That’s Life

This song has a lot of personal meaning. In April 2012 things came tumbling down for me and I found myself facing a crisis unlike anything I had ever experienced. I was in shock for a long time after, but as the song says you have to pick up and get back in the race. Of course the final stanza of the song ends on an ominous note in which the narrator/singer states if nothing happens for him by July he’s going to give up. I prefer to interpret it in a more positive light. We all face challenges. We all get knocked down at times and even when we do get back up there is no guarentee we won’t get hit again, and more than likely we will get hit again. So things are cyclical. The persona here is ready to get hit and go through it all again and he knows it will feel like death. He also knows he survived and will survive again whatever comes his way.

That’s life, that’s what people say
You’re riding high in April,
Shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune,
When I’m back on top, back on top in June

I said, that’s life, and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks,
Stompin’ on a dream
But I don’t let it, let it get me down,
‘Cause this fine old world it keeps spinnin’ around

I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself flat on my face,
I pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life, I tell ya, I can’t deny it,
I thought of quitting, baby
But my heart just ain’t gonna buy it
And if I didn’t think it was worth one single try,
I’d jump right on a big bird and then I’d fly

I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate,
A poet, a pawn and a king
I’ve been up and down and over and out
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself layin’ flat on my face,
I just pick myself up and get back in the race

That’s life, that’s life
And I can’t deny it
Many times I thought of cuttin’ out but my heart won’t buy it
But if there’s nothing shakin’ come here this July
I’m gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die
My, my

Songwriters
KAY, DEAN / GORDON, KELLY L.

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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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