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Garrison Doles: Song Lyrics

Hard Way to Learn

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Words and music by Garrison Doles

Boy ain’t quittin’
Got a brand new toy
Offerin’ up the flesh and the blood
Gonna be a free man
Gonna be a bicycle ridin’ boy
Gravel and the asphalt
Tryin’ to wear him down
Curse away these bitter tears
Gonna break that buckin’ bronco
Gonna ride right out of town
He can feel the world is out there
And he wants to take his turn
Time and again
He goes down
I guess I could have told him
It’s a damned hard way to learn

Boy’s just crazy
No sense at all
Ain’t no kind of helpin’ hand
Nobody gonna be there
Nobody gonna catch him when he falls
Not a sign of mercy
Out there all alone
Got to be the long way ‘round
If he’s gonna break that buckin’ bronco
Gonna have to do it on his own
He can feel the world is out there
And he wants to take his turn
Time and again
He goes down
I guess I could have told him
It's a damned hard way to learn