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Cry If You Want Lyrics

from It's Hard

"Cry If You Want" is track #2 on the album It's Hard. It was written by Pete Townshend.
"Cry If You Want" is track #2 on the album It's Hard. It was written by Pete Townshend.

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Once it was just innocence
Brash ideas and insolence
But you will never get away
With the things you said today
But you can try if you want

Don't you get embarrassed
When you read the precious things you said
Many many years ago when life appeared rosy red
No one ever shared your bed
Nothing ever filled your head
Except yourself and little teed
And scary dreams that you were dead

Don't you want to hide your face
When going through your teenage books
And read the kind of crap you wrote
About "Ban the bomb" and city crooks
Think about how long it took
To get over that sudden yuk
When in the mirror you would look
Well now my son you're well in stook

Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want
Cry if you want, cry if you want

Didn't you wraith in anger
When you saw the man in his big car
Didn't you drive a banger
And a gallon didn't get you far
Should have been a famous star
But that ain't what you really are
You could shout your last harrah
While they are propping up the bar

Maybe things were better then
Before you led a promised life
Rash commitments and heavy raps
And left wing spiel all compromised
You fall in love with other's wives
Drive 'em nuts with empty lies
Angry 'cos you lost the prize
Forgot the color of their eyes

Cry if you want
Cry if you want
Cry if you want
Cry if you want

Let your tears flow, let your past go
Let your tears flow, let your past go
Let your tears flow, let your past go
Let your tears flow, let your past go

Don't you get embarrassed
when you think about the way you were
Yesterday the day before
When you were young with much to learn
Aren't you glad it's your last term
No more acting lowly worm
You can make the suckers squirm
When you tell them how much you earn

Don't you feel ashamed at all
The bitterness you keep inside
Does your ego save your face I had a go, I really tried
Now you know your leaders lied
Does it stop you acting snide
Or are you still a boy that cried
Tears now surely long since dried

Cry if you want
Cry if you want
Cry if you want
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Songwriters
PETE TOWNSHEND

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Lyrics © SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP

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