Dani Shay Fake

So it seems that we can’t talk about the things that matter

Can you read my lips? My voice will get lost in chatter

I can tell that you are thinking

Twisting your hair into knots

I can infer by your face

That they are not good thoughts

But why’d it get so hard to communicate?

And why can’t anyone, anyone

Just mean what they say?

It’s like a game parents play with their sons and daughters

First, a name, then train them with fast food and sweet waters

First they say

“You can be anything you want to be.”

Then later they add

“Well, anything that makes you good money.”

So why’d it get so hard to communicate?

And why can’t anyone, anyone

Just mean what they say?

‘Cuz people say “Hello there!” and “How are you doing?”

Then barely wait for a one worded answer just to keep on moving

So why pretend to care for me?

I can see you’re rushing

And I’m not offended but I would prefer it

If you would say nothing

‘Cuz fake is such a nasty habit

So break it with the others while you’re at it, oh

Fake is such a nasty habit, oh

break it with the others while you’re at it

So why’d it get so hard to communicate?

And why can’t anyone, anyone

Just mean what they say?

Oh, why’d it get so hard to communicate?

And why can’t anyone

Just mean what they say?

Oh, why’d it get so hard

To commun – to commun – to commun – to commun –

To communicate?

Dani Shay My Humble Plea

You think that I come bearing answers

You think that I can solve it all

You think the road I’ve paved is settled

But I’m the first one crying when I fall

And falls for me may seem way further to you

‘Cuz you hold me up so high

But sweetheart, look a little closer

And you’ll see I’m barely taking flight

See me now, see me now

While I can too

See me now, see me now

While I can

See me now, see me now

While I can too

Show me how, just how I can get to you

I’ll break you down if you’ll let me

But more than that, I’ll become glass

And I’ll pass through fire dripping slowly

Then blow the gray burned ash

See me now, see me now

While I can too

See me now, see me now

While I can

See me now, see me now

While I can too

Show me how, just how I can get to you

Love, show me now, just how I can get to you

Dani Shay Girl Or Boy

Is that a girl, or is that a boy

Do they play with dolls or do they play with toys

I have to know the pink or blue,

The pink or blue now

How will people think of you, if they don’t know how

Girl or boy, girl or boy?

Is that a lady or is that a man

Times have changed and lines are blurred

And I don’t understand

I have to get a grip of this

It’s bowing my mind

I am not a lesbian, but God she looks fine

Girl or boy, girl or boy

But God she looks fine

Girl or boy, girl or boy

Oh, but life is not a pink or blue,

Hanging over someone’s crib while they’re waitin

To grow to be one or the other,

Living to please and to please their mother

And I hope we can grow to see that everybody is unique

And I know they told us when we were kids

But we forget it cause they also said

Don’t be a pussy to the boy who cried

And they also said to the girl who fought

That’s not very lady like

Well we gotta know who decides it

Do you or do I?

Who decides it?

Do you or I?

Girl or boy, girl or boy, girl or boy

Girl or boy, girl or boy, girl or boy

Dani Shay The Beating

I was checking sound

When you first came around

And I was staring at you

Through the mirrors in the room

And I wish that I could have seen your face when you first looked up

But you shot me one of your little gazed and that was enough

For me to know

That you were a place I had to go

And I’ll never understand why people try so hard

To get away from the beating of their own hearts

I was reading signs

Like hand motions but less defined

And you were reading mine

So we figured it all out at the same time

And I think that I could have broken down on your couch that night

When you spoke to me with your eyes and they looked just right

For me to know

That you were a place I had to go

And I’ll never understand why people try so hard

To get away from the beating of their own hearts

Symphonies are playing and are never being heard

Birds are chirping too, but are drowning in our words

Words that don’t mean shit but are weighing us all down

Just so we can pay for a ticket off the ground

Oh, we go to new locations in search of something true

Or just to get away from the things we always knew

And everything we do is a reflection of our past

Beliefs that we adopted under questions never asked

So now I’m making sound

While you dance, baby, dance all around

And I’m still staring at you, oh

I can’t help it, God, I love the way you move

And I think that I could have scared you off if you weren’t so brave

‘Cuz you silenced your fearful thoughts and that is the way

That I came to know

That you are a place I have to go

And I’ll never understand why people try so hard

To get away from the beating of their own hearts

Dani Shay Apple

I sunk my teeth into

Something that looked like you

If you were frightened, then I politely ignored

And I bit down a little bit more

I broke through your thick skin

And tasted the sweet within

And you tried to hide your bruises but

I saw them and all I knew was

I had never tasted anything like this before

Never known, never seen for myself

That I could ever even dream of tasting something more than bread

Then you started to oxidize

Changing right there before my eyes

So I waited then laid you down

Where I found you on that spot in the ground

I had never tasted anything like this before

Never known, never seen for myself

That I could ever even dream of tasting something more than bread

Then I said, what tree did you fall from?

Oh, I said what tree did you fall, fall from?

Apples, apples, apples in my mouth

Apples, apples, apples in my mouth

Apple, you’re hanging in the tree

Waiting to be eaten, come on, fall on to me

Remind me why I’m walking and I’m sinking heavy low

Using gravity in my excuses not to go, go, go

I sunk my teeth into

I sunk my teeth into you…

Dani Shay Streetlamp

Sometimes I’m steady like a rock

Sometimes the truth speaks when I talk

But then again a little more often than not

I’m pushing through the fog of my own thoughts

And then the streetlamp in my head flips a switch and I come back

Ready to devise a stronger plan of attack

I know these circumstances are to help me train

To be your warrior for peace against my brain

Sometimes I’m open to receive

Sometimes even when my eyes are closed I can see

But sometimes in a matter of minutes, I’m so far down

That suddenly I’m looking up to see the ground

And then the streetlamp in my head flips a switch and I come back

Ready to devise a stronger plan of attack

I know these circumstances are to help me train

To be your warrior for peace against my brain

So don’t ask me how we came to be ‘cuz it really doesn’t matter, you see

Because life is but a dream filled with the ultimate distractions

Maneuver your way through and you’re free

Oh, if you get there first come find me

Come find me, oh

Sometimes I’m taken by surprise

Sometimes I can see God in my eyes

But sometimes like a dragon’s breath the smoke reappears

And I’m blinded once again by my fears

And then the streetlamp in my head flips a switch and I come back

Ready to devise a stronger plan of attack

I know these circumstances are to help me train

To be your warrior for peace against my brain, my brain

Dani Shay Butterflies Never Lie

Butterflies never lie, but I do

When I’m scared of what telling the truth will do

And if you so choose to be in my scared vicinity

Well, I’m so sorry if I ever lie to you

Secrets come from inhibitions

And inhibitions come from fears, oh

Like, “What will happen next, and will it be what I expect?”

I’ve been playing this damn game of chess for you

So I will try my best to be light now

Shining bright in all places low

And I will try my best to be clearer

When I’m telling you what I know

All I ask from you is your patience

And I will try to give you the same

So if you run out, I could never blame you

‘Cuz I know how hard it is to change

Butterflies never lie, but I do

When I’m scared of what telling the truth will do

And if you so choose to be in my scared vicinity

Well, I’m so sorry if I ever lie to you

‘Cuz people need to hear the whole truth

And who am I to hold it in?

‘Cuz even if it hurts at first, never knowing’s even worse

I can’t save you from the lakes you came to swim

So I will try my best to be light now

Shining bright in all places low

And I will try my best to be clearer

When I’m telling you what I know

All I ask from you is your patience

And I will try to give you the same

So if you run out, I could never blame you

‘Cuz I know how hard it is for us to change

Butterflies never lie, but I do

When I’m scared of what telling the truth will do

And if you so choose to be in my scared vicinity

Well, I’m so sorry if I ever lie to you

You know I’m so sorry if I ever lie to you.

Dani Shay Chasing Madness

Chasing madness over

Something I can only barely conceive.

What’s happened to me?

And if I get there, will I

Be so satisfied, I won’t need a thing?

Even to breathe?

Oh God, if You can hear me now, (yeah)

What’s this drama all about?

Do you watch the world like we’re on TV? (yeah)

A little prime time reality…

Cory, Amy, Michael, Biggie,

Tupac, Whitney, River, Brittany,

Chris, Heath, and on and on…

And I could read this list till the break of dawn,

But It’s never gonna stop till we take it on;

I’m afraid it’ll be me before I finish this song.

“I’m on the brink of something!”

That’s what everybody says,

Tryin’ to think of how to make it while I- I- I- I- I-I-I

I’m lying in my bed, cryin’ in my head,

Hoping I’ll accomplish what I want before I’m dead.

I’m staying optimistic, but I gotta get fed.

Racing the clock, like everyone else,

Hanging by a thread-

Don’t ask me why I’m chasing this madness;

I’m facing reality one fragment at a time.

My past is really where it began-

I’ve I’ma give it to ya straight:

I was touched when I was nine.

Chasing madness over

Something I can only barely conceive.

What’s happened to me?

And if I get there, will I

Be so satisfied, I won’t need a thing?

Even to breathe?

Oh God, if You can hear me now, (yeah)

What’s this drama all about?

Do you watch the world like we’re on TV? (yeah)

A little prime time reality…

Ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, done.

Seven years in, and that’s when I started playing,

Had to put my feelings somewhere, ’cause I was so angry-

Crazy, changing, hormones raging,

Teenage angst and legit shit that I was facing.

Well maybe I was caving, but there was no escaping.

Thankfully, I still knew my life was worth saving.

So that’s why I sat up in that room at night,

With the pen in my hand, and a blue lava light

Propped up nice on the desk that my Mama gave me,

Shining ever so softly, illuminating the pages and

I would just wait for the words to flow out of me like coffee-

Pouring poems on paper,

A magic concoction.

From that day forward,

It all became clear.

My gift is my defense,

But my Heart is why I’m here.

Chasing madness over

Something I can only barely conceive.

What’s happened to me?

And if I get there, will I

Be so satisfied, I won’t need a thing?

Even to breathe?

Oh God, if You can hear me now, (yeah oh yeah)

What’s this drama all about?

Do you watch the world like we’re on TV? (yeah)

A little prime time reality…

Well, I don’t know what I’ve been told,

But this shit sure is getting old.

‘Cause how many times do I have to hear,

“Hold your head up high, dear.”?

Dani Shay Superheroes

I think about the days when we were young

And care free

We never even bothered to ask

Who are we or Who we should be

We just existed with no resistance

We were superheroes then

But times have changed

And wars are raging

Underneath our skin

We’re dodging bullets and

Holding ground

Pushing, pulling and weighing down

What happened to that cape I used to wear?

Is it out there?

Is it out there?

And if you find it somewhere inside of me

Help me find it because I should be flying

I wanna be a superhero again

And finish this war under my skin.

Oh but, History has shown us

That when times are gettin hard

It’s time for us to grow and see exactly who we are

The morning after the storm

Is always brighter than the rest

Right?

Especially when you know you past your test

But the tests are only standerized

In little public schools

Were they’ve given you all the answers

And prepared you with the rules

I don’t think life on earth is set up

Quite the same

It’s every man out for himself

Until we make things change

Can we make things change?

So give me one thing

Something please

Just a glimmer of hope

I’m on my knees

I need to know that I’m not

That I’m not crazy

And if I am

Then tell me now so I can

Tie my cape to my straight jacket

And bow out

’cause I am not about to go down this way

No not the superhero

Today

I guess I’m not the superhero

Today

Dani Shay Rise From The Dead

I dance until the sun comes up and then I close my eyes

For fear that when I can see I’ll want to run and hide

It’s a shame we’re all walking fast, talking underneath the trees

Without even understanding they’re helping us to breathe

I read the same newspaper at the same time each day

The stories never change but I read them anyways

It’s a shame we’re all waiting, debating underneath the trees

Without even understanding they’re helping us to breathe

And the kids in the parks use tree stumps as leverage into the air

And they jump on their beds when they get home and the world isn’t fair

And they fall, they fall

And they fall, and never get up

But they can rise from the dead

They can rise from the dead

They can rise from the dead

And I can rise from the dead

You can rise from the dead

We can rise from the dead

Rise, rise

I grow my roots into concrete just before it dries

When I forget how to listen to anything but lies

It’s a shame we’re all stagnant, broken fragments, underneath the trees

Without even understanding they’re helping us to breathe