push comes to shove lyrics – gil scott-heron

push comes to shove to find exactly what you’re made of

ain’t n*body seen you
can n*body scold you
can n*body blame you,
and make you feel bad

n*body should tie you
tell you i told you
n*body should ride you,
about the commitments you had.

cuz they done learned you
and they done burned you
showed you idealistic is all you were
everybody gotta realize
that we all had to compromise
had to put on suit and ties
when push came to shove

(it’s seems like)

push comes to shove once in your lifetime (yes and)
push comes to shove to find out just what’s on your
mind
push comes to shove to find exactly what you’re made of

n*body can know
n*body should tease you
not try to disown you (bizown?)
and make you feel strange
n*body got to explain
ain’t nothing really to explain
everything that rearrange— (?)
and the weather can change (?)

but they done taught you
cuz they done caught you
showed you unrealistic is all you was
so everybody once believed
was only showing how naive
gotta give up to be free
when push came to shove.

push comes to shove once in your lifetime (yes and)
push comes to shove to find out just what’s on your
mind
push comes to shove to find exactly what you’re made of

well, everybody knew somehow we was somehow running
late
and with the captains overboard, who was handling a
ship of fate?
and all we knew was what we really did not know
and that’s when push was sure ‘nough coming to shove

push comes to shove to find exactly what you’re made
of…

cuz they done learned you
and they done burned you
showed you idealistic is all you was
everybody gotta realize
that we all had to compromise
had to put on suit and ties
when push came to shove

push comes to shove once in your lifetime (yes and)
push comes to shove to find out just what’s on your
mind
push comes to shove to find exactly what you’re made of

/ gil scott heron lyrics