Classified – Powerless Lyrics

It’s hard to be strong when you feelin’ powerless (powerless)

‘I’m sorry that she is affected. I did not ever intend to hurt anyone.’
‘How in the name of God, could you think that she wouldn’t be affected?! How?! You do not have no idea how devestated we are because of what you did.’

She wonders why nobody hears her cry
The footsteps in the hallway have her terrified
Scared as she looks into his starrin’ eyes
He crawls into her bed and she just lays there, almost paralized feelin’ powerless
She feels so powerless, she closed her eyes and hides under the covers, as her father tried to touch her. He took advantage of her – took all her innocence from her
She tried to explain to mother, but she said she don’t believe it
Nobody wanna talk about it – cause this don’t happen to good people, this don’t happen to good people
At the age of 17 she finally went to the police
Charged him for the crimes he did, and finally took him off the streets
Then at the trial, she had to relive it all again
Understand, explain, how this man took her life within. **

Abused for 9 years – he got 4 months in the bin
She got a life-long sentence, he got slap on the wrist

It happens all too much, but too many keep it ‘hush-hush’
How these kids suppose to trust us, man? Don’t let em feel powerless

I won’t feel powerless, (x2)

Thank you to my hero – I hope to meet you some day
Can anybody out there hear me? I hope somebody can hear me
Cause I don’t wanna be here no more, one day, one day
Cause I don’t wanna be here no more, one day, one day

We hope – Cause I don’t wanna be here no more

Shout out where my birthplace is, and to the First Nations
And to the people makin’ the best outa the worst cases
Too many unanswered questions and open murder cases
Without a voice how are we suppose to encourage changes?
My grandmother was part-white and part-Native
In fact, my highschool was part-white and part-Native
Personally connected, I’ve met people who’ve been affected
They’ve been asking for some help, but they been continuly neglected

How many more of these indigiounous women have to go missin’ before somebody will listen? Huh?
We need to change the conditions, maybe its blatin’ racism
Maybe there’s hate in the system, but we gotta fix it

Cause the people feel powerless
And the mothers feel powerless
And the fatheres feel powerless
Like, “Don’t anybody care about my daughter?”

“Don’t anybody care if she’s alive or she been slaughtered?”
They deserve to know, so they can go and bury her with honour

Big up to those fightin’ on, and everybody fightin’ strong

I wish that I could do more than just write a song, I feel so powerless
I feel so powerless
It’s hard to feel strong, but don’t feel powerless

Thank you to my hero – I hope to meet you some day
Can anybody out there hear me? I hope somebody can hear me
Cause I don’t wanna be here no more, one day, one day
Cause I don’t wanna be here no more, one day, one day

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