so many things I’d say if only I were able (special needs/Autism)

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Have you heard the song by Sara Bareilles, King of Anything? Over on Diary of a Mom’s blog she wrote about her daughter (has Autism) singing and playing the song on her new piano. She wrote the lyrics out on her post and I was blown away by how they relate to people with Autism. I felt like her words were spoken for my son, or what he might say if he were older. I can’t speak for everyone, as I don’t have Autism, I just felt this for my son. See what you think:

You can see the video here. 

King of Anything
Sara Bareilles

Keep drinking coffee, stare me down across the table
While I look outside
So many things I’d say if only I were able
But I just keep quiet and count the cars that pass by

You’ve got opinions, man
We’re all entitled to ’em
But I never asked

So let me thank you for your time
And try not to waste any more of mine
Get out of here fast

I hate to break it to you babe
But I’m not drowning
There’s no one here to save

Who cares if you disagree? You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So, you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything?

You sound so innocent
All full of good intent
Swear you know best…

I’m not the one who’s lost
With no direction, oh
But you’ll never see
You’re so busy making masks
With my name on it in all caps
You’ve got the talking down
Just not the listening

Who cares if you disagree? You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything?

All my life I’ve tried
To make everybody happy while I just hurt and hide
Waiting for someone to tell me it’s my turn
To decide

Who cares if you disagree? You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything?

Who cares if you disagree? You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything?

Let me hold your crown, babe
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What do you think? If you have a child who has Autism, do those lyrics identify anything your child feels? Does it identify how you feel?

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