Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

It's Up to You

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1976 Schroder Music Company, renewed 2004.

You might have been born a ladybug,
You might have been born a cat,
You might have been born an ear of corn or a bat,
But you had luck of a special kind.
You were born a being with a mind and a voice,
And the power of choice.

You can do yourself in if you like.
You can dissolve your brain cells in gin if you like,
And that delicate pair of lungs you were born with to feed you your air,
You can choke them on hot smoke instead
Until they turn blue and can no longer do what they're meant to do.
It's all up to you.

Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- Magical Songs

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