Love's Absence (feat. Sarah Lee)

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She used to take me to my cousin’s place

Way before the sun had come awake

Went to work, you had to make a way

Momma called, said she coming late

He had a tour of duty on a ship

Saw you off when I was just a kid

Crying as his daddy left the dock

Many months until we get to talk

I would struggle, troubled by the loneliness

Only child and cousins were too old for him 

Played “pretend” but couldn’t fake the pain away

No amount of faith could make it fade away

Look at them I’m out of place with all my friends

Wanted to be close to mom and dad like them

But I’m home and I’m alone again 

Hard to see the reason now when you don’t know the end

It hurts, but I know that you mean well

It’s easy to think of my own self

Nobody's home but I know that I'm not alone
 I know, I know sometimes

Absence means love

Philippines to the United States

Wouldn’t let the wind decide your fate

You gave it up and left it all behind

’Cause I know you had me on your mind

You came to give me things you wish you had
 And maybe bigger dreams you couldn’t grab
 You sacrificed your own so I could live in mine 
 This is why ain’t you around at dinner time

Is it right to cry about your absence?

Now that your little boy is throwing tantrums?
 While I forget you bending over backwards

To give me everything I took for granted

We fail to see the bigger picture

I guess entitlement gives you a thinner “vision”
 You weren’t always there but now I’m seeing better
 You weren’t there because you love us all forever

It hurts, but I know that you mean well

It’s easy to think of my own self

Nobody's home but I know that I'm not alone
 I know, I know sometimes

Absence means love

And I want to give my kids the same

To chase their destiny: a gift to claim 

I want my little boy to have it all

And teach him how to give it back to God

I want my little girl to see her worth

And never find it in another person

I hope they both will understand

When daddy goes away he does it all for them

It hurts, but I know that you mean well

It’s easy to think of my own self

Nobody's home but I know that I'm not alone
 I know, I know sometimes

Absence means love

To all the military kids and night shifters

To overseas workers and the business trippers

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from Ashley Court (2017), released January 1, 2017

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nak Chino, California

A Filipino-American lyricist, rapper, poet and chronically depressed, irrational over-thinker, teacher, graduate student, and registered nurse from Chino, California. This is shy rap. Repentance despite feeling forsaken. Lyricism at its lowest. Emotional music for introverted people. Sounds for the hopeful. Living proof that God could use losers. Music best enjoyed alone. ... more

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