Just Can’t Last

From the album Motherland

I swear I know your face. I wish I knew your name, I wish I could take you by the hand. If I could name it, if I could just explain it, if I could only help you understand. I can see that you’re hurting, weighed down like a beast of burden about to break your back. God only knows that you’re human so what are they trying to do then. Believe me, they don’t understand that you have the weight of the world today, it’s on your back. A heavy load like that is gonna hold you back, it’s gonna drag you down. You know it just can’t last, just can’t, you know it just can’t last.

They thought they could use you, push you down and abuse you and what’s so sad is you’ve decided to hide all your feelings. You’ve got more pain than you can deal with but ask yourself, “How can this last?” I know you have the weight of the world today, it’s on your back. A heavy load like that is gonna hold you back. It’s gonna drag you down. You know it just can’t last, just can’t, you know it just can’t last.

Natalie Merchant / Indian Love Bride ©2001