Trophies

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On the playgrounds, in the school yards
The lesson quickly learned
It's not good enough to simply play the game
Score is kept, we're measured by the trophies that we've earned
Forget the fun it's glory or it's shame

From the guns of fallen soldiers
To Olympic bronze and gold
As the reasons for our actions fade
It's the trophies that we hold

And so it does continue, as we race through our lives
Until we're looking back and measuring ourselves
Will we count up all the hearts we've touched or all the tears we've cried
Or the shiny things up there up on our shelves

From the guns of fallen soldiers
To Olympic bronze and gold
As the memory of our actions fade
It's the trophies that we hold

If the ribbons blue, it shows the world that we've prevailed
Any other color, the degree to which we've failed

Hit or miss, win or lose, one day the game it ends
The lights go out the clock runs out of time
As we become a memory to our loved ones and our friends
And the boxes of the junk we leave behind

In the thrift shops, at the tag sales
The local churches old
The trophies of a lifetime
Are ungloriously sold

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from Suburban Primative, released April 20, 2012

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