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post #1 of 14
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I've been really touched by this song. I've also heard stories that teachers are using it as a teaching aid to teach about abuse and why kids need to talk about it, and even if they aren't using that way there are kids telling them what is happening to them or their friends. What an amazing way to get kids to open up and report what they are suffering!

If you haven't heard it, here's a link to the lyrics: http://www.shexy.nl/lyrics/386/jason...ll-alyssa-lies

You can hear the song (free) on his myspace page /jasonmichaelcarroll (We don't allow myspace links here due to many of the pages not being suitable for a family site, though this one is mostly OK from what I saw)

I don't know what kind of discussion this will generate, as there really isn't any debate that child abuse is horrible. Just wanted to open it up, I guess.
post #2 of 14
That song is soo sad. I cry everytime i hear it. I hope that good comes out of that song and the artists/lyracysts hard work- i hope that somehow/ somewhere that song touches people and keeps one little child from dying due to absue.
post #3 of 14
I heard this song many times before I realized what it was actually about. I was at work the first time I really heard the lyrics & had to go to the bathroom to collect myself. It's so sad, but at the same time I love it.
post #4 of 14
It is a very pretty song, and if it can help children open up about abuse I think it is great.

I always listen to the children at the day care where I work. I have learned through experience that if they say "Guess What", you are liable to hear anything, and I have heard some stories. Thank goodness none have ever been about abuse though.

But I still listen when they tell me something, you never know if they wanna tell me something like that one day, and if they do I will be there to listen, and I will be there to do something about it too.
post #5 of 14
I love that song as well! It's one of those tearjerkers, but somebody needed to sing it. IMO, people in this country & any other just don't realize how prevalent child abuse is. No adult should have to deal with abuse, let alone a child! It is a very educational song...& just like Belinda said, you never know what will come out of a child's mouth, you should always listen!
post #6 of 14
Yep the song is pretty good. If teachers can use that song to save even ONE child then it's a great thing.
post #7 of 14
That's a very sad song Heidi, I had never heard of it before but wow.

Actually, it kind of upset me... as a teacher, my students have told quite a few stories of abuse and I've seen bruises... I've always documented, sent them to the nurse to get her to document it and then reported it to Child Protective Services. Texas is a state where, by law, you have to report suspected abuse.

So it sucks that no one reported what was going on with Alyssa. I mean, I know it's just a song and hey, maybe someone did report it and nothing happened yet...

Okay, sorry, feeling emotional.
post #8 of 14
I have never heard that song before but it sure does sound sad.
the song Runaway Train by Soul Asylum is my tear jerker...the video just breaks my heart and I dont think i ever make it through the whole song when i hear it.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I love that song as well! It's one of those tearjerkers, but somebody needed to sing it. IMO, people in this country & any other just don't realize how prevalent child abuse is. No adult should have to deal with abuse, let alone a child! It is a very educational song...& just like Belinda said, you never know what will come out of a child's mouth, you should always listen!

Good for you for reporting what could be child abuse, we have never seen any ourselves, but if we did, we would be reporting it too.

And the guy who sings that song, doesn't look like he would be singing it either. He looks like he would be singing rock or something.
post #10 of 14
That song makes me cry. My throat gets tight every time I hear it!
post #11 of 14
My name is Luka,
I live on the 2nd floor
I live upstairs from you
I guess you've never seen me before

If you hear something strange at night
Some kind of trouble some kind of fight

Another song that makes you weep.
Some humans just do not deserve to live.
post #12 of 14
Another good one is Concrete Angel by Martina McBride. Very sad, and like the above song, the teacher (and everyone else, I presume) could see the bruises on the little girl, but nobody did anything. The music video is extremely sad and touching, since it involves a follow abused child who befriends her and makes her happy in such a sad world, but it turns out he was actually a ghost, having been killed from one beating too many. Very, very sad. I'm off to see if youtube has a video from the Alyssa Lies song.
post #13 of 14
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I think part of the reason that I like the song is that it's not just about a child's abuse, but about how a parent of another child could have made a difference. First, he didn't just blow off his daughter, he listened to her. He told her that she could tell him about it. How many parents are too busy to do that? How many would have just passed by her comment about how Alyssa lies to some silly little kid thing?

And in the song, by the next day they went to school, he "knew what he had to do" which I assume means telling someone what his daughter had told him. That in and of itself is big - how many people KNOW about abuse - physical, sexual, neglect- and do nothing because it's "not their business". But it is their business, it's everyone's business when a child is being hurt.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
I think part of the reason that I like the song is that it's not just about a child's abuse, but about how a parent of another child could have made a difference. First, he didn't just blow off his daughter, he listened to her. He told her that she could tell him about it. How many parents are too busy to do that? How many would have just passed by her comment about how Alyssa lies to some silly little kid thing?

And in the song, by the next day they went to school, he "knew what he had to do" which I assume means telling someone what his daughter had told him. That in and of itself is big - how many people KNOW about abuse - physical, sexual, neglect- and do nothing because it's "not their business". But it is their business, it's everyone's business when a child is being hurt.


You are so right, I do agree that it is my business if I see a child or an animal for that matter, being abused. Some one has to be able to speak out for them.
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