Peter Alsop

Music for Children and Adults

All Used Up

From the album Draw The Line Buy Now

 

I spent my whole life makin’ somebody rich

I busted my ass for that son-of-a-bitch

And he left me to die like a dog in a ditch

Then he told me I’m all used up

 

He used up my labor, he used up my time

He plundered my body and squandered my mind

Then he gave me a pension of handouts and wine

And told me I’m all used up

 

My kids are in hock to a god you call Work

Slaving their lives out for some other jerk

My youngest in Frisco just made “shipping clerk”

And he don’t know I’m all used up

 

Some young people reach out for power and gold

And they don’t have respect for anything old

Then for pennies they’re bought and

     for promises sold

And someday they’ll all be used up

 

They use up the oil, they use up the trees

They use up the air and they use up the seas

Well how about you friend and how about me?

What’s left when we’re all used up?

 

I’ll finish my life in this crummy hotel

It’s lousy with bugs and my God what a smell

But my plumbing still works and I’m clear as a bell

So don’t tell me I’m all used up!

 

Out side my window the world passes by

It gives me a handout then spits in my eye

And no one can tell me, cause no one knows why

I’m still livin’ but I’m all used up!

 

Sometimes in my dreams I sit by a tree

My life is a book of how things used to be

And the kids gather round and they listen to me

And they don’t think I’m all used up

 

And there’s songs and there’s laughter, and

     things I can do

And all that I’ve learned I can give back to you

And I’d give my last breath just to make it come true

No, I’m not all used up

 

They use up the oil, they use up the trees

They use up the air and they use up the seas

But as long as I’m breathin’ they won’t use up me

So don’t tell me I’m all used up!

 

Written by U. Utah Phillips, ©1980 On Strike Music (BMI)

On Draw The Line – www.peteralsop.com