Black and White

Black and White

Black and White
Body and Soul
Why Can’t We Be
Shoulda Woulda Coulda
Cruisin’
Wind, Rain, and Tears
Short Fuse
Friday Night
Guilty
Stepped On
Lay Your Money Down
Heartbeat

 

 

Lyrics

Black and White

when I was young my time was double
t.v. moms and teenage troubles
everything I watched was black and white

I come home each day from school
and watch old rko cartoons
all those cats and mice in black and white

they’d jump and jive
roll their eyes
sakes alive
I was mesmerized

bumble bees with famous faces
dine and dance in fancy places
hollywood and vine was quite a sight

start out in a real brown derby
then turn sardis topsy turvy
all the stars were out in black and white

they’d jump and jive
roll their eyes
sakes alive
I was mesmerized

lombard harlow marx and gable
horses skunks and minks in sable
putting on the ritz in black and white

but the music I remember more
count basie, duke and louis Jordan
made my favorite colors black and white

they’d jump and jive
roll their eyes
sakes alive
I was mesmerized

Body and Soul

i remember waking up
sweet sound on the radio
raised in a small town
you know i didn’t know
nothin’ bout no miracles
way before temptations
i wait til the midnite hour
for an r&b station
and when i heard that sound
my whole world turned upside down
didn’t feel so all alone
inside of me
i can’t explain it
i’m on fire, i can’t contain it
burnin’ out of control
body and soul
you remember lying awake
detroit dancin’ in the middle of the night
street corner harmony
everybody singing
nobody talkin’ bout the country blues
no white kid singin’ bout his blue suede shoes
preacher preachin’ bout brother ray
no devil music baby “what’d i say”
i heard that sound
my world turned upside down
didn’t feel so all alone
inside of me, i can’t explain it
i’m on fire i can’t contain it
burnin’ out of control
body and soul, will take you higher
than you’ve ever been lifted before
when you let it all out, beg scream and shout
there ain’t any doubt about the music, body and soul
so many summer’s have come and gone
each one had i’ts favorite song
we knew every single word
sang em loud together
standing on a sandy beach
walk and talk along the detroit streets
you’re a thousand miles away
but we’re together on the radio airwaves

Why Can’t We Be

slow down
take it easy
then you can tell me
what’s on your mind
oh i don’t know
maybe i’m crazy
these days love
seems deaf dumb and blind
i can feel some kind of storm raging
inside of me something is changing
why can’t we be like we used to be
it’s tearing my heart out
not the same you and me
why can’t we be like  we used to be
can’t go on forever
yet we try desperately
calm down
let’s talk it over
words we remember
not what we need to say
we’ll find the reasons
in those little white lies
they’ll keep us together
while we drift away
i believe a storm here is raging
inside of me something is changing
why can’t we be like we used to be
it’s tearing my heart out
not the same you and me
why can’t we be like we used to be
can’t go on forever
tho we try desperately
out on the highway
with my suitcase in my hand
my destination i already know
i see the headlights heading right for me
i made the phone call just an hour ago
but i still can feel some kind of storm raging
inside of me, something is changing

Cruisin’

Sounds pretty good
Big ugly power
Under the hood
Can’t let it sit idle
Over heat and blow a seal
Gotta keep drivin’
Not spinning my wheels

(chorus)
Sit back behind the wheel I’m cruisin’
Way back behind the wheel I’m cruisin’
Got the seat back, top down, radio (turn it up) and ride

highly buffed body
polished and primed
finely tuned motor
starts every time
every inch of tailpipe is solid chrome
top off the tank with high testerone

(chorus)

(bridge)
I’ll keep drivin’ so fast
The sins of the  past Can’t catch up to me
I’ll never change I would if I could
But I can’t so I won’t I don’t have time to explain

Sleek lookin’ chassis
Sharp pointy fins
Big enough backseat
For all kind of sin
Pull in your driveway
Honkin’ on the horn
Look at that paintjob
Baby you were born…….for

Wind Rain and Tears

there’s a bad moon risin’
muddy waters on the brink
real bad moon risin’
muddy waters on the brink
maybe i’ll drown out tomorrow
with way too much to drink

beyond the blue horizon
out on the green caribbean sea
on the deep blue horizon
out on the green caribbean sea
tropical depression
bound to make history
you can’t stop the wind
can’t stop the rain
hold back the tears
but it won’t stop the pain

on that dade county coastline
it’s that season again

you can board up your windows
barricade your doors
hide way down in the basement
till you hear that awful roar
i can hear a howling in the distance
like a freight train thru the trees
i hear a howling in the distance
a freight train coming thru the trees
somebody gonna be homeless
some one, some one
like you and me

Guilty

Let’s get serious darlin’
Don’t play me a fool
I caught you red handed
You know the rule
Gotta stand up and admit it
Tell the whole world you did it
You’re guilty

This ain’t no laughin’ matter
Serious as a heart attack
They say revenge is sweetest
When you pay somebody back
I knew each time you did it
I lied to myself and hid it
You were guilty

(chorus)
Guilty, don’t need the wisdom of a judge
guilty, the evidence is clear
I knew you’d be convicted
By a jury of my tears

(bridge)
Now you may beat one count
Maybe 2 counts
But doncha count on sympathy
Girl it’s over,
you know it’s over I hear murder in the first degree

I knew it would happen
With a stroke of a pen
You can play by the rules
I play to win
Now just look who’s rich
Payback is a bitch
You’re guilty

(chorus)

Lay Your Money Down Words and Music: Doug Bell and Michael Macrides, Half Seas Over Music

Cold dark streets
Beneath the city lights
Flash cars gleam
In the pouring rain
Bold black beauties
Sell their sweet delights
Whisper softly honey
I’ll ease your pain

Don’t try to fight it
We all here tryin’ to win
Don’t be ashamed
Just the name of the game

(chorus)
lay your money down on the table
can’t you feel it pulling you in
lay your money down on the table
it’s all over before it begins
lay your money down on the table
the rule is gold and gold don’t hold a candle to a flame

(bridge)
I see a world that would turn for free
And every where we’d go there’d be
Something for nothing

Awaken, shaken,
taken in by neon knights
Sharp cats lookin’ for an easy mark
High roller, big spender, surrendered
To the city lights
You feel it cut just like the teeth of a shark

Don’t try to fight it
We all trying to win
Who you gonna blame
The moth or the flame

(chorus)

lay your money down on the table
can’t you feel it pulling you in
lay your money down on the table
it’s all over before it begins

Heartbeat

she wants to tell him
that her heart’s on fire
she wants to tell him
her secret desire
as she listens to him singing that song
she wants to be with him tonight
listen to the heart beat
her heartbeats in the music
can’t you feel the beat
rhythm of the street
in her heat beat

she meets him later
in a crowded back room
too much champaigne
she’s got nothing to lose
so many people want to take him away
she wants to take him with her
listen to the heart beat
heartbeats in the music
can’t you  feel the beat
rhythm of the street
in her heatbeat

make no mistake about it
just look up into the lights
you can see the second coming
in the heavens..tonite

he finally takes her to his coveted room
coldly breaks through and loses so soon
she lies there shaking while he quietly dreams
she really wants to be home
listening to the heartbeat (chorus)

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