AL BASILE: WORDS & MUSIc
THE GOODS - LYRICS
The Price (I Got to Pay

I got places - I got to go
I got people - I have to see
and there’s money - I got to make
if I don’t - they won’t let me be
I just don’t know what’s in store
so I guess I better make some more
cause there’s a price that I got to pay - if I want to stay free

I got a horn that I got to play
but I love to play it anyway
and I got a song - I have to sing
that says how I feel about everything
I tell a story each and every night
about the way that I live my life
that’s the price that I got to pay - if I want to stay free

All I’m trying to do is to stay one step ahead
but all I find is I’m one step behind instead

All I’m trying to do is to stay one step ahead
but all I find is I’m one step behind instead

I’m just tryin’ to stay, to stay one little step ahead
But I’m fallin’, fallin’, fallin’ behind instead

Ow, this is what - I know how to do
the only way - I know how to be
I can’t take the place - of anyone
and no one can change places with me
I got to live the life I choose
so don’t try to walk in my shoes
it’s just the price that I got to pay - if I want to stay free

stay free

stay free

 

Along Come the Kid

Sun was bright as a brand new dime
I had the money, I had the time
My next move was back to the land
As for the future I had it all planned

And along come the kid
along come the kid
along come the kid
that’s what he did

The dark night was thick as iron
Tryin’ to make my way down the line
My next move was hard to see
What in the world’s gonna happen to me?

When along come the kid
along come the kid
along come the kid
that’s what he did

And the kid changed everything
the kid changed everything
the kid changed everything
and nothing ever changes him

Couldn’t tell if it was night or day
Everywhere I looked was nickelback grey
No point livin’, sleepin’, or dyin’
made up my mind to just stop tryin’

Then along come the kid
along come the kid
along come the kid
that’s what he did

And the kid didn’t change a thing
the kid didn’t change a thing
the kid didn’t change a thing
and everybody changes him

 

 

Lie Down in Darkness (Raise Up in Light

Seem like the nights are gettin’ longer, Fahrenheit is sinkin’ low
The sun is mumbling excuses, it’s got somewhere else to go
Still I believe the future is bright
Gonna lie down in darkness, raise up in light
Lie down in darkness, raise up in light

Seem like the world gets tired of turning, ending up where it starts
And even when we play together, we want to play a different part
Still I believe we’ll make it all right
Gonna lie down in darkness, raise up in light
Lie down in darkness, raise up in light

Nothing ever really stays the same
When the old and new fight
There’s a change in the night
Only the morning can claim

All my sins are lyin’ deeper, patience is thin
Seems like the wait goes on forever, while hope’s gettin’ dim
Still I believe I’ll see a wondrous sight
When I lie down in darkness, raise up in light
Lie down in darkness, raise up in light

Nothing ever really stays the same
When the old and new fight
There’s a change in the night
Only the morning can claim

All my sins are lyin’ deeper, patience is thin
Seems like the wait goes on forever, while hope’s gettin’ dim
Still I believe I’ll see a wondrous sight
When I lie down in darkness, raise up in light
Lie down in darkness, raise up in light

Lie down, lie down
Raise up, raise up
Lie my body on down
Raise up in, raise up in...light
Raise up in, raise up in...light
Raise up in, raise up in...light

 

1.843 Million

One button in the bank to sound the alarm
Two ways to escape that worked like a charm
Four shiny mag wheels on the getaway car
Eight stop signs and red lights to disregard
Made the rendezvous in twelve minutes time
Twenty miles away from the scene of the crime
One point eight four three million on the line

Seventeen Black and Whites in hot pursuit
Throw in the choppers and the Eye in the Sky to boot
Twenty three roads I know like the back of my hand
Three hundred twenty five horses at my command
It’s tough to get away in broad daylight
When they’re trackin’ every move by satellite
But one point eight four three million’s worth a fight

Blew through a road block east of Early’s End
I’m burnin’ oil and the heat is closin’in
Cut me off on three sides so I had to turn around
Caught in a crossfire here in this hole in the ground
I got one shell left in this forty-five
Don’t exactly know the way I’m about to die
But I got one point eight four three million reasons why

 

Time Can Wait

They say time waits for no man
and that’s been a problem since time began
That worn-out story keeps gettin’ told
of how the young get old and the old get cold
Seems like that tide keeps rollin’ in
and time marches over me and back again
But I‘m here to say it’s not too late
When it comes to you darling, time can wait

When you appear out of a clear blue sky
time stands still to let you pass on by
And when I get a real good look at you
time holds its breath the way I do
I know I prob’ly sound like a fool,
but you’re the exception that proves the rule
That’s why I say it’s not too late
When it comes to you darling, time can wait

I’ve lived a long time, I’ve seen some things
never sure of what tomorrow brings
They always told me love would come some day
but what a day can bring, it can take away
I know that time brings about a change,
and those words “forever after” sure sound strange 
But I’m here to say ooooo “never too late”
When it comes to us darling, time can wait

 

I Want to Put it There

Can’t you hear my bull dog barkin’
cooped up in the house all day
if you want to see some happy tail waggin’ -
let ‘im in your yard to play


I want to put it there

I want to put it there
don’t want to leave it here
it’s got to go somewhere
I want to put it there


Just bought me a new car, baby

now I got to find me a place
let me come over to your house tonight -
and, you know, park in your space


I want to put it there

I want to put it there
don’t want to leave it here
it’s got to go somewhere
I want to put it there


I’m lookin’ to stay now darlin’

so please don’t get me wrong
you got so much there there baby
I hope we can get along


I’m lookin’ to stay now darlin’

so please don’t get me wrong
you got so much there there baby
I know we can get along


Awwww, Nature put the feelin’ in your body

your body put the feelin’ in me
I’m just tryin’ to put some of it back -
baby, can’t you see?


I want to put it there

I want to put it there
don’t want to leave it here
it’s got to go somewhere

I want to put it there

 

The Itch

Woke up this morning, it was quarter to four
I was itching all over from head to toe
started in scratching everywhere I could
but none of that scratching did me any good


I got the itch (don’t scratch it), it’s like a curse

I got the itch (don’t scratch it), scratching only makes it worse
I got the itch, (yeah) and I’m telling you
Better not scratch no matter what I do


My buddy saw me scratching at work next day

he said “You’ll never keep your job if you act that way
I know a real good doctor who could help you a lot
I think he specializes in what you’ve got


You got the itch (don’t scratch it), it’s like a curse

you got the itch (don’t scratch it), scratching only makes it worse
you got the itch, (yeah) and I’m telling you
Better not scratch no matter what you do


I said “Doc, I got a problem, and I’ll be brief

I’ll give you all kinds of money for a little relief”
Doctor started hopping like a kangaroo
he said “I’d like to help you son, but I‘ve got it too”


I got the itch (don’t scratch it), it’s like a curse

I got the itch (don’t scratch it), scratching only makes it worse
I got the itch, (yeah) and it’s understood
scratching isn’t going to do me any good


Went to confession, got down on my knees

I said “Bless me, Father, can you help me please?”
I heard the door slide back so I bowed my head
and in a quiet little voice this is what he said:


You got the itch (don’t scratch it), it’s like a curse

you got the itch (don’t scratch it), scratching only makes it worse
you got the itch, (yeah) and I’m telling you
Thou Shalt Not Scratch no matter what you do


I’ll never lose this itch, I guess that’s true

but I found myself a woman who has got it too
We help each other out, she’s a natural peach
scratching all the places that I can’t reach


We got the itch (gotta scratch it), it’s like a curse

we got the itch (gotta scratch it), scratching only makes it worse
but if you’ve gotta scratch, I’m telling you
find yourself somebody who is scratching too


We got the itch  (don’t scratch it)

We got the itch  (don’t scratch it)
We got the itch  (don’t scratch it)

We got the itch  

Mr. Graham Bel

Telephone keep ringin’, must be bad luck on the line
my telephone keeps ringin’, must be bad luck on the line
I don’t ever talk to good news, so there ain’t no point in tryin’


It’s prob’ly just a bill collector, askin’ when am I gonna pay

I heard that song already - not gonna hear it again today
or it’s some salesman, tryin’ - to sell me something I don’t need
every time I hear that voice - my eardrums start to bleed


Graham Bell, Mr. Graham Bell, look what you done to me

telephone bring me nothin’ but trouble, and it will not let me be


I’ve had it with my telephone, it’s not my friend at all

Had it with my telephone, it ain’t my friend at all
Wakes me up just one more time, mmmm I’m gonna rip it off the wall


I’m tired of these recordings - you know the ones I mean

can’t even hang up on ‘em, cause they’re only a machine
or maybe it’s my baby, tellin’ me she’s gonna leave
that’s a call I’d rather make than take, better to give than to receive


Oooo Telephone keeps ringin’, but I’m not gonna take the call

the way my luck’s been runnin’, not pickin’ up that phone at all


I guess you did a good thing, when you invented the telephone

you did a good thing, Mr. Graham Bell, when you invented that telephone
but all it ever did for me was prove I have to live alone


Don’t tell me my father died - cause I already took that call

don’t tell me my mother died - I already took that call
I got no sisters or brothers, my friends know they can’t get through
don’t need to hear I lost my money, cause I got that message too


Telephone keeps ringin’, and I’m just gonna let it stand

If I ever win the Lot’ry, they can send me a telegram

 

She's a Taker

She’s a taker - you’ve got to give her more
you’ll do the doin’, she’s content to be done for
When they bring you the check, you’re expected to pay
took a lot of takin’ to make her this way
The girl’s not a giver, no - she’s a taker


She’s a taker - I buy her ruby stones

topaze and amethyst, so she won’t feel alone
She was warm and tender at ten years old
it took a lot of hurtin’ to turn her this cold
The girl’s not a giver, no - she’s a taker 


She’s a taker - tryin’ to protect herself

I can’t blame the girl, no, she was made that way by someone else
When it comes to lovin’, she lets you get her there
try to come along, you find that she’s nowhere
The girl’s not a giver, no - she’s a taker.

She’s a taker - I’m not gonna change her
try to be kind, only to find she stays a stranger
Nothing I can do to help her now
she’d like to be a lover but she don’t know how

Oo-wo-wo-wo the girl’s not a giver, no - she’s a taker

 

Reality Show

I got a girl that’s something to see
but she wants to show everyone instead of just me
I just want to be her everyday guy
she keeps looking around for some camera eye


She wants to be watched - she likes to be seen

she won’t do nothing but what she saw on some screen
she thinks she knows what love is all about
but she disappears when the lights go out


She watches those shows, the ones that make her feel

a camera’s gotta roll to make things real
when she hangs around with all her friends
they’re never far away from a camera lens


She wants to be watched - she likes to be seen

she won’t do nothing but what she saw on some screen
she thinks she knows what love is all about
but she disappears when the lights go out


Now I want a girl who’s camera shy

one who’s looking at me, and not some camera guy
but seems every time I get the girl home
she doesn’t know how to act when we’re really alone


She wants to be watched - she likes to be seen

she won’t do nothing but what she saw on some screen
she thinks she knows what love is all about
but she disappears when the lights go out


I guess that I’ll have to let the girl go

before I end up a prop in some reality show
but she gave me something that will never really end
cause I know just where to go to see her again


She wants to be watched - she likes to be seen

she won’t do nothing unless it’s up on some screen
she thinks she knows what love is all about

but she disappears when the lights go out

 

Pealing Bells

When I’m, when I’m troubled
I’ve got to face trouble like a man
but I wouldn’t worry about trouble
if you would lend me a helping hand

I can’t live, cannot live

unless you let your love come down
down in my soul
unless you let your love come down


When people spread lies about me

until nobody knows what’s true
I’ve got to keep on telling our story
and singing out the truth about you


But I can’t sing, cannot sing

unless you let your love come down
down in my soul
unless you let your love come down


A man needs water in the desert

he needs air to take a breath
I need your love to give me courage
and chase away the fear of death
 
but I can’t breathe, cannot breathe
unless you let your love come down
down in my soul
unless you let your love come down

There’s bells that toll out judgment

and send the spirit on its way
I hope to hear the bells that ring out joy
pealing at the break of day

Oooo I can’t live, cannot live

unless you let your love come down
down in my soul
unless you let your love come down

 

Don't Sleep on Santa

Don’t sleep on Santa, easin’ down your chimney tonight
don’t sleep on Santa, easin’ down your chimney tonight
Now he’s a big old man, and your chimney’s kinda tight
but he’s got something, let him get down all right
don’t sleep on Santa, easin’ down your chimney tonight


Here come old Santa, he’s got a bag of presents and toys

don’t let the whiskers fool you, he’s just like one of the boys
He got a gingerbread kitchen and a candy cane
and passin’ out goodies’ how he made his name
don’t sleep on Santa, got a bag of presents and toys


Don’t sleep on Santa, comin’ to your neighborhood

he got himself a list of everyone who’s been real good
He might nibble your cookie, but he can’t stay
he gotta make a lotta stops by Christmas day
don’t sleep on Santa, comin’ to your neighborhood


Don’t sleep on Santa, easin’ down your chimney tonight

if you blink you might miss him, but he’ll make that delivery all right
He’s quicker than you think for an elderly guy
and passin’ out goodies puts a twinkle in his eye
Dont sleep on Santa, easin’ down your chimney tonight

 

Distant Ships

Distant ships on the water
under sail without a sound
I see them out on the horizon 
and I wonder where they’re bound


Distant ships out on the ocean

too far away for me to know
of the banners they are flying,
are they friend or are they foe?


What the courses we are setting,

what the headings to get us there?
Might there be one destination
that the two of us can share?


Distant ships send no message

they tell a story, but not to me
disappear in the distance
leaving me alone at sea


What the courses we are setting,

what the headings to get us there?
Might there be one destination
that the two of us can share?


Distant ships send no message

they tell a story, but not to me
disappear in the distance
leaving me alone at sea
leaving me alone at sea

 

 

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