I wrote Face The Truth in 1990, partly in support of gay friends and media attitudes, mostly as an intravert’s lament that people just “leave me alone”

[a theme also captured in Truth Told (Brutal) – not that I was keeping anything back from someone at the time, you understand 😉 ]

and definitely as recognition of others’ reaction to my own artistic weirdness.

I never performed Face The Truth live until last night at Common Ground Open Mic

[and, truthfully, don’t know that I’ll play it live again]

and I’m pleased to offer this 25-yr old song in support of friends I know, and those I have yet to meet, who are now a little more free to love without condemnation.

FACE THE TRUTH – VINCENT TUCKWOOD

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?