Inside Out and Backwards

Lyrics by Cy Leah Clark
Music by Kevin Clark
copyright 1998

I used to watch my mother getting ready for the day
And 'though she looked quite lovely
I knew I didn't want to look that way
Her make-up couldn't mask a longing for the past
For a time of choices not yet made

I try to live my own life but sometimes I find
I'm living out the life my mother had to leave behind
Ideas hang around like old hand-me-downs
And there are times I realize

Chorus:
I'm wearing my mother's dress inside out and backwards
But it's still my mother's dress, no matter what I do
I can't untie the thread of my mother's heart in me
Choosing to be different is not the same as being free

My mother held me up so I could see beyond her walls
And I knew there could be more
Life is not a wash-and-wear-reality
There's no room for a one-size-fits-all mentality

I'm wearing my mother's dress inside out and backwards
But it's still my mother's dress, no matter what I do
Am I playing dress-up, or is this really me?
I can't undo the strings that I can't see

I'm wearing my mother's dress inside out and backwards
But it's still my mother's dress, no matter what I do
I can't untie the thread of my mother's heart in me
Choosing to be different is not the same as being free.

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