Lyric of the Week: I WAS THERE
So you don’t like the things that I’ve said
You can’t stomach the things that you read
They talk about something that you don’t want to hear
They uncover some of your worst fears
Well there’s nothing in there that isn’t true
And there’s nothing in there that’s really new
But you believe this stuff only happens to others
Not your sister, think you, not your aunt or your mother.
But I was there, I saw it with my eyes
And you know that the evidence and facts don’t lie
You’d rather hide from reality. And keep it swept
Under the rug, ‘cause it’s so hard to accept.
So she found a love that won’t dare speak its name
It causes you to feel such disgrace and shame
Like, how could this happen, she was straight all her life
She was married, ferchrissake, she was somebody’s wife!
But that marriage crumbled and she was left hard and cold
She needed somebody to love and to hold
She wanted that tenderness that no man could give
Embracing it enabled her once more to live.
Hey, I was there, and I understood
That if this is what she needed, then hey, it was good
And, I might add, it was also effective
In putting my own feelings in perspective.
People just see what they want to see
And whatever falls outside that boundary
Usually flies right over their heads
They can’t comprehend, so they deny instead
No matter if the truth is right there in their faces
They’ll wish it away with all of its traces
And then they’ll go on like they did before
With no such unpleasantness popping up anymore.
But I was there, I know things are different
I was living with it while you were so distant
And you can deny as much as you want
The truth is quite real, and it’ll come back to haunt.
©2022 The Hesh Inc.
Without waving any banners, making any sweeping declarations, or resorting to politically correct wokespeak, I present this song I wrote about a woman I knew for many years who found love and fulfillment in a relationship with another woman. I watched the events described in the lyrics unfold, pretty much in person, and I knew what I was looking at; I decided that if this is what she needed to live and move forward with her life after the assorted tragedies she weathered, then it was all good by me. I also address several of her friends and relatives who could not accept or even understand this development in her life. More commentary is not necessary. No music (yet), so never recorded or performed.