Intro:
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Verse:
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I don't know how I'm gonna tell you 
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I can't play with you no more
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I don't know how I'm gonna do what mama told me
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My  friend, the boy next door

Interlude:
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Verse:
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I can't believe what people saying
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You're gonna let your hair hang down
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I'm satisfied to sit here working all day long
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You're in the darker side of town

Interlude:
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Verse:
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And when I'm out I see you walking 
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Why don't your eyes see me?
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Could it be you've found another game to play?  
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What did mama say to me?

Chorus:
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That's the way, Oh, that's the way it ought to be
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Yeah, yeah, mama say that's the way it ought to stay

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Verse:
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And yesterday I saw you standing by the river
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And weren't those tears that filled your eyes?
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And all the fish that lay in dirty water dying
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Had they got you hypnotized?

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Verse:
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And yesterday I saw you kissing tiny flowers
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But all that lives is born to die
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And so I say to you that nothing really matters 
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And all you do is stand and cry

Interlude:
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Verse:
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I don't know what to say about it 
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When all you ears have turned away
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But now's the time to look and look again at what you see
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Is that the way it ought to stay?

Chorus:
Bm                                            
That's the way               
                                                          Bm
Oh, that's the way it ought to be, Oh don't you know now
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Mama said   that's the way it's gonna stay, yeah

Outro -2x-: 
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