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as the world turns lyrics – daniel amos


i’m checkin’ out, checking on a late night flight
lax a horror show
still i’d rather be here sweatin’ out another take-off
than living in the valley below
and i never get comfort in the earth or sky
it’s my belief they’re not my home
the world spins one way, but i go another
against the grain, one often stands alone

as the world turns, it slaps me hard
as the world turns, it tells me i’m weak
as the world turns, i drop my guard
as the world turns, i turn the other cheek

i sing
hey oh, slaps me hard
hey oh, slaps me hard
hey oh, slaps me hard
i put it all together in the exercise yard

dreams that die too easy in the vengeance of time
some values given up for others
and this, i think, is the essence of our tragedy:
our fallenness, our bond with one another
and you always hear about it in the evening news
you get it in the morning paper
but if you think it’s always gonna be this way
i say it’s gonna change, much sooner than later

many people wanting the elixir of youth
through defeats and through disasters
stifling the only thing that changes it all
love is what i’m going after
achievements always falling into yesterday
i’m a pupil in an intro cl-ss
new cars, travels, love affairs cannot provide
the way out of life’s iron cast

/ daniel amos lyrics