Truly Liberated

You just walked out the door on this three year love affair.
I really can't say that I feel bad.
I've done my living for you and I've died a thousand times,
But now I've got someone I never had.

I threw out all the things that reminded me of you.
I can't say that I'm sorry to see them go.
I thought that I'd feel empty without you in my arms,
But now there's just one thing that you should know.

I wasn't better with you, even when I did my best.
I wasn't more when you were here.
In fact, I was much less.
But now I've found I'm stronger than I'd ever thought I'd be,
For I'm truly liberated,
Because without you, I'm me.

I woke up this morning not expecting that I'd find,
I liked the extra pillows and the space to clear my mind,
Of how it felt to lie with you, when you were miles away,
And in the coolness of the sheets I found the strength to say.

I wasn't better with you, even when I did my best.
I wasn't more when you were here.
In fact, I was much less.
But now I've found I'm stronger than I'd ever thought I'd be,
For I'm truly liberated,
Because without you, I'm me.

Yes, now I've really got someone,
'Cause without you, I'm me.


I wrote this song when I was 22. It wasn't inspired by anyone, and even though I was familiar with these feelings, I wasn't feeling them at the time. It was just a life that I stepped into for a few minutes, long enough to write it down.When I wrote it, I thought it might be a song for a woman, but a man could sing it too. Women aren't the only ones who find themselves in these situations. I had the verses, but couldn't find the chorus, so I called Mom and sang the verses to her. When I paused after the second verse, she sang the chorus in an instant. It was magical.
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