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From the album Let's Face It

Have you ever been close to tragedy
Or been close to folks who have?
Have you ever felt a pain so powerful
So heavy you collapse?

No? Well...
I never had to knock on wood
But I know someone who has
Which makes me wonder if I could
It makes me wonder if
I never had to knock on wood
And I'm glad I haven't yet
Because I'm sure it isn't good
That's the impression that I get.

Have you ever had the odds stacked up so high
You need a strength most don't possess?
Or has it ever come down to do or die
You've got to rise above the rest?

No? Well...
I never had to knock on wood
But I know someone who has
Which makes me wonder if I could
It makes me wonder if
I never had to knock on wood
And I'm glad I haven't yet
Because I'm sure it isn't good
That's the impression that I get.

I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was,
I would pass
Look at the tested and think there but for the grace go on
I might be a coward,
I'm afraid of what I might find out.

I've never had to knock on wood
But I know someone who has
Which makes me wonder if I could
It makes me wonder if
I've never had to knock on wood
And I'm glad i haven't yet
Because I'm sure it isn't good
That's the impression that I get.

Never had to, I better knock on wood...
Cause I know someone who has
Which makes wonder if I could
It makes me wonder if I

Never had to, I better knock on wood...
Cause I'm sure it isn't good
Am I'm glad I havn't yet...

That's the Impression that I get.



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    UnregisteredMar 29, 2012 at 12:40 am
    Well, the way i've always heard the lyrics it's "i never had to, ( knock on wood)". The writers are saying "wow, i hope that doesn't happen in my life" and the next sentence is "knock on wood" the way it's said when you're superstitiously hoping that whatever you just said doesn't come true. And the line should read "look at the tested and think
    'there but for the grace go i' ". There is a phrase "there but for the grace of god go i" and this is the same idea slightly rephrased. This song is incredibly insightful. Kwhen we are starting out in life none of us ever think anything bad will happen to us or someone we love, partly because we are afraid we won't be able to deal with it. Tragedy occurs in everyone's life- it's not a question of 'if' just 'when'. The writers are not cowards, but nothing terrible has happened to them -- yet. This song is about hoping that when tragedy does occur they'll be ready, as well as being thankful that their tests just haven't come yet.

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