STORY BEHIND THE SONG  This song I wrote during the pandemic, but also it started from an idea inspired by a family member who suffers from self-doubt and poor decision making.  This family member has always doubted herself and self-sabotaged her life.   Depression clinical runs rampant throughout southeastern Iowa where I am from.  I have been in relationships with women who suffer from it, and i have friends men and women who suffer from self-doubt and getting down on themselves.  Some of those folks have lost their bought with the depression, and chosen to end their life, or sabotage their life in some way that is permanent.  With the lock-downs of the pandemic, and the safety precautions and the isolation I was really thinking about family members and friends who suffer form this.  I also can relate to this in my own life with so many people through their actions who tried to get me to doubt myself, or planted seeds that I latched onto.  But I have learned that we make our own destiny and we have to stop listening to experts, critics, and naysayers, even if we love them even if they are "smarter" than us.  Because at the end of the day we make our own life, and we only have one to live.  I can remember being in relationships an addict and the gas-lighting that happened during that relationship that got me thinking I was crazy and losing my mind.  The manipulation I see that happens with our news media, and in my professional life at times, its all interconnected withing our own minds, and what we have to do is be ourselves,  I believe in this philosophy,  "DEFINE YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE WILL"  This song is my hope that it inspires anyone with self-doubt to be their own best self, and not let others negatively influence their self-awareness.

Better Be Yourself

Lyrics - John-Paul "Jp" Jones 

Composition - John-Paul "Jp" Jones

Copyright (c) 2020 - John-Paul "Jp" Jones (sr) 2020 - Eugene's Trick Bag Records

If you're feeling blue or when you're feeling down  
just take my advice and keep  
your feet on the ground
People all around locked down by their fear  
someone's falsely preachin'
that our freedoms are not clear  

Better be yourself baby
Or Drive Yourself Crazy
be yourself lady
Self-Doubt will stunt your growth
If you ever feel the world has got you beat  
an independent thinker's all ways  
stronger than the Sheep
better Listen up now we know it can't be true  
just drop all your fears and stop  
watching the news
Better be yourself baby
Or Drive Yourself Crazy
be yourself lady
Self-Doubt will stunt your growth
way it is today ain't how it's gotta be  
be true to yourself cause the  
truth will set you free
never ever had more than you can take  
stay true to yourself That is  
all I have to Say
Better be yourself baby
Or Drive Yourself Crazy
be yourself lady
Self-Doubt will stunt your growth
Better be yourself baby
Or Drive Yourself Crazy
be yourself lady
Self-Doubt will stunt your growth
If you're feeling blue or when you're feeling down  
just take my advice and keep  
your feet on the ground
People all around locked down by their fear  
someone's falsely preachin' that your  
freedom isn't clear
Better be yourself baby
Or Drive Yourself Crazy
be yourself lady
Self-Doubt will stunt your growth
Better be yourself baby
Or Drive Yourself Crazy
be yourself lady
Self-Doubt will stunt your growth

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