We dance in life’s masquerade Knowing it’s all a charade Masks on, smiles bright Eyes reveal all, out like a light Life is a masquerade! And fake it we do Partnering with a pleasantry or two In an effort to appear sane In this dance of pain Life is a masquerade! Hiding gut-wrenching truths Afraid to let the marbles fall loose Left exposed on the floor For the world to trounce and ignore Life is a masquerade! A Phantom side of the face Too dark and disturbing to embrace Because ugly is something shunned By a society on prescribed elation Life is a masquerade! But there are too many stories to tell About this slow dance in hell So these masks we pull back Courage to tell our stories at last Revealing this masquerade! Ending this masquerade!