microscope

by Cynthia Lin

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1.
chemicals 05:03
CHEMICALS i woke up numb just three years ago thought my time had come my doctor said it wasn't so so he gave me pills to change the chemicals in my brain they made me feel alive they made me feel sane i'm gonna change (the chemicals in my brain) i'm gonna change so tired of feeling strange i'm gonna change i would try to eat so i could feel complete so i could feel anything but that's no easy feat i would try to kiss so i could feel bliss and everybody had a good time but my abyss is bottomless chorus i'm gonna change i wanna feel something real i'm gonna stick a needle in my vein i'm gonna feel the pain slip away
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holiday 03:14
HOLIDAY i wanna take you away we need a vacay need a holiday that's what they say on the other side of the ocean let's go to the other side of the ocean let's get on a plane we'll go to spain but not to the plain where it mainly rains on the other side of the ocean let's go to the other side of the ocean and we can drink champagne in champagne and we can eat bologna in bologna we can go to london we'll go to france and we can buy some knickers which are underpants and if we're feeling fancy we'll buy lingerie we can do whatever we want we're on holiday [kazoo solo] i'm starting to miss my bed miss my home sweet home and i'm sorry to say but the pizza is way better in new york than it is in rome we need a holiday from this vacation need some rest and relaxation from the other side of the ocean let's go back to our side of the ocean where we can look at pictures and reminisce about eating figs at the acropolis and it was hot as hell there but the ouzo made it okay and we'll sit at home till it gets boring then we'll plan a trip to do more touring and next summer we'll have another holiday
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microscope 04:24
MICROSCOPE you squint your eye i'm under your microscope i'm on a slide i'm outside your velvet rope i'm waiting to be let in i'm waiting to be let in i'm waiting to be let in i'm trying to be myself let you study the real me but i can't help self-censoring i'm a living apology i'm trying to be myself i just wanna be myself why is it so hard to be myself with you? with you and your objective eye sizing me up and down constantly analyzed i'm trying to be myself i just wanna be myself i don't wanna hide i don't wanna hide what do you see? wish i could see what you see what i hide i'm on a slide a living mystery a self apology
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new day 03:36
NEW DAY lay your head down i know you're weary we're almost broken it's been so dark for so long but times are changing the world has spoken we can be better we can be strong there's a new day on the horizon i can see it clear as the rising sun there's a new wind blowing our way can you feel it? it's the dawn of a brand new day so call your sister talk to your brother convince your mother we still got reason to believe embrace the dreamers stand up for the fighters and teachers and dare to be the change we seek chorus i know it's hard to hold on to hope when we've fallen so far down the hole i know it feels strange to be moved by the power of a million voices calling for change make a change it is a new day feeling a new way we can be better and better and better and better it is a new day and i just can't wait i know it's not too late i know it's not too late can you feel it? hope is leading the way it's the dawn of a brand new day
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all at once 04:41
ALL AT ONCE lying with you in the grass staring up at the sky i've never felt so high playing rorschach with the clouds can't believe my eyes it's funny how time flies and fades away into another world when you're lying with the one who knows you best laughing at the sky above and all at once all you feel is joy all you know is truth and all you see is love love is something that i never believed could be forever and maybe i still don't but this moment each moment with you is getting better and better just lying with the one who knows me best laughing at the sky above and all at once all you feel is joy all you know is truth and all you see is love and all i see is the light that lifts us high above oh love
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eclipse 04:07
ECLIPSE wave upon wave upon wave of deepest desire my heart is on fire light air water surrounding me on the darkest night i can see the sun on the darkest night i can see the sun
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about

dear friends and fans,

i'm proud to announce the release of my new record, MICROSCOPE.
this is my third album, a nine-track collection of original songs and covers that i recorded, arranged, engineered, mixed, and produced (with the invaluable help and support of musicians and producer friends from NYC to Boston to Chicago).

these songs revolve around the lyric "What do you see?" from the song Microscope, and explore themes of escapism, longing, hope, love, mortality, and ultimately self-discovery. please enjoy these songs, and share them far and wide.

xo
cynthia.

credits

released October 20, 2010

all songs by cynthia lin except
'forever young' by marian gold, frank martens, bernhard lloyd
'another day' by jonathan d. larson
'there is a light that never goes out' by johnny marr, morrissey
'the girl from ipanema' by a. c. jobim, v. de moraes, n. gimbel

featuring
vox: taiyo na (3), bonnibel & bhurin (4), brenda lin (4), meena cho (4)
bass: chucky kim (1,2,3), jae ko (7)
percussion: boo recitas (2,7)
cello: meena cho (4,6,8)
french horn: louis schwadron (8)

words and music by cynthia lin c p 2010
recorded, arranged, mixed, and produced by cynthia lin
at 6west studio, nyc and the loft, sf.
mastered by mike wells, sf.

cover art by monica chow.

SPECIAL THANKS
thank you ethan stoller, derek kan, and elton lin for advice and guidance that allowed me to do this myself.
thank you taiyo na and chucky kim for friendship, feedback, inspiration, and passion.
a meowy thank you to mayur and tani for love and support.
and thanks most of all to you for reading these words and receiving this creation.

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Cynthia Lin San Francisco, California

Cynthia Lin is a Youtube sensation and modern-day jazz ukulele diva. Through her popular YouTube channel (40+ million views) and approachable teaching style, Cynthia helps people across the world discover the joy of ukulele.

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