An ode to a troubled teen. I had been her homeroom teacher when she was in seventh grade. She became a little sister to me, and then a dear friend.


Her mama's finally free
from a man who never loved her
Her mama's just forgotten
how to be a mother
It's mamas turn to live her life
having wasted over fourteen years
But how do you explain this to
A child who has as many fears?
Carmen calls me up
or sends poems in the mail
She tells me how it's goin
she tells me why she'ss scared
She says she's been a naughty girl,
She's smoking every single day
She says she wants to be someone,
but she's throwing her life away

And who will be there for her?
Who will take care of her? (Cuz)

Carmen broke the rules today
Carmen meant no harm she said
Carmen needs someone to say
Carmen it'll be O.K.

Carmen sees a boy
who stops by after school
He leaves before her mom gets home
she's breakin every rule
She claims that she's a teenager,
so obliged to her fellow peers
To attempt what is not allowed,
There's defiance in her every tear

Repeat Chorus

Nothing's real, Nothing works
Hating's hard, Loving's worse
Rules stink, Laws are lame
Who's to blame,  Life is strange
Go ahead, I don't care
Size me up, Nothing's fair
Decimate Isolate Contemplate me
What's it mean, Where's it from?
Shut your mouth, I'm not done
Life is hard, I'm in flux
I feel shamed, Crying sucks
I am angry and sad
I am told that I'm bad
Purify  Simplify  Justify me

Repeat  Chorus

I'm in fear,  Hell is near
I'm not dumb, Prozak numbs
Life is hard, I'm in flux
Why this shame, Crying sucks
Don't evade, Let's be frank
I'm insane and deranged
Elevate Celebrate Liberate me
Elevate Celebrate Liberate me!