Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees Lyrics

Columbia Records 1976

Track List:

  1. What Can I Say
  2. Georgia
  3. Jump Street
  4. What Do You Want the Girl to Do 
  5. Harbor Lights
  6. Lowdown
  7. It's Over
  8. Love Me Tomorrow
  9. Lido Shuffle
  10. We're All Alone

Musicians:

  • Boz Scaggs
  • Plas Johnson
  • Tom Scott
  • Bud Shank
  • Les Dudek
  • Louie Shelton
  • Chuck Findley
  • Jim Gilstrap
  • Maxine Green
  • Jim Horn
  • Paul Hubinon
  • David Ungate
  • Augie Johnson
  • Marty McCall
  • David Paich
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Bud Shanks
  • Sid Sharp
  • Pepper Swenson
  • Fred Tackett
  • Carolyn Willis
  • Vincent DeRosa
  • Dick Hyde.

Silk Degrees yielded 4 hit singles:

  • It's Over
  • Lowdown
  • What Can I Say
  • Lido Shuffle

Grammy Award:

Best R&B song of 1976 for "Lowdown".

Grammy Nominations:

  • Album of the year
  • Best LP package
  • Best pop vocal by a male
  • Best R&B vocal performance by a male for "Lowdown".

Rock Awards:

Boz (and "Lowdown") garnered awards for best single for the year and best R&B single of the year.

"The album "Silk Degrees" was an experience for me that I would wish for every musician, every creative person, because it was the fulfilment of a lot of work. It was arrival, it was finally one really got through to a lot of people. I was ready to go. I had a fine band, I had been out playing a lot and this thing finally reached an audience and struck a nerve in a big way. I got to play a lot more places and got to do a lot of things that I wanted to do."

"Musically I discovered a whole new ground, a whole new footing for myself. I fell into a group of musicians who really understood my music and were able to lend their talents to getting it out of my head and onto the record. It was a very fulfilling experience and of course when you have something that hits a peak like that there's always the challenge to follow it up and to do it again and so forth..."

1. *What Can I Say

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

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

Three a.m. its 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 aint 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 all down on my knees
Please please please
What can I say
Oooh what can I do...


2. *Georgia

(Boz Scaggs)

Georgia
I swear
I've never seen such a smile
Gorgeous enough
To make an angels heart run wild
Your lazy eyes and small town lies
Have got me in your spell
Your drive-in boys and backseat noises
Oh you learned so well
Oh oh oh
So how was I to know
You got me you got me... by now

Georgia
Your daddy was high
The night he dreamed of you
Georgia the stars were flying
The night that you came through
Christmas in your eyes
Oh what a nice surprise
Oh oh oh
And now I miss you so
But baby I'm comin' back to you

Georgia
We will be together dear
If they ever let me out of here
They will say that its not true
But I did it all for you
Georgia
Won't you tell them for me dear

Georgia girl
I never lived through a night like that
Sure enough
Got your loving where I like it at
Moonlight through the pines
Oh oh oh
But how were we to know
That wasn't moonlight
They were searchlights
Oh no

Georgia
We will be together dear
If they ever let me out of here
They will say that its not true
But I did it all for you
Georgia
Won't you tell them for me dear

Georgia
We will be together dear
Oh my dear
If they ever let me out of here


3. *Jump Street

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

Dawn came sneaking
Like a skinny snake
The harder they go
The harder I ache
Get so high
Got so low
Somebody tell me
'Bout this debt I owe

West side bomber
Looked like a comer
Looked like I'll be back at school
Put two on the nose
And look how she goes
Little trained squeeze
Look like a fool
Rock on..

And I'm gone
Stone gone
Said you can forget about me
And I'm gone
Stone gone

Working girls
Just tryin to get ahead
Somebody's bound
To end up dead
And honey
You better stop coming down on me
On me
Stop

Jump Street

Sally comes creeping
At the break of dawn
Can't figure out
Whose side I'm on
Bomber comes back
Like a ringin' a bell
Knows a good thing
And she knows it well

Well enough best left alone
Wish your mamma
Had kept you at home
Wish your mamma
Had kept the evidence
Worryin' about the Feds
Has crucified me for dead
She wish I was dead
Well I wish I was dead

But I'm gone
Stone gone
As gone as I can be
And I'm gone
So gone

Don't look much
Like a Saturday night
Honey
Don't look for those flashing lights
But baby
You'd better stop coming down on me
Stop coming down on me
I don't need it
Stop coming down.. on me

OW !

Jump Street

And I'm gone
Stone gone
You can forget about me yeah
I'm gone
Stone gone
So long

Workin girls
Just tryin' to get ahead
Somebody's bound
To end up dead
Honey
You better stop comin' down on me
Stop your comin' down
Stop comin' down on me yeah
Stop comin' down on me

Look out funk........

Jump Street.... etc

4. *What Do You Want The Girl To Do

(Allen Toussaint)

So you think the girl is crazy
To eat up your lies like it's good
(Your lies like apple pie)
(She don't even cry)
She is not a fool
She's just tryin to do
What her heart says do
To love you

And as you take to the wind
(to the wind again she breaks down)
And as she breaks down within
(within within)

She waits for you patiently
Hoping that some day you'll see
All she really wants to be
Is yours and yours alone eternally

What do you want the girl to do
Don't you know you're breaking the child in two
What do you want the girl to do
All she really wants is you

She knows what you are
Still she'll be your queen if you'll let her
(Just say the word today)
Oh if you'll let her
(Build the world around her)
Now and then you'll promise
All the way-out things you're going to get her
(You will see you will see)
Maybe she knows better
(So damn glad you found her found her)
As she watched you come and go
(All your show)
And as she watched your promises erode

She waits for your patiently
Hoping that some day you'll see
All she really wants to be is yours and yours alone
Eternally

What do you want the girl to do
Can't you see you're breaking the child in two
What do you want the girl to do
All she really wants is you

What do you want the girl to do
Don't you know you're breaking the child in two
What do you want the girl to do
Can't you see you're breakin' the child in two


5. *Harbor Lights

(Boz Scaggs)

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 callin' 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

6. *Lowdown

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

Baby's into runnin' round
Hangin' with the crowd
Putting your business in the street
Talkin' out loud
Sayin' 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

Nothin' you can't handle
Nothin' 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 a yes
Same old schoolboy game
Got you into this mess
Hey son
You better get back to town
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
Got to have a Jones for this
Jones for that
This runnin' 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
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 who got you thinking like that...


7. *Its Over

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

(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

Cos 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 O
Why can't you just get it through your head
It's O O Over
Yes you heard me clearly now........


8. *Love Me Tomorrow

(David Paich)

You say that you love me anyway
But I know its not in your eyes
You say you can take it night and day
But I know its an alibi

Dejon where did we go wrong
You said that you'd be mine
Till the end of time
Love me tomorrow
Love me tomorrow
Love me tomorrow
Love me tomorrow

I say its a sad sort of play
When you never get to my lines
You say that I'm better off this way
But I know it's all in your mind

Dejon where did we go wrong
You said that you'd be mine
Till the end of time
Love me tomorrow
Love me tomorrow
Forget all your sorrow
Love me tomorrow

Dejon where did we go wrong
You said that you'd be mine
Till the end of time
Love me tomorrow
Love me tomorrow
Forget all your sorrow
Love me tomorrow


9. *Lido Shuffle

(Boz Scaggs / David Paich)

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

At a tombstone bar
In a jukejoint 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 nothin' to it
One more for the road

Lido.. whoah 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


10. *We're All Alone

(Boz Scaggs)

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 story's 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
Alls forgotten now
We're all alone
All alone

Close the window
Calm the light
And it will be alright
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....

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