You Are Not A Monster

For Solo (instrumental or vocal part)



Uploaded on Aug 31, 2018

On August 27, 2018, an article was published on Advocate.com. The title read "After Coming Out and Being Bullied, 9-Year-Old Dies by Suicide." As I read the article, my heart broke for the parents of such a young child. Then, I read the comments. My sorrow turned to anger as I read what these people were saying about the poor child. All of the homophobic comments left on the article left me seething and wishing once again for the world to be accepting of everyone. As a part of the LGBTQ+ community, I know what it's like to come out and then face homophobia and bullying. I didn't come out until high school, but I can imagine it would be even harder in elementary school. Jamel Myers isn't the first LGBTQ+ youth to commit suicide because of homophobic bullying, but it is in every way possible to make him the last. I really hope that this song gets the point across that homophobia is not a good thing. This is the reason the world isn't as great as it could be. LGBTQ+ people are not the problem. Homophobes are. This song is dedicated to all of the LGBTQ+ people who have died because of homophobia, especially to those who died young. This is my tribute to our fallen warriors. May they always be remembered.
~Ryan Lords

Lyrics:
They told me to leave,
To hide my face.
I'd never felt the way
I did that day.
Their words cut like knives,
They said it was wrong.
I felt like my heart
Would e'er be gone.

I stood in despair,
Just wantin' a friend.
And then she came,
Helped me feel again.
She showed me the light,
She brushed off the dust.
She stayed by my side
When needed most.

And I know,
Without her I'd be long gone.
I asked her why she stayed.
And she said...

"You are not a monster,
No, not in my sight.
If people tell you otherwise,
Well, they aren't right.
You are very special,
Your love is unique.
If people say that it's not love,
Well, they're the freaks.
You are not the monster,
And yes, I am right.
If people knew you as I do,
They wouldn't slight."

I broke down my walls,
I burst on out
I've never felt better,
I could shout.
I'm finally free,
No faking life now.
It all seems diff'rent,
So new somehow.

And I know,
Without her I'd be long gone.
I asked her why she stayed.
And she said...

"You are not a monster,
No, not in my sight.
If people tell you otherwise,
Well, they aren't right.
You are very special,
Your love is unique.
If people say that it's not love,
Well, they're the freaks.
You are not the monster,
And yes, I am right.
If people knew you as I do,
They wouldn't slight."

"You are not a monster,
Just trust me, my friend.
I know your life will be hard,
But it won't end.
You are very special,
Your love is unique.
If people say that it's not love,
Well, they're the freaks."

"You are not a monster."
"You are not a monster."
"You are not a monster to me."

Update 9/11/18: I uploaded a very rough draft of the orchestrated version of this song. I'll continue to improve it, getting ready to have it recorded.

Update 10/7/18: Took down the orchestral version of the song. Will get it back up when it's fine-tuned. For now, enjoy the Piano/Vocal version.

Update 1/31/19: Re-uploaded the orchestrated version of the song. Minor changes made, still needs to be improved. Still preparing this for recording.

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Pages 22
Duration 04:30
Measures 131
Key signature 5 flats
Parts 19
Part names Flute, Oboe, Clarinet(2), Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion(2), Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Violin(2), Viola, Cello, Contrabass
Privacy Everyone can see this score
License Attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives
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