I've been a roofer, a waiter, a clerk I've shoveled manure 'til my pride hurt When you're startin' out it's all part of the work To do what I do.
I've been evicted for not makin' rent Made my daddy wonder where my good sense went For the price of a dream my years have been spent To do what I do
I stand here tonight with this six string guitar To be somethin' I've always been in my heart Just for the chance to play you my songs and the thrill when I hear you singin' along has been worth everything I've been through To do what I do
I've played for empty tables and chairs For drunks that don't listen and crowds that don't care Been told countless times, "Boy, you ain't goin' nowhere" To do what I do
So I hope the critics and skeptics alike All bought a ticket to this show tonight They'll see first hand that I have survived And what doesn't kill you makes you more alive And I'm one of the fortunate few To do what I do
Well, there's so much joy this music can bring So I countmy blessings before I step up to sing 'Cause there's so many people that would give anything To do what I do