Mary Lambert lets loose

“And I can’t change/ even if I tried/ even if I wanted to…”

You’ve probably heard these lines before, from rapper Macklemore’s song, “Same Love,” which is about gay rights. This song brought attention not only to homosexuality today, but to the woman who penned and vocalized its chorus — who is also a lesbian herself.

Normally, many gays are ashamed of owning up to their sexuality for fear of being persecuted because of their gender preference. But Lambert is quite the opposite, proudly addressing her homosexuality, along with her faults.

Her single, “Secrets,” lists all the things that other people may feel are wrong with her, such as “[her] bi-polar disorder” and the fact that she’s “overweight/ [and] always late.” But she’s okay with all of that. She’s attained a level of self-acceptance that many members of today’s society have yet to even come in the vicinity of, as sung in the hook: “They tell us from the time we’re young/ To hide the things that we don’t like about ourselves/ Inside ourselves/ I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else/ Well I’m over it.”

Truth be told, her lyrics provide an ugly truth about the present day mindset, that we should repress our “bad traits” and even go so far as to be someone we are not in an infeasible attempt to please everyone. The song itself is empowering; however, it bears qualities similar to those of Taylor Swift in terms of vocals, instrumentals, and beats. (I’ll pass.)

So if you like Tay-Tay and songs about liberation (and personal struggles), Mary Lambert’s got you covered.