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To end up on the back of a milk box drink
Looks like I'm letting 'em down
'Cause $7.75
Isn't worth an hour of my hard work and time
When you can't afford half the shit they advertise
Oh I'm worth more than an ex
More than a toe-tagged generation full of regrets
Ohh I won't settle no oh
Oh I can't settle

I wanna break the mold
Wanna break the stereotype
Fist in the air
I'm not going down with out a fight

(Chorus)
It's my life
And I'm not sitting on the sidelines watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints on you

Representing you and me
Don't you wanna go down in history
Rather than end up
Begging on the streets
Trading undertable favors
For a place to sleep
'Cause I'm worth more than this
So stop writing prescriptions for more Ritalin
I can focus my attention

I wanna break the mold
Wanna break the stereotype
Fist in the air
I'm not going down with out a fight

(Chorus)
It's my life
And I'm not sitting on the sidelines watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints

Don't give up
Don't give in
Build your house on the rock
Oh not in the sand, in the sand, in the sand, in the sand

(Chorus)
It's my life
And I'm not sitting on the sidelines watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me

It's my life
And I'm not sitting on the sidelines watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
'Cause I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints in the END



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    simplymandeeOct 7, 2008 at 3:46 pm
    i think you misunderstood this song, its not about her wanting to be someone else, its about her telling the world shes NOT like everyone else and she is infact, her own person.
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    lovekittypurryApr 23, 2009 at 6:09 pm
    she's saying she is not going to conform to the norm. she doesn't want to work for $7.75 an hour because she wants to be bigger and better than that.. she wont settle for average. she wants to be different and go down in history.
  • ToxicParadise03
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    ToxicParadise03Dec 30, 2008 at 12:12 am
    This song is just explaning her telling the world to let her live her life. For people to stop getting on her for every little thing she does. Haha it's like the story of my life.
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    smiley13May 31, 2009 at 10:50 pm
    mandyc i really think that you misunderstood the song its not about being someone esle its about being yourself and being unique doing it.
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    smiley13May 31, 2009 at 10:47 pm
    This song is great i honestly think it's her best song ever. Her voice is amazing and it really suits the song. This song says what everyone thinks about everyday she's a great voice for the public!!!

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