Robert Willey's Song Sampler

You were once just a kid
They would watch what you did
Now you're out on your own
All you got is a phone
Just hit the road, that's how it goes.

Goin' out for a walk
Best get home before dark
Don't know who you might meet
And have to beat a retreat
Just hit the road, that's how it goes.

They will tell you
"Look on the positive side.
You're so lucky,
It's up to you to decide."

Take a knock on the chin
Other times you cash in
Get called in by the boss
Sits you down says "Get lost."
Just hit the road, that's how it goes.

Get 'em ready, pack up your favorite stuff
What you can carry in one trip should be enough

You don't know when you will die
Until that day you must try
To find your way to the best
Be it the east or the west
Just hit the road, that's how it goes.

No more fun, time to run
No more fuss, take the bus
Don't be late for your date
Drive a car, you'll go far
Jump a bike or a trike
Slip a boat cross the moat
Jungle vine could be fine
Jump a train, new terrain
Pogo stick, not that quick
Leave the lane on a plane
Rocket ship, very hip
Now's the time, the last rhyme.

The car is wearing out, but it gets me where I need to go
It's scratched and has some dents but I don't mind
One hundred fifty thousand miles is a long, long way to go
Drove me to the speed limit years.

The fan rattles, the upholstery's stained, the left front tire squeaks
We've survived three accidents
But it's paid for, has new tires, and the engine's going strong
Cruising through the speed limit years.

My gramma told me "Don't ever get old."
But there's no good alternative, I'm told.

Fifty five to seventy is a new stage of life
Starting to develop aches and pains
It's nothing that'll kill me yet, but it's making me slow down
Riding through the speed limit years.

What's gonna happen to my family?
And what about little old me?

I take five kinds of medicines and physical therapy
But I can't sleep through the night or eat as much
My knee and shoulder hurt, but I'm not gonna complain
'Cause I'm enjoying the speed limit years.

When I lose my license, and then my mind
And all the luggage, what'll be left behind?

It's time to stop the racing 'round, ignoring the signs
Observing the speed limit years.

The doctors gave up, they gave it their best
Your mother was ill, she's gone to her rest
She won't be comin' back, the scene fades to black.

Your father was next for a hospital bed
In a brightly lit room the goodbyes were said
He won't be comin' back, the scene fades to black.

Who will still be here tomorrow?
Who's gonna give it a try?
The clock starts ticking louder
Dropping hints it's time to say "Goodbye."

You are on the road, which road? no one knows
All you have to do is find out where it goes
Looking for the answers, watch out for the signs
Trying to find a little peace of mind.

Pack up the last box and sweep the floor
Turn off the light and lock the door
You won't be comin' back, the scene fades to black

So take what you want and the lessons you've learned
Everything else just pile up and burn
They won't be comin' back, the scene fades to black

Who will still be here tomorrow?
Who's gonna give it a try?
The clock starts ticking louder
Dropping hints it's time to say "Goodbye."

You are on the road, which road? no one knows
All you have to do is find out where it goes
Looking for the answers, watch out for the signs
Trying to find a little peace of mind.

Yesterday everything changed
When you appeared in my life it was rearranged
The puzzle's been finished, the pieces all fit
The darkness has lifted, the candle's been lit.

Today when I woke up everything's new
The coffee tastes better, it's all 'cause of you
The music is sweeter, the colors are bright
I'm feeling so happy, everything's right.

The day after yesterday, the day after yesterday

I see us together wherever we go
I'm not in a hurry, I wanna go slow
You'll be my partner as well as my friend
Accepting our real selves, no need to pretend

The day after yesterday, the day after yesterday

Half of the people have given up hope
Another twenty percent are at the end of their rope
When opportunity knocks they don't answer the door
The TV's too loud, or they've gone to the store
To buy lottery tickets, to spin the big wheel
As if that's their best chance to get a better deal
You win some, you lose some, but today I cashed in
And if we could go back in time I know we'd do it again
This is the song I will play, with you I will stay.

The day after yesterday (that would be today)
The day after yesterday (so much more to say)
The day after yesterday (we are on our way)
The day after yesterday (together come what may)

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