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Tribe One - Different



[Sample]
Oooh everybody knows
When little children play
They need a sunny day
To grow straight and tall
Let the sun shine through

[Verse 1: Tribe One]
He was always just a little bit different
Since he was an infant
He didn't fit into the system
While everybody else debated nature and nurture
He watched a normal life fade away from him further
Growing up, it was no big secret
Most of the other kids knew before he did
But it wasn't til the teasing got heated
That he realized the reason he was being mistreated
So every day at home was spent breaking those habits
Cause his father wasn't raising no-
And mama prayed for god to save her only son
And made him go to church so they can save his soul
Cause god forbid the neighbors know
And the preachers say they only hate the sin
But it never felt that way to him
Even his family made him feel strange and alien
So when he thought of suicide
There wasn't anyone to say to him
[Chorus]
You're not different, you're special
You're sitting on the threshold of infinite potential
And if you can just hold on a little bit more
You'll get to see the reason you were given this for
You're not different, you're unique
And some day crowds will gather just to listen to you speak
And if you hold on for just a bit longer
It gets better, I promise it gets better

[Verse 2]
She was always just a little bit different
Since she was an infant
She didn't fit into the system
While all the other girls were trying on make-up
She was bringing her grades up to a-plus
It didn't matter if her manner with boys was awkward
She was gonna be a lawyer or doctor
Her biggest worry was disappointing her father
That's why the teasing was more annoyance than other
And then she got a picture in her inbox
And everything stopped, she was in shock
A camera phone photo in her underwear and gym socks
The sender was anonymous no way to get the link blocked
First she felt embarrassed then total self awareness
No way in hell was she gonna tell her parents
When she couldn't face the prospect of school the next day
There wasn't anybody around to say
[Chorus]
You're not different, you're special
You're sitting on the threshold of infinite potential
And if you can just hold on a little bit more
You'll get to see the reason you were given this for
You're not different, you're unique
And some day crowds will gather just to listen to you speak
And if you hold on for just a bit longer
It gets better, I promise it gets better

[Verse 3]
I was always just a little bit different
Since I was an infant I didn't fit into the system
While all the other kids had heroes they relate to
I was learning the meaning of "interracial"
See I have a white mom and black dad
And I've been lied on and laughed at
And had friends that back-stabbed and cat-scratched
Since the first time I tried on a backpack
My parents separated when I was a second grader
A little hell-raiser even on my best behavior
Custody had me and my brother stuck in the middle
Just little kids finding out the world's rough and it's brittle
So with all the makings of a troubled youth
I struggled through all the pain I growed accustomed to
And every time I needed the most help and felt weak
I was lucky that I had someone there to tell me
[Chorus]
You're not different, you're special
You're sitting on the threshold of infinite potential
And if you can just hold on a little bit more
You'll get to see the reason you were given this for
You're not different, you're unique
And some day crowds will gather just to listen to you speak
And if you hold on for just a bit longer
It gets better, I promise it gets better

[Sample]
Everybody knows