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Exclusive: Jared Rehberg’s “Invisible”

(Note: The thoughts expressed in the video introduction are my opinions and are not necessarily shared by Jared.)

If you don’t know which adoptee organization you’d like to support, please take a look at Jared’s and my suggestions.

Jared’s Suggestions

Also-Known-As

Filipino Adoptee Network

Operation Reunite

Kevin’s Suggestions (for individuals living in MN)

Adopsource

Adoptees Have Answers

AK Connection

A Note From Jared

It’s hard to believe that one year of writing, composing, recording and mixing can be shared with one click of a button.

It all started when Angelina Jolie and Madonna adopted kids and the talk shows discussed their future and how these children might feel when they grow up.  I traveled to Canada to speak at a Children’s Bridge event and heard Michelle Fallsen discuss adoptees speaking out, projects in Korea, and blogs.  She mentioned adoptees being verbally questioned and attacked on blog posts.

On a train ride from Toronto to Ottawa the writing began.  I met a native American adoptee who worked with my wife.  We had a dinner to share our stories.  At the end of the night he looked at me and said, “You’re not invisible.”

This song is a tribute to anyone who feels invisible.  This song is dedicated to adoptees who represent our different opinions and voices of our community.  I would defend my brothers and sisters any day.  Today I stand with them in song.  This song is dedicated to the filmmakers, adoptees on the streets in Korea, domestic adoptees who want their records, and adoptees who want to be counted.  This is dedicated to my inspirations: adoptees who write songs and poetry; adoptees who run organizations; adoptees who write blogs; adoptees who speak on panels, run camps, volunteer at camps; and adoptees who peak out for birthmothers.  You are not invisible.

“Invisible”
By Jared Rehberg

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(NOTE: The link will expire on 7/10/11.)

How am I different?
Are we really all the same?
Have you walked in my shoes?
Have you ever felt my pain?

We can make things better
Less painful and fair
I acknowledge your pain
But I question if you care

I’m searching for my past
For my own identity
They said “what’s best for the child”
Don’t abandon me

I’m not invisible, I’m right here
I’m not a child, you don’t have to speak for me
I will be counted,
you can count on me
I will be here,
are you listening to me?
To me

I don’t wanna hear somebody
try and tell you how I feel
They call us angry
every time we disagree
I can tell you where it hurts
I can tell you what’s wrong
We’re all grown up
It’s been hard moving on

Don’t try and compare me
or tell me how to feel
It’s not about you,
it’s about me

I turn on the TV
and they talk about me
They talk about my future
and how I might feel
Why don’t they ask me?
I’m right here

I’m not invisible, I’m right here
I’m not a child you don’t have to speak for me
I will be counted,
you can count on me
I will be here,
are you listening to me?
To me

I’m grateful for your love
and the support that you gave
Sometimes I lied
when I told you I’m ok
Are we really angry?
Do they refuse to understand?
This is my perspective
The futures my hands

I’m searching for my past
for my own identity
They said “what’s best for the child”
Don’t abandon me
I’m not invisible, I’m right here
I’m not a child you don’t have to speak for me
I will be counted,
you can count on me
I will be here,
are you listening to me?
To me

3 Comments on Exclusive: Jared Rehberg’s “Invisible”

  1. Thanks for leading the way for my children. Great song. I donated!

  2. very touching and so true… Thanks so much for sharing this song with us. Take care!!!

  3. absolutely beautiful song, thanks!!! beauty in the sense of raw, organic in its essence. thank you, again, jared!

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