Life Is Not a Competition

from by Gary Melvin

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I can't afford a decent room now
But my Beamer looks real fine
I save my money for the nighttime
So everyone can see me spend it and run my mouth

The names I drop keep me remembered
Now half the city knows my face
I show up late to keep the focus on my space
So everyone can watch my dance and be amazed
So everyone can see a scam as I pretend it's who I am

Life is not a competition
It's not about the cars and women
It's not what they see, it's if you're living truthfully
Don't look around for validation
All you'll find is false salvation
Don't play their game, nobody wins, there's nothing gained

I keep a steady flow of girlfriends
To decorate my arm at night
I'm making sure they look and act right
So everyone thinks I'm the man as the show ends

I have a family most would die for
At least it's what I always say
I can't remember why my father didn't stay
But everyone thinks I'm okay as I hit the floor
Now everyone has seen a scam, cause I know it ain't who I am

Life is not a competition
It's not about the cars and women
It's not what they see, it's if you're living truthfully
Don't listen to your television
It's selling you an empty vision
Don't play their game, nobody wins, there's nothing gained

Before too long the mask wears out
Confessing weakness now
And paths that hold us down
From here the life they see won't lie
It speaks of what's inside
And lets the race pass by

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from Spare Time, released March 17, 2008

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