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Leo Sayer (1978)

 

Stormy Weather

(Leo Sayer/Tom Snow)

 

Sometimes you can be like a stranger

In moments when you’re so far away

In the night when I reach out to hold you

You just turn away

Why do you turn away

 

Oh, I love you so when you’re smilin’

But your smile has faded overnight

Will we stay like this for a lifetime

Gettin’ nothin’ right,

Oh gettin’ nothin’ right

 

Why do we always have stormy weather

Why do we have it so rough

Is it so hard just to stay close together

Why can’t we ever have love

 

Oh, I knew from the first time I saw you

I just had to make you mine

Felt so sad when you told me

‘Bout your troubled life

All about your troubled life

 

So here we are just a few years further

Still tryin’ to make it work

I’ve a feelin’ what we really need right now, girl

Is just a little luck

Oh, baby just a little luck

 

Why should we always have stormy weather

Why should we have it so rough

It’s not so hard just to stay close together

Why can’t we only have love

 

(Solo)

 

But why should we always have stormy weather

Why should we have it so rough

It’s not so hard just to stay close together

If we can only have love

 

Why do we always have stormy weather

Why do we have it so rough

Is it so hard just to stay close together

If we can only have love

 

(Solo)

 

 

 

 

Dancing the Night Away

(Russell Smith/James Brown)

 

Standing beside of the ocean

Looking out across the water

Everything is beautiful

But I still don’t feel like I oughta

 

Things we wanted, not so long ago

I got ‘em all now, babe

But I ain’t got you no more

 

Still I remember

The way you held me

And all the sweet things you used to say

When we were two young lovers

Dancing the night away

 

I remember everything

Dresses you used to wear

You were so light and graceful

You seem to float right through the air

 

And me I looked so funny dancing

But you loved me anyhow

Now I wish I could find somebody

To love me like that now

 

But I remember

The way you held me

And all the sweet things you used to say

When we were two young lovers

Dancing the night away

 

(Solo)

 

Standing beside of the ocean

Looking out across the bay

I should look for companionship

But it just gets in my way

 

Yeah, all the lights are flickering

Out along the shore

Well, I see people dancing there

But I just don’t dance no more

 

Still I remember

They way you held me

And all the sweet things you used to say

When were two young lovers

Dancing the night away

 

Let me see you dance

Let me see you dance

Oh, baby, let me see you dance

 

I can still see you dance

I remember you dancing

Oh, baby, let me see you dance

 

C’mon, let me see you dance

 

 

 

 

I Can’t Stop Loving You (Though I Try)

(Billy Nicholls)

 

So you’re leaving

In the morning

On the early train

I could say everything’s alright

I could pretend and say goodbye

 

You’ve got your ticket

Got your suitcase

Got your leaving smile

I could say that’s the way it goes

I could pretend and you won’t know

That I was lying

 

‘Cos I can’t stop loving you

I can’t stop loving you

No, I can’t stop loving you

Though I try

 

We took a taxi

To the station

Not a word was said

I saw you walk across the road

For maybe the last time, but I don’t know

 

Feeling humble

I heard a rumble

From the railway track

And when I hear that whistle blow

I’ll walk away and you won’t know

That I was lying

 

‘Cos I can’t stop loving you

I can’t stop loving you

No, I can’t stop loving you

Though I try

 

‘Cos I can’t stop loving you

I can’t stop loving you

I just can’t stop loving you

Why should I try

Why should I try

 

 

 

 

La Booga Rooga

(Andy Fairweather Low)

 

Don’t look back, that’ll get you nowhere

A wall to wall suit and space circus hair

One step forward, one step back

That’s what happens and that’s a fact

 

To tell the truth, you raise up your hand

Don’t write me no invitations in the sand

And when you talk, say what you mean

Just keep it dry lord, and keep it clean

 

Watch out for a la booga rooga

Some you win and some you loosa

Watch out for la booga rooga

Some you win and some you loosa

 

I don’t know why and I can’t explain

Why I’m lost on a street with no name

That’s alright, that’s okay

I just feel like I’m slipping away

 

Satellite mama, if you are near

Hey, the party’s over, now just get me outa here

Silent night, watch over me

See that nobody writes me into the dream

 

Watch out for la booga rooga

Some you win and some you loosa

Watch out for la booga rooga

Some you win and some you loosa

 

(Solo)

 

I’m on fire inside my head

Someone put out the light

And they sent the world to bed

It’s not too late, but I, I just can’t stop

I think this time I’m going over the top

 

Hey, Mr. Dogface, please let me in

Say, don’t you think that I’m worth remembering

Watch your step, watch what you do

‘Cos you need me much more than I need you

 

Watch out for la booga rooga

Some you win and some you loosa

Watch out for la booga rooga

Some you win and some you loosa

 

Watch out for la booga rooga

Some you win and some you loosa

Watch out for la booga rooga

Some you win and some you loosa

 

 

 

 

Raining In My Heart

(Boudleaux Bryant/Felice Bryant)

 

The sun is out, the sky is blue

There’s not a cloud to spoil the view

But it’s raining

Raining in my heart

 

The weatherman says fine today

He doesn’t know that you’ve gone away

And it’s raining

Raining in my heart

 

Oh misery, Oh misery

Oh misery

What’s gonna become of me, oh

 

I tell myself, my blues won’t show but I know

That soon all my tears will flow

Come a raining down, raining in my heart

 

(Solo)

 

Oh misery, Oh misery

Oh misery

What’s gonna become of me, oh

 

The sun is out, the sky is blue

There’s not a cloud to spoil the view

But it’s raining, oh it’s raining in my heart

 

(Solo)

 

 

 

 

Something Fine

(Jackson Browne)

 

The papers lie there helplessly

In a pile outside the door

I’ve tried and tried, but I just can’t

Remember what they’re for

The world outside is tugging

Like a beggar at my sleeve

Ah, that’s much too old a story to believe

 

And you know, that it’s taken it’s share of me

Even though you take such good care of me

 

Now you say Morocco, and that makes me smile

I haven’t seen Morocco for a long, long while

And dreams are rolling down

Across the places in my mind

And I just had a taste of something fine

 

The future hides and the past just slides

England lies between

Floating in a silver mist

So cold and so clean

And California’s shaking like some angry child will

Who has asked for love and is unanswered still

 

And you know that’ I’m looking back carefully

‘Cos I know that there’s still something there for me

 

But you said Morocco and that made me smile

And it hasn’t been that easy for a long, long while

Looking back into your eyes

Oh, I saw them really shine

Giving me a taste of something fine

 

Something fine

 

Now if you see Morocco, oh I know you’ll go in style

I may not see Morocco for a little while

But while you’re there I was hoping

You might keep it in your mind

To save me just a taste of something fine

 

Something fine

 

 

 

 

Running to My Freedom

(Johnny Vastano/Tom Snow)

 

You should have been there when I gave out the news

I know you would have been surprised to see

The smoke and the fire that was comin’ out of me

 

Now that I’ve finally shaken you loose

And I’ve cut the chains that held me back

Feelin’ more and more like a train rolling down the track

 

Running to my freedom

I ain’t never gonna give it back

Me and my freedom, from now on

 

One of these days it’s gonna happen to you

You’re gonna find yourself in love so deep

That you would give up anything for that love to keep

 

Then sooner or later it will break down on you

And when you finally feel all the hurt inside

You will understand the reason why I cried

 

Why I took my freedom

I ain’t never gonna give it back

Me and my freedom, from now on

 

Running to my freedom

I ain’t never gonna give it back

Me and my freedom, from now on

 

(Solo)

 

And now that I’ve finally shaken you loose

And I have cut the chains that held me back

Feelin’ more and more like a train rolling down the track

 

Running to my freedom

I ain’t never gonna give it back

Me and my freedom, from now on

 

Running to my freedom

I ain’t never gonna give it back

Me and my freedom, from now on

 

(Solo)

 

 

 

 

Frankie Lee

(Leo Sayer/Ray Parker, Jr.)

 

On every corner of every avenue

The word’s been passed all around

You’d better watch out, lock up your daughters

‘Cos that bad Frankie Lee is back in town

 

All the ladies fall for Frankie

Saying, “Frankie Lee, how can it be

Of all the men here, you’re the only one

Who’s got the key, to set us free

Oh, Frankie Lee”

 

Now there’s a woman, in this neighbourhood

Who’s loving Frankie in her mind

But in fear of being’ discovered

She keeps her secret locked up inside

 

Just then a stone’s thrown up at the window

And she looks below, what does she see

There’s a man there, standing ‘neath the streetlight

It looks to be

Like Frankie Lee

You’d best believe

 

Well, old Frankie Lee steals through the back door

While her old man is leavin’ by the hall

But before she hears his footsteps

Frankie’s standing at the bedroom door

So she holds him, then she begs him

Oh Frankie Lee, don’tcha ever leave

And he tells her, she’s the only one

He’s got the key

That Frankie Lee

To set her free

 

(Solo)

 

Then as the moon fades, into the night sky

Frankie leaves while she’s asleep

Then he’s up and out on the street again

He’s got the key that’ll set you free

That Frankie Lee

 

(Solo)

 

Every kid in this ol’ gang-town

Yeah, they’d want to be like Frankie Lee

Pease the ladies, like a vagabond

He’s got the key

That Frankie Lee

To set them free

 

Yeah, every kid in this ol’ gang-town

Yeah, they’d want to be like Frankie Lee

Casanova and Valentino

They’d like to be good as Frankie Lee

 

Every kid in this ol’ gang-town

They’d like to be like Frankie Lee

Please the ladies, live like a vagabond

He’s got the key

To set you free

That Frankie Lee

 

 

 

 

Don’t Look Away

(Leo Sayer/Tom Snow)

 

Well, she talks in her sleep

‘Bout the men she meets

With so much passion

In the morning I ask

But she takes me to task

Says I’m over-reacting

 

She’s a woman, playing woman’s games

When I ask her, she looks at me like I’m strange

 

I say, don’t look away, babe

When I’m talking to you

Don’t look way, babe

It’ll do you no good

I’m into your game, babe

I been listening to you

Don’t look away babe

Don’t look away, no

 

Well, she sits on the phone

Like she’s here on her own

Making these calls to no-one

Then she slides out a ten

Says she’s seeing a friend

She’s got so much going on

 

She’s a woman, playing woman’s games

When I ask her

She looks at me like I’m strange

 

I say, “don’t look away, babe

When I’m talking to you”

Don’t look away, babe

When you know it’s no good

I’m into your game, babe

I’ve been listening to you

Don’t look away babe

Don’t look away, oh no

 

(Solo)

 

Well, I follow her down to some part of town

Where we’ve never been before

There’s a car in the drive, and a man sits inside

I gotta stop her, before she gets in

 

She’s a woman, playing woman’s games

When I ask her

She looks at me like I’m insane

 

I say, “Don’t look away, babe

When I’m talking to you”

Don’t look away, babe

It’ll do you no good

I’m into your game, babe

I’ve been listening to you

Don’t look away babe

Don’t look away, babe

 

(Solo)

 

Don’t walk away

Don’t you walk away

 

 

 

 

No Looking Back

(Leo Sayer/Tom Snow)

 

When there’s no more looking back

And you feel you’ve loved in vain

You try and hide your sorrow

Now you’re alone again

 

So you block out your emotion

Laugh it off and carry on

Sayin’ why do I have to feel this way

Was loving you so wrong

 

If I could only turn around

One more time for old time’s sake

I’d pick up all the pieces

From the mistakes I made

 

Did I give myself completely

Or did I hang on for too long

Ah, but what’s the use of me talking this way

Now that you’re gone

 

No looking back, it’s over now

All over now

I tell myself I’m glad

It’s over now

All over now

It’s over now

 

But if I ever love again

Oh, I won’t be played a fool

I’ll put in my performance

This time I’ll know the moves

 

It’s not that I’m feeling bitter

I’ve no bitterness to show

And all I’m really trying to say is that I wish

I’d never let you go