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Men Leave and Men Die

This is a revised version of a song that placed as a Finalist in the Great American Song Contest 2014.

Verse 1:

Mama learned well but too hard and too soon

A lesson engraved like his name on her ring

Daddy’s heart was failing, but nobody knew

‘Til she got the call as next of kin

She took work in a fact’ry to keep us fed

I was too young back then to understand

But now I'm grown, and I’ll never forget those words that she said

 

Chorus:

Men leave, and men die

Harsh as it sounds, you’d better open your eyes

‘Cause you may find yourself cryin,’ left high and dry

If you blindly rely on a man to get by

Love while you got ‘im, but get a life

Gotta learn to take care of yourself to survive

Baby girl, you know I ain’t tellin’ no lies

Men leave, and men die

 

VERSE 2:

Now my daughter’s engaged, and they’ve set the date

Only one year shy of her college degree

She tells me planning the wedding just can’t wait

A little time off is all she needs

I say, “You need to get your prior’ties straight”

Love can be good, but bad things can happen

I know it may seem heartless, but I’ll cut to the chase

 

Chorus:

Men leave, and men die

Harsh as it sounds, you’d better open your eyes

‘Cause you may find yourself cryin,’ left high and dry

If you blindly rely on a man to get by

Love while you got ‘im, but get a life

Gotta learn to take care of yourself to survive

Baby girl, you know I ain’t tellin’ no lies

Men leave, and men die

 

BRIDGE:

Some men are wicked, rotten, and cruel

Honey, I know your man ain’t one of those

But please don’t play the fool

Make yourself strong, and his love will grow stronger

See, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do ‘cause…

 

Chorus:

Men leave, and men die

Harsh as it sounds, you’d better open your eyes

‘Cause you may find yourself cryin,’ left high and dry

If you blindly rely on a man to get by

Love while you got ‘im, but get a life

Gotta learn to take care of yourself to survive

Girlfriend, you know I ain’t tellin’ no lies

Men leave, and men die

 

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© Lisa Marks

November 2014

Lisa Marks · 1355 days ago
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