Balancing Man

03:30
Jen Cass
1996-11-23
Jen Cass

Lyrics

I met a balancing man

Walking his tightrope

With a net of sinking sand

And he said

 “I’m gonna make it across

And if I don’t

Well then it’s nobody’s fault

But my own.”

 

I said, “Hey, balancing man

I’d like to help you

Get across there if I can.”

And he said

“I can’t take nothing from you

I hardly even know you

And I’m not gonna

Pull you down too.”

Oh…no

 

But if you’re feeling lucky

Won’t you stay and watch the act

Everyone I’ve ever loved

Already turned their backs

I’m so alone

 

I watched that balancing man

How could I help it

With the way he stepped so grand

When he was

Three stories over my head

Grinning like some Cheshire Cat Already risen up from the dead

Nine times

 

 

 

 

And I was feeling lucky

So I stayed to watch the act

Everyone I came with

Had already started back

I was alone

So alone

 

I take my fair share of risks

I’m no stranger to challenge

Life’s in the balance

 

Stay up there balancing man

The view’s much better of the Mountains you’ve got planned

And there’s no

Dreamers here on the ground

Just no-risk, would-be, hangers-on

Who long ago

Came tumbling down

All the way down

 

And if you’re feeling lucky

Won’t you come and catch the act

Struggling like Atlas

With the whole world on his back

But not alone

Not alone

 

I take my fair share of risks

I’m no stranger to challenge

Life’s in the balance

Life’s in the balance