An Act Of Kindness

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I'm trying to make up my mind
Madness or cruel-to-be-kind?
Your mother was sick or blind
When she gave her child away

But what she did, she did out of love
She must have meant it as an act of kindness
And having never had a kid myself
I cannot understand the pressures

"You must be sick in the head,
You need a hospital bed" she said
"Properly fed," she said
"Or you're going to wind up dead"

So you were put in the hands of science -
Strangers who understood better than mothers could
It was really "for your own good".

See, we find these ways to justify it all
Are they really working?

I'm trying to make up my mind
(I'm trying to make up my mind)
I'm trying to make up my mind
(I'm trying to make up my mind)

I'm trying to make up my mind
It gets harder every time
I see a baby-mother
Or think about growing up and having kids

Oh God, she must have done it out of love
I must believe it was an act of kindness
I keep imagining the film 'Girl, Interrupted'
With less attractive inmates

"All of the things that you feel,
They are a fucking disease" they said
"We diagnosed it with ease" they said
"There is no hope of release" they said

So you found yourself
Inside a prison with no escape
Tied to a gurney with thick red tape
Nursing a wound that is mother-shaped

"When can I go back home?
I want to make a fucking call
All these pills do is make me sleep..."

One two! (One two!)
One two!
One two! (One two!)
One two! (One two!)

You wished you could unmake yourself
Become something else
To be something awful
"To be smoke and shadow."
Smoke and shadow

Smoke and shadow
Smoke and shadow
Smoke and shadow
Smoke and shadow
Smoke and shadow

I understand the idea, that A.D.D. is an imbalance
'Depression' - that is an imbalance of chemicals
It makes sense

But couldn't you argue that everything is?
Joy, fear, anger, sadness?
Can you diagnose love?
Can you diagnose loss?
See, we find these ways to justify it all
But is it really working?

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