Demons

from by Jonah Hirst

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Talking about gender transition is hard. I'd rather sing about it.

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Today I opened up my heart to catch the falling leaves
Today I opened up my mouth to drink the changing scene and
Today I opened up my eyes and fell down on my knees
For like the autumn I find myself in transition

At once I was all out of answers so I laid to rest my pen
I asked why I must be a woman and others must be men and
Ive never once believed in god but I needed her right then
So I could ask why Ive been placed in this position

All of these demons they are resting well within my bones
And I am trying to find a place to put them
All of these demons they are resting well within my bones
And I am trying just to find a way to free them

This is a song I wrote for my mama and my papa
and all my friends back home
This is a song I wrote for my two older brothers
when I called them on the phone and I said
Im going by a new name now that I picked out on my own
So don't you worry about the boy who was your sister

I wonder who is gonna love me if I dont fit the mold
I wonder if Ill have regrets later on when I am old but
Theres one thing that I know for sure
Ive always done just what I'm told
So I will try to leave this girl and not to miss her

All of these demons are the seams that have sewn up my clothes
All of these demons scorn me from within the labels
All of these demons are the seams that have sewn up my clothes
And I will free them just as long as I am able

There is a demon underlying every she herself and hers
Every sister daughter and little girl has cut me with its spurs but
Along with this new life I live Im choosing my own words
For the language of these demons has always stung me with its curse
But for now Ive finally found a way to free them
Free them

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from Paper Skin, released April 19, 2014

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Jonah Hirst Orleans, Massachusetts

Jonah Hirst is a songwriter, podcastlistener, dogpetter and bageleater from Cape Cod, MA.

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