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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 song 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

Suicide Awareness