Play Electric: Andy Allo performs her original song “People Pleaser”

Andy Allo’s original song “People Pleaser” is a personal favorite of many-a TC-Helicon employee. It’s catchy and energetic (the fact that she uses Play Electric when she performs it doesn’t hurt either). But the thing we really like about the song is its lyrics. Why? It’s all about balance.

You see, there’s such a thing as a healthy balance when it comes to writing autobiographical songs, and with the lyrics for “People Pleaser” Andy Allo totally nails it.

Picture the process of writing an autobiographical song as walking on a fine wire:

If you get too caught up in your own thoughts, chances are you’re going to fall. If you’re too focused on everything that’s going on around you, you’re also going to fall.

It’s the same with songwriting.

You don’t want to get too caught up in your own experiences and alienate your audience with song titles like “The Washing Machine Ate Teddy When I Was Seven”, “Get a Master’s Degree in English Literature, They Said. It’ll Be Fun, They Said” and “Who’s Employee of the Month Now, Marianne!?”

On the other hand, you don’t want to be too generic. After a few songs with titles like “Bad Things Suck, Good Things Rock”, “Sunshine Is Super Nice” and “Will You Cook Me My Favorite Dish?” your audience will walk out on you. Trust us! (If you invite your immediate family, they will of course stay for the entire show... you’d think.)

Okay, maybe we’ve exaggerated a little in our examples, but you get the point!

The good news is that the fine line between these two extremes is pretty easy to walk, once you get the hang of it.

A rule of thumb is to always ask yourself these two questions; “can people relate to this?” and “is there a piece of me in this song?

We’ve posted the lyrics to People Pleaser below if you want to do some deconstructing of your own. We think you'll agree that Andy Allo has successfully managed to make a song about her personal experiences while, at the same time, making it about something we can all relate to in some way.

Andy Allo - "People Pleaser"

First Verse:

So consumed with being nice that I forgot to live my life

Such a people pleaser, now I see I wasted so much time

Yes they like me, but they expect me to be there at a drop of a dime - well I changed my mind

Chorus:

I used to be a people pleaser, but I had a change of mind

I used to be a midnight teaser, now I just wanna take my time

Verse Two:

So obsessed with holding on that I forgot to just let go

Listenin’ to abusive speech instead of letting feelings show

And I’m so tired of dealing with these guys, that all they do is take

From their rations to reactions

You and I both know it’s fake

Chorus:

I used to be a people pleaser, but I had a change of mind

I used to be a midnight teaser, now I just wanna take my time

Verse Three:

So concerned with giving all I had and more and more times four

And I am not the one who stands outside when they have locked the door

Cause this is mine and every other man who dares to make a stand

There’s a time to raise your voice and a time to raise your hands

Chorus:

I used to be a people pleaser, but I had a change of mind

I used to be a midnight teaser, now I just wanna take my time

People pleaser

Midnight teaser

Bridge:

Jim Crow, Cornrow, Afro, we grow, new show, cash flow, big dough, hell no, bestow, I go, two friend and foe, although, they blow, you know, I go...

Chorus:

I used to be a people pleaser, but I had a change of mind

I used to be a midnight teaser, now I just wanna take my time