Secret

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING BLOG POST CONTAINS PARTISAN POLITICAL CONTENT THAT SOME READERS MAY FIND OFFENSIVE. THIS IS UNAVOIDABLE GIVEN THE UNFORTUNATE STANCE OF A CERTAIN POLITICAL PARTY WHICH HAS MADE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS A FEATURE OF TODAY’S PARTISAN POLITICS. BUT WE STILL GOTTA SPEAK OUT FOR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS, SO..

A couple months ago I received this message from a New England pastor and writer:

“Jen:
I have a request, sort of. I have a teenage daughter whose sexuality hasn’t settled for her yet, but will most likely be some version of queer. She is politically active and consciously a feminist. I can convince her that Trump will be impeached at some point, even if he thinks the rules don’t apply to him. That’s hopeful.
Her fear is really Mike Pence who she believes is unimpeachable but actively hates people like her. I told her that we’d impeach him, too, but she’s not buying that argument. I told her that in two years everyone would be a democrat and we wouldn’t let him get away with anything. That sort of helped, but two years is a long time to worry. As my wife said, “it’s kind of existential for her”. Her fears are real.
Would you consider — or any other member of the Chapin family — writing a song to give her — and kids like her — hope in a situation like this?
I told her we’ll keep her safe, but I don’t think that’s going to cut it, and I want her to have something to think about/sing when we’re not around (which will happen at some point).
Thanks for considering…
Resisting with Peace,

[name withheld]”


So, it took me some weeks, but I finally got to writing the requested song, which was performed for the first time this past weekend in upstate New York. I think its title is “Secret.” Here are the lyrics, which I’m told were met with approval from dad and daughter:

the secret’s out
the secret’s out now
the secret’s out and
we won’t turn back
the secret’s out forever
it was a secret that we’re beautiful
a secret that we’re strong
holding hands and hiding
pairing wrong to get along
in a world that made love a crime a sin
a dirty disease
the biggest lie I ever heard
is that my love hurts yours
that your commitment might be compromised
because there might be scores
of fabulous lovers
loving love of every stripe and hue
of every hue
we won’t turn back
the secret’s out forever
do you wanna know a secret?
Do you wanna know?
Do you wanna know a secret?
Some of us are born
into foundations
that just can’t contain our souls
and some are sacrificed
on the altar of nothing
a girl a boy a queen
what does it matter really?
it’s no concern of yours
my questions are as old as the sea
the answers are not up to you
they live within me

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