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JUNKtheband Explains "Protect Your Joy"

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Local funk band JUNKtheband wanted to positively impact the community when they wrote their song, "Protect Your Joy," since the track was inspired by news of young people committing suicide as a result of bullying.

"I was a small kid and bullied quite a bit growing up," says singer/guitarist Marten Niner. "I remember very vividly how tormented I was and feeling like I was the only one it was happening to. It took me many years to figure out how to get past the sorrow, humiliation and anger."

Niner says his 12-year-old daughter encouraged him to write the song as a last-minute addition to their album, Another Man's Treasure, and Niner's kids sang back-up along with the Valley Youth Theatre Glee Club on the track. "The kids and the band really resonated with the message," Niner says. "If the song helps even one person in a dark place, we've accomplished a great deal."

They'll be playing the track at their upcoming show this Saturday, August 27 at The Wagon Yard for a free concert that starts at 8:30 p.m. Niner says the group's music changes every time, since they consider themselves an improvisational jam band, so the songs you hear live might be different than what you can stream for free here. Check out "Protect Your Joy," along with lyrics, after the jump.

Protect Your Joy

When I was a boy
A tiny thing
I wondered what
This life would bring

It's not what I'd expect
Given dreams I had
It was quite tough
Not really that bad

But it's all right now
And it's all right tomorrow
The journey's been lighter
Since I forgave my sorrow

When I was thirteen
Moved away from my friends
I thought my life
Was at its end

I struggled through
Suffering every day
Not till of late
I've learned to play

But it's all right now
And it's all right tomorrow
The journey's been lighter
Since I forgave my sorrow

I'm older than you
These words I employ
The secret of life
Protect your joy

It's never too late
It's certainly hard
But now of troubles
I've barely a shard

And it's all right now
And it's all right tomorrow
My journey's been lighter
Since I forgave my sorrow

Won't you forgive your sorrow?

"Protect Your Joy," by JUNKtheband by nicoole16

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