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So, you may have already heard about the It Gets Better Project which is aimed towards LBGT youth who might be considering hurting themselves in the wake of the recent suicides across the nation. Basically, there's a ton of YouTube videos posted from both gay and straight people encouraging these kids that it DOES get better, that high school is NOT the prime of your life as some have said, and that the bullying and hate and despair they're feeling isn't something that they're always going to have to deal with and that they aren't alone in feeling the way they do, and that there is support.

I felt inspired by this movement, as well as by my recent watching of the series Freaks & Geeks for the first time, to make a mix about how you might get picked on and things might not be easy growing up, but that doesn't mean you're not going to grow up to have an awesome life and be way cooler than those kids who are talking smack about you now.






1) Patty Griffin - "Tony"
They wrote it in the local rag
"Death comes to the local fag"
I guess you finally stopped believing any hope would ever find you
I knew that story, I was sitting right behind you.


2) Rasputina- "A Quitter"

The teachers that thought they knew me.
They'll all remember what I did.
They'll ask "Whose fault was it?"
"Oh she was just a kid."


3) Tori Amos - "Precious Things"

These precious things
Let them bleed
Let them wash away
These precious things
Let them break their hold over me


4) Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train"

Can you help me remember how to smile?
Make it somehow all seem worthwhile
How on earth did I get so jaded?
Life's mystery seems so faded


5) Momus - "The Homosexual"

I love women but I'm thinking of giving in
I love women but what's the point of arguing
With the men from boarding schools and building sites
Who've told me I'm a homosexual all my life


6) Jill Sobule - "Underachiever"

The halls in school look daunting
They get longer and slower each day
She moves past the smiles and whispers
And the rumors that won't go away


7) Jewel - "Fat Boy"

Fat boy goes to the pool
See his reflection, doesn't know what to do
He feels little inside and filled with pride
Oh, fragile flame
No one sees the same


8)The Arrogants - "Don't Die Before Your Day"

I hate seeing you this way
Your clouds so gray
Your spirit sinking
Don't die before your day
Before you say
All that you're thinking
C'mon


9) Lissie - "Bully"

I know your heart’s been broken
But martyrs never open doors
The world is yours
Carry this torch
And use your voice
All of us who turned into you
We’re sure hoping that you pull on through
Pull on through.


10) REM - "Everybody Hurts"

When you're sure you've had enough of this life, well hang on
Don't let yourself go,
'cause everybody cries
and everybody hurts sometimes


11) Rosie Thomas - "Pretty Dress"

they'll point fingers at you
they'll be cruel
but cover up your ears and don't listen
because you'll know much better than them
some day


12) Eels - "Beautiful Freak"

Some people think you have a problem
But that problem lies only with them
Just 'cause you are not like the others
But that is why i love you


13) Imogen Heap - "Getting Scared"

Turn your ugly face
Are you so surprised to see me
Yeah i was your little childhood playground toy
Yeah if i do remember rightly
I said the tables will be turned around boy


14) Queen - "We Are The Champions"

I've paid my dues -
Time after time -
I've done my sentence
But committed no crime -
And bad mistakes
I've made a few
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face -
But I've come through



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