So now you're all gathered here in one place today,
your dresses, your suits and your ties.
I'm guessing you came because I'm going away,
and NOW you wish to say goodbye.
I spent so many nights alone while I was here,
Endlessly searching for a friend.
Somebody that could help this old World disappear,
But most of you refused to bend.
Your lives were just so busy getting nowhere fast,
But it's okay, I understand.
You couldnt see that nothing here is meant to last,
and, after all, I'm but a man.
I made mistakes and did some things I cant undo,
Now I'm afraid it is too late.
I cant turn back or try to make amends with you,
Cant swallow pride I never ate.
I can only speak to you by words in my farewell,
I really hope you'll hear them said.
When you get up to leave and hear those ringing bells,
dont cry, just laugh and raise your head.
Take with you a lesson that I learned in due time,
No prisoners are held in War.
You'll fight and fight and you will try to hold the line,
But we are all just casualties,
Nobody, ever in time, has, or will, be offered more.
So takeit as it comes and smile as it goes,
Cause it all seems to go with haste.
Love all you can, while you can cause, trust me, I know
someday you'll have no Time to waste.
Someday all of those things you love and understand
will fade, and you'll have to leave, too.
Cause, after all you've done, you're still only a Man,
and Life ALWAYS collects the debt it's due.