"Be Nobody's Darling"

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"Be Nobody's Darling"
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Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast. Take the contradictions Of your life And wrap around You like a shawl, To parry stones To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb To madness With ample cheer; Let them look askance at you And you askance reply.
Be an outcast; Be pleased to walk alone (Uncool) Or line the crowded River beds With other impetuous Fools. Make a merry gathering On the bank Where thousands perished For brave hurt words They said.
Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast. Qualified to live Among your dead.

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