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Boy in My Head

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Boy in My Head

© 2017 Aaron Traffas (BMI)

The chords I can play are too simple
for the songs acting out in my head
Where a ten-year-old’s trapped turning knobs and pulling levers,
trying to not have to go to bed
And I believe he can figure it out
And he’ll probably even make it rhyme
Because if my life to this point is any indication
All he needs is just a little more time

The boy in my head wants a better world
Devoid of all the selfishness and greed
The promise of a future built on one another
With a little less hate and fewer hungry mouths to feed
And it’ll be hard but we can get there
If we quit choosing sides and work together instead
All we need is [inspiration][civility][creativity]
And the persistence of the boy in my head

Some ideas that he has are just silly. Some leave us both terrified.
But his iterations on his machinations never seem to leave him satisfied.
I need some hope for to these weary eyes to offset all the suffering I see.
I know if I leave the boy at the helm, he’ll bring out the best side of me.

Our better angels caution tolerance
Of denialists and capitalists and salesmen
But those demons can’t take away the twinkle in his eye
Or the smile on my face when I see what next he will try