Define Me (feat. Jo Lampert) (Single)

by Ryan Amador

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On June 28th, 2013, $1704.60 from downloads of "Define Me" was donated to The Trevor Project in conjunction with the QUEER FIRST celebration of LGBTQ Youth, Allies, and Families at St. John The Divine on June 1st. The mission of TTP is "to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including [their] nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone" (from www.thetrevorproject.org).

Starting June 28th, I will continue to donate to various LGBTQ organizations from part of my sales from "Define Me" and my other releases.

lyrics

Define me with all your words
Then find me a lesson to be learned
Try to brand me or burn me and I won't let it hurt me

Define me as what I am
Then try me as just a simple man
I’m no harm to you, I’m just doing the best I can

And if I’m defined by what I do
Then what am I supposed to call you
The shadow of a broken past you abused

And if I can stand on my two feet
I’ll break the wall where we will meet
I’ll document our combination for you

We’re starting this party tonight
Where people will be undefined
And love who they want, when the judgment is done
And won’t have to hide

We’re starting this party right now
Where people can shake off their doubts
And send out their love as it moves through the crowd
And people can shout

That they love a man
Or they love a woman
And no one will be judged for love
And I can’t be judged for who I am

Define me with broad clichés
But I won’t undergo any hate for a stranger’s mistakes
I’ve struggled through the boundaries of society’s needs
And now I’m not trying to please
It’s freeing

Define me as God’s child
I am human and we’re all in the wild
This Earth is as much mine as yours in the end
So let’s unite as friends

But if I can lie in nature’s bed
Without the roses killing me dead
I think the Earth has got a point
And we’re a moving joint

And if I can say my prayers at night
I think I’m doing something right
Let’s open up a song of safety
And carry through the night

We’re starting this party tonight
Where people will be undefined
And love who they want, when the judgment is done
And won’t have to hide

We’re starting this party right here
Where people will shake off fears
And mass tolerance is replaced with resistance
And everyone cheers

That they love a man
Or they love a woman
And no one will be judged for love
And I can’t be judged for who I am

credits

released March 21, 2013
DEFINE ME
Ryan Amador featuring Jo Lampert (of AVAN LAVA)

WRITTEN BY RYAN AMADOR for WOOFSONGS MUSIC (ASCAP)
PERFORMED BY RYAN AMADOR & JO LAMPERT

PRODUCED, RECORDED, MIXED & MASTERED BY DAVID BALOCHE FOR GROVE STREET STUDIOS
COPYRIGHT 2012 RYAN AMADOR

COVER ART BY MATHEUS LOPES

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