"PLEASE, DON'T RUN AWAY"

                                          Written by Dotti Holmberg-Waddell

 

VERSE 1:                You heard it on the news           

           A child ran away last night

           Running away must be so scary

           What was on their mind?

  

BRIDGE 1:               Why did they run?                   

           Like a victim in the night

           Did problems get so out of hand

           And they couldn't deal with strife?

  

CHORUS 1:             But there's someone to guide you   

                                   Through the tough times of youth

                                    You'll have to reach out to them

           To ask them what to do.

           Ask a counselor what to do

           Or someone you know and trust

           But please don't run away

           You'll worry us all so much.

 

VERSE 2:                Communication breakdowns          

           Stress and abuse

           Conflicts you just can't handle

           Find help that's safe for you.

 

BRIDGE 2:               A runaway is unsafe              

           They're desperate to survive

           Sometimes living in the streets

           And giving into crime.

 

CHORUS 2:             Everyone is special            

           Everyone can shine

           People who care bring out your glow

           And help you through rough times.

           Ask a counselor what to do

           Or someone you know and trust

           But please don't run away

           You'll worry us all so much.

 

REPEAT VERSE 1 AND BRIDGE 1


REPEAT CHORUS 1


SPEAKING:
             
If you are a runaway,

There are free hotlines to get help--

A safe shelter for you to go

            So just dial the phone ------

Runaway children are mostly between 10 and 17,

The average age being 14-1/2......

Please don't runaway from your problems---

You're important--Ask for help.                       


REPEAT:
               
Ask a counselor what to do

          Or someone you know and trust

          But please don't run away

          You'll worry us all so much.

 
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