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Gentleman Of Leisure

    1999
  1. Club Manhattan
  2. Sweet Little Shoe
  3. That's What Makes You Strong
  4. No Pride At All
  5. Gentleman Of Leisure
  6. Wander My Way Home
  7. Evil Angel
  8. Just Cause I'm In Love With You
  9. Just Like New
  10. You Tickle Me
  11. Freewheeler
  12. Sweet Lovin Daddy
  13. I Wave Bye Bye
  14. Wander My Way Home (Reprise)

Club Manhattan

Sugar baby, bet you wonder where I'm gone
Don't you worry, worry would I do you wrong
Or if I'm somewhere, seeing someone new
I'm just down at Club Manhattan
Girl, I'm waiting on you

Come on down to Club Manhattan
Have a big Jack Black on ice
They got this, got this guitar player
And boy, he sure plays nice
Just close your eyes, he's a young Steve Cropper
And it's nineteen-sixty-two
O I love you, little darlin
But I love Club Manhattan, too

The night time, the night time
And everybody's having fun
Sugar, baby, you're a'home a'havin none
Well, listen, darlin, let me tell you what you do
Come on down to Club Manhattan
Girl, we're waiting on you

Come on down to Club Manhattan
Have a big Jack Black on ice
They got this, got this guitar player
And boy, he sure plays nice
Just close your eyes, he's a young Steve Cropper
And it's nineteen-sixty-two
O I love you, little darlin
But I love Club Manhattan, too

© Jesse Winchester

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Sweet Little Shoe

You're a swell shing-a-linger
You can bop and birdland, too
You're a swell shing-a-linger
You can rock and sock and birdland, too
Well you look just like your mama
But you sure swing a sweet little shoe

They can bop until Sunday
And they'll never bop like you
They can bop a month of Sundays
And they'll never bop a bit like you
Well you talk just like your daddy
But you do swing a sweet little shoe

So hey, let's do that shuffle thing
That we worked out together
Come on girl and fan my flame
Shake a tail feather
Ladies in the neighborhood are
Talking about a scandal
All this funky folderol is
Just too hot to handle now

I got some brand new school shoes
And they are killing my feet
I got some shiny, new school shoes
And man, these things are murder on my feet
They might look nice in Sunday school
But they're no good for dancing in the street

© Jesse Winchester

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That's What Makes You Strong

If you love somebody
Then that means you need somebody
And if you need somebody
That's what makes you weak
But if you know you're weak
And you know you need someone
O it's a funny thing
That's what makes you strong

That's what makes you strong
That's what gives you power
That's what lets the meek come sit beside the king
That's what lets us smile
In our final hour
That's what moves our souls
And that's what makes us sing

And to trust somebody
Is to be disappointed
It's never what you wanted
And it happens every time
But if you're the trusting kind
This don't even cross your mind
O it's a funny thing
That's what makes you strong

That's what makes you strong
That's what gives you power
That's what lets the meek come sit beside the king
That's what lets us smile
In our final hour
That's what moves our souls
And that's what makes us sing

© Jesse Winchester

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No Pride At All

If I know you well
And I think I do
Well along about now
You'll be wondering how
You'll be getting through
Are you really so strong
As you say you are?
Why, you never can tell
Hey, I wish you well
Kid, you're going far

But if ever you're caught in the corner
If ever your pride should lead to a fall
Bring it to me
I've got no pride at all

I don't hold a hurt
Like some people do
I say, what the hey
People get that way
I get that way, too
So you run on ahead
Till you're out of sight
I'll be right behind
If you change your mind
Like I think you might

But if ever you're caught in the corner
If ever your pride should lead to a fall
Bring it to me
I've got no pride at all

© Jesse Winchester

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Gentleman Of Leisure

I want a job that's not too demanding
Like where you do a lot of standing
No way to be an elevator operator
No way a salesman, no way a waiter
Cause I'm a gentleman, gentleman of leisure

The classified ads got nothing too appealing
I don't know, but I just got the feeling
I might take a while to find a position
With a pretty secretary, time to do some fishing
Cause I'm a gentleman, gentleman of leisure

I'm a gentleman
Gentleman of leisure
Set me in the sun
Gentleman of leisure
Let me take my time
Bet you I can please you

Forty-hour week - can't you make it thirty
No heavy lifting - you get yourself dirty
Beautiful office - thirty-seven floors
Paintings on the wall
Title on the door says,
Gentleman of Leisure

I look nice in a clean white collar
Take-home pay, O say a million dollars
I'll keep looking, never say die
Somebody, somewhere is looking for a guy
Who's a gentleman, gentleman of leisure

© Jesse Winchester

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Wander My Way Home

You take a cab in this big city
You're a fool to walk alone
They won't be happy with your wallet
No, they want to pick your bones
I asked a man for directions
Thinking maybe he would know, he said

Go straight, you can't miss it
But you've got a ways to go
If you get lost, Mister just keep moving
No matter what, you carry on
You may stumble into heaven
You may wander your way home

See, coming up, the streets are one way
And they're one way going down
I been up and down em all ways
I been all the way cross town
I asked a woman for directions
Hoping maybe she would know, she said

Say, is this here the Garden Parkway?
Is this the highway home?
If I get back, boy, I'm going to stay back
And never, ever roam
I asked a child for directions
On a chance that he would know, he said

© Jesse Winchester

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Evil Angel

Evil Angel, on my shoulder
Boy, you sure do know your stuff
First you start 'em with a little
Till they just can't get enough

Well, that first sip of whiskey burnt your tongue
Didn't it
That first sip of whiskey burnt your tongue
Didn't it
But you, you had to go and find another
Didn't you
But that first sip of whiskey
O, do you remember
That first sip of whiskey burnt your tongue

And that first cigarette burnt your eyes
Didn't it
That first cigarette it burnt your eyes
Didn't it
But you, you had to go and have another
Didn't you
But that first cigarette
O, do you remember
That first cigarette it burnt your eyes

Well, that first cheating love, it made you ashamed
Now, didn't it
That first cheating love, it made you ashamed
Now, didn't it
But you, you had to go and find another
Now, didn't you
But that first cheating love
O, do you remember
That first cheating love, it made you ashamed

© Jesse Winchester

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Just Cause I'm In Love With You

It's true, you've got me going round in circles
You keep me so darned dizzy I could cry
But every time you hurt me I grow a little stronger
I'll soon be strong enough to say goodbye

And it will be so good to smile
Gee, it's been a long, long while
After all that I've been through
Just cause I'm in love with you
But there will come a day, you'll see
You won't have control of me
You can't hurt me like you do
Just cause I'm in love with you

I'll ask whatever saint looks after lovers
I'll ask her, would you please look after me
And would you kindly hear my prayer, and have a little mercy
Please if she doesn't love me, set me free

© Jesse Winchester

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Just Like New

That's the same engine under the hood
Carried young Elvis to Hollywood
Been cross country a time or two
And look at it now, it's just like new
He had a weakness for Cadillacs
A girl in the front and his friends in the back
That's the original paint job, too
Look at it now, it's just like new

Elvis was happy, he felt pretty good
Here he was driving to Hollywood
Gassing it up and pushing it through
Look at it now, it's just like new
According to one of Elvis' friends
He took it up to a hundred-and-ten
He just want to see what his Caddy would do
Look at it now, it's just like new

And my, my, what a beautiful machine
Oh boy, it rides just like a dream
Just think of all that it's been through
And look at it now, it's just like new

He drove it to Memphis come Christmas time
The weather so fair, the future so fine
Say Mama, them girls ain't as pretty as you
Look at her, Daddy, she's just like new
Elvis was always a dutiful child
And here everybody was thinking he's wild
Why, he bought his folks a Cadillac, too
And look at it now, it's just like new

© Jesse Winchester

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You Tickle Me

I can see that you like a good party
Gee it shows in a person's face
I can see that you like a good laugh
More than you like good taste
O and I can't help but love you
Cause baby don't you see
That darling you tickle me
Baby you tickle me
Oo whee, baby but you tickle me

Well you know how I love Lucy
And I believe she loves me, too
But I don't laugh half as much
As I do when I'm with you
Hey maybe I could be your straight man
And I'll set Lucy free
Cause baby you tickle me
O darling you tickle me
Oo whee, baby but you tickle me

You're gonna go too far one day
You're gonna get so carried away
Before you know it you will say "I do"
And gee, baby, now the joke's on you
Tickle me
That would definitely tickle me
Baby that would tickle me

Say hey, is that a real flower
That you're wearing on your heart?
Or am I gonna get my face all wet
When you tell me we must part
Let's get serious here a minute
And show me how real love can be
And then you can tickle me
Baby you tickle me
Oo whee, baby but you tickle me
Oo whee, baby but you tickle me

© Jesse Winchester

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Freewheeler

I got nothing and nobody
And nowhere I got to be
And I'm going owing no one
And with no one owing me
I can pack up in a minute
And be ready, set to go
O and if you're going to love me
Then there's something you should know

I'm a real free wheeler
And I can't slow down
I'm a rolling easy
I'm a spinning round

When I leave you may be crying
I guess I'll be crying, too
But to have my precious freedom
There's not much that I won't do
I will ride rough-shod over lovers
Taking trust, returning pain
Not just one time
Not just two times
I mean time and time again

Gee, my pockets mighty quiet
They don't jingle like they should
O well you may not believe me
But that emptiness feels good
I am the lily in the valley
Never toil and never spin
I can live on rain and sunshine
With my only friend the wind

© Jesse Winchester

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Sweet Lovin Daddy

Milan is an easy drive from Brownsville
Traffic's nothing but a truck or two
I would drive with one arm out the window
And O, the other arm was holding you
It was my idea we go steady
All that you would say was "Well, we'll see"
Who dreamed you'd be taking a downtown man
For a sweet loving daddy like me?

So I moved to Milan and got married
And I became the happy family man
Until I got this feeling you were restless
But resting wasn't really in your plan
No, breaking peoples' hearts, you must be moving
Cheating keeps you busy as a bee
And here you were taking a downtown man
For a sweet loving daddy like me

It got so that I moved back to Brownsville
O what else was I supposed to do?
When all our friends in Milan were all your friends
And I could tell they all took up for you
But my guess is that pretty boy don't love you
My guess is he's gonna set you free
How could you have taken a downtown man
For a good loving daddy
A true loving daddy
A sweet loving daddy like me?

© Jesse Winchester

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I Wave Bye Bye

Just out in the harbor
All the ships asleep
Maybe one cold watchman
Walks a lonely beat
Way out on the water
A ship is under sail
Leaving wavy starlight
And a dreamer in her trail

I wave bye bye
I pray God speed
I wish lovely weather
More luck than you need
You'll only sail in circles
So there's no need to cry
No, I'll see you again one day
And then I waved bye bye

The sailing ship reminds me
Of a certain girl
Who left a certain dreamer
To sail into the world
I've very friendly post-cards
From very far away
But they just remind me
Of a certain day

I wave bye bye
I pray God speed
I wish lovely weather
And all the luck that you need
You'll only sail in circles
So there's no need to cry
No, I'll see you again one day
And then I waved bye bye

© Jesse Winchester

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