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You see the world through your cynical eyes
You're a troubled young man I can tell
You've got it all in the palm of your hand
But your hand's wet with sweat and your head needs a rest
You're foolin' yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
Why must you be such an angry young man
When your future looks quite bright to me
How can there be such a sinister plan
That could hide such a lamb, such a caring young man

You're foolin' yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
Get up, get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat and you know it
Come on, let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot and don't blow it

You're foolin' yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
Get up, get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat and you know it
Come on, let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot and don't blow it.



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    eabaleJun 7, 2010 at 6:58 am
    Tommy Shaw wrote this song about his fellow band mate Dennis DeYoung. His ego spiraled so out of control that any setback pushed him over the edge. He got so upset or so "angry" about any little setback when Styx was trying to get in the charts. Tommy Shaw called him the Angry Young Man.
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    UnregisteredJul 7, 2012 at 7:33 am
    This song is about a man who has experienced life threatning situations, who is scared, and needs a break from it. He does'nt realize that he is chosen for a special task and becomes angry
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    TheJGDec 10, 2009 at 11:48 pm
    It's a song about a person who is overworked and deceived by worldly ambitions and is encouraged to take a shot at living a more meaningful life -- a spiritual life instead of worldly ambitious one. He told to look outside of the way he thinks other people see him.

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