Hands

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i remember your hands in the halls of our high school
you never gave me the chance to say i didn't want to
i could tell, even then, that you wanted more than my skin on your skin
but we closed our eyes, we played at passion
we both wanted so bad to fit in
me and him sneaking out after dark
his hand on my head in the back of my car
my palms got sweaty, his smell made me sick
i just thought this is what growing up is
and in each other's arms we fought to find out what it really means to get by in a world that relies on distorting reality
and with our legs pressed together we fought to find some way to survive
like maybe we'd seen on tv from a culture that took advantage of our teenage sexuality
i remember your hands that summer in chicago
leaving home for the first time, we said we'll do what we want to
we took it too far, and you wondered why i'd wake up at night nervous and shaking
well, i was so scared of letting you down that month after month, i kept on faking it
and in each other's arms we fought to find out what it really means to get by in a world that relies on distorting reality
and with our legs pressed together we fought to find some way to survive
like maybe we'd seen on tv from a culture that took advantage of our teenage sexuality
i remember your hands in the halls of our high school
we both came out with scars, lost and confused
i'm not better off for it, but i'm learning every day
and i hope that we can build a world where those scars finally fade

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from 100 Ways, released June 2, 2017

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