ACTING OUT

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ACTING OUT

Trackdown, smackdown

Hit them with the facts.

Showdown downtown.

Teach them how to act.

Outloud, outproud

Backing down no more.

Outloud our crowd

Now we know the score.

 

It used to be we had to

Keep quiet about it or lie.

They could even jail us

So we didn’t even try.

We changed the gender

Of lovers when we shared.

We could say we married.

Nobody even dared.

 

We made up these stories

About roommates we had

Wanting any more than that

Could only leave us sad.

So, we used euphemisms

Like confirmed bachelor

To create a smokescreen

For our nosy neighbors.

 

Trackdown, smackdown

Hit them with the facts.

Showdown downtown.

Teach them how to act.

Outloud, outproud

Backing down no more.

Outloud our crowd

Now we know the score.

 

Nineteen seventy

Came up suddenly

And a few million of us

Wanted to be free.

So, we hit the boulevards

And sang the marching songs.

Out of the closet, into the streets

And millions more came along.

 

Trackdown, smackdown

Hit them with the facts.

Showdown downtown.

Teach them how to act.

Outloud, outproud

Backing down no more.

Outloud our crowd

Now we know the score.

 

Brent Kincaid

6/3/2014

 

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