What Is Success

Music & Lyrics by Peter Markes (BMI)
 
I had a friend he once was a young man
We shared a meal on day
He asked me how my life was goin’
I answered him, “Okay”
Then he posed an interesting question
I could not understand
He asked how I had lived my life
Was I a successful man
I asked
 
What is success
It is to laugh often and much
And to leave the earth a better place
What is success
It is to earn the affection of children
And to ease a life through your living ways
That is success
 
I was born with a laugh and I’ve learned how to cry
I know life has fared me well
I now have the wrinkles that only time gives
A story my smile can tell
I work in my garden my children are grown
And four generations live near
I can attest I have lived a full life
Now I must go my grandson is here
 
That is success
It is to laugh often and much
And to leave the earth a better place
That  is success
It is to earn the affection of children
And to ease a life through your living ways
That’s my success
 
I have laughed often and much
And left the earth a better place
Oh that’s my success
I have earned the affection of children
And eased a life through my living ways
That’s my success