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First Line: If some can win, why can not I
Last Line: "and fight off ""yawn"" and ""wait-a-while."
Subject(s): Success

If some can win, why can not I
Climb upward to success?
Some seem to pass obstacles by.
But never I—unless
I lay aside the lame excuse
And cure myself of "What's-the-use."

The folks that get the most from life
Push onward with a will;
They seem to laugh at care and strife.
But never I—until
I cease to worry, fret, and swear
And lose the feeling, "I-don't-care."

Some seem to keep their cars in high—
No trouble; furthermore,
They pass so many people by.
But never I—before
I choose to get a better guide
And shun the by-way, "Let-'er-slide."

Poor folks have climbed to heights sublime,
Have daily upward crept;
Great souls they are before their prime.
But never I—except
I toil with cheer, and learn to smile
And fight off "Yawn" and "Wait-a-while."

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