How messed up is it that we live in a world
Where blue is for boys and pink is for girls
Where it’s better for men to have a gun than a doll
Where it’s better for someone to hurt themselves
Than to be any different at all.
Children are supposed to be scared of the the clowns they think are lurking in the streets,
And of the neighbour’s angry dog they think will bite them for a treat
Of the shadows in the night, the spooky stories told in the shade
Not how angry you’ll be when they bring home a bad grade
You used to protect them from the monster under the bed
You’d tell them “I love you, goodnight,” And kiss their head.
That monster under the bed
is protecting them from you
And don’t you dare tell me that that isn’t the truth
Don’t you dare call these lies
Don’t you dare say I’m fine
Because in this messed up society you think it’s better for him to die
Than to be happy with his lover because that lover
You tell her she can’t be depressed because she’s too young
You laugh and say she’s making it all up for fun
But being 12 years isn’t stopping her from holding that knife to her throat
It’s not stopping her from thinking that there’s only one antidote.
So Instead of spending your time trying to prove that they’re lying
Can you, please, just take one second, to make sure they’re not dying?
Do you want to know why suddenly your daughter stops saying “I’m your son.”?
Why at 16 he quits saying he’ll never romantically love anyone?
Because you can only try to get someone to listen so many times.
So instead he’ll turn to crying, to drugs, turn to crimes
He won’t come to you for help, because you always ignored his signs
He’ll just desperately wait for the day you can no longer keep him confined.
If you’re one of them reading this, I want you to know:
It’s okay to not be okay
We just gotta keep going, living day by day
We can’t give up, our lives are priceless
We’re all in this together; we can fight this
Because even when we’re hurting,
Even when our souls are all cracked,
We should never be ashamed of who we are
And THAT is the only fact.