The autobiographical single, which makes its official debut on May 27, not only shares Zenith’s experience as a trans teen, but recounts the nightmare that spurred him to write the song. “I dreamt I was a kid desperately trying to find a state where my family and I could feel safe–and there were none left, except California.”
Got dressed early, doesn’t look quite right
But it’s what I like to wear
Mom looks worried, dad just smiles
I hope I don’t get too many stares
School bell rings don’t walk too fast
Shuffle past the glare
Keep my head up, words that sting
Try hard not to care
Velour shirt with big long collars
My favorite corduroy
HIgh top vans and my favorite skateboard
Guess I look like a boy
All my life I just wanted hear, was be yourself without any fear
Did the best I could to live my truth
I just wanted to be safe could you — keep me safe, where is safe?
Where is safe? Where is safe?
Got out of high school and tried some college
Made some friends, picked up lots courage
Started a band then I found love
But in the back of my head I knew
I might not be safe, where is safe, could you keep safe, where is safe?
Fifty years later and now I’m old
The same hateful people are now making laws
To keep kids like I was from being true
To themselves to their hearts
What are trans kids ‘supposed to do?
Where is safe, where is safe, could you keep us safe?
Can’t go to Florida, play sports with my friends
Our own private Idaho, where does it end?
Wrote off Alabama, and Texas (not Austin)
But where is, where is —– safe?
Where is safe, can you keep us safe, can you keep us safe.
Where is safe, where is safe
I want to be safe, I want to be safe.
released May 27, 2022
Written by Lenny Zenith
Produced by James Pertusi
Vocals: Lenny Zenith
Piano: Lenny Zenith
Bass: James Pertusi
Drums: James Pertusi
Additional instrument programming: Lenny Zenith & James Pertusi
Recorded at the Whelping Box
popEYEcon Music (BMI)
Quote Unquote Music (ASCAP)
Lenny Zenith started playing publicly in New Orleans in his late teens, opening for international touring acts and fronting several bands before moving to NYC. This is a collection of most of his solo and band's recordings.