I climb up on the stage Wearing an old mans face I've said those words a thousand times I memorized the lines of Paris, The Prince and Friar I might one day play them too
To get here took its time, I forgot to make a life Between the scripted ones I knew When admiration grew I was only loved by few My true love and passion - everyone knew
Hamlet in Lapland, King Lear died in Vienna Venice and Othello, Madrid I am Henry the 8th I am, I am
We all shall one day become what we play The marvelous, magical, bewildering array Of trees and stones as we work our way up To become these icons of lust and what not
"We live in the sin of self-indulgent... larger than life Yeah, that's what I am! I am a goddamn Peter Pan, maaaaaaan! But the one palace I won't grow up in staged a broken leg deep in my grave"
When life becomes a play and I don't know the role I'm cast it's all wrong out I cannot escape before the Curtain call. One last time build myself a wall to cry on, To hide in plain view I will fall deeper into the role written In a drunken haze, it seems, by the Shakespeare in me
Stage, film and television, Twenty-four seven on the scene, I'm Larger than life... Nightclubs, cabarets, spotlights never turn away now Larger than life... The meaning of the fame is getting lesser by the day for me somehow Larger than life... My friends all have families Who now have their families I lived half a century aboding deep in vanities Am I now wise, when I've learned all the traits Of a fool?
The mirror now cries, ageless mask fades to true life To taste the immortal grace I lived the role I played Alone in a golden cage
Life is what we make of it sometimes, sometimes, Sometimes we just want to play
So don't take life so seriously Play, love, have fun, leave misery be Regrets are built in a cold dark cage Where nothing ever happens Where nothing ever happens
So don't take life so seriously Where nothing ever happens... Where nothing ever happens... Where nothing ever happens...
I climb down from the stage Remove the young man's face And underneath reveal a sage "Young man, you play my role Breath life into that soul Prepare to live a thousand lives"
Now when you think it's all over, you find love A flower starts to bloom, a chapter starts anew The greatest moment in life
Mirror still lies, time's a cruel, silent landslide It builds you up within, destroys the shell you're in And everything will fall into place
When life becomes a play And I (you) don't know the role I'm cast (you're cast)
It's all wrong, but I (you) cannot Escape before the curtain call One last time, build yourself a wall to cry on, For anybody to see You will fall deeper into the role you wrote in a drunken Haze, it seems, with the Shakespeare within
Stage, film and television, twenty four seven on the...