livin’ within my means lyrics – c.w. mccall

(ron agnew)

well, i was a poor boy
just a-kickin’ around
eighteen, with a head full a’ dreams
took some money back then
did a year in the pen
for not livin’ within my means

i worked ev’ry day
i did my time the hard way
i walked out a’ that place feelin’ clean
i got a job, a guitar
i bought an old beat-up car
started livin’ within my means

fell in love with a beautiful lady, of sorts
but she was ruthless, restless, and mean
she left me one day
and now i’ve had to pay
for not lovin’ within my means

then i took to drinkin’
to drive her from my mind
and it helps me forget her, it seems
i just drink now and then
only now i’m drunk again
for not drinkin’ within my means

now i know that i’m dyin’
but i don’t worry none
’cause i know my soul he’ll redeem
but what bothers me
unless they bury me free
is i won’t even die within my means

but when the dyin’s all over
an’ i come back again
say “to h*ll” with self-pride and esteem
i’ll get born in my teens
an’ i’ll stick to my dreams
try dreamin’ within my means

/ c w mccall lyrics