The Baby Song

LYRICS:

THERE WAS A DAY ABOUT A YEAR AGO
WHEN I DECIDED LIFE WOULD BE MUCH BETTER
IF I ONLY HAD A CHILD.
AND SO I CALLED MY HUSBAND MICHAEL
AT HIS OFFICE, AND I SAID, “I THINK I’M READY.
WHEN YOU’RE DONE WITH WORK,
COME HOME AND LET’S GET WILD.”

PEOPLE TOLD ME WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT I’D KNOW.
MOTHER NATURE KIND OF SENDS AN INVITATION.
EVERY SYSTEM OF YOUR BODY WILL ALIGN,
AND YOU WILL TAKE IT AS A SIGN
THAT YOU’RE READY TO BE PART OF PROCREATION.

NOW, I’M NOT MUCH ON MOTHER NATURE,
AND I’VE ALWAYS BEEN AMBITIOUS
AND A FAN OF TAKING CHANCES IN MY LIFE.
SO THIS DECISION WAS A BIT OF A SURPRISE
TO MY DEAR HUSBAND, WHO, GOD BLESS HIM,
HURRIED HOME TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIS WIFE.

IT WAS ALL SO PERFECT.
AS HE GAVE HIMSELF TO ME
MICHAEL KISSED MY BELLY, AND HE SAID,
“WHAT AN ADVENTURE!
LET IT BE.”

I GUESS THE MONTHS WENT BY
WHEN ALL THAT I COULD THINK ABOUT WERE DIAPERS
AND HOW FINALLY I COULD LET MYSELF GET FAT.
WE LOOKED IN CATALOGS AT CRADLES
AND WE STARTED MAKING LISTS OF NAMES UNTIL
ONE MORNING IT WAS GONE,
AND THAT WAS THAT.

PEOPLE TOLD ME THAT IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME
AND THE BEST THING WE COULD DO WAS KEEP ON TRYING.
EVEN MICHAEL SEEMED TO TAKE IT ALL IN STRIDE.
HE HID FAST BEHIND HIS PRIDE.
HE HELD STEADY,
BUT I KNEW THAT HE WAS LYING.

IT WAS ALL SO SUDDEN
LIKE A CAR THAT HITS A TREE.
IN A BREATH, IT ENDED.
MICHAEL SAID, “I GUESS IT WASN’T
MEANT TO BE.”

I LET SOME TIME GO BY
THEN WENT BACK TO MY STUPID JOB
PRETENDING THAT I DIDN’T MIND THE SCHEDULE OR THE STRESS.
I’D EVEN STARTED MAKING TRAVEL PLANS
WHEN ONE DAY MICHAEL LOOKED AT ME

AND SAID, “DO YOU STILL WANT TO?”
AND I HEARD MYSELF SAY YES.

THERE IS HOPE RENEWING
THROUGH THIS LIFE INSIDE OF ME.
MICHAEL HELD MY BELLY AS HE SAYS,
“NOTHING MORE SACRED. NO ONE MORE LUCKY.
OUR BIG ADVENTURE!”
LET IT BE.

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Onward Beyond

Lyrics:

MY COUNTRY SAID, “UN-WAN-TED.”
MY MOTHER SAID, “DON’T SPEAK.”
MY GENERATION LEARNED:
BE GRATEFUL. BE QUIET. BE PATIENT. BE MEEK.
MY HEART, INSIDE, WAS SCREAMING
BUT STILL MY VOICE STAYED LOW.
ONE THING MY COUNTRY TAUGHT ME:
SOME PLACES GIRLS DON’T GO.

SO I PUSHED ONWARD, BEYOND.
I CROSSED AN OCEAN ALL ALONE.
I LEFT MY FAMILY, MY HOME,
IN SEARCH OF SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER KNOWN.

MY FIRST JOB HERE WAS BRUTAL
BUT SOON I LEARNED THE GAME.
I CHANGED MY ATTITUDE,
MY PASSPORT, MY ACCENT, MY CLOTHING, MY NAME.
MY HEART INSIDE, STILL SCREAMING,
BUT I SURVIVED THE WORST.
ONE THING THIS COUNTRY TEACHES:
NICE GIRLS DON’T COME IN FIRST.

SO I PUSH ONWARD, BEYOND.
LOOK FOR ATTENTION, MAKE SOME NOISE.
BUT MY SUCCESS ONLY COMES
WHEN I LEARN HOW TO KEEP UP WITH THE BOYS!

I SPOT THE GUY WITH THE BEST CAR. HE LIKES ME.
THE UP AND COMING MOVIE STAR. HE LIKES ME.
THEY DON’T EXPECT ME TO BE SMART,
BUT THAT’S THE SECRET AND THE ART:
NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW WHAT’S TRUE.
ONWARD, BEYOND!
I LEARN WHAT I HAVE TO DO!

MY TASTES ARE MORE EXPENSIVE,
MY HUNGER DOESN’T REST.
THIS COUNTRY TEACHES ME,
BE SHARPER, BE QUICKER, BE FEARLESS, BE BEST.
MY HEART WILL NOT STOP SCREAMING.
BUT NOW I PLAY TO WIN.
NO ROOM FOR LOVE OR ROMANCE.
NO WAY TO LET THEM IN.

AS I PUSH ONWARD, BEYOND,
THAT FEARFUL GIRL I USED TO BE.
YOU CALL IT DANGER, I KNOW,
I’D RATHER CALL IT OPPORTUNITY!

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Stop

LYRICS:
IF A DAY HAS TWENTY-FOUR HOURS
AND YOU SPEND A THIRD OF THEM ASLEEP,
HALF OF WHAT REMAINS YOU WILL SPEND WORKING,
AND THE REST ARE YOURS TO WASTE OR KEEP.
I AM SPENDING FAR TOO MANY HOURS
PUSHING LITTLE BUTTONS ON MY PHONE.
WHY AM I AFRAID OF SILENCE?
WOULD IT BE SO BAD TO BE ALONE?

STOP.
THERE’S A WORLD THAT YOU ARE MISSING–
DEEPER THOUGHTS YOU KEEP DISMISSING.
THERE’S A YOU INSIDE THAT NEEDS TO GET SOME AIR.
STOP.
FIND THE TIME TO FEEL THE WIND BLOW.
DO IT NOW, BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW
HOW LONG IT WILL BE THERE.

WHEN I WAS A GIRL, I WAS FEARLESS.
RAN LIKE I WOULD NEVER TRIP AND FALL.
LIVED WITHOUT THIS NEED FOR ATTENTION.
STILL BELIEVED THAT I COULD HAVE IT ALL.
WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE TO FEEL THAT FREEDOM!
FIGURE OUT WHAT’S ME, AND PUT IT FIRST.
LIFE A LIFE AS BIG AS MY POTENTIAL.
WALK INTO TOMORROW UNREHEARSED…

STOP
TRYING TO PLEASE THE FOLKS AROUND YOU.
LET YOUR SOLITUDE ASTOUND YOU.
MAKE THAT LIST OF THINGS YOU ALWAYS SAID YOU’D DO.
STOP
SECOND GUESSING ALL YOUR CHOICES
AND DISCOVER WHAT THE VOICE IS
THAT’S BURIED INSIDE YOU.

I WANT TO REDEFINE THE RULE BOOK–
DEFY SOCIETY’S CONTROLS.
HOW CAN WE EXPECT TO FIND OUR SOUL MATES
WHEN WE CANNOT EVEN FIND OUR SOULS?

STOP!
READ A BOOK COVER TO COVER.
REMINISCE ABOUT A LOVER.
FIND AN OPEN ROAD AND FOLLOW WHERE IT LEADS.
STOP!
IT’S YOUR HUMAN OBLIGATION
AND THE WAY TO SAVE A NATION
THAT’S FORGOTTEN WHAT IT NEEDS.

TURN OFF ALL THE NOISE POLLUTION.
START A QUIET REVOLUTION.
PLACE YOUR FOCUS ON THE LIFE BEYOND YOUR SCREEN.
STOP:
YOUR SUCCESS IS IN YOUR POWER
IF YOU START THIS DAY, THIS HOUR!
YOU ARE IN CHARGE; NOT YOUR MACHINE.

TURN EVERYTHING OFF
AND SEE HOW YOU FARE.
STOP RUNNING AWAY FROM
THE PEOPLE WHO CARE.
WHATEVER YOU’RE SEEKING
IS ALREADY THERE.
STOP.
STOP.
STOP.

She

LYRICS:
Like a breeze when you’re asleep
Or a promise you can’t keep
Is she.
Like December on the beach.
Always just beyond your reach
Is she.
You want to claim her all for your own,
But if you cling too hard,
You’ll find that you are left alone.
As elusive as a year,
All you want forever near
Is she.

Give her room.
Let her roam.
Make her feel safe but unconfined.
Let her know that you’re her home.
That’s how you love her.

Like a song with perfect rhymes
That you’ve sung a million times
Is she.
(And now that song’s your favorite.)
Ever changing like the tide,
Always ready for the ride
Is she.
She grabs your hand and charges ahead,
And if you stall, another man
Might win her heart instead.
But remember what she needs.
Like a rose amid the weeds
Is she.

Give her room.
Let her roam.
Make her feel safe but unconfined.
Let her know that you’re her home.
That’s how you love her.

Every helium balloon
Needs a string to keep it grounded.
Hold her with extra long arms,
And she will reach for a life
With love compounded.
You don’t have to match her pace.
Just be sure you’re in the race.

Like a whisper never heard,
Like a sixteen letter word
Is she.
As complex as any graph,
As enticing as a laugh
Is she.
She is impossible to contain,
And yet you need her
Just as the flowers need the rain.
All that madness will allow.
All you want forever, now.
Is she.