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You Can't Keep Me From Singing

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You Can't Keep Me From Singing
(Gordon MacDonald, Jr./tune: How Can I Keep From Singing?)

 My life flows on, but something's wrong--I'm caught in consternation;
 Whenever I begin to sing there's rising agitation.
 My singing voice was not my choice, Fate brought it sweetly winging,
 Since Fate's to blame, I now proclaim: you can't keep me from singing!

 My voice is hoarse, but then, of course, a sweet smooth voice is boring.
 And if a song be sad or long, I pep it up by roaring!
 To sing on pitch is something which was not in my upbringing;
 To sing off-key sounds fine to me, you can't keep me from singing!

 If I sing just right I can incite a peaceful group to riot
 Or offer me a handsome fee if only I'll be quiet!
 But I don't bargain with a mob, though tar and feathers they're bringing,
 Put down that noose and turn me loose you can't keep me from singing!

 The birds have fled my neighborhood, their tiny eardrms shattered;
 My neighbours, too, have said, "Adieu!", but it hasn't really mattered.
 My daily mail brings threats of death and curses coarse and stinging,
 I heed them not they're a tin-eared lot
 and they can't keep me from singing!

 Each living thing its song must sing, life sings to life in chorus;
 Our song brings courage when we do not know what lies before us.
 Our songs of freedom, love and hope down through the ages ringing--
 Cold Death defy and that is why you can't keep me from singing!

 (Dedicated to those of us who cannot sing but do anyway.)

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 just sing the bloody song and get on with it.


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