She was a happy child
Funny and bright and wild
And all of the grown-ups agreed
She was "Most Likely To Succeed
In Ruling the World!"

Now she calls you on the phone
She's never there alone
Who is he, why is he there, that man?
She steals everything she can
Easily buy it - "Mother,
Can you send some cash?"

Here, World Domination Rules
Get in line with these fools
We'll show you how much it costs
Twice as much as we've lost
This is no way to live
And I have no more to give

Til she's got her
Feet On The Ground
Life is a merry-go-round
Taking her up so high
The angels cry
She's got her
Feet On The Ground

Life is a merry-go-round
Taking her up so high
The angels cry
The story goes on and on
Nobody's right or wrong

There somebody's aunt
Somebody's dad,
They spent the last dollar they had
Trying to bring someone home
You, you call her on the phone
You're always here alone.

A daily reminder of what it's cost
How much you've given,
How much you've lost
Trying to save her-
I'll just send you the cash.

Now world domination's lost.
And this is what it costs.
Twice as much as we've had
But daddy, it's not that bad
How does she survive
Why is she left alive?

Til she's got her
Feet on the ground
Life is a merry-go-round
Taking her up so high
The angels cry

But she's gonna get her
Feet On The Ground
Life is a merry-go-round
Taking her up so high
That you hear the angels cry

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Feet On the Ground Lyrics as written by Rickie Lee Jones

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    This seems to describe how mothers never stop worrying about their children, and describes the cycle of worry, insecurity and the difficulties of love, money, concern/possessiveness. In the chorus the worries resolve, one assumes til the next cycle of worry begins.

    As a sidenote, it too bad if RLJ thinks that people think she's no longer important because they don't want to **** her, because it's not true.

    sdz896542on January 27, 2016   Link

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