Phil Ochs: My Life

My life was once a joy to me
Never knowing, I was growing, everyday.
My life was once a toy to me
And I wound it and I found it ran away.
So I raced through the night
With a face at my feet, like a god I would write
All the melodies were sweet, and the women were white
It was easy to survive, my life was so alive.
My life was once a flag to me
And I waved it and behaved like I was told.
My life was once a drag to me
And I loudly, and I proudly, lost control.
I was drawn by a dream
I was loved by a lie, every serf on the scene
Begged me to buy
But I slipped through the scheme
So lucky to fail
My life was not for sale.
My life is now a myth to me
Like the drifter, with his laughter in the dawn.
My life is now a death to me
So I’ll mold it and I’ll hold it till I’m born.
So I turned to the land
Where I’m so out of place
Throw a curse on the plan
In return for the grace
To know where I stand
Take everything I own
Take your tap from my phone
And leave my life alone
My life alone.

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