For Fuse's 2016 Breakout Week, we're spending each day commemorating one undeniable act that shook up things in the mainstream this year. Today we're honoring Alessia Cara, whose lyrics are relatable to anyone from ages nine to ninety-nine. From "Scars to Your Beautiful" to her first hit "Here," these are the lines to put in your Instagram caption ASAP.
"But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark
You should know you're beautiful just the way you are
And you don't have to change a thing
The world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful"
"My mother said, 'Don't forget where you come from, where you've been
Always keep your closest friends they can't slip away
They keep you grounded
Oh, keep yourself surrounded with good advice'
And yeah I guess that sounded nice when I was 10
Oh, but never were there truer wordsIn all my days I've ever heard
And when she told me, 'Little girl, the answer is love'
So those are words that I keep with me
Though the seasons change so quickly
Keep them buried in my heart
And never fought"
"I assumed there was only room for
My dreams in my dreams so I'd sleep and repeat 'til the moon went home
And I didn't know where it'd take me but made me so crazy in love with it
Then the universe aligned
Oh, with what I had in mind
Who knew there was a life behind those four pink walls?"
"I lose my balance on these eggshells
You tell me to tread
I'd rather be a wild one instead
Don't wanna hang around the in crowd, the cool kids aren't cool to me
They're not cooler than we are
So aye, we brought our drum and this is how we dance
No mistakin', we make our breaks, if you don't like our 808s
Then leave us alone, 'cause we don't need your policies
We have no apologies"
"Tune in to find my peace and solitude
These empty rooms spin, and I embrace the flaws of being human
The black and white, and sometimes the grays that stay for days
The in-between times, the meantimes that make this song of life sing
Play, rest, repeat, read exactly what is written on the sheet
'Don't deviate,' they say
But I will play what's best for me
I'll press the keys and pull the strings, create a symphony that's mine"