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When you get to a certain age, the work begins to thin out.

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When you get lonely(written on April 15,2009)

When you get lonely
Look up at the sky
And watch as the clouds
Slowly pass by

When you get lonely
Get all the bad thoughts off your mind
And try not to forget
That I think you're one of a kind

When you get lonely
Ill always be there
To love you and hold you
And to show you that I care

When you get lonely
Remember that i love you
So look up at the clouds
And know this...
i'm watching them too

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Eugene O'Neill

It's Great When You Get In

They told me the water was lovely,
That I ought to go for a swim,
The air was maybe a trifle cool,
"You won't mind it when you get in"
So I journeyed cheerfully beach-ward,
And nobody put me wise,
But everyone boosted my courage
With an earful of jovial lies.

The Sound looked cold and clammy,
The water seemed chilly and gray,
But I hastened into my bathing suit
And floundered into the spray.
Believe me, the moment I touched it
I realized then and there,
That the fretful sea was not meant for me
But fixed for a polar bear.

I didn't swim for distance
I didn't do the crawl,
(They asked why I failed to reach the raft,
And I told them to hire a hall.)
But I girded my icy garments
Round my quaking limbs so blue,
And I beat it back to the bath house
To warm up for an age or two.

I felt like a frozen mummy
In an icy winding sheet.
It took me over an hour
To calm my chattering teeth.
And I sympathized with Peary,
I wept for Amundsen's woes,
As I tried to awaken some life in
My still unconscious toes.

So be warned by my example
And shun the flowing sea,
When the chill winds of September
Blow sad and drearily.
Heed not the tempters' chatter
Pass them the skeptics' grin
For the greatest bull that a boob can pull
Is "It's great when you get in."

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When You Get There

You wake up in the morning
And you're not feeling quite the same
You feel a gentle hand upon you
But you seem to have forgotten her name
You put on your clothes
You're heading home
You're hoping and praying you
won't be all alone
Chorus:
When you get there
When you get there
You haven't had a chance to think
About explaining where you slept till noon
You can't say you were working all night
Cause it's Sunday afternoon
The truth is too hard
You'll never come back
'Cause a one night stand is not
worth the attack
Chorus:
When you get there
When you get there
You're walking up to our front door
As my face comes into view
You think you've got a pretty good lie
You say you slept at Mary Lou's
You open the door
You start telling lies
But then from the hall
You hear Mary Lou cry
Chorus:
When you get there
When you get there
When you get there
When you get there

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When You Get To Me

You don't need reasons
I understand
You can't go dreaming
And now I'll change a few plans
You gotta see the next page
Before your chance flies away
If you get to Arizona, and you're walking through those lonely canyons
And you're standing in the middle of everything
Beauty like you've imagined
As you go down the list of all the things you thought would make you feel free
Call when you get to me
You love those warm winds dancing through your hair
But take your jacket, nights get cold out there
Drink it like wine, baby take your time
If you get to California with the sun and the golden sand
And you're standing on the edge of the ocean
Wishing someone would hold your hand
As you cross off the list of all the things you thought would make you feel free
Call when you get to me
When you get to where the grass fields are green and the skies are forever blue
Listen to your heart, sweet baby
You always know the truth
If you get to Arizona
Call when you get to me
If you get to California
Call when you get to me
If you get to Arizona
Call when you get to me
If you get to California
Call when you get to me

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When You Get Home, Remember Me

Lieutenant De Long, commanding the Jeannette Artic
Expedition, having seen his vessel crushed by the ice,
undertook a perilous journey through the ice and snow
toward the coast of Siberia. With a part of his command
he finally reached the wilderness near the mouth of the
River Lena. Disabled by sickness, hunger and cold, the
little band was compelled to halt, while two of their
number went forward. When the pathetic parting was over,
and after the two seaman had begun their battle with the
snowdrifts, they heard a call, and on turning, recognized
the voice of one of their officers feebly shouting: "When
you get to New York, remember me!" From that group of
brave men, these were the last words that ever reached
human ears.


Starving beside the frozen Lena!
Perishing in a snow blockade!
From a lone group of shipwrecked seamen
Two are sent forth to seek for aid.
'Tis a sad, a solemn parting;
Life or death! who can foresee?
Hark! on the wind floats this last message:
"When you get home, remember me!"

Gallant and brave! together clinging,
True to the last! with but this plea;
Still in our ears its words are ringing,
"When you get home, remember me!"

Ready to sink, yet persevering,
Southward and helpward toil the twain;
Close in the rear an Artic winter
Binding the land with icy chain.
Weary wait the suff'ring comrades;
Help they ask on bended knee;
But to their friends come these words only:
"When you get home, remember me!"

Succor at last! the twain find helpers;
Shrieks the fierce gale, "Too late! too late!"
Valiant De Long and brave companions,
Manfully, calmly meet their fate.
One by one, they lie down dying;
All obey that stern decree---
Last on their lips this plaintive whisper:
"When you get home, remember me!"

Starving beside the frozen Lena!
Perishing in a snow blockade!
Had we but known their need, what thousands
Would have rejoiced to render aid!
There was want, while here abundance;
Naught had they, while plenty we.
Shall we not heed their last entreaty:
"When you get home, remember me!"

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Patrick White

And When You Get What You Want, Is It What You Dreamed?

And when you get what you want, is it what you dreamed?
Did the mirage live up to its reputation, did it exceed
your expectations or is there another award beyond this one?
O endlessly hungry one, pleonaxic emptiness, were you born
like a black hole on a midway of blazing radiance,
a blinding light that serves as a guide to star-nosed moles?
Fulfilment or doom, depression, disappointment, as if
some clown had washed his face off like a painted tear
in a green room mirror, and discovered he was still crying?

You grasp it like the garment of a passing ghost,
sand, water, cloud, and it changes shape in your hands
like the nature of a bird when neither of you understands.
We all wake up to spend the wealth we hoarded in our dreams.
We even greet death with money under our tongue.
In Zen they'd say we're all stealing the Buddha's purse
to buy the Buddha's horse one way or another
whether we can ride it or not, and if today you're disappointed
you'll be mesmerized by something else tomorrow,
a junk dealer going through a widow's private treasures.
You'll open your mouth again like an oyster farm
trying to breed pearls like the philosopher's stone
labouring to turn all these new moons of pitted ore into gold.

Good luck. Hope you're the wiser for it. As for me
and my house, I've never been disappointed
in my wonder at the world, and what I'm doing here
being aware of it all as the world tracks its starmud in
across my homeless threshold and all these ancient footprints
are dance steps back to a self that's just a tic of the emptiness
I catch once and awhile out of the corner of my third eye
abrogating credit for a dream it had nothing to do with
because that's a bird still flapping its wings in a shell
thinking it's being upheld by the wind until someone
cracks it open like a brittle atmosphere and all that space
comes rushing in and you realize with a cosmic sigh of relief
like a sunflower bowing its heavy head, what a great debt
you owe to the nothing that you are that can't possess anything.

You're standing there in all your spiritual bling,
gold necklaces around your throat, chakras and chains
looped like nooses in knots at the end of your spinal cord.
What did you do? Bind yourself to the axis of the earth
to be mistaken for a saint or a martyr, the wobbly snake
of an inebriated caduceus, but where's the fire, where's
the heretic, the apostate, the dragon singing in its own flames,
where even one firefly of insight that consumes the universe?
Or are you just another photo op with mermaids
calling you to the soft rocks of a popular song?
A straw dog in the rain smouldering like methane
on a compost heap after another ritual performance?
You're greedy for joy. You're greedy for illumination
in the spotlight. But bliss is one of the spices of life,
not the main course. And to want more than this
is to declare you're a glutton with lousy spiritual manners.

And O yes I know, you think this is like blooming
and having someone throw acid in your face
when you were anticipating rain on your plum blossoms.
You duck through a hole in the fence like a raccoon
caught pilfering corn in a garden, and you want
a Roman triumph with rosewater and slaves
for passing through the gateless gate to liberation
when all you've really done is barge through
the emergency exit to run from a shotgun loaded with stars
in the hands of a scarecrow trying to terrify the birds
by shooting straight up into the air until things
begin to take root of themselves, and the locust trees
are feathered with the leaves of nesting lapwings
that don't have any further to fall though they feign
a dizzying descent of wounded maple keys
and all the shamans have to heal themselves
by ploughing the ground they were born on into bookshelves.

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When you get to a certain age, there is no coming back.

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Julie Walters

It seems that when you get to a certain age you almost give yourself permission to misbehave and say what you think. People allow it, with very old people.

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When you come around (when)

When you come around I got Goosebumps
When I heard your name I got butterflies!
When you told me you love me I felt feverish
I loved you
Now years later
I still get the Goosebumps when you come
The butterflies are still in my stomach when I hear your name
My feverish never went away when you tell me you love me
When you touch me I tremble like the first time
And the best part is when I see you I am hungry for you

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When You Exhort On A Certain Reality

it is this early morning
when you begin to recall what you

want to say last night
it was something horrible so you

decided after all
to keep it within yourself as

another secret
but then like a smoke from the chimney

some things simply escape
from their form and shape and show

themselves to the open skies
this very early morning you write

what you refuse to say
and then things reshape themselves in automation

like clouds and then they drift away
floating and there

you let them go
you let them be themselves

and here you are unattached
like a button removed from its cloth.

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When You Re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)

When you're smilin' keep on smilin'
The whole world smiles with you
And when you're laughin' oh when youre laughin'
The sun comes shinin? through
But when you?re cryin' you bring on the rain
So stop your sighin 'be happy again
keep on smilin Cause when you're smilin'
The whole world smiles with you
Oh when you're smilin' keep on smilin'
The whole world smiles with you
Ah when you're laughin' keep on laughin'
The sun comes shinin' through
Now when you're cryin' you bring on the rain
So stop that sighin' be happy again
keep on smilin Cause when you're smilin'
And the whole world smiles with you
The great big world will smile with
The whole wide world will smile with you

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When You Come Back Down

You got to leave me now, you got to go alone
You got to chase a dream, one that's all your own
Before it slips away
When you're flyin' high, take my heart along
I'll be the harmony to every lonely song
That you learn to play
When you're soarin' through the air
I'll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare
I'll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down
I'll keep lookin' up, awaitin' your return
My greatest fear will be that you will crash and burn
And I won't feel your fire
I'll be the other hand that always holds the line
Connectin' in between your sweet heart and mine
I'm strung out on that wire
And I'll be on the other end, To hear you when you call
Angel, you were born to fly, If you get too high
I'll catch you when you fall
I'll catch you when you fall
[Bridge:]
Your memory's the sunshine every new day brings
I know the sky is calling
Angel, let me help you with your wings
When you're soarin' through the air
I'll be your solid ground
Take every chance you dare
I'll still be there
When you come back down
Take every chance you dare,
I'll still be there
When you come back down
When you come back down

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When I Get To Heaven

Verse One:
Listen to the preacherman
But are you talkin' to me
I can't hear you with a mouth full of pig's feet
If I should need the swine flesh
Your body is a mess, but you're blessed
With a father, son, spirit and the holy ghost
But my whole neigborhood is comatose
Lookin' for survival
The devil made you a slave and he gave you a bible
400 years gettin' our ass kicked
By so-called christians and catholics
But I watch 'em burn in a fire
See I'm a g, that's why I ain't in your choir
Cause I see, cause I know
The church ain't nothin' but a fashion show
Get the devil to a 187
And they won't call me a nigga when I get to heaven
Verse Two:
You're waitin' for the devil to come from the ground
Clown, take a look around
Just look at the cross that the priest is holdin'
A beast in sheep's clothing
But I'm rollin' with that knowledge of self
Cause heaven ain't just wealth
So mister preacher, if I couldn't pay my tithe
Do I have to wait outside?
White man, please take another look
Cause we couldn't be readin' out of the same book
Cause youse a crook and I'm a brother
King James had sex with his mother
Is that your edition? Is that your religion?
Black man, you gotta make a desicion
Cause God is comin' on day number seven
And he won't call me a nigga when I get to heaven
Verse Three:
The same white man that threw me in the slammer
He bombed the church in Alabama
So if I cock the hammer, God won't mind
If I have to kill the human swine
Cause God is a killer from the start
Why you think Noah had to build his ark
And God is a man from his feet to his hair
That's why you say 'amen' after each and every prayer
I just stare at the church man
Spendin' more money on the church band
But Elijah's got a plan
Got the white man screamin': 'Damn that Farrakhan!'
Cause one day these babies are uprise
Much more than bowties and bean pies
Kickin' knowledge at 7-11
And they won't call me a nigga when I get to heaven

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God When You Meet Me In Heaven

God
When you meet me in heaven
For the first time
I just had arrived in heaven
By an eagle
That carried me

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When You Are Lost You Are Not Alone

the tension lies in isolation
when you take things all alone
and there is no knowing that out there
when you are lost
and so preoccupied with the fear of being lost

with a little light
even a flicker
you could have seen a hundred or more
faces looking for themselves
you could have known
that there are too many of us

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When You Move Into A Place

such a lapse
happens, when you move into a place
open the door
and without asking any questions
you finally find yourself
estranged.

the server of course does not know you
but just the same
out of ignorance serves you tea
and then you awaken of that fact

this is not my place i am meant for some other else
you finish that tea
look outside and then pack yourself like a cassette
and then you move out
and you find at last
what freedom means.

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When You Start To Dance

when you start to dance
infront of the mirror
reviewing all
the details
of your longings

i feel alive too
now that you are with me
asking me
to dance with you
to the music of
life

of desire
of passion

to life to all past cares to all that we embrace
of what
is still left behind that we can still cherish
no matter how slim
the chances
no matter how
small the world that we still keep
even if what is
meaningful is nothing but
our very own
sorrows

for tomorrows hesitant
and trembling

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When You Are Old

When you are old and tired and gray
Wear you overcoat on sunny days
When your brave tales have all been told
Ill ask for them when you are old
When you are old and full of sleep
And death no longer makes you weep
When your body aches with cold
Ill warm your heart when you are old
Youll still be the same to me
A comfort and a mystery
And I will be old too you see
Ill need someone to comfort me
When you are old and pale and gone
A gentle hand is all you want
I will give you mine to hold
And Ill be here when you are old
Yes I will give you mine to hold
And Ill be here when you are old

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When you feel lonely

There goes my excellent lover,
In her room or in her garden of roses,
In your house or in your yard,
But when you feel lonely,
Just pick up the phone and call me

You take away the sorrows,
Reading novels or my poems,
Seating alone or with your friends,
Thinking present or the future,
Babe when you feel lonely,
Tell me i will come

There you are my queen,
Vanishing your face or otherwise,
Treating your hair and nails,
I ponder with amusement,
But when you feel lonely,
Pick up the phone and call me

Watching the rain fall,
Feeling the sun heating,
Or hearing the wind blowing,
But when you feel lonely,
Tell me and i will come

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When You're Gone

Well look at me, the guy who's got it all
Tryin' to read my own writing on the wall
Not happy 'til the sadness comes
To keep me company
Oh, but what becomes of fools who love like me
Chorus:
Who's gonna dry my tears
When I'm crying?
Who's gonna hold my hand
When I'm dying?
Who's gonna set me right when
Everything is wrong
Who's gonna love me
When you're gone?
Sure as winter goes and comes around again
I will be my own undoing in the end
I'll find the answers I've been searching for
In your goodbye kiss
'Cause I don't deserve you and you don't deserve this
Chorus:
Who's gonna dry my tears
When I'm crying?
And who's gonna hold my hand
When I'm dying?
Who's gonna set me right when
Everything is wrong
Yeah, who's gonna love me
When you're gone?
Never happy 'til the darkness comes
And rains down on me
Down on me
Chorus:
And who's gonna dry my tears
When I'm crying?
And who's gonna hold my hand
When I'm dying?
Who's gonna set me right when
Everything is wrong
Who's gonna love me
When you're gone?
Who's gonna love me when you're gone?
Baby when you're gone
Yeah, who's gonna love me
When you're gone?
Who's gonna love me when you're gone?
Who's gonna love me?

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