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Babygirl

This song is by Brother Ali and appears on the album Us (2009).

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There's big pieces of her life she can't remember
Her mind shuts down, it's trying to protect her
Might be for the best to forget
But it seems like they always reappear when she least expects

Late nights we lay awake
Drowning in the lake that pours out of her face
Years later she's still not safe
Memories leak out, anytime, anyplace

The way he smelled, the way he smiled
The evil she even recognized as a child
Hand on her throat, sting of a fist
Instead of her first kiss she got this

Shameful feeling, painful secret
Lonely knowin' that nobody would believe it
Heavy wound that escapes the time capsule
It hurts like the day it was born and it's brand new

I wasn't there, babygirl, but I'm here
I don't know what to say I just hear
If there's one wish I could make true
I would shoulder that pain and take it off of you

Don't run, babygirl, don't run
You gotta face what you fighting head on
Only one thing I could say in truth
Gotta deal with the demons before they deal with you

How can she find peace in her mind
When love means returning to the scene of a crime?
I can feel it inside
We reopen wounds every time we intertwine

Such an evil design
When you can't even enjoy the sweetness you find
Trying to see through the tears in your eyes
And rebuild your shrine one piece at a time

Made it all fade away
Colors don't burn no more, it's all gray
Can't find heaven from within that shell
But it's enough of a blessin' just not seeing hell

Constant inner dialog
Says just end this rollercoast and ride you're on
Only one solution seems final
Slide into a hole where your pain can't find you

I wasn't there babygirl, but I'm here
I don't know what to say I just hear
If there's one wish I could make true
I would shoulder that pain and take it off of you

Don't run babygirl, don't run
You gotta face what you fighting head on
Only one thing I could say in truth
Gotta deal with the demons before they deal with you

She said, "If I was meant to die he would've killed me.
There must be a reason that I still breathe.
I don't have the tools to rebuild me,
But I still believe that one day I could feel free.

And my body can be mine again.
My eyes can learn how to shine again.
My inner child won't have to hide and then
When I'm strong then love can be invited in.

Sweet God, that's all I ask of thee.
I'm willing to give what you demand of me.
I'm learning to embrace the reality
That life doesn't always turn out how it's planned to be.

I didn't deserve what was handed me.
Only one who can grant happiness is me."
What it takes for her to face the day
I can only hope to be half that brave

I wasn't there, babygirl, but I'm here
I don't know what to say I just hear
If there's one wish I could make true
I would shoulder that pain and take it off you

Don't run, babygirl, don't run
You gotta face what you fighting head on
Only one thing I could say in truth
Gotta deal with the demons before they deal with you

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