Music & Lyrics: Fred Small
© 1987, Pine Barrens Music All Rights Reserved
(Abridged for Universality; the unsung lyrics are written in italics)
We have cleared off the table
The leftovers saved
Washed the dishes and put them away.
I have told you a story
And tucked you in tight
At the end of your knockabout day;
As the moon sets its sails to carry you to sleep
Over the midnight sea;
I will sing you a song no one sang to me
May it keep you good company.
You can be anybody that you want to be
You can love whomever you will
You can travel any country where your heart leads
And know I will love you still.
You can live by yourself
You can gather friends around
You can choose one special one
And the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you’re gone.
Some girls grow up strong and bold
Some boys are quiet and kind
Some race on ahead, some follow behind
Some grow in their own way and time
Some women love women and some men love men
Some raise children and some never do
You can dream all the day never reaching the end
Of everything possible for you.
Don’t be rattled by names
By taunts or games
But seek out spirit’s truth
If you give your friends the best part of yourself
They will give the same back to you
Repeat verse starting with “You can be anybody”