The Real Thing
I moved to Berkeley, California in August of 2012 The year that my life began, but I honestly couldn’t tell Whether it was for worse or better to venture out of my shell And write myself a narrative I never imagined I’d tell No chance in hell I would be here if I hadn’t received it A piece of paper, auditions for college theater this weekend I believed it was destiny, took my chances and I succeeded The rest of my college years it became the thing that I needed In our comfy little pond, the competition was heated I fought to be respected but constantly felt defeated We found each other in solace, cooperated to beat’em As partners in solidarity I’m so sorry I Did what I did, but understand though I wish I could take it back I’m glad you’re in my past, when I think of the way you reacted I lit a match, the past three years were turned to ashes The path that I had in front of me I could only imagine She wondered where these wings were gonna take her Ephemeral like vapor Flimsier than paper, er Oh I wish these wings would take me where I want to Somewhere I can run to From the things I’ll never undo, o Oh 2016, for some reason I’m still alive Quit my job and I was looking for meaningfulness in life Filling free time with meaningless hookups and open mics A theater friend suggested I look at a joint he liked I started there as LEX the same place that we met You caught my attention instantly and gained my respect Your electromagnetic stage presence made me obsessed But most of all you made me interested in taking your steps I fell in love but at the time I wasn’t honest with you And we didn’t see eye to eye on what we wanted to do ‘Cause you loved other people too and you needed to keep it open Which was ok but I hoped that we could be more than a fluke Then a moment that shook the world brought us closer as lovers In a nation plagued by darkness we offered each other comfort Understanding and empathy our only sources of light I finally made the jump on the path to another life She wondered where these wings were gonna take her Ephemeral like vapor Flimsier than paper, er Oh I wish these wings would take me where I want to Somewhere I can run to From the things I’ll never undo, o Oh The jump hurt. I broke and injured myself And yet I focused and kept at it at the risk of my health Pushed the limits of my body like I was living in hell Yet followed my sole directive, a story I lived to tell As I grew and recovered I discovered a world anew A group of people who loved me and almost certainly knew What I was working to do, understood the way that I think Unlike my other adventures this felt like The Real Thing My life was hard-reset and so was my heart My eyes opened up to a higher level, the barriers fell apart The past that had brought me here now appeared to be antiquated And far away, though I’m not the same, I would hate to discard it ‘Cause changing is hard. I’ll never see it like I used to But I remain on the journey that I was first introduced to By a piece of paper, now decayed, absorbed by the sediment Decision after decision propels me in my experiment Who am I and what am I doing this for In my mind were all these questions I never noticed before Approval or fame or love or respect or money or status Or happiness, not just stepping stones but acceptable goals Do I want more? Something genuine and kind The reason I’m even here, I’ll eventually leave behind As I leave the city to find who and what I will care about Where these wings are gonna take me I haven’t figured it out. She wondered where these wings were gonna take her Ephemeral like vapor Flimsier than paper, er Oh I wish these wings would take me where I want to Somewhere I can run to From the things I’ll never undo, o Oh
Written by: Alex Liu
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