Don't Sell Yourself

by Brenda Carsey

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about

"Don't Sell Yourself" (the first single off of Brenda Carsey's full-length album "Solitary Refinement" coming to your ears July 2017!) was birthed out of my experience of being unexpectedly laid off from my 9 to 5 office job I had been working at for two years. Additionally, because of the loss of income, I lost my apartment. With no work and no home I felt lost and confused, unsure of my next steps in life and how to become or feel successful. As I pondered life and direction, I had a major moment of clarity behind the piano and this song poured out. It is the confident acknowledgement that I do not want to give all of my precious moments of life to a company that can so easily throw someone out on the street, that I do not want to sell myself doing work I am not inspired by or proud of simply for money. This song is the joyous realization that being let go of my job was a blessing in disguise. Although scary and disorienting, it was an opportunity to really reflect on myself and step onto a path of creativity and truth. This song is the first song on the album and the first single because it began my journey and brought me to where I am.

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"Don't Sell Yourself" by Brenda Carsey

You see my fellow man, very long time ago
I decided to relieve myself from having my spirit sucked dry
Be free and be myself, even if I lose some wealth
In time I hope you realize you'll see the answer behind your closed eyes
Don't sell yourself

You want me to play the game
Sell my soul for change, and you won't apologize. No
Use my energy for your own gain
How can you expect me to live with that. No

You see my fellow man, very long time ago
I decided to relieve myself from having my spirit sucked dry
Be free and be myself, even if I lose some wealth
In time I hope you realize you'll see the answer behind your closed eyes
Don't sell yourself

You want me to disguise
Cover up my skin, go along with the lies. No
Give of myself only to be let go on the street
How do you sleep at night?

But oh! There's no need for you to feel down, so release
Now you have time to focus on you and be yourself
Don't sell yourself for a few stones
Stand strong on your own!

You see my fellow man, very long time ago
I decided to relieve myself from having my spirit sucked dry
Be free and be myself, even if I lose some wealth
In time I hope you realize you'll see the answer behind your closed eyes
Don't sell yourself!

credits

released May 17, 2017
Co-produced by Brenda Carsey and Brian Frederick
Engineered and mixed by Brian Frederick
Lyrics, melody, and music written by Brenda Carsey
vocals, piano - Brenda Carsey
bass - Andy Goettsch
drums - Matt Brundrett
trumpet - Matt Schulman
tenor sax - Joseph Schmeltzer
baritone sax - Soul Station #1

"Don't Sell Yourself" is the first single off of Brenda Carsey's first full-length studio album titled "Solitary Refinement" coming to your ears July 2017!

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BRENDA CARSEY Los Angeles, California

Brenda Carsey is a Los Angeles, CA singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, & producer. A wonderful uninhibited strangeness. Poetic, exposed lyrics. A unique blend of styles. Engaging chord progressions. Fluid melodies. A vocal range both syrupy sweet & beautifully dark w/ a potential of virtuosity. Quench your curiosity here: www.brendacarseyart.com ... more

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