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  1. The Ropes

From the album Shine Kid Shine

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Go to sleep, boy. Dream about cars. You can fly through the stars tonight.
In the deep, boy, scrape up your knees. Climb up any old trees you like.
Get some rest, son. You're gonna feel the scars that are real in time.
Life's a lesson. Man, it's heavy as sin, so keep holding your chin up high.

It takes some walking and talking and crying out loud.
It takes some walking and talking to figure it out.

You'll learn the ropes when you fall. You'll hold your own when you crawl.
It's when the sun don't shine at all that you'll shine.
You'll learn the steps when you trip. You'll be your best when you've quit.
And at the end of all of it, may you find: you're right on time.

Go to sleep, girl. Dream of the days that you'll get to blaze the path.
Don't you weep, girl. You're just little and new and there's little to do about that.
Day by day, child. Everything flies. It'll come and go like the wind.
Life's a game, child. And you've gotta lose before you get to choose to win.

It takes some walking and talking and crying out loud.
It takes some walking and talking to figure it out.

You'll learn the ropes when you fall. You'll hold your own when you crawl.
It's when the sun don't shine at all that you'll shine.
You'll learn the steps when you trip. You'll be your best when you've quit.
And at the end of all of it, may you find: you're right on time.

Oh, it's late, kids. So hop into bed. Tomorrow we'll get it right.
Turn the page, kids. And I'll read you prose, til I see that you've closed your eyes.
And I've fooled you if you believe that I am naturally so profound.
Soon you'll see it ain't true. I'm just older that you right now.

It took me some walking and talking and crying out loud.
It takes some walking and talking to figure it out.

You'll learn the ropes when you fall. You'll hold your own when you crawl.
It's when the sun don't shine at all that you'll shine.
You'll learn the steps when you trip. You'll be your best when you've quit.
And at the end of all of it, may you find: you're right on time.