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Lyrics

COLLATERAL DAMAGE
By: Alyssa Ruffin


[VERSE 1]
It took me a really long time
But now I’ve got time to rhyme
Many years I struggled to find
A love that was never mine

You took a piece of me
And made me believe
I hurt so many not knowing why
The thought of it still makes me cry

I was trying to find myself for years
I couldn’t find a way
Then I finally broke down in tears

[CHORUS]
Cause I have faith
I’ll find my voice one day
And I’ll be strong
When I find the words to say

I am a ticking time bomb
If you’re in my path
When I’m hurt you’ll feel my wrath
My apologies to you
This is all my heart can manage
You have been my collateral damage
Whoa oh

[VERSE 2]
I never meant to hurt any of you
That’s just what survivors do
I’m doing better now
My mind is clear
Will I learn to love myself
That’s still my biggest fear

My body still aches
From the trauma inside (inside, inside, inside)
You could say I knew him well
But I won’t run and hide

[CHORUS]
Cause I have faith
I found my voice within
And I am strong
Yeah I’ll keep climbing

I am a ticking time bomb
If you’re in my path
When I’m hurt you’ll feel my wrath
There’s so much more for me to do
This is all my heart can manage
You have been my collateral damage
Whoa oh oh whoa oh oh oh

Whoa oh
Whoa oh

[BRIDGE]
I know that life goes on
God give me strength to carry on
I don’t need you
And I’ll speak my truth

This is all my heart can manage
You have been my collateral damage
(My collateral)

[OUTRO VERSE]
It took me a really long time
So many years I tried to find
The little girl inside
Let her know it’s gonna be, alright

©️2021 Alyssa Ruffin