You Have No Idea

Sometimes I just can’t calm down
My skin is on fire, my brain’s whirling around
Moving makes me better but I know it bothers you
I need some help; I don’t know what to do.
I know it seems odd that I stare at the floor
But when I look at your eyes I can’t hear anymore
In order to listen I’ve got to look away
Not all the time, but it’s really bad today.
You have no idea what its like to be me,
No idea how hard it can be,
No idea how much I long to be free,
You have no idea what it’s like to be me.
I know you get embarrassed when we’re out and about
Noise and crowds scare me but I don’t mean to shout
I know you spent a lot on my nice new shirt
But I can’t put it on, it makes my body hurt.
I know you worked real hard to make this good food
The smell hurts my head, I don’t mean to be rude
I don’t mean to misbehave, I don’t mean to get mad
I’m so sorry, I don’t want you to be sad
Teacher says I’m spoiled, Grampa says I just need rules
Gramma says in her day I wouldn’t dare do what I do
But they don’t understand what its like inside of me
‘Cause bad behavior is all that they see

Chorus (2x)  They, You


You Have No Idea, by Joanie Calem© January 2016

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