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Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt


Background information
Birth name Bonnie Lynn Raitt
Born November 8, 1949
Born place Burbank, California, United States
Genre(s) Country
Blues Rock
Years active 1971—present
Label(s) Capitol Records
Website Website



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Bonnie Raitt Album


The Bonnie Raitt Collection (07/10/1990)
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The man I'm lovin'
Don't worry 'bout me runnin' around
You won't ever find my baby
Hustlin' after me all over town
He don't have to shout
He don't even have to call
Knows I'm comin' home
Even if I got to crawl
He'll get me when he wants me
He's the finest lovin' man around

When he gets up in the morning
Or when he comes home late at night
You know the man's always hungry
Knows I'm gonna cook it up just right
He don't ever hurry
He just takes his time
Just a little taste is all it takes to make him mine
He'll get it when he wants it
He's the finest lovin' man around

Some women they act just
Like their men will never come to no good
You know they are always on the cheat
And never treat him like a good woman should
You want him to do you right
Honey, that ain’t the way
You got to love him all night
You do just what he say
And you get just what you give out
That’s the only way to gain his faith

[solo]

Now me and my baby
We always know just what we're puttin' down
And we know we'll be together
Til the day when something better comes around
Til that day comes
You won't hear me complaining
I'll take him as like he is
Cause you know I can't change him
I'll love him best I can
He's the finest lovin' man around

. . .


Well, I told you pretty baby, such a long time ago,
If I found you with another, well I'd walk right out your door,
Woh, you might call me crazy, but there's one thing you should know,
Oh honey, if you want me to love you,
You've got to give it up or let me go.

I know it's useless to be jealous, I couldn't tire you if I tried,
But when I think of you messing behind my back
It brings a pain I just can't hide.
Oh baby, I've been true to you.
And if I can make that sacrifice, honey you can do it too.

Well, you come home drunk and nasty, you won't tell me where you've been.
Just when things are nice and sweet, you go back out again.
Why do you wanna mess up a good thing?
I'm gonna find me another man, one who wants to give me everything.

Well, I told you pretty baby, such a long time ago,
If I found you with another, well I'd walk right out your door.
Woh, you might call me crazy, but there's one thing you should know.
Oh honey, if you want me to love you,
You've got to give it up or let me go.


. . .


Women be wise, keep your mouth shut, don't advertise your man
Don't sit around gossiping, explaining what your good man really can do
Some women nowadays, Lord they ain't no good
They will laugh in your face, Then try to steal your man from you
Women be wise, keep your mouth shut, don't advertise your man

Your best girlfriend, she might be a highbrow, she changes clothes 3 times a day
What do you think she's doing now, while you're so far away
She's loving your man in your own damn bed
You better call for the doctor, mama, try to investigate your head
Women be wise, keep your mouth shut, don't advertise your man

Women be wise, keep your mouth shut, don't advertise your man
Don't sit around, girl, telling all your secrets,
telling all those good things he really can do
If you talk about your baby, you tell me he's so fine
Lord honey, I just might sneek up and try to make him mine
Women be wise, keep your mouth shut, don't advertise your man

Don't be no fool, don't advertise your man (baby don't do it)


. . .


Warm and lovely mystery, fire smiling through
Before this moment fades away I want to know you
I've got lightening in my pocket, thunder in my shoe
Have no fear I've got something here I want to show you

Low, under the falling sky
Easily we will lie
While I bring it to you

It's a low road, a high wire going from me to you
And in your eyes the distance left is closing
I've got a feeling in my oceans
Blood underneath my skin
That into your bright fields this prison is opening

Our shadows wake each day though they don't know why
They hope and try -- live and die
So leave them in their frozen world
Come and be my lover
If only for one stolen moment
We will live forever

Warm and lovely mystery, can you hear the choir?
Voices can no longer hold my desire
Just abandon your sad history and meet me in the fire
Angels wait to take me higher and higher
Higher and higher

. . .


These men that I've been seeing, baby
Got their soul up on the shelf
You know they could never love me
When they can't even love themselves
But I need someone to love me
Someone to really understand
Who won't put himself above
Who just loves me like a man

I've never seen such losers, Darlin'
Even though I tried
To find a man who could take me home
Stead of takin' me for a ride
And I need someone to love me
I know you can
Believe me when I tell you
You can love me like a man

They all want me to rock them
Like my back ain't got no bone
I want a man to rock me
Like my back bone was his own
Darlin', I know you can
Believe me when I tell you
You can love me like a man

I come home sad and lonely
Feel like I wanna cry
I want a man to hold me
Not some fool to ask me why
I know you can
Don't you put yourself above me
You just love me like a man

. . .


I've had bad dreams too many times
To think that they don't mean much anymore
Fine times have gone and left my sad home
Friends who once cared just walk out my door
Love has no pride when I call out your name

Love has no pride when there's no one left to blame
I'd give anything to see you again
I've been alone too many nights
To think that you could come back again
And I've heard you talk, "she's crazy to stay"
But this love hurts me so, I don't care what you say

Love has no pride when I call out your name
Love has no pride when there's no one left to blame
I'd give anything to see you again

If I could buy your love, I'd truly try, my friend
And if I could pray, my prayer would never end
But if you want me to beg, I'll fall down on my knees
Asking for you to come back, I'd be pleading for you to come back
Begging for you to come back to me

Love has no pride when I call out your name
Love has no pride when there's no one but myself to blame
I'd give anything to see you again
Yes, I'd give anything to see you again

. . .


Say goodbye,
Well I know it’s true.
I know you’re leaving me but i,
I’m leaving too.
You won’t forget me,
Or the sound of my name.
Please believe me,
I feel the same.

It seems so empty now.
Clo-ose the door.
Ain’t it hard to believe that you ever,
Lived this way before.
All that nothing,
Causes all that pain.
Please believe me,
I feel the same.

(guitar break)

Well this broken soul,
That I know a, a heart that’s breakin’.
You can’t make it whole
Until you know what has been taken.
And all those pieces,
Uh that you find them all your own.
(guitar fills in the missing tag lyric)

I said goodbye.
Now you know it’s true.
You said you’re leaving me, but honey i,
I’m leaving too.
You won’t forget me
Or the sound of my name.
Please believe me,
I feel the same.
Please believe me,
I feel the same.

(guitar break, and fade)

. . .


Yes baby I been drinkin'
And I shouldn't come by I know
But I found myself in trouble
And I had nowhere else to go

Got some whisky from the barman
Got some cocaine from a friend
I just had to keep on movin'
Til I was back in your arms again

Guilty baby I'm guilty
And I'll be guilty the rest of my life
How come I never do what I'm supposed to do
How come nothin' that I try to do ever turns out right?

You know you know how it is with me baby
You know, I just can't stand myself
And it takes a whole lot of medicine
For me to pretend that I'm somebody else

. . .


Verse 1
I am an old woman
named after my mother
My old man is another
child who's grown old

If dreams were thunder
and lightning was desire
this old house would've burned down
a long time ago

Chorus:
Make me an angel
that flies from Montgomery
Make me a poster
of an old rodeo
Just give me one thing
that I can hold on to
To believe in this livin'
is just a hard way to go

Verse 2
When I was a young girl
I had me a cowboy
He weren't much to look at
Just a free ramblin' man
That was a long time
and no matter how I tried
the years just flow by
like a broken down dam

(chorus)

Verse 3
There's flies in the kitchen
I can hear all their buzzin'
And I ain't done nothing since I woke up today
How the hell can a person
go to work in the morning
Come home in the evening
and have nothing to say

(chorus)

. . .


How does one decide
That the methods he's using,
they just don't jive
to truly believe and keep trying
Over and over again
Living in hopes,
that someday you'll be in with the winners

when will one change his mind
and jump the fence
for the dial a sign
Its a sad thing, its a bad thing
but so necessary
living in hopes,
that someday you'll be in with the winners

now what, what, (i dont know, can you tell me what)
what is success?
is it do your own thing?
or to join the rest
and if you truly believe it,
and try over and over again
living in hopes
that someday you'll be in with the winners

oooh, tell me what it is
sweet success

oooh, tell me what it is
sweet success

. . .


There is an aching in my head
From the bed I can’t get used to
It’s these little hours in the dark, I dread
As I spend my first night alone without you

Honey, half of me has gone away
With all the love I learned to cling to
Tomorrow I’ll have to find another way
To live the rest of my life alone without you

You taught me how to live
How to be myself
And how to give
Oh, but now it’s you
Who’s given up on giving

You’ve lost the thing, no one to teach
Changing and now you’re out of reach
And my life tonight just don’t seem worth living
No, no

I’ve been sitting learning how to read
Cause back in school I never liked to
It’s just one of those little things I’m gonna need
As I put my life together, baby, without you


. . .


Sittin here worryin'
While your lookin to find yourself
Somebody else
Me lovin' you and wantin' you baby
And you not knowin' what you want yourself
Why do you treat me so mean
It hurts so bad
All you wanna do is just sit around and jive
You dont' even know this woman's alive
Sittin' here worryin'
Knowin' your liikin' to find yourself

Ain't gonna be no sugar mama no more
You can't have love when your keepin' score
All you pretty boys used to catch my eye
I just want a man I can satisfy
Ain't gonna be no sugar mama no more

Instrumental and Repeat


. . .


They all said 'Louise was not half bad'
It was written on the walls & window shades
and how she'd act
a little girl
the deceiver, don't believe her,
that's her trade

Sometimes a bottle of perfume
flowers, and maybe some lace
men bought Louise ten cent trinkets
their intentions were easily traced

Everybody thought it kind of sad
when they found Louise in her room
They'd all put her down
below their kind
still some cried when she died
that afternoon

Louis rode home on a mail train
somewhere to the south I heard them say
'It's too bad it ended so ugly,
It's too bad she had to go that'

But the wind is blowin' cold tonight
Goodnight Louise, Goodnight
Yes, the winds' blowin' cold tonight
goodnight Louise, good-night...

. . .


I never thought that a love could be so strong
it could ever make me, think about leaving home
I can't help myself your lovin bout to drive me mad
one more night like last night, I might have to pack my bags
bout to make me leave home boy

got my mind so
gettin together with this love, boy it just ain't right
I ain't got the strength to turn a good lovin loose
But I never met a man in my life who could whoop it to me like you do

Bout to make me leave home boy

Got a taste of forbidden fruit
And I can't turn it loose
What is this good thing you carry around with you
that makes a girl want to act a fool

Got that love technique that really really cracks me up
Seeing you once or twice a week, boy it just ain't enough.

. . .


As I walk along I wonder what went wrong
With our love, a love that was so strong
And as still walk on I think of the things we've done
Together while our hearts were young

I'm a walking in the rain, tears are falling and I feel a pain
Wishing you were here by me to end this misery
And I wonder, I wo wo wo wo wonder
Why, why why why why why she (you) ran away
And I wonder where she (you) will stay
My little runaway, a run run run run runaway


. . .


I need a drink
Don't want to think
I drink too much
But who's to say
What's right or wrong?

I guess you think you see
You're tellin' me
That I don't know
When it's passed the point
Of feelin' good
I run around and find
I just can't get satisfied
Tonight

Now there's a phone
I hear the sound
I needed to talk
But it's too late
For talkin' now

I guess I'll go alone
I feel a glow...
here i am
here i am
here i am
What I need is a friend tonight
what I need is a friend
What I need is someone
What I really deed is just one more drink
Tonight
Tonight...

. . .


Struck by the moon, rising too soon
I feel a pain deep inside me
Cold nothern wind, a fist in my chin
Makin' me wild for you baby

What can I do to get back to you
I'm feelin' desperate and lonely
The city's a river of cold misery
Makin' me wild for you baby

I'm down on my knees
Hear me cry for you baby
Cold misery
I would die for you baby
I pray you will see
These tears I cry

Struck by the moon, rising too soon
I feel a pain deep inside me
Cold nothern wind, a fist in my chin
Makin' me wild for you baby

What can I do to get back to you
I'm feelin' desperate and lonely
The city's a river of cold misery
Makin' me wild for you baby

I'm down on my knees
Hear me cry for you baby
Cold misery
I would die for you baby
I pray you will see
These tears I cry


. . .


Willya wontcha doya dontcha really really wanna love me
Tell me yes or no
Baby let me know

Willya wontcha doya dontcha really really wanna kiss me
Honey it's all right
I promise I won't bite

Willya willya wontcha
Say you'll let me be the
Only one for you
Come and be my party doll
I need you when I'm feelin' wild

Willya willya wontcha
Say you'll let me be the
Only one for you
Come and be my party doll
I need you when I'm feelin' wild

Willya wontcha doya dontcha really really wanna squeeze me
Hold me close to you
Feel me touchin' you

Willya wontcha doya dontcha really really wanna kiss me
Honey it's all right
I promise I won't bite

Willya wontcha doya dontcha really really wanna love me
Tell me yes or no
Baby let me know

(Instrumental)

. . .


BONNIE RAITT - "True Love Is Hard To Find"

You said that your love was just for me
That's why I've got to be yours
You told me the day will never come
When you would walk out and leave
'Cause you know that

[Chorus:]
True love is hard to find
'Cause you know that
True love is hard to find
Everybody knows
True love is hard to find
Hard to find
Very hard to find
I say (true love)
True love (true love)
True love (true love)
True love is hard to find

You told me that you know I would have to travel all over
You would take care of my business for me
Darlin', all I ask of you
Is to leave those business alone and save it just for me
Yes

[Chorus]

And glory fills my heart with joy from heaven
With love for you
Darlin', I always think of you
Always have my arms filled with love for you
'Cause you know that

[Chorus]

[guitar break]

[Last chorus:]
Just because I know
True love is hard to find
I believe in love
True love is hard to find
Everybody should know that
True love is hard to find
You know that
True love is hard to find
I say (true love)
True love (true love)
True love (true love)
True love is hard to find
Hard to find
True love (true love)
True love (true love)
True love is hard to find..

. . .


You can tease me
You can sweet-talk and lead me on
But believe me
Won't be long till I'm catchin’ on

Now you left me here with nothin’
And you put my love on hold
Well there must be somethin’ behind those eyes
Cuz I believed every lie you told

That ain't no way to treat a lady
That ain't no way to treat a woman in love
That ain't no way to treat a lady
I coulda sworn that you'd had enough

So you’d leave me
When I'm lonely and in despair
It intrigues me
How you don't really seem to care

Well I ain't here for nothin’
And my love doesn't come that cheap
I would hold you to all your promises
If I could find one you meant to keep

That ain't ain't no way to treat a lady
That ain't no way to treat a woman in love
That ain't ain't no way to treat a lady
That ain't no way to treat a woman in love

You can tease me
You can sweet-talk and lead me on
But believe me
Won't be long till I'm catchin’ on

Cuz I ain't here for nothin’
And my love doesn't come that cheap
And I would hold you to all your promises
If I could find one you meant to keep

That ain't ain't no way to treat a lady
That ain't no way to treat a woman in love
That ain't ain't no way to treat a lady
That ain't no way to treat a woman in love

. . .


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