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years after I originally wrote this song, I realized that the word I was looking for wasn't "irony," it was "hypocrisy."

Irony fits into the rhythm better, though, so we'll just have to live with it.


nodding your head while inside you keep singing your tune
shaking your fist when deep down you know they've got the truth

all your world is pretending to be something you've never been
preaching appearance is nothing and trying so hard to fit in

you're tying the rope and cutting the line
saying let's go and stalling for time
discrepancies stand between who you are and who you should be
it’s irony, irony

humbling thyself and inside singing "ha, I'm the best"
knowing the answers and somehow still failing the test

what keeps you alive, what makes you breathe
what makes you love and laugh and believe
what gives you hope when it all falls apart
who do you follow, and what holds your heart
what makes you strong, what makes you weak
what keeps you silent, what makes you speak
where do you run to when you run away
what lets you hold on, 'cause maybe the next day
will give you the reason for what's going on
will give you the courage to keep going strong
what makes us bleed, what makes us die
what makes us human, what makes us try


from We're All In This Together, released August 17, 2009


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Tyler Heath Houston

TYLER HEATH is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist born and raised in Texas. His influences at the time of writing these songs ranged from NEEDTOBREATHE and Mumford & Sons to Coldplay and Switchfoot.

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