Neighbors down the street could hear the screams
Slamming doors, then wheels that screeched
Pounding pedals, furious feet
Burning rubber scarred the streets
She belted out one final shriek
She jerked the wheel, clipped angel wings
She was torn from her dreams
So no one even heard a thing, silence almost deafening
She rolled over, sweating, shaking, wondering
What if he knew or sensed her fantasies?
Not just nightmares but her plans, her schemes
If not him, the world she’d leave
Not by his hands, on her own terms, you see?
To escape his hell, go to Heaven and sing
If she didn’t act, would he send her there? Probably

I did finally wake up from that nightmare
Not a bad dream but reality, a real scare
But I could’ve kept going the other way
And you’d never hear these words I have to say

Do you know what it’s like to keep pain inside
And have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide
And be scared to let others see you cry
And risk getting the third degree for why
You have to secretly build bravery, self worth, pride
And faith God will be by your side
When you find the strength to look him dead in the eyes
And say nothing more but your final goodbye
While you still can, take back your heart, your health, your life

I did finally wake up from that nightmare
Not a bad dream but reality, a real scare
But I could’ve kept going the other way
And you’d never hear these words I have to say

Society’s allowed us, the media’s shrouded us
Yet totally hounded us, overly crowded us
With sensationalism rather than
Domestic violence’s realism
Now listen
When a guy hits a girl—or vice versa, shit!
We all get it’s bad shit, but let’s reverse it
Because what happens when rage is more than a hit?
What can happen is Jace kills mom in front of the kids
Stop dismissing each event as a loose gasket blowing its lid
Who the heck are we trying to kid?
Why doesn’t violence matter ‘til it’s a kid in school confronting your kids?
This isn’t my world; we all live in it
Forget escapism; let’s make a difference
Reach out to wake up trapped women
Inspiration finally hit me
Not Ike on Tina, you feel me?
Something finally gripped me
Away from him it led me
Where he could no longer grip me, hit me
Or make me feel worthy of nothing

I did finally wake up from that nightmare
Not a bad dream but reality, a real scare
But I could’ve kept going the other way
And you’d never hear these words I have to say

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