Poor man you oughta stop,
Trying to live a rich man's life.
Don't go out and buy a Cadillac,
If you know your money ain't right.

You'll find it's so much easier,
Living within your means.
If you can't afford caviar,
Don't be ashamed to eat pork and beans.

Now I'm not trying to tell you how to do it,
I'm only saying put some thought into it.

Be what you are my friend and live your life.
Be what you are my friend and live your life.

Just because they made a child,
Attend some private school.
You try to send yours,
Knowing all the time that you're really not able to.
Don't try to live like a king on a poor man's take,
That's one reason there are so many people hurting today.

Now I'm not trying to tell you how to do it,
I'm only saying put some thought into it.

Be what you are my friend and live your life.
Be what you are my friend and live your life.

-Solo-

Don't try to live as high,
As you see your boss man do.
Just remember you work for him,
And he don't work for you.
If there's something that you want and you know you can't afford it.
Don't be ashamed to put a little down on it,
And tell the layaway to hold it.

Now I'm not trying to tell you how to do it.
I'm only saying put some thought in to it.

Be what you are my friend and live your life.
Be what you are my friend and live your life.
(Don't be ashamed)
Be what you are my friend and live your life.
Be what you are my friend and live your life.
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Be What You Are Lyrics

The Staple Singers – Be What You Are Lyrics

Songwriters: CARL MITCHELL HAMPTON, HOMER BANKS, RAYMOND E. JACKSON
Be What You Are lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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