Why didn't anyone believe A single word when you said it was It was your father's friend? Yeah, only 14, life goes on Who knows, you prob'ly brought this on yourself It's better not to tell
Mother, mother, how many tears have you cried? Mother, mother, I will listen to you tonight to the truth Mother, how many years before you could breathe? Mother, I won't turn away when you speak I'm listening, I'm listening
To a daughter now it happens too Freshman year, he's waiting in your bed Suppose to be a friend You tried to forget the way you felt You fought, but he forced himself on you He left you black and blue
Sister, why did nobody trust your cries? Sister, I will listen to you tonight to the truth Sister, you are braver than you believed Together we will find a way to healing I'm listening, I'm listening
And brother, where could you go? Honestly, we don't know what to do When a teacher takes what he took from you And brother, where could you run? Shame to the silent and made a prison Could you learn to speak again If we were only listening?
Brother, there is freedom for you to cry Brother, I will listen to you tonight to the truth Brother, I pray you can begin to breathe Brother, please don't be afraid to speak I'm listening, I'm listening, oh I'm listening, I'm listening I'm listening