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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

You're Not Better Than Me

"You’re Not Better Than Me"

Winner of the National Coalition Aganst Domestic Violence (NCADV)
2008 “Breaking The Silence in Song” Theme Song Competition,
written and performed by award winning singer, songwriter and activist

Ellen Bukstel

This powerful and haunting music is the backdrop to a beautifully choreographed black and white photo study representing women and children who are victims of domestic violence




You're Not Better Than Me
©2005 words and music by Ellen Bukstel
She woke up her little boy In the middle of the night
Battered and afraid she wouldn’t survive another fight
Her husband said I’m sorry as his hand held the knife
She swore it’s the last time he threaten her life

She said..You’re not better than me
Why did it take me so long to see

Her favorite photograph torn and scattered on the floor
Smiling faces trying to hide their private war
She packed a bag to leave and find a safer place to go
On the kitchen table she left him a note

It said..You’re not better than me
Why did it take me so long to see

She learned to cry without making a sound
Pretending to be happy when her little boys around
But he can see the pain his daddy left behind
The kind that won’t fade from her body and her mind

Hands are not for hurting,
She teaches her son
She says...when you grow into a man,
Don’t hurt the ones you love

She tried to take her little boy far away from home
Violence is all they had known
Her son he said I’m sorry as his hand held the gun
He swore it’s the last time his momma will have to run

He said..You’re not better than me
Why did it take me so long to see
I‘m not a victim, I have dignity
You’re not better than me
You’re not better than me
You’re not better than me

© 2008 Ellen Bukstel / All Rights Reserved

3 comments:

Mrs. "Smith" said...

I couldn't watch/listen to all of it...

Camie said...

Im confused by the end.Was the ending implying he was going to shoot the father or shoot the mom?

copswife said...

I cried, but I watched/listend to the whole thing. The ones that really got me were the little kids and the teen boys.