The Way I Am

by Jessica Byrne

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Written and recorded by Jessica Byrne in 2010
While looking through my old recordings, I came across this song that I had forgotten about. My voice has changed so much in six years but I want to acknowledge the singer I was. I also wanted to intertwine my current voice, as harmonies in the final section.


Well you know that I am paralyzed,
Every time I say goodbye,
I dwell, I cry, I kiss my pillow goodnight.
And I hate the way I can't control my eyes,
Every time you slip out sight,
I just want what I can't have,
I crave you but pull myself away from you.

And your eyes could never lie,
But my mind lies to me all the time,
And your smile could light the darkest night,
And your skin shine brighter than moonlight.

But please understand you are my first,
Sometimes I don't know how things work.
And how things are supposed to be
In the intricate art of you and me.
And please understand you are the first boy,
Who's ever loved me long enough
For the tingly feeling to wear off
For flirtatious behaviour to be lost
Please know that it is all I've ever known.

I used to carry a broken heart around,
And I thought love was wearing a frown,
But you took my heart in your gentle hands,
And kissed it in hope that it would mend,
And while my heart was in your care,
You opened it up so I let you in,
And I love the way you wear your hair
And the way you love me the way I am.


released November 3, 2016
Written, performed, recorded, edited and mastered by Jessica Byrne
Album image by Maggie Steel
Album cover design by Jessica Byrne



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Jessica Byrne Brisbane, Australia

Jessica Byrne is a singer/songwriter currently based in Brisbane. Having taught herself keys as a means to accompany her lyrical messages, Jessica utilises dark and haunting textures to create effortlessly emotive music. Byrne is a woman of style and natural ease and above all strives to connect with her listener’s on a meaningful level. ... more

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