Nothing I Make Is My Own

from by Benoit Christie

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This song is about me feeling insecure about being "original" during artistic expression, whether it's in the context of my musical idols, or simply comparing myself to those around me. I am still learning to overcome this insidious feeling. I've found that comparing myself to other talented people when I'm in a vulnerable state is usually an excuse to stop trying, so this song is a way to let off some steam instead!

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Nothing I make is my own,
Take it away and make it better
Nothing ever leaves my heart full-grown
So take it away and make it better

Left to myself I got no future,
Sweat into my sweater, come at my computer
Nothing I make really is my own. . .


One time I wrote a grocery list,
I wrote it out of colour that didn't yet exist,
And wouldn't you know it? It disappeared
As it lay clenched inside my fist

Nothing I make belongs to me,
As time goes by it's plain to see
So take it away and make sometime better out of it

(Like this: )
Doo, doo-doo-doo. . .

I used to think my songs were something new,
That only I could make them come true,
But all my favourites rip off their favourites too!

Nothing I make belongs to me,
On giants shoulders now I see that
All I want to leave behind
Is a sparkle in your peace of mind

Nothing I make is my own,
Take it away and make it better,
Take it away and make it better,
Cuz, nothing I make is my own

So take it away and make it better,
Take it away and make it better,
Take it away and make it better,
Maybe we can both be reverse trend-setters

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from Out There E​.​P., released June 8, 2014

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