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Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own Lyrics

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Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (2005)

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Handwritten Lyrics

"Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" (live from Hanover Quay)

"My father worked in the post office by day and sang opera by night. We lived on the north side of Dublin in a place called Cedarwood Road. He had a lot of attitude. He gave some to me - and a voice. I wish I'd known him better." - Bono, music video 2004

Tough, you think you've got the stuff
You're telling me and anyone
You're hard enough
You don't have to put up a fight
You don't have to always be right
Let me take some of the punches
For you tonight

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don't have to go it alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

We fight all the time
You and I, that's alright
We're the same soul
I don't need, I don't need to hear you say
That if we weren't so alike
You'd like me a whole lot more

Listen to me now
I need to let you know
You don't have to go it alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you when I don't pick up the phone
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

Yeah, yeah, yeah
I know that we don't talk
I'm sick of it all
But can you hear me when I sing
You're the reason I sing
You're the reason why the opera is in me
Well, hey now, now
Still got to let you know
A house just don't make a home
Don't leave me here alone

And it's you when I look in the mirror
And it's you that makes it hard to let go
Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Sometimes you can't make it
Best you can do is to fake it
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

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