Dear Sandusky

This is something TeeLow has been working on since June 2015 - writing and rewriting. and rewriting. 

This comes from a deep sense of love and admiration for his hometown Sandusky, Ohio and the overwhelming sadness that comes with loving such a distressed area.  
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  Dear Sandusky, 

Seems like every other week I gotta read in disgust 
About overdoses and what these dealers feedin to us 
While we all up in arms about police we distrust 
I think there's a few other issues we need to discuss 
Like how all these kids are in need of a rush 
And parents can't be bothered, they all out of touch 
Maybe, they too, are in need of a crutch 
So it's all monkey see, monkey doin too much 
I grew up here it was always cool 
moms never cared where I was going to 
I'd be downtown all day or up at the park 
And she wouldn't get worried if it was a lil bit after dark 
Now the Streets becoming dangerous and the cops is watching 
House on the corner sells dope, the neighbors pushin suboxone 
Addicts and hustlers don't see no other option 
Is it the drugs or is the money the toxin? 
It's a disease, users can't be sober long 
If they're broke, they'll case a store for something to pawn 
If they're broke, they'll break into a place of residence 
Raid a cabinet for all their medicines 
I know it sucks, how life can break you 
But you can't go anywhere you won't let it take you 
You got hooked on the line but no one hates you 
You can still come back - but only you can save you 
Look, the ER is full and the EMT's are busy 
If you OD it's over, your life is history 
No longer front page, that news is old as you know what 
It's sad that we're more surprised by people who sobered up 
Add your name to that, do yourself the favor 
Make your best day now - stop thinking you'll get help later 
You have a few regrets, but that ain't gotta define you 
You're not you right now, incase I gotta remind you 
Gotta clear your head, only you can find you 
We see thru your excuses, so who are you really lyin to? 
I only want the best for you and yours 
And I'm more than willing to show you the doors 
But I gotta leave it up to you to turn that knob and enter 
You gotta fight for your life and there's No Surrender

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