Kevin Savino​-​Riker - 22​-​Over

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This song was recorded for the Spintunes 13 Round 3 challenge, "Do Over". I was tasked to rewrite the music and melody of one of my two previous rounds' entries; I chose to rewrite 'Catch-22' as an alternative rock song.

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Hey there, kid
I know what it's like to be in your shoes
There's so much ahead
You don't really know which path you're gonna choose
But I've walked these roads, I know where they go
And how they'll shape your views
Because I've been there, I'd like to share
Some wisdom you could use

I could define
A timeline you could follow carefully
The times when you'll thrive, the things you'll survive
The things you can't foresee
I could improve, or even remove
Some hardships you're due for
But then again, my good intentions
Might end up hurting more

If I shelter you
I could soften you too much
And if I tell the truth
You mightn't take it as such
If I give you too many shortcuts you could lose touch

Yeah it's tough but it's true

It's a Catch-22
I just don't know what to tell you

There's tough times ahead
But focus instead on how they'll strengthen you
You'll suffer loss
But it's a cost we all must suffer through
Your very worst days
Will help you in ways you cannot comprehend
Take it from me
Someday you'll see it's worth it in the end

I could let you in
On all the tricks I now know
But it would be a sin
To deprive you of your chance to grow
If you don't make these mistakes
It'd be the biggest mistake you can make

And it's a risk you'll have to take

It's a Catch-22
I just don't know what to tell you
What things to share
What things that I should hide
What to be proud of
What to keep bottled inside
Any one of them
Might change your lot in life
You might not break your heart
You might not meet your wife

There's some things I can't tell you
I'm scared if I do
You won't catch twenty-two of the most meaningful years of your life

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from SpinTunes #13 Round 3, released August 6, 2017

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