Ray LaMontagne - Beg Steal Or Borrow Lyrics




So your home town's bringing you down
Are you drowning in the small talk
And the chatter

Or you gonna step into line like your daddy done
Punching the time and climbing life's long ladder

You've been howling at the moon like a slack jaw fool
And breaking every rule they can throw on
But one of these days it's gonna be right soon
You'll find your legs and go and stay gone

Young man full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
Young man going to make a stand
You beg, steal you borrow
You beg you steal you borrow

Well all the friends that you knew in school
They used to be so cool and they just bore you

Well look at them now, already pulling the plow
So quick to take to grain like some old mule

Young man full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
Young man going to make a stand
You beg, steal you borrow
You beg you steal you borrow

Dreaming of the day
You're gonna pack your bags
Put the miles away
Oh, just grab your girl and go
Where no one knows you
What will all the old folks say?

So the home town's bringing you down
Are you drowning in the small talk and the chatter?
Or you gonna step into line like your daddy done
Punching the time and climbing life’s long ladder

Young man full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
Young man going to make a stand
You beg, steal you borrow
You beg you steal you borrow





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  1. Tyler Coogan

    Pure joy, thank you

  2. brandi olive

    In my opinion one of the best song of our time

  3. Bob Trevorah

    Undoubtedly one of THE best tunes ever compiled. Say not?

  4. RichardFeynmanRules

    BEG STEAL OR BORROW
    Ray LaMontagne
    So your home town's bringing you down
    Are ya drowning in the small talk and the chatter
    Or you gonna step into line like your daddy done
    Punching the time and driving life's long ladder

    You've been howling at the moon like a slack jawed fool
    And breaking every rule they can throw on
    But one of these days it's gonna be right soon
    You'll find your legs and go and stay gone

    Young man, full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
    Young man, going to make a stand
    You beg, steal, you borrow
    Ya beg, ya steal, ya borrow

    Well all the friends that you knew in school
    They used to be so cool now they just bore you
    Well look at them now, already pulling the plow
    So quick to take to grain like some old mule

    Young man, full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
    Young man, going to make a stand
    You beg, steal, you borrow
    You beg, you steal, you borrow

    Dreaming of the day
    You're gonna pack your bags
    Put the miles away
    Oh, just grab your girl and go
    Where no one knows you
    What will all the old folks say?

    So the home town's bringing you down
    Are you drowning in the small talk and the chatter?
    Or you gonna step into line like your daddy done
    Punching the time and climbing life's long ladder

    Young man, full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
    Young man, going to make a stand
    You beg, steal, you borrow
    You beg, you steal, you borrow

  5. aamna uzma

    "One of these days it's gonna be right soon; you'll find your legs and go, and stay gone."

  6. Jerry Muzak

    The only reason I don't mind going to work, is the fact that I can hear this song every day, over the PA system.

    Meredith Williams

    Dang, you're lucky. I have to listen to a 90s playlist, and not even the good stuff, either lol

  7. harry crevis

    This song just hits home...i just turn the volume up and roll the windows down and enjoy the vibe!

  8. Robert Cole

    I can't stop listening to this song.

  9. Eileen James-Wright

    I love this song 💝

  10. uyngane

    Gotta love that twangy guitar just meandering in the background.

  11. Matt Cottom

    I could swear that this was a Joni Mitchell song redone... great tune!

    Lynn Northington

    There's also a lot of Neil Young influence. Fantastic song.

    my 2cents

    I thought the same for the longest time. Heard it occasionally, but couldn't catch damn DJ say anything about song or about RAY at any point. If JONI MITCHELL didn't do it, she should HAVE. GREAT SONG, NO MATTER WHO. Both artists great in their own way.

    Rob Smith

    I looked it up thinking the same thing!! Lyric and phrasing are so similar...

    A Kopack

    with a little Firefall-Cinderella thrown in

    Judy Gilpin

    ABSOLUTELY! That's EXACTLY what I thought! I had to look it up just to be sure. It's an amazing piece of work.

  12. jspope2008

    In my mind this is what America is best at. Great song!

    Robert Whitby

    jspope2008 .... it's not just in your mind.

  13. Emimilykity

    I get a Tim Hardin vibe from this song, especially from the bass. It's got that same climb that If I Were A Carpenter has.

  14. Vence McAdams

    It's just so good. Well done in every way. Thank you.

  15. Pilfer Bean

    Human. God, how we need it, now..

  16. Chris Holland

    Ray's the Man. Love his music so much. It touches me beach house warm it really does.

  17. Jay Rice

    Perfect....

  18. steven saunders

    Sounds like a theme song from an early 60s road movie. black and white, dusty. Warren Beatty, Tuesday Weld. Somebody should have made that movie. I would have watched it.

  19. Darren Wall

    Great sound, everyone should be listening to Ray.

  20. mia castro

    IM GOING TO YOUR CONCERT SOON!!!!!!

  21. Leah Pierson

    Rays our gen of dan fogelberg or Jackson Browne

  22. Robert Luben

    I keep hearing this on the Vinyl Experience had to see what's what.

  23. Keith Andrew Bounds

    1970 AND 1971 NATIONAL CHAMPION AND 1972 BIG EIGHT CHAMPION NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS!!!! 1973 BIG EIGHT CHAMPION, 1974 AND 1975 NATIONAL CHAMPION OKLAHOMA SOONERS!!!!

  24. Jay Rice

    Flawless.....

  25. Snowball Martin

    are you gonna step into line like ya daddy done?

    Kevin Moreno

    Or are you gonna drown in the small talk and the chatter?

  26. Forrest George

    So your home town's bringing you down
    Are you drowning in the small talk
    And the chatter

    Or you gonna step into line like your daddy done
    Punching the time and climbing life's long ladder

    You've been howling at the moon like a slack jaw fool
    And breaking every rule they can throw on
    But one of these days it's gonna be right soon
    You'll find your legs and go and stay gone

    Young man full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
    Young man going to make a stand
    You beg, steal you borrow
    You beg you steal you borrow

    Well all the friends that you knew in school
    They used to be so cool and they just bore you

    Well look at them now, already pulling the plow
    So quick to take to grain like some old mule

    Young man full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
    Young man going to make a stand
    You beg, steal you borrow
    You beg you steal you borrow

    Dreaming of the day
    You're gonna pack your bags
    Put the miles away
    Oh, just grab your girl and go
    Where no one knows you
    What will all the old folks say?

    So the home town's bringing you down
    Are you drowning in the small talk and the chatter?
    Or you gonna step into line like your daddy done
    Punching the time and climbing life’s long ladder

    Young man full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow
    Young man going to make a stand
    You beg, steal you borrow
    You beg you steal you borrow

    thirdbase6870

    Thanx so much for the lyrics

  27. anuschkatim

    🌸🌟🌸🌟🌸🌟🌸🌟🌸great song🌸🌟🌸🌟🌸🌟🌸🌟🌸

  28. was gone

    my life minus the stealing. i didnt want to be a hobo, but mental illness is a bitch.

  29. Doug Sarbon

    I swear I thought this was a Joni Mitchell cover. I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.

    Sands of time

    Yes, that's the first thing I said after my first listen. It's in his timing . His voice is mellow too.

    Forrest Pope

    For the roses ...

    James Quigley

    Ray was in the zone when he composed this song

    Steve Perrault

    @rentatrip1Joni + The Tragically Hip. Are these guys Canadian????

    Angela Hackett

    Doug Sarbon I like Ray much better than Joni Mitchell tbh I never really vibed with her

  30. Stephanie Claus

    I love every one of your songs, the depth of your soul, your loving heart, your understanding of life, heartbreak, and love, your creative mind, your musical sense, and every single word you speak. Ray, you are the best of the best! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us! We appreciate and respect you so much. Keep the music coming.
    I saw you both of the nights you were at the Count Basie Theater, in Red Bank, NJ this fall. You mentioned that you were going to drop a new album soon. I can't wait to hear it. Be well. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Richard Rogers

    Stephanie Claus I agree he's very talented and his voice is amazing.

  31. Barath C

    lots of love Ray!!!

  32. SpaghettiKillah

    I have this album on vinyl...sounds absolutely jaw-dropping on my Rega RP8 'table!

    stephane sonneville

    Wait to heard it in digital - it's fabulous !

    doublestrokeroll

    I have it in lossless digital through a set of Neumann KH 120 studio monitors....jaw dropping as well.