WILL I BE SOMEONE

All the dirty streets I walked

All the dirty thoughts I thought

All the dirty deeds that I did

stick on my mind

 

I've been putting a tattoo on me

From the inside I can't see

What it is or what it means

I just know the pain that I feel

 

But the day when I'll be done & die

Will I see, will I recognize

the whole, the tattoo inside

of my heart & my soul?

 

Will I Be someone before I die

Will I be someone

When I walk into the dark night (into the dark night)

Will I be someone before I die

A dot of ink in God's blue sky

A tattoo myself, fading away

 

Betty set her mind to die

Made a plan after 'while

Getting herself overdosed

With the stuff that she liked most

 

Liquid courage made her nearly insane

Couldn't hit a letter nor a vein

Asked her neighbour to help her through

Neighbour said, sure I could do this for you.

 

But hippie Johnny was a junkie himself

Took his share before gave her something else

He got high while she did faint

He saved her life, what an american saint

 

REFRAIN

 

Is it singing peasants throwing their seed

Or the crazies yelling down in the street

Is what you get the stuff that you need

Down in the dark night?

 

Looking for love, are you looking for God

Christmas tree or a parking lot

A place for a pee or a decent job

Are you fading away?

 

You can't say because it's too hard

Time to stay or is it time to part

Question mark in the dark

That's what we are.

 

I've been putting a tattoo on me

from the inside I can't see

what it is or what it means

I just know the pain that I feel

 

Then the day when I'll be done & die

I will see, I will recognize

the whole, the tattoo inside

of my heart & my soul

 

Then I'll be someone before I die

Then I'll be someone

When I walk into the dark night (into the dark night)

Then I'll be someone before I die

A dot of ink in God's blue sky

A tattoo myself, fading away

(c) d.ottn 2016