MOSE ALLISON lyrics - What A Shame

"What A Shame"
(Mose Allison)

Here's to the women who have ruled our lives
The mothers, the others, the sweethearts and wives
They had their terrible obligation
Bearing the burden of procreation

So here's to the men who have understood
Trying to make some sense out of manhood
Prone to pathetic obsessions
Usually resulting in false confessions

What a shame, such a mess
Ain't you glad you came now that more is less

Well, here's to the children with their dreams intact
It's an uphill battle, it's a proven fact
Dreaming of romance, fortune and fame
Just look around you, what a shame