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Vance Gilbert - 26 Reasons - Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown CT Tribute

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Published on Dec 17, 2012

The unimaginable, devastating shootings in Sandy Hook CT prompted my writing this song, 26 Reasons.

26 Reasons (c) 2012 Vance Gilbert Disismye music

She was all dressed up
For the big girl world
Heading out the front door
There goes Daddy's little girl
Lipstick, earrings and anything at all
That a young girl needs
When her best friends call

One day she'll forgive me
For making her stay at home
One day she'll understand
When she has kids of her own
Now with fire in her eyes she says
"What gives you the right?",
"I got 26 reasons for you to stay home tonight"

26 shots ringing in someone's ears
26 breakfast tables, 26 empty chairs
26 bullets bagged as evidence
26 headstones that don't make sense
26 hearses and 26 graves
26 preachers reading 26 names
26 angels heading for the sky
26 reasons only God know why

There stands a little girl
With her big girl plans
Furious as a hurricane
At her mean old man
Stamping her feet giving me dirty looks
Screaming at the top of her voice
Every name in the book

She says "You got no good excuse
for wrecking my night!"
So I threw my arms around her
And held her tight
"You might hate me for a while
For keeping you from leaving
26 angels say you stay here this evening"

26 toes wearing 26 tags
26 zippers on 26 bags
26 dreams that'll never come true
26 brand new stars turn a black sky blue
26 first kisses that'll never get kissed
26 last dances that'll never exist
26 faces never see springtime's light
26 ears never hear a whisper "goodnight"

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