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Songs About Indecision

Azizi 27 Jul 05 - 06:19 AM
Azizi 27 Jul 05 - 06:25 AM
Azizi 27 Jul 05 - 06:35 AM
Le Scaramouche 27 Jul 05 - 06:39 AM
The Beast of Farlington 27 Jul 05 - 07:57 AM
Azizi 27 Jul 05 - 08:09 AM
GUEST 27 Jul 05 - 08:13 AM
rich-joy 27 Jul 05 - 08:17 AM
Charley Noble 27 Jul 05 - 08:34 AM
Azizi 27 Jul 05 - 08:36 AM
GUEST 27 Jul 05 - 08:44 AM
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Azizi 27 Jul 05 - 09:02 AM
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Subject: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 06:19 AM

A woman [not me] I know woke me up to talk to me about how her man keeps sending mixed messages about whether he wants to stay in that relationship or not.

Another woman [not me]-let's call her "faithful wife" telephoned me yesterday and talked for more than an hour about whether or not she should leave her cheating husband. Back & forth, and back & forth she went-mostly saying why she shouldn't leave...And this indecision has been going on for almost a year now. BTW, "cheating husband" cheats alot and recently "cheating husband " told "faithful wife" her that he wanted a divorce, but two days later he changed his mind.

So here I am awake because of the phone call from friend #1. And here I come to Mudcat justa reading the threads when I get this great idea- "Why not start a thread on songs about indecision in love or indecision about other things.

There must be some songs about that-or, at least, I think so.

Well, maybe not.

So I first typed "indecision" in the Search & Knowledge box. But I only found one parody song with the word "indecision" in one verse.

So I decided to start a thread on songs about indecision.

But then I thought I'd better not.

And then before I gave it another thought, I quickly hit the submit button-like this-


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 06:25 AM

Here's that song from the Digital Tradition that has the verse about indecision. Song # 0.7742


I'VE BEEN RAILING AT THE WORKLOAD
(Michael & Meredith Bergman & Steven H. Miller)

I've been railing at the workload
All the livelong day
I've been railing at the workload
But it will not go away.

Can't you see the deadline coming?
Feel the tension climb!
Can't you hear the client screaming,
"No more overtime!"

Bossman don't you blow
Bossman don't you blow
Bossman don't you blow your cor-or-ork,
Bossman don't you know
Bossman don't you know
Everybody feels the torque.

Someone's indecision is showing
"Start all over at square one!"
Somebody disgruntled is going
Home to get a tommy gun.

A-singing
"Blat! Splat! Rata-ti-tat-tat!
Scatter you suckers, ru-u-u-n
Blat! Splat! Rata-ti-tat-tat!
Strummin' on my tommy gun!"


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 06:35 AM

I remember this verse from a song recorded by a singing/musician group named "War".

[I can't figure out what genre of music "War" performed {performs?}. Are they "Jazz", or "R&B" or "Folk"??? Nah they're not "Folk", at least I don't think so. I can't decide].

But I remember this one verse from one of that group's CDs.
My guestimate is that this came out sometime around the 1980s or maybe it was the 1970s...I can't remember when, but here's the verse anyway.

First you say you do
and then you don't.
Then you say you will
and then you won't.
You're undecided now
so what'er you gonna do do do?

-snip-

Does anyone know this group, and the rest of this song?

Thanks in advance,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 06:39 AM

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up the hill,
And he marched them down again....
This is more or less from memory, then there's the bit about marching them half-way up the hill where they were neither up nor down.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: The Beast of Farlington
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 07:57 AM

War were a funk band. That's all I know.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 08:09 AM

Thanks to The Beast of Farlington, we are now taking a station break from being indecisive to hear {well at least "read" some info about the Funk group "War":


War - The Low Riders
by Jose Munoz
War evolved from a Los Angeles band called The Creators. They were a r&b cover band created in 1962 by Howard Scott ( guitar & vocals) and Harold Brown (percussion & vocals), and included Lonnie Jordan (keyboards & vocals), B.B. Dickerson (bass & vocals) and Charles Miller (flute & saxophone). They broke up when Howard Scott was drafted and briefly reunited when Scott was discharged two years later. A new band called Night Shift was formed in 1968 by Scott, Brown, Jordan and Miller, and added new bassist Peter Rosen. B.B. Dickerson returned when Peter Rosen died of a drug overdose, and Papa Dee Allen (keyboards & vocals) also joined the band. They ended up becoming backup band for football player Deacon Jones in his brief musical career. The band was heard rehearsing by Jerry Goldstein, a producer and songwriter. He introduced them to Eric Burdon (formerly of The Animals), and would go on to produce with War. Burdon brought Lee Oskar (harmonica, percussion & vocals) to the band and toured with War in 1969. In 1970, "Eric Burdon Declares War" was released and went gold. The single "Spill The Wine" became a hit and went to #3 on the pop charts. War recorded two more albums with Burdon, "Black Man's Burdon" and "Love Is All Around" which wasn't released until 1976. In 1971 during the middle of a European tour, Eric Burdon quit touring claiming that he was burned out. War completed the tour without him to sell-out crowds, much to their delight. War permanently split with Burdon and signed a record deal with UA. In 1971, they released "All Day Music" and followed with albums "The World Is A Ghetto", "Deliver The Word", "War Live", and "Why Cant We Be Friends?" which made them a mainstay in the '70"s.

War had a unique sound, a combination of funk, r&b, gospel and latin jazz (not to mention the harmonica of Lee Oskar and saxophone of Charles Miller) that had wide appeal that crossed racial lines. Their music addressed the issues in many urban communities and also had positive messages which were inspirational to many. "All Day Music" was the first album that I heard by War. "Slippin' Into Darkness" was my favorite with it's hypnotic rhythm and vocals. It became their first hit on their own. " All Day Music " and "Nappy Head" were also popular among fans. War's next album "The World Is A Ghetto" became a huge success. The title song painted a picture of despair and hope found in the inner city, and that "...peace and love are the cure...". It meant to me that problems that faced minorities in urban areas were global, and basically the same as those in many communities around the world (hunger, poverty, political oppression,etc.). "Four Cornered Room", "Beetles In The Bog" and "City, Country, City" were favorites with their blues, gospel and jazz feel to them. "The Cisco Kid" was a funky song aimed at its latino audience that made its way to black radio (as were "Low Rider" and "Cinco de Mayo"). The album "Deliver The Word" brought us "Me & Baby Brother .wav file 30 K", one of their funkiest songs, which was influenced by Sly & The Family Stone. "Deliver The Word" was a soulful ballad that is among my favorites. Their next album, "Why Can't We Be Friends?" brought two hits. It produced their classic "Low Rider" , and the title song which questioned racial separatism and called for unity among the races. War went on to make more albums and hits including "Galaxy" and "Peace Sign" from their last album."

Soul Patrol-War

-snip-

I'm pretty sure that the song "Undecided Now' {or some such title} was on War's album, "All Day Music". But then again, it could have been on their album "The World Is A Ghetto", since I had both of them...

I'm not really sure which one...


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 08:13 AM

Sorry, but Les Barker's got this subject sown up.


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Subject: Lyr Add: UNDECIDED (Sid Robin / Charlie Shavers)
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 08:17 AM

for AZIZI :

UNDECIDED

First you say you do, and then you don't
And then you say you will, that's when you won't
You're undecided now, so what are you gonna do?

Now you wanna play, and then it's "no"
And when you say you'll stay, that's when you go
You're undecided now, so what are you gonna do?

        I've been sittin' on the fence
        And it doesn't make much sense
        Coz you keep me in suspense - and you know it
        Then you promise to return
        When you don't I really burn
        Well I guess I'll never learn - and I show it!

If you've got a heart, and if you're kind
Then don't keep us apart - make up your mind
You're undecided now, so what are you gonna do?

Now if you don't love me, I wish you'd say so
I love you so much, honey - I just got to know
I'm just a fool for you : What are you gonna do?!


by Sid Robin / Charlie Shavers - 1939 : from the singing of Ella Fitzgerald / Irma Curry ...



Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 08:34 AM

There's always "The Hesitation Blues", although that song may be too assertive for this thread.

Now what's that song about the old houndog too tired to stir?

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 08:36 AM

Thanks, rich-joy!!

That's the very song I was thinking of.

****

Guest, sorry, but I don't understand your post.

Maybe you would care to explain.

But, then again, maybe you wouldn't.


LOL!!


Azizi


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 08:44 AM

I'm too busy procastinating over how to extract myself from a situation to write a song about indecision. But the fact that I am writing songs again should tell me I am already out of it in my mind.
But indecision can be a real bummer, in this case because after being given the Bum's Rush and turning it round I now can't figure the words to say, and say it nicely. Ah maybe thats a different subject. I'll think about it tomorrow.

But if I could write a song about it it would be a mishmash, by definition.

Doesn't Martin Carthy sing a song about a guy who dithers in the marriage proposal stakes only to pop-up after the nuptuals saying "here I am" and she say "too late"?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Snuffy
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 08:51 AM

Azizi

Captain Indecisive is Les Barker's best poem.

Or is it Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower?

No, it's Jason and the Arguments

Oh no it's not

Oh yes it is


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 09:02 AM

Hey Snuffy!

Thanks for that info. I guess I got to get with the culture thingy cause I never heard of Les Barker before.

Or at least I don't think so.

****

Guest 27 Jul 05 - 08:44 AM. Are you the same Guest as 27 Jul 05 - 08:13 AM?

You can see how this "Guest" tag can get somewhat confusing. And posting as Guest {with no other name} on a thread about indecision, can get even more mishmashy {to borrow your word and change it just a tad}.

Anyway, Guest Songwriter {if I might call you that}, I hope you get things sorted out soon and you get back to composing songs-about procrastination or whatever.


Positive vibrations,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Snuffy
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 09:13 AM

I keep meaning to finish reading Oblomov, but .....


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,Shakey
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 09:16 AM

You wear your innocence like a favourite coat.
You've cancelled every single cheque you ever wrote
You're so scared
So ill prepared
You don't dare to cast your vote

First you turn this way
Then you turn that way
Then you sit right down on your ass and won't turn - no way.

© Shakey 1990


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 10:03 AM

Didn't Eric Burdon also produce Hendrix for a while?
The Clash have a terrific song (with bad Spanish) about indecision in a relationship "Should I Stay or Should I Go".

Darling you gotta let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I'll be here till the end of time
So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

Always tease tease tease
Simpre - coquetiando y enganyando
You're happy when I'm on my knees
Me arrodilla y esta feliz
One day is fine, next day is black
Un dias bien el otro negro
So if you want me off your back
Al rededar en tu espalda
Well come on and let me know
Me tienes que desir

Should I stay or should I go?
me debi ur i qye darne

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An' if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know

This indescision's bugging me
Esta undescision me molesta
If you don't want me set me free
Si no queres, librame
Exactly who'm I'm supposed to be
Diga me que tengo ser
Don't you know which clothes even fit me?
Saves que robas me queurda?
Come on and let me know
Me tienes que desir
Should I cool it or should I blow?
Me dobo ir o quedarme?

Should I stay or should I go now?!
Yo me frio o lo sophio?
If I go there will be trouble
Si me voy - va per peligro
And if I stay it will be double
Si me quedo es dobleSo you gotta let me know
Me tienes que decir
Should I stay or should I go?
Yo me frio o lo sophio?


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLOW AWAY THE MORNING DEW
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 12:53 PM

BLOW AWAY THE MORNING DEW

There was a knight both young and fair, came riding o'er the hill
As he rode out one May morning to see what he could kill.

Singing...
Blow away the morning dew
Dew and the dew
Blow away the morning dew.

He look-ed high, he look-ed low, he cast another look
And then he spied a pretty maid a-bathing in the brook.

If you take me to my father's house, 'tis wall-ed all around
Ye shall enjoy my precious love and likewise twenty pounds.

He mounted on his milk white steed, and she upon another
And then they rode off down the lane like sister and like brother.

But when she reached her father's gate, so nimbly she popped in
She cried, "There stands the fool without, and here's the maid within!"

My father keeps a rooster but it will not tread a hen
He flaps his wings and flies about, I think you're one of them.

So if you meet a pretty girl as you ride o'er the hill
It's if you cannot when you may, ye shall not when you will.


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Subject: Lyr Add: IF YOU GOTTA GO, GO NOW (Bob Dylan)
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 01:21 PM

Here's one I enjoyed back in the sixties - by Bob Dylan, but I liked the Manfred Mann version. It's not really what you'd call folk, so I wasn't sure if I should post it, but then I thought - what the heck, I'll be decisive and post it.

IF YOU GOTTA GO, GO NOW (Bob Dylan)

Listen to me, baby
I'm tryin' to make you see
That I want to be with you girl
If you want to be with me

But if you gotta go, it's all right
But if you gotta go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night

I am just a poor boy, baby
Tryin' to connect
But I don't want you thinkin'
Oh that I ain't got any respect

But if you gotta go, it's all right
But if you gotta go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night

Now I'm not tryin' to question you
To take part in any quiz
It's just that I don't have a watch
An' you keep askin' me what time it is

But if you gotta go, well it's all right
But if you gotta go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night

Now I don't want to make you give
Anything you never gave before
It's just that I'll be sleepin' soon
It'll be too dark for you to find the door

But if you gotta go, well it's all right
But if you gotta go, go now
Or else you gotta stay all night


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Subject: Lyr Add: DID YOU EVER HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND
From: PoppaGator
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 01:35 PM

"If You Gotta Go" ~ one of my very favorite early Dylan songs, and a regular feature of my busking repertoire back in the early 70s.

Also: How 'bout "DID YOU EVER HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND" by folkie-turned-rocker (and autoharpist) John Sebastian and his band The Lovin' Spoonful?

Did you ever have to make up your mind
Pick up on one and leave the other behind
It's not often easy and not often kind
Did you ever have to make up your mind

Did you ever have to finally decide
Say yes to one and let the other one ride
There's so many changes and tears you must hide
Did you ever have to finally decide

Sometimes there's one with big blue eyes, cute as a bunny
With hair down to here, and plenty of money
And just when you think she's that one in the world
You heart gets stolen by some mousey little girl

And then you know you'd better make up your mind...

Sometimes you really dig a girl the moment you kiss her
And then you get distracted by her older sister
When in walks her father and takes you a line
And says, "You better go home, son, and make up your mind"

And then you bet you'd better finally decide...


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 01:36 PM

Oh yes, I remember that one - perfect for this thread!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 02:09 PM

Well, Weill's "Ballad of Jenny" from "Lady in the Dark" is the best I know of for praising indecision.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Severn
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 02:20 PM

OK, here we come a waffling:


20 Million Things-Lowell George
Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong-Randy Newman
I Don't Know Where I Stand-Joni Mitchell
Boredom-Procol Harum


If I weren't an amateur crastinator, I'd not only know whether to think of more or not but whether I should do it now. Should I actually commit myself, or should I just wait for the authorities to do it?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 02:20 PM

"If You Gotta Go, Go Now" was done by Fairport, as the very memorable Si Tu Dois Partir.

"Blow Away the Morning Dew" is about a woman tricking a man, no indecision there.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 09:06 PM

The Mitchell Trio recorded a song, Which Hat Shall I Wear?
It wasn't actually about fashion accessories, but race relations.
Written by Fred Hellerman.

Which hat shall I wear, the red or the blue one?
Which hat shall I wear to the PTA?
The blue one's a new one,
The red one's becoming,
Mary, tell me, which shall I wear?

Or something like that - not easy dredging this stuff up from 1965.

Tom Paxton couldn't help but wonder where he was bound.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HELLO GOODBYE (from The Beatles)
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:01 AM

I thought of a song to post here hours ago, but the Cat was down. I thought it was about indecision, but now I'm not so sure - especially when I found a bit of extra information about it on this site http://www.iamthebeatles.com/article1165.html Not sure how accurate the information is - I didn't think their version of the lyrics was very accurate so I got them from another site. Anyway, the song certainly is full of contradictions. I'm speaking of the Beatles song, "Hello Goodbye", written by Paul McCartney. I'll post the information first, then the song. See what you think.


Paul's friend, Alistair Taylor who was visiting McCartney, asked Paul one day how he wrote his many songs, and how he came up with his ideas. Paul took him into his dining room to give him a demonstration of his hand-carved harmonium. As an experiment, Paul asked Taylor to shout out the opposite of whatever he sang, such as black and white, yes and no, hello and goodbye, etc. From this, the song was born. Lennon hated the song, and viewed it as an inconsequential song of McCartney's, saying it was "three minutes of contradictions and meaningless juxtapositions." What further infuriated Lennon was that his "I Am The Walrus," was issued as the B-side to McCartney's A-side "Hello Goodbye".


Hello Goodbye
Writer, lead vocal: Paul McCartney

You say yes, I say no.
You say stop and I say go go go, oh no.
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello.

I say high, you say low.
You say why and I say I don't know, oh no.
You say goodbye and I say hello
(Hello goodbye hello goodbye) hello hello
(Hello goodbye) I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
(Hello goodbye hello goodbye) hello hello
(Hello goodbye) I don't know why you say goodbye
(Hello goodbye) I say goodbye.

Why why why why why why do you say goodbye goodbye, oh no?

You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello.

You say yes (I say yes) I say no (But I may mean no).
You say stop (I can stay) and I say go go go (Till it's time to go oh), oh no.
You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say goodbye
Hello hello
I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello hello.

Hela heba helloa (Cha cha), hela...


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:13 AM

"I thought it was about indecision, but now I'm not so sure"

JennyO, I don't know if you wrote this line on purpose with a witty intention, but it certainly fits into the spirit of a thread on indecisiveness!

I love it!!

Or I think I do.

Yes.

No.

Maybe so.

Definitely.

For sure with no if, ands, buts, or doubts.


LOL!!


Azizi


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:19 AM

Yes Azizi, I did have that in mind when I wrote it - or at least I think I did ;-)

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Shakey
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:22 AM

Yes Azizi, I did have that in mind when I wrote it - or at least I think I did ;-)


I'm not convinced


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:38 AM

Shakey, now don't go gettin shakey on us.

Ha! Ha!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 11:49 AM

Sorry Azizi, Iwas the first GUEST but not the second GUEST.
Looks like you got your answer, and yes you're right, you must get into Les Barker!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 12:48 PM

Are you SURE you're not convinced Shakey?


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Subject: Lyr Add: HELLO I MUST BE GOING (from Groucho Marx)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 03:56 PM

HELLO I MUST BE GOING
Grouch Marx (in "Animal Crackers")

(Voice 1, Groucho)
Hello, I must be going.
I cannot stay, I came to say
I must be going.
I'm glad I came, but just the same,
I must be going.

(Voice 2, Margaret Dumont)
For my sake you must stay.
For if you go away,
You'll spoil this party
I am throwing.


(Voice 1)
I'll stay a week or two,
I'll stay the summer through,
But I am telling you,
I must be going.


Nigel


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Subject: Lyr Add: DID YOU EVER HAVE THE FEELING
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 04:09 PM

DID YOU EVER HAVE THE FEELING
Jimmy Durante (re-used in the film "My Stepmother Is An Alien")

Did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go,
But still had the feeling that you wanted to stay?
Start to go
Change your mind
Start to go again but change your mind again...

Oh, did you ever have the feeling that you wanted to go,
But still had the feeling that you wanted to stay?
Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do!
I go!
I stay!
Hot diggidy dog, yeah!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 04:10 PM

Maybe I do
And maybe I don't
Maybe I will
And maybe I won't
Never the less
I'm in love with you.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 04:14 PM

Serendipity, or what. (a case for the Thread Name Game)
The thread following this is/was for the chords for "Toot Toot Tootsie", which starts
"Seven times he got aboard that train
And seven times he got back down to kiss his girl again,
And he said Toot...."

Indecisive? or What?

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 04:19 PM

Or too keen.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: rich-joy
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 07:08 PM

Azizi, what about another old classic :
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
(was it sung by Jimmy Wakely and Margaret Whiting????)

OK, so the decision was made by the end of the song! LOL


Cheers! R-J
:~)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 07:34 PM

I wasnt going to post to this thread but - - - - - - - - - -


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 07:54 PM

Leadfingers,

"First you say you do and then you don't.
Then you say you will and then you won't
You're undecided now, so what are you gonna do?"

-snip-

That song has my vote as the best song about being undecided.
But then again, there's so many songs that were posted that I didn't know about before which are awfully good-if "good" can be "awfully". You know what I mean. Don't you?

On second thought, I can't decide which song I like the best.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 08:04 PM

The sentence structure in my last post is a demonstration of my confusion.

When I wrote "there's so many songs that were posted that I didn't know about before which are awfully good" I didn't mean that it was awfully good that I didn't know many of the songs that were posted [in this thread].

I meant that many of the songs are awfully good...

At least that's what I think I meant.

It beats the heck out of me how something can be both awful and good.

Isn't that an oxymoron [which is probably the wrong way to spell that word. Or is it? Who knows? I'm not gonna waste energy on it, cause I have other things to waste my energy on-if I could only decide which comes first the chicken or the egg.

[That remark is suppose to convey some heavy duty esoteric meaning. I'm not sure about what-but I thought it sounded good so what the heck!]



Azizi


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:36 PM

Feeling a little indecisive, Azizi? :-)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:40 PM

You talkin to me?

You talkin to ME?

You Talkin to me????

Me indecisive?

Well, maybe, sometimes, yeah.

But other times, no.


LOL!!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Auggie
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:53 PM

"I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind"

Hadn't thought of Boston in a looong time.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 12:20 AM

From the tradition (and the DT):

William and Nancy

I courted lovely Nancy till her favours I won,
Straight after some other away I did run.
It was the height of my practice and the greatest of woe.
I lost lovely Nancy by courting too slow.

From a large family of "courting too slow" songs on both sides of the pond.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 07:02 AM

Sometimes you really dig a girl
The moment you kiss her
Then you get distracted by her older sister.
Then in walks her father and takes you aside
He syas "Better go home son
And make up your mind.

Did you ever have to make up your mind? - The Loving Spoonful


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Lizzie Cornish
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 07:11 AM

I used to be indecisive....but now I'm not so sure! ;0)

Sorry.....couldn't resist that.

Lizzie :0)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,banjo1925@aol.com
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 09:10 AM

And he asks, "Do you have trouble making up your mind?"
And she replies, "Well, yes and no."


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 29 Jul 05 - 10:24 AM

The ultimate indecision treatice is very possibly "OUR HAMLET" ---a wonderful retelling of Hamlet. Hamlet is the major procrastinator in all of English lit.

I know several people have recorded it, but right now I can't recall specifically who that was.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,Em
Date: 22 Jan 11 - 04:49 PM

Hot and Cold by Katy Perry????


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: mcpiper
Date: 22 Jan 11 - 05:42 PM

From way back, try this Andrew Sisters, Cuanto Le Gusta. We had it on an old 78 rpm record, played on a wind up gramaphone. Always sounded like frenzied indecision.


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Subject: Lyr Add: PLEASE DON'T TEASE
From: Bert
Date: 23 Jan 11 - 05:03 PM

Cliff Richard sang this way back in the Sixtieas I think.

You tell me that you love me baby, then you say you don't
You tell me that you'll come on over, then you say you won't
You love me like a hurricane, then you start to freeze
I'll give it to you straight right now, please don't tease

You come right out and tell me, you're out with someone new
You play it oh so doggon cool, I don't know what to do
You never seem to answer me, you just don't here my pleas
I'll give it to you one more time, please don't tease

Oh please don't tease me, you know it hurts so much
Come on and squeeze me, you know I need your tender touch

But you tell me that you love me baby, then you say you don't
You tell me that you'll come on over, then you say you won't
You love me like a hurricane, then you start to freeze
I'll give it to you straight right now, please don't tease


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WEAKNESS IN ME (Joan Armatrading)
From: Crowhugger
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 03:15 PM

Here's a more sad and serious love song of indecision:
Joan Armatrading's "THE WEAKNESS IN ME"

I'm not the sort of person who falls in and quickly out of love
But to you, I give my affection, right from the start.
I have a lover who loves me - how could I break such a heart?
Yet still you get my attention.

Why do you come here, when you know I've got troubles enough?
Why do you call me, when you know I can't answer the phone?
And make me lie when I don't want to,
And make someone else some kind of an unknowing fool?
Make me stay when I should not?
If you're so strong then resolve the weakness in me.
Why do you come here, and pretend to be just passing by?
I need to see you - I need to hold you - tightly.

Feeling guilty,
And I'm worried, and I'm waking from a tormented sleep
'Cause this old love, you know it has me bound,
But this new love cuts so deep.
If I choose now, I'm bound to lose out;
One of you is gonna have to fall...
I need you, baby.

Why do you come here, when you know I've got troubles enough?
Why do you call me, when you know I can't answer the phone?
And make me lie when I don't want to,
And make someone else some kind of an unknowing fool?
Make me stay when I should not?
If you're so strong then resolve the weakness in me.
Why do you come here, and pretend to be just passing by?
I need to see you - I need to hold you - tightly.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 25 Jan 11 - 01:00 PM

Trying to get a decision out of somebody else can be....er, trying?

Tom and Jerry - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby 1946    (one of my favourite YouTube links).

Ross


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Crowhugger
Date: 25 Jan 11 - 01:04 PM

Good one, RossCampbell--I love that song!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: RTim
Date: 25 Jan 11 - 01:12 PM

I used to know many - but I'm not sure anymore?

Tim


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,Aaln Whittle
Date: 25 Jan 11 - 04:12 PM

Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pACePi441ds


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: The Sandman
Date: 25 Jan 11 - 04:59 PM

on top of old smokey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzoA4AaZi44


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Subject: RE: Songs of Indecision
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 03:15 AM


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 06:09 AM

I learnt this at a song sharing workshop with my choir - it was written by Joanne Hammill. It's a round which works best with four parts

Should I, should I not?
The moment of decision is upon me
I just don't know
I can't decide
Maybe I should
on the other hand
I could be making
A terrible mistake
But if I don't act it could be worse
Cause thats like making a choice without choosing
Which is really dumb, so should I?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 01:09 PM

Oor Hamlet - see Art Thieme's entry of 2005! - was written by Adam McNaughtan.

Hamlet, Hamlet loved his mammy
Hamlet, Hamlet, actin' barmy
Hamlet, Hamlet, hesitatin'
Wonders if the ghost's a cheat
An' that is why he's waitin'

"I know Danish and Norwegian better. I spent two years in Scandinavia teaching English, one year in Norway and one year in North Jutland."


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHAT IF LOVE CAME TOO SOON
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 01:28 PM

Alastair Moock's WHAT IF LOVE CAME TOO SOON
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©1997 Moockshake Music, ASCAP
(audio sample at bottom of http://www.nimbitmusic.com/alastairmoock)

What if love came too soon
It just walked right in the room
And it wasn't even noon
What if love came too soon

What if love came too soon
Made you faint and start to swoon
Left you howling at the moon
What if love came too soon

What if you just weren't ready
And marriage thoughts just made you sweaty
Left you clinging to your teddy
What if you just weren't ready

What if you just weren't sure
So you headed for the door
But life without her just her more
Than life together hurt before

What if love came too soon
It could happen to you
But you wouldn't want it to
'Cuz the pain would destroy you

What if love came too soon
It just walked right in the room
Made you float like a balloon
What if love came too soon

What if love came too soon
Drained the soul out of your tune
Left you singing like Pat Boone
What if love came too soon

It could happen to you
Like it happened to me
And you'd wish you never knew
Just how painful life could be

It's better to have love
Than to have loved and lost
'Cuz it isn't worth the pain
And it isn't worth the cost

But if love comes to you
And you don't know what to do
'Cuz it feels like it's too soon
Man, I know that feeling too


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Rockhen
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 02:12 PM

I wrote the 'Undecided Blues' when in the Wild Wolds Women. Partly about indecision and partly about two sides to every debate. Will try to find a link even though not necessarily what you were after.


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Subject: Lyr Add: EMILY + AMELIA (The Tiger)
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 02:23 PM

Two calypsos by The Tiger, with the woman being the indecisive one:

Emily (1935)

Listen, attentively, about myself and Emily.
Listen, attentively, about myself and Emily.
I met that sweet child in Port-of-Spain. She took my address. I did the same.
We lived for three years in luxury, and then join in matrimony.

The first night that I met with her, friends, I were going to theater.
They were showing Eddie Dowling in Blaze of Glory, so we began romantically.
I courted romance with all my might, when I saw her pretty carpet and electric light;
Mosquito nets right around her bed, pillows marked "good night" to rest my head.

For the wedding celebration I made invitation, and to her friends distributed.
Johnny Go-Go, Miss Tosh-Tosh Mama, Buddha-Kid and Madame Cleo.
They all accepted it eagerly, and promised to attend it most faithfully,
And then they congratulated me, upon the move I made to matrimony.

I bought two cask of rum, split peas and rice, and said the guest must be treated nice.
Five cattle, three sheep, two goat, a bag of flour for accra and float.
The father said, "Friends, we are gathered all here. If anyone object, let them now draw near."
Then he said, "I pronounce you man and wife, to live in love and peace for the rest of your life."

But that very night they began to fight, and broke the chairs and wares, left and right.
I then whispered and said to Emily "This is highly indecency."
She said, "The guest they all are my friend, and if you interfere, this will be the end."
And then she threw back the ring at me, and she said we finish with matrimony.

Amelia (1938)

Amelia, dou-dou, to be honest and true, me life and confidence placed in you. I say,
Amelia, dou-dou, to be honest and true, me life and confidence placed in you.
Me father was a man belong to high rank. He die and leave money in the royal bank.
He leave a cow, a goat, and a male donkey, and that is why I want to join in matrimony.

I mean to tell you the truth, how I met with Amelia is when I landed from America.
I told her "Darling, I love you, honest and true, and anything for you I would do."
She said to meet her that night in the square, by th'electric clock. I'd meet her anywhere.
So we agreed to meet quite positively, you could believe me, by La Peyrouse cemet'ry.

Well, I took Battoo bus at seven thirty, on my way to the cemetery. And then
I told her my aim it was matrimony, and mine heart does rule me body.
She look at me and laugh and said, "You too small, and furthermore singin' ain't no work at all."
She wanted a doctor or a barrister, a chief engineer, or an overseer.

So I told her from the cow you can get nice milk, with the money buy satin and silk.
It is a decent size for anyone to lead, and plant provision on which we can feed;
build a nice home in the month of June, and on the island we'll spend our nice honeymoon.
We won't have to pay not a cent for rent. We'll be just as the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

But I really believe she made a terrible mistake. She thought I had cotton estate.
She began demanding ten bolt of silk, and to supply Port-of-Spain with milk.
But the cow died on her suddenly. I mean, the donkey was no good entirely.
And not until later did she realize one of the goat leg was paralyze.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 06:42 PM

There are many versions of "Blow Away the Morning Dew", including variants of the last line. IMO, however, the best of the lot is
"If you will not while you may, you shall not when you will".
The nice contrast between "will" & "shall", combined with that between "while" & "when", is a triumph of good old-fashioned Modern English.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Rockhen
Date: 22 Aug 12 - 07:55 PM

Undecided Blues (H.R.Bennett) Wild Wolds Women
'Undecided Blues'
In the unlikely event that someone likes this enough to cover...PM me and I will send lyrics etc :-D


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,Kate [age 73]
Date: 17 Feb 17 - 12:31 PM

Thanks for the entertaining site. I found it while looking for the correct lyrics to "Undecided" (by Sid Robin + Charlie Shavers [1938]), which come to mind whenever I hear "The Donald" Trump speak...
Your site is a much nicer diversion. Takes me back to happier times, I think.
Or does it? Is my aged memory fooling me?
Nah...

PS: If you want to watch videos of "Undecided" (and have a better connection than mine), go here:
http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/10/undecided-lyrics-sound-files-videos.html


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: The Sandman
Date: 17 Feb 17 - 03:04 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u7x-Q3oTjQ


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Felipa
Date: 24 Feb 17 - 10:57 AM

very shortly after the "Brexit" referendum in the UK, I rewrote Pat Sky's Separation Blues. His verses stand the test of time better than mine, some of which are already history - but I havent decided if and how to rewrite the EU SEPARATION BLUES   
(tune and verses in brackets adapted from original song by Patrick Sky, Separation Blues)

Will we stay or will we go
to buy and sell via the WTO?
Maybe we can join the EFTA,
stay in the single market but without much say
You know we've got, got the indecision blues.

Farage says "We're British, we do as we please;
You never ever worked", he told the MEPs
That made the Europeans hiss and boo
"You don't like us; hell, we sure don't like you
You can go and get, get the separation blues."

~"It's time," Farage says, "to put Britain first,
Get out from under Europe's thumb.
It's better to leave
than be besieged by the migrant scum"

(they say) "Leave the union, better leave it quick
Leave the Eunion, better leave it quick,
Leave the European Union, leave it quick
If you voted for Brex-it.
It's time to get, get the separation blues."

[See that fly, crawling up the wall (3x)
He don't speak to Mrs Spider at all
Cos you know they've got, got the separation blues]

"We're better off out," said Johnson to Gove
But when Leave won the vote, Mike gave Boris the shove.
We thought they were the best of friends
But Boris hesitated and that was the end
And now they've got, got the separation blues.

~ Which only goes to show, since it all began
The referendum was a power game
Win or lose, whatever you chose
Politicians act the same.

Gove says "Leave the competition,leave it quick
Leave the party race, better leave it quick,
You can leave the party, leave it quick
If you're lukewarm about Brex-it.
It's time to go and the separation blues."

[The last words that poor John the Baptist said (2x)
Last words John the Baptist said, before he went and lost the head was
This gives me. gives me the separation blues]

~In case you need reminding the decision isnt binding
but it's clear its time for change
We need negotiation not recrimination
whether we leave or remain

Labour and Tory are in a terrible fix
Since the vote in favour of Brexit
Jostling for position, every woman and man
They need to get together and sort out a plan
Cos everybody's got, got the separation blues

Should we stay, or should we go?
Don't ask me, cos I really don't know
Got to get our heads together, or before you know
The UKIP will be running the show – and that gives me,
Gives me the EU separation blues.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Jack Campin
Date: 24 Feb 17 - 06:39 PM

Art can't now followup his own suggestion, but "Oor Hamlet" (to the tune of The Mason's Apron) is by the Glasgow singer Adam McNaughtan.

Digitrad: Oor Hamlet


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Merritt
Date: 16 Mar 17 - 05:17 PM

Break Up to Make Up, Stylistics, 1972

Break up to make up, that's all we do
First you love me then you hate me, that's a game for fools

(Used to perform this song in open G with capo on the 3rd fret. Waltz time. Kinda works as a stripped down solo guitar/vocal thing.)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,Sol
Date: 16 Mar 17 - 05:28 PM

"Yes My Darling Daughter" - Eydie Gorme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdtxRR3uDPE


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 07:39 AM

I was going to post a contribution to your post but then I thought, do I really want to .................


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Subject: RE: Songs About Indecision
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 06:52 PM

Ahhh...


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Subject: Lyr Add: A LITTLE OF BOTH (Guy Clark)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Mar 17 - 06:03 PM

A LITTLE OF BOTH
As recorded by Guy Clark on "Keepers" (1997) and "Americana Master Series: Best of the Sugar Hill Years" (2007)

I like drinkin' whiskey; I like bein' straight.
I like a voodoo spinner, man; I like live bait.
I like a hundred miles an hour; I like Sunday drivin' too.
I like bein' alone with me, an' I like bein' alone with you.

Oh, gimme a bowl o' chili; gimme milk an' toast.
Long as you're dishin' it out, Lord, I'd take a little o' both.

I could do with someone, but I could do without.
Sometimes I feel like dancin'; sometime like sittin' it out.
I like stayin' at home, but I can't he'p goin' to town.
As long as I've got a choice, you know, I can't turn nothin' down.

Ah, gimme that bowl o' chili; gimme milk an' toast.
Long as you're dishin' it out, Lord, I'd take a little o' both.

(Put a little gravy on ev'rything for me.)

Sometimes I like to fly; sometimes I have to crawl.
Sometime I'm cool as ice; sometime I'm climbin' the wall.
Sometimes it's just the money; sometime it's just a game.
Six of one and half a dozen of another is all the same.

Ah, gimme a bowl o' chili; gimme milk an' toast.
As long as you're dishin' it out, Lord, I'd take a little o' both.
Gimme that bowl of chili; gimme milk an' toast.
As long as you're dishin' it out, Lord, I'd take a little o' both.


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