Special Privilege

Once I had a dream
A dream that maybe
Just maybe
I could work without fear
Fear of losing my livelihood
Fear of being judged
For things other than
The quality of my work
But I forgot
That would be a "special privilege"

I had another dream
A dream that maybe
Just maybe
I could rest without fear
Fear of losing my home
Fear of losing a sense
Of safety and refuge
My home as sanctuary
But I forgot
That would be a "special privilege"

Special privilege
Special right
The loving Christians
Prepare to fight
But to me
There's nothing special
Nothing privileged
It's just right

And yet another dream
A dream that maybe
Just maybe
I could live without fear
Fear of losing all I have
Fear of no ability to pay
The care of my mate
His wellness and his health
But I forgot
That would be a "special privilege"

Special privilege
Special right
The ignorant
Have us in sight
But to me
There's nothing special
Nothing privileged
It's just right

Don't fire me
My job's done well!
Don't evict me
When rent I pay!
Don't take from me
My family's health!
Don't take my life
Because I'm gay!

Special privilege
Special right
I won't go down
Without a fight
'Cause to me
There's nothing special
Nothing privileged
It's just right!

ęChikara 1993

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