I rounded first, never thought of the worst
As I studied the shortstop's position,
Crack! went my leg like the shell of an egg -
Someone call a decent physician!
I'm no Pete Rose, I can't pretend.
Though my mind is quite flexible
Rhese brittle bones don't bend.

I'm growing older but not up,
My metabolic rate is pleasantly stuck.
Let those winds of change blow over my head,
I'd rather die while I'm living then live while I'm dead.

Sometimes I see me as an old manatee
Heading south as the waters grow colder.
Tries to steer clear of the hum drum so near
It cuts prop scars deep in his shoulders,
But hat's how it flows right to the end
Though his body's still flexible,
That barnacle brain don't bend.


So now don't get me wrong, this is not a sad song,
Just events that I have happened to witness
And time takes its toll as we head for the pole
And no one dies from physical fitness.
So what the hell? We'll take it right to the end.
As the days grow more complicated
The night life still wins


Let the winds of change blow over my head
I'd rather die while I'm living then live while I'm dead

Lyrics submitted by EnjOy IncUbus, edited by jeanenepr

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    General CommentThere's some lines missing in the last verse. Something about "physical fitness".

    But what I really want to know is what the hell is a hum drum?
    TabbyFL55on June 21, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"Hum Drum" refers to the sound a boat's propeller makes - what a manatee would hear as the boat approaches. Boat strikes are the leading cause of manatee injury and death. Jimmy helped found the "Save the Manatee" movement.

    There are no missing words.

    Jimmy wrote this song after the first time he broke his leg - stealing 2nd base in a charity softball tournament. Thus the reference to "Pete Rose".
    davidwbeston October 09, 2014   Link

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