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The Broken Promise and Well Kept Secret

In a dark room full of silence he sits with a confused mind
Thinking of the ones he loved but this was the answer to the
problems in his life
He felt his world had begun to crumble before his very eyes
Taunted by his father's degrading words throughout his young life
Now being a man feeling he was a failure so why continue to try
Help me was his cry no one heard deep down inside
A strong-minded black man was the character he portrayed in life.
Because no one knew the truth of all the pain he tried to hide

When I first met this brotha he was candy to my eyes
There was a strong vibe between us we both felt deep down inside.
It was something special about him and how he held me tight.
He whispered the words of the song as we danced late one night.

The love we shared had grown strong in a short period of time
We began to get personal and we talked about our lives
He said things had not been easy but managed to survive
Yea, there were some skeletons in his closet that he'd never talked about
I can remember so many nights he would fall on his knees and cry,
I would hold him in my arms and say baby everything's gonna be all right.
He opened up his heart and told me that he hated himself,
That's when I realized things were serious and he really needed help

He promised not leave me at least not this way
but something kept haunting me and I knew he would do it someday.
You could feel his pain deep down inside each time he shed a tear
I would tell him "I love you" and just hold him near
But no matter what I said he would smile and just say
remember that I love you girl forever and a day

There was a secret he made me promise not to tell one soul
He was my best friend and lover so I had to carry this load,
This was a mistake I must admit but I held it deep within
When it was something I should have told his one and only best friend

To break a promise to the one I loved just didn't seem right
I vowed to keep this secret for the rest of my life
Sometimes when I visit him I cry and say damn
This place has no warm feelings of existence, it just open space and land
Because this brotha broke his promise to me and took his life with his own hands
Alicia Keys says, "I won't tell your secrets, your secret are safe with me"
Well if I had told this brotha's secret there's a chance he might have lived.

Written by Sherry Thurman


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