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Jack​-​o'​-​Lantern [from UNPLUGGED]

by The Dayna Clay Project

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You fake an accent and disguise your voice You say you're making a performance choice In spooky makeup you recite your lines You play a part to hide the girl inside Nobody gets to see the girl I know, oh It's only me who gets to see you glow, oh CHORUS: Oh, I see you glowing like a jack-o’-lantern And it's Halloween night, whoa, oh So keep it going, let it burn, burn, burn Show me your light—shine your light! Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me I think I recognize you from TV You wear a costume and you change your name But I see through your little goth-girl game I see the sweeter side you never show, oh It's such a treat for me to see you glow, oh (CHORUS) So light a candle and think of me And all that we can be Now I, I've seen the real you Let me show you the real me Whoa, oh... Let your flame burn higher! (CHORUS) Show me your light—share your light!


From the novel UNPLUGGED by Paul McComas:
(Kayla has just seen the title of a song that Dayna wrote -- a song ABOUT Kayla.)
"What kind of song is that?"
"A love song."
"'Jack-o-lantern' -- a LOVE song? For who?"
"For someone who wears a frightening face, a Halloween face, because it's her job; it's the part she plays." Dayna set down the notebook and pen. "But inside her, there's this...glowing light" -- she turned to face Kayla -- "a light so steady, so warm and bright that even at her 'scariest,' it shines right through."
"That's sweet. But..." Kayla rolled her eyes -- "Jeez...Someone finally writes me a love song, and that's the central image?"
"Could've been worse. I was gonna call it 'Pumpkin Head.'"


released October 22, 2017

Maya Kuper: keyboards, vocals
Paul McComas: bass, background vocals
Mike Holden: guitar, trumpet, saxophone, trombone
Justin Marsh: drums
Megan Corse: background vocals
Written by Maya Kuper and Paul McComas
Produced by Maya Kuper and Paul McComas
Engineered by Joe Dilillo and Maya Kuper
Mixed by Joe Dilillo at Solid Sound Recording in Hoffman Estates, IL


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The Dayna Clay Project Chicago, Illinois

"Dayna Clay" is a fictional 27-year-old rocker, battling depression and PTSD in the wake of childhood sexual abuse. Maya Kuper & Paul McComas’ alt-rock musical "UNPLUGGED: A Survivor’s Story in Scenes & Songs" chronicles Dayna’s bumpy journey through the South Dakota Badlands, and into self-discovery, healing, full embrace of her bisexuality, and love. Proceeds support The Kennedy Forum. ... more

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