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You're Only Human (Second Wind) Lyrics

Artist: Billy Joel
Album: Greatest Hits Volume II

You're having a hard time and lately you don't feel so good
You're getting a bad reputation in your neighborhood
It's alright, it's alright, sometimes that's what it takes
You're only human, you're allowed to make your share of mistakes
(You're only human, ooo-ooo)

You better believe there will be times in your life
When you'll be feeling like a stumbling fool
So take it from me you'll learn more from your accidents
Than anything that you could ever learn at school

Don't forget your second wind
Sooner of later you'll get your second wind

It's not always easy to be living in this world of pain
You're gonna be crashing into stone walls again and again
It's alright, it's alright, though you feel your heart break
You're only human, you're gonna have to deal with heartache
(You're only human, ooo-ooo)

Just like a boxer in a title fight
You got to walk in that ring all alone
You're not the only one who's made mistakes
But they're the only thing that you can truly call your own

Don't forget your second wind
Wait in that corner until that breeze blows in

You've been keeping to yourself these days
Cause you're thinking everything's gone wrong
Sometimes you just want to lay down and die
That emotion can be so strong
But hold on 'till that old second wind comes along
(You're only human, ooo-ooo)

You probably don't want to hear advice from someone else
But I wouldn't be telling you if I hadn't been there myself
It's alright, it's alright, sometimes that's all it takes
We're only human, we're supposed to make mistakes
(You're only human, ooo-ooo)

But I survived all those long lonely days
When it seemed I did not have a friend
Cause all I needed was a little faith
So I could catch my breath and face the world again

Don't forget your second wind
Sooner or later you'll feel that momentum kick in
(One more time!)
Don't forget your second wind
Sooner or later you'll feel that momentum kick in

Don't forget your second wind
(You're only human, ooo-ooo)

Submitted by Michael Hack
Comments/Interpretations
by Bonnie on 5/5/2011 6:44am
This is Billy Joel at his prime, his best album ever, in my opinion. When I feel down or stressed out or angry I go power walking with this song on my walkman and I feel stronger, renewed, invigorated, and like I can accomplish anything! It's my favorite power walking song. Try it folks..it's amazing what it will do for you...and thanks Billy for another of many amazing songs with incredible lyrics. :)
by Lena on 11/6/2013 7:50pm
Yeah, I first heard this over 25 years ago when emotions were in turmoil. It uplifted me throughout that patch every time I heard it and still a quarter of a century later it has the same powerful effect!! It is an amazing song!!
Thanks Billy!


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