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​Experience

This song is by Gentle Giant and appears on the album In a Glass House (1973) and on the Double live album Playing the Fool (1977).

Once I was a boy
An innocent to life and my role in it
This world played my game
And anyone a clown or foil for myself

The harmless affairs
And no one seemed to care for any meaning
My life was my own
The debt I paid, I paid it only to myself

The unseeing youth
How can it be so shallow and short-sighted?
These years passed me by
To realize the folly of these unripe years

Now I am a man, I realize
My unworldly sins pained many lives
Yet I heard, heard with ears that wouldn't listen
And still I watched and I saw with blinkered eyes

But with age the conscience slowly dawns
And bonds of duty gently tied
All my sins, seen through now there is experience
And recollecting act in virgin guise

Master inner voices
Making any choices
Master inner voices
Making any choices

Master inner voices
Making any choices
Master inner voices
Making any choices

Once I could rebel
And consequences then had no reflection
And I am a man
And I am bound by adult age discretion now

Written by:

Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman and Ray Shulman

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