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ARE YOU LIKE ME?

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

BROTHER I'VE NEVER KNOWN

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

 

SOMETIMES WRONG

SOMETIMES FREE

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

 

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

AND THINK THIS SHIP IS SINKING

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

AND FOOLED INTO THINKING

 

SOMETIMES STRONG

SOMETIMES DEEP

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

 

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

AND A ROLLIN' STONE

ARE YOU LIKE ME AT HOME?

ARE YOU LIKE ME

AND YA STUMBLE AND FALL

ARE YOU LIKE ME AT ALL?

 

SOMETIMES WRONG

SOMETIMES FREE

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

 

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

BROTHER I'VE NEVER KNOWN

ARE YOU LIKE ME?

 

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GENE WASHINGTON

BLOWING PAPERS, CARDBOARD BOXES: URBAN TUMBLEWEED

THE KIDS CALL ME GENE WASHINGTON BUT MY REAL NAMES IS "GRIEVES"

 

I SEEN 'EM HUFFING KEYBOARD CLEANER TRYING TO GET LOOSE

ME I LIKE THE SISTERS DOWN HERE … CHECK OUT HER CABOOSE

 

25TH AND BONAPARTE … I STOOD HERE SINCE CARTER

"DID YOU SEE KEEPERS?" … "DEPENDS WHO'S ASKIN'…

HAVE YOU GOT CASH TO BARTER?"

 

WHERE WERE YOU IN '60 WHEN MY BROTHER TOOK FIVE SHOTS

NOTHING RANKLES MORE THESE DAYS THAN BLACK SKIN ON A COP

 

I TOLD 'EM SO BUT NO ONE CARES

I TOLD 'EM SO - COME ON, I DARE YOU …

 

IF CASH AIN'T IN THE CARDS TODAY … A BOTTLE WOULD BE FINE

SURE, I SAW KEEPERS AT 6:30 … GHETTO STANDARD TIME

 

D.A. SAYS I'M RELIABLE THOUGH MY NERVES ARE STARTIN TO GIVE

I'VE WATCHED 'EM DROPPED LIKE FLIES ROUND HERE … THAT BROAD

DESERVED TO LIVE

 

I TOLD 'EM SO …

 

BLOWING PAPERS

 

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HOW' AM I EVER GONNA GET HOME?

WINDOW ROLLED DOWN LOW … TRYING TO STAY AWAKE

RIDIN AWAY FROM YOU … OUT ON THE INTERSTATE

 

RANDY SAYS I CAN STAY WITH HER … LONG AS I KEEP IT CLEAN

HAD ENOUGH OF THE DRAMA HERE … LOOKING FOR THE QUIET SCENE

 

HOW'M I EVER GONNA GET HOME

 

PARENTS MOVED TO CALIFORN … ME, I STAYED BACK EAST

POPPERS AND CHLOROFORM … CRAZY EYES AND YELLOW TEETH

 

HOW'M I EVER GONNA GET HOME …

 

WAIT A WHILE AND THEN YOU'LL SEE ME

WAIT A WHILE AND THEN YOU'LL BE ME

 

MAYBE I'LL PULL ASIDE … MAYBE I'LL TURN AROUND

MAYBE I'LL FORGE AHEAD … LOOKING FOR THE UNDERGROUND

 

HOW'M I EVER GONNA GET HOME

 

WAIT A WHILE …

 

WINDOW ROLLED DOWN LOW

 

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KEEPERS AND RANDY

KEEPERS GONE TO RANDY SHE WAS FAST ASLEEP

KEEPERS LEFT A CANDLE IN THE STAIRS

KEEPERS IN THE CORNER OF A TALL CORNFIELD

SCRAPING AT HIMSELF LIKE HE WASN'T THERE

 

TAKE IT AWAY MISTER WASHINGTON

WIPE ALL THESE TEARS FROM MY EYES

TAKE IT AWAY MISTER WASHINGTON

WITH YOUR TEETH IN THE SINK

WERE WE CRAZY TO THINK

THAT YOU'D EVER BE THERE

FOR THE WEEKEND REPAIR

 

RANDY WAKE UP LATER FIND THE CANDLE BURNING LOW

KEEPERS WAITING OUTSIDE IN HIS CAR

RANDY SAYS "COME ON, MY DAD'LL BE HOME SOON"

KEEPERS WISHING ON HIS LUCKY STAR

 

CHORUS

 

RANDY LAYIN QUIET IN A TALL CORNFIELD

SKIN'S STILL PINK BUT HER LIPS ARE BLUE

KEEPER'S BACK AT HOME SCRAPING AT HIMSELF

THE BOY NEXT DOOR YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW

 

TAKE HIM AWAY MISTER WASHINGTON

WIPE ALL THESE TEARS FROM MY EYES

TAKE HIM AWAY MISTER WASHINGTON

WITH YOUR MIND GOING BAD

ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD

LITTLE CAT IN THE YARD

DID YOU SQUEEZE IT TOO HARD

 

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THE PULLING

OH HOW I TRIED

AND I HAVEN'T DONE WRONG

I FIGHT AND I FIGHT

BUT THE PULLING IS STRONG

 

SO HELP ME ALONG

HELP ME ALONG

 

WATCHED A BIRD FLYING SOUTH

AS I WAITED IN VAIN

FOR A RESCHEDULED LIFE

ON A JUST CANCELLED TRAIN

 

SO HELP ME ALONG

HELP ME ALONG

 

OH HOW I TRIED

AND I HAVEN'T DONE WRONG

I FIGHT AND I FIGHT

BUT THE PULLING IS STRONG

 

SO HELP ME ALONG

HELP ME ALONG

 

WATCHED A BIRD FLYING SOUTH

AND WISHED IT WAS ME

THEN I SAW HIM LAND

ON A FALLING DEAD TREE

 

SO HELP ME ALONG

HELP ME ALONG

 

OH HOW I TRIED

BUT THE THRILL IT IS GONE

I FIGHT AND I FIGHT

BUT THE PULLING IN STRONG

 

SO HELP ME ALONG

 

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RANDY COME HOME

CHEAP TALK DON'T DO SHIT AROUND HERE

CHEAP TALK WON'T DO THE TRICK

OPEN YOUR MOUTH, THIRTY THOUSAND COMES OUT

SPREAD OPEN YOUR LEGS FOR THAT NO GOOD PRICK

 

OH OH RANDY COME HOME

OH WHATCHA DOIN' WITH HIM

OH OH RANDY COME HOME

YOUR GUMS ARE BLEEDIN' AND YOU'RE LOOKIN' SO THIN

 

I KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT ABSENT FATHERS

I KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT RED WINE

I BEEN ON THE BOTTOM OF SOME DEALS WORTH FORGETTIN'

I BEEN CHEATED BUT NOT THIS TIME!

 

OH OH RANDY …

 

THEY FOUND YOU IN THE DITCH WITH SCRATCHES ON YOUR HAND

THEY GOT KEEPERS IN A CELL DOWNTOWN

I TOLD YOU THAT BOY WAS WEIRDER THAN A MONKEY

I TOLD YOU I DIDN'T WANT HIM AROUND …

 

OH OH RANDY…

 

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RELIEF

IS IT WRONG TO ROAM?

IS IT WRONG TO ROAM?

IS IT WRONG TO ROAM FROM YOUR HOME?

 

IS IT ME OR YOU?

IS IT ME OR YOU?

IS IT ME OR YOU THAT SAYS WE'RE THRU?

 

DID I HEAR YOU SIGH?

DID I HEAR YOU SIGH?

DID I HEAR YOU SIGH WHEN I SAID GOODBYE?

 

RELIEF!

 

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ROBINSONVILLE

WHO'D IMAGINE A WHITE GIRL IN THIS PART OF TOWN

IN HER DADDY'S CAR … STRAIGHT HAIR FALLIN' DOWN

 

RANDY - GO HOME

WHERE YOU BELONG

THIS PLACE AIN'T FOR YOU

YOUR NUMBERS ARE FEW

 

HE WAS A PAINTER WHICH WAS A STRANGE OCCUPATION DOWN HERE

SORTA THING THAT AROUSED SUSPICION - "MUST BE A QUEER"

 

RANEY LAY DOWN

DOWN ON THE GROUND

HEAT'S ON YOUR THROAT

HOLDIN THAT NOTE

 

THEY ONLY MET A COUPLE TIMES BUT THEY WROTE NEAR EVERY DAY

WHAT THEY FELT IN THE LONELY HEARTS IS HARD TO SAY

 

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

BLACK SKIN ON WHITE

2000 AND ONE

STILL RUBS PEOPLE WRONG

 

KEEPERS POINTIN' HIS FINGER OUT SAYS "LOOK AT THE SMOKE UP THERE

THAT'S GOTTA BE YOUR GUY … JUST LOOK AT HIS DREADLOCKED HAIR"

 

GOING FOR BROKE

THAT MAN'S GONNA CHOKE

SHOULD I INTERFERE

THEY'LL CALL ME A QUEER

 

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SHAME ON YOU

IT WASN'T CHRIST THAT BROUGHT ME DOWN HERE

IT WAS THE PAIN AND THE PILLS AND THE BEER

A LITTLE GIRL LIKE HER GONNA TAKE YOU TO TASK

CALL YOU SILLY BOY FOR COMING SO FAST

 

SHAME ON YOU FOR COMING SO FAST

SHAME ON YOU - COULDN'T MAKE IT LAST

 

MIGHTA BEEN SATAN IT'S ANYONE'S GUESS

GIMME A TICKET: I'M MOVING OUT WEST

I HEAR HER VOICE LIKE A BABY IT CLINGS

WHERE WOULD A CHILD LEARN OF THESE THINGS

 

SHAME ON YOU …

 

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THE SUGAR DITCH

RANEY GONE DOWN TO THE SUGAR DITCH

GONNA FIND A FRIEND IN JESUS CHRIST

'STEAD HE FOUND RANDY LAYING IN THERE

CUTS ON HER HANDS NOT LOOKING QUITE RIGHT

RANEY PULLS ON HIS CAP SAYS "WHAT THE HELL

THAT BITCH LAYING THERE WITH THAT GOD AWFUL SMELL?"

 

MEET ME DOWN THERE --WANNA PLAY PITCH

MEET ME DOWN THERE -- JUST BESIDE THE JOINT IN THE SUGAR DITCH

 

MEANWHILE THERE'S A CAR 25TH AND BONAPARTE

MAN LOOKING UNDER THE HOOD

HEAT COMES BY SAYS YOU NEED ANY HELP

KEEPERS LOOK UP SAYS "A FELLOW SURELY COULD"

HEAT GET TO WONDERING WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS GUY

BLOOD ON HIS HAND AND A LOOK IN HIS EYE

 

MEET ME DOWN THERE -- WANNA PLAY PITCH

MEET ME DOWN THERE -- JUST BESIDE THE JOINT IN THE SUGAR DITCH

 

SEEN IT RAIN … RAIN SO LONG … SEEN IT RAIN … AIN'T RIGHT OR WRONG

 

RANEY GETTING NERVOUS, DITCH GETTING MUDDY

MAYBE SHOULDA GONE TO THE CHURCH

SIREN COME A BUZZING, JUKE JOINT A CALLING

RANEY'S GOT BLOOD ON HIS SHIRT

RANEY GET TO WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THIS BITCH

LAYING THERE DEAD IN THE SUGAR DITCH

 

MEET ME DOWN THERE

WANNA PLAY PITCH

MEET ME DOWN THERE

JUST BESIDE THE JOINT IN THE SUGAR DITCH

 

SEEN IT RAIN … RAIN SO LONG … SEEN IT RAIN … AIN'T RIGHT OR WRONG

 

KEEPERS COME A WALKING TO THE SUGAR DITCH

HEAT GOT HIS HAND IN A CUFF

KEEPERS WATCHING RAIN BOUNCIN' OFF HIS WHITE SKIN

SEES RANEY STANDING UP ON THE BLUFF

KEEPERS GET TO WONDERIN HOW TO BEAT THIS RAP

POINTS HIS FINGER TO THE BLUFF AT THE MAN IN THE CAP

 

MEET ME DOWN THERE -- WANNA PLAY PITCH

MEET ME DOWN THERE -- JUST BESIDE THE JOINT IN THE SUGAR DITCH

 

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SUPPOSED TO WAIT

YOU PACE THE FLOOR … YOU NEVER SPEAK

YOU LOCK YOUR DOOR … FOR WEEKS AND WEEKS

 

PEED YOURSELF … ON YOUR WALK

COME ON COME ON … IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT

 

HOW LONG ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WAIT

'FORE WE JUST GIVE IN

HOW LONG ARE WE SUPPOSED TO WAIT

 

THE PILLS YOU TOOK …WE NEVER KNEW

THE DOCTOR SAID HE HAD NO CLUE …

 

HOW LONG …

 

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WHAT IF RAY CHARLES WEREN'T BLIND?

WHAT IF RAY CHARLES WEREN'T BLIND

WHAT IF WE WERE STILL TOGETHER

WHAT IF JAMES CARR WERE STILL ALIVE

WHAT IF FOREVER WAS FOREVER

 

THEN I WOULD BE ALRIGHT

THEN I WOULD SAY "IT'S OKAY"

THEN YOU COULD STAY THE NIGHT

AND WE COULD WAKE UP THE NEXT DAY

 

WHAT IF GENE CLARK HAD STAYED

WHAT IF YOU HADN'T SPOKEN

WHAT IF EDDIE HINTON STILL PLAYED

WHAT IF THIS DREAM WEREN'T BROKEN

 

THEN I WOULD BE ALRIGHT

THEN I WOULD SAY "IT'S OKAY"

THEN YOU COULD STAY THE NIGHT

AND WE COULD WAKE UP THE NEXT DAY

 

DOES NON-REALITY PRECLUDE CONSIDERATION

THIS RING AROUND YOUR NECK

IT'LL STRANGULATE YA …

 

WHAT IF COE'D BEEN ON DEATH ROW

WOULD IT EVEN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

AM I DUMB TO THINK YOU'D SHOW

WOULD IT EVEN MAKE A DIFFERNCE

 

WOULD I BE ALRIGHT

WOULD I SAY "IT'S OKAY"

WOULD YOU STAY THE NIGHT

 

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Jon Houlon, Hillside Blue Music, 2003

THE SUGAR DITCH