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Well if I was a banker I'd be a bad one
And if I was a doctor I'd be broke
And if I was a lawyer, I'd have quite the reputation
Of wearing patched up jeans and a torn up coat

And if I was religious I'd be drunker
And if I's a politician I'd die from smoke
And if I didn't know no better I'd run off on the bum
Without tellin' anybody that I know

Oscar Wilde wrote bout living like an artist
And how an engineer's all an engineer could be
Well ain't it just a shame all them artists raised our rents up
When all their engineering fathers paid their lease

Well if I had a hammer I'd be famous
For singing older songs I barely know
To young urban professional, real go-getter types
Ya know, them golden boys and gals like all you folks

And if I played harmonica like Guthrie
I'd be a sugarfree Bob Dylan without a growl
I'd probably get more gigs, I'd probably kick against less pricks
But I could never jump a train good anyhow

And I once heard a drunk guy sing Irene goodnight
In a way that made me wanna die on the barroom floor
But when I turn my radio on and hear them billion dollar songs
I wanna die in a different way for sure

Well people think I'm joking when I'm singing
But in between these punchlines there's a truth
And when it's plainly said, well it kinda messes with your head
Instead, exchanging glances, you'll call me uncouth

But if I died a man of good persuasion
And all the damage I done, was to only me
Well when they laid my final bed, for that lonesome valley kind of rest
Well that'd be the greatest thing to be
Yeah that'd be the greatest thing

To be


from I'd Rather Make My Living in a Song, released October 9, 2017


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