I find it hard sometimes to say the way that I feel
I do the very things I hate to do
I act like a child and I'm afraid of what is real
And so I try to cover up the truth

I stumble like a drunk along this crazy path I walk
I have a hundred thousand questions too
I'll go to any length to prove that nothing is my fault
Then later on I will deny the proof

I don't like to win but then again I hate to lose
And in between is something I can't stand
I don't care what you think and I hope that you approve
I am just an ordinary man

Sometimes I want to stop and crawl back into the womb
And sometimes I cannot tell wrong from right
But I ain't gonna quit until I'm laid in my tomb
And even then they better shut it tight



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    General CommentNo one else looks in the mirror and speaks the brutal truth like T Bone. Here's one example among many. Reading these lyrics on the page, they don't seem to scan. Yet it works: with pristine rhythm and phrasing, somehow never calling attention to itself (like the simple, direct words he chooses).

    I tend to forget about this one; it's a gem. He's hardly the first to take notice of deep, unavoidable life-and-death paradoxes. But beautifully f-ing illustrated.
    foreverdroneon August 25, 2018   Link

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