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Deb’s House Concerts

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I wrote this song in 2006.
It’s registered with the copyright office,
but I don’t have it posted on eFolkMusic.
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Socially Acceptable – c.2006 Deborah L. Hord

There was a guy in corporate life who did not want to take a wife.
The photos in his cubicle were of his dog and best friend Bill.
The work he did was good, but people talked behind his back.
And, everywhere he went he felt the force of their attacks.

You gotta be socially acceptable. Learn how to conform. Deny your own reality. Stay inside the norm. You gotta be socially acceptable in order to go far, socially acceptable, don’t be the way you are.

There is a woman, good and kind, who speaks against injustice.
She isn’t very hard to find. Just look for where the dust is.
She spoke about the truth she saw, and truth was all around.
They did not like the things she said and ran her out of town.

You gotta be socially acceptable. Learn how to conform. You gotta deny your own reality. Stay inside the norm. You gotta be socially acceptable in order to go far, socially acceptable, don’t be the way you are.

Remember when you were a child you heard a children’s story about the Emperor’s new clothes. They had a grand parade. And, everyone could see the truth, but none of them would say it, because they doubted what they knew, and they were all afraid.

They tried to be socially acceptable. They learned how to conform. They denied their own reality. They stayed inside the norm. They tried to be socially acceptable. They wanted to go far, socially acceptable, they couldn’t be the way they were.

Some people do not play the game or wear a false persona.
They try to live authentically. They are not well received.
The rules say that you must conform, and truth is not for telling.
Don’t let them break your spirit down. They want you to believe,

You gotta be socially acceptable. Learn how to conform. You gotta deny your own reality. Stay inside the norm. You gotta be socially acceptable in order to go far, socially acceptable, you can’t be the way you are.

Socially acceptable. Learn how to conform. Deny your own reality. Stay inside the norm. You gotta be socially acceptable in order to go far, socially acceptable, don’t be the way you are.

Socially acceptable, don’t be the way you are.

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