Big day for equality in the US today, with the Supreme Court ruling the Defense of Marriage Act  unconstitutional.

[For those following along at home outside of the US, for the past 30 years or so, there’s been a Big Brother double-speak approach to naming legislation – the Defense of Marriage Act actually blocked marriage for gay couples]

In the early nineties, I wrote the song, Face The Truth, a meditation on individuality and difference – and, as ever, an intravert’s lamentation. Having had gay friends since I was young, there was also a healthy dose of personal-political positioning to the song.

Today seems like a good day to share the lyrics to Face The Truth (which has never been recorded – and only played live a few times).

FACE THE TRUTH

If he doesn’t hurt you
Why do you intrude?
If he doesn’t cause you pain
by just trying to be happy?

The world just keeps on piling
more problems into his life
And the floating doesn’t come easy
When he finds waves his only view

He’s just a normal man
and he’s getting pleasure
in what ways he can
He’s just a normal man
And he’s not like you
Can’t you face the truth?

You take your moral standpoint
and you ram it down his throat
When all the time it’s just your insecurity
that makes you fear what you don’t know

Can’t you see he’s hurting no-one?
It’s a private affair, not any of your care
You are the intrusion
Can’t you just let him be?

He’s just a normal man
and he’s getting pleasure
in what ways he can
He’s just a normal man
And he’s not like you
Can’t you face the truth?

And if he doesn’t hurt you
why do you intrude?

 I’m sure there’ll be lots of rhetoric either way about the DOMA ruling; while the noise and bluster continues, just remember, all you need is love, love is all you need.

Vince