"Boulevard" as written by and Jackson Browne....
Down on the boulevard they take it hard
They look at life with such disregard
They say it can't be won
The way the game is run
But if you choose to stay
You end up playing anyway
It's okay
The kid's in shock up and down the block
The folks are home playing beat the clock
Down at the golden cup
They set the young ones up
Under the neon light
Selling day for night
It's alright
Nobody rides for free
Nobody gets it like they want it to be
Nobody hands you any guarantee
Nobody
The hearts are hard and the times are tough
Down on the boulevard the night's enough
And time passes slow
Between the store front shadows and the street lights glow
Everybody walks right by like they're safe or something
They don't know
Nobody knows you
Nobody owes you nothin'
Nobody shows you what they're thinking
Nobody baby
Hey, hey, baby
You got to watch the street, keep your feet
And be on guard
Make it pay baby
It's only time on the boulevard


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"Boulevard" as written by Jackson Browne

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    General CommentThis song is amazing. It's upbeat and it just makes you want to sing along, whilst being a smart, thought-provoking song. I love it.
    Colosimoon May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI read/heard somewhere that it's about the darker side of life on Hollywood Blvd. Prostitution, drugs and survival that harden the heart and break the spirit robbing a person of happiness.

    Down on the boulevard they take it hard
    They look at life with such disregard
    They say it can't be won
    The way the game is run
    But if you choose to stay
    You end up playing anyway

    This could sum up the vicious cycle. How can you respect life when the hand dealt gives you nothing. Opportunity is for the rich. Death is the only way out so everyone living is forced to play the game with unfair rules.

    Nobody rides for free
    Nobody gets it like they want it to be
    Nobody hands you any guarantee

    Nobody knows you
    Nobody owes you nothin
    Nobody shows you what they're thinking

    You got to watch the street, keep your feet
    And be on guard

    This is the attitude needed for this way of life. A cold hard approach which is good advice for survival.
    stacey312on December 26, 2010   Link

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