Can’t Break Us, Why The Caged Bird Sings

Can’t Break Us

Verse 1:
Smile, accept your situation – you may be locked in a cell
Even if you’re locked up, that won’t stop you – you’ll still rise!
so, take a moment and learn to free your mind
And you will see you can have freedom all the time
you can have freedom all the time

Chorus:
They can love us, they can hate us
But they’re never gonna break us
Don’t let the little things bring you down.

Verse 2:
Yes, I’m a mess, I’m so different from the rest
But go ahead and put my smile to the test
I love you my fam and my team
I’m going to take my happiness to the extreme
Never give up, your destiny could be your dream
your destiny could be your dream

Bridge:
They can take away my freedom
they can’t take away my voice
they can’t take away my happiness
that is my choice
that is my choice
that is my choice
that is my choice!

Rap: featuring Bannock Kid

Verse 3:
I can speak with honesty and choose who I wanna be
I can’t change my course, it is something I must endorse
No-one knows my past and they won’t understand the wrong
They may say I am weak, but I know I’m strong
they may say I am weak, but I know I’m strong

Chorus:
They can love us, they can hate us
But they’re never gonna break us
Don’t let the little things bring you down
Don’t let the little things bring you down

credits

released October 13, 2016
Can’t Break Us was collaboratively composed with all youth’s voices recorded live, March 2015 at Paul Dojack Youth Detention Centre, Regina SK.

NOTE: youth participants’ names are aliases

• lead vocals: AWCP • group vocals: all lyricists • freestyle rap: Bannock Kid • hand drums: Cheryl L’Hirondelle • guitars, bass, drum programming, loops: Mark Schmidt.

• Co-produced and arranged by Cheryl L’Hirondelle & Mark Schmidt • live onsite voices recorded by Mark Schmidt + ALL additional recording, mixing & programming by Mark Schmidt
• Mastered by Ron Skinner

Huge gratitude to:
Michelle LaVallee & David Garneau, Curators:
Moving Forward, Never Forgetting – Feb 28 to Apr 19, 2015 (The Mackenzie Art Gallery); Elroy Carrier , Cultural Coordinator, (Paul Dojack Youth Detention Centre).

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