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Lyrics: Song Twelve (How Much Is A Good Song Worth?)

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How Much Is A Good Song Worth?

Tell me,
How much is a good song worth?
How many have attempted this road?
How many are trying still?
How many have left?

My sisters suggested shyly that I should, maybe, go back to school?
Dad advised that I should buy a Vespa or a car
And drum up some more business
Mom was not quite sure about my music
An older friend thought I should be more concerned
With finding a partner and having kids
My former art teacher said, “If you’re like this,
You’ll soon get a dog, and… a cat!”
Goodness, everyone seems to have
Their anxieties about where I am at!

* * *

Tell me,
How much is a good song worth?
How many have attempted this road?
How many are trying still?
How many have left?

Living on the edge, I’m never quite sure
The doubts are big, the fears are huge
But the need to create is bigger still
I’m sorry I can’t comfort you
Can’t pretend to know what I’m doing
But I’m quite certain
That I don’t want to follow a standard script
It’s me who feels the depth of my calling
It’s me who has to find out
Everything else seems less important somehow

* * *

Tell me,
How much is a good song worth?
How many have attempted this road?
How many are trying still?
How many have left?

I’ve got this thing that calls out my name
I must protect it, make good use of it while I can
It could be gone any minute
It could be gone the next hour
Next day, next month, or next year
People don’t realize this, they think it’s mine forever
Well, don’t you know, it’s the most fragile thing in the world!
The other day I heard someone state it well,
“Demand more of yourself
And don’t listen to anyone else!”

* * *

Tell me,
How much is a good song worth?
How many have attempted this road?
How many are trying still?
How many have left?

I told her, “Life is just an experience
Tormented, built, fought, all gone to dust at the end”
And she got kinda angry with me
I finished singing the song horribly
And a guy got up and said “That’s poetry!
Where can I see your show?”
Sharpen myself for something I don’t yet know
I’d like to say one day, before I go,
“I took my prize, and paid the price
I’ve paid what I owed to Life”

* * *

So tell me,
How much is a good song worth?
How many have attempted this road?
How many are trying still?
How many have left?

Yeah, I really just wanna know
How much is a good song worth?
That’s what I wanna find out
How much is a good song worth?

Oct 10, 2019
Gnocchi Artyst

Song Twelve (How Much Is A Good Song Worth?)
Written by Gnocchi Artyst (Oct 10, 2019).
Original in English, translation in Vietnamese.
Copyright © 2019 — Please do not use without permission.

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