Saturday Sessions: Tune-Yards perform "Hold Yourself”

California-based music duo Tune-Yards join this week’s “Saturday Sessions.” Artists Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner recorded their first album with a hand-held recorder on a recycled cassette tape. It got them noticed — and signed — and a later album hit the Top Ten on Billboard’s Rock and Independent Albums charts. Performing from Oakland from their new album "Sketchy,” here are Tune-Yards with "Hold Yourself.”

Video Transcript

[MUSIC - TUNE-YARDS, "HOLD YOURSELF"]

MERRILL GARBUS: (SINGING) Parents are children. Parents are children. Parents were children all of the time. Parents, they made us. They tried to raise us. But parents betrayed us even when they tried.

Oh, they held us close and dear and told us lies that they've been telling themselves for years. They'll suffocate me so I'll hold myself now. I have to hold myself now. No choice of when, and I don't know how, but I will hold myself now.

Child, I won't have you. I cannot have you. Child, I won't have you and I'm telling you why. I cannot mend this. I have to end this. I can't pretend without a break in sight.

Oh, I'll hold you close and dear and tell you lies that I've been telling myself for years. I'll suffocate you so you hold yourself now. You have to hold yourself now. No choice of when, and who knows how, but you will hold yourself now.

We all have doubts.

- (SINGING) We all have doubts.

MERRILL GARBUS: (SINGING) We all have rage.

- (SINGING) We all have rage.

MERRILL GARBUS: (SINGING) We all have trouble--

[OVERLAPPING VOICES HARMONIZING]

--being brave enough to turn the page but we will hold ourselves now. We have to hold ourselves now. No choice of when, and who know how, but we must hold ourselves now. Hold ourselves now. We have to hold ourselves now. No choice of when, and we are learning how. So we will hold ourselves now. We all have doubts.

- (SINGING) We all have doubts.

MERRILL GARBUS: (SINGING) We all have rage.

- (SINGING) We all have rage.

MERRILL GARBUS: (SINGING) We all have trouble--

[OVERLAPPING VOICES HARMONIZING]

--being brave enough to turn the page. We all have doubts.

- (SINGING) We all have doubts.

MERRILL GARBUS: (SINGING) We all have rage.

- (SINGING) We all have rage.

MERRILL GARBUS: (SINGING) We all have trouble being brave enough.

[VOCALIZING, OVERLAPPING VOICES]

- (SINGING) We all have doubts. We all have rage. We all have trouble being brave to turn the page.