New Music: Things I Can’t Tell Anyone

Better late than never! This one is Chris’s favorite, and it should be; I wrote it for him for his last birthday! Contrary to popular belief, you can find someone to love if you don’t love yourself; the problem is, ultimately you won’t believe them and you’ll be inadvertently telling them they have bad taste for picking you, so you have to work on that stuff to keep them around. Which I did.

As promised, this is a departure from the last two, a ballad. Just dulcimer and voice on this one, the only percussion is a Slinky. A small one.


Things I Can’t Tell Anyone
Words and Music by Andee Joyce

I’ve got things I can’t tell anyone
But maybe I can tell you
Maybe you won’t run away
Like all the others do

I like you
But I think I’ve seen this show before
I’ll say things wrong
And you won’t want to see me anymore
How many times did I hear
“You’re a very strange girl
And I don’t think that you
Could fit into my world”
And God forbid they
Would change their world to fit me
I didn’t think there would be
Why must there be
Why do there still have to be

Things I can’t tell anyone
But maybe I can tell you
Maybe you won’t run away
Like all the others do

You’re still here
I guess you think I’m pretty nice
But I break down once, and I know
You won’t be here to see it twice
But you surprise me
You see only what’s good
You say I make you smile
Understand all your moods
You know I’ve worked so hard
To learn how to love
They said it couldn’t be done
But I can love you
Because you are tough
In ways they’ll never be
(you’re a badass)

I’ve still got
Things I can’t tell anyone
But maybe I can tell you
Maybe you won’t run away
Like all the others do

And to think, I’m about to ruin everything
There’s awkwardness, and I say
I don’t deserve what I’m getting
You say (quote) “you don’t have a clue
About what you deserve
I don’t know what they said
Or what you overheard
But they’re not here now
All there is, is us two
And if you want me to stay
Then you have to see
That if you insult you
Then you insult me
Because I’m with you” (unquote)
(I never thought of that…)

You say (quote) “now we can start
The clock over again
Neither one of us is
The same as we were then
And maybe you’re strange
But you’re not dangerous
You need to stop being scared
Of what you’ll do to us
You don’t need to be like
Normal women at all
You are like no one else
And that’s what made me fall
In love with you just like you did with me
You’ve got to trust me
To believe me
Because there can’t be
No there must not be
There can never be
Things you can’t tell anyone, not even me” (unquote)

I thought I had
Things I can’t tell anyone
But I know I can tell you
I know you won’t run away
Like all the others do
Things I can’t tell anyone…

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