Lee Rocker – The Cover Sessions lyrics

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COME TOGETHER
Here come old flattop he come grooving up slowly
He got joo-joo eyeball he one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what he please

He wear no shoeshine he got toe-jam football
He got monkey finger he shoot coca-cola
He say “I know you, you know me”
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together right now over me

He bag production he got walrus gumboot
He got Ono sideboard he one spinal cracker
He got feet down to his knee
Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease
Come together right now over me

He roller-coaster he got early warning
He got muddy water he one mojo filter
He say “One and one and one is three”
Got to be good-looking ‘cause he’s so hard to see
Come together right now
Come together right now
Come together right now over me

 

DRIVING MY LIFE AWAY
Well, the midnight headlight
Find you on a rainy night
Steep grade up ahead
Slow me down makin’ no time
I gotta keep rollin’
Those windshield wipers
Slappin’ out a tempo
Keepin’ perfect rhythm
With the song on the radio
Gotta keep rollin’

Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a better way, for me
Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a sunny day

Well the truck stop cutie
Comin’ on to me
Tried to talk me into a ride
Said I wouldn’t be sorry
But she was just a baby
Well, waitress pour me another cup of coffee
Pop me down, jack me up
Shoot me out headin’ down the highway
Lookin’ for the morning

Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a better way, for me
Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a better way

Well, the midnight headlight
Find you on a rainy night
Steep grade up ahead
Slow me down makin’ no time
I gotta keep rollin’
Those windshield wipers
Slappin’ out a tempo
Keepin’ perfect rhythm
With the song on the radio
Gotta keep rollin’

Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a better way, for me
Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a better way
Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a better way, for me
Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a better way

Oooh, driving my life away
Lookin’ for a better way, for me

 

HONKEY CAT
When I look back, boy I must have been green
Bopping in the country, fishing in a stream
Looking for an answer trying to find a sign
Til I saw your city lights honey I was blind

They said “get back honky cat
Better get back to the woods”
Well I quit those days and my redneck ways
Ooh, the change is gonna do me good

You better get back honky cat
Living in the city ain’t where it’s at
It’s like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It’s like trying to drink whisky from a bottle of wine

Well, I read some books and I read some magazines
About those high class ladies down in New Orleans
And all the folks back home said I was a fool
They said “oh, believe in the Lord is the golden rule”

They said “get back honky cat
Better get back to the woods”
Well I quit those days and my redneck ways
Ooh, the change is gonna do me good

They said “get back honky cat
Better get back to the woods”
Well I quit those days and my redneck ways
Ooh, the change is gonna do me good

They said “stay at home boy, you gotta tend the farm
Living in the city boy, is going to break your heart”
But how can you stay, when your heart says no
How can you stop when your feet say go

“You better get back honky cat
Better get back to the woods”
Well I quit those days and my redneck ways
Ooh, the change is gonna do me good

You better get back honky cat
Living in the city ain’t where it’s at
It’s like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It’s like trying to drink whisky from a bottle of wine

You better get back, get back honky cat
Get back, get back honky cat
You better get back, honky cat
Get back, get back, get back
You better get back, honky cat
Get back, get back honky cat

 

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
Riding on the City of New Orleans
Illinois Central Monday morning rail
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail
All along the southbound odyssey
The train pulls out at Kankakee
Rolls along past houses, farms and fields
Passin’ trains that have no names
Freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles

Good morning America, how are you
Well, don’t you know me I’m your native son
I’m the train they call The City of New Orleans
And I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Sittin’ playing poker in the club car
Penny a point ain’t no one keepin’ score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumblin’ ‘neath the floor
And the sons of pullman porters
And the sons of engineers
Ride their father’s magic carpets made of steel
Mothers with their babes asleep
Are rockin’ to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

Good morning America, how are you
Well, don’t you know me I’m your native son
I’m the train they call The City of New Orleans
And I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Nighttime on The City of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Half way home, we’ll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness
Rolling down to the sea
And all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream
And the steel rails still ain’t heard the news
The conductor sings his song again
The passengers will please refrain
This train’s got the disappearing railway blues

Good morning America, how are you
Well, don’t you know me I’m your native son
I’m the train they call The City of New Orleans
And I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Good night, America, how are you
Don’t you know me I’m your native son
I’m the train they call The City of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

 

RAMBLIN’ MAN
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Trying to make a living and doing the best I can
When it’s time for leaving, I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

My daddy was a gambler down in Georgia
He wound up on the wrong end of a gun
I was born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus
Moving down highway forty-one

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Trying to make a living and doing the best I can
When it’s time for leaving, I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

On my way to New Orleans this morning
Leaving out of Nashville, Tennessee
They’re always having a good time down on the Bayou, Lord
Them delta women think the world of me

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Trying to make a living and doing the best I can
When it’s time for leaving, I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Trying to make a living and doing the best I can
When it’s time for leaving, I hope you’ll understand
That I was born a ramblin’ man

Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man
Lord, I was born a ramblin’ man

 

COME DANCING
They put a parking lot on a piece of land
When the supermarket used to stand
Before that they put up a bowling alley
On the site that used to be the local Palais
That’s where the big bands used to come and play
My sister went there on a Saturday

Come dancing
All her boyfriends used to come and call
Why not come dancing
It’s only natural

Another Saturday, another date
She would be ready but she’s always make them wait
In the hallway, in anticipation
He didn’t know the night would end up in frustration
He’d end up blowing all his wages for the week
All for a cuddle and a peck on the cheek

Come dancing
That’s how they did it when I was just a kid
And when they said come dancing
My sister always did

My sister should have come in a midnight
And my mom would always sit up and wait
It always ended up in a big row
When my sister used to get home late

The day they knocked down the Palais
My sister stood and cried
The day they knocked down the Palais
Part of my childhood died

Now I’m grown up and playing in a band
And there’s a car park where the Palais used to stand
My sister’s married and she lives on an estate
Her daughters go out, now it’s her turn to wait
She knows they get away with things she never could
But if I asked her I wonder if she would

Come dancing
Come on sister, have yourself a ball
Don’t be afraid to come dancing
It’s only natural

Come dancing
Just like the Palais on a Saturday
All her friends will come dancing
Where the big bands used to play

 

DANCING IN THE DARK
I get up in the evening
And I ain’t got nothing to say
I come home in the moring
I go to bed feeling the same way
I ain’t nothing but tired
I’m just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

Message just keep getting clearer
Radio’s on and I’m moving round the place
I check my look in the mirror
Wanna change my clothes my hair my face
Man, I ain’t getting nowhere
I’m just livin in a dump like this
There’s something happening somewhere
Baby, I just know that there is

You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

You sit around getting older
There’s a joke here somewhere and it’s on me
I’ll shake this world off my shoulders
Come on, baby the laughs on me
Stay on the streets of this town
And they’ll be carving you up, alright
They say you got to stay hungry
Hey baby, I’m just about starving tonight
I’m dying for some action
I’m sick of sitting ‘round here trying to write this book
I need a love reaction
Come on, baby give me just one look

You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

You can’t start a fire
Worryin’ about your little world falling apart
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

 

TONIGHT SHE COMES
I know tonight she comes
She’s takin’ a swipe at fun
She gives me a reason
For sighting my sights
Well, I know tonight she comes

She jangles me up
She does it with ease
And sometimes she passes through me
Just like a breeze
She gives me a reason
For feelin’ all right

Oh, well
I know tonight, I know tonight
Well, I know tonight she comes

And I know she’s gonna do it to me
One more time
I know she’s gonna stay implanted in my mind
Why does she keep me hanging on the line

And I know she’s gonna do it to me
One more time
I know she’s gonna stay implanted in my mind
Why does she keep me hanging on the line

I know the way she feels
And all of the hearts that she steals
She tells me it’s easy
When you do it right

Oh, well
I know tonight, I know tonight
Well, I know tonight she comes

She tells me it’s easy
When you do it right
I know tonight, I know tonight
I know tonight she comes
I know tonight, I know tonight
I know tonight she comes