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​Never Was at All

This song is by Slim Dusty and appears on the album Looking Forward Looking Back (2000).

They say I'm getting older and my hair is turnin' grey,
They say I should be slowing down, give it all away.
Living like a gypsy doesn't bother me at all,
And I'd sooner be a 'has been' than a 'never was at all'.

Now, I could've been a shearer and I could've been a vet,
Could've been a lot of things, of this much you can bet.
A man can sit there hangin' like a picture on the wall,
But I'd sooner be a 'has been' than a 'never was at all'.

Oh, Id sooner be 'has been' than a 'never was at all',
All my life I had a go, really had a ball.
If you don't climb the ladder, mate, then you can never fall,
And I'd sooner be a 'has been' than a 'never was at all'.

When I look at that old suitcase and I think of how it was,
The bad times and the good times, hey, and we did it just because.
I know I had to try it and today I'm standing tall,
'Cause I'd sooner be a 'has been' than a 'never was at all'.

Now, you won't reach the finish line if you don't ever start
You'll never live and you'll never love if you don't have a heart.
So don't just sit there whinging mate, it's no damn good at all
And I'd sooner be a 'has been' than a 'never was at all'.

Oh, Id sooner be 'has been' than a 'never was at all',
Give it everything I'd got, really had a ball.
If you don't climb the ladder, mate, then you can never fall,
And I'd sooner be a 'has been' than a 'never was at all'.

And I'd sooner be a 'has been' than a 'never was at all'.
Oh laydee oh, laydee Oh, laydee