Add lyrics to “What Else?” from Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths

Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths creates song cycles about interpersonal and systemic abuse and resilience. Cycles are performed as multimedia shows featuring local visual artists and audience interpretation. 

Join Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths in our first ever lyric-based audience participation. “What Else” is about illustrating dissonance between the narratives we [individuals/society] propagate and reality. 

Ex verse 1: 

If mommies don’t scream,

And daddies don’t beat,

If love don’t mistreat, what else?

In contrast to the reigning narrative that “love don’t mistreat” and mommies and daddies do what’s best for their children, this verse highlights that people who are supposed to love you can also be abusive. 

Ex verse 2:

If beauty’s skin deep,

And crying makes weak,

We’ve sown what we reap, what else?

Each line of this verse highlights something systemic and problematic [our relationships with beauty, toxic masculinity, just-world beliefs]. 

Feel free to submit verses on relevant themes of your choosing. Themes that could be explored through this song include: 

Nature & Nurture

Good & Bad

Free will

Gender roles

God & Religion

“Isms” ie. racism, sexism, ageism, capitalism, etc


Guide: Note the slant rhyme scheme (scream/beat/mistreat). In order to fit into the song, verses should have roughly the same number of syllables as the verse above, and the last line conclude, “what else?”. 

Comment here, message Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths on social media, or email 

Deadline to Submit for the premiere: October 12th.

Lyrics for each performance and recording will be shared here at Maggie Cocco Music on Patreon. Non patrons, consider becoming a Patron today to support and stay up to date with this project! 

Disclaimer: By submitting your lyrics for consideration, participants grant Maggie Cocco Music permission to use the lyric in live and recorded performance and agree not to pursue payment or royalties for use of lyric in any context. 

Upcoming Event Links:

October 13th-14th – Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths at Whangarei Fringe *New Song Cycle Premiere*

October 15th – CHAOS/LAMENT/WAIL: Resonations of the Chladni Plate

Popup TBA – Piano and Spray Paint feat Maggie Cocco and Josh Kiwikiwi

October 22nd – The Old Packhouse Markets

October 30th – Maggie Cocco at The Chapel House

November 6th – Variety Artists Club of NZ presents Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths

November 8th – Poetry Live! Presents Renee Liang & Maggie Cocco

Recent Events, Blogs, Videos, Editorials, Recordings:

October 8th – Bowie Bowie, Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland (David Bowie Tribute)

What the Folk, Whangarei!? (Mini Folk Festival)

Ins and Outs of the Music Business (Workshop)

GRD Book Club: The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

‘Becoming’ – New Song Cycle Sneak Peek from Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths

Making Sense (and Art) of Social Media

The Maggie Cocco Band – Acoustic at Diablos Caravan

Mid Recording at Anzac Road: LIKE A MOTH

Book Club: Dreaming Disability Justice

Maggie Cocco Music and Creative Calvary Present “I See You”

What is “real time” and why is it important?

All possible events are live streamed, filmed, or otherwise documented. Email for access to past shows or workshops. Check Patreon for full content and follow Maggie Cocco Music projects on social media for daily updates.

SPONSOR NEEDED: Joey has been a Maggie Cocco Music student for 4 years! Joey has been curating two community talent shows each year for the past five years in his home town of Burlingame, California. Even the mayor attends! Joey and his cohorts are differently abled and have access to limited funds for mentorship. Joey will be starting University this year, and expects that this December’s will be his last production. As such, he hopes to finish big! Joey is seeking extra tuition for help fine tuning the production and assistance writing his own song for the finale. Subsidizing Tony costs $15/week.

Maggie Cocco Music services are Pay What You Can so that persons who mightn’t otherwise be able to afford them have access to quality music education and services. Thank you for supporting Maggie Cocco Music in this mission 🤍

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