Don't Know What I Want To Be (When I Grow Up)

from Once Upon a Time by Aerik Watson

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lyrics

When I was a kid I played with, Legos and cars
Building Rockets that would, take me to Mars
I played a lot of hockey 'till I, busted up my knee
Dreamed of training to be a ninja, but that wasn't meant to be

High school came along and I, bought my first guitar
Played some tunes with my best friend, yeah we were gonna be rock stars
I worked a few jobs, played a few smoky clubs
Didn't know what I wanted to do when I grew up

My kid came along when I was, 20 years old
Put that guitar on the shelf, put my, life on hold
Though things with his mom didn't, work out as planned
He grew up to be a hell of a man

Days turned to months and time went by
Chasing some elusive dream
Some days were good, some days were rough
I did what I could, though it never seemed enough
Didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up

Spent the, next 20 years, chained to a desk
Climbed that corporate ladder, trying to be the best
60 hours a week, yeah well, it took its toll
But I had to chase that dollar, work those fingers to the bone

Took me, 10 years of friendship with a girl I met online
To realize that my true love had been with me that whole time
We did the best we could, and while we were, madly in love
We didn't know what we wanted to do when we grew up

Months turned to years and time flew by
Chasing someone else's dream
Some times were good, some times were tough
We did what we could, though it never seemed enough
Didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up

Yeah I've fronted bands, acted on stage, filled coffee cups for minimum wage
I've skated fast, prepared tax, said some things that I can't take back
I've built computers, programmed games, I wrote a book with a pen name
I guess it's time to face the truth, I just don't know what I wanna do

So I finally packed my things, got away from city lights
Moved back to my hometown where you can see the stars at night
Dusted off that guitar, thought I'd try my luck
Cuz I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up

Months turn to years and time flies by
Think I've forgotten how to dream
Most days I'd say are good enough
Doing what I can, but when, push comes to shove
I don't know what I wanna be when I grow up
Yeah, don't know who I'm gonna be when I grow up

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from Once Upon a Time, released November 1, 2021

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Aerik Watson Renfrew, Ontario

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