my own way





I’m old enough to know my mind
I’m over 21
I know the things that I don’t like
And my idea of fun
And I’m happy in the shadows
I’m not hurting anyone
But it just happens to be true
I’m happy in my skin
And although my happiness may
Not be the greatest sin
Some people don’t like people
Who don’t like joining in


So I say thanks for your directions
Your guidance and corrections
Your little interjections
Your views and your reflections
But I don’t care what you say
Let the sheep come out to play
You follow if you want to
I’ll go my own way


Now everybody knows a twat
Who says they should cheer up
But really is it your concern
Whether I have a cup
That is half full or half empty
Why don’t you just shut up?
And ask yourself if like that tree
That falls down to the ground
When there’s no-one there to hear it
And might not make a sound
Is everyone still miserable
When you’re not around?


So I say thanks for your directions
Your guidance and corrections
Your little interjections
Your views and your reflections
But I don’t care what you say
No-one likes you anyway
You babble if you want to
I’ll go my own way


I met a shiny headed man
Who had a flag tattoo
He said he loved his country and
That I should love it too
I said I’d love it even more
Without the likes of you
And when they play God Save The Queen
Well I choose not to rise
I’m quite happy where I am
I don’t need the exercise
But there’s always someone there
On hand to criticise


So I say thanks for your directions
Your guidance and corrections
Your little interjections
Your views and your reflections
But I don’t care what you say
Let the National Anthem play
You stand if you want to
I’ll go my own way


I saw a group of Jesus’ friends
Out preaching fire and hell
They had their poor unfortunate
Young children there as well
Why must parents take their kids
Along well let me tell
Oh it’s ’cause they were branded too
When they were a kid
And so now they brand their own
Just like their parents did
So let their children choose
Their God? Ha! God forbid


So I say thanks for your directions
Your guidance and corrections
Your little interjections
Your views and your reflections
But I don’t care what you say
You can throw your life away
On bullshit if you want to
Let them go their own way


And there are choices there for those
Who like to walk in step
There’s the Army or the Navy
Or there’s the RAF
Or the Foreign Legion too if
You just want to forget
And if that is the life for you
I wish you all the best
But when the crowds are cheering
I can’t help but feel depressed
When I remember Owen’s
‘Dulce et decorum est’


So I say thanks for your directions
Your guidance and corrections
Your little interjections
Your views and your reflections
But I don’t care what you say
Stand stiff on Remembrance day
Well you can if you want to
I’ll go my own way


So I don’t want to join your gang
I don’t want to belong
No I’m quite happy as I am
Singing my little song
And I’d like it even more if
You didn’t sing along
So I’ll let others sacrifice
Their dignity for fame
Or live life clinging on by
The skin of daddy’s name
It’s up to you what you do
But I won’t play that game


So I say thanks for your directions
Your guidance and corrections
Your little interjections
Your views and your reflections
But I don’t care what you say
My buttocks won’t go on display
You spread yours if you want to
I’ll go my own way

© Philip Jeays
Philip Jeays © Sean K

Released April 18th 2016 Take The Slow Train album

© Philip Jeays 2011-2016