Boz Scaggs My Time: A Boz Scaggs Anthology Disc 1 Lyrics
     
 

Boz Scaggs - Anthology Disc 1 Lyrics

Columbia Records October 14, 1997

Track List

  1. Runnin' Blue
  2. We Were Always Sweethearts
  3. Near You
  4. Painted Bells
  5. Dinah Flo
  6. Might Have to Cry
  7. You Make It So Hard
    (To Say No)
  8. I Got Your Number
  9. Slow Dancer
  10. Hercules
  11. What Can I Say
  12. It's Over
  13. Harbor Lights
  14. Lowdown
  15. Lido Shuffle
  16. We're All Alone
  17. Loan Me a Dime

Anthology Insert Booklet by Ben Fong Torres


1. *Runnin Blue

(Boz Scaggs / Patrick O'Hara)

Initially recorded 1971 "Boz Scaggs and Band"

Listen to me lady
So it's understood
This runnin' round life
Ain't doing me no good
I get tired
Get so tired of paying dues
But it seems there ain't no way around it
No end to runnin' blue

But I like to have my fun
Like to run around
And I ain't no stranger
In nobody's town
But I get tired
Get so tired of changing views
And the road don't get no shorter
Runnin' round and runnin' blue

Well this runnin' round life
Might seem nice n easy
But when you´re blowing with the wind
Sometimes it gets real breezy
A man gets tired
I feel like I was born to lose
And there ain't no way around it
No way round runnin' blue

Got no holes in my pockets
No holes in my shoes
But I don't know if I'm leaving Detroit
Or coming into Baton Rouge
I get tired
So tired of changin' views
And there ain't no way around it
No way round runnin' blue

Left my billfold at the airport
My suitcase on a train
Now I can't find my umbrella
And it sure looks like rain
I get tired
So tired of playing to lose
And the road don't get no shorter
When you got the runnin' blues

Well the night life ain't a good life
But it's my life too
Once you're bound to this highway
Ain't nothing you can do
Except get tired
Oh get tired of paying dues
And there ain't no way around it
No way round runnin' blue


2. *We Were Always Sweethearts

(Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1970 "Moments"

We were always sweethearts
Different in our ways
Together we spent happy hours
And oh happy days
Laughing in the sunshine
And crying in the rain
Together we knew happy days
We never knew no pain... yeah

Cloudy day
Sunny sunshine
Happy days will never be the same

I was her man
And she my queen
Together we knew happy days honestly
Lying in the grass
And laying on our butts.. yeah yeah

We were always different
Different in our ways
Together we knew happy hours
And oh happy ways
Lying out together
And never mind the weather
Together we knew happy days
We never had it better.. yeah

Cloudy days
Sunny sunshine
Happy days will never be the same
No no no no no
Aaah.. get it

Oh times can be
So hard you'll see
Never never know in stormy weather
Times can be
So hard to be
Never never knowing we´re together... yeah
Mmmm

We were always sweethearts
Different in our ways
Together we spent happy hours
And oh happy days
Laughing in the sunshine
And crying in the rain
Together we knew happy days
We never knew no pain.. yeah

Cloudy days
Sunny sunshine
Happy days will never be the same

na, na, na, na, na na yeah...
na, na, na, na, na na yeah...
na, na, na, na, na na yeah.......


3. *Near You

(Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1970 "Moments"

(I want to be near you)
I want to hear what you have to say
(As long as I'm near you)
Nothing will seem to pass away
Long as I'm near you
Longing to hear you
Long as I'm near you

(I want to believe you)
When you say the things you do
(And so I believe you)
You make it all appear so true
Glad that I found you
It's good to be around you
Good to be near you

When it comes to making time
Little girl you sure made mine
You made my day
You made my way to stay

(I want to be near you)
You're my all you're my everything
(As long as I'm near you)
There's a song in my heart to sing
The song of your laughter
Is all that I'm after
I want to be near you

Love is such a happy song
And when love comes along
It's good to be alive
It's good that you arrived on time

(I want to be near you
I want to be near you
I want to be near you
As long as I'm near you
As long as I'm near you
As long as I'm near you
Ooooh oooooh oooh ooooooh)

(I want to believe you
I want to believe you
I want to believe)

(And so I believe you
And so I believe you
And so I believe Ooooh Ooooh Oooh Oooooh)

(I want to believe you
I want to believe you
I want to believe Ooooh ooooh ooooh ooooh)

(As long as I'm near you
As long as I'm near you
As long as I'm near
Oohhh
I want to believe you)


4. *Painted Bells

(Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1970 "Moments"

Winding down the Drury Lane
I fall with the evening rain
My thoughts with the water flow
Like steam rising off the road

Passers-by watch their step
To see that they don't get wet
And I'll just sit beneath this tree
Let the drops fall all over me
And watch the city lights flick on

The crowds collide just out of my reach
The taxi's lights flash up and down the street
I sit and watch the faces go by
I don't wonder where to or why

Cos it's me the rain my warm dark pain
Alone at ease and nowhere at all
My thoughts just drift on back to you
It seems you're here so it must be true
We never parted you never went away

So I order up another glass
Not to let the moment pass
Turning around in love with you
Oh I know you loved me too
And it's always been this way

Here sitting in my wet cafe
I catch a spark across the way
A string of tiny painted bells
Seem to have a tale to tell

A string of tiny painted bells
On someone that I once knew well
Is all that's left
The rest's not true
I smile I see it's really you
The rain will go
And you will too

And I order up another glass
Not to let the moment pass
Turning around in love with you
Woah it got too hard to do
And it's always been this way
Yes it's always been this way


5. *Dinah Flo

(Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1972 "My Time"

Seems so long you've been gone
I've been singing such a sad sad song
I'm glad I found you
Glad my worlds around you

Dinah I've been lonely for you
Never knew how I cared for you
Glad you're back
Take you back in my arms

Dinah Flo
Love you so
Take me down way down slow
My Dinah Flo
Love you more each day

I'll be long I'll be true
But I can't say what Dinah might do
I'm glad she´s back
Take her back in my arms

Dinah Flo
Don't let go
Take me down girl nice and slow
Dinah Flo
Love you more each day

Oh my Dinah Flo
Come on lets go
Get that groove down way down slow
Dinah Flo
Love you more each day

Oh my Dinah Flo
Don't let go
Take me down girl nice and slow
My Dinah Flo
Love you more each day
Hey hey

Dinah Flo
Love you so
Love you more ever so
Dinah Flo
Love you more each day
Yeah yeah
Dinah Flo
Don't let go
Take me down girl nice and slow
Dinah Flo


6. *Might Have to Cry

(Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1972 "My Time"

Taxis lights pull out of sight
Round the lane and into the night
Goodbye this time may be the last
Might have to cry
Might have to lie
Might have to die a little

Evenin' song didn't last long
Dreamed I was right sussed I was wrong
So I make my way through an empty day
Might have to cry
Might have to lie
Might have to die a little... this time

Never believed she would leave
I forgot about last time
When she walked out this morning
I went out of my mind

I'll try to smile
Pretend it never happened
Leave 'em slow but leave 'em laughing
I'll try to fight down to the last
Might have to cry
Might have to lie
Might have to die a little... this time

Some people live and learn
Never was lucky that way
Wanted so hard to believe her

But other rains will come
And wash it all away
Other loves will come and go
You must believe me when I say
Didn't want it that way

I'll try to smile
Pretend it never happened
Leave 'em slow but leave 'em laughing
Goodbye this time may be the last
Might have to cry
Might have to lie
Might have to die a little

Might have to cry
Did you ever have to lie
Did you ever have to die a little
Whoa whoa did you ever have to cry
You know you have to lie
You know you gotta die just a little... a little
You know you have to die whoa you gotta cry
Whoa you gotta die


7. *You Make It So Hard (To Say No)

(Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1973 "Slow Dancer"

I have had my eyes on you
Oh since the day
I learned to laugh at myself
Caught you laughing too

Then you went your way
Oh and I went mine
It´s strange that in another place
That joke should hit me in my face

But you oh you make it so hard baby
To say no no no oh
You... yes you baby
Make it so hard to say no no no no

All that glitters is not gold
Just like good jokes get old
That spark that makes you think of me
Don't make things like they used to be

You might say that I have changed
Its just that things are rearranged
And as I once looked out for you
Now its your turn to see me through

Cos you... oh baby you make it so hard girl
To say no no no no
You... oh baby you make it sooo hard

You know I tried to get you out of my mind
But now I'm to the point I find
I just can't leave and not have kissed you
You know I could never resist you

Cause you... oh you make it so hard
To say no no no no
You... oh you're making it so hard baby
To say no... oh to say no no no no
You are making it so hard


8. *I Got Your Number

(J. Bristol / G. Reeves)

Initially recorded 1973 "Slow Dancer"

I got your number
I know you're gonna be there when I call
I got your number
I'd say you aint got no choice at all
No, no, no, no no...

I took your head from lonely
Chased your pain away
I gave you more than loving
In my special way
I shocked you out of boredom
Made you a faithful wife
Gave you an education
On the facts of life
In you there´s come a change
I´ll be damned I got you trained.
Thats why I, I....oh I know..

I got your number
I know you're gonna be there when I call
I got your number, mama
No you aint got no choice at all
No, no, no, no, no...

Why listen to your girlfriends
When they can plainly see,
That the boy that they call lover
Aint half the man as me
Hey I don't have to prove nothing
Long as you´re satisfied
Cos if you need more loving
There´s plenty more inside yeah
Just tell them “I´m glad that he´s my man’
Something they´ll never understand
That is why I....I...

I got your number
I know you´re gonna be there when I call
I got your number baby
So you ain´t got no choice at all
I got your number girl
Know you´re gonna be there when I call
I got your number mama
No you ain´t got no choice at all
No, no baby, oh baby, baby, baby...

My hat goes off to you...
For lovin´ me the way you do.
Even though I know pretty baby that I...I..

I got your number
I know you're gonna be there when I call
I got your number mama
Said you ain't got no choice at all
I got your number baby
No you ain't got no choice at all
I got your number mama
Oh you know you better be there when I call

I got your number girl oh oh no...


9. *Slow Dancer

(G. Daly / Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1973 "Slow Dancer"

Mmmmmmm mmmmmmm

I have never loved a lady
Never touched no silken knee
Macon baby you drove me crazy
You were so easy to me
Hmmmmmmmmm

Lay me down in Georgia pine cones
Whisper to me through the trees
You're the one I always dream of
You're the only one I see

Whoa slow dancer sweet romancer
Shine your light on me
Slow dancer holds the answer
Only you can set me free

Never see your face in sunlight
Moonlight sends you straight to me
You never even got my name right
You were so easy to me

Whoa slow dancer sweet romancer
Shine your light on me
Slow dancer give me the answer
Only you can... set me free
Baby baby baby
Sweet romancer
Shine your light on me
Slow dancer...


10. *Hercules

(Allen Toussaint)

Initially recorded 1973 "Slow Dancer"

All you fear
Is fear itself
Check out your own back yard
'Fore you check out someone else

Railroad tracks
In my neighborhood
Ain't no trains around
That boy just ain't no good

Wanna know
Whats going down
And the pimp on the corner
Looks like the sharpest cat in town

Jungle rule
Can't be no fool
Might get caught by the hook or the crook
Hot time for cool

Look out Jake what you say
What you carrying brother
I hope you're clean cause the man is mean
Gonna dump on another brother

But we all know the answer
Will come out in time
I might even carry
Some of your load along with mine

Thank you ma'am mister please
But it must be Hercules
Must be Hercules

Like a bird
On the wing
I just wanna be free enough
To do my thing

I can feel the pressure
On every side
If you not gonna help don't hurt
Just pass me by
Ooooh ooooh
Ooooh
Aaaaaah

Hercules

Must be must be Hercules

Alright
Jungle rules
Can't be no fool
The devil is on the loose
No cool.. no cool

Got your feet
In the sand
Got to be down with the cats around
And you still gotta face that man

Oh
Talk about me if you please
Must be Hercules

Must be Hercules

Pitching rocks
Catching stones
Newton how can I survive
Whats going on

Beg steal borrow
Somehow I've gotta make it till tomorrow
Just like Hercules

Thank you ma'am mister please
Must be Hercules


11. *What Can I Say

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

Initially recorded 1975 "Silk Degrees"

(What can I say... What can I do)

Three am it´s me again and wouldn't you know
Things would have to end this way
I did my best the perfect guest knew when to go
Perfect you knew when to stay

Come on tell me that you´re lonely dear
I´ve been feeling down some too
After all this time now ain´t it clear
I´ve been waiting just for you

(What can I say)
Oh to make you know baby
(What can I do)
Oooh show you that I care
What can I say
Mmmmm got to have your number baby
(What can I do)
Do...oooooooo

Can´t you see the people just stop and stare
Don´t it make you wonder why
I just happened to be standing there
Can´t you see it in my eyes

(What can I say)
Ooooh you got me acting like a fool girl
(What can I do)
Oooh stop making like a little school girl
(What can I say)
Could be your lucky day baby
(What can I do)
Ooooh... talk to me
Ooooh... talk to me girl

(What can I say)
Oh to make you know baby
(What can I do)
Oooh to show you that I care
(What can I say)
Oooh I´m down on my knees
(What can I do)
Please... please... please

What can I say
What can I say
What can I do
What can I do


12. *It's Over

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

Initially recorded 1975 "Silk Degrees"

(Best of friends.. never part
Best of fools has love forever
From the bottom of his heart)

So why pretend
This is the end
You'll have to find out for yourself
Go on ask somebody else

Why can't you just get it through your head
It's over it's over now
Yes you heard me clearly now I said
It's over it's over now

I'm not really over you
You might say that
I can't take it I can't take it
Lord I swear I just can't take it no more

(Go away)
Go away
(Far away)
So far away
It's too late to turn back now
And it don't matter anyhow

Cause you were right
I'm to blame
Can't go on the same old way
Can't keep up the same old game

Why can't you just get it through your head
It's over it's over now
Yes you heard me clearly now I said
It's over it's over now

I'm not really over you
You might say that
I can't take it I can't take it
Lord I swear I just can't take it no more

(Why can't you just get it through your head
It's over it's over now)
Yes you heard me clearly now I said
It's O O O
Why can't you just get it through your head
It's O O Over

Yes you heard me clearly now................


13. *Harbor Lights

(Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1975 "Silk Degrees"

Son of a Tokyo Rose
I was bound to wander from home
Stranger to whatever I'd awaken to
Spun the wheel
Took a shot in the dark
One way ticket
And a runaway heart
A sailors dream came true
The night I dreamed of you

Through the neon doorways
Down the stony streets I fell
All hands high side all eyes a wreck
I followed
Sailing shadows reds and blues
Curtains drawn but I saw through
The window to your soul
And I found you

Whoa oh oh oh
The harbor lights of Venus
Shining through the breeze
That brings me back
To you my love
To you my love
To you my love
Oooooh

My eyes must be betrayin'
But that lonesome jukebox playin'
Somethin' 'bout the harbor lights
Is calling me
Back to some Jamaican bay
Doesn't seem so far away
Keep the change
But I'll repay these memories

Dawn came in this morning
Like some old junked out melody
The words she spoke as we awoke
Still haunt me
"What you feel too
Won't reveal you
Let me steal you for my life"

Whoah Oh Oh Oh
The harbour lights of Venus
Shining through the breeze
That brings me back
To you my love
To you my love
To you my love...

Whoah Oh Oh Oh
The harbour lights of Venus
Shining through the breeze
That brings me back
Oh to you my love
To you my love
To you my love...

Ooooh


14. *Lowdown

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

Initially recorded 1975 "Silk Degrees"

Baby's into running around
Hanging with the crowd
Putting your business in the street talking out loud
Saying you bought her this and that
And how much you done spent
I swear she must believe its all heaven sent
Hey boy.. you better bring the chick around
To the sad sad truth.. the dirty lowdown

(Oooh oooh.. I wonder wonder wonder wonder who)
Taught her how to talk like that
(Oooh oooh.. I wonder wonder wonder wonder who)
Gave her that big idea

Nothing you can't handle nothing you ain't got
Put your money on the table and drive it off the lot
Turn on that old lovelight and turn a maybe to yes
Same old schoolboy game got you into this mess
Hey son you better get on back to town
And face the sad old truth.. the dirty lowdown

(Oooh oooh.. I wonder wonder wonder wonder who)
Put those ideas in your head
(Oooh oooh.. I wonder wonder wonder wonder who)

Yeah

Come on back down to earth son
Dig the low low low low lowdown

You ain't got to be so bad got to be so cold
This dog eat dog existence sure is gettin old
You got to have a Jones for this.. Jones for that
But this running with the Jones's boy
Just ain't where it's at
You gonna come back around
To the sad sad truth.. the dirty lowdown

(Oooh oooh.. I wonder wonder wonder wonder who)
Got you thinking like that boy
(Oooh oooh..I wonder wonder wonder wonder who)

I wonder wonder wonder wonder who
I said I wonder wonder wonder wonder who

Oh look out for that lowdown
That dirty dirty dirty dirty lowdown
I wonder wonder wonder wonder who
Ooooh hooo
I wonder wonder.. who got you thinking like that......


15. *Lido Shuffle

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

Initially recorded 1975 "Silk Degrees"

Lido missed the boat that day
He left the shack
But that was all he missed
And he ain't comin back

A tombstone bar
And a juke joint car
He made a stop
Just long enough
To grab a handle off the top

Next stop Chi town
Lido put the money down let em roll
He said one more job ought to get it
One last shot 'fore we quit it
One for the road

Lido.. woah oh oh oh
He's for the money
He's for the show
Lido's waiting for the go

Lido.. woah oh oh oh
He said one more job ought to get it
One last shot 'fore we quit it
One more for the road

Lido will be runnin'
Havin' great big fun
Until he got the note
Sayin' tow the line or blow it
And that was all he wrote

He'll be makin' like a bee line
Headin' for the border line
Goin' for broke
Sayin' one more hit ought to do it
This joint aint nothing to it
One more for the road

Lido.. woah oh oh oh
He's for the money
He's for the show
Lido's waiting for the go

Lido.. woah oh oh oh oh oh oh
One more job ought to get it
One last shot then we quit it
One more for the road

Lido.. woah oh oh oh
He's for the money
He's for the show
Lido's a waitin' for the go
Lido woah oh oh oh


16. *We're All Alone

(Boz Scaggs)

Initially recorded 1975 "Silk Degrees"

Outside the rain begins
And it may never end
So cry no more
On the shore a dream
Will take us out to sea
For ever more.. for ever more

Close your eyes ami
And you can be with me
Neath the waves
Through the caves of hours
Long forgotten now
We're all alone.. we're all alone

Close the window calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out let it all begin
Learn how to pretend

Once a storys told
It can't help but grow old
Roses do lovers too so cast
Your seasons to the wind
And hold me dear
Oh hold me dear

Close the window calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out let it all begin
All's forgotten now
We're all alone.. all alone

Close the window calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out let it all begin
Throw it to the wind my love
Hold me dear

All's forgotten now my love
We're all alone......


17. *Loan Me a Dime

(Fenton Robinson / Milton Middlebrook / Jesse Anderson)

Initially recorded 1969 "Boz Scaggs"

Somebody loan me a dime
I need to call my old time used to be
Somebody loan me a dime mmm
I need to call my old time that used to be
Little girl's been gone so long
You know it's worrying me
Hey it's worrying worrying me

I know she's a good girl
But at that time I just didn't understand
I know she's a good girl
But at that time I just didn't understand
Oh no I didn't

Somebody loan me a dime
You know I need..
I need a helping hand

Oh... she's a good girl
But at that time I just didn't understand
Ooooh I know she's a good girl
But at that time I just could not understand
Oh no
Somebody better loan me that dime
To ease my worried mind oh
Now I cry I just cry
Just like a baby all night long
You know I cry I just cry
Just like a baby all night long  oooh
Somebody better loan me that dime
I need my baby
I need my baby here at home oooh yes !


From the Liner Notes

Boz Scaggs is a tough man to pin down.

He's covered some diverse territory to date: from burning electric blues to big-band hippie-rock; from blue-eyed soul through to cool disco; from L.A. studio slickness to stripped-down roots R&B.

This might seem to brand Scaggs a study in contradiction. But Boz is a natural eclectic, whose unique synthesis is a testament to taste, curiosity and a passion for music of many genres.

The result has been a legacy of classic work, much of which is collected within My Time: A Boz Scaggs Anthology (1969-1997) is a smooth glide through an evolving career that simply - yet intriguingly - defies categorisation.

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