Brian Schrag composed this for his Dallas/Fort Worth Huntington's Disease support group. It became their theme song.
ONE Everybody’s got a Huntingtin gene sittin’ on chromosome number four But one in 20,000 have a mutation there we can’t ignore That may not sound like very many, but if its you the news might knock you on the floor
REFRAIN I got the H D Blues And my life feels kinda rough I got the H D Blues And you can tell I’ve had enough Though there ain’t no cure yet for me, baby We won't ever ever give up
TWO You might see me movin’ in a way that don’t make sense. Or I might not wanna talk with you ‘cuz my depression’s so intense. When it starts hitting me from all sides like that the weight I carry feels immense
THREE Though at first glance you might not believe it A bright side of HD exists You might find yourself in situations like these:
“I’d love to help you move that piano to the 3rd floor, Jimmy, but my [cough] HD’s actin’ up” OR
“No sir, officer, I am not drunk. I suffer from a genetic progressive neurodegenerative disease causing gradual deterioration of movement, cognitive function, emotional control, blurring of social boundaries [breathe] and inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern… Are we good?”
We’ve got excuses that folks can’t resist! If you can laugh at yourself and know your worth’s not changed Many of your fears will soon desist