"Cold Feet" as written by and Tracy L Chapman....
There was a little boy once upon a time
Who in spite of his young age and small size knew his mind
For every copper penny and clover he would find
Make a wish for better days the end of hard times
For no more cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

His clothes were always clean
His face was always scrubbed
There was food on the table enough to fill him up
His house was full of life - His house was full of love
But when winter days arrived
There was never money enough to shod his cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He grew up to be a worker determined to succeed
He made a life for himself, free from worldly wants or needs
But with nobody to share the life he'd made
No body to keep him warm at night
When he'd go to sleep he'd sleep alone with his cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

One night he walked the street looking to the heaven's above
Searching for a shooting star a benevolent God
When a woman passing by brushed his arm
He turned and found love
He then wished for the courage to ask this stranger
Who she was to not have cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He thought she'd like the party life and want the finer things
So he promised more than he could buy
And he promised her the sun and moon to not have cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He worked day and night his fingers to the bone
Hi worried mind guilty conscience drive him on
He can't give her what she needs
He wants to give her what he thinks she wants
Her sad-eyed face, his empty pockets drive him on and his cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He'd struggled all his life to be an honest man
Proud that the dirt on his palms was the soil of the land
But some guys he knew from high school days
Said they had a plan to get rich quick
And they could count him in if he don't have cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He thought about their offer accepted it without qualms
Dreamt about the life he'd buy
The comfort that would come without cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He decided to tell his wife things would soon turn around
He said the little boy is dead
A man stands with you now without cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet
Without cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet

He thought he'd set his clock right, He though he'd read his watch
He left in such a hurry he didn't think to wish for luck
Makes no difference if you're early, No difference if you're late
When you're out of time, The flowers have been laid
You're six feet underground
With cold feet
Cold cold cold cold feet


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"Cold Feet" as written by Tracy L Chapman

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    General CommentA guy grows up in a loving household, yet there was never quite as much money as the family needed. He grows up to be a honest and hard worker. He meets a woman, but doesn't think he is good enough for her. He wants to buy her the "best things in life." He falls into a dangerous "get rich quick" lifestyle (of crime?) and winds up dead. Yet another great warning by Tracy Chapman.
    chungjikon May 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentword. great song.
    letsskidaddleon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is such an amazing song. I have just learnt how ot play it on guitar it is just so much better when you can play along urself. my favourite part of the song is:
    "He said the little boy is dead
    A man stands with you now without cold feet" just hte way it is sung so powerful
    KTTunstall888on January 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUnfortunately, the lyrics aren't complete on this song. Which is what I think threw Chungik off a bit.

    The complete lyrics to the section regarding him telling his wife that things would get better is:

    "He decided to drive the car, he decided to carry the gun
    To take the biggest risk of all to prove his loyalty to his friends
    He decided to tell his wife things would soon turn around..."

    It's a beautiful song, like all of Chapman's songs. This man had everything. He grew up with everything he needed. Love, a roof over his head, a loving wife. But naturally, like any loving person, he wanted to give his wife more. He wanted to be the provider, and to show that he COULD provide. But in the end, the superficial things that weren't the things that made him the loving, hard-working man he was, would become his undoing.
    digiloopson May 28, 2008   Link

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