Shape I'm In

by Akira & the Merpeople

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Akira recalls a letter that Zora wrote to her that led to students asking the school to change its policy on class competition. This song is Zora's letter to Akira, and the last time that Akira heard from Zora.

lyrics

ZORA

LET ME TELL YOU,
YOU MIGHT UNDERSTAND,
IT WAS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DAY,
I SAW THE CLOTHES LAID ON THE BED.
THEY WERE GREY AND WHITE.
THEY WERE STIFF AND STRAIGHT.
I WAS SUPPOSED TO RECEIVE AN AWARD THAT DAY,
BUT I WAS SO FAR AWAY,
I WENT TOTALLY OUT OF MY HEAD.
I WAS FLOATING OFF.
I WAS DRIFTING OUT.
I THOUGHT OF ALL THE POSSIBILITIES
AND NONE OF THEM SEEMED TO BE FOR ME.
THAT’S THE KIND OF SHAPE I’M IN.

I CAN TELL YOU,
I THINK YOU’LL UNDERSTAND,
I’VE BEEN TOLD THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY.
BUT I CANNOT MAKE THE DAILY BREAD—
I CAN’T EAT THE LIE.
I CAN’T SPIN THE GAME.
I AM SUPPOSED TO GO TO SCHOOL TODAY,
BUT I’M SO FAR AWAY.
THERE IS A BATTLE IN MY BRAIN.
I AM BREAKING GLASS.
I AM BURNING BREAD.
I THOUGHT OF ALL THE POSSIBILITIES
AND NONE OF THEM SEEMED TO BE FOR ME.

I CAN’T TAKE THE SHAPE THEY WANT ME IN.
DOES ANYONE HEAR--
I HAVE SONGS TO SING,
SWINGING OFF THE CHERRY TREES,
ECHOING THROUGH CANYONS?

DOES ANYONE SEE--
I HAVE MURALS TO PAINT,
CHANGING LIKE THE MAPLE LEAVES,
REFLECTING THROUGH RAINDROPS?
CAN ANYONE FEEL--
MY LOVE,
MY LOVE,
MY LOVE!
PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME PUT IT IN A TINY BOX.
COULD ANYONE KNOW--
THERE IS MAGIC IN ME.
I KNOW,
I KNOW,
THERE IS MAGIC IN ME.
BUT I’M STUCK IN THE SHAPE I’M IN.

WHAT CAN I TELL YOU?
I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND.
I CAN’T TAKE ANOTHER DAY.
I’M GETTING OUT OF MY HEAD.
LET THEM FOLD THESE CLOTHES.
LET THEM BUTTER THE BREAD.
BUT NOT ME, NOT YOU.
WE WERE MEANT FOR MAGIC.
BEYOND THE SHAPE I’M IN.

credits

released October 15, 2019
PERFORMED BY JORDAN TYSON (Folk Wandering, Sweetee)

BOOK & LYRICS BY CLAIRE TRAN
MUSIC BY TERESA LOTZ

RECORDED & MASTERED BY KEVIN HOFFMAN
(moonswingproductions.com)
MIXED BY KEVIN HOFFMAN & ANTHONY SPINNATO

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Akira & the Merpeople New York, New York

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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