Everybody’s Good

Everybody’s Good

Everybody’s good
No one ever wanted to be bad
Everybody’s right
No one wanted to be trapped
In the darkness of night

What if we started the same
What if we wanted nothing, but the plain
What could not be traded or bought
What couldn’t die, what couldn’t rot

Everybody’s good
No one ever wanted to tear down
What should have always stood
No one wanted to fight
They only wanted to survive

What if we started the same
What if we thrived on the simple and mundane
What if there was nothing to lose
By giving our last coins to a fellow man

The truth is…
Everybody once was good
No one ever wanted to be bad
No one ever wanted to tear down
What should have always stood
No one ever wanted to fight
They just wanted life, someone to care, be aware
That they’re still here, that they exist, that they just only
Want to live

© C.A. Barnes

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Go Find Her

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Go Find Her

Just do what you say you’ll do
Just live the way you think is true
stop feeling sorry for yourself
Stop running around, begging for help

Go find her
Go find the girl from long ago
Go find her
Where the calm winds still blow
Stop trying to be someone else
Stop trying to prove your worth
While your dreams lay on the shelf
Go find her
Follow the light
And be that girl long ago
Who was free

Just chase the uncharted unknown
Just go where only few have flown
Stop crying, fretting on thing you can’t change
Stop wasting time rearranging the same old things

Go find her
Go find the girl from long ago
Go find her
Where the calm winds still blow
Stop trying to be someone else
Stop trying to prove your worth
While your dreams lay on the shelf
Go find her
Follow the light
And be that girl long ago
Who was free

Dream
Take the time
Walk in sunshine
The day will be all right
She dared to see
Everything
She dared to be
A girl who was free

Go find her
Go find the girl from long ago
Go find her
Where the calm winds still blow
Stop trying to be someone else
Stop trying to prove your worth
While your dreams lay on the shelf
Go find her
Follow the light
And be that girl long ago
Who was free

© 2019 C A Barnes

I’m Tired

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I’m Tired

A man lost his job
I’m tired
Been trying to find one for years
Now I’m uninspired

She might leave him today
I’m tired
There’s nothing more he can say
Why bother

A woman filed bankruptcy
I’m tired
Thought college was gonna set her free
Now she doesn’t know who she wants to be

No more mom and dad she has
I’m tired
Gone are days when she could laugh and play
In a world full of mystery

There’s talk about another war
I’m done
Don’t understand anything anymore
Still waiting for that utopian door

Been waiting to live for ten years
I can’t no more
I’ve cried all my tears
Now I have nothing left to fear

I’m done
Hearing it all
I’m tired
Of absorbing the falls

Oh, I’m tired
Uninspired
I’m in need of a revival
When life’s no longer about survival

© C A Barnes

Almost There

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Almost There

Just one more step
Almost there
Just one more day
I won’t care
Of days gone by
Dark seasons of my life
Of lack, of being alone
With nothing
Not even a home

Just one more breath
Almost there
Just one more night
I’ll be all right
The sun I see
The songs I hear
Many other say
Will come my way
I’ll seize that day

Just one more try
Almost there
Just one more fight
I’ll be there
Victory, I’ll finally see
No more misery
Or woe is me
The joy I find
Will spread with time
To those who’ve face
The darkness I’ve known
I’ll show them how
To get right out
And then they’ll say
The words I now claim

Almost there
Almost there
Just one more fight
I’ll be there
Out of the dark
In the light
I’ll seize that day
It’ll soon be mine

© 2019 C A Barnes

If They Couldn’t Change Us

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If They Couldn’t Change Us

What if we didn’t go their way
What if we didn’t care what they say
What if we yearn to discover who we are
What if we dared to catch that lonely star

What if riches and fame meant nothing to us
And the inventions we wished to see is what we sought
Even seeing that those around us were as good as us

What if no matter how much they tried
They kept failing, they kept falling
Every time they threw their lies
On us
What if they couldn’t change us
What if they couldn’t change us

What if they couldn’t shame us to live as they do
What if we didn’t care to believe in their truth
What if we knew what we wanted life to be
What if we worked to turn that dream into reality

What if having lots of friends meant nothing to us
And building community on genuine love was what we sought
Maybe a lot of the world’s problems would turn to dust

What if no matter how much they tried
They kept failing, they kept falling
Every time they threw their lies
On us
What if they couldn’t change us
What if they couldn’t change us

© 2019 C. A. Barnes

Go On Be Bold

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Go On Be Bold

Get it out of your mind
They’re not leaving, you’re wasting time
Fretting over what will never be
You won’t be alone, they’re here you see

Push those dark thoughts away
You don’t have to worry another day
Why are choosing to be barren and cold
Free yourself now, go on, be bold

They’re not leaving
I know right now
It’s hard to believe
But you got to see
You’re dreams are meant to be

Leave it alone, let it go
You have what you need here
Be brave and fight the fear
Everyone believes in you
Make them proud, do what you have to do

Banish those dark thoughts away
You don’t have to worry another day
You’re not barren and alone
Free yourself, go on, be bold

Go on, be bold
Don’t lose another day
Do what you have to do today
They’re not leaving, they never did anyways

I Didn’t Know

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I Didn’t Know

I didn’t know, I just listened
Only to the world
That swallowed me whole
I didn’t know, how to think
Only to believe
In what could be seen

But even what I saw
Were all allusions
Glittering delusions
Filled with confusion
That drowned me
To the abysmal sea
Where I couldn’t breathe

I didn’t know, I just listened
I followed fear
It pulled me to the night
It kept me caged for a decade of my life
I found comfort in the trinkets
In the glossy lies
They occupied my mind
As I found myself within their tide

I didn’t know
I didn’t know
What I was doing
Where I was choosing
To go
I almost gave up my soul
But in time, I saw His light
And reclaimed my life

©2018 CAB