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off the track

I worked on this text on and off over about 9 months. First I only had the title. Many if not most of my lyrics start off with just a phrase or a line of text, more often than not the title/hook. Months(!) later I added what I intended to become the chorus. When, at last, I added two verses I found that I had used the same meter as in the chorus. Finally, I decided to also use the same rhyme structure and simply scrap the idea of a proper chorus. I had to swap and edit two or three lines to achieve this. To get a hook I simply added the lines "you're off the track" and "off the track". Depending on the resulting song theses lines might have to be repeated. Here is the result:



you say that you've had it with this stuffy town
the dreary day-to-day life drags you down
you say that you've had it with our way of life
that you wouldn't dream of playin' the faithful wife

you got to live your own life is what you say
you've made up your mind to go your own way
but how do you think that you'll find your way back
when you keep on walking off the track

you're off the track
off the track

why should you work your ass off for chicken feed
no one but yourself to see to your needs
you hang out with other drunks in sleazy bars
maybe have a shag - that way you won't get far

you got to live your own life is what you say
you've made up your mind to go your own way
but how do you think that you'll find your way back
when you keep on walking off the track

you're off the track
off the track

oh, when will you come back
I pray that you'll come back
I pray that you'll come back

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