Why?

from Happydance Of The Xenophobe

I've been writing songs for 41 years
I try to rhyme everything I see and I hears
but as I grow older I don't know why
I'm writing songs that go up way too high

why do I write songs I cannot sing well?
is this elevator music you might hear in hell?
why do I choose to humiliate myself
by writing songs I can't sing well?

I've been playing guitar since 1964
yes, the year that the Beatles appeared on our shore
I was content strumming C, F. and G
what the hell has happened to me?

Why do I write guitar charts I cannot play well?
is this elevator music you might hear in hell?
why do I choose to humiliate myself
writing guitar charts I cannot play well?

I took two years of Spanish in high school
I thought Gringos who spoke Espanol were muy cool
I dreamed of writing a song that contained Spanish lyrics
maybe someday Antonio Banderas will hear it

Por que escribe yo canto no bueno?
esta  elevatore musica de la diablo?
por que yo quiero humiliachacha yo soy?
donde esta la bibliotecka?

It used to be easy to do what we did
but things are much harder than when we were kids
we drive ourselves crazy as we near the edge
watch helplessly as some of us step off the ledge

Why are we never satisfied with what we are
we push and we shove as we reach for the stars
we challenge each other to raise up that bar
never satisfied with what we are

Why do we write songs we don't understand
who guides the pen that we hold in our hand
like penguins marching across frozen land
we write songs we don't understand

Everybody now:
La la la la la la la la la la
in Spanish!
La la la la la la la la la la
in French!
La la la la la la la la la la
in Japanese!
Ra ra ra ra ra ra ra!


© Christine Lavin, Christine Lavin Music, ASCAP

updated: 8 years ago