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Same Old Story (Same Old Song)

Updated on July 17, 2016

When I was a young boy I would look up at the stars

And dream of being a spaceman, and of traveling to mars, and beyond—

Or back in time to see some dinosaurs.

 

And sometimes I’d pretend to be a soldier in a war,

My friends and I would take turns feigning death in our backyard battlefield—

It didn’t matter what we were dying for.

 

It’s the same old story,

It’s the same old song;

It’s a shame and it’s a glory,

And it’s a long—

Hard row to hoe....

 

When I was a teen-age boy I thought I knew it all,

I loved to play the rebel and to do things that would gall my mom and dad—

And Pink Floyd spoke right to me from The Wall.

 

And when I was a young man I learned to drink and drive,

I became a pleasure addict as I continued to strive to kill the pain—

It’s a wonder that I’m still alive.

 

It’s the same old story,

It’s the same old song;

It’s a shame and it’s a glory,

And it’s a long—

Hard row to hoe....

 

Now that I’m an older man you’d think that I’d be wise,

But I’m still just a dreamer disillusioned by the lies we all believed—

While the truth burned brightly right before our eyes.

 

Looking up the road now I see darkness and strife,

But still I hold on to my dreams because I know that life will find a way—

Sometimes it just calls for Mack the Knife.

 

It’s the same old story,

It’s the same old song;

It’s a shame and it’s a glory,

And it’s a long—

Hard row to hoe....

***

-from A Treasuretrove of Trash

©2007 by JC

Listen to a recording of this song here (opens new window).

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    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Very nice Joyus! Rhyme on! Encore!

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      Joyus Crynoid 6 years ago from Eden

      Mentalist--I think I finally got it!-)

      Jane--Thank you. And yes, and it's good to remember those highlights. "Raindrops and roses..."

      James--Thanks much; that means a lot coming from a fellow musician!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      I am impressed! I listened to your song and it is very good. Nice guitar riff, little fiddle solo there. Well done indeed.

    • Jane Bovary profile image

      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      I listened to the song too Joyus..and enjoyed it.

      It is indeed a long, hard road to hoe, but there's some nice highlights along the way.

      Cheers

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Rebellion never dies,it just learns to find the easiest side to wrong and wronger;)

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      Joyus Crynoid 6 years ago from Eden

      Thank you so much saddlerider!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Yup somehow life always finds a way and saves us from ourselves on many occasions. I have lived on the hard road of life and mean streets of hell and back. Yet I have been a survivor and got back on the road of life and still am here so I guess there is a reason for all of us.

      I listened to your song and I will be back for more. You are not only a gifted musician but also a creative and gifted writer of life. Peace my friend.