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free2bme
02-03-05, 04:13 PM
Billie (lyrics)

Billie lived on Corprew street
Grandma was her hero
Nobody else was ever there
When she cried out in the dark
Nighttime sounds were frightening
Gunshots flying Ďround her
Daytime sights were just as bad
Gangs had left their bloody mark

Not so far from where she lived
Other children played and laughed
Unaware of suffering
Clueless to the things she knew
It wasnít justified
No way did she deserve her lot
But Grandma did the best she could
And somehow, someway Billie grew

She had to fight it
Had to get deep down inside it
Couldnít let the fear and horror
Hold her down
And steal tomorrow
She had to face it
Had to recognize and grasp it
Couldnít let the actions they chose
Make her change the way
That sheíd go

Odds were stacked against her then
And no one would have been surprised
If she had caved, had given in
And taken Dead End Avenue
But that was not her destiny
And that was not the choice she made
She wouldnít let the obstacles
Keep her from living less than you

She was not the only child
To grow up knowing poverty
She was not the only one
To go to bed in pain
But she was one of few young girls
Who ever knew what love could heal
Cause Grandma told her every day
That Billieíd find her way

Her Grandma wouldnít lie to her
Of that much she was certain
So all she saw and all she heard
Never scarred her soul
And as the time went flying by
And choices came and choices went
Billie went the right direction
Billie didnít fold

She had to fight it
Had to get deep down inside it
Couldnít let the fear and horror
Hold her down
And steal tomorrow
She had to face it
Had to recognize and grasp it
Couldnít let the actions they chose
Make her change the way
That sheíd go

Years passed and Billie left
Off to make a life of hers
Grandma kept a candle lit
Brightly on the windowsill
When Grandma called and wasnít well
And Billie rushed to be with her
Her knowing eyes took in the scene
And marveled at the strength of will

Cause Grandma knew and Grandma saw
That what you want and what you need
So often arenít the same in life
No matter who you are
And she made sure that Billie knew
That no one else could tether her
And thanks to her, young Billie dreamt
And thanks to her she traveled far

She had to fight it
Had to get deep down inside it
Couldnít let the fear and horror
Hold her down
And steal tomorrow
She had to face it
Had to recognize and grasp it
Couldnít let the actions they chose
Make her change the way
That sheíd go

So brother, whatís your demon
Whatís the thing that holds you hostage
Are you living like you could be
Or crying out to skies above
And if you wonder
Why your life has got to be so hard
Just take a look around you, man
And offer thanks for love

You have to fight it
Have to get deep down inside it
You canít let the fear and horror
Hold you down
And steal tomorrow
You have to face it
Have to recognize and grasp it
You canít let the actions they chose
Make you change the way
That youíll goÖÖ..


copyright 2002

free2bme
02-03-05, 05:06 PM
Reality (lyrics)

He likes to look at magazines
Of women he canít feel
And let himself be overwhelmed
With all that isnít real
He tells himself there ainít no harm in just a little play
He doesnít have risk a thing this way

She likes to watch the TV
Dreaming of what could be
Unaware of whatís around her
No, she never does see
She doesnít think it really matters, no one needs her right now
Sheís just trying to make it though the night somehow

You can run
You can hide
You can fight it
You can try
But no matter
What you do
Reality is after you
And you canít win

When his woman finds his stash
And asks him why he had to fake it
While she was right there willing
And he simply wouldnít take it
He wonders if the pictures he was into cost him more
Than he was willing to admit before

When her husband hurls the tv
Through the window in the den
And yells at her to take a long, hard look
At what itís done to them
She starts to think she may have missed a lot while tuning in
And wonders how to make a life again

You can run
You can hide
You can fight it
You can try
But no matter
What you do
Reality is after you
And you canít win

And did I mention heís your preacher
Did I tell you sheís your childrenís teacher
Did I mention he was you
And did I tell you she was, too
So be careful who you say you live for
And be mindful what you do
It doesnít matter who you are
Reality is after you
And you canít win

Yeah, you can run
And you can hide
You can fight it
You can try
But no matter
What you do
Reality is after you
And you canít win

copyright 2002

free2bme
02-06-05, 02:33 AM
Proper Girls (lyrics)

Mama told me donít be cruel
Donít cross the line
Donít break the rules
I tried but I just canít abide
I feel that I just have to try
Try all of it, that is

Donít speak too loud
Donít say too much
Donít let them think
You think too much
Donít tell the truth
When truth will hurt
Donít ask them why
It never works

Little girls arenít pretty girls when showing what they know, you know
And little girls arenít happy girls when ending up alone, you know
So keep them guessing through the ride
And let your real self be denied
Cause thatís what proper girls are supposed to do

Daddy told me donít be easy
Donít play too much
Donít look sleazy
I tried but I just canít deny
Itís fun to be a little wild
All the time, that is

Donít let them look
Donít let them touch
Donít let them think
You like it much
You do it once
Youíll loose your way
Donít take the chance
Donít ever play

Little girls arenít pretty girls when doing what is fun, you know
And little girls arenít happy girls when theyíre the only one, you know
So keep them guessing through the ride
And let your real self be denied
Cause thatís what proper girls are supposed to do

Thereís just one catch
Or canít you see
That proper girls
Are make believe
And all their faking
Lying, trying
Only leaves them
Crying, dying
So if that's how this life has got to be
Then you can have it man, cause it's no life for me

copyright 2000

free2bme
02-06-05, 03:00 AM
Retrospect (lyrics)

In retrospect weíre often freed
By things we were supposed to see
But at the time and in the moment
Couldnít let ourselves believe
In retrospect we somehow know
That certain things must be let go
To clear our path and light our way
And make us fully free to grow
In retrospect


In retrospect the anger's gone
The hurt becomes a lesson learned
In retrospect we understand
There really is a plan
In retrospect the darkness fades
And light brings forth a brighter day
With hope and promise both restored
To send us on our way
In retrospect forgiveness comes
And all the bitterness is gone
And memories arenít an enemy
From which we have to run
In retrospect


In retrospect the angerís gone
The hurt becomes a lesson learned
In retrospect we understand
There really is a plan


If only we could figure out a way to truly master
How to recognize our retrospect before our lifeís disasters

copyright 2000

free2bme
02-06-05, 04:17 AM
By Myself (lyrics)

When I was young I knew beyond a shadow of a ****ing doubt
That nothing I could ever earn would help me live a life without
Because surrounded as I was with wealth and noise and motion
I was drifting on my own engulfed by vast, deserted ocean

I canít believe how good I got
At being the only one
Cause somehow I thought
Though I was wrong
That when love came the pain was gone
Amazing as I sit here now, shoved up on rejection's thorny shelf
That even when I fell in love
I did it by myself

When I was young I prayed to god to answer one damn prayer
And not condemn me to a life without a lover with to share
But god it seems is picky as he rations out our lot
I know because I feel the pain between my prayer and what I got

I canít believe how good I got
At being the only one
Cause somehow I thought
Though I was wrong
That when love came the pain was gone
Amazing as I sit here now, shoved up on rejection's thorny shelf
That even when I fell in love
I did it by myself

I didnít want to fall alone
I didnít want to care uncared for
I didnít want to feel the cut
That comes with being cast aside
I didnít want to want someone
And only fill a short-term need
No, this ainít what I prayed for then
And this ainít how I want my life

But thereís a funny, sickening thing about the god we serve
We arenít allowed to be ****ed off or wonder how he has the nerve
To deal us blows that sting and burn and canít be brushed aside with ease
No, weíre supposed to say ďOKĒ and handle every bruise with peace
Yeah, I suppose you think Iím just another hell-bound sinner
I suppose that with this mind I donít deserve to be a winner
But at this moment, all alone, as usually I am
I donít believe it is was too great to simply ask him for a hand

I canít believe how good I got
At being the only one
Cause somehow I thought
Though I was wrong
That when love came the pain was gone
Amazing, as I sit here now, shoved up on rejections thorny shelf
That even when I fell in love
I did it by myself

You say youíre back for keeps this time
You say you want to make love work
You say you see the truth in me
If I would give it one more try
But baby Iíve heard that before
I don't believe it anymore
So take your empty promises
Iím taking back my life

I hope you know how good I got
At being the only one
Cause somehow you thought
Though you were wrong
That Iíd hang on when you were gone
And as I sit here watching you shoved up on rejection's thorny shelf
I hope you learned as well as I
To make it by yourself

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