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There were people on the sidewalks
Strolling down the avenues
They were sitting outside in cafes
We were looking for the muse
Well I was locked in by the system
Where no freedom is the rule
Now I spend all my time just trying
To make it understood

It once was my life, thats what everybody said
All the things I used to do and the people that were friends
Ive got to make it mean something at the end of the day
It once was my life, they cant take that away

Trials and tribulations and stupidity still rules
Sometimes it looks like Im on a ship of fools

It once was my life, when my message was just the street
Then it became something else, and now its incomplete
Im just trying to get back to when
Can somebody please shed some light
It used to be my life, it used to be uptight

Trials and tribulations and stupidity still rules
Some days it just feels like Im on a ship of fools

Im back here on the boards, I can hear the engines roar
Everybodys got to pay, some people got to pay more
Well you can tell the people anything
Spoon feed them anything you like
It used to be so simple, it used to be my life

Now everything is so complicated, just to speak or use the phone
Some people try to use me, just cause they dont have their own
Dont know whos round the corner, trying to sell me some more tripe
It used to be my life, it used to be my life.....



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