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Get Tough

By Michael Guy Bowman (Bandcamp, YouTube, Twitter, External (michaelguybowman.com)).
Released 1/26/2021.
Duration: 4:04.

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Lyrics:

Don't talk to me about living the dream
I might be dreaming, but I'm not sleeping sound
Don't talk to me about living on handouts
When you're living on hand-be-downs

I feel like I must be losing my grip
Clinging to memories, but trying to be hip
All the other ways I could've gone instead
I could be a lawyer or a doctor or dead

It's a long time living
Long before you're living it up
And every chance I'm given
I've thought about giving it up

There are bills to be paid
There is love to be made
There are treacherous waters
That we all must wade
And you can beg on your hands and knees
But it isn't enough
You've got to get tough

Don't talk to me about beating the odds
I'm only standing where the world beats me down
Don't talk to me about rising above
When you run with the underground

I feel like I must be losing my mind
Opening windows, closing the blinds
All the other ways I could've gone instead
No matter where I go I can't get out of my head

It's a long time living
Long before you're living it up
And every chance I'm given
I've thought about giving it up

There are bills to be paid
There is love to be made
There are treacherous waters
That we all must wade
And you can beg for mercy, please
But it isn't enough
You've got to get tough

And just a little bit stronger
And just a little bit wiser
For just a little bit longer
We'll get a little bit higher

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