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 SOUL BLUE 7 - LYRICS

Housekey Blues

Went by your house last night, the one you live in all alone
Went by your house last night, the one you live in all alone
thought I’d try the key you gave me, see if maybe I might find you home

I thought I had the right key, folks you know it slipped right in
thought I had the right key, don’t you know it slipped right in
couldn’t get that lock to turn, guess I’ll just have to try again

I jiggled on the cylinder, tried to get it to recognize my key
jiggled on the cylinder, tried to get it to recognize my key
you got that fancy front door baby, I just couldn’t let it be

Finally heard a click, and felt the lock turn in my hand
finally heard a click, and felt that lock turn in my hand
there’s really nothin’ better, than when you feel it come under your command

Pressed down on the latch, and then I opened up the door
pressed down on the latch, and then I opened up the door
but I found the place deserted - seems you just don’t live there any more

 

Dollar to a Dime

Here comes your old friend from a while ago
He’s not the kind of guy who saves his dough
He’s got a hard luck story that’ll make you cry
but just a little green and he could get by
If you could make it in cash that would suit him fine
he’ll pay you back every penny but it’s gonna take time
You’re just about to lose a friend
Bet you a dollar to a dime

You got some kind of woman who shares your life
might be a girl friend, might be a wife
Something goes wrong and you don’t know why
you ask her what’s the matter, she won’t look you in the eye
Mistakes have been made and I’m telling you chum
somebody’s gotta pay for what she’s done
And you’re gonna be the one
Bet you a dollar to a dime

You gotta work day and night just to get along
You’ve never been right, she’s never been wrong
One day she decides that you’re all through
she don’t want nothing more to do with you
You better get away before she changes her mind
or there’s gonna be trouble at the end of the line
And you’ll be the one doing time
Bet you a dollar to a dime

 

You Showed Me Something

You showed me something when you turned up at my front door
and told me that you loved me like you never loved a man before
then I saw you sittin’ with that skinny friend you used to see
and where he had his hand is not a place where a friend should be

            There’ll be no fightin’
            and no rewritin’
            the book of what we’ve been through

            There’ll be no bawlin’
            and no name callin’
            You’ve got a right to be you

But you showed me it was easy for a woman like you to lie
so now I’m gonna show you how a man says goodbye

You showed me something when you asked for another chance
and said you couldn’t help it when it comes down to romance
I wanted to believe you and your tears just sealed the deal
but then I heard you laughin’ ‘bout the way that you made me feel

            There’ll be no stallin’
            beggin’ or crawlin’
            moanin’ over yesterday

            There’ll be no pleadin’
            or talk of what I’m needin’
            just let it go and walk away

‘Cause you showed me it was easy for a woman like you to cry
so now I’m gonna show you how a man says goodbye

 

Lonely Are the Brave

We’re born by separation
we live our lives apart
sometimes we touch, then pull away
and hide out in our hearts

It’s a solitary sentence
we’re serving in our skin
we’ll all be let out someday
but nobody’s getting in

            Lonely are the fearful
            and lonely are the brave
            better live the life you want to baby
            it’s the only one that you can save

No matter how we play it
we end the game alone
and how much time we’re given 
is seldom ever known

That better day tomorrow
might not be there anyhow
if you’re ready to be happy
be happy here and now

            Lonely are the fearful
            and lonely are the brave
            better live the life you want to, baby
            gonna be lonely in the grave

 

I Hope You’re Right

You swear I’m over the past
you think I’m finally free
you say that we’re gonna last
I hope you’re right about me

You think I’m worth the trouble
you think I’m all that you see
don’t wanna bust your bubble
I hope you’re right about me

            Up til today I kept findin’ a way
            of endin’ what was meant to be
            and I don’t see how, but right about now
            I know I need your company

You say you take it on faith
what kind of man I can be
don’t know just how I rate
I hope you’re right about me

Causing Joy

She’s my paper, I’m her pen
we’re up to our old tricks again
what we write you can’t destroy
we’re just too busy causing joy

I’m her candle, she’s my flame
we both know how to play this game
we don’t break each other’s toy
we’re just too busy causing joy

            Causing joy is what we do
            when you can you’ll do it too
            causing trouble, causing pain
            then back to causing joy again

I’m a leaf and she’s the wind
I’m all caught up in her again
not just a girl, not just a boy
we’re just too busy causing joy

 

This Dream (Still Coming True)

I was a wanderer who never found a home
wondering if I’d have to spend the rest of my life alone
then you came and turned my world into something I never knew

            Don’t change it - this dream - still coming true
            don’t change it - this dream - still coming true

You know what moves me baby and you move like no one else
you know what I’m thinking sometimes before I know myself
you’ve seen every bad thing about me but you never say we’re through

            Don’t change it - this dream - still coming true
            don’t change it - this dream - still coming true

                                    Maybe I just got lucky
                                    maybe my time was due
                                    all I know is you’re so much more
                                    than I thought I had coming to me

And when my work gets hard I can always find a way
knowing you’ll be waiting there at the end of a bitter day
you’re the only reason why I feel the way I do

            Don’t change it - this dream - still coming true
            don’t change it - this dream - still coming true

            It’s still coming true...

Where Are You Tonight?

           
I was there for you darlin’                        
when you were in your sick bed                         
no friends around to help you
couldn’t even raise up your head                          

            Well it’s now that I need you, and I have to wonder                 
            where are you tonight?            

And didn’t I forgive you
for that back street romance?
When you told me it was over
I gave you one more chance,
            And now that I need you, I can’t help but wonder
            where are you tonight?                 

                        When I told you that I love you, you said you loved  me too                              
                        it’s got to be a round trip, baby, a one way ticket just won’t do

I took you in darlin’
when you had nowhere else to live
and I gave you everything
that a man in love can give
            But now that I need you, I still have to wonder
            where are you tonight?
            Where are you tonight?

 

Wrong Love

It’s good to be a lover
but be careful what you love
some comes up from under
and some falls from above
            Now it might last forever
            or it might not last long
            but some love is just wrong

It’s bad to be forgotten
but what memory remains
is it all about the pleasure
or all about the pain?
            Now it might last forever
            or it might not last long
            but some love is just wrong

                        And don’t be wrong just to be different
                        we’re all different anyhow
                        don’t be wrong just to be different
                        What will you do now?

It never has been easy
to do the things we should
and we keep wanting love that’s bad
instead of love that’s good
            But try hard to remember
            and try hard to be strong
            (‘cause) some love is just wrong
            some love is just wrong

 

Give It Like You Get It

Didn’t I prove I’m a lover every night and day?
I pull the string on you baby, make you change your way
            You got to give it like you get it
            You got to give it like you get it
You got to give it like you get it, or you ain’t gonna get it from me

When I stoop for you, baby, then it make you feel tough
I only stoop for a minute, then I gotta straighten up
            You got to give it like you get it
            You got to give it like you get it
You got to give it like you get it, that’s when the gettin’ gets good

You’re gettin’ trains of kisses on a one-way track
but for a kiss to come home, you know it’s got to double back
            You got to give it like you get it
            You got to give it like you get it
You got to give it like you get it, or you ain’t gonna get it from me


Fool Me Again  
          

I want to be happy - fool me
say everything is okay
it might not be real
but I need to feel it
for more than a day
so fool me, and then
fool me again

Can’t count on tomorrow - fool me
take all my worries away
I need to feel sure
but don’t say there’s a cure
I know you won’t stay
just fool me, and then
fool me again

            Shame on me, I learned the lesson
            we both know it’s happened before
            the blame’s on me, but I’m still guessin’
            a handful of nothing beats using the door

I want to be loved - fool me
paint me that picture, my dear
I’ll never win it
but I can pose in it
‘til you disappear
so fool me, and then 
fool me again


Today’s Your Birthday

You were born on this day
and we’re so lucky you decided to stay
because the world is a better place
since you’ve been here

You were born on this day
and I’m so happy I just got to say
I want to sing the same song to you
on this day next year

            You had a birthday
            once upon a time
            and now that time has come around again
            What better way to
            celebrate you   
            than let you hear it from your family and friends?

You were born on this day
and I’m so happy I just got to say
I want to sing the same song to you
on this day next year

Yeah...

I want to sing the same song to you
on this day next year

Termites in my Basement

I got termites in my basement, whole lotta work goin’ on down there
termites in my basement, whole lotta work goin’ on down there
I tried to exterminate ‘em, but folks you know them little buggers won’t play fair

They’re chewin’ on my crossbeams, you know they’re gnawin’ night and day
Oooo-woo, you know they’re gnawin’ night and day
They ain’t gonna quit now baby, ‘til all that wood’s been gnawed away

You know my beams are weakenin’ baby, pretty soon my floors are gonna bow
my beams are weakenin’ baby, pretty soon my floors are gonna bow
Termites got the best of me, got big trouble down below

I’m gonna have to leave here, and say goodbye to all my dreams
Oooo-wooo-oooo, say goodbye to all my dreams
I’d rather live in a cave now baby, than have termites gnawin’on my beam
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