SET THE BEAUTY CONSTRUCTION
ON FIRE!

HOLD YOUR FLOWERS!
HOLD YOUR CROWN!
THIS WHOLE SYSTEM
HOLDS US DOWN!
LET ME STAY HERE
UNDERGROUND.

I’M NOT THE ONE THAT YOU WANT.
I’M NOT A PART OF THIS WORLD.
IF IT’S ALL COMPETITION,
I’M DONE.

I’M NOT THE ONE THAT YOU WANT.
I WON'T DO WHAT I AM TOLD
GOT A CHEERY DISPOSITION
TO BLOW.

STOP THE PAGEANT!
STOP THE SHOW!
THE WHOLE PARADE
HAS TO GO!

LET US SMASH THE
STATUS QUO!

I'M NOT HUMAN.
NOT AN OBJECT.
NOT YOUR DIAMOND,
NEEDING POLISH!

I’M NOT HUMAN!
I’M NOT STATUS!
I’M NOT SURFACE!
I’M NOT SHALLOW!

TAKE ME DEEPER.
SHOW ME KINDNESS.
MAKE ME MINDFUL.
KNOW MY PURPOSE.

NOT YOUR DAMSEL.
I’M NOT DROWNING.
I’M NOT HELPLESS.
I DON’T NEED THIS!

I AM BIGGER!
I AM STRONGER!
I AM OCEAN!
I AM WATER!
GET ME OUT OF THIS WORLD!
I’M NOT A HUMAN AT ALL!

I’M NOT THE HUMAN YOU WANT.
I’M NOT THE HUMAN YOU WANT.
DON’T MAKE ME PART OF THIS WORLD.
I’M NOT HUMAN AT ALL!
AND I WON’T BE SATISFIED
WITH THIS SELL-OUT LIFE!

credits

released June 5, 2019
Song performed by Cathy Ang
cathyang.com

Back up vocals by Teresa Lotz & Sujin Kim Ramsey
sujinkimramsey.com

Music by Teresa Lotz
teresalotz.com

Book & Lyrics by Claire Tran
clairetran.net

Recording Production by Aden Kent Ramsey
www.adenkentramsey.com

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Akira & the Merpeople takes place in a world where merepeople are trapped in human bodies. At night the liberated merpeople call these humans to come back to their true selves. Akira, is a rebellious teenager, with a punk band, who believes she is supposed to be a merperson. Her mother, Huệ, a Vietnamese refugee who came as a "boat person," is keeping Akira from the ocean, out of her own fear. ... more

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