Good Luck Charm

by Laura Marie

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Ben Folds has a song called Picture Window. The chorus is:

"You know what hope is?
Hope is a bastard
Hope is a liar
A cheat and a tease
Hope comes near you?
Kick it's backside
Got no place in days like these"

It's one of my favorite songs of his because of that chorus. The song itself is powerful in it's very human view of illness and you should definitely give it a listen if you've never heard it. My song has nothing to do with illness and it wasn't an attempt to be as powerful a song as Picture Window. It was just that idea of hope being something to avoid from a survival perspective. It's so different from the way we usually think of hope. But, if you are hoping to keep going in a direction that will ultimately be unhealthy and will hurt you...well, that's the idea that stuck in my brain and came out during a song assignment.

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Good Luck Charm

Could you wrap around my wrist
A tiny rope, a little gift
Hanging off the side of it
Remind me where I’ve been before

And as long as it remains
Some reminder of the pain
I’ll never go through it again
A piece of luck I can’t ignore

My little good luck charm
Keep me from hope
Keep me from hurt
Keep me from harm

My little good luck charm
No one knows the burden
that you are

Maybe hang it ‘round the neck
Just to keep my soul in check
You know, the heavier it gets
the deeper it will go

I may never stand up straight
I may I suffer from the weight
But it will hold me to my place
So I can never fall so low

My little good luck charm
Keep me from hope
Keep me from hurt
Keep me from harm

My little good luck charm
No one knows the burden
that you are

What would I do without you
What would I do without you
What would I do without you
What would I do
What would I do

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released July 24, 2017

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Laura Marie San Antonio, Texas

Now the reason we're here
Every man, every woman
Is to help each other
Stand by each other
When love walks in the room
Everybody stand up
Oh it's good, good good
Say I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you - The Pretenders

At some point in my life, I heard this song and decided (before I knew I decided) that my life purpose was to send a "message of love". Be <3
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