AL BASILE: WORDS & MUSIc
MID-CENTURY MODERN- LYRICS

Keep Your Love, Where's My Money?

You can keep your love, where's my money?

You been to school, you know I'm not foolin' honey

We proved that there's nothing that I can't lose

So give me something that I can use

Keep your love, where's my money?

You can keep your love, where's my money?

I want every dime and I'm not tryin' to be funny

You lied about hockin' my diamond ring

Now your huggin' and kissin' don't mean a thing

Keep your love, where's my money?


You can keep your love, where's my money?

You got one thing to do before me and you are done

I heard all the baby talk I can stand

Put some greenback dollars right here in my hand

Keep your love, where's my money?



Like You or Despise You

You see me cryin' but that don't mean I'm blue

you see me cryin' but that don't mean I'm blue

because you might not know me the way you think you do

You see me laughin' but you don't know my mind

you see me laughin' but you don't know my mind

if you could look inside me hmmm no tellin' what you'd find

I'm just as nice to people as people let me be

but there's some that just won't let me be nice as I wanna be

so do yourself a favor, and try not to bother me

I might like you or despise you, but I'm keepin' that to myself

Might like you or despise you, I'm tellin' nobody else

so when I smile next time I see you, might wanta check yourself




Tickle My Mule

You may be young, you may be smart

do a lotta good deeds, have a pure heart

don't make no difference, gotta follow the rule

there'll be no ridin' unless you tickle my mule

You can be sweet, you can be kind

have a clean body and a dirty mind

I can't help it, didn't make the rule

there'll be no ridin' unless you tickle my mule

That mule has carried me all of my life

but he don't know nothin' 'bouta man and wife

if he don't feel it, I got no say

guess my mule's just stubborn that way

You deserve better, I know what you're worth

I'd like to ride with you baby, to the ends of the earth

but all my objections get overruled

there'll be no ridin' unless you tickle my mule




I've Got to Have Meat (with Every Meal)

A bowlful of rice won't make me fall

I don't care for potatoes at all

I'd rather deal with a piece of veal

I've just got to have meat with every meal

Baked, broiled, fried or grilled

I know that stuff's gonna get me killed

It's an appetite I can't conceal

I've just got to have meat with every meal

I know veggies and fruits are good for me

but I'm still gonna let them be

I'll pay some day when I'm older and wiser

for all of them Slim Jim appetizers

Steaks and chops, beef or lamb

boiled or baked Virginia ham

barbecued ribs to seal the deal

I've just got to have meat with every meal

I know that stuff's gonna shorten my time

you name your poison, I've got mine

I don't care much if it's wrong or right

cause the Tryptophan helps me sleep at night

Turkey – chicken, baked or fried

slab of bacon on the side

I can't help the way I feel

I've got to have meat – mmm it can't be beat

I've just got to have meat with every meal




Like a Woman, Like a Man

All you modern lovers think you got something new

but what you're used to doin', somebody else used to do

what I got now people, you might not understand

I can love you like a woman, and love you like a man

You might do it in the open, for everyone to see

but children what you're showing off, that ain't impressing me

believe me people, it ain't all about where you put your hand

I can love you like a woman, and love you like a man

Some lovers make it more, some others make it less

so study up on your lovin', and learn it from the best

if you don't pay attention, you can't do all I can

I can love you like a woman, and love you like a man




Blank Dog

Blank dog is a hunter, that's all he knows how to be

somehow he got my name and now he's after me

The hunt is on, that blank dog is on my trail

he's gonna call my number, he don't know how to fail

My days are going quicker, my life is rollin' on

there's just a short time comin', there's been a long time gone

The hunt is on, that blank dog is on my track

he's gonna get me goin' where there ain't no goin' back

I can feel him getting' closer, he's comin' up behind me

wherever I try to hide, I know he's gonna find me

The hunt is on, that blank dog is on my heels

if he ain't after you, you don't know how it feels

My hands are getting' shaky, my eyes are gettin' dim

when I look in a mirror, I wonder who is him?

The hunt is on, that blank dog is on my track

he's gonna get me goin' where there ain't no goin' back

I haven't had a real good time since nineteen eighty-five

I look in the Sunday papers to see if I'm alive

The hunt is on, that blank dog is on my trail

he's gonna call my number, he don't know how to fail




Carry These Blues

I carry these blues everywhere I go

carry these blues for everyone I know

I got portable blues for folks on the street

tailor made blues for each one I meet

Carry these blues everywhere I go

I carry these blues all around the world

carry these blues for men women boys and girls

Got fast acting blues for the man in a hurry,

soothing blues for the kind that's inclined to worry

Carry these blues all around the world

I carry these blues every summer fall winter and spring

carry these blues they're a cure for most anything

When the mailman brings you that Dear John letter

Blues in this bottle bound to make you feel better

Carry these blues everywhere I go

I carry these blues every day and night

carry these blues long as I can stand upright

When you need a little something in your coffee cup

medicinal blues gonna stir you up

Carry these blues every day and night

I carry these blues everywhere I go

carry these blues for everyone I know

When you got a problem and you can't unlock it

there's a key-shaped blues right here in my pocket

Carry these blues everywhere I go




No Truth to the Rumor

No truth to the rumor but they don't care

got their mind made up anyway

People gonna talk - all they wanna

whether or not they got something to say

Talk about a man they never met

talk about a woman they wanna forget

talk about you, talk about me, talk about them

If there's a way to take you down

gonna talk about it all over town

never let the facts get in the way when they condemn

No truth to the rumor but they don't care

got their mind made up anyway

People gonna talk - all they wanna

whether or not they got something to say

Talk about a place they never been

talk about things they never seen

talk about her, talk about him, talk about you

When it comes to gossip and such

they don't need to know very much

don't bother them a bit - when none of it is true

No truth to the rumor but you don't care

got your mind made up anyway

And you're gonna talk - all you wanna

whether or not you got something to say

You don't know what you're talking about

but you never have one doubt

talk about him, talk about her, talk about me

Make up your mind from the very first word

then you repeat everything you heard

never give a thought to the way you ought to be

No truth to the rumor but you don't care

got your mind made up anyway

You're gonna talk - all you wanna

whether or not you got something to say




Listen to the Elders

Listen to the Elders, they've been where you want to go

Listen to the Elders, they know what you want to know

You think that they come from somewhere else,

but talking to one is like talking to yourself

Because the Elders, they're just you plus time

Listen to the Elders, don't just pass on by

Try your luck, step up and look one in the eye

You think they got nothing to say to you

But they've already done what you're about to do

Because the Elders are just you plus time

Listen to the Elders, because they survived

they got burned but they learned how to stay alive

You're still trying to figure out right from wrong

Cause you haven't even been yourself that long

Well the Elders are just you plus time

Listen to the Elders, they know how to bear the pain

Since we all got to suffer it's enough for us to share it again

Life's got a lot to put you through

Just keep on living you'll be an Elder too

Because the Elders are just you plus time.




Night Crossing

Crossing the desert I walk by night

it's too hot by day, sun's too bright

not one signpost, not one spark

crossing this desert in the dark

There was a place for water, I left it behind

is there more up ahead for me to find?

How much longer can I go without

step after step, the end in doubt?

Stars up above me don't make a sound

nothing's stirring for miles around

if something goes wrong there's no one to help

crossing over by myself

Step after step I sing about you

it's a crying shame what blame can do

nobody near me to hear my call

crossing this desert, that is all




Big Trees Falling

We ought to look up to big trees

providing us all that shade

Big trees never stop growing

you might think they got it made

But big trees are falling

and nobody hears the sound

even the last tree standing

is already halfway in the ground

Big trees have lasted winters

they've lasted through summers too

What little trees only dream about

Big trees already do

Big trees are falling...

When you get to be a big tree

you know how to stick around

Then they come with saws and axes

and all try to cut you down

Big trees are falling...

Big trees have grown the tallest

they're the nearest to the sun

But the closer they get to heaven

the quicker their life is done

Big trees are falling...




Lie Under the House with Me

All that summer we both turned thirteen

me and that little girl were nowhere to be seen

Come on baby, lie under the house with me

It's cool and it's quiet there, that's where I long to be

Our parents used to worry, where did we go

disappear every afternoon, little did they know

Come on baby, lie under the house with me

It's cool and it's quiet there, that's where we like to be

I know what you're thinking, it wasn't that way

we were just two kids, and that's where we liked to stay

Come on baby, lie under the house with me

It's cool and it's quiet there, that's where I long to be

We were telling secrets, had nothing to hide

lying hand in hand, lying side by side

Do you remember Cheryl, lying under the house with me?

It's cool and it's quiet there, that's where we like to be

There by her side all summer long

I have to wonder, when did the world go wrong?

Come on baby, lie under the house with me

It's cool and it's quiet there, that's where I long to be


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