When She Smiles

When you smile, you’ll never be alone.

“When you smile, you’ll never be alone.”

Storyteller: Child in foster care, 10, Children’s Aid and Family Services of NJ

Favorite music: Annie

Favorite artist/song: Annie

What would you like your song to be about? Annie

Pick a theme: Annie

Do you have a title in mind? Annie

Any certain words or phrases to include? Annie

Songwriter: Kelseanne Breder, student at Columbia University School of Nursing

Song Lyrics

Oh when the sun is out
Her love outshines the sun.
When the birds sing songs
They’re not just for anyone.

They’re for her
She knows that well
They’re in her heart
And you can tell
That when she smiles
She’ll never be alone.

She finds the sun
Between the towers of New York.
On cloudy days
Her love gives me warmth.

This song’s for her
She knows it well
It’s in her heart
And you can tell
That when she smiles
She’ll never be alone.

Have faith in tomorrow
Another day will always come.
No matter what’s happened before
It’s you who matters more
It’s you who never fails to see the sun.

When I hear your laugh
I’ve never known a sweeter sound
It opens up my heart
It lifts me off the ground.

This song’s for you
You know that well
It’s in your heart
And you can tell
That when you smile
You’ll never be alone.

Oh when you smile
You’ll never be alone.

I Want to Be Myself

Love yourself, be yourself. Be happy every time you see someone.

“Love yourself, be yourself. Be happy every time you see someone.”

Storyteller: Child in foster care, 9, Children’s Aid and Family Services of NJ

Favorite music: Pop

Favorite artist/song: Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

What would you like your song to be about? Being myself

Pick a theme: Being happy

Do you have a title in mind? “I Want to Be Myself”

Any certain words or phrases to include? Love yourself, be yourself. Be happy every time you see someone.

Songwriter: William Ueng, student at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Song Lyrics

Used to run and hide
Too afraid to speak my mind
Always thought I was shy
Didn’t think that I could fly

But I hear a small voice whispering
Whispering to me

You’ve got to love yourself
You’ve got to be yourself
Be loud be proud
You’ve got that champion’s belt

Look around and you will see
All the joys of being free
So I’ve got to be
Because we’ve all got hearts of gold

I’ve got the whole wide world listening
Listening to me

You’ve got to love yourself
You’ve got to be yourself
Be loud be proud
You’ve got that champion’s belt

I stand here with no fear
Listen when I say

You’ve got to love yourself
You’ve got to be yourself
Be loud be proud
You’ve got the champion’s belt.

 

 

 

 

 

I Want to Be Myself Thank You Card

Constellation

“Enjoy life, live life.”

“Enjoy life, live life.”

Storyteller: Veteran, 88, Bronx Veteran Affairs Community Living Center, Bronx, NY

Military service: Army

Favorite word: I love you 

Favorite place: Home

Favorite music: Bolero, cha cha, merengue, dance

Favorite artists: Any!

Favorite songs: Anything!

What would you like your song to be about?: “Anything to get me moving. I have difficulty remembering memories.

Any certain words or phrases to include?: Anything that is uplifting.

His message: “Enjoy life, live life.”

Songwriter: Lina Zhang, 17, Marquette High School, Chesterfield, MO

Song Lyrics

Maybe you’re sitting alone in a fluorescent bulb room
maybe you’re staring at the moon by the window i assume
maybe i’m walking by myself in an empty hallway
maybe i’m eating by myself humming a quiet tune

and so am i
you can find me by the window watching individual
stars at night
they’re all connected by a constellation
like we’re connected by something greater

maybe you’re sitting by yourself in a peaceful park
maybe you hear the wind moving the branches apart
But they’re still together, from the same tree
Maybe you’re sitting by yourself, you can feel the leaves rustling

And so do I
you can find me by the window watching individual
stars at night
they’re all connected by a constellation
like we’re connected by something greater

And I wonder
if they know
they’re connected by a constellation
Do you wonder
what love
makes people feel together
Do you ever feel
somehow
we’re all connected to each other

because so do I
you can find me by the window watching individual
stars at night
they’re all connected by a constellation
like we’re connected by something greater

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