AL BASILE: WORDS & MUSIc
WOKE UP IN MEMPHIS - LYRICS

Yesterday You Left, Today You Learn


You got it backwards, got it switched around

wore out your welcome before you hit this town

People you met already had you up to here

should have come around some other year

Got to that bridge in time to see it burn

Yesterday you left, today you learn

Things don't go the way they're supposed to go

you don't know the things you're supposed to know

What you do doesn't do you any good

nothing ever helps the way it should

Got to that bridge just in time to see it burn

Yesterday you left, today you learn

Your timing's off it seems – before you get to steal the beans

there's a giant at your back fe-fi-fo-fumming

Everything you do has a way of falling through

You'd think by now that you could see it coming

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Your timing's off it seems – before you get to steal the beans

there's a giant at your back fe-fi-fo-fumming

Everything you do has a way of falling through

You'd think by now that you could see it coming

But your life wasn't always like today

once upon a time things went your way

You had a wife and family, didn't you?

But you couldn't stand to have that dream come true

Got to that bridge in time to see it burn

Yesterday you left – today you learn

Yesterday you left – today you learn.


Don't Make Me Beg


Don't make me beg – you're the one to say when

at the end of the day you're gonna get your way

let me save a little face till then

ain't nothing funny 'bout a man on his knees

all I can say is please – don't make me beg

Don't make me plead – you know I need you to stay

I fell for your line and ever since that time

I really got nothing to say

you're gonna haunt me even though you lied

leave me the ghost of my pride – don't make me beg

When people see us together

they think that I'm in control

but they're just fooled about who's walking who

'cause you got a leash on my soul

Don't make me beg – this is all that I ask

take my advice, I can't say it twice

I'm really not up to the task

I'm just a man with his hat in his hand

leave me someplace to stand – don't make me beg

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When people see us together

they think that I'm in control

but they're just fooled about who's walking who

'cause you got a leash on my soul

Don't make me beg – this is all that I ask

take my advice, I can't say it twice

I'm really not up to the task

I'm just a man with his hat in his hand

leave me someplace to stand – don't make me beg


When Things Get Tough (The Tough Get Things)


When things get tough, the tough get things

when you're fit to be tied, you buy sump'n fit for kings

it's hard to make a marriage work, easy to buy the rings

When things get tough, the tough get things

When things go bad, the bad get going

you can see their backs, and their true colors showing

it's too hard for them to stay, but easy for you to know

When things go bad, ooh the bad get going

Sometimes life is gonna bring you the blues

so get out and bring home crocodile shoes

nothing makes people think that you're cool

like a house with a moat and a boat with a pool

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Sometimes life is gonna bring you the blues

so get out and bring home crocodile shoes

nothing makes people think that you're cool

like a house with a moat and a boat with a pool

When things get tough, the tough get things

they ain't gonna stop until the Fat Lady sings

so let's buy a Maserati, and see what tomorrow brings

When things get tough, ooh the tough get things


One More Stone in the Pitcher


One more stone in the pitcher

one more hide on the wall

if I didn't shout it

you wouldn't know about it at all

One more stone in the pitcher

one more notch on the gun

it bugged me at first

now my thirst don't matter none

Every day the water gets higher

gets a little closer to my tongue

there's gonna come a time when my heart's desire's

just a song I wrote that finally gets sung

One more stone in the pitcher

one more shot on the bar

you're the best one yet

but that ain't gonna get you far

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Every day the water gets higher

gets a little closer to my tongue

there's gonna come a time when my heart's desire's

just a song I wrote that finally got sung

One more stone in the pitcher

one more skin on the floor

once I pick up your track

I ain't coming back no more

I ain't coming back no more


I Woke Up in Memphis


I started out an empty-headed fool

never thought of what I had

didn't know what I was missing

until it all went bad

When my life got dark and empty

I saw I had lost my way

I put my two hands together

and I began to pray

I said put me on the road to heaven

cause I've been wasting my time

I'll be a better man tomorrow

Ooh Lord, if you show me a sign

And I woke up in Memphis

they were playing that old rock and roll

I woke up in Memphis

and that was good for my soul

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Now I've learned a hundred lessons

about the things that do me good

but even when I know better

I don't always do the things I should

When my life gets dark and empty

I know I have lost my way

I put my two hands together

and I begin to pray

I say put me on the road to heaven

oo-oo won't you show me the way

I'll be a happier man tomorrow

O Lord, than I am today

And I wake up in Memphis

they're singing that gospel and soul

I wake up in Memphis

and that makes me whole

I wake up in Memphis

they're singing that gospel and soul

I wake up in Memphis

and that makes me whole


Jimmy & Johnny


Jimmy James and Johnny Jones, they were the best of friends

they were traveling together down that road that never bends

and hurting one another they never could intend

Jimmy James he met a woman, drawing water from a well

she was sweet and kinda quiet, and she rang him just like a bell

but the woman had a secret, one that Johnny wouldn't tell

Johnny Jones said to the woman, “Ahh it was such a long time ago -

and I'm not the one to tell him, but don't you think he deserves to know?”

She only shook her head, that was a place she didn't want to go

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Jimmy James said to Johnny, I love that girl with all my heart

I'd do anything to keep her, she wants to make a brand new start

so I hope you understand now, why the two of us must part

Johnny looked off in the distance, down that road that never bends

the crows were circling slowly, and he saw the way things end

he said “best of luck to you Jimmy, I will always be your friend.”


Saved by the Blues


I was fresh out of luck

when the lightning struck

and it backed me up against the wall

People crowded all around me

I didn't have any place to fall

I was hemmed in tight by the failing light

didn't have a minute to lose

when just in time – I was saved by the blues

I guess I bought

everything I'd been taught

about the only way to be

but it didn't feel right to be acting

like anybody else but me

Still I kept on trying to step

in somebody else's shoes

then just in time – I was saved by the blues

**Saved by the Blues

it took me somewhere else

saved by the blues

it let me be myself

Well it's a long way down

when you start on the ground

I was hanging on for dear life

I had a little hope to guide me

but I was walking on the edge of a knife

Then I slipped and lost my grip

I was headed for tomorrow's bad news

when just in time – I was saved by the blues

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**Saved by the Blues

it took me somewhere else

saved by the blues

it let me be myself

Well it's a long way down

when you start on the ground

and I was hanging on for dear life

I had a little hope to guide me

but I was walking on the edge of a knife

Then I slipped and lost my grip

I was headed for tomorrow's bad news

when just in time – I was saved by the blues


Nibblin' Through the Fence


If I hada known the grass wasn't greener

then I mighta used just a little more sense

If I knew that the sun don't always shine

over there on the other side of the line

I might have been happy just nibblin' through the fence

If I hada known the rest of the story

I mighta thought twice of what I was up against

If I knew it would cost me so much more

soon as I set foot through that door

I might have been happy just nibblin' through the fence

Nothin's so good it can't go bad

I coulda thought about that before

but I didn't think much about what I had

I only knew I had to have more

I mighta known that the heat over yonder

was gonna turn out to be just-a too intense

But you never find out 'til it's too late

you can't finish everything on your plate

I shoulda been happy just nibblin' through the fence

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Nothin's so good it can't go bad

I coulda thought about that before

but I didn't think much about what I had

I only knew I had to have more

I mighta known that the heat over yonder

was gonna turn out to be just-a too intense

But you never find out 'til it's too late

you can't finish everything on your plate

I shoulda been happy just nibblin' through the fence


Make a Little Heaven


I was sorely oppressed for so very long

I cried out to the Lord “What must I do?”

He said “You know the difference between right and wrong.

It's your life, I'm leaving it up to you”

When there's not enough kindness (You've got to put some there) in the world

Don't wait for someone else to start (Oo oo oo you've got to)

When there's not enough faith (You've got to put some there) in the world

Make a little heaven right where you are

Make a little heaven right where you are

When the City of Refuge (hey) is just too far (You've got to)

and the weight of the world too much to bear (Oo oo oo you've got to mmmmm)

Make a little heaven right where you are

It's up to you to put it there just you, that's right...

When there's not enough mercy (You've got to put some there) in the world, mmmm

You're expected to do your part (you've you've you've got to)

When there's not enough hope (put – some - the-re) in the world

Make a little heaven right where you are

Make a little make a little

Make a little heaven right where you are... come on...

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Awww, make a little heaven (You've got to put some there) right where you are

You've got to (Make a little heaven right where you are) -oo-oo-oo-

When the Gates of the Kingdom are just too far (You've got to)

Make a little heaven right where you are

Make a little heaven right where you are arrrrarrrr

Faith Kindness (Put some there, you've got to)

Hope Mercy (Oo oo oo you've got to)

Oh-hh Lo-ove Patience (Put some there)

Make a little heaven right where you are

Make a little make a little hey

Make a little heaven right where you are Ow, right now...

Truth Justice (Put some there, you've got to)

Trust Forgiveness (Oo oo oo you've got to)

Ohhh Joy Acceptance (Put some there) come on...

Make a little heaven right where you are [harmony]

Make a little heaven right where you are hey hey

aaaahhhhhh

Right now, don't wait, don't wait for... Hope Mercy

Owww, you've got to put some... Love Patience...come on...

make a little heaven right where you are [harmony]

make a little make a little hey

make a little heaven right where you are

aowwww Truth Justice

ahhhhh-uh-huanh.... Trust Forgiveness

put it, right now Jo-oy-hoy Acceptance

don't don't don't wait Make a Little Heaven right where you are

you got to you got to Aowwwwwwwwwwww...

hmmmmm-mmrrr-mmmm-mmmmm


Falling Stars


Stars that fall ain't stars at all

just a temporary light

They make a show, then they go

Real stars will keep on shining bright

Shooting stars ain't going far

Only burnin' up the night

They just streak on, then they're gone

Real stars will keep on shining bright

Shooting stars and falling stars

just chunks of rock in space

They light the sky and then they die

and nothing takes their place

Stars that stay don't run away

They were made to make things right

Every night for sure they'll be back for more

Real stars will keep on shining bright

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Shooting stars and falling stars

just chunks of rock in space

They light the sky and then they die

and nothing takes their place

Stars that stay don't run away

They were made to make things right

Every night for sure they'll be back for more

Real stars will keep on shinin'

ain't afraid to put the time in

Real stars will keep on shining bright


Too Tough


Too tough – you're too tough

they all try but they're never good enough

When the guys – gather round

they do their best but you put them all down

You smile while they try to tell you all those lies

you're just too tough for the average guys

but you ain't never gonna be – to-too tough for me

You got style – you got grace

you got dimples in the middle of your face

When you're sittin' – in a chair

you got legs that go from here to there

I know your mama must have put you wise

you're way too tough for those regular guys

but you ain't never gonna be – to-too tough for me

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You got brains – in your head

that tell you when to use your body instead

When you open – up your mouth

all the guys feel their minds goin' south

They trip and fall into those big brown eyes

you're just too tough for all those younger guys

but you ain't never gonna be – to-too tough for me.


Big Like Elvis


I'm gonna be big – like Elvis

just wait, it's gonna happen some day

I'm gonna be big – like Elvis

what's more I'm gonna do it my way, do it my way

I'm gonna give my friends all Cadillacs

then they'll see I'm a generous guy

I'm gonna have a house like Graceland

and it's gonna climb right up to the sky, ahhh up to the sky

I'm gonna be an icon – like Elvis

nobody will deny my fame

everybody's gonna wish they knew me

and get a little shiver just a-saying my name, saying my name

Everything about me is gonna be bigger

and a whole lot better than you think it should be

good-lookin' women's gonna wanta get closer

then every guy's gonna wish he was me, ahhh wish he was me

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I'm gonna be loved – like Elvis

them girls'll be waiting in line

they'll all try to feed me a story

but I won't be bothered to give 'em the time, I won't give 'em the time

They're gonna want to talk about High School

back then not a one of 'em would ever say yes

I'm gonna give 'em all what they gave me

a fake phone number and a phony address, a phony address

I'm gonna be a legend – like Elvis

legends live forever they say

then the folks back home will all have to love me

the ones who made fun of me every day, ahhh every day

There's a lot of people who never did like me

they tried to put roadblocks in my way

they think when I'm big I'll forget all about that

but I got a gun and I'll make 'em all pay, I'll make 'em all pay

I'm gonna be - big like Elvis

and be even bigger than him some day

I'm gonna show you all you were wrong about me

you'd better not get in my way, don't get in my way

You Choose Me

My hair's not blonde, my eyes aren't blue

my clothes weren't made for someone six foot two

my car's not sleek, I'm a few payments shy

when I stop by the bank, the numbers don't run too high

Wish I could see the man that you see

I just can't believe it – but you choose me – ooo baby, you choose me

I don't say much, I don't talk too loud

when I walk in a room I sure don't draw a crowd

my best friends wouldn't say I'm wild and free

I'm not God's gift to every pretty face I see

Already heard every way to refuse me

it's hard to believe it – but you choose me – ooo baby, you choose me

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You talk about men, I know you've had your share

they all let you down, well that's neither here nor there

you say I'm not like them, but that don't make it so

that just makes me the luckiest guy I know

You're gonna find that you can't lose me

I made up my mind – cause you choose me – ooo baby, you choose me

Masked Man

Masked Man comes from long ago, his world is black and white

he knows he isn't in the wrong, that means he must be right

Masked Man has to track you down, he says it's justified

he knows you're only human, he says his hands are tied

He uses silver bullets, he shoots you through the heart

he knows his truth might kill ya, he figures that's a start

He calls 'em like he sees 'em, as he looks through his disguise

but things look a little different when the mask gets in his eyes

Masked Man has no sidekick, there's no room up on that throne

though many travel with him, he always rides alone

Masked Man takes no prisoners, he sends them all away

he dreams they'll form an army and come after him some day

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He had some kind of good luck once, till it started wearing thin

he's worn that mask so long now till it's started wearing him

Times they keep on changin', Masked Man stays the same

he wishes things were different and he only had one name

He expects for you to thank him, then he doesn't stay

Masked Man has his reasons, that's just the Masked Man's way.`

Masked Man has his legend, one that everybody knows

He wishes he could shed it, but it won't let him go,

it won't let him go

it won't – let him go


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