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This Is Arkansas!

The Road Ahead or The Road Behind by George Joseph Moriarty

Sometimes I think the Fates must Grin as we denounce and insist

The only reason we can’t win Is the Fates themselves that miss

Yet there lives on an ancient claim We win or lose within ourselves

The shining trophies on our shelves Can never win tomorrow’s game

You and I know deeper down There’s always a chance to win the crown

But when we fail to give our best We simply haven’t met the test

Of giving all, and saving none Until the game is really won

Of showing what is meant by grit Of fighting on when others quit

Of playing through, not letting up It’s bearing down that wins the cup

Of taking it and taking more Until we gain the winning score

Of dreaming there’s a goal ahead Of hoping when our dreams are dead

Of praying when our hopes have fled Yet losing, not afraid to fall

Than giving all within his span Giving all, it seems to me

Is not so far from victory

And so the Fates are seldom wrong

No matter how they twist and wind It is you and I who make our fates

We open up or close the gates On the road ahead or the road behind.



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