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Living on the Edge
Sixteen year old girl going out at night,
she hopes that bold red lipstick can hide fright.
Rough part of town--that’s where she’s from
‘round these parts can’t afford to be dumb.
Boarding a subway to ride through the dark
her eyes are on the tracks--watching for a flying spark.
Bright-eyed girl, clever girl--she’s all about adventure
and tonight’s party is just a little quencher.
She gets off the subway, slinks down the street
cautious of any stranger she’d meet.
Her heartbeat is steady in her chest
but that don’t mean her fear is at rest.
But collecting her courage, you can’t end her dream
because this girl from the hood ain’t what she might seem.
Confident, she owns each street light,
but the house and its scene are a more thrilling sight.
She joins the crowd,
doesn’t cover her ears though the music is loud.
She dances, she sings
she yanks some heartstrings.
Heads home a few minutes ‘fore cops storm the crib,
strutting along, she knows her way, no need to ad lib.
That’s what her life’s like--living on the edge
it ain’t no private practice, and it takes no pledge.