My father told me son
Its okay to have ideas
But beliefs against your government
Still won't pay your bills
You can raise your fists
And publicly resist
But in the end
Corruption still exists

And no protest song will ever change the world
When everybody does exactly as they're told
In the end every man work for what is his
You can fight the world
But it's just the way it is

Your words aren't
Are not meaningless to me
I feel their honesty but it's my
Life I gotta figure out for me
It's what I've always done not want
I have become and I know the consequences
That will come
And if I never reach the world or speak
To people's souls
It's a passion that will not die as I grow old
It's what I choose to do
It may not work for you
But to myself I know I must be true

I am not ashamed to stand right where I've stood
My beliefs they are unchanged
Because I believe they should
And I'll measure my success
One word at a time
If the truth is spoken
Will I stand the test of time

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The Way It Is Lyrics as written by James Paul Cherry Iii

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    zero down are fucking awesome.
    teenagefuckupon June 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment
    So, I should check out this song, then?
    Bobo192on June 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment
    Jim Cherry, the bass/vocals of zero down passed away of a drug overdose.
    SandwichPunkon July 09, 2002   Link
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    He didn't die of a drug overdose. That was thought at first but it was from a lifelong heart condition. teenagefuckup, AGREED. "Will I stand the test of time?" Fuck yes.
    clamumon June 30, 2009   Link
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    AAAAAHHHH!!!! I love this band. And I'm so torn, one hand hand I would have loved Jim to stick around and make more, but on the other hand, this single album is so great that nothing could compare. We miss you Jim, but this album is the best legacy a Punk Rock star can ask for.
    MickyPainon January 07, 2010   Link

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