Young William Gates at age 38 says life isn't fun anymore
As he smokes by the window in silence
the ghost writer stares at the door
the engineer sighs as the minutes go by
and the emptiness fills up the tape
the transcription service is waiting outside
for a sign that he's made his escape
the young secretary will snap to attention
as the billionare shifts in his seat
while the older assistents trade glances
and the press agent gets to his feet
the great man will reach with one trembling hand
for the drink that never leaves his side
as the glass slips through his fingers
he'll look to the camera as if to confide and say:

I'm just a man
and there's been a mistake
no one deserves all the things I've been given
and no one can earn all the things I have taken

The rock and roll star stares down at his guitar
and for once in his life words won't come
one million fans slip into silence
by the beat of one lonely kick drum
the next song's all done before it's even begun
and the applause is barely even there
as the manager seats in a back stage control room
convincing himself he should care
the rythm guitarist's climbing into his car
before anyone even notices his gone
and the ladies backstage are all feelin' their age
as they pull their toy fishnets back on
now there's one lonely figure standing under the spotlight
as the crowd slowley trickles away
he raises his hand in a familiar gesture
steps to the mic and lowers his head to say:

I'm just a man
and there's been a mistake
no one deserves all the things I've been given
and no one can earn all the things I have taken

The president stares as the camera records
the blank look in his eyes
two men in a bunker touch keys in their pockets
he opens his mouth
the world holds its breath
he says

I'm just a man
and there's been a mistake
no one deserves all the things I've been given
and no one can earn all the things I have taken



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    General CommentSuch a powerful song, always makes me want to listen to it over and over. About the human condition and just thinking about all you have that others don't and the fact you are wasting it rather than helping people who are less fortunate or didn't have those opportunities. My favorite song by them for sure.
    frontman17on August 30, 2010   Link

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