Keep It To Yourself

Written May 2005

Tab F# (D, capo 4)

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Eric was my first friend to tell me that he loved men
in a letter he sent when we were 19 years,
I didn’t know if he hoped that we were in the same boat,
and though the answer was no, we’re all just trying to row..

Susie tried to fit in, she even had a boyfriend,
did her best to pretend that she was into him,
suffered through the prom dress, suffered through the slow dance,
wishing she could slow dance with someone in a prom dress,
+++ it’s as if they made a law,
+++ and hung it up on every wall that says:
+++ “keep it to yourself, we won’t ask if you won’t tell,
+++ if you’re different from the rest of us,
+++ we would rather not discuss it,
+++ keep it to yourself at all costs..”

when you were young they told you to always tell the whole truth,
& that the best you can do is just to be yourself,
but then you read the fine print, defining what’s accepted,
& so you tried to mind it, till that left you half-dead..
+++++ Jesus was a misfit, hung out with the queer kids,
+++++ scandalized the priesthood, it’s pretty clear where he stood..
+++ it’s as if they made a law,
+++ and hung it up on every wall that says:
+++ “keep it to yourself, we won’t ask if you won’t tell,
+++ if you’re different from the rest of us,
+++ we would rather not discuss it,
+++ keep it to yourself (at all costs), keep it to yourself,
+++ different from the rest of us,
+++ at least that’s what we tell ourselves,
+++ keep it to yourself, keep it to yourself,”
+++ but if you keep it to yourself,
+++ we’ve all lost…

One comment on “Keep It To Yourself”

  1. Greta Leinbach Kreider

    Hi Brad, I enjoyed “keep it to yourself” and also the illustrations on your website! Your website looks good.

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