Tired at 20 years old
Memory collecting before his time
Recall the old stomping ground
I see a tear welling up in his eye

No, you can't cheat time, don't let that control your life
Hold your breath, close your eyes, just jump in, the water's fine

These pleas fall on deaf ears
Ears that were once tuned to truth
A dated, washed up old man
He's seen it all, nothing else for him to do

No, you can't cheat time, don't let that control your life
Goes over your head, you look over your shoulder
When you turn back you're that much older

It slips away
Be what you're becoming
It slips away
And not who you were
It slips away
Grab hold of the here and now while you still have the chance

So are you giving up now?
As for adventures you're had your fill
Who says you're over the hill?
I think it was you and you know very well

You're holding yourself back
(Turn your face to the day)
When you could be doing anything
(Don't just dig your own grave)
When will you treat yourself
(Take with you what you learn)
The same as I do
(Be yourself, now who you were)

I want to see you use your capabilities
Build me an ocean then destroy it with your eyes


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    General CommentOMG this song is sooooo good. The last part
    "I want to see you use your capabilities
    Build me an ocean then destroy it with your eyes"
    Gives me chills everytime I listen to it
    Vash T. Stampedeon September 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdude, that's totally my favorite part of the song as well..
    and when the drums pick up..
    anyway. was excited to see a comment i could agree with.
    mollyismon September 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthell yea i agree with both of you...great band cant wait to see em on warped tour!!!!
    tsunamibomb420on June 15, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit should be "when you trust yourself" not treat
    and 'be yourself not who you were"

    i love this song..
    theauroratheoryon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis was my fave song on the TDA album.
    queen_of_spriteon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is good!! First song I heard from them-it's good.
    Nikaidoon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpretty cool song.
    on the "no, you cant cheat time" part, i actually thought that she was singing in japanese beacause of the speed and the way she sings. lol, i had to read the lyric to understand it =)
    blunton December 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song speaks to me, because well- i'm twenty.

    true story.

    tis all good advice as well.
    brian wilsonon June 18, 2006   Link

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