"The Joke" as written by and David W. Jr Cobb Brandi M. Carlile....
You're feeling nervous, aren't you, boy?
With your quiet voice and impeccable style
Don't ever let them steal your joy
And your gentle ways, to keep 'em from running wild
They can kick dirt in your face
Dress you down, and tell you that your place
Is in the middle, when they hate the way you shine
I see you tugging on your shirt
Trying to hide inside of it and hide how much it hurts

Let 'em laugh while they can
Let 'em spin, let 'em scatter in the wind
I have been to the movies, I've seen how it ends
And the joke's on them

You get discouraged, don't you, girl?
It's your brother's world for a while longer
We gotta dance with the devil on a river
To beat the stream
Call it living the dream, call it kicking the ladder
They come to kick dirt in your face
To call you weak and then displace you
After carrying your baby on your back across the desert
I saw your eyes behind your hair
And you're looking tired, but you don't look scared

Let 'em laugh while they can
Let 'em spin, let 'em scatter in the wind
I have been to the movies, I've seen how it ends
And the joke's on them

Let 'em laugh while they can
Let 'em spin, let 'em scatter in the wind
I have been to the movies, I've seen how it ends
And the joke's on them


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"The Joke" as written by David W. Jr. Cobb Brandi M. Carlile

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    My InterpretationThis song is very powerful. It can move you without even knowing the lyrics. Just the music itself stirs up emotions.

    I think it's a call to young people, a song for inspiration to young people trying to find their way in the world. The first verse is about a young man who is struggling to come to grips with his not-so-popular sexual preference. The second verse sounds like a young mother trying to flee a war zone, such as Syria, to find safety and security for her and her child.

    Not it's even more powerful than before.
    winx62on March 08, 2018   Link

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