Perfect Lies

This is a song about my American Creed.

By Linda P. from Project Citizen in Connecticut


Lyrics and Ukulele Chords

C

It’s my fault

Cmaj7

That I went on and

D7

Pretended I was fine

C

It’s my fault

Cmaj7

That I’ve made it so difficult

D7 Cmaj7

To live a lie

C Cmaj7

I must accept myself

C Cmaj7

Because that’s what life’s all about

C

But I can’t own it

Cmaj7

So I’ll lie

C

And tell you that I can because

D7

I just want to try

C

To be happy

Cmaj7

For once in my life

C

I’m not perfect

Cmaj7

So I’ll lie

C

It’s my fault

Cmaj7

That I put off conversation

D7

‘Till I am ready

C

It’s my fault

Cmaj7

That I laugh at things

D7 Cmaj7

That aren’t funny

C

I say I’m trying to survive

Cmaj7

Pretending I know

C

What I’m doing

C

But I know inside

Cmaj7

That the life sparked by this lie

C

Isn’t worth living

C Cmaj7

I must accept myself

C Cmaj7

Because that’s what life’s all about

C

But I can’t own it

Cmaj7

So I’ll lie

C

And tell you that I can because

D7

I just want to try

C

To be happy

Cmaj7

For once in my life

C

I’m not perfect

Cmaj7

So I’ll lie

C

But it’s fortunate

Cmaj7

That I can still recognize

C

The truth

C

And it’s fortunate

Cmaj7

That I can’t let the false truth lie

C Cmaj7 C

Whenever I choose

C

I can’t let myself

Cmaj7

Hide behind the things

C

I’ve accomplished

C

I have to know that

Cmaj7

My work

C

Will never be finished

C Cmaj7

I must accept myself

C Cmaj7

Because that’s what life’s all about

C

But I can’t own it

Cmaj7

So I’ll lie

C

And tell you that I can because

D7

I just want to try

C

To be happy

Cmaj7

For once in my life

C

I’m not perfect

Cmaj7

So I’ll lie

C

I cannot hide

Cmaj7

behind my lies

C

I must do more

Cmaj7

Than just survive

Bridge X2

C

But I can’t own it

Cmaj7

So I’ll lie

C

And tell you that I can because

D7

I just want to try

C

To be happy

Cmaj7

For once in my life

C

I’m not perfect

Cmaj7

So I’ll lie

C

Project Citizen

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Project Citizen is a youth writing lab that is offered as part of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. The mission of Project Citizen is to empower young writers to engage in issues of social and political importance through a variety of genres in order to both find their voice and to become fully realized citizens in our democracy. Project Citizen brings together students from school districts and towns in Fairfield county that represent a variety of economic, racial, ethnic, and religious demographic groups in an effort to break down the "zip code apartheid" that stands in the way of true collaborative learning.

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