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Head down low
Eyes shut tight
Whi - spers echo in your ears
Down the stairs
Out the door
Ju - st to drown out all the noise

Dry up your eyes
Show me your smile
It's been missing for a while now

Child, don't li - sten
To their mur - murs
Remember to al - ways
Hold your head up high
Darling, they're ju - st ghosts
Looking to pi - ck and
Chip away at your bones

Red-rimmed eyes
Tears run dry
Sha - rp blades wreak havoc on your wrists
Bathroom stalls
Bedroom walls
Ser - ve to hide you from the world

Darling don't hate them, for they hurt just like you
Smile instead and show them love and truth
Hurting people hurt others whether the mean it or not
Insecurities influence ideas of ruin and rot
Don't take their words to heart, they're in pain
Just like you

Just like... You

Child, don't li - sten
To their mur - murs
Remember to al - ways
Hold your head up high
Darling, they're ju - st ghosts
Looking to pi - ck and
Chip away at your bones

Child, don't li - sten
To their mur - murs
Remember to al - ways
Hold your head up high
Cause darling, they're ju - st ghosts
Looking to pick...
Looking to pick and pull at your bones

Cause they're hurting, too...
So, I've had this idea stuck in my head for a while now but it just hasn't gone anywhere. For the longest time, I only had "darling, they're just ghosts/looking to pick and pull at your bones" (which was originally going to be a part of every chorus run, but it didn't quite fit so I just left it at the end.) I wrote this for the people who are being bullied or pushed around by those around them. I've never been bullied, but I know it hurts. I can see the pain it causes and some part of me helps me know how much it hurts and let's me sympathize so I can try to help people through it. I know I said I wrote this for a group of people, but there's one person that specifically made me want to write this. My best friend moved away from us last summer and she's in a totally different environment. They look at her and start whispering, I know cause she's said so. And the girl who she thought was her friend is toying with her emotions just to keep herself at the center of attention. It's sickening how people can do that. And I wish I could be there, but I can't. Not only do I live in a different area, but I'm busy all the time. And when I'm not, someone always gives her a reason to not see us. It's been over a year already... It's been a year since our little circle would stay up until we couldn't keep our eyes open and focused on phone or computer screens, since we all went to a movie together, since we could talk to each other and things almost never got rough and overly dramatized in an unhealthy way. My best friend is stuck in a place where she doesn't know anyone and no one cares how trampled and ruined she gets. All I can do is pray for her and try to be as positive as I can. But that doesn't always happen. I'm not the most collected person in the world. I have a temper and sometimes I can't control it. Same with my emotions. If you read all this ranting and babbling and start crying, I'm sorry... That wasn't my intention. But I needed to get this off my chest. I think people need to read this and see that not only are those who are being bullied are hurting, but the bullies are hurting too. My dad always says that people who are hurting tend to hurt others. And I watched SayWeCanFly's video on self image and he basically said the same thing. The bullies are so insecure that they put others down to make themselves feel better. It's sad that they do that, but it's also sad that they're hurting. When someone bullies you, try to smile at them and be kind. It's really hard to do that, but it'll make them feel better and it'll give you strength. 

The idea of ghosts is not like they're literal spirits haunting you, just people who have been mentally and/or emotionally brought down to the lowest level (or "killed" in a way, I guess.) So in order to make themselves feel "alive," they "kill" other people. They do this to make themselves feel better or to bring others down to their level. It's sad, really, but it makes sense when you think about it.

I think I'm gonna stop here. If you think more people should see this, then I'll post it to my Facebook. If you have any questions, comments, criticism, anything, don't hesitate to ask or tell or whatever.
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OokamiWarrior1234 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This... is extremely beautiful, Kayla. ^_^ I'm really proud of you. You're one of the strongest, big-hearted girls I've ever known, and the way you express yourself to the world- whether it be through a song or drawing- you SHOW it without fear of consequences. You do it with good intentions and I'm so glad to have met someone with that much courage and honesty. You're awesome, girl. ;) You all are.
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xXSilverMillenniaXx Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thanks ^^
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SuppaSaiyanSwagga Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It hurts....it really does. I don't thinkyou could have said it any better. I love your lyrics more and more when you write them especially because your lyrics have heart and soul put into them and they have a meaning that is special. I miss the old days...so much that it physically hurts. I always zone out in class and get caught up in memories. Like memories of us going to the mall and trying on masks and meeting you guys at the theater and meeting up at Sara's before the recent drama started. I miss those days so much. I'd give almost anything to relive those days. I wish I never had to leave. I know even if I come back, nothing will ever be quite the same. Things cange in a year. Especially people. I've changed a lot (personally I don't think it's for the better) but now I'm starting to open my eyes to whats important. Today it hit me. All this bad stuff and evilness doesn't matter. Because in the long run, I know that peace and happiness is waiting. And I know that some day I'll be able to hang out with you guys for the rest of eternity. And my new "friends" and my parents can only take physical objects like my phone or my WiFi, but they can never steal my mind, my heart, or my soul. Today I realized that's all I need. I have my memories. Some even make me laugh, like jokes we would share or when we would draw things for each other in the mornings. I have those memories and I have my bonds to you guys. No one can take that away. I know it sounds stupid, and people have told me that all my life; that nothing on earth matters in the end. But now I SEE it. I understand it. I am more atease and rest aassured I'm at peace. I know that nothing can hurt me or take me down. No matter what happens today, next week, or ten years from now, I'm never giving up. And I'm never letting go. You guys are stuck with me forever whether y'all like it or not -3- even though things change sometimes, never give up or lose hope. I think I finally understand what God was trying to teach me. But only He knows for sure if I'm ready. My faith used to be frayed and weak but now it's stronger than a raging bull. And I love the feeling. When I'm in my room at night, I don't feel as hollow any more. I don't feel 100% complete yet but I'm getting there. I hope that you experience this too or already have. And the most amazing thing....my stomach doesn't hurt anymore. Not one little bit. And mom is starting to open her eyes and I know that stuff with money is hard on Lisa right now, but that may mean they will get a cheaper place and I'll have my old house back. In fact that's what everyone is encouraging mom to do. I know it will be weird to be back in Burleson and many people won't remember me, but I know that the two most important friends in my life will. And I think you know who I'm referring to -3- and if you don't then look at the people I text every day at lunch. Plus I know William and Sean will remember me -3- if not ill make them remember X3 and Meghan too. Of course Sara will, but that's a whole nother topic ._. I have more friends at Burleson than I do at brewer. And I can't stand being away. It feels like I'm on a really long vacation, like im homesick and ready to go back, but one thing after another is keeping me from getting there. But I have a strong feeling I'll walk those halls soon. I can feel it. It's almost scary, but I can't see myself at brewer anymore. Im taking it as a comforting sign, saying "Just push on a little longer, you're so close!" And that's exactly what ill do. There's a reason a common motto of my ocs is loyalty and the all famous "I'll come back, even if it kills me" speech. Because those are my honest feelings. Man this is long o.o
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xXSilverMillenniaXx Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's ok X3 and you're right, earthly things don't matter. We can't take them with us when we die. And all the little problems are just bumps in the road. Or like black keys on a piano. Those issues are a part of life, just like those black keys are a part of music; everyone needs them, whether they know it or not because those experiences shape us. If we never experience pain, then there's something terribly wrong in our lives and we're too blind to see it. This pain is just the dark before the dawn so always look ahead and walk toward the light. Looking in the rear-view mirror won't get you anywhere but 6 feet underground. Dwelling on the past can ruin your life. There's a reason for everything. This year of torment is a part of God's plan. He's shaping you into the person he needs you to be. And I don't think things will be too different when you come back - aside from the fact that Sara doesn't sit with us anymore - cause I'm still not making any sense and I often pull stupid little jokes that aren't even funny or no one but myself would understand. And marching band, I'm still the only band nerd T3T that won't change
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SuppaSaiyanSwagga Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But now you have a /punk/ band nerd to join you :D staci actually has a bass guitar and she was showing it to me today -3- and of you need help, she can teach ya. But yeah, I'm starting to see what's important. And this year has been horrible, but I know that one day I'll be rewarded for sticking through it. Why give up when I'm just starting to see the light?
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xXSilverMillenniaXx Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly :3 
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SuppaSaiyanSwagga Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope I get to come back soon :3 but if its not part of the plan to go just yet,iI'll wait patiently.
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AdamsCamaroZ28 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
I really liked this, your friend and I have been in these shoes, and first hand like you said not fun... I've had a rough enough life as it is, and no matter what i did to change when at the hellhole I was at before here, nobody cared, and everybody seemed to have no sympathy for nobody but themselves. it's pretty messed up.
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SuppaSaiyanSwagga Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is. And my parents always yell at me for being on my laptop or phone. They don't understand that the nicest people are on the internet. Especially dA. The community here is the nicest I've seen and I get nothing but compliments and motivation from here. Heck, I think most of my friends are on here.
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AdamsCamaroZ28 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Yeah, same here. People say to do something, and it will go away, nope, it don't. It's obvious those people never had that problem, or they just don't care.
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