Vincent will you teach me how to paint
Teresa will I ever be a saint
John I really think your songs are great
I was born too late

William will you teach me how to write
Cassius will you show me how to fight
Thomas A. I think I see the light
I was born tonight

I’ve had a hard time a leaving this town
I’ve been losing everything that I’ve found
I’m gonna search the sky, kiss the ground
Build it up, and tear it back down

Jimmy show me how you play that thing
Elvis will I ever be a king
And Jerry all the joy and love you bring
I was born to sing

Martin Luther king show me the way
Jesus Buddha teach me how to pray
Christopher I think I see the faith
I was born today

I’ve had a hard time leaving this town
I’ve been losing everything that I’ve found
I’m gonna search the sky, kiss the ground
Build it up, and tear it back down

I’ve had a hard time a leaving this place
I’ve been counting all the lines on my face
I’m gonna curse the sky, hit the ground
What goes up comes tumbling down
Tumbling down


Lyrics submitted by NYG216, edited by Optejac

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    General CommentThis is a great song...one of my favorites. I think it means that when you're having a downward turn in your life, you can look to the greats of the past for inspiration. This song lists a lot of them, and below are my ideas about who they are. Of course, there could be other interpretations on a few of them.

    Verse One
    Vincent Van Gogh, Mother Theresa, and John Lennon.

    Verse Two
    William Shakespeare (or William Faulkner), Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali (or Cassius the Roman), and Thomas Aquinas (that lyric above should be Thomas A. I think I see the light).

    Verse Three

    Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Jerry Garcia

    Verse Four

    The first three are self-explanatory, and Christopher Columbus (line should be Christopher I think I see the bay)

    Good song!
    enjoyale81on July 22, 2003   Link

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