seventh grade

cary cooper
Cary Cooper


(having a daughter starting junior high made me think a lot about my own adolescence and what i'd like to tell her about it, and what i would go back and change if i could...)


If I went back to seventh grade 

Before all my mistakes were made

To soccer games and innocence

And Jimmy Carter was the president

Dingo boots and Wolfman Jack

Bonne Bell and Gunne Sax

And love notes that I never sent

To my track coach cause running was romantic


If I went back to jr high

Before my secrets made me cry

To Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley

When all the boys were way too squirrely

And the book I found up on mama's shelf

Upside down so I stole it for myself and read it

Locked behind the bathroom door

Everything I ever wanted to know about sex and more



If I went back I wouldn't be so afraid

To ask my mom about mistakes she made

Hungry for her history

When she was just a girl like me

I'd ask her did she go too far

In the backseat of her boyfriends's car

I'd ask her did she ache for love

Inside disguises she wasn't proud of

Ask her did she take the blame

Ask her did she feel the shame

Ask her did she learned to stand

Outside the shadow of a man

Ask her things i hope to say

Before my daughters walk away

Before my prayers have all been prayed

Before they hit the halls of seventh grade