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    I’m a stranger in a foreign land
    Their words and gestures, I don’t understand
    Their hair and eyes are light and free
    They speak of hope, and liberty
    They sing of peace and rights for all
    But they can’t hear me when I call
    They don’t think of rights for me
    Of my dreams and equality
    Wherever I go, they stop and stare
    And I hear their whispers everywhere
    But I walk on and shrug it off
    Though their echoes jeer and scoff
    I can’t pretend that it doesn’t sting
    Their voices in my mind still ring
    And a world of pain spins through my heart
    As their eyes probe and rip me apart
    And I might lie as life goes on
    Laugh and love like nothing’s wrong
    But they will suspect, and I know they can see
    This devil of difference who has grown out of me
    Horns made of bias, and eyes made from hate
    A tail from the friendship that came a little too late
    Scales from the stereotypes written in steel
    Run away now, or you might become my next meal
    Don’t pause here to know me, I’m only a face
    A fish out of water, in some foreign place
    I don’t belong with you, but I don’t have a choice
    So I’ll stand and sing until someone hears my voice