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Give Me The Time (To Be Myself)

Give me the time to be myself
It’s taken me this long, maybe I am strong
How many people can one love incorrectly
Or was my shade underneath the wrong tree?

I won’t do too much complainin’
I’m not mopping floors, it’s not rainin’
Work is steady and I have my children
Who would listen to a half-breed Cuban
Who can’t find real pain in his past?

I can't get my head around it
The wrong people are right
The story's not black or white
Only colors mixed too tight
For the brush to penetrate it

Give me the time to be myself
It’s taken me this long to figure out
You’ve had your chance now leave me be
I’m a man of my mistakes, just wait and see

I don’t want to think politically and radically
I don’t know too many who can take dissent
Turn the other cheek, admit they should repent
It takes a strong mind to allow someone the time
To change your mind when you don’t agree

Give me the time to be myself
It’s taken me this long to know I’m wrong
So many things have had their crack at me
I thought about moving, but instead I stayed to see