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Don't Be so Hard on Yourself

by Jessica Gerhardt

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lyrics

Look, you made another mistake
What the hell is wrong with you
Can’t you do anything right?
Just face it, see yourself for who you are
You’re nothing but a screw up
You might as well give up the fight

But wait, just a minute, where did that voice come from?
I don’t seem to know, but here’s another one

Don’t be so hard on yourself kid
Who are you kidding?
Nobody’s perfect, nobody is
Don’t be so hard on yourself kid
Give yourself a break
When the world comes down on you
You don’t have to take it

You fool! You fucked it up again!
How’re ya gonna make amends?
There’s no taking it back
I’m not cruel, I’m trying to keep you safe
There’s danger in having faith
I’m making up for what you lack

Don’t listen to that critic, you’ve got nothing to prove
You’ve got wisdom and intuition and when you’re ready make your move

Don’t be so hard on yourself kid
Who are you kidding?
Nobody’s perfect, nobody is
Don’t be so hard on yourself kid
Give yourself a break
When the world comes down on you
You don’t have to take it

Even when you can’t seem to get anything right
Take heart, dear, don’t sweat it, and don’t give up the fight

Don’t be so hard on yourself kid
Who are you kidding?
Nobody’s perfect, nobody is
Don’t be so hard on yourself kid
Give yourself a break
When the world comes down on you
You don’t have to take it

Don’t be so hard on yourself kid
We all make mistakes
Nobody’s perfect, nobody is
Don’t be so hard on yourself kid
Let a little love in
Be gentle with yourself
You’re worth it

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released January 14, 2022
Lyrics: Jessica Gerhardt
Music: Jessica Gerhardt & Arend Lee Jessurun

Ukulele & vocals: Jessica Gerhardt
Acoustic & electric guitars, pads, organ: Arend Lee Jessurun
Piano: Cedar Compher
Trombone: Matt Smith
Trumpet: Derrick Stauffer
Bass: Gabriel Montes
Drums: Kevin Brown

Production and mixing: Arend Lee Jessurun
Mastering: Patrick Doyle

Special thanks to my Patreon supporters, especially my Terrific Teammates: Jen, Jason, Claudia & Will, and Diane & Tom!

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Jessica Gerhardt Los Angeles, California

Jessica Gerhardt explores discernment, vulnerability, and the challenge of loving well in her music. Her gentle yet resonant voice infuses her earnest, lyric-driven songs with a soothing and passionate spirit. Jessica creates a space of communion - solidarity in others' experiences of truth, goodness, beauty, contentment, impatience, and that universal longing for connection - for home. ... more

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