There's a little girl at sitting at the kitchen table
She's scribbling fairytales on notepad sheets
There's political statements and her romantic dreams
Her father walks past and the same argument repeats

He says
Girl, stop writing
Girl, stop dreaming
She says
Daddy, stop yelling
Daddy, stop screaming

He's never wanted her there
But he's always made her stay
She's wanted to go for so long now
The young child wants to get away

She doesn't know how
But she'll survive through the snows
Cuz you can't change the world
As a rusty wilted rose

Most people take refuge at home
From the battles of a world at war
They leave their cares and worries
With their shoes at the door
But when living at home
Requires more tactics that taking a beach
When the people their
Keeping telling you your dreams are out of reach
When your family are the enemy
And the living room is the battleground
When you've studied historic battles
So your family can't tear you down
When your politics are tried and true
Your refuge is a battle of words and ideas
There's nowhere in the world to run to
Where the war disappears

The little girl grows into a woman
Before her daddy's eyes
And no matter how many years pass
The war never dies

He says
Girl, grow up
Girl, stop crying
She says
Dad, stop killing me
Dad, I'm dying

He keeps telling her to grow up
To abandon her crazy love melodies
He wants her to live in the real world
Instead of her world of tuneful fantasies

The girl is a woman now
Lost in a song a harmonious romance
She's waiting to realise her dreams
To get away and take the foolish chance

She's made it this far
Through the snows
But she knows inside
She's a rusty wilted rose

Most people take refuge at home
From the battles of a world at war
They leave their cares and worries
With their shoes at the door
But when living at home
Requires more tactics that taking a beach
When the people their
Keeping telling you your dreams are out of reach
When your family are the enemy
And the living room is the battleground
When you've studied historic battles
So your family can't tear you down
When your politics are tried and true
Your refuge is a battle of words and ideas
There's nowhere in the world to run to
Where the war disappears

He makes her cry
She wants to die
She's tired of being strong
And even though she's survived this long
Her dreams are dying inside
Her song sung while she hides
Don't die now, little girl
Please don't leave
You can make it, little girl
Continue to believe

Most people take refuge at home
From the battles of a world at war
They leave their cares and worries
With their shoes at the door
But when living at home
Requires more tactics that taking a beach
When the people their
Keeping telling you your dreams are out of reach
When your family are the enemy
And the living room is the battleground
When you've studied historic battles
So your family can't tear you down
When your politics are tried and true
Your refuge is a battle of words and ideas
There's nowhere in the world to run to
Where the war disappears

She doesn't know how
But she'll survive the snows
Cuz you can't change the world
As a rusty wilted rose