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Take It Easy
 
I took a little day trip, found myself in France
 
Heard that stuff about the Paris gals and thought I’d take a chance.
 
Wound up in a sidewalk bar, turning a lady’s head
 
When she agreed to go with me, why to myself I said:
 
 
“Don’t you know, didn’t you go, if you give me half a chance
 
I’ll be back on a steamboat, mama, gonna make it back to France.
 
Well, you gotta take it easy, but you take it, if you’re gonna find romance.”
 
 
All you need is a couple of drinks, that’s what the lady said
 
All you gotta have is a “verre” or two of wine, and you’re much more fun in bed.
 
I was young and inexperienced, but I gave her my all.
 
I woke up with an aching head and read this note on the wall:
 
 
“Don’t you know, I had to go, I swear I give you half a chance
 
Well, you take it easy, but you take it,
 
That’s the way we do it in France.
 
Well, you gotta take it easy, but you take it
 
If you gonna find romance.”
 
 
I learned a lesson or two that night
 
Several the next day
 
Like how a man should carry himself when he goes far away.
 
In spite of it all I’m happy
 
You can call me a crazy fool
 
But I got a lesson or two that night
 
I could never have got at school.
 
 
Don’t you know, don’t you know
 
You gotta take the chance
 
I’m going back on the steamboat, mama,
 
Gonna make it back to France.
 
Well, you gotta take it easy, but you take it
 
If you’re gonna find romance.
 
If you’re gonna find ro’
 
If you’re gonna find ro’
 
If you’re gonna find romance.
 
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Maddy Dances
 
Doesn’t it move you just a little bit?
 
And if you watch I think the chance is
 
That it will lift your heart a little bit
 
Ooh, well I mean, when Maddy dances
 
Ooh, well I mean, when Maddy dances.
 
 
And when she turns her head a little bit
 
Don’t you just love them side-long glances
 
Surely she lifts your heart a little bit?
 
Ooh, well I mean, when Maddy dances.
 
Ooh, well I mean, when Maddy dances.
 
Clear the stage just a little
 
And let the lady move around.
 
Play the right kind of music
 
To get her one inch off of the ground.
 
 
Look at her stepping sure and lightly
 
Ooh, I do swear you must be sleeping
 
If it don’t lift your heart just slightly
 
Ooh, well I mean, when Maddy’s dancing.
 
Ooh, well I mean, when Maddy’s dancing.
 
 
Clear the stage just a little
 
Now let that lady move around.
 
Play the right kind of music
 
To get her one inch off of the ground.
 
 
Look at her stepping sure and lightly
 
I do swear you must be sleeping
 
If she don’t lift your heart just slightly
 
Oh, well I mean, when Maddy’s dancing.
 
Oh, well I mean, when Maddy’s dancing.
 
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Maginot Waltz
 
All off to Brighton in a charabanc
 
Albert played his banjo and how we sang.
 
The beer was expensive but the laughter was free
 
Oh how we do love to all be beside the sea.
 
 
Albert had a cousin named Marjorie
 
And I had been noticing that she had noticed me.
 
I quickly decided if she didn’t mind it
 
I would spend the day in her gay company.
 
 
We shared a plate of whelks strolling side by side.
 
I said she weren’t too old to take a donkey ride
 
But I didn’t mind when she laughed and said no
 
So we paused for a while and listened to the minstrel show.
 
 
There was a notice at the Palace Pier
 
It said there was to be a dance that night and it wasn’t dear.
 
I explained of course that I could only waltz
 
And so we waltzed to every tune and air.
 
 
Nine o’clock come round we had to take the charabanc
 
And Albert was too drunk to play the banjo but still we sang
 
All except Marjorie, I could tell at a glance
 
Because me and Albert was leaving for France.
 
 
I said we’ll both be home in a week or two
 
Me and Albert and Lord Kitchener will teach the Hun a thing or two.
 
I’m sure to return, after me do not yearn
 
And we will waltz together all our lives through.
 
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Sweet Mystery
 
One of these days I'm gonna do it right,
 
Take her out to dine by candle light.
 
Rent a suit, and give my shoes a shine,
 
And talk about nothing, over a glass or two of expensive
 
 
One of these days I'll do it right,
 
Get to her door and just say goodnight.
 
Even if she asks me to come in
 
I'll make myself say no so I can call again.
 
 
But babe, I really, really like you.
 
There's nothing wrong with you, no, no,
 
I said babe, there's nothing that is wrong with me.
 
I just got to have you for my sweet mystery.
 
 
Sweet mystery, sweet mystery,
 
Nothing wrong with you, nothing wrong with me.
 
Don't you see how groovy it could be
 
If you'd agree to be my sweet old mystery.
 
 
One of these days I'm gonna do it right,
 
Send her some flowers and ask her out tomorrow night.
 
Find a little place where maybe we could dance
 
And build it up slow for the big romance.
 
 
One of these days I'm gonna do it right,
 
If I don't get stoned in the candle light.
 
Get to her door and scream “Now you let me in”
 
Cos if she said yes, that’d be the same old thing.
 
 
Oh, babe, I really, really like you.
 
There's nothing wrong with you, no, no,
 
I said babe, there's nothing that is wrong with me.
 
I just want to have you for my sweet mystery.
 
 
Sweet mystery, sweet mystery,
 
Nothing wrong with you, nothing wrong with me.
 
Don't you see how groovy, well, it could be
 
If you'd agree to be my sweet old mystery.
 
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Stuff No More
 
I told you several times before
 
Too many nights I spent walking the floor
 
I can’t take that stuff no more
 
I can’t take that stuff no more
 
Too many nights of walking the floor
 
I must have told you ‘bout a thousand times before
 
I won’t take that stuff no more.
 
 
Me and Uncle Danny we sure felt fine
 
Since Uncle Ivor went and fetched us some wine
 
I can’t take this stuff no more
 
I can’t take that stuff no more
 
It’s been too many nights of walking the floor
 
I told you ‘bout a thousand times or more
 
I can’t take that stuff no more.
 
 
Uncle Willie told me before he died
 
“Treat your woman good she won’t ever crucify ya.”
 
Take that stuff no more
 
You gotta take that stuff no more
 
It’s been too many nights you spent walking the floor
 
You tell her a thousand times before
 
That, no, you won’t take that stuff no more.
 
 
I told you several times before
 
Too many nights of walking the floor
 
I can’t take this stuff no more
 
I won’t take that stuff no more
 
Too night nights of walking the floor
 
I told you ‘bout a thousand times before
 
I can’t take that stuff no more.
 
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Run, Johnny, Run
 
Well, it’s over the wall and across the yard
 
Till he was on the other side
 
And the cold night air upon his brow
 
And he commenced to run under the cover of night.
 
And he never knew he could run so fast
 
As the cold night air burned in his chest
 
And his steps faster than his beating heart
 
And gracious moon to light his way.
 
 
And it’s run, Johnny, run
 
Run, Johnny, run
 
You better run, Johnny, run into the light
 
Of the rising moon.
 
 
And the briars and the brambles tore his skin
 
And there’s times he fell down but got up again
 
And his steaming breath in the starry dark
 
He was straining his ears for the guard dogs’ noise.
 
And that’s why he run through that icy stream
 
For to throw them dogs from off of his scent
 
And although he knew it would slow him down
 
Well they would not know which way he’d gone.
 
 
And it’s run, Johnny, run
 
Run, Johnny, run
 
You better run, Johnny, run into the light
 
Of the sinking moon.
 
 
The sun arose in the eastern sky
 
He stole some clothes from a farmer’s line
 
And the shivering damp in the morning light
 
He hid his overalls right there.
 
Bright morning air for to fill his lungs
 
And he run to the tune that in his heart sung
 
And it’s easier now his way to find
 
Though easier too for them behind.
 
 
So you’d better run, Johnny, run
 
Run, Johnny, run
 
You better run, Johnny, run into the light
 
Of the sinking sun.
 
 
Run, oh, run, oh, keep on running
 
Till the moon and no one can find you, Johnny boy.
 
 
As the sun collapsed in the western sky
 
And hung with the world twixt night and day
 
But a misty moon had begun to climb
 
And with each tired step a new star shone.
 
And it’s run, Johnny, run
 
You gotta run, Johnny, run
 
You better run, Johnny, run
 
Into the light of the rising moon.
 
 
Run, oh, run, oh, keep on running
 
Till the moon and no one can find you, Johnny boy.
 
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Zig Zag Line (For Sam May)
 
Me and my son a hill we climbed
 
So steep we took a zig zag line
 
And it was such a long, long, long and a happy climb
 
That zig zag line.
 
Sometimes when I feel him slip
 
He would just increase his grip
 
A bit upon my hand.
 
 
Me and my son on top of a hill
 
Breathing hard in the air so still
 
It was such a long, long, long and a happy climb
 
That zig zag line.
 
He looked at me and I looked at him
 
Both of us began to grin
 
You know we laughed out loud.
 
 
We gathered stones and built a ring
 
Big enough to dance around in
 
And it was such a long, long, long and a happy climb
 
That zig zag line.
 
Him and me oh, way up high
 
Building circles in the sky
 
And a-hollering songs.
 
 
Me and my son on top of a hill
 
Laughing out loud in the air so still
 
And we had had such a long, long and a happy time
 
That zig zag line.
 
Time to go, and we both grinned
 
He took my hand and he knew me
 
You know I knew him.
 
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Let Me Down Easy
 
How can I say it?
 
It’s just something I feel from way down inside
 
So hard to begin to try to explain it
 
But something’s gone wrong, you’re unable to hide.
 
 
Let me down easy, baby.
 
Be so kind as to let me down slow.
 
Let me down easy, baby.
 
It’s so hard to let go.
 
 
We are not drifting,
 
Not with one of us still left holding the line.
 
And the wind has moved you, set your sails lifting
 
Blows cold on the one who got cut loose behind.
 
 
How can I say it?
 
Just something I know from way down inside.
 
No use for you to try to conceal it
 
It’s enough for me to know that you tried.
 
 
Let me down easy, darling.
 
Be so kind as to let me down slow.
 
Let me down easy, darling,
 
It’s so hard to let go,
 
So hard, so hard to let go.
 
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Would I Lie to You?
 
When I feel good I think I could live forever.
 
When I get down I know someday I'll die.
 
The thing babe that I'm trying to put together
 
I'm happy with you and without you I sigh.
 
I'm happy with you and without you I cry
 
I'm happy with you and without you I wanna die.
 
 
Hey babe it is so hard to believe it
 
You must try to believe it could be true
 
And maybe this can come about halfway near it
 
Tell me the truth now would I lie to you,
 
Tell me the truth now would I lie to you,
 
Tell me the truth now I can’t lie to you.
 
 
Maybe it's wrong of me to say
 
The way I feel about you
 
But what’s the point in me to tell you lies about it.
 
Babe, I'm sad without you.
 
 
Hey babe don't look so surprised to hear it.
 
You must try to believe it could be true
 
And maybe these words can come about halfway near it.
 
Tell me the truth now would I lie to you,
 
Tell me the truth now I can’t I lie to you,
 
Tell me the truth now would I lie to you.
 
 
Maybe it's wrong of me to say
 
The way that I feel about you
 
But what’s the point in me to tell you lies about it?
 
Babe, I'm sad without you.
 
 
Hey, baby, I’m so glad I found you
 
Is it so hard to believe that could be true?
 
All I wanna do is keep my loving arms around you
 
 
I say, tell me the truth now would I lie to you
 
Tell me the truth now I can’t lie to you (I wouldn’t do it)
 
Tell me the truth now would I lie to you (you know I couldn’t do it)
 
Tell me the truth now would I lie to you.
 
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Summer Lightning
 
Move over here
 
Come on, sit down beside me
 
Oh closer now
 
Come and put your arms, put your arms around me
 
Oh you had a bad day too
 
And I feel the same as you.
 
Come on, sit down.
 
 
It’s just that when I get mad
 
I end up saying things
 
If I thought about I wouldn’t ever say
 
And I think that you already know that
 
But I’ll say it anyway.
 
Oh, I’ll say it anyway.
 
 
It’s just that when I get mad
 
I end up saying things
 
If I thought about I wouldn’t ever say
 
And I think that you already know that
 
But I’ll say it anyway.
 
Oh, I’ll say it anyway.
 
 
Don’t let the day go down
 
The two of us still fighting
 
It’s not a storm at all
 
No it’s only summer, only summer lightning
 
And we still got the night
 
So there’s time to put it right
 
Let’s go to bed.
 
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Bonus Track on CD
 

Teacher, Teacher
 
And my dad says, “At school you were protected
 
At college you neglected to open up your eyes and look around you,
 
And you don’t know nothing at all.”
 
 
Teacher, teacher, when will it reach ya
 
The writing on the outside wall
 
If you gained all your knowledge
 
From books you read in college
 
Then you don’t know nothing
 
Nothing at all.
 
 
And my dad says “That nothing could be finer
 
Than to be taught by a miner
 
Blinking in the light of the bright classroom
 
And you don’t know nothing at all.”
 
 
Teacher, teacher, when will it reach ya
 
The writing on the outside wall
 
If you gained all your knowledge
 
From books you read in college
 
Then you don’t know nothing
 
Nothing at all.
 
 
And my dad says “That you couldn’t name the classes
 
Who breathed upon your glasses.
 
And made you miss the writing on the outside wall
 
And you don’t know nothing at all.”
 
 
Teacher, teacher, when will it reach ya
 
The writing on the outside wall
 
If you gained all your knowledge
 
From books you read in college
 
Then you don’t know nothing
 
Nothing at all.
 
 
Teacher, teacher, when will it reach ya
 
Who you are just teaching us for
 
If you gained all your knowledge
 
From books you read in college
 
 
Than you don’t know nothing, nothing at all.
 
 
Teacher, teacher
 
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