LYRICAL GEM NO.11 – “Beautiful Flower” by India Arie

I used to listen to this song in law school.  It reminded me why I should keep going, keep moving forward, pushing into this world, resisting anything other than who I am truly, deeply, so that one day I could be who I wanted to be and make my presence known in this world.  That day comes this Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 in the Ohio Senate Committee Hearing on S.B. 43 regarding civil commitment/treatment of the mentally ill – proposed change in laws (and my opposition against it) —

Presenting, India Arie, performing “Beautiful Flower” —

~

This is a song for every girl who’s

Ever been through something

She thought she couldn’t make it through

~

I sing these words because

I was that girl too

Wanting something better than this

But who do I turn to?

~

Now we’re moving from the darkness into the light

This is the defining moment of our lives

~

‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower

More valuable than a diamond

You are powerful like a fire

You will heal the world with your mind and

There is nothing in the world that you cannot do

When you believe in you, who are beautiful

Yeah you, who are brilliant

Yeah you, who are powerful

Yeah you, who are resilient

~

This is a song for every girl who

Feels that she is not special

‘Cause she don’t look like a supermodel Coke bottle

The next time the radio tells you to shake your moneymaker

Shake your head and tell them, tell them you’re a leader

~

Now we’re moving from the darkness into the light

This is the defining moment of our lives

~

‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower

More valuable than a diamond

You are powerful like a fire

You can heal the world with your mind

There is nothing in the world that you cannot do

When you believe in you, who are beautiful

Yeah you, who are brilliant

Yeah you, who are powerful

Yeah you, who are resilient

~

Yeah you, who are beautiful

Yeah you, who are brilliant

Yeah you, who are powerful

Yeah you, who are resilient

~

Yeah you, this song is for you

Yeah you, this song is for you

Yeah you, this song is for you

Yeah you, yeah you

You are brilliant

~ Beautiful Flower, India Arie Simpson & Joyce Anne Simpson ~

And, the beautiful, India Arie performing — (the volume comes in at 0:07…) —

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