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Once In a Lifetime

The Night Game

Once In a Lifetime Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Fifth floor, lorimer apartment above the warehouse
The Hasidic landlord checks on the rent
Neon lights shining off of the bodega
It's been weeks since I got up outta bed

[Verse 2]
Pushed her farther for nothing but the silence
Sometimes it's nice to just be alone
Up and down, trip the rock around the dive
And sometimes it skins me down to the bone

[Chorus]
Once in a lifetime
Wake the dead, end dreamer, the angel, the sinner, the saint
Once in a lifetime
Dealer's got 21, that's Brooklyn or maybe it's fate
Once in a lifetime
You put the handgun down the bag down and give it away
Once in a lifetime
Got your eyes wide open the moment that you could be saved

[Verse 3]
Blue sun rising, awake at 11:30
With a headache that's been pounding for months
Something is different, a hot indian summer
The body's waking up in the trunk

[Verse 4]
Help me
I need a voice
I need a reason
Need anything but smoke in my lungs
Flush it down
Watch it spin around to freedom
The bathroom floor is temple for some

[Chorus]
Once in a lifetime
Wake the dead and dream of the angel, the sinner, the saint
Once in a lifetime
Dealers's got 21, that's Brooklyn or maybe it's fate
Once in a lifetime
You put the handgun down the bag down and give it away
Once in a lifetime
Got your eyes wide open the moment that you could be safe
And you're walking out

[Pos-Chorus]
Once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime

[Bridge]
It's hard to believe
It's hard to believe
Once in a lifetime
Down on my knees
Down on my knees
Well, I'm down on my, yeahhh
Yeahhh
Yeahhh

[Chorus]
Once in a lifetime
Wake the dead and dream of the angel, the sinner, the saint
Once in a lifetime
Dealer's got 21, that's Brooklyn or maybe it's fate
Once in a lifetime
You put the handgun down the bag down and give it away
Once in a lifetime
Got your eyes wide open the moment that you could be saved
And you're walking out

[Pos-Chorus]
Once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime

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About “Once In a Lifetime”

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“I was living in Brooklyn and couldn’t leave the house. People had to physically come over to drag me out to play shows. Then comes in this tiny pinhole of light — a fighting chance and the opportunity to change everything.” — Martin Johnson via Billboard

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    There was a self-destructive time in my life when it was challenging to walk out my front door, and the world in my head was more dangerous then the world outside

    ‘Once in a Lifetime’ takes me back to the moment that started with a pinhole of light, and ended with a chance to leave that life behind.

    — Johnson via Billboard.

"Once In a Lifetime" Track Info