Dare To Be Tender

from Seven Billion by Meramec Valley Girl

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The title is a phrase used in a speech given by King Philippe of Belgium.

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Late night at the diner dragging white toast through my yolk
Got ten bucks and the punch line of a dirty little joke
Watching as an old man begs for cash across the street
Notice that the guy behind the counter’s packing heat
We’re all scared of each other
Won’t help one another
Don’t want to be bothered
That’s what we got here
Gunfire in the alley echoes off the old brick walls
Patron orders bacon; lost a front tooth in a brawl
Beaten by teenagers and profiled by the cops
Bullied since first grade, yea, sometimes it never stops
We’re all scared of each other
Won’t help one another
Don’t want to be bothered
That’s what we got here
I didn’t want to go home but I didn’t want to stay
I sipped my cup of coffee as the clock ticked towards the day
I looked up and a guy was sliding right into my booth
He stared into my eyes and said believe me, it’s the truth:
We’re all living in God’s dream
We all play for the home team
We all want the same thing.
That’s what we got here.
Just dare to be tender
And try to remember
The thing to surrender
Is living in fear
And just like that he slipped away; I sat there rather stunned
A prophet or a guru or a crackhead with a gun
I thought I’d best be leaving; put my feet down on the floor
That homeless man was shuffling in; I reached and held the door
Decided to risk it
I bought him a biscuit
He smiled and he kissed it
That’s what we got here
I woke up the next morning and saw things so differently
Like it was Thanksgiving with one great big family
I find myself now using kinder words than I once did
Hell, yesterday I went up to a stranger and I said:
We’re all living in God’s dream
We all play for the home team
We all want the same thing.
That’s what we got here.
Just dare to be tender
And try to remember
The thing to surrender
Is living in fear
Shout it out; get it out; that’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout here
Dig deep; dig it out; we gottta learn to live without fear

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from Seven Billion, released December 12, 2018
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