though circumstances may prevail
take your medicine, don't weep nor wail
the origins of actions may be hid
but all comes back - to something you did
youth of america, stand up true
responsibility is all on you
bear your burden, don't shrink or shirk
how else shall civilization work?
shall the clouds of savagery roll away
if you do not confront the day?
how can truth and light prevail
if slackers are allowed to cry travail?
youth of america, stand up straight
on you depends the very fate
of the human race in this dark age
it is up to you to turn the page
once more into the breach of fate
to gamble with your soul
once more to hope you'll not be late
returning to the fold
salvation's light doth part the cloud
attend it while ye might
for the devil weaves a fitting shroud
for those who shirk the fight
temptation is all around us
with its sly and graceful smile
its gossamer wisps surround us
"it is only for a while"
"enjoy the day, repent at night"
the fiend doth whisper low
but when his minions clutch you tight
they will laugh, not let you go
o can it be true
is there no muse to woo
or beckoning at the brink
is there only one more drink?
make haste, drink up my friend
for time may suddenly end
leaving our skeletons at last
with an unemptied glass!
will i be as true as he to me?
that's another story, we shall see
as down the road we slog
it is ever dog eat dog
as the highway unrolls fast
and the end approach at last
though his loyalty you've bought
can he save you? - i think not