Malala

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Journal Entry Excerpt | August 2016: 
I have a recording of my Dad strumming his guitar and singing "La La La La La La La," on VHS. I don't really get to see it anymore because I don't have a VHS player, but I remember the way it sounded and often find myself humming along to the memory. I recently watched the documentary 'He Named Me Malala' and was so moved by it that I felt compelled to write a song. I was really pleased with the way the verses wrote themselves, but the best part was that Dad chipped in for the chorus! By changing the initial L to an M, 'Lalala' became 'Malala' and Dad got to write the hook... Tarantino style.

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Malala 
By: Allison with posthumous contributions by Doug Midgley

Shot guns and holy water 
Bless us now, protect our daughters 
Not from the woman she will become 
But from the lies that keep her dumb 

Malala Malala Malala ah 
Malala Malala Malala ah ah 
Malala Malala Malala ah 
Ooooh oh ahhhh 

Empower her to use her voice 
To speak her mind and make some noise 
Her brain is strong as any boy's 
As any man's, it's not a choice 

Malala Malala Malala ah 
Malala Malala Malala ah ah 
Malala Malala Malala ah 
Ooooh oh ahhhh 

Existing and living are such different things 
It's the loss before winning that gives way to wings 
Hold onto hope like the clouds to the sky 
Let it be love that sets our daughters free to fly 

Fly fly fly fly 
Fly fly fly fly 
Fly fly fly fly 
Fly fly 

“I would like to thank my parents for their unconditional love. Thank you to my Father for not clipping my wings and for letting me fly.” 

Malala Malala Malala ah 
Malala Malala Malala ah ah 
Malala Malala Malala ah 
Ooooh oh ahhhh

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released August 27, 2019
Words and music by Allison with posthumous contributions by Doug Midgley
Arranged and produced by Andrew Tokuda

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Allison is a Silicon Valley pop singer and songwriter. Inspired by the legacy of love left by her late father, Doug Midgley, she seeks to honor and promote the power of lyrics to transcend a lifetime.

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