"Broken" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
You can close your eyes
And see a picture perfect life
Inside of your mind
Dreaming only of the days ahead
Wanted and wished for more than now
Or the days behind
You waste your time

The picture makes a promise
The flesh lets it be broken
The picture makes a promise
The flesh lets it be broken

You can never think
You can't even stop yourself
Before the words have been spoken
And you've already said
You would give everything
And something for nothing
Everybody thinks you're joking

The picture makes a promise
The flesh lets it be broken
The picture makes a promise
The flesh lets it be broken

You want to be the one
Made over be your own
Before and after
And a supermarket
Beauty in a bottle queen
Who'll one day grace a check-out counter
Magazine front cover
Though the fine print reads

The picture makes a promise
The flesh lets it be broken
The picture makes a promise
The flesh lets it be broken

Lets it be broken
Lets it be broken
Lets it be broken
Lets it be broken
Lets it be broken
Broken
Broken

When your life is never what you wanted
Not even halfway normal
Just tarnished and soiled
When in your reach
A framed and frozen moment
So far from perfection
Not truth or transcendence
Will set you free
Still you don't believe

The picture makes a promise
The flesh lets it be broken
The picture makes a promise
The flesh lets it be broke


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"Broken" as written by Tracy L Chapman Tracy Chapman

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    General CommentWe're sold an image that society says we should try to be. The only problem is that this goal is NOT attainable.... Still we are trapped in a cycle of trying to attain something that is not possible.
    chungjikon May 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe picture makes a promise
    The flesh lets it be broken

    Life isn't your perfect picture, life is what you have.
    You can't just imagine something and hope for it to be so. Picture is one's idealism, and flesh (one's body/actions) isn't able to create an ideal picture.

    Your life is never what you wanted, not even halfway 'normal'.
    Kyoukichion August 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy personal opinion is that society tries to reach for something that does not exist .
    And you've already said
    You would give everything
    And something for nothing
    Everybody thinks you're joking
    This verse is talking about how a person in love goes to the extremes to find an unattainable love from a human that does not feel the same way about him/her and in return finds nothing but misery but is content with that misery because its all he or she has in life to express when the love of human being is non -existent when you are not good enough for society.The individual is delusional that is why he or she develops this infatuation with love even if it is not returned.Just an opinion.
    vashti19on June 25, 2012   Link

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