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Handmedowns
Copyright George Papavgeris, November 2008

You pause inside the door
To get a kiss from the one you adore
Then rush about your day
To do whatever you must do to get paid
And you take pride in your possessions and home
You've earned it with your sweat and built it alone
But every little thing you think that you own

They're only hand-me-downs
They're only hand-me-downs
Only your friends and your dreams are your own
And all the rest of your life is on loan
They're only hand-me-downs


You love your children too
You feed and raise them and they take after you
Only to leave the fold
As they get older and you simply get old
Perhaps they'll visit you with their kids in tow
They may be grateful for the love you bestow
But there will come a day you have to let go

They're only hand-me-downs
They're only hand-me-downs
Only your friends and your dreams are your own
And all the rest of your life is on loan
They're only hand-me-downs

Your world is a bequest
You work your job at someone else's behest
The gods to whom you pray
Are from another place and some other day
If there's a war then others will have the say
And they will send you though you 'd much rather stay
Think of the earth where you'll be buried one day

They're only hand-me-downs
They're only hand-me-downs
Only your friends and your dreams are your own
And all the rest of your life is on loan
They're only hand-me-downs

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