Hey, it's another songfic oneshot. Mariyh was bugging me about this one before I started typing up any dark stories. She just wouldn't shut up. (Confused? See my profile.) I hope this one does as well as 100 Years. They're not related fics though. Quick note though; I didn't want to update my profile with such a tiny piece of info: The movie release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been set at November 21, 2008, 16 months after Order of the Phoenix. Now, onto the reason you're here.

Disclaimer: This is my story, but, alas, the characters are not mine. The song isn't even mine. The group Five for Fighting and John Ondrasik own It's Not Easy To Be Me. Yes, the same group that did 100 Years. What can I say? I love both of these songs so much.

Summery: Danny decides to sign up for the annual talent show at Casper High. His talent? Singing!


"Hey, look!" shouted Tucker to his two best friends. "They're having the annual talent show next Friday at 7:00. You wanna sign up?"

Remembering the disaster of the beauty pageant, Sam said, "I don't think so."

Danny, on the other hand, was curious. Before Sam and Tucker could object, he had already put his name down.

"Danny, are you crazy?" asked Sam.

"Nope," he said with a smile.

"Well, can you at least tell us what you're gonna do?" Tucker asked.

"No way," said Danny.

"Pleeease?" wheedled Tucker.

"No, and that's final. You'll just have to wait till next Friday to find out."


The day of the talent show arrived and found Sam and Tucker waiting in the auditorium for the show to start. Danny had somehow gotten them, and his family, front row seats.

The talent show progressed rather fast. Paulina's talent was, of course, cheerleading. Dash demonstrated a perfect football play. Kwan recited a poem he had made up. Valerie did some of her karate moves. When it was Danny's turn, he had a microphone in his hands. He made a motion to someone off stage and piano notes on a tape started playing. Danny began to sing in a high tenor voice:

I can't stand to fly.

I'm not that naïve.

I'm just out to find,

The better part of me.

I'm more than a bird,

I'm more than a plane,

I'm more than some pretty face beside a train,

And it's not easy to be me.

Danny took a breath, hoping he didn't start crying with the next verse:

I wish that I could cry,

Fall upon my knees,

Find a way to lie

About a home I'll never see.

It may sound absurd, but don't be naïve,

Even heroes have the right to bleed,

I may be disturbed, but won't you concede,

Even heroes have the right to dream, and

It's not easy to be me.

Danny took a breath and his voice grew louder on the next verse:

Up, up, and away, away from me,

Well, it's all right. You can all sleep sound tonight.

I'm not crazy, (He cocked his head slightly) or anything.

Again, he took a small breath:

I can't stand to fly,

I'm not that naïve,

Men weren't meant to ride,

With clouds between their knees.

I'm only a man in a silly red sheet,

Digging for kryptonite on this one way street.

Only a man in a funny red sheet,

Looking for special things inside of me,

Now his voice was at his loudest as he said the final chorus:

Inside of me, inside of me,

Yeah, inside of me, inside of me

I'm only a man in a funny red sheet

I'm only a man looking for a dream.

I'm only a man in a funny red sheet

And it's not easy, ooh, ooh, ooh,

As the music faded away, in almost in a whisper, Danny sang softly, only his voice, no instruments:

It's not easy to be me.

The song ended with a few high notes on a piano. Shocked, Sam and Tucker remembered to stand and clap along with the rest of the auditorium. Danny turned a slight shade of red before bowing and walking off stage.


Tucker and Sam pushed through the crowd to get backstage, where they found Danny sitting in a chair with his head in his hands.

"Danny, that was great!" said Sam. His head popped up at her voice.

"Yeah, man, I was searching for the tissues," said Tucker.

"I take it you two were surprised," said Danny. They noticed his voice sounded strained.

"Hey, Danny!" Jazz had finally managed to push her way through the crowd. They could see Jack and Maddie Fenton trying to get though without Jack accidentally crushing someone.

Jazz grabbed her brother and hugged him tightly.

"Uh, Jazz – can't – breath," he choked out.

Jazz let him go, asking "Why did you choose that song, Danny?"

Danny smiled. "I heard that song on the radio a couple of weeks ago, and I really liked it. The talent show allowed me a chance to let my feelings out about you-know-what without actually saying so."

They nodded their heads. Ever since Danny had gotten his ghost powers, he had always felt like Amity Park was his to protect.

Finally, Jack and Maddie got though the crowd. Maddie hugged her son. For the second time, Danny was left breathless from the squeezing.

"Mom–" he choked out.

"That was so beautiful!" she said, letting him go. Jack thumped Danny on the back, which nearly sent him sprawling.

"Good work, son!" he boomed.

Sam piped up, "So, who's up for ice cream?"

Danny and Tucker laughed. "Count us in," Danny said, slightly hoarse. They left for the nearest ice cream parlor, the other Fentons hurrying to keep up in their wake.


I hope this one was as good as 100 Years. Over 200 hits and still going! I listened to this song five times to make sure I had all the words right. I won't know unless you press that little button down there. So please R&R. Thank you, and see you around!