"Heavyweight Champion Of The World" as written by Ed Cosens, Jon Mcclure and Alan Smyth....
And now...

That she's older
In the embers of romance
Pay two mortgages and leccy bills
Been comfortable and that
Nobody told her
That she'd ever reach the stage
Where her husband bores or her
Or she lies about her age

He's compromising
At least he's got a job for life
Get born, get school, get job, get car
Pay tax and find a wife
And on that note
The end can't come too soon
If you're not living on the edge
You take up too much room

I could've been a contender
Could've been a someone
Caught up in the rat race
And feeling like a no-one
Appearing in the papers
With the money and the girls
I could've been The Heavyweight Champion of the World

At school he used to dream about
Being Bruce Lee
But the need for chops in the Manor top
Ain't all that great you see
And so he gave up
On his black belt and first Dan
As near as he got to China
Was a week in Camber sands

I could've been a contender
Could've been a someone
Caught up in the rat race
And feeling like a no-one
Appearing in the papers
With the money and the girls
I could've been The Heavyweight Champion of the World

It might be boring so boring
It might put you to sleep
The same old routine repeats week after week
And you work harder, work harder
'cause you're told that you must
And you must earn a living
And you must earn a crust

...like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Be like everybody else
Be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else

I could've been a contender
Could've been a someone
Caught up in the rat race
And feeling like a no-one
Appearing in the papers
With the money and the girls
I could've been The Heavyweight Champion of the World
I could've been a contender
Could've been a someone
Caught up in the rat race
And feeling like a no-one
Appearing in the papers
With the money and the girls
I could've been The Heavyweight Champion of the World

Be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else
Just be like everybody else


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"Heavyweight Champion of the World" as written by Ed Cosens Alan Smyth

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    General Commentthis one's pretty obvious... it's about looking back on your life & realising that you could have done something great but in the end you've just become "caught up in the rat-race" & "like everybody else"... it's quite sad really! but i think it's a good mesage for us as the youth of today cos we can listen to it & decide that we'll make the most of our lives & NOT be like everybody else :)
    xXx
    em_fataleon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbrilliant song. love his voice! i agree so much with these lyrics
    ell-wardon June 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTUUUUUUUUUUNE :]

    who cares what its about its just out and out good music
    Tutty93on August 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTUUUUUUUUUUNE :]

    who cares what its about its just out and out good music
    Tutty93on August 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwooaaahhhhhhhhhhhh this is just a great tuuuuuuuuuuuuuune, it dont matter what its about, just enjoy sum good music, non of ya radio 1 rubbish
    Acey64on September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is good music, but I think to understand it makes it just that much better, because then it also means something! ;)
    lukemedwayon December 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentexcellent song....only heard it recently, had no idea it was out so long. great tune tho
    DanDoonon January 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThey're playing off of a classic Marlon Brando scene from "On The Waterfront" - "I coulda had class, I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody. Instead of a bum. Which is what I am."

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    kwiscon July 01, 2011   Link

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