I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self-respecting and conscience free.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!
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