Don't Be Surprised

by Lisa Occhino

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In a lyric writing class I took at Berklee College of Music, the only rule for our final project was to search a random sheet of newspaper for a word or phrase that stood out to us as a potential hook, and then write a song inspired by it.

The phrase that stood out to me was "don't be surprised," and this is the song that was born out of it.

Thank you to my lyric writing professor, Susan Cattaneo, for showing me that inspiration comes in many forms. Thank you to Rahsaan Lacey for making the bass on this track 10 times more awesome than what we originally had. Thank you to Phillip Peloubet for taking this song in the direction it was begging to go in while still staying true to its core elements.

And thank YOU for taking the time to listen! Hope you enjoy.

- Lisa

lyrics

You stare at me like I'm a baffling work of art
You're not sure what to make of me yet
So you start stepping closer

Well let me tell you all about how I'm designed
I'm a little abstract, but my lines are defined
Hey, aren't we all just strokes of color?

'Cause when you really break it down
We all share palettes that can paint our common ground
And if we find our tongues untied
Because our colors coincide, don't be surprised

I know that it might be hard for you to see,
But in you, I believe there's a masterpiece
And if you let it out, maybe the world will agree
Maybe the whole world will agree

That when you really break it down
We all share palettes that can paint our common ground
And if we find our tongues untied
Because our colors coincide, don't be surprised

Don't be surprised if it all starts making sense
Don't be surprised by your newfound happiness
You're magnificent, so let your colors shine

'Cause when you really break it down
We all share palettes that can paint our common ground
And if we find our tongues untied
Because our colors coincide, don't be surprised

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released June 1, 2014
Music & lyrics by Lisa Occhino

Vocals, ukulele, synth, hand claps - Lisa Occhino
Bass - Rahsaan Lacey
Production, guitar, synth, hand claps, hand percussion - Phillip Peloubet

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Lisa Occhino Boston, Massachusetts

Lisa Occhino is a pianist, songwriter, singer, and entrepreneur from Stamford, CT. She is the first place winner of BMI’s 15th annual John Lennon Scholarship, a national songwriting competition. In December 2013, she graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music business. Visit lisaocchino.com for more. ... more

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