"Brother Down" as written by and Sam Lewis Roberts....
One life to live but we're doing it wrong
You see, got my brother down cause it's nothing to me
Everyone saying that it's wrong to cheat
But there's no other way to get my life on easy street
Someone else telling you what you're living for
Been knocking you down, now you're looking for more
The only sound you hear is a closing door
Been looking for peace but they're bringing you war
Rich man cryin' cause his money's time
And poor man's smilin' cause he knows he ain't blind
There's a man over there says he's tougher than me
But I got eyes that can see through fantasy

I think my life is passing me by
I think my life is passing me by

Take it all back 'cause it don't mean nothing
If you give it away and you're looking for something back
Wake up every morning when there's nothing there
No reason to die but no reason to care
Someone else telling you what you're living for
Been knocking you down now you're looking for more
The only sound you hear is a closing door
Been looking for peace but they're bringing you war
One life to live but we're doing it wrong
You see, got my brother down cause it's nothing to me
Rich man cryin' cause his money's time
And poor man's smilin' cause he knows he ain't blind

I think my life is passing me by
I think my life is passing me by


Lyrics submitted by Humbert_Humbert

"Brother Down" as written by Sam Lewis Roberts

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commentsweet. i like. check out ogulate
    ryboon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti can't even express how much i love this song.
    luscious_lesleeon August 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOh shit. I think everyone feels this way sometimes. After I read the lyrics I thought to myself, "god, life can be shitty." The part, "I think my life is passing me by" is so true. This song is great. Other Sam Roberts music songs are awesome too, download them.
    TinkyTigeron August 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis IS an awesome song, thanks for posting lyrics, Humbert!!! But, I think it's "poor man smiling 'cause he knows he ain't blind".... I'm not sure, the captioning said "blind" and it sorta looks like he's saying it. Oh well, not that important. Anyway, I love the video for this song, it reflects the lyrics really well. I think Sam Roberts wrote this when he was thinking about how you can work so hard to get no where, and it doesn't matter if you cheat or do the wrong thing because even if you do the right thing life will just pass you by. The people in society who are on the top (the rich, the tough) always seem so much better off, but the rest of the world can see through it. And all the while, nothing means anything, there's nothing there, no reason for anything. "Someone else telling you what you're living for,
    been knocking you down, now you're looking for more." That line really pumps me up, and makes me motivated to prove to everyone who's judged me wrong. But then it goes on to say "All sudden you hear is a closing door,
    been looking for peace but they're bringing you war." And the door just closed in my face and I'm right back where I began. Life is a hopeless case. Why bother trying? (That is just my take.)
    carmson August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOne thing, yes, it's blind, not lying.
    Just a minor correction (check the CD booklet one)

    Okay, my basic view on this song, I found it to be rather refreshing and very calm for me and I agree with the lyrics, because I feel like everything's moving ahead of me, but I'm still behind, watching the mayhem and carnage caused by the uprooting of their home and mobility of their legs.
    Rockwellon September 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAh, christ. I also forgot,

    It's not cap my brother down, it's 'got my brother down'

    Why I know this? I'm a lipreader. ¬_¬
    Rockwellon September 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThere's a man over there says he's tougher than me,
    but I've got eyes that can see through fantasy

    ...spoken by one of the shortest guys you'll ever meet.

    i love sam- he is amazing- we were born in a flame is an awesome album - keep em comin.
    mle_loveon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all don't download his songs, if you like the music go out and buy the cd, this is a canadian band that's had a fairly difficult time getting started (I'm refering to Northstar and what Sam has told me)
    second just a little info on the song, Sam wrote it while on the train or the bus from montreal to pembroke to record the album, it was in the middle of winter when it was written but many people consider it a summer song
    nerd_rockon March 18, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"and the only sound you hear is a closing door"
    yellowinmymindon November 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMan this song is good. It's very spiritual to me. I love closing my eyes and flowing with the acoustic guitar and the bass...
    DeepSouthernon June 02, 2007   Link

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