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Nato performs "I Refuse It" for NAMIWalks Vermont, 2010-09-11

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Uploaded on Sep 14, 2010

I perform my song "I Refuse It" by special request of NAMI-Vermont for its 2010 NAMIWalks event at Burlington Waterfront Park, September 11, 2010 (Burlington, Vermont, USA).

Whether or not you enjoy my song, please consider contributing to the NAMIWalks fundraiser to help this amazing organization continue to support people with mental illness and their loved ones: http://www.nami.org/namiwalks/VT

** I Refuse It **
It's not wrong if I can't improve
My thinking or my mood
If I'm crashing

It's not wrong to be ill
And have to take twenty pills
If I want treatment

It's not like
I ever got to choose
So I'd like
Just some basic courtesy from you
This stigma - I refuse it

It's not wrong I was once in crisis
And I listened to my peers' advice
It made me safer

It's not wrong that I missed work
'Cause it kept me from being hurt
By this illness

It's not like
I ever got to choose
So I'd like
Just some basic courtesy from you
This stigma - I refuse it

I refuse the myths and fables
I refuse insulting labels
I refuse the blame for violence
I refuse to be kept silent
I refuse to be exploited
I refuse to be avoided
I refuse to be called lazy
I refuse to be ashamed

It's not wrong to be sick
Even if I don't realize it
I'm no less a person

I don't need you to play savior
Or pass judgment on my behavior
If you can see my dignity

It's not like
I ever got to choose
So I'd like
Just some basic courtesy from you
This stigma - I refuse it

Copyright © 2003 Nate Orshan

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