You Pays Your Dues (You Takes Your Chances)

you pays your dues
and you takes your chances

it’s a slow torturous path
to the top of the scrapheap
it’s a dark narrow road
and the muck runs knee deep

you pays your dues
you takes your chances
you pays your dues
and you takes your chances

it’s a steep uphill fight
to that ivory tower
it’s a long lonely walk
down the corridors of power

you pays your dues
you takes your chances
you pays your dues
you takes your chances
and you pays your dues
and you takes your chances

keep your eye on the wheel
and your nose to the grindstone
keep a stiff upper lip
work your fingers down to the bone

you pays your dues
you takes your chances
you pays your dues
you takes your chances

no guiding lights anoint the day
no helping hands to point the way
no black or white
just shades of gray
shades of gray

you pays your dues
you takes your chances
and you pays your dues
and you takes your chances
you pays your dues
and you takes your chances

take your chances

© Jessie Jacobson • Music: 9/29/83 + 3/84 • Lyrics & Melody: 5/24/84

Jessie Jacobson: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Keyboard, Anvil, Handclaps
Toni Zeto: Backing Vocals, Keyboard, Handclaps
Jerome Faulkner: Keyboards, Backing Vocal, Handclaps
Jarrett Lesko: Bass, Handclaps
Brian Bielski: Drums, Keyboard, Handclaps

Produced by Second Language with Earle Mankey, 1985.