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Favorite Motivational Song Lyrics

Music is a passion of mine, which is why I was devastated in Phnom Penh last year when my Creative 8gb MP3 player stopped working.  It contained ALL my favorite music.

Thankfully, though not for the music industry, it's incredibly easy to get new MP3's by the longboat load in Southeast Asia.  I bought a new player, some new music, and survived the remainder of my trip.

Here are some of my favorite motivational song lyrics.  Which bands or songs motivate you to venture into the unknown?

It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) by Bob Dylan

From the fool's gold mouthpiece
The hollow horn plays wasted words
Proves to warn
That he not busy being born
Is busy dying.

Advertising signs that con you
Into thinking you're the one
That can do what's never been done
That can win what's never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.

A question in your nerves is lit
Yet you know there is no answer fit to satisfy
Insure you not to quit
To keep it in your mind and not fergit
That it is not he or she or them or it
That you belong to.

For them that must obey authority
That they do not respect in any degree
Who despise their jobs, their destinies
Speak jealously of them that are free
Cultivate their flowers to be
Nothing more than something
They invest in.

But I mean no harm nor put fault
On anyone that lives in a vault
But it's alright, Ma, if I can't please him.

And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They'd probably put my head in a guillotine
But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only.

It's My Life by Bon Jovi

This ain't a song for the broken-hearted
No silent prayer for faith departed
And I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd
You're gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud

It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive (It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just wanna live while I'm alive, It's my life

This is for the ones who stood their ground
For Tommy and Gina who never backed down
Tomorrow's getting harder make no mistake
Luck ain't even lucky
Got to make your own breaks

Living for Today by Pennywise

you look around what do you see?I'll tell you what I see is a world belonging to me take time to find what you may dream it's all right there within your grasp just beyond what you can see we're the ones, the only ones, strong ones, proud ones we're living for today those for the past and tomorrow they'll have hell to pay and if your life is going by to fast it's time for you to slow down time for you to make it last before you trip and slip and you will miss this happy little stepping stone just before eternal bliss your life goes by before you know you gotta take time to slow down better take time to veer off the road enjoy the sights while you are here there's nothing to fear but fear itself who knows when the end is near don't make plans with your hands tied you'll never know you're missing out repeatedly on the things that help you grow you've got to own your soul you've got to take control find a one day plan young man get this straight live for today

Every Single Day by Pennywise

See all the people- Longing to be
Living their lives regretlessly
Trying to repress the pain in their lives
Reassuring themselves- Living with lies
No way to break through- Not on my own
Can't push away all the sorrow I've known
Have to release every thought or care
And take control life is a dare
I can start over today
Live my life a different way
Can't I find a way to erase bad times to make
Everything OK
I'll start over and live- Every single day
Regrets and memories- No remorse- No apologies
No reason for me to despair- No future at all
Ask if I care
I got time- On my side- Twenty four hours in my life
Can't hang on to what's in my past
Full speed ahead- Hard and fast

Holiday in Cambodia by The Dead Kennedys

So you been to schools
For a year or two
And you know you've seen it all
In daddy's car
Thinkin' you'll go far
Back east your type don't crawl

Play ethnicky jazz
To parade your snazz
On your five grand stereo
Braggin' that you know
How the n*ggers feel cold
And the slum's got so much soul

It's time to taste what you most fear
Right Guard will not help you here
Brace yourself, my dear…

It's a holiday in Cambodia
It's tough, kid, but it's life
It's a holiday in Cambodia
Don't forget to pack a wife

You're a star-belly sneech
You suck like a leach
You want everyone to act like you
Kiss ass while you bitch
So you can get rich
But your boss gets richer off you

Wasn't Born to Follow by The Byrds

Oh I'd rather go and journey where the diamond crest is flowing and
Run across the valley beneath the sacred mountain and
Wander through the forest
Where the trees have leaves of prisms and break the light in colors
That no one knows the names of

And when it's time I'll go and wait beside a legendary fountain
Till I see your form reflected in it's clear and jeweled waters
And if you think I'm ready
You may lead me to the chasm where the rivers of our vision
Flow into one another

I will want to die beneath the white cascading waters
She may beg, she may plead, she may argue with her logic
And then she'll know the things I learned
That really have no value in the end she will surely know
I wasn't born to follow

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