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ENERGY feat. MuRli

by Denise Chaila

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“I wrote this song when I was tired and grieving. Somehow, the experience of creating it (from conception to recording to filming) became a massive learning curve. Singing ‘you can’t take my energy’ while mentally and emotionally drained, living through incredible uncertainty and trying to find stable ground from moment to moment became a challenge I didn’t intend to set myself. One I’m glad I did.

“The song began as a beat with a time signature that I just couldn’t understand how to write to. One which I allowed to linger in my drafts for months because I was too nervous to attempt writing to it and potentially ruin a very beautiful song. Every step of the process has been measured, unhurried, full of conversation and gentle risk taking. Stepping outside my comfort zone like this made me gag as much as it made me smile.

“This song and the work surrounding it has ultimately been an opportunity. I've spent the year asking myself what I want to do with myself when my heart is broken. What my work ultimately means to me. What purpose it serves in my own life. And from the wellspring of these questions, beautiful threads of curiosity have emerged from me.

“In the end; hope is more than a sound bite for a podcast, pain is more than a line in a song, there are things I’ve gone through in the last year that I’ll work through for the next ten, and nobody can bait me out enough to take from me what I do not choose to give freely.

“You can’t take my energy.”

lyrics

You can’t take my energy
You can take my energy
You can’t take my energy
You can take my, take my, take
You can’t take my energy
You can take my energy
You can’t take my energy
You can take my, take my, take

Hear the call but don’t phone it in
For crones or for omens
We’re riding out here like Rohan
Diogenes but got hope; “behold a man”
Or Artemis me, I’m only fowl when I’m floating
Freedom is potent, the future’s in focus

Hear the call but don’t phone it in
For crones or for omens
We’re riding out here like Rohan
Diogenes but got hope; “behold a man”
Or Artemis me, I’m only fowl when I’m floating
Freedom is potent, the future’s in focus

You can’t take my energy
You can take my energy
You can’t take my energy
You can take my, take my, take
You can’t take my energy
You can take my energy
You can’t take my energy
You can take my, take my, take

Flesh it out
Save a little a little time
Can’t let them take my eyes off this
Bottom line
Keep it by my side,
Rolling out my best life

Flesh it out
Save a little a little time
Can’t let them take my eyes off this
Bottom line
Keep it by my side,
Rolling out my best life

Make it out this storm, and return to the shore where we departed
Holding onto faith, letting go of the past coz it’s distorted
Taking it back everything you’ve stolen while I was starting out
It was all by design, I’ve got the pencil now

And you, you can’t take my energy

You can’t take my energy
You can take my energy
You can’t take my energy
You can take my, take my, take
You can’t take my energy
You can take my energy
You can’t take my energy
You can take my, take my, take

Hear the call but don’t phone it in
For crones or for omens
We’re riding out here like Rohan
Diogenes but got hope; “behold a man”
Or Artemis me, I’m only fowl when I’m floating
Freedom is potent, the future’s in focus

credits

released October 28, 2021
Written by: Denise Chaila, Mawuli Boevi
Produced by: MuRli
Co-producer: Ian Ring (Boku)
Guitar: Danny Lanham
Harp: Bríd Ann McGowan
Trumpets: Paul Kiernan
Additional Background Vocals: Senita Appiakorang
Recording Engineer: David Anthony Curley (The Clinic Recording Studios)
Mixing Engineer: Ian Ring (Boku)
Mastering Engineer: Chris Athens
Photography: Brian Cross (B+)

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Denise Chaila

In her breakthrough track Copper Bullet, Denise Chaila succinctly described the thriving hip-hop scene in Ireland.

The fact that Chaila was able to convey the sentiment of a nation in one perfect line displays both the depth and skill of the Irish MC.

It perhaps partially explains why, following the release of her debut EP Denise has become one of the most in-demand MCs in Ireland and beyond.
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