You wake up with bruises in the grim light of dawn
Spread on the makeup, so no one can see
Paste on a smile, and go through the day
Pretending you're happy, and safe, and free
What he does to you isn't love or even sex
Just a safe way for him to purge his twisted crap
You exist as his slave, as his toxic waste dump
And he goes merrily on his way, leaving you in the trap
Well I know the truth and it fills me with rage
That a so-called man could do this to you
To lock such a kind, gentle spirit in a cage
And I'm dying to help, so tell me what I can do
You say that there isn't anyone else who can love you
You say you deserve all the shit that you've gotten
You say that you're flawed, that you're bad, it's your fault
But there's nothing wrong with you, and it's his soul that's rotten
You're too damned smart to believe all his bullshit
You're too damned talented to be sealed in a cave
Too rare and too valuable to be allowed to die
There are too few like you, and you have to be saved
How can you stand it, to live like that?
To exist for his pleasure, to submerge your own soul?
You've so much to offer, but he couldn't care less
And the longer you're with him, the deeper the hole
Where do these “men” come from, from under what rock
do they all keep crawling? There are more here each day
What corruption of nature allows for their existence?
Who told them that life was for them to have their way?
They're savage little vermin, no heart and all teeth
Lacking the balls to be men on their own
So they beat you, and rape you, and leave you there broken
When where they belong is a cell built of stone
They catch you when you're young, and feel out of place
They tell you they need you, how pretty you are
They isolate you, say they're your only friend
So why are you home bleeding, while they're out at the bar?
They're just like jackals cutting weaklings from the herd
They seek out the vulnerable, the sad and the scared
They're oh so charming, when they're luring you in
By the time you realize what they are you've been snared
How can they stand it, to be like that?
They must realize that they're nothing but scum
Can they really believe what they're doing is normal?
Do they search for excuses, when they know there are none?
And you who have seen it, who know what goes on
Who have friends being raped, being beaten and abused
Yeah you, remaining silent, not getting involved
Might not be your crime, but you're still not excused
You know who you are, and you know the excuses
“I slipped on the ice”, “I walked into a door”
You know what it means, and yet you ignore it
Well your hugs and your silence aren't enough any more
If you don't try to help her, then it's partly your fault
That you're looking at her casket, standing there in the rain
I hope you can live with yourself when it's over
And he's off hunting with the pack once again
How can we all stand it, to leave them like that?
We all know about it, but we keep walking by
It's happening all around us, God damn it we know it
No one's doing anything, and I want to know why