"It Once Was My Life" as written by and Van Morrison....
There were people on the sidewalks
Strolling down the avenues
They were sitting outside in cafes
We were looking for the muse
Well I was locked in by the system
Where no freedom is the rule
Now I spend all my time just trying
To make it understood

It once was my life, that's what everybody said
All the things I used to do and the people that were friends
I've got to make it mean something at the end of the day
It once was my life, they can't take that away

Trials and tribulations and stupidity still rules
Sometimes it looks like I'm on a ship of fools

It once was my life, when my message was just the street
Then it became something else, and now it's incomplete
I'm just trying to get back to when
Can somebody please shed some light
It used to be my life, it used to be uptight

Trials and tribulations and stupidity still rules
Some days it just feels like I'm on a ship of fools

I'm back here on the boards, I can hear the engines roar
Everybody's got to pay, some people got to pay more
Well you can tell the people anything
Spoon feed them anything you like
It used to be so simple, it used to be my life

Now everything is so complicated, just to speak or use the phone
Some people try to use me, just 'cause they don't have their own
Don't know who's round the corner, trying to sell me some more tripe
It used to be my life, it used to be my life.


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"It Once Was My Life" as written by Van Morrison

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    General CommentA song of nostalgia, escapism and maybe for some - reality as in the now. For the author it's biographical but yet we can all relate to some of its sentiments and the frustrations in the daily grind. It is a track from 'The Healing Game' released in 1997 (a sort of over produced album) but bang up-to-date with life in the 21st Century. The last verse is good with "tripe" the inevitable Ulsterism. Van once said at a gig when introducing this song that it was for people who were not in control of their life which sort of meant everyone!

    "Now everything is so complicated, just to speak or use the phone
    Some people try to use me, just 'cause they don't have their own
    Don't know who's round the corner, trying to sell me some more tripe
    It used to be my life, it used to be my life".
    robertcousinson February 27, 2015   Link

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