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Monsters Are Real

By Jai Cafarella on September 21, 2020 12:01 am

This is a new record for last minute submissions by me (yay...?). I had resigned to bailing this week, being quite busy, but I woke at 4am this morning, couldn't get back to sleep by 6, so I thought I might try writing a song. Submissions close at 9:30, so that gave me around 3 hours to get this done. The first 3 chords were a quick idea I landed on while testing a guitar at work on Wednesday, and the story behind the lyrics only happened yesterday afternoon while I was at a social skating session, where a Mother (a skating friend of my partner) was also there with her kids. One of her kids, a roughly 12 year old girl whom I've never met, approached me while I was gearing up, and asked in a very damaged way "I'm sorry, have I upset you?". Naturally, I was quite taken back, but I was told by another person within the group to ignore her, because she's "nuts". I asked my partner about it, and was told the young girl is severely traumatised from the abuse of the Mother's ex partner, and that there seems to be either ignorance or denial (or both) regarding the affect on her, so she likely isn't receiving the help and care she needs to heal. It was really upsetting to learn about this, knowing that someone so young has been so damaged, and is a prime candidate for a short and tragic life because she isn't being helped. Entirely not her fault, but she's already paying for it. So yeah, this is so rough, but still on the wagon, somehow...


Tormented and dented by external spite
Eyes emanating the blight
Simple behaviours are torturous tasks
The sum of abuse of the past

Will she learn how to smile again?
Before she runs out of time

The care isn't there, what a dangerous road
Too young to fight it alone
Scars disregarded and labelled insane
How can they not see the pain?

Will she learn how to smile again?
Before she runs out of...

...time is a river, so easy to drown
if foundations are built in the sand
How does this happen to innocent children?
It only proves monsters are real

This submission is licensed by author under CC Attribution Noncommercial (BY-NC)

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September 28, 2020 8:18 am

Beautiful song, great singing. Too true, unfortunately.

September 28, 2020 2:55 pm

holding space in HOPE for this young person 
when i despair my partner likes to remind me that we are resilient creatures
despite the monsters that are very real & their vibrations
good vibrations like the compassion/empathy in this song help

September 28, 2020 3:28 pm

Really touching song, not nearly enough singing happening on weeklybeats so it's always refreshing to hear a song like this. You got a really good voice and I think it's cool that you're able to throw together a song like this so quickly based on something you recently experienced and have it sound honest and not contrived. That's something I personally have difficulty with.

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