If your lonely heart is aching

Think you can’t take any more

You have to cup your hands to keep the light

I will lean across your shoulder

and whisper in your ear that this is life


If you’re old enough to face it

You’re old enough to fake it

To get what you desire and still ask why

Then I’ll tap you on the shoulder

and whisper in your ear that this is life


This is what you struggle for

No reprisals, no resistance

This is life


Can you answer me a question

Have you lain awake at night

The blinds undrawn the ceiling streaked with light

You feel tired but you can’t sleep

Feel so hungry you can’t eat

well this is life


Has your courage seemed to fail you

as you take your chosen path

You pass a camel through a needle’s eye

Cut up in tiny little pieces

and you’ve learned the major rule

that this is life


This is what you waited for

No rehearsals, no more stalling

This is life

Have it tattooed on the inside

of your pink and sleepy eyelids

This is life

This is life


Absence makes the heart grow fonder

grow more foolish than we can ever guess

You feel your nerve ends slowly coiling

You hope the answer’s no

The answer’s yes.


This is what you struggle for

No reprisals, no resistance

This is life

This is what you waited for

No rehearsals, no more stalling

This is life

If you can’t get what you ought

Lead by example

Don’t get caught

Cause this is life

This is life

This is life

This is life

This is life

Oh oh

This is life