when your so long gone
you can't help yourself
when your so dead wrong
let alone no one else
when the children still dyin' in the street
and babies still livin' with diease
and the cops got guns
and the po' folk go sons who work for Mr. Franklin every week

and if you come lookin' for a hard time
hard times ain't hard to find
because we're given that lifeline
only once in a lifetime

baby we was born
maybe we were born
to be sure
to endure when the storm comes

got dem sad eyes
got cat eyes
got the angels tired of saving his life
and you can beat to contain yourself
before you end up killed

yeah his bare feet
touching her bare feet
the air breaths sweet
and yeah mountains peak
and I forgot what the wiseman said
about that ancient thread

and if you come lookin' for a hard time
hard times ain't hard to find
because we're given that lifeline
only once in a lifetime

baby we was born
maybe we were born
to be sure
to endure when the storm comes

baby we was born
maybe we were born
to rejoice
rejoice when the sun comes


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Lifeline song meanings
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs by Citizen Cope because of the deep meaning behind the lyrics. 99% of the song is dedicated to describing some of the lowest times a person could go through. The last verse however switches up to describe that, even though things might be horrible, cheer up and everything will pass just like a storm. Great lyrics
    trailblaza05on February 28, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe booklet that came with the cd says the last line is "rejoice when it succumbs", but this song is great.
    Murphyslawon May 29, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"about that ancient Bread"

    to rejoice, rejoice when it's so cold
    journeyousgloryon September 05, 2011   Link

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