I broke my silence after 40 years with this song that poured out of my heart as I listened to so many people, from all walks of life, tell their stories about all forms of abuse. As the world speaks out now about #MeToo, I want to share my musical message of it's not okay in hopes that it inspires people everywhere to find the healing they deserve and stop the many forms of abuse including the ways we abuse ourselves with negative self talk, staying in bad relationships, and not protecting ourselves.
IT’S NOT OKAY
Did you just expect that we would somehow forget?
And one day this would not really have an affect?
How could you just stand by and watch the fists fly?
And block out the nights when all we did was cry?
Where were you when it was happening to me?
You say that you didn’t know and you didn’t see?
How is it possible that you missed the signs?
Of a hurting body and crossed boundary lines
Where was the protection? How you couldn’t stop it?
Upon further reflection, how you wouldn’t stop it?
And you still don’t seem to understand
What it’s like living in confusion land
My head said yes, but you said no
But somewhere inside I knew it was so
I kept asking and you kept lying
And that’s how we learn to keep denying
That it ever happened at all
Put on a happy face and play ball
Inside the truth sleeps until one day
Light shines in the dark places hidden away
And we remember the horror and a face
That took our innocence without a trace
Used our body and twisted our mind
To believe that we were at fault
Or one of a very special kind
The trail of victims is long and deep
And the pain won’t end until some die in their sleep
Why aren’t children protected in their homes?
Why do victims end up feeling so alone?
I dare to speak out and I pray my friend
That this crime against so many, will come to an end
It’s NOT Okay to abuse and use anyone
It’s NOT Okay to abuse
It’s NOT Okay
Lyrics Written By: Linda Newlin Copyright 2011 Love Your Self Album