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Pity the Child

Steve Blanchard

$1.49

Artist:
Steve Blanchard
Composers:
Benny Andersson
,
Bjorn Ulvaeus
,
Tim Rice
Lyricists:
Benny Andersson
,
Bjorn Ulvaeus
,
Tim Rice
Genre:
Broadway
Publisher:
Three Knights Ltd.

An adult looks back at his childhood, and the unrelenting traps he’s overcome. From the musical Chess.

Lyrics

Pity the Child
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice

When I was nine I learned survival
Taught myself not to care
I was my single good companion
Taking my comfort there
Up in my room I planned my conquests
On my own never asked for a helping hand
No one would understand
I never asked the pair who fought below
Just in case they said no

Pity the child who has ambition
Knows what he wants to do
Knows that he’ll never fit the system others expect him to
Pity the child who knew his parents
Saw their faults saw their love die before his eyes
Pity a child that wise
He never asked did I cause your distress
Just in case they said yes

When I was twelve my father moved out
Left with a whimper not with a shout
I didn’t miss him he made it perfectly clear
I was a fool and probably queer
Fool that I was I thought this would bring
Those he had left closer together
She made her move the moment he crawled away
I was the last the woman told
She never let her bed get cold

Someone moved in I shut my door
Someone to treat her just the same way as before

I took the road of least resistance I had my game to play
I had the skill and more the hunger easy to get away
Pity the child with no such weapons
No defense no escape from the ties that bind
Always a step behind
I never called to tell her all I’d done I was only her son

Pity the child but not forever not if he stays that way
He can get all he ever wanted if he’s prepared to pay
Pity instead the careless mother what she missed
What she lost when she let me go
I wonder does she know
I wouldn’t call a crazy thing to do just in case she said who

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