Life Is Sweet

From the album Ophelia

It’s a pity, it’s a crying shame, who pulled you down again? How painful it must be to bruise so easily inside. It’s a pity, it’s a downright crime but it happens all the time. You want to stay little daddy’s girl, want to hide from the vicious world outside. But don’t cry, you know the tears’ll do no good so dry your eyes. Your daddy, he’s the iron man, a battleship wrecked on dry land. Your mama, she’s a bitter bride, she’ll never be satisfied and you know that’s not right.

But don’t cry, you know the tears’ll do no good so dry your eyes. They told you life is hard, it’s misery from the start; it’s dull, slow and painful. I tell you life is sweet, in spite of the misery there’s so much more, be grateful. Who do you believe? Who will you listen to, who will it be? It’s high time that you decide in your own mind.

I’ve tried to comfort you, tried to tell you to be patient; they are blind, they can’t see. Fortune’s gonna come one day. They’re all gonna fade away, your daddy the war machine and your mama the long and suffering prisoner of what she can not see.

They told you life is hard, it’s misery from the start; it’s dull and slow and painful but I tell you life is sweet, in spite of the misery there’s so much more, be grateful. Who do you believe? Who will you listen to, who will it be? Because it’s high time you decide, it’s time you make up your own sweet little mind.

They told you life is long, be thankful when it’s done, don’t ask for more, you should be grateful. But I tell you life is short, be thankful because before you know it will be over. Life is sweet and life is also very short. Your life is sweet.

Natalie Merchant / Indian Love Bride ©1998