Expectations and social contructs

The first time I heard these lyrics I nearly fell out of my chair. Actually, come to think of it, I did. It may not be brutal or laced with harsh visuals or swearing – but it really bugs me. You’ll know what I mean when you actually read through it.

Prim, Proper social constructs, define the way you are supposed to act. It’s a little outdated, but I personally know of a handful of people that lemming their way into this lifestyle. If this is what it is all about then I’m ready to dye my hair, paint on a tattoo, and become a rebel. You ain’t taking me down that easy!

Of course everyone has expectations and dreams … It’s interesting which ones you take to heart … and which ones you fight off with a broom stick.  How much of your self are you willing to sacrifice for a so called ‘greater good’. I guess, I’m going to find out.

“Mind your manners
Watch your weight
Be a good boy
Just behave
What’s wrong with you?
Settle down.
Keep your two feet on the ground.
Stand up straight
Sit up tall
Never falter
Never fall
Stay in school
Make the grade
Never fail
And never fade

Be a hero
Be a star
Anything but what you are
Find a girl to possess
Always pay, pursue, protect
Be a master
Be a slave
Work your ass into an early grave

But you deserve to be loved
You deserve something real
Time to heal
Time to feel

Daddy’s favorite little girl
Dress up in your momma’s pearls
Serve us breakfast in her bed
Heard a little kiss on the forehead
You are sugar
You are spice
You are growing up so nice
Paint your nails
Paint your face
Paint around the empty space

Find a man that can provide
Try and fill the hole inside
With a family and a home
Tell yourself you’re not alone
Keep your memories of yourself
In a shoebox on a closet shelf

But you deserve to be loved
You deserve something real
Time to heal
Time to feel

But you deserve to be loved
You deserve something real
Time to heal
Time to feel

You deserve to be loved”

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