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​Learning to Be Silent

This song is by Tom Snow and appears on the musical soundtrack Footloose - Original Broadway Cast Recording (2009).

Vi
Swallowing my words
Staring at the floor
Counting little cracks in the tile
Struggling to smile without choking
Learning to be silent

Ethel
Watching how the dust
Dances out the door
Noticing my hands start to shake
Contemplating taking up smoking
Learning to be silent

Vi and Ethel
Always hearing

Ethel
"Hush, Ethel!"

Vi
"Please, Vi!"

Vi and Ethel
"Let's not have this conversation"

Ethel
And so I stand by
While my mind takes a small vacation

Vi and Ethel
La la la la la la la la

Vi
Making little sounds
Other folks ignore

Ethel
Quieting the beat of my heart
Never being part of the moment

Vi and Ethel
Learning to be silent

Vi
Learning there are some topics that we don't even mention

Ethel
And if they come up, then we try to be vague

Vi
There are subjects from which we divert all attention

Ethel
And some we avoid like the plague

Vi and Ethel
I'm
Becoming a mime

Vi
Biting my tongue

Ethel
Biding my time

Vi / Ethel
Trying not to scream / trying not to scream
Managed it before / managed it before

Vi and Ethel
Knowing if I'm going to survive
Then, dammit

Ethel
I've got to practice

Vi
Practice

Vi and Ethel
Learning hmm hmm hmm