Control

You can’t control everything
No matter how hard you try
Life will still slip through your fingers
Stop tightening your grasp

You can’t make someone stay
When their heart is telling them to go
You can’t just go
When they need you to stay

You can’t force them all to smile
No matter how kind you are
Your heart might just keep breaking
So maybe there’s not point in repairing it

You can’t just keep running away
Because all of this will find you
So just take a deep breath
And let go

Racecar Excuses

I want to blame it on my tired eyes
My racecar excuses that sound just like lies
But I am seeing you in a new light
Wondering if I’m seeing right

It will always be easier to lie to you
Because everyone always lies with a smile
And really I can’t tell you the truth
Because I’d like you to stick around for a while

In whatever capacity this lasts
Don’t become just a part of my past
Be in my future
Not the whole thing, but still be there

I wish I could show what my eyes see
Or maybe I need to get my vision checked
Take your eyes out, go blind toward me
Because I can’t bear this light anymore

Could your ears take my voice
Not just hear the music, but the words that I’m saying
This rhythm gives you a choice
Even if you’re going, I’m staying

But I’m not standing around waiting for you
I’ve closed that door
Left it behind me
But don’t you dare call me a bore

I have bigger things I’m doing here
I am moving, growing, changing atmospheres
But that’s not something you’d understand
I don’t need you to hold my hand

I am climbing this mountain on my own
This summit is my own accomplishment
You can’t take this credit
For my freedom

Bright Eyes

They called her bright eyes
Because her eyes shine bright like the stars, like her mind
They say she lights up every room, even if she’s hiding
With her soft demeanor and her smile that is kind

But she worries that her flame has gone out
She can’t shine for them anymore
She can’t even shine for herself as a cloak of darkness overwhelms her
Not knowing she’s still burning, deep down in her core

Fighting to become the person that they all thought she was
Forcing deep breaths in and out of her tired lungs
Not ready to face the fear she has become
All she sees before her she thought she’d left behind; thought she was done

They’d never know this all is crushing her
Trying so hard not to collapse beneath the weight she carries
On her shoulders, in her heart, she can’t bear it
Just drop it, Bright Eyes, let it go

She used to be a fire, unkempt
She brought warmth, light, and danger
She was wild, and they loved it
If only they could see her today

Maybe all she needs is a spark
Strike a quick match on the stone she is becoming
Light up her eyes; light up the world
Keep her close to your heart, she’s more than just a girl

There was a time when she was the life of the party
Maybe she could make her way back there again
Just warm her up, watch her go
In a sea of joy, we could watch her swim

Climb with her to a high, high peak
Let her be a lighthouse to those who don’t know they’re lost
Don’t let her hide, can you save her?
Maybe soon she can save you too

You see, they called her bright eyes
Her eyes are brilliant, her mind is bright
She thought her flame had gone out in her weakness
But she was wrong; she is strong

They call her bright eyes
Watch her as she burns