Downshifting

from by Harvey Andrews

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I could've worked a whole lot harder
Could've listened to my father
Could've forged ahead, rather than just drifted through
Could've been a top man somewhere
Could've done that, lived that dream there
Could've been so keen there'd be so much to do
I made mistakes that led me nowhere
Mistakes that made me go where
I found a locked door labelled déjà vu
And though I see so clearly, every locked door cost me dearly
As I look back I see that's how I grew
And the one mistake I didn't make was you

I wouldn't network with the winners
Wouldn't get beyond beginners
Always thought the sinners better than the saints could be
I wouldn't join the corporation
Wouldn't rise up to their station
Always felt that levitation was too much for me
I couldn't solve the big conundrum
So I settled for the humdrum
Decided that I didn't have a clue
And though I see so clearly, they all thought it cost me dearly
As I look back I see that's how I grew
And the one mistake I didn't make was you

I didn't make, that big mistake
Though I made a lot of small ones
Made a lot of trip and fall ones
Now we're free, that's history
So let's take our time don't hurry
There's no need for all that worry

'Cause I'll never be a grafter
It's not money that I'm after
I just need to hear your laughter in the afternoon
I'm not chasing any dream now
Haven't got the perfect scheme now
Let it all be as it seems, just one long honeymoon
They can drive their big Mercedes
On their journey down to Hades
They can have the whole damn world till payment’s due
Because now I see so clearly
It'll cost them all so dearly
For there's only so much time as we pass through

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from The Journey, released October 1, 1997

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