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What do you see
When you are looking at me?

When your flashing eye 
Reflects the sky
Like the sea.

A young man having fun
And everyone in turn 
Loving him like cream?

Or an old man who after you see you would run
And everyone in turn 
Hating him and the sun
Getting dim when it sees him?

Is that what you see?

What do you see
When you are looking at me?

A troublesome boy
Who is in people’s mouths
Where ever he goes?

Maybe a drunken guy
Coming at night
And knocking on doors
And talking while he snows?

Is that what you see?

Then you are wrong for sure.

For I am a broken hearted person
Trying to fight for freedom like Mandela Nelson
Getting all the pieces of my broken heart
To make sure that they are well sown
And one day you shall understand
That what you saw was not what it was.
It will really be the time 
After you realize that you were wrong
When your mouths will get rid of that nasty song.

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