Verse 1

I was only thirteen,

Fragile and innocent.

It should never have happened.

I should have kept on believing that the world is a beautiful place.

I didn't need to see how cold it really is, didn't need to see its ugly face.

Verse 2

I was only thirteen.

I believed in fairytales,

Watched Pokémon daily without fail.

I should have kept on believing in magic and playing with beyblades.

I didn't need to go through a rollercoaster of heartbreak and fear instead.

Pre Chorus

I was only thirteen.

Maybe I tried to imitate older kids.

Maybe I did the things that they did.

But that's because of the age.

I was only thirteen.

I should have been protected.

I never should have had to face.

The harsh realities of how life really is.

I was only thirteen.

Chorus

And this is me, all grown up, standing here, still reeling from the damage.

I was thirteen and I got a taste of this real world at that tender age.

I was threatened to be killed,

Stalked at their whim and will,

Spent my teenage scared of everything,

Just thankful to wake up, focusing on breathing.

And this is me, all grown up, standing here, all alone and forever afraid

To trust somebody with my heart ever again after the price I paid,

Afraid to put my heart at stake,

And repeat the same old mistake.

And I've forgotten what fairies even mean,

Nobody came to save me when I was thirteen.

Verse 3

I was only thirteen,

Always being impulsive,

Always wrote in fancy pretty cursive.

I should have kept on finding joy in earrings and bracelets I'd buy.

I didn't need to be flooded with years full of lingering questions and a giant lie.

Pre Chorus

I was only thirteen.

Maybe I tried to imitate older kids.

Maybe I did the things that they did.

But that's because of the age.

I was only thirteen.

I should have been protected.

I never should have had to face.

The harsh realities of how life really is.

I was only thirteen.

Chorus

And this is me, all grown up, standing here, still reeling from the damage.

I was thirteen and I got a taste of this real world at that tender age.

I was threatened to be killed,

Stalked at their whim and will,

Spent my teenage scared of everything,

Just thankful to wake up, focusing on breathing.

And this is me, all grown up, standing here, all alone and forever afraid

To trust somebody with my heart ever again after the price I paid,

Afraid to put my heart at stake,

And repeat the same old mistake.

And I've forgotten what fairies even mean,

Nobody came to save me when I was thirteen.

Bridge

Eighteen year old me wants to hug thirteen year old me to her chest,

Protect her from everything; put all her fears at rest.

And I wanna thank her for not taking her life, and going on through it all.

I wanna tell her I'm proud of her for never giving up, being strong and standing tall.

Maybe that'd have made things a little bit easy

For that helpless and hopeless thirteen year old me.

Pre Chorus

I was only thirteen.

Maybe I tried to imitate older kids.

Maybe I did the things that they did.

But that's because of the age.

I was only thirteen.

I should have been protected.

I never should have had to face.

The harsh realities of how life really is.

I was only thirteen.

Chorus

And this is me, all grown up, standing here, still reeling from the damage.

I was thirteen and I got a taste of this real world at that tender age.

I was threatened to be killed,

Stalked at their whim and will,

Spent my teenage scared of everything,

Just thankful to wake up, focusing on breathing.

And this is me, all grown up, standing here, all alone and forever afraid

To trust somebody with my heart ever again after the price I paid,

Afraid to put my heart at stake,

And repeat the same old mistake.

And I've forgotten what fairies even mean,

Nobody came to save me when I was thirteen.

Outro

I was only thirteen,

I didn't know what I was doing,

I shouldn't have been punished this way,

So broken and bruised even today

From everything I've seen.

I was only thirteen.