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from Spring Again by Harvey Andrews

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I raised my son the eighties way
I never let him rest a day
I said wasting time can only lead to losing
When you're a man you'll be my son
And I've never lost, I’ve always won
There are those who serve, and those who do the choosing.

And I said always fight, don't lose face
Always lead, never chase
No one knows the second place
So hurt and bleed, but win the race

He was number one in every school
He couldn't stand a wimp or fool
Or anyone who dribble drooled of caring
He won the prizes, he won the fame
Till everybody knew his name
And they loved him for his devil-may-care daring

I liked his taste I liked his style
I knew that in a little while
He'd begin to use his charm and guile to make it
He'd be the boss man of this town
He’d let nobody push him down
He'd be the hardest, and the toughest and he'd take it

So when he passed the big exam
I was proud he came the big I Am
I could see he didn't give a damn who thought it
I said it’s time you had your wheels
So you can see how power feels
So I found the best and the fastest, and I bought it

In his sports car and designer jeans
He played the king of all the teens
And he soon found out money means best label
And the girls he had wore sweet perfume
Their scent still lingered in his room
In the morning he'd just smile across the table

Then last week in a country lane
In darkness and in pouring rain
A young kid must have been insane to try him
In a clapped out Ford with white-walled tyres
His chiming horn lit my son's fires
As he flashed his beams and tried to roar on by him

And like the man I knew he'd be
My son chose to disagree
And they raced together fast to see who'd weaken
And just as my son pulled ahead
A white-walled tyre lost its tread
And the two cars locked as flames became their beacon

And I said always fight, don't lose face
Always lead, never chase
No one knows the second place
So hurt and bleed, but win the race
I know I was right to make him so afraid of losing
Because there are those who serve
And those who do the choosing


from Spring Again, released January 1, 1994


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