"Paid My Dues" as written by Anastacia L. Newkirk, Gregory Dean Lawson, Damon Sharpe and Kafi Lamenga....
You can say what you want about me
Want to do what you want to me
But you cannot stop me

I've been knocked down it's a crazy town
Even gotta punch in the face in L.A.
Ain't nothin' in the world that can keep me
From doing what I want to do
'Cause I'm too proud, I'm too strong,
Live by the code that you gotta move on
Feeling sorry for yourself ain't got nobody nowhere

So I (held my head high)
Knew I (knew I'd survive)
Well I made it (I made it)
Don't hate it (Don't hate it)
That's just the way it goes

Yeah

I done made it through
Stand on my own two
I paid my dues yeah
Tried to hold me down
You can't stop me now
I paid my dues

So like I told you
You cannot stop me
I paid my dues yeah

Now I'm still trusted everyday
And people try to mess with Anastacia
Gotta another thing comin'
'cause I have a mind and I thought I'd better let you know
I'm no punk I can't get down,
I don't give a damn about who's around
That's worked just fine 'til now

So I (held my head high)
Knew I (knew I'd survive)
Well I made it (i made it, don't hate it)
Whoa
That's just the way it goes

Yeah (I done made it through)
Oh I'll stand on my own two
I paid my dues, yeah
Tried to hold me down
You can't stop me now
I paid my dues

Yeah yeah yeah

Took so long to get me here
But I won't live in fear
Are you tryin' to steal my shine?
First they want to build you up
Then they tear you down
It's a struggle, tryin' a bubble

So I (held my head high)
Knew I (knew I'd survive)
Whoa whoa whoa (I made it, don't hate it)

Said that's just the way
I said I paid my, I paid my dues
Yeah yeah yeah
But you can't stop me now
I paid my, paid my due oh whoa whoa whoa
Oh I paid my I paid my dues
Yeah
But you can't stop me now
I paid my dues


Lyrics submitted by Lamia

"Paid My Dues" as written by Gregory Dean Lawson Lamenga Kafi

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThis is such a powerful song... Anastacia's voice is DA BOMB!!!
    Sunnyon March 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentShe is geil
    Apfelschorleon June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. I named my greyhound racer after it!
    bingoon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really powerful song. It makes you feel good about yourself and what you do. She's saying that she worked hard to get to where she is, and she's not gonna let anyone bring her down. She put to much into getting to the top, and now that she's there she's not backing down for anything. We should all think like this when it comes to achieving our goals.
    TrOoBaBiEeon April 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong

    Here are the correct lyrics:

    You can say what you want about me
    Try to do what you want to me
    But you cannot stop me


    I've been knocked down, it's a crazy town
    Even got a punch in the face in LA
    Ain't nothin' in the world that could keep me from
    doin what I wanna do


    Cause I'm too proud, I'm too strong
    Live by the code that you gotta move on
    Feelin' sorry for yourself ain't got nobody nowhere.


    So I (held my head high)
    I knew I (knew I'd survive)
    Well I made it (I made it)
    I don't hate it (don't hate it)
    That's just the way it goes


    Yeah, I'm done, made it through,
    Stand on my own two, I paid my dues
    Tried to hold me down, you can't stop me now
    I paid my dues


    So like I told you
    You cannot stop me
    I paid my dues, yeah


    Now I'm still tested everyday
    And people try to mess with Anastacia
    Got another thing coming cause I handle mine
    And I thought I better let you know


    I'm no punk, I can't get down
    I don't give a damn about who's around
    That worked just fine till now


    So I (held my head high)
    Knew I (knew I'd survive)
    Well I made it (I made it)
    Don't hate it, that's just the way it goes


    I'm done, made it through,
    Stand on my own two, I paid my dues
    Tried to hold me down, you can't stop me now
    I paid my dues

    Took so long to get me here
    But I won't live in fear
    Of you tryin' to steal my shine
    But first they wanna build you up
    Then they tear you down
    It's a struggle, tryin' to bubble

    So I...
    Freakofnatureon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou can say what you want about me
    Wanna do what you want to me
    But you can not stop me


    this is a great power song, i think those first three lines sum the whole song up really
    little_miss_failureon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbingo, youd have to be a fair dumbcunt to name a dog after this
    slow__handson October 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song to me is about going through something really hard and making it through.. youv paid your dues now your going to prove that you still got it and can still make it and you will
    flitchon February 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's funny, she once said that there is no metaphor in the lines "Even got a punch in the face in LA " ... she ACTUALLY got punched in LA...once she was walking down the streets and there were some guys fighting and she interrupted them and got punched lol
    twistedboyon October 25, 2010   Link

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