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So now I am older,
Than my mother and father,
When they had their daughter,
Now what does that say about me.
Oh how could I dream of,
Such a selfless and true love,
Could I wash my hands of?
Just lookin out for me

Oh man what I used to be
Oh man oh my oh me (x2)

In dirth or in excess
Both the slave and the empress,
Will return to the dirt I guess,
Naked as when they came.
I wonder if I'll see,
Any faces above me,
Or just cracks in the ceiling,
Nobody else to blame.

Oh man what I used to be,
Oh man oh my oh me (x2)

Gold teeth and gold jewelry
Every piece of your dowry
Throw them into the tomb with me
Bury them with my name.
Unless I have someday,
Ran my wandering
In my underway

Oh man what I used to be
Montezuma to tripoli
Oh man oh my oh me



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    UnregisteredMay 30, 2012 at 9:12 am
    The first verse he is saying he has reached the age when his parents had their first child and he wonders if he could ever be responsible and selfless enough to love and raise a child. The second verse he musses about death, saying all people, rich and poor, will certainly die, but he will he die alone in a room looking at the ceiling or with "faces" above him i. E. People who love him. Presumably his children. The last verse he is sing throw all his wealth in his tome with him when he dies. (dowry being what he would have given away at his daughter's wedding had he had children) unless he ends his ways of irresponsibility, grows up, and raises a family.
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    UnregisteredAug 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    "halls of montezuma to the shores of tripoli" - us mariines song... Bollocks - use of montezuma in the context of a powerless betrayed king would have been much better.

    Song sounds good, some lyrics ok, rest absolute bollocks
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    UnregisteredJul 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm
    Dowery would have gone with a daughter, his name (last) with a son to carry on. Both are burried with him if he dies childless.
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    UnregisteredJun 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    It sounds like he’s decided to not have children and wonders if he’s made the right choice, what will happen when it’s too late to change your mind? Or perhaps i’m just personifying.
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    UnregisteredJun 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    It sounds like he’s decided to not have children and wonders if he’s made the right choice, what will happen when it becomes too late to change his mind? Or perhaps i’m just personifying.

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