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Me – Paula Cole

October 2, 2009
Me – Paula Cole

What happened to Paula Cole? She had a great career beginning in the late 90s after getting her first break singing with Peter Gabriel on the Secret World Live tour. The reason I was thinking about her, in fact, is because I’ve been listening to Secret World Live lately, and her vocals on it are simply incredible.

Turns out she left the music industry completely behind to raise her daughter. She came back in 2007 — without a record company — and has been recording and touring more and more it seems. The music I’ve heard from her 2007 album, Courage, is pretty great.

Here’s a recording of her singing Me a few months ago. She sounds great and the lyrics on this one are killer.

Paula Cole
This Fire (1996)

i am not the person who is singing
i am the silent one inside
i am not the one who laughs at people’s jokes
i just pacify their egos
i am not my house or my car or my songs
they are only just stops along my way
i am like winter
i’m a dark cold female
with a golden ring of wisdom in my cave

and it is me who is my enemy
me who beats me up
me who makes the monsters
me who strips my confidence

i am carrying my voice
i am carrying my heart
i am carrying my rhythm
i am carrying my prayers
but you can’t kill my spirit
it’s soaring and it’s strong
like a mountain
i go on and on
but when my wings are folded
the brightly colored moth
blends into the dirt into the ground


and it’s me who’s too weak
and it’s me who’s too shy
to ask for the thing i love
and it’s me who’s too weak
and it’s me who’s too shy
to ask for the thing i love
that i love (6 times)

i am walking on the bridge
i am over the water
and i’m scared as hell
but i know there’s something better
yes i know there’s something
yes i know, i know, yes i know

that i love (5 times overlapping chorus)

but it’s me
and it’s me
but it’s me (4 times)

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