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1: When I was a lad, I had trick knees; Iíd fall writhing to the ground.

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Dr Williams said itís just growing pains; and in time I found

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I got used to intense random pain, and the stigma of having weak knees,

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and related symptoms, like cowardice and lethargy.


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Chorus: Itís a pre-existing condition; itís always been this way.

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And it keeps on happening again and again, and every time I have to pay.

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O doctor, doctor, wonít you make me better, though I cannot afford the cost.

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Iím asking you please wonít you help me out, though itís cheaper to write me off.


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2: I love my brain; itís a good brain; but, sadly, itís terribly slow.

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And some synapse is busted, so I canít express half the great things that I know.

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Iíve got tablets that help the depression, but the sadness keeps hanging on.

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They can soften but not quite get rid of the feeling that somethingís wrong.


Chorus(itís / so / canít)


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3: My poor heart keeps on pumping and trying, but I fear that it tends to bleed.

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I am nagged by the dream that all people should have basic things they need,

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and that somehow we could get each other if we bravely and caringly speak,

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if my brain just worked better, if my knees didnít tremble and creak.


Chorus(Iíve / so / wonít)