"The Hard Way"

Mama said use common sense, learn from your mistakes
Study hard you’d make me proud, do whatever it takes

   You never heard a single word she’d say
   You had to learn it the hard way

Live and learn is what they told you, common sense advice
Trial and error won’t educate you, fail of your own device

   You wouldn’t give them the time of day
   You had to learn it the hard way

      Obstinate and somewhat pigheaded
      The answers stare you in the face unseen

Studies show all that we know to help you on your way
History repeats itself the knowledge you betray

   You never heard a single word she’d say
   You had to learn it the hard way
   You wouldn’t give them the time of day
   You had to learn it the hard way

      Habits die hard, slave to routine
      You don't comprehend reality at all