I Once Felt Safe by Hunter Prueger

A Salt Lake City based composer, Hunter's piece details the 2020 decision by officials at Brigham Young University to allow same sex relationships, only to reverse the decision later in the year.

Music and text: Hunter Prueger

Soprano: Amanda Achen

Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin: Andrew Murray



I Once Felt Safe

Somebody draped a colored flag around the neck of our founder like a cape

We kissed out in the open for everyone to see

That we were always here

As children didn’t we sing,

As I have loved you

Love one another?

As I have loved you

The constant fear and paranoia leaves

Evaporates away

And for the first time in my life I felt safe

I once felt safe

We gathered on the grass outside of their windows and we sang

We marched as we sang,

As I have loved you

Love one another


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