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Nightbirde's Family Releases a Surprise Posthumous Cover Of One Of Her Favorite Songs

The late AGT star continues to leave her mark on the world.

By Elizabeth Logan

Even after we are gone, our art remains. Two years after her death, AGT Golden Buzzer Jane Kristen Marczewski — who used the stage name Nightbirde — is still moving fans with her beautiful voice. In a just-released recording, you can hear her sweetness, her soul, and her hope.

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To benefit the Nightbirde Foundation, Marczewski's family made her recording of The New Radicals' "You Get What You Give" available for purchase, and shared a clip of Nightbirde singing the song on Instagram, writing, "The New Radicals song 'you get what you give' was an anthem for Jane. This song was one of two she carried into the audition room for @agt. It was a song, if you didn’t know it, you would think Jane wrote it herself. On the two year anniversary of Jane’s passing this year, 2/19/24, we felt it was only right to give you all this song in a way only Nightbirde could’ve pulled off. A song that held a very special place in Jane’s heart."

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The song is also a favorite of Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, and the band reunited to perform it at the Biden/Harris Inauguration. In his autobiography, President Biden wrote that the song resonated with his son Beau, who also died from cancer. 

Nightbirde on season 16 of AGT

"During breakfast, Beau would often make me listen to what I thought was his theme song, 'You Get What You Give'," Biden revealed, per Entertainment Weekly. "Even though Beau never stopped fighting and his will to live was stronger than most — I think he knew that [his early death] might come. The words to the song are: 'This whole damn world can fall apart. You'll be OK, follow your heart.'"

Clearly, this song is a comfort to those dealing with the unimaginable.

Nightbirde on AGT

Marczewski auditioned for America's Got Talent in 2021 and was immediately passed to the Live shows, stunning the judges with her original song "It's OK" and her inspirational story. At the time, her cancer had already spread throughout her body, though she refused to have a negative outlook on life. Unfortunately, as her health worsened, she was unable to continue in the competition, and passed away on February 19, 2022.

RELATED: Nightbirde's Sister Talks "Painful" But "Joyful" Holiday Season in Moving Tribute

The lyrics to "You Get What You Give" by The New Radicals

One, two
One, two, three, ow

Wake up, kids
We got the dreamers disease
Age fourteen, they got you down on your knees
So polite, we're busy still saying please
Frienemies, who when you're down ain't your friend
Every night we smash a Mercedes-Benz
First we run, and then we laugh 'til we cry

But when the night is falling
You cannot find the light (light)
You feel your dreams are dying
Hold tight

You've got the music in you
Don't let go
You've got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don't give up
You've got a reason to live
Can't forget
We only get what we give

I'm comin' home, baby
You're tops
Give it to me now

4 AM, we ran a miracle mile
We're flat broke
But hey, we do it in style
The bad rich
God's flying in for your trial

But when the night is falling
You cannot find a friend (friend)
You feel your tree is breaking
Just bend

You've got the music in you
Don't let go
You've got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don't give up
You've got a reason to live
Can't forget
We only get what we give

This whole damn world could fall apart
You'll be okay, follow your heart
You're in harm's way, I'm right behind
Now say you're mine

You've got the music in you
Don't let go
You've got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don't give up
You've got a reason to live
Can't forget
We only get what we give

Don't let go
I feel the music in you
Don't let go
Fly high, high

What's real can't die
You only get what you give
You're gonna get what you give
Don't give up
Just don't be afraid to leave

Health insurance, rip off lying
FDA, big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes
Run to your mansions
Come around, we'll kick your asses

Don't let go
One dance left
Don't give up
Can't forget
Don't let go