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I remember that time we each packed a bag
and you drove us to the bay
I was so young
Naive, but I thought I had it figured out
It was like our own little vacation,
and that's what we said
But I knew It was just an escape,
if only for a night
to be out of his reach, to run away
if only for a night

I remember that time he caught you with another
dragged you inside, threatened to expose you
I already knew
You were sobbing uncontrollably,
and I didn't know what to do
I smiled and acted like there was nothing wrong
I wish I would have said I love you
That I knew and didn't care
Instead I shut my door and tried not to hear

I wish you would run away
you're not his property,
and you deserve better
just pack your bags and leave
he doesn’t deserve a letter
just run away

maybe you’ll lose your house,
but what kind of home is fear
and you might end up alone for the rest of your days
but what reason is that to spend the rest of your life in pain

now I'm older
not so naive
I've tried on those shoes
and I know why you didn’t leave
repeated lies begin to feel like truth
he kept you down,
and you believed
I understand why you stayed,
but now you need to run away


from A Collection of Words Left Unsaid, released July 1, 2014


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