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  1. Streetwise

From the album Get Out and Walk

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Lyrics

I went uptown and I saw all the wealthy people
If they were ever down they wouldn't know what to do
And I wish it wasn't so that I wish that they would know
I went uptown and I saw all the wealthy people

I went downtown and I saw all the sad people
They were so poor, and so desperate too
You could see it in their hair, you could see it wasn't fair
I went downtown and I saw all the sad people

It was New Years Day, and I was coming home hanging
They air was grey and chill
And my neighbors below were talking and smoking
Because they had time to kill

I'll take my lumps if it makes me a little streetwise
You can keep your fun, and I'll take my hawk eyes
I was raised in a pasture wishing quiet days would move faster, so
I will take my lumps if it makes me a little streetwise

It was New Years Day, and I was getting up early
Because of my childish thrill
And my plans were big and broad and worldly,
But I still had time to kill

I went uptown and I saw all the wealthy people
I went downtown and I saw all the sad people, too
I will take my lumps if it makes me a little streetwise
You can keep your fun and I'll take my hawk eyes

Well a fear of passing strangers never did me any favors, so
I will know the world and it won't frighten me
I will know the world and it won't frighten me
If I know the world, then it won't frighten me, me, oh, me
I will know the world, and it won't frighten me