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So if ever someone one says to you,/Life isn’t fair, get used to it/Then you should say ‘Well it might be/If folks like you would let it be”
The mind of a girl/It’s hard to understand
So try to imagine a time and a place/Where the enemy won and the hero was slain
Who cares about tomorrow?/What more is tomorrow?/Than another day.
Burn the questions burn the shame
We all should (go)/Break down the walls being built around us.
We came for salvation/We came for family/We came for all that’s good that’s how we’ll walk away
We came to leave behind the world a better way
And if your love laughs at your dreams/Well it’s not as bad as it seems/Either way one of them has got to go
I guess I might have made a few mistakes/But maybe that’s exactly what it takes/To get a little happy in this big sad world
Do the best you can and that won’t go unseen
Now I don’t doubt that The Good Book is true/What’s right for me may not be right for you
I looked ahead to the open road, thought about the people and what they know,/and wrote a book called “People Don’t Know Nothin”/(no matter what they tell ya, man)
Cause blue birds, Don’t fly without their wings/And when we put them in a cage/The world can’t hear them sing
So selfish when greed sets in/Possession, the king of sin
Don’t die on me lady/only good things can come /To those who practice reason and recognize good fun
People, people, people, they make it sound so easy/They say just do what your heart tells you to/But sometimes you cannot feel it/Sometimes you cannot hear it/Sometimes it won’t talk back to you
You can’t make everybody happy all of the time
The weight of lies will bring you down/And follow you to every town ’cause/Nothing happens here that doesn’t happen there/So, when you run make sure you run/To something and not away from ’cause/Lies don’t need an aeroplane to chase you anywhere
I have some “friends” they don’t know who I am/So I write quotations around the word friends
For just the sense to try/To walk ahead and leave the pain behind
Say yes we live uncertainty/And disappointments have to be/And everyday we might be facing more/And yes we live in desperate times/But fading words and shaking rhymes
There’s only one thing here worth hoping for/With Lucifer beneath you and God above
/If either one of them asks you what your living of/Say love, say for me love
my dad told me, “One day son, this girl will think of what she’s done and hurting you/will be the first of many more regrets to come.” /And he said, “If she doesn’t call, then it’s her fault and it’s her loss.”/I say, “It’s not that simple see, but then again it just may be.”
And everyone they have a heart/And when they break and fall apart/And need somebody’s helping hand
I used to say just let ’em fall/It wouldn’t bother me at all/I couldn’t help them now I can
I will keep my wits about myself/Disregard directions sent from hell
Oh my love but we are bound to die/My heart is broke but you won’t hear me cry/Oh my love but we are bound to die/My heart is broke but you won’t see me
But if I think/I just might get something out of this/My parents taught me to learn when I miss/Just do your best
Folk always told me that my heart would grow/The older the man, yeah, the stronger the stone/Am I losing my mind?/Am I growing backwards with time?
Some say with age that a purpose comes clear/I see the opposite happening here/Are we losing the fight?/Are we growing backwards with time?
For all I know there’s more I don’t/Oh the little I have learned/For every year of knowledge gained/Is a negative year I’ve earned
What makes it easy to treat people bad?/Some things you say and you can’t take ’em back
What makes it easy to run from the past/like a child runs from the dark?
Which is the poison and which is the wine?/The scent and the colors are so much alike
And how much of each will it take to decide,/when your at the table alone?
Where do you go when it’s perfectly clear?/You might find your way but you won’t find it here
What makes it easy to sound so sincere/when you know that you don’t care?
How can you tell when goodbye means goodbye/Not just for now, for the rest of you life/How can you stand there with love in you eyes/And still be walking away
I wanna have friends that I can trust/that love me for the man I’ve become not the man I was./I wanna have friends that will let me b/all alone when being alone is all that I need.
I wanna fit in to the perfect space/feel natural and safe in a volatile place.
And I wanna grow old without the pain/give my body back to the earth and not complain.
One foot in and one foot back/But it don’t pay to live like that
When at first I learned to speak/I used all my words to fight/With him and her and you and me/Oh but it’s just a waste of time
Did you stop to accept how pathetically dumb/It can be to/Attack those around ’cause you’re/True to color, a town, a time, or a place?
But I don’t want to fight/I just ask let me be/I won’t give the chance to be my enemy
So go home/Think it through
They say you’ve got to lose a couple fights to win/It’s hard to tell from where I’m sitting
There’s nothing like finding gold/within the rocks hard and cold/I’m so surprised to find more/Always surprised to find more
Ain’t it like most people? I’m no different/We love to talk on things we don’t know about
And I can’t believe it when I hear the jokes they make/At anyone’s expense except their own/Would they laugh if they knew who paid?
Well there are no lines/Separating the truth from the lie
Temporary is my time/Ain’t nothin on this world that’s mine/Except the will I found to carry on
Free is not your right to choose/It’s answering what’s asked of you/To give the love you find until it’s gone
In the fine print they tell me what’s wrong and what’s right/And it comes in black and it comes in white/And I’m frightened by those that don’t see it
They say seasons turn in time/Theirs are changing, why won’t mine?
Things change and get strange/With this movement of time/It’s happening right now to you
There’s nothing good because nothing lasts/And all that comes here, it comes here to pass
you may have to drag me away from my demons/Kicking and screaming/It’s been so long now, I’ve been with them/Don’t know where they stop and I begin
How many times must I live through the past again?
If I live the life I’m given, I won’t be scared to die
And my life is but a coin, pulled from an empty pocket/Dropped into a slot with dreams of sevens close behind/Hope and fear go with it, and the moon and the sun go spinning/Like the numbers and the fruits before our eyes/Sometimes I hit, sometimes it robs me blind
Wouldn’t it be fine to stand behind/The words we say in the best of times
Can we build a house of glass without windows or doors?
To watch us fall is why they came/And fall we did, to the call of the highway/Don’t go home, don’t look ahead, don’t look behind/Everything we were is dead
Then a well of hope and talent sprang, and I caught a glimpse of light
And I drank from there as the colors rang out loudly from your eyes
The first time we fell for it/We blamed it on youth/And now we get hell for it/And blame it on truth
I’ve got something to say/But it’s all vanity, it’s all vanity
I have a plan for the day /But it’s all vanity, it’s all vanity
Souls like the wings/Spreading out away from bad memories/Make us capable of taking off and landing/alive with understanding
I hate it when I talk without thinking
I was scared but I couldn’t admit it/Hatred planted out of fear/Fight or flight no choice but to hit it
I built the fence, I hung the sign/Blood red letters said ‘Keep in mind /Where I been so don’t come in’
It’s the questions that keep me turning back/To see those rumors turned to fact/Wandering lonely and scared/I live the tragedy I shared
Cause even though I know there’s hope in/Every morning song/I have to find that melody alone
we won’t waste no long goodbyes on the smoke or foolish lies
that finally passed us
I was taught to keep an open-ended life/and never trap myself in nothin
Park the old car that I love the best./Inspection’s due and it won’t pass the test./It’s funny how I have to put it to rest, and how one day I will join it.
I remember crying over you,/and I don’t mean like a couple of tears and I’m blue/I’m talking about collapsing and screaming at the moon/but I’m a better man for having gone through it/Yes, I’m a better man for having gone through.
Tear down the house that I grew up in/i’ll never be the same again.
don’t go revenging in my name/one person dead from such is plenty
Listen, who I used to be/Don’t matter much at all to me/To pin you down, to plant your feet’s/A far cry from my destiny
What was our reason for fighting?/Selfish and centered at best
And the person I am, and the person I’ll be/Refuse to meet
And the brightness of the colors makes it hard to describe/And the voices that seem to come from all sides/Makes it hard to decide
If you’re rich, you’re hungry for money/If you’re broke, you’re hungry for bread/If you’re wild, you’re bound to die young friend/if you live in fear you’re already dead
it’s a curse to speak/Without some regard
Life ain’t forever and lunch isn’t free/Loved ones will break your heart with or without you/Turns out we don’t get to know everything
I know I should stop but it feels too damn good
It is told/With age our hearts are destined to grow cold/Well I won’t argue that but this I know/The snow won’t fall on me
Where we are is not so far from where we’re gonna be
You gotta show up if you wanna be seen
If it matters to you ma, it matters to me
When my body won’t hold me anymore/And it finally lets me free/Where will I go?
And it’s ash and dust for cash and lust
There was this past that is gone/There is a future it don’t exist
But of course, but of course, death gets us all/And of course, but of course, death gets us all
And if it compromises truth then we will go
We came for all that’s good that’s how we’ll walk away/We came to break the bad/We came to cheer the sad/ We came to leave behind the world a better way