Black Market Lady

So slow, they said about me
When I fell before I stood up
Lost from the grace
I learned sorrow before learned
To say happy
I could not count on myself
To lead him into freedom
I failed him from his first breath
I guess that’s why they said
He’s better off not knowing you

Oh God, don’t judge me that way
I grew up to be a black market lady
I can’t help how I am
When I’m in my cocoon
I do no harm
Crack the shell, you will find
I’m just the black market lady
Labeled bad from birth
I will do you no harm

You can run away, as fast as feet can go
Turning away so you will never see
What a shame I am, a sham I scheme
Charlatan, you say, is my middle name
You have no interest in knowing me
The other girls make better conversationalists
But I’d carry you from here to the grave
No woman you love can take my place

Oh God, don’t judge me that way
I grew up to be a black market lady
I can’t help how I am
When I’m in my cocoon
I do no harm
Crack the shell, you will find
I’m just the black market lady
Labeled bad from birth
I will do you no harm

Rain will fall as you leave
We’ll grow old until we can’t see
What we used to know
What we wanted to be
You’ll be crossing the roads at night
As I sing a prayer for you
Hallelujah, my friend
May you keep God closer than
You ever kept me

Oh God, don’t judge me that way
I grew up to be a black market lady
But I swear off any harm
I can’t help how I am
When I’m in my cocoon
You can’t see me
I do no harm
Crack the shell, you will find
I’m just the black market lady
Labeled bad from birth
I will do you no harm

I will do nothing to you
I will do nothing but lead you
Lead you through storms
Lead you home
Lead you home where you belong
And away from harm

-Copyright 2008: Carter Tachikawa

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