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Why do you stare Just because I cover my hair Why do you glower Just because of my attire Why do you seem to think That I don’t care That I have no feelings No sense of compassion No sense of fashion No sense of what’s right And for whom I fight So just listen to me Truly… I’m free I’m part of mortality Not an alien freak And this hostility Is hurting me Deep inside, I’m burning Yearning to break free Of this stupidity
Why can’t you listen? Why can’t you open your eyes? See my tears See me cry See me and open your heart I’m not a strange being I’m not an invading force I’m just a human girl And you have no right To mess with my affairs To make rules and laws That goes against my way of life Against my sense of what’s true No matter what you think I’m not in need of a rescue I’m happy with what I choose I don’t need liberating And I’m not giving up I don’t need your blessing To follow my heart To live my life
But just listen I’m only asking you to listen See me for who I am See me for what I am Please… I’m asking you Just for a second Open your hearts See the truth See me for who I am See me for what I am Look past the screen Look past the barrier you see And look at my personality I’m not a murderer I’m not a beggar I’m not a failure I’m just a human being And I just want you to see Me for who I am
Underneath my scarf Underneath my hijab I’m just an ordinary girl With hopes and dreams And I want to be free Of you discriminating me Because I’ve done nothing wrong And you shouldn’t convict me For breaking a law That doesn’t exist Leave me in peace Stop trying to “assist” Because it’s not helping It’s just breaking Our souls By locking us up In a jail of hate and scorn And of adversity As if we have some fatal disease And it hurts
So please Listen to me When I say We are already free We have no desire No want to shed our attire We just want to be let free Of this cage of misery Of hate This boundary That you have helped create Pay attention to me Because instead of liberating me You have thrown me to the lions And I’m tired of being torn at I’m tired of being an outcast I just want to be me And I want you to see That you haven’t helped me to be free Instead you’ve taken that away Face it… you’ve imprisoned me And I hope you’re happy Because I’ve lost my liberty Why couldn’t you see? That I was already free…