"Skin" as written by Douglas M. Johnson and Joe Henry....
Sara Beth is scared to death
To hear what the doctor will say
She hasn't been well, since the day that she fell
And the bruise it just won't go away

So she sits and she waits with her mother and dad
And flips through an old magazine
Till the nurse with the smile stands at the door
And says will you please come with me

Sara Beth is scared to death
'Cause the doctor just told her the news
Between the red cells and white, something's not right
But we're gonna take care of you

Six chances in ten, it won't come back again
With the therapy we're gonna try
It's just been approved, it's the strongest there is
And I think that we caught it in time
And Sara Beth closes her eyes.

She dreams she's dancing
Around and around without any cares
And her very first love is holding her close
And a soft wind is blowing her hair

Sara Beth is scared to death
As she sits holding her mom
'Cause it would be a mistake for someone to take
A girl with no hair to the prom

For just this morning, right there on her pillow
Was the cruelest of any surprise
And she cried when she gathered it all in her hands
The proof that she couldn't deny
And Sara Beth closes her eyes

And she dreams she's dancing
Around and around without any cares
And her very first love is holding her close
And a soft wind is blowing her hair

It's quarter to seven, that boy's at the door
And her daddy ushers him in
And when he takes off his cap
They all start to cry
'Cause this morning where his hair had been
Softly she touches just skin

And they go dancing, around and around
Without any cares
And her very first true love is holding her close
And for a moment she isn't scared

Lyrics submitted by Buschwackers03

"Skin (Sarabeth)" as written by Joe Henry Douglas M. Johnson

Lyrics © MIKE CURB MUSIC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThis is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard. Sarah's love shaved his head bald to make her feel better about going to prom when she's bald from her chemo... And it makes her get more courage and not be so scared.
    qgroesslon January 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEven though it's really sad, I absolutely love this song. Clearly, its about a girl with cancer who loses her hair from chemo, but its also about more than that. I think the reason sarah Beth is so scared in the song is because she imagines herself dying without ever being given the chance to fall in love. in the end, when Sarah is dancing carelessly with the boy who loves her despite all her imperfections, the line "for a moment she isn't scared" is the perfect ending. You see, the fact that Sarah Beth got her wish doesn't change the fact that she's sick and might die. Its just that now she has experienced love, she's no longer afraid of dying.
    serenity23on October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt means that if you truly love someone you will do anything to cheer them up. Sarah's love shaved his head just to make her feel better about goinbg to the prom bald. That is true love.
    alison05on February 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti really love this song it made me cry the 1st few times i heard it
    thcrazygirl69on June 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me cry because it means so much, knowing someone who recently died from cancer and married the man she loved so much while she was going through chemo
    ekcsoccergirl22on September 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful... still makes me cry every time
    luckyy8on October 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know if Sara Beth is based on an actual person and where she is today? Thanks! This is a beautiful song
    gelica11on October 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentaww this song is soo sad! i love it. it makes me cry everytime i hear it! it makes me think that there are actually hafe decent guys out there that would actually do that! its soo cute! lol
    git_r_done_17on December 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is a wonderful song about love and what you will do for the one you truly love. the ending brought tears to my eyes when she sees that he shaved his head for her. It shows what you will do for the one you love. a beautiful song.
    eric_jr2005on January 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, like all of you guys, i still cry when i hear this song sometimes :D it's just so sweet. i love country songs that are like, almost "ironic" or whatever you wanna call it. like this one started out sad and then had a happy, sweet ending. the ones that have the same chorus throughout the song, but they're talking about different things in each verse. and for the record (i'm a real pain when it comes to spelling stuff), i'm pretty sure that it's Sara Beth, not Sarah Beth.
    queenvictoria_14on February 21, 2006   Link

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