Living In Clip

hide n’ seek

me and all the kids from the neighborhood
we play out in the street all summer long
the rule was we had to go home at night
when the streetlights came on
we were oblivious to the rest of the world
we’d hold up the cars in the street
yeah, we’d always play boys against girls
and both sides would cheat

strange men would stop their cars at the curb
say hey sweetheart, come here
i’d go up to the window
and they’d have their dick out in their hand
and a sick little sneer
i’d say here we go again
yeah, o.k. this time you win
and i would feel dirty
and i’d feel ashamed
but i wouldn’t let it stop my game

we would play hide and go seek
the territory would be the whole block
sometimes the older boys
when they’d find you
they wouldn’t wanna tag you
they’d just wanna talk
they’d say what would you do for a quarter
come on, we don’t have that much time
and i’d think a minute
and i’d say
give me the quarter first

this time you win
here we go again
and i would feel dirty
and i would feel ashamed
but i wouldn’t let it stop my game

i remember my first trip alone
on the greyhound bus
a man put his hands on me
as soon as night fell
i remember when i was leaving
how excited i was
i remember when i arrived
i didn’t feel so well

i remember the teacher at school
got me so sick and scared
that i went into the bathroom
and threw up in my hair
and i could go on
but you know what
it just gets worse
and i should probably stop there

girl the next time he wants to know
what your problem is
girl next time he wants to know
where the anger comes from
just tell him this time the problem’s his
just tell him the anger just comes

it just comes