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Rahila – the voice of an Afghanistan girl

Rahila is a song I wrote about a girl who really existed in Afghanistan. I was reading an article one day about the girls in Africa that were kidnapped on their way to school which included this story about this Afghanistan girl named Rahila. Despite all the abuse from her father and brother, she secretly taught herself to read and write and became a poet. But the oppression was too much to take. She committed suicide as a protest for all she was not allowed to do. In the article were four lines from one of her poems that she left behind; I CALL, YOU’RE STONE, ONE DAY YOU’LL LOOK AND FIND THAT I’M GONE. I wanted to write a song around those 4 lines of Rahila’s poetry and give voice to her story so her protest would not be in vain. All proceeds to this songs are being donated to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.

RAHILA
VERSE 1:
I walk to school in fear
Looking down at the ground
Hoping those men are not around
I am a child of God
I’m not a piece for sale
I write my story I’ll die to tell
I deserve a chance
To be all that I’m meant to
And to learn to dance
Hiding under cloth
When it’s my write to be who I am
With no apologies
But they don’t hear me

CHORUS
I CALL
YOU’RE STONE
ONE DAY YOU’LL LOOK AND FIND THAT I’M GONE

VERSE 2:
My name is Rahila
This is my poem
I taught myself to read and write
I live in Afghanistan
When they see I can
My brother and father beat me down
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh,
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhhh
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh, ahhh

CHORUS:
I CALL
YOU’RE STONE
ONE DAY YOU’LL LOOK AND FIND THAT I’M GONE
I’LL FIGHT
NO MORE
BE FREE TO WALK THE ROAD TO MY HOME

BRIDGE:
I take a stand for all I am not, for all I am not allowed to do
I take my own life so I can be free, I can free from you
From you, from you
I am free from you
I am free

Oh I’m home, oh I’m home
My name is Rahila
My name is Rahila
My name is Rahila

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Through the Spectrum – the voice of an autistic boy

Through the Spectrum is written for my 9-year old Godson who has Autism. His mother, my longtime good friend, was going through an awful divorce where she was forcefully and unwillingly separated from her son. I couldn’t sleep over the situation imagining what they both were going through. I thought especially about all my friend did to help her son flourish with his disorder and how special he is. He has such a gentle and caring soul and sees the world in a beautiful way. I wrote ‘Through the Spectrum’ through his eyes. All proceeds are being donated to Autism Speaks.

THROUGH A SPECTRUM

VERSE 1:
When I was 2 years old
They couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me
You talked to every doctor you could
Tried to help me
You opened the door
When the world shut me out
You showed me how I
Didn’t need to be more
You turned on the light
And taught me to smile
I just see things a different way

CHORUS:
I CAN SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A SPECTRUM
EVERYWHERE A RAINBOW LIKE AN ANTHEM
WHEN THEY TRY TO SEE THROUGH MY POINT OF VIEW
THAT’S WHEN THEY WILL SEE THE COLORS TOO

VERSE 2:
They tried to take you from me
Policeman said it was for my safety
They believed my daddy’s lies
Tried to hurt me
When you’re the only one who knows me
A mother’s love is what showed me

CHORUS:
I CAN SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A SPECTRUM
EVERYWHERE A RAINBOW LIKE AN ANTHEM
WHEN THEY TRY TO SEE THROUGH MY POINT OF VIEW
THAT’S WHEN THEY WILL SEE THE COLORS TOO

BRIDGE:
And I see everyone is beautiful
I feel the pain inside your heart
I see everything is luminal
Like a band of colors

CHORUS:
I CAN SEE THE WORLD THROUGH A SPECTRUM
EVERYWHERE A RAINBOW LIKE AN ANTHEM
WHEN THEY TRY TO SEE THROUGH MY POINT OF VIEW
THAT’S WHEN THEY WILL SEE THE COLORS TOO
THROUGH A SPECTRUM

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Broken & Blessed – the voice of a disabled young man

Broken & Blessed is the first song on the Give Voice EP and one of the first songs that I wrote for it. All proceeds for this song are being donated to the American Foundation of Disabled Children. I was sitting in church one day and heard this boy’s voice above everyone else’s trying so desperately to sing. I turned around so moved by his great effort and what I saw was a young man, deaf and mute in a wheelchair. I came home and kept thinking about that young man and all the songs he had tried to sing and all the things he wanted to say but couldn’t. I thought about the ways in which he was blessed too. How sometimes with those of us who can speak, how we don’t always say kind words or mean what we say. And who is to say who is better off than the other. I thought about the beauty that young man may know that some will never know because he lives in quiet in touch with his spirit. I felt inspired to give him a voice and let my pen write what he might say if he could. These are the words that came out…

BROKEN AND BLESSED

VERSE 1:
You see me
And say I’m unable
But I am more than what you say
I am mute to speak
Words of hate and hypocrisy
Some may say I am blessed
Maybe different from the rest
Can’t you see a person here
Nothing more and nothing less

CHORUS:
I SING A SONG THAT IS HARD TO HEAR
I ASK YOU NOT TO RUN BUT TO STAND IN YOUR FEAR
STAY UNTIL YOU SEE THE BEAUTY IN WHAT IS BROKEN
WE ALL ARE BROKEN
BROKEN AND BLESSED

VERSE 2:
Can you smile at me instead of turning away
Come on, take a stand for love
Will you talk to me and maybe call me a friend and
Hold my hand awhile
Can you hold my hand for a little while

CHORUS:
I SING A SONG THAT IS HARD TO HEAR
I ASK YOU NOT TO RUN BUT TO STAND IN YOUR FEAR
STAY UNTIL YOU SEE THE BEAUTY

BRIDGE:
Can you walk with me?
Can’t you see we’re all the same inside
How I laugh and how my eyes can cry
And I love too

CHORUS:
I SING A SONG I HOPE YOU CAN HEAR
I ASK YOU NOT TO HIDE BUT TO LET YOURSELF FEEL
I SING A SONG THAT IS HARD TO HEAR
I ASK YOU NOT TO RUN BUT TO STAND IN YOUR FEAR
STAY UNTIL YOU SEE THE BEAUTY IN WHAT IS BROKEN
WE ALL ARE BROKEN
BROKEN AND BLESSED
BROKEN AND BLESSED
CAN’T YOU SEE WE’RE ALL THE SAME INSIDE

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