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Theme songs

I got shouted a ticket to the Alicia Keys and Jordan Sparks concert in Auckland tonight by MD and Soulja Boy.  MD came too – it was a lovely night with two very talented singers.  When Alicia was singing “Superwoman”  MD turned to me and said “Soulja Boi(except she used his real name) told me to tell you when she sung this song that it’s your song.”

Awwww, it just about made me want to cry.  But I definitely appreciated his sentiment. and I think it will become one of my theme songs.  the other one I use for motivation is Queen’s “The show must go on”


“For all the mother fighting

for better days to come

All my women, all my women sitting here trying

to come home before the sun

and all my sisters coming together

saying yes I will

yes I can


Beccause I am a Superwoman

yes I am

Yes she is

Even when I’m  a mess

I still put on a vest

with an S on my chest

oh yes I’m a Superwoman”

When I’m breaking down

and I cant be found

and I start to get weak

because no-one knows

me underneath these clothes

but I can fly

we can fly ooooh”


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  1. cheryl

     /  December 7, 2008

    You lucky thing. I heard on the radio that Kylie Minogue was also at the concert sitting amongst the audience and enjoying every moment of it.

  2. jaydub26

     /  December 7, 2008

    Yeah from what they were saying in the herald we think she might have been sitting quite close by us in the grandstand although we didnt see her at all. In the seats in the row directly behind us we had “kingi” and “tanya” from “Shortland Street. Don’t know his real name. It was so funny becasue every one was recognising him and didn’t realise she was with him, I felt so sorry for her.


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