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Poison Ivy

by Priya Parrotta

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In our restless world, "high-performing students" (a ridiculous phrase in and of itself!) are often urged to make a big, solo impact on the world at an indecently young age. In my case, the result of that narrow-sighted pressure was that my wonder and reverence for the diversity of life on our planet was needlessly displaced by anxiety and frustration. This song is a call for a humbler and more serene perspective towards one's own contributions to the world, so that we might defer our own egos to the brilliance of the Earth herself.

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Set apart from all the rest
Told too often that they're the best
They packed their bags, all neat and tidy
and walked straight into poison ivy

Education as such
does not really matter all that much
compared with the more enticing plan
of becoming as famous as you can

'Cause who has time for a healthier way
when there's attention to grab and a world to save
but the world is tired of this hero stuff
enough already, slow down, wise up

You tell yourself, pick up the pace
go out and win that imaginary race
Keep on talking about how you're great
And take up everyone else's airspace

'Cause who has time for a healthier way
when there's attention to grab and a world to save
but the world is tired of this hero stuff
enough already, slow down, wise up

Leaders of the world, puh-lease
We're the last thing the planet needs
Let's learn and laugh like the kids we are
and hope that in time we may travel far

But who has time for a healthier way
when there's attention to grab and a world to save
but the world is tired of this hero stuff
enough already, slow down, wise up

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released May 6, 2023
Music, lyrics & production by Priya Parrotta

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Priya Parrotta Rome, Italy

Priya is an author, singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and activist dedicated to peace and healing across borders. Her music celebrates the Earth, the skies, and the journeys of our hearts. She is a multicultural, world citizen with close connections to the Mediterranean, South Asia & the Americas. Priya was one of 50 musicians nationwide to be nominated for the 2022 US Artists Fellowship. ... more

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