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We'll get by - Autism Song is a tribute to families living with autism. Here you see the song in a music video made by the artist Johnny Orr.

 Image: Screenshot from the video


A tribute to families living with autism writes:

- Johnny Orr Band released their single We'll get by as a tribute to families living with autism. Johnny Orr wrote the song at the request of a friend, Candi Spitz, who has two children with autism. 

- The lyrics are sung from the point of view of a child with autism, who shares his frustration at not being able to communicate; that he is unable to show that he is aware of his mother's pain and frustration, and that he is unable to comfort her.


Autism - my prison

Johnny Orr sings, among other things, the following, which is an attempt to describe the child with autism his own experience of his life (my translation):

- I share my heart, but only in my own mind. I share my pain when I scream at night. I can not express to you what I am going through, the only way I have is to cry.

- Mom I see your fear through every tear, everything I have caused you pain I see from deep inside myself; my autism is the prison i live in.

It is a nice text, and at the same time a text that not everyone has been equally excited about. The songwriter has received criticism from some who believe that the text gives a completely wrong picture of what it is like to have autism. Others have been very positive about the song and express that it illustrates in a good way much of what families with autism go through daily.


Hear the song here


Lyrics: We'll get by - The autism song

Here you will find the text:

Maybe I do not speak too well, but I'm coming outta my shell
And I like playing by myself if you can not tell
I like to go to school, yeah I'm a miracle, and I'm glad to be alive

If you'll wait patiently, well then eventually,
I will understand the words that you're saying to me
My autism, is like a prison, that I'm in

I share my heart but only in my mind,
I share my pain when I scream at night
I can not express to you, what I'm going through,
The only way is for me to cry

Mom I see your fear, through every single tear
Just to know I've caused you pain from inside of here
My autism, is like a prison, that I'm in

I share your joy but only in my mind
You show me love but just not in my time
Cause my reality, takes everything in me
To make it through without a fight

I know you love me, when you hug me,
And when I hear you pray to God for Him to heal me
Maybe one day, you will not have to pray
And I will not have to see you cry

Maybe one day, I will not be this way,
Until then we'll get by



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