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If you watched the movie JOKER, you will definitely remember the scene with Joaquin Phoenix dancing on that staircase. That is the inspiration for this song. That, and a song prompt that read, "Secret Decoder Ring."
I just kept picturing him, dancing through his own madness, dancing through his childhood secrets and agony and dancing toward becoming the self empowered (and tragically evil) adult that he is now. It broke my heart a little and I wanted to preserve that feeling in my mind through song. So many of us carry deep, dark secrets that do more and more damage the longer we hold on. However, letting go can sometimes unleash an emotional cyclone that can tear your world apart before you can start to put it back together.

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NOW YOU SEE ME ©2020 Noëlle Hampton

I’ve got a secret
It’s coming all apart
Truth be an arrow
Aim straight for the heart

I’ve had a secret
Since I was just a child
Put it in a pocket
Ignore it for a while

But it’s catching up to me
I remember everything

Now you see me
Putting on the makeup
Give your attention
To the dancing clown
Now you see me
Moving through the shakeup
The rising of the dangerous things
I used to push down

I’ve got a secret
Soon everyone will know
Truth be a bullet
Aimed straight for the soul

I know a secret
The pain becomes your heart
You live to escape it
You pull yourself apart

Now you see me
Putting on the makeup
Give your attention
To the dancing clown
Now you see me
Moving through the shakeup
The rising of the dangerous things
I used to push down

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from Stay Alive - The 2020 Singles, track released September 25, 2020
Produced by Noëlle Hampton and André Moran
Recored by Noëlle Hampton at The Guest Room Studio in Austin, TX and by André Moran at Congress House Studio (Austin, TX)
Mixed by André at Congress House Studio
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering (Los Angeles)

Noëlle Hampton: Vocals/Synths/Programming
André Moran: Guitar
Emily Shirley: Additional Vocals
Greg Hagen: Bass

Artwork by Noëlle Hampton
Photo by Barbara FG Photography

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The Belle Sounds Austin, Texas

The newest project from established Austin, TX based husband/wife team Noëlle Hampton & André Moran, The Belle Sounds
formed in 2013. Their signature sound features alluring three part harmonies & a dynamic, lush soundscape.
Live show band members include Emily Shirley (keys/vocals), Greg Hagen (bass/vocals) and Jim Echels (drums).
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