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Once it was just innocence
Brash ideas and insolence
But you will never get away
With the things you say today

But you can cry if you want

Don't you get embarrassed when you read the precious things you said
Many, many years ago when life appeared rosy red
No one ever shared your bed
Nothing ever filled your head
Except yourself and little Ted
And scary dreams that you were dead.
Don't you want to hide your face
When going through your teenage books
And read the kind of crap you wrote
About "Ban the Bomb" and city crooks
Think about how long it took
To get over that sudden "Yuk"
When in the mirror you did look
Well now my son you're well in stook

Cry if you want, ooh cry if you want
Cry if you want, ooh cry if you want
Cry if you want, ooh cry if you want
Cry if you want, ooh cry if you want

Didn't you writhe in anger when you saw the man in his big car
Didn't you drive a banger and a gallon didn't get you far
Should have been a famous star
But that ain't what you really are
You could shout your last hurrah
While they are propping up the bar
Maybe things were better then
Before you led a promised life
Rash commitements, heavy raps and left wing spiel all compromised
You fall in love with other's wives
Drive 'em nuts with empty lies
Angry 'cos you lost the prize
Forgot the color of their eyes.

Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want

Let your tears flow, let your past go
Let your tears flow, let your past go
Let your tears flow, let your past go
Let your tears flow, let your past go

Don't you get embarrassed when you think about the way you were
Yesterday, the day before when you were young with much to learn
Aren't you glad it's your last term
No more acting lowly worm
You can make the suckers squirm
When you tell them how much you earn
Don't you feel ashamed at all the bitterness you feel inside
Does your ego save your face "I had a go - I really tried"
Now you know your leaders lied
Does it stop you acting snide
Or are you still a boy that cried
Tears now surely long since dried.

Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want



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