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When I Was but a Boy
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Strong
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When I was but a boy
I used to think 
That strong meant
MUSCLES BIG,
But now I know
Itís more about
What's inside,
Even if you're
Just a twig.
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Work
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When I was but a boy
I used to think
That work meant
Hard and sweaty,
But now I know
It's more about
Whatever you do
To get it done,
Even easy-peasy.
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Success
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When I was but a boy
I used to think
That success meant
Claim to fame,
But now I know
It's more about
Meeting goals you set
No matter at all 
Who knows your name.
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Teaching
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When I was but a boy
I used to think
That teaching meant
There was learning,
But now I know
It's more about
Checking understanding
And just maybe, a
Let's-see-that-again yearning.
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Death
.
When I was but a boy
I used to think
That death happened when
Your last hair turned gray,
But now I know
It can happen
Even when there's nothin'
On top
To display.
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How Many Times
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When I was but a boy
I used to think
When my mom asked
'How many times
Do I have to tell you?'
She wanted me to say
Like on a test; silly me
But now I know
She had the answer key.
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Jesus Christ
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When I was but a boy
I used to think
My parents named me
Jesus Christ,
But now I know
I was named for a tree,
As I heard dad often
Refer to me as
That son of a beech.
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Railroad Tracks
.
When I was but a boy
I used to think
If you drove a car on
Railroad tracks
After a train passed,
The tires would melt, 
But now I know
That notion was, well
Quite half-assed.
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Balloons
.
When I was but a boy
I used to think
If I swallowed balloons,
They'd blow up
Inside me
And make me fat, 
But now I know
It takes a lot more
To get like that.
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Pop
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When I was but a boy
I used to think
Dangerous soda
Was called 'pop'
And you'd explode,
But now I know
If you drink too much
You will surely feel
Like you've gotta go.
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Old
.
When I was but a boy
I used to think
Old was anyone 
Past 30,
But now past 30,
I now know old
Is anyone
Past 60,
And so on.
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by J Alan R

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