Sometimes You Got To Help Yourself

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A man's inner battles, a woman's artistic regret, their fateful meeting,  advice on taking advice, and after all, Sometimes the only one who can help you is you.

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In a sagging town
The road as it unwound
Seems to like my face
But with a frown

I lay awake in bed
The sun she burn my head
Got no reason to get up
Until I’m spent

Been the victim of abuse
At my own sly hand
I was pleasing no one fast
I’m not yet dead

And those promises you made
You will surely keep
It’s never quite as bad
As they lead you to believe
Sometimes you got to help yourself
Sometimes you got to help yourself

On and on she go
Past the crying stage
Sometimes she turn the page
The other way

Today those aimless feet
Lead her round and round
Remembering thoughtless words
She said to me

No ambition now
Since she killed that man
By squeezing hard his throat
To make him understand

And those promises she made
She will surely keep
It’s never quite as bad
As they lead you to believe
Sometimes you got to help yourself
Sometimes you got to help yourself

Place my dinner roll
Right beside my plate
You said to not be late
So here I am

One sweet humble word
And you may soon be mine
I try not to waste time
Despite what seems

When you speak to friends
To seek out their advice
Pay heed not what sounds nice
But to whose end

And those promises you made
You will surely keep
It’s never quite as bad
As they lead you to believe
Sometimes you got to help yourself
Sometimes you got to help yourself

credits

from In Service of the King, released September 11, 2012
YISROEL ARYE GOOTBLATT - Piano, Vocals
BRIAN STOLTZ - Guitars
DIMITRI MODERBACHER - Upright Bass, Baritone Saxophone
PETE KARP - Drums

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