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Artist/Band: Flobots
Lyrics for Song: If I
Lyrics for Album: Survival Story [2010]



If I hadn't been a quiet introspective kid

If I hadn't been a nerd, wouldn't have met with him

If we hadn't observed we'd be the best of friends

That preferred the spoken word to the toke and binge



If momma hadn't died when I was young



Would me and sis been so tight from jump?

If dad hadn't lost his mind to a disease

Would I be up here askin' ya'll to notice me?



In the dark times, didn't know where the path went

I was close to the edge like Grand Master Flash said

It was hands of my friends that held me back

Yes, without them I'd MJ keep slidin' backwards



Or be a hypocrite like some others have been

If that and the other hadn't happened

Don't know that I'd ever been Brer Rabbit

Askin' how many if's between hero and has-been?



If I, if I, if I had only known

That I would be a lamb to the slaughter

Now I know



If I, if I, if I had only known

I know, I bet it only makes me stronger



Now I know, now I know

Now I know, know, know

Now I know, now I know

Now I know, know, know



If I hadn't grown up in the 80's

Experiencing the various things that made me

Would I still be standing center stage

Trying to innovate new ways to demonstrate?



If mommy-daddy hadn't turned off Mork and Mindy

To inform us divorce was pending

Would him and me have spent these 23 years in a frenzy

Moving back and forth with such forceful energy?



I remember when I was a little baby

Lying there alone on my pillow casing

Upset already I could feel the aging

The urge to return was debilitating



And maybe I'm still afraid and need to

Cry a little harder for the world of play things

Stop looking back on these silly day dreams

Sing along with me if you feel the same way



If I, if I, if I had only known

That I would be a lamb to the slaughter

Now I know

If I, if I, if I had only known

I know, I bet it only makes me stronger



Now I know, now I know

Now I know, know, know

Now I know, now I know

Now I know, know, know



If I had known what awaited was unplanned

If I had known the blade was in a loved one's hand

If I had known of the possible injury

If I had known the altar was meant for me



But now I know nobody can predict events

And now I know there's cracks in the picket fence

Now I know that something else exists

And now I know a life can be built from this



If I had known emotions would still remain



If I had known that time wouldn't heal the pain

If I had known the intent of the injury

If I had known the altar wasn't meant for me



Now I know there's treasure hidden in these scars

Now I know there's presence in an empty yard

Now I know what it took for me to survive

But now I know where to go to become alive



If I, if I, if I had only known

That I would be a lamb to the slaughter

Now I know

If I, if I, if I had only known

I know, I bet it only makes me stronger



Now I know, now I know

Now I know, know, know



Now I know, now I know

Now I know, know, know


Album Lyrics: Survival Story [2010]


Flobots
"Survival Story [2010]"


1. Cracks In The Surface
2. The Effect
3. Defend Atlantis
4. If I
5. White Flag Warrior
6. By The Time You Get This Message...
7. Airplane Mode
8. Whip$ And Chain$
9. Good Soldier
10. Superhero
11. Infatuation
12. Panacea For The Poison
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