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Ain't That Life
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

Sometimes we try to reach the stars
And sometimes we just try
Sometimes we try to live a little
And sometimes we only die
Sometimes we try to hit new heights
And sometimes we hit the ground
Sometimes when we do, it's a silent night
And sometimes, there's a terrible sound

But ain't that life
Ain't that life, anyway
We can hope and we can pray
We can try to make a better day
But when it's over, what's left to say
Except ain't that life, anyway

We wanna teach, we wanna learn
And we don't wanna feel alone
We want to say that we're gods on Earth
But we're really just flesh and bone
We're so damn proud of our intellect
That we try to chase the Sun
The war of technology's over
But we really don't know who won

But ain't that life
Ain't that life, anyway
We can hope and we can pray
We can try and make a better day
But when it's over, what's left to say
Except ain't that life, anyway

Teacher in space, went and died in disgrace
The TV sets saw how everybody cried
Take another glance at a good distance
And just a couple of people died
With hope in her eyes, she streaked up to the sky
And the wreckage washed up on the beach
I wonder if anybody asked her
Is there anyone up there to teach

But ain't that life
Ain't that life, anyway
We can hope and we can pray
We can try and make a better day
But when it's over, what's left to say
Except ain't that life, anyway

Somewhere someone's laughing
Somewhere someone cries
Somewhere someone sees the truth
While someone else tells lies
Somewhere there's a Christian
Who's contemplating Zen
Somewhere there's a pervert
Luring children to his den
Somewhere a girl rides a skateboard
And hopes to be President
Somewhere an aging actor
Decides to give up Lent
A realtor takes up smoking
But cannot find a match
A kid nearly dies in his dad's new car
But worries about the scratch
A newborn kitten freezes
While two young lovers part
And maybe here, some sucker
Could be taking this song to heart

It's beautiful
It's oh so beautiful
It's beautiful
It's oh so beautiful

Dreams can live long after we're gone
But what's really in a dream
Sometimes it's the lies in a gambler's eyes
And sometimes, it's a quiet scream
Some people die while others are born
And the circle of life goes on
When you get down to it, we're just visitors here
So you can't really do nothing wrong

But ain't that life
Ain't that life, anyway
We can hope and we can pray
We can try and make a better day
But when it's over, what's left to say
Except ain't that life, anyway

When it's over, what's left to say
Except ain't that life, anyway
Because when it's over, what's left to say
Except ain't that life, anyway


First release: Late for Work demo
Released: 01/01/1986
Earliest time played: 12/12/1988
Last time played: 05/16/1992
Playing frequency:
  9 plays (see all shows)
  0.48% of shows in the database
  0.49% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  John penned this tune to pass English class in 1986 after the Space Shuttle "Challenger" exploded in January of that year. For more exploits of this long-lost tune, read the official FAQ.