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Queer Talk: Sara Bareilles, “I Want to See You Be Brave” [Video]

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“I Want to See You Be Brave” is the first single from the third studio album by Sara Bareilles. The Blessed Unrest. GayNet calls it the “uplifting gay anthem you’ve been waiting for.”

From the lyrics:

You can be amazing. You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug. You can be the outcast or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love. Or you can start speaking up.

Nothing’s going to hurt you the way words do when they settle ’neath your skin. Kept on the inside, no sunshine. Sometimes a shadow wins.

But I wonder what would happen if you say what you want to say

Honestly, I want to see you be brave. Say what you want to say, and let words fall out. …

Everybody’s been there. Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy. Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing, bowed down to the mighty.

Don’t run. Stop holding your tongue.

Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live. Maybe one of these days you can let the light in. Show me how big your brave is … .

More from Gay.Net:

The infectious song, which the pop performer wrote with fun. lead guitarist Jack Antonoff, was actually inspired by one of Sara’s close friends, who was struggling with coming out of the closet. …

The appropriately upbeat and energetic video features folks of all ages, races, and sizes breaking loose and dancing like there’s no tomorrow in public settings like the mall, the gym, and on the street.

Here’s the official video:

And here’s the lyric video:

I think this is a great follow-up from yesterday’s post, Riot Against LGBTs at Anti-Homophobia Rally, with the video of a mob attacking a vehicle in which LGBT activists, rallying for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, were leaving. The bravery shown by those activists is something to inspire anyone working on getting out of the “cage where you live.”

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6 Responses to Queer Talk: Sara Bareilles, “I Want to See You Be Brave” [Video]

  1. newdealdem1 May 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    “”I think this is a great follow-up from yesterday’s post, Riot Against LGBTs at Anti-Homophobia Rally, with the video of a mob attacking a vehicle in which LGBT activists, rallying for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, were leaving. The bravery shown by those activists is something to inspire anyone working on getting out of the “cage where you live”.””

    I *love* this video. It *is* a beautiful bromide and antidote to the ugly, mob-attacking, hate-filled video from yesterday.

    I also love your last sentence. Powerful and representative of all of our lives regardless of who you are as a person.

    Thank you, Joyce. I wish I had available to me that little emoticon with the flowers to end this with.

    • Joyce Arnold May 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

      I’ll happily accept the thought of an emoticon bearing flowers :)

  2. ladywalker68 May 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Thanks for this post, Joyce. Sara is one of my favorite musical artists of all time. I was lucky enough to see her last week on tour. She has a way with music and lyrics like no other.

    And I LOVE this anthem! ;)

    • Joyce Arnold May 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      Excellent that you got to see her on tour. Music is many things for me, including at the survival level :)

  3. angels81 May 20, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    We’re big fans of Sara in this house, have all her CD’s and her DVD live at the Fillmore, which gets a lot of play on Friday nights with a few glasses of wine. She really nails it with her new song, and can’t wait to get her new CD.

    • Joyce Arnold May 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      Sara music, with wine. That definitely works :)

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