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Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - Early Version Lyrics

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"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

Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

When I was a young boy
In the suburb of Cedarwood
I wanted to be great
'Cause good wouldn't be good enough
Now that I'm older
I don't see things any clearer
Nearer now but still a long way off

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

Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Sometimes you can't make it on your own

Sing
You're the reason I sing
You're the reason why the opera is in me
Hey now
Got to let you know
A house still don't make a home
Don't leave me here alone
Leave me

Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Sometimes you can't make it on your own
Sometimes you can't make it
The best you can do is to fake it
Sometimes you can't make it on your own