I Take My Chances

"I Take My Chances" ©1992, Mary-Chapin Carpenter.
I took a walk in the rain one day on the
   wrong side of the tracks
I stood on the rail 'til I saw that train
Just to see how my heart would react
Now some people say that you shouldn't
   temp fate
And for them I would not disagree
But I never learned nothing from playing
   it safe
I say fate should not tempt me

         CHORUS

I take my chances, I don't mind working
   without a net
I take my chances, I take my chances
   every chance I get

I sat alone in the dark one night,
   tuning in by remote
I found a preacher who spoke of the light
   but there was brimstone in his throat
He'd show me the way according to him
   in return for my personal check
I flipped my channel back to CNN and I
   lit another cigarette

         CHORUS

I take my chances, forgiveness doesn't
   come with a debt
I take my chances, I take my chances
   every chance I get

I cross lines of words and wire and
   both have cut me deep
I've been frozen out and I've been on fire
   and the tears are mine to weep
Now I can cry until I laugh and laugh
   until I cry
So cut the deck right in half, I'll play
   from either side

         CHORUS

I take my chances, I pay my dollar and I
   place my bet
I take my chances, I take my chances
   every chance I get
I take my chances, I can't cling to remorse
   or regret
I take my chances, I take my chances
   every chance I get
I take my chances