The Girl I Was
music and lyrics by Joe Croker

I was 16 years old
I started doing fun and nasty things
Wild and stupid as I was
It felt pretty great

And my brothers never knew
Boys would’ve died if they did
And when the world found out what I was about
I still dreamed of loving you

The girl I was
Aint the girl I am
And if they try to tell you different
That’s their problem
Well, I—I learned a lot about dignity
Did it the hard way
I’m free, maybe not so easy
Twice as good as yesterday

Now our first sweet kiss
Folks say it’s silly not to forget
Yeah, but I can’t shake the memory
You were different from the rest

And if you look into my eyes
They’re as steady as my hands
That picked up so many broken things
Honey, I’m proud of what I am

chorus

Them that’s never fallen down
Them that’s never been ashamed
I don’t trust them for a second
And I know you feel the same

The girl I was
Aint the girl I am
And if they try to tell you different
That’s their problem
Well, I—I learned a lot about dignity
Did it the hard way
I’m free, maybe not so easy
Twice as good as yesterday

I’m free, maybe not so easy
Twice as good as yesterday