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YOU CAN’T WIN (often erroneously labeled as “Can’t Get Out of the Rain”)

  • November 21, 2011 12:40 am

You Can't Win

Michael Jackson from MUSICAL: “The Wiz” (1978)  — this song can be found many places on the Internet under the erroneous title “Can’t Get Out of the Rain,” which probably stemmed from misheard lyrics.  In truth, this song is entitled “You Can’t Win” and is part of the Broadway musical “The Wiz.” In 1978, Michael was casted as the Scarecrow in the motion picture bearing the same title directed by Sidney Lumet.

Written by Charlie Smalls

YouTube link: “You Can’t Win” (long version)

YouTube link: “You Can’t Win” (short version from MOVIE: The Wiz)

Wikipedia link: “You Can’t Win” (song)

 

You can’t win
You can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game
People keep saying
Things are gonna change
But they look just like
They’re staying the same

You get in way over your head
And you only got yourself to blame
You can’t win Child
(You can’t win Child)
You can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game

You can’t win
The world keeps moving
And you’re standing far behind
People keep saying
Things will get better
(Just to ease your state of mind)
(So you lean back, and you smoke that smoke)
(And you drink your glass of wine)
Saying you can’t win, Child
You can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game

You can’t win, you can’t win no way
If your story stays the same
(You ain’t winning),
No, no,
(But it’s nice to see you)
(I’m awfully glad you came)
(Better cool it ’cause
It ain’t about losing)
And the world has got no shame

You can’t win, Child
You can’t break even
You can’t get out of the game

You can’t win
You can’t break even
Ain’t the way it’s supposed to be
(You’ll be spending),
No, no
(Your little bit of money)
While someone else rides for free
(Learn your lesson), ooh,
(Refuel your mind)
(Before some turkey blows out your flame)

You can’t win, Child. No!
You can’t win
You can’t win, Child. No!
You can’t win
You can’t win, Child. No!
You can’t win
You can’t win, Child. No!
You can’t win

You can’t win, Child
You can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game
You can’t get out of the game
You can’t get out (wooh!) of the game
No, no…

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