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Let Love be the Way

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Kate Reid
06/20/2018
Kate Reid

Story

Let Love bet the Way is the second song I composed for Out at School, an arts-based research project I'm involved with at OISE, University of Toronto. Out at School a multi-media verbatim monologue theatre production based on interviews conducted with LGBTQ+ families and youth about their experiences in Ontario public schools. You can find more about Out at School and the LGBTQ Families Speak Out project here: www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca 

Lyrics

Let Love be the Way - Kate Reid
May 2018

Hey there, hello, you don’t know me
And I don’t know you
But I have a question or two
Thought I’d turn the tables 
On you

What's it like to walk down the street with your partner 
And never wonder “what if”?
To know that wherever you go together
You’re safe because your love blends in?

Could you imagine being unexpected, unforeseen
In the grand scheme of things? 
Then have to reveal yourself, describe and define your love
Your children, your family?


Chorus:

What would it take to let love be the way
Could you listen to people and raise them up? 
Could you up your own game and say “no big deal”
Be inspired instead of afraid? 

How would it feel to live two separate lives
To hide your true self away? 
To have to conform to someone else’s arbitrary rules
And always be asked to explain?

Have you ever had to carve out a space for yourself
Because there was no room for you?
Imagine there were only five choices to line up at school
LGBT and Q?

Chorus:
What would it take to let love be the way
Could you listen to people and raise them up? 
Could you up your own game and say “no big deal”
Be inspired instead of afraid?

Have you ever had to try and justify your body
To people you’ve never met
Or tried to translate yourself into someone else’s language
To make yourself legible?

Do you have to defend which public bathroom you use? 
Have you ever thought about that? 
And felt them attempt to decipher your intentions
While you’re standing there washing your hands?

Have you ever been told that you don’t know who you are
Your pronouns are wrong, they don’t match, they’re grammatically incorrect, 
Your name is wrong, your clothes are wrong, your hair is wrong
Your feelings are wrong, your love is wrong
You are wrong? 

Chorus:
What would it take to let love be the way
Could you listen to people and raise them up? 
Could you up your own game and say “no big deal”
Be inspired instead of afraid? 
What would it take to let love be the way
Could you listen to people and raise them up? 
Could you up your own game and say “no big deal”
Be inspired, could you be brave? 

Has someone with good intentions worked to accommodate you
And tried to fit you in
Have you ever considered how accommodating someone
Doesn’t really change anything?