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transparent … transparency
I don’t know how to be this way
I don’t know how to be easy
I don’t know how to be

transparent … transparency
I don’t know how to see this way
I don’t know how to see queasy
I don’t know how you’re doing it, but you see me
transparency …

take my hand and you try to look into me
go for the jugular, you think you can see through me
and “how do you do” me
you’re so transparent

who says this isn’t okay, who says that we matter
if the lines overlap, who cares if we splatter?
who says it isn’t alright if I spend the night,
why get uptight
but I won’t let you inside … me

transparent … see what you want to see
you see what you hope I’d be
but if you look through, you might as well just look past
‘cause you won’t see me
I’m not that transparent

shimmering, shivering, glistening, quivering
lighting, igniting, deriving, deciding
entreating, defeating, repeating, retreating
saying “no” just buys me time

transparent … transparency


from Transition EP, released February 24, 2009
Words and music by Melissa Axel

MELISSA AXEL vocals, piano
KAILIN YONG violins, string arrangement
JAMES E. JACOBY production assistance

Recorded with Mike Destito and mixed with John McVey
Mastered by John McVey at Coupe Studios in Boulder, Colorado
Cover art by Stacy Allen Hummel, Friends of 42


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Melissa Axel Los Angeles, California

Gorgeous piano, lush strings, and a fearlessly intimate vocal. Recommended if you like: Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, Tori Amos

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