Can I Have a Second to Breathe?

We are the pressure

Pushing you down

Into the water 

Hitting the ground

Can I have a second to breathe?

You’re too young

You’re too old

Is it silver, or is it gold?

It’s you or it’s me

Can I have a second to breathe?

Be who you are

And you set the bar

You are a star

You can go so far!

Can I have a second to breathe?

Be innocent be cute

Be pretty and mute

Look sexy in your swimsuit

That’s all you need to do

Can I have a second to breathe?

Be skinny, be small

Be slim and be tall

Have the tiniest waist of them all

Look like a barbie doll

Can I have a second to breathe?

Binge, Purge, whatever it takes

Starve, work out until your figure shakes

No we can’t put down the breaks

Don’t stop, I don’t care that your body aches

Can I have a second to breathe?

Smile, laugh be a sweet

Always be aware that when you compete

With the other girls that walk down the street

You must be the most upbeat

Can I have a second to breathe?

So remember all of this as you grow

That it’s your fault, and they shouldn’t know

About what happens where they don’t go

Listen to the wisdom that we bestow,

AND NO, YOU CAN NOT HAVE A SECOND TO BREATHE

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