Heavy Rotation, Lyrics

(© 2001, all lyrics by Paul deLay. ASCAP French Roast Music)

 
OVER MONEY
 
Over money, we quarrel,
'til we're 'bout to lose our love
We bluff and gamble
With the one and only thing we need to have
And when the battle's over,
Nobody's ever won,
And look at all the damage that's been done
 
For a dollar,
I hurt your feelings
and oh lord you know you hurt mine
talkin' 'bout the size of my paycheck woman,
next thing you know
you're seeing my ugly side
 
and baby when we quarrel,
I just don't know what to do
you're my foundation
 
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I know the bills ain't getting paid
I don't blame you for being afraid
I say the same thing every day
But we'll find a way, we'll find a way
 
Oh baby,
Please don't make me worry about you, too
I can handle anything in this mean old world now darlin'
But I, I don't like fighting with you
Oh, no!
 
SO NEAR
 
So near,
baby, yet you're so darned far away
So near,
baby, yet you're so darned far away
I'd do anything
to please you baby
say anything I had to say
 
Oh that soft bit of skin
on the side of your cheek
I hear you saying sweet things
you should be saying to me
So near,
baby, yet you're so darn far away
I'd do anything to please you, baby,
and I'd say anything I had to say
 
harmonica, guitar solos
 
You're man doesn't know what I know
he doesn't see what I see
the potential for love, the nobility
he's been lookin' right past you
since you walked into the room
he might be good lookin' honey
but he's no good for you
 
So near,
baby, yet you're so darn far away
I'd do anything to please you, baby,
say anything I had to say
 
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No don't, don't just walk away baby
I was just gettin' up my nerve
Oh don't walk away from me darlin'
I got so much more I want to say
Please, don't walk away
It ain't that I mind seeing you walkin'
It's just that I know I can't follow you, baby
Don't walk away
we might just be gettin' started...
 
GIVIN' UP THE BODY
 
In my home town you know things got tough
what ain't closed down is boarded up
you know I work in a room
full of smoke and fire
and there's people gettin' hurt down there all the time
 
givin' up the body, givin' up the body
doing all I know to do
for the people I love
 
Gary Indiana, Pittsburgh PA
you work steel for your money
you know they're all the same
you get laid off and used up and nobody cares
and you can't drink the water
and you shouldn't breathe the air
 
giving up the body
giving up the body
doing all I know to do
for the people I love
 
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Now my wife ran out on me
a long time ago
'cause she could see what was comin' for me
down the road
My dad died young tryin' to
spare his kids
but just look at me now
I'm doing the same things he did
 
giving up the body
giving up the body
doing all I know to do
for the people I love
 
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REMEMBER ME
 
I want you to remember me
as someone who loved you well
think kindly when you think of me
as someone who loved you well
when I'm gone and just a memory
there's one thing you need to know
And that is that I cared for you baby
with all my heart and soul
 
Think kindly when you think of me
and please try to understand
this old life is just a mystery
nothing ever goes like you plan
I'll tell you I would never leave
if I didn't have to go
think kindly when you think of me
and you should never feel alone
 
'cause when it's raining, baby
it ain't nothing but love rainin' down
And when the sun shines
ain't nothin' but love shinin' all around
and when the wind blows
oh I'll be talkin' to you
sayin' that I loved you always
and I know that you loved me too
 
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'cause when it's raining, baby
it ain't nothing but love rainin' down
And when the sun shines
ain't nothin' but love shinin' all around
and when the wind blows
oh I'll be talkin' to you
sayin' that I loved you always
and I know that you loved me too
 
but when the days are long, nights are cold
you get tired and there's no one home
remember we had a love, whole lot of fun
whole lot of people never get none
won't you hold me in your heart, let it make you strong
don't let the blues make you do wrong
people might use you, treat you mean
Remember what I told you,
It don't mean a thing
Because I loved you baby
think kindly and
remember me
 
LOVE GROWN COLD
 
It's a love grown cold, my little love's gone bad
It's a love grown cold, love's gone bad
It's a question in my heart
could we have saved the love we had
it's a love grown cold, love gone bad
 
It's a diamond ring
with a little tiny stone
sitting in the pawnshop window
sitting there all alone
It was on a pretty little finger
on a hand I used to hold
it's a love grown cold, love gone bad
 
well now, people breaking up
all around the world
sad to think about it but it's true
why's it surprise you that it hurts so bad
oh when it happens to you?
 
It's a diamond ring
with a little tiny stone
sitting in the pawnshop window
sitting there all alone
It was on a pretty little finger
on a hand I used to hold
it's a love grown cold, love's gone bad
 
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well now, people breaking up
all around the world
sad to think about it but it's true
why does it surprise you that it hurt so bad
oh when it happens to you?
 
It's a final hug and a kiss good-bye
It's a twinkle in her eye
and a tear in mine
It's a memory that I'll keep
oh 'til the day I die
It's a love grown cold
it's my chance gone by
 
WEALTHY MAN
 
If I had million dollars
or if I even had two
I wouldn't think twice about it
I'd hand it right over to you
but I'm not what you'd call a wealthy man
I got nothin' in my pocket but my hand
but I got your love baby
I guess I'm doing about the best I can
 
I know I'd never turn your head with what I own
but nobody lives by bread and bread alone
No, not what you'd call a wealthy man
I got nothin' in my pocket but my hand
but I got your love baby
I guess I'm doing about the best I can
 
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The sparkles from the rain
The moon and the stars
They can't take 'em from us baby
Gonna always be ours
You need someone to talk to
To tell your troubles to
nothing in my power
I wouldn't gladly do for you
 
But I'm not what you'd call a wealthy man
You can ask anybody in my band
Oh but I've got your love baby
I guess I'm doin' about the best I can
 
Oh well I've got your love, baby
I guess I'm doin' about the best I can
 
IT ISN'T EASY BEING BIG
 
It isn't easy being big
It isn't easy at all
Lord I'm four times as wide
As I am tall
I got too big for my car, people
It makes it tough to get around
Too big for my apartment
Too big for this whole damn town
It isn't easy, no
 
It isn't easy being big
No you gotta be strong
It's like givin' somebody a piggy-back ride
But you gotta do it all day long
You gotta eat the wrong foods at the wrong times
And you can't just go movin' around
You got to sit right there in your easy chair
Or you might lose one or two pounds
It isn't easy, no
 
I got orthopedic shoes
I got orthopedic socks
I got half a dozen guys with ice cream trucks
Keep-a drivin' all around my block
I got a lovely little wife
She says she don't like little guys
Now I got to wonder does she love me for myself
Woa, or is it just my size?
It isn't easy, no
 
I got a one-ticket budget
And a two-ticket behind
Oh, it's a knee slapper, fellas
Don't make me come back there
I will sit on your drum set bubba
And you'll never play the violin again
No I'm not fat, I have an alternative body weight
I oughta sue somebody
Little tiny chairs, little tiny doorways
Man, it's rough to be me
Get no respect at all
This week I'm alright, last week was a rough week you know
 
 
I'LL QUIT YOU TOMORROW
 
I'll quit you tomorrow
Don't wanna right now
I'll quit you tomorrow
I can't do without you right now
You know I come runnin' baby
Every time you call my name
I get so mad at myself
'cause I know you don't love me the same
I made up my mind
To find me the will somehow
I'll quit you tomorrow
I don't wanna right now
 
I quit my friends for you baby
Told them to leave us alone
Handed over my paycheck
And now what've I got to show
I've never been so disgusted
Lowdown and blue
I got holes in my shoes baby
But nothin's to good for you
I made up my mind
To find me the will somehow
I'll quit you tomorrow
Just not right now
 
It ain't nothin' but the money thing
I know that's all I mean to you
Don't care if I live or die
If you wanna know the pitiful truth
I'm getting off of this roller coaster
I'm tired of the same old ride
I just wish it could be like it used to be
Baby just one more time
 
One more time, darlin'
Love me like you used to do
Lord knows I wish you would
Hey one more time baby
One time, one time
One time for the old times, darlin'
And I know you don't, you just, you won't
You could, but you don't
Treat me right now darlin'
Love me like you used to do
You know I keep goin' to the well, oh Lord,
But the well's run dry
Love me like you used to do baby
 
 
AIN'T FEELIN' THAT LOVE NO MORE
 
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I ain't feelin' that love no more
I ain't feelin' that love no more
I ain't feelin' that love no more
And it never gonna be like it was before
 
You make a promise and you change your mind
You want forgiveness yet another time
Same old car with a new coat of paint
Just makes it look like something it ain't
 
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You're not a mean-hearted woman I know
But there's some things people just can't control
And it don't take a genius to see
Somebody's turned your head and you're done with me
 
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RAINY MARIE
 
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Now please don't cry no more little Rainy Marie
You've got the blues tonight, now
Things'll look better in the morning
Honey wait and see
 
Well we'll ride in my car
All around town
Turn the radio up way far loud
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Well I take you to the movies
Go to the zoo
Do anything that you want to do
 
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I buy you ice cream, French fries
Take you to the mall
Buy you an eighty dollar Barbie doll
 
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BESS & ERNIE'S RIB JOINT
 
Oh I was drivin' through my neighborhood the other day
Just lookin' for something to eat
I passed by this old storefront soul food joint
And it looked kinda rundown but I thought I'd give it a try
I went inside and it was true the place had seen better days
But beyond that, there was a sad vibe that hung in the air that just
It put a chill into me, I had to write this thing
Let me tell you what I saw
 
Bess & Ernie's Rib Joint
But it's just Ernie now
And business has been steady slowin' down
Yeah, it seems like Ernie hasn't been quite himself
Since his woman's been gone
 
Hand-made home-style cookin'
Biscuits that melt in your mouth
They said it was a great one at one time
But the neighborhood has seen some hard changes
Oh since his woman's been gone
 
You see a sign says "Gumbo"
But there ain't no gumbo
He said they used to but the price has got too high
Another sign says "No saggy pants will be served"
I guess old Ernie's out of touch with the times
 
There's a side room sittin' empty
A little dance floor full of boxes
And now the food comes through the window when you pay
And you hear the sirens wailin' all night long
Since his woman's been gone
 
Sometimes his buddy Jimmy drops by to hang with him
He used to be a track star at Union High
Not much but a world-class drinker now
Yeah, it seems like the party has moved somewhere else
Since his woman's been gone
 
There's a jukebox with B.B.
And Clifton and Irma
But it ain't even plugged into the wall
Just the sound of the t.v.
And two men sittin' and starin'
Watching the ball
 
Since the Dodgers left Brooklyn
Since a phone call cost a dime
And since it's too hard to keep the place up by himself
Nobody stops by Bess & Ernie's Rib Joint
Oh since his woman's been gone
 
 
IN THE POCKET
 
I don't tell you I love you near often enough
It's funny 'cause you know baby I do love you so much
Your love is right there in the pocket
Deep down in the groove
Yeah right there in the pocket
There's everything to like about you
 
You don't see me gamblin'
I've been so lucky in love
I feel like I've already won
Your love is right there in the pocket
Deep down in the groove
Yeah right there in the pocket
There's everything to like about you
 
Get out of that kitchen, woman
The old man's cookin' tonight
You'd best believe I'm gonna keep you satisfied
Your love is right there in the pocket
Know what I mean?
Right there in the pocket
There's everything to like about you