The Hymn That Never Lied

Lines For Kesha Collection

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Why did you know my name? 
Why did you play that game? 
Why can’t I feel the same? 
Why does my heart beat pain?

In the summer of ’78 I cried 
Down beneath the old elm tree 
I was calling to be free 
The old hymn that always lied

I still feel your hands beat 
I can feel bruises heat 
Your hands and fist that cheat 
Inflicting my defeat

In the summer of ’88 I cried 
Down beneath the old elm tree 
I was calling to be free 
The old hymn that always lied

I feel old, staring cold 
Still possessed by your hold 
The pain to me you sold 
Silence, I never told

In the summer of ’98 I cried 
Down beneath the old elm tree 
I was calling to be free 
The old hymn that always lied

I watched life from the side 
Too scared to take the ride 
Benched my artistic side 
Lost my creative pride

In the summer of ’08 I cried 
Down beneath the old elm tree 
I was calling to be free 
The old hymn that always lied

Hymnless, need no forgiveness* 
I heard your persistence 
I heard your defiance 
Praying in resistance

In the summer of ’17 I cried 
Away from the old elm tree 
I was raging to be free 
The new hymn that never lied.


*Hymn on Rainbow, Kesha 2017