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doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31829ed2c2
Medicine and the Arts

Not the Story*

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Music and Lyrics by Jessica Bloom, Samuel Neher, and Peter Park

Walking through life down this one-way avenue,

My scars and my bruises tell a journey I’ve been through.

Your downcast stare, it cuts through the air.

Oh why do you turn away, tell me do you think it’s fair?

I’ll try to explain, but know that it takes stages.

One thing I’ve learned, ignorance is contagious.

And I wanna break the walls down for you to see

I’m not the made-up story you believe.

‘Cause underneath it all you’ll find the same bright light

that shines to you shines through to me.

A parade of pity, imagines a life of despair.

No joy, no laughter—That’s not the story I’ll share.

Life turned a page, a new chapter prescribed.

I smile, take chances—I’m not what you have contrived.

I’ll try to explain, but know that it takes stages.

One thing I’ve learned, ignorance is contagious.

And I wanna break the walls down for you to see

I’m not the made-up story you believe.

‘Cause underneath it all you’ll find the same bright light

that shines to you shines through to me.

So what’s it gonna take to be a change and not a voice at stake?

Our lives put to the test, so much to know I must confess.

So tear off the label, and realize that I’m able.

This is my plea for you.

And I wanna break the walls down for you to see

I’m not the made-up story you believe.

‘Cause underneath it all you’ll find the same bright light

that shines to you shines through to me.

* The audio track may be found in the Interpretive Projects Media Gallery at http://www.med.umich.edu/lrc/fce/index.html. Vocals: J. Bloom and P. Park; guitar and bass: S. Neher; tabla: Sudhir Rao.

© 2013 by the Association of American Medical Colleges

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