All my life's a circle; Sunrise and sundown; Moon rolls thru the nighttime; Till the daybreak comes around.
He was a young driver, just out on his second job. And he was carrying the next day's pasty fruits for everyone in that coal-scarred city where children play without despair in backyard slag-piles and folks manage to eat each day about thirty thousand pounds of bananas...Harry Chapin
And he said "God, make it a dream!" as he rode his last ride down. And he sideswiped nineteen neat parked cars, clipped off thirteen telephone poles, hit two houses, bruised eight trees, and Blue-Crossed seven people. it was then he lost his head, not to mention an arm or two before he stopped.Harry Chapin
He went up on the mountain beside the giant stone They knew he was insane so they left him alone He'd given up enlisting help for there was no one else He spent his days devising ways to stop the rock himself One night while he was working building braces on the ledge The ground began to rumble the rock trembled on the edge.Harry Chapin
When I started this song I was still thirty-three The age that Mozart died and sweet Jesus was set free Keats and Shelley too soon finished, Charley Parker would be And I fantasized some tragedy'd be soon curtailing me Well just today I had my birthday I made it thirty-four Mere mortal, not immortal, not star-crossed anymore I've got this problem with my aging I no longer can ignore A tame and toothless tabby can't produce a lion's roar.Harry Chapin
Step right up young lady Your two hundred birthdays make you old if not senile And we see the symptoms there in your rigor mortis smile With your old folks eating dog food and your children eating paint While the pirates own the flag and sell us sermons on restraint.Harry Chapin
And if a woman She used a life line As something more than Some man's servant mother wife time Well I wonder what would happen to this world.Harry Chapin
And if our future Lies on the final line Are we brave enough To see the signals and the signs?Harry Chapin
If we say that no one's out there And we say we're goin' nowhere And we avoid the question Is this all that it means?Harry Chapin
Oh, if a man tried To take his time on earth And prove before he died What one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world.Harry Chapin
And the wind will whip your tousled hair, The sun, the rain, the sweet despair, Great tales of love and strife. And somewhere on your path to glory You will write your story of a life.Harry Chapin
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