Gentle Words

 

You never had to ask
I never had to try
We never had to work too hard, or wonder why
My touch is not a currency
Nor a finite part of me
I don’t lose strength in giving it away

Where are all my gentle words?
Telltale signs I put you first
When I speak, you fear the worst

I’ve been holding back
I’ve been treading time
I’ve been missing holds on all the walls I’m staring at
And I know you know

I taught you how to sing
You taught me how to climb
I taught you how to live your dreams, and conquer anything
Now I see a problem every time
Effort is a dirty word and I’m
Already somewhere else

Where are all my gentle words?
Broken on the rocks below
Higher than my time is worth

I’ve been holding back
I’ve been treading time
I’ve been missing holds on all the walls I’m staring at

I keep giving up
Blame it on the rough
But the cracks are there to help me raise my game
And you know I know

Set, set what you will
Say what you need
Take what you want from me
The climb is never far enough
The climb is never hard enough,
Now I never try enough
No we’re never high enough

But the cracks are there to help me raise my game
And my gentle words can hold us all the same
And you know I know