Million dollar baby girl in the lower middle class/
With a maglight right beneath her pillow/
And though shes never been a boxer by choice/
Shes known to act oak you never catch her a willow/
Shes the calm type/ you see the small scars/
Creepin down her arms/ peeking from them long sleeves/
Right/ she keeps em weak in the knees/ but she stay out of sight/
And when the school bell rings/ its goodnight/
Or might as well be/ he never sees her around/
But he looks/ for weeks now hes been maybe tomorrow/
But hes shook/ he sees those bruises and he needs to please her/
Plus he dont wanna go home either/
Gives her a look they pass/ copies down a poem from a schoolbook/
Gives it to her after hesitation/ whoops his ass/ she took it fast/
Lost like all sensation in her hands/ and braced herself gracefully/
Sturdy where she stands/ humble mumbling/ passing the words fumbling/
Nothing discouraging/ just nerves (just)/ drumming up the courage/
Something bout skylines or bike rides or riverbeds/
Somethin or/ something that he read/
Caught her right beneath the armor/
Cauterized thought of any/ blunt force trauma/
Aint no way he could harm her/

Chorus x2
When the curse/ leave a shell like a snake with fresh scales /
Some people seem to call that home/ but some souls roam/
Keep riding til the cycle is broke/ we dont need to go through nothing alone/


Shes in the weather the whole storm/
Huggin on her prince his hands to skin warm/
Quick out the door no note no forlorn/
Cause all they heard was Papa dont hit me no more/
But they couldnt seem to keep the swelling down/
How they regretting ever letting out this 3rd child born/
But things are getting better now/ cozy sweater now/
With her thumbs through the holes in her sleeves worn down/
And boy similar/ noise minimal/
Toy criminal joys simple when someones found it in you/
Somehow it boosts the individual/ that bluish hue is mutual they/
Make love gently/ so aware of each others bruises/
And sorta scared they could lose this/
Trust bury the blues/ somewhere it wont bear roots/
But is this boy where the truth is/ shes spooked see/
Fruit never seems to fall far from the useless/ branch that its attached to/
And quacks say if hes beat up hes bound to smack you/
Shes down to step back now/ he ever get loud/
She couldnt be proud of whatever she might do/
This is the first time she ever felt touched/
That didnt bring her to hush like something was being done to her/
That unscrews her/ she loosens with the booze/
Her hinge can stay bent/ addressing her dudes wounds/
Regressing to bedrooms/ where fools ignored dont/
Hes not one of them tools that/ screws nuts and bolts/
And she know that/ and she know that/
And she know that/ but she holds back/ and she hope that/
He see the way she flinch/ cuz its kneejerk/ to brace for attack/
Even if hes only rubbing her back/ I mean/
And even if its like the deck has been stacked/
Its not an act hes really loving her back/
Hold your heart up/ never raise your hand/
She says that with her grown up voice/
Im yours now/ just like a child/
Dont be scared now/ the words click/ a piece finally fits/
I love you/ they say that with they lips/
never raise your hand/
He says that with her grown up voice/
Im yours now/ just like a child/
Dont be scared now/ the words click/ a piece finally fits/
I love you/ they say that with they lips/

When the curse/ leave a shell like a snake with fresh scales /
Some people seem to call that home/ but some souls roam/
Keep riding til the cycle is broke/ we dont need to go through nothing alone/


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    General CommentThis song is amazing.

    Its about getting out of abusive and isolating domestic situations.

    The Notorious BIG lines just help reinforce this, first with abuse and then with resolution.

    Quick out the door no note no forlorn
    Cause all they heard was Papa dont hit me no more
    -POS

    Kick in the door, wavin the four-four
    All you heard was Poppa don't hit me no more
    -BIG (Kick in the Door)


    But things are getting better now, cozy sweater now
    -POS

    Livin' better now, Gucci sweater now
    -BIG (Big Poppa)



    This whole album tickles my insides!



    nonetospeakofon February 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure what it is about this song that makes it stand out to me so much, but I think it's terribly sad and completely adorable at the same time, and for some reason I can never get it out of my head.
    liesnevermisson February 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about growing up in abuse and being afraid to love and trust people in your adult life as a result of that abuse. Being "gun shy" or so they say, of the possibility that someone could love you with no ill-will or intent to harm. It's about finally de-shackling yourself from that past and deciding it's ok to trust, it's ok to love, and no, you dont have to be alone. It's about two people, lost in this world, far from perfect, coming together to break the cycle of violence they've both been exposed to.
    It's a beautiful song for anyone who's been there. An anthem of hope for all those who may be struggling with the scars of an abusive past.
    Teyaon April 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so amazing
    Yuston August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the masterpiece of the album.
    ikickedagirlon November 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentits absolutely amazing how such a deep story can be told in under 4 minutes..this man is a genius
    brooks450on February 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey make love gently, so aware of each others bruises

    - I'm head over fucking heels in love with this line.
    justlivingon August 07, 2010   Link

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