Cruel Ol' World

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CRUEL OL' WORLD

Momma told me ‘bout the boys in school
Who left for Vietnam
And the ones who made it back didn’t understand
Why no one gave a damn
And all the heroes of World War II
Didn’t know what to say or do
They killed a President down in Dallas
In the middle of the afternoon

Baby it’s a cruel, cruel ol world
Everybody knows
You are on you’re own

When I grew up down in HTown
The rock was everywhere
They were selling that stuff from the Contras
And no one seemed to care
And all the hippies from the sixties
Had children of their own
They gave up the fight for what is right
And moved out to the suburbs

Baby it’s a cruel, cruel ol world
Everybody knows
You are on you’re own

So dark and evil for so long
Got to feelin’ normal
‘Til the Towers fell and everybody knelt
At the altar of confusion
Now the wars they won’t end
Got us all in the crosshairs
Tell me who do they save with the wars they wage
In the name of America

Baby it’s a cruel, cruel ol world
Everybody knows
You are on you’re own

Lord I wish TuPac was here
To tell it like it is
He spit truth to power, called them liars and cowards
So they sent him up to Heaven
Like Jesus Christ, JFK
Martin Luther King
And Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy
And the one and only Bob Marley

Baby it’s a cruel, cruel ol world
Everybody knows
You are on you’re own

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Written by Shawn Nelson
© 2016 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved

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from YOU ARE ME, released November 11, 2016

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Shawn Nelson Austin

Shawn Nelson is a songwriter, musician and singer based in Austin who has been performing and making records for over a decade. The Austin Chronicle named his 2011's San Juan Street "one of the best country albums of the year."
Shawn and the group of string band pickers have recorded a live studio album slated to be released in the Fall of 2016 marking Shawn's 9th independent release.
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