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Joan Armatrading




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Joan Armatrading Album


Greatest Hits (1996)
1996
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Whatever's For Us, For Us
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Kissin' And A Huggin' (Live Version)
. . .


Show some emotion
Put expression in your eyes
Light up if you're feeling happy
But if it's bad then let those tears roll down

Some people hurting
Someone choking up inside
Some poor souls dying
Too proud to say they got no place to lie
And there's people if they hear a joke
Can't keep the laugh out of their eye
I said

Show some emotion
Put expression in your eyes
Light up if you're feeling happy
But if it's bad then let those tears roll down

Some people in love
But all they got's a photograph
How can they get it
Too scared to open their mouths and laugh
I said

Show some emotion
Put expression in your eyes
Light up if you're feeling happy
But if it's bad then let those tears roll down

Come on try

Learn to bleed when you get a bad fall
Light up light up light up if it's nice
And if it's bad then let those tears roll down
I said

Show some emotion
Put expression in your eyes
Light up if you're feeling happy
But if it's bad then let those tears roll down

Come on try
Come on try
Come on try
Learn to bleed when you get a bad fall
Light up light up light up if it's nice
But if it's bad then let those tears roll down

If it's bad then let those tears roll down

. . .


I swear you were not my ambition
A cooling aid was on my mind
I walked up to the bar and I ordered
Then I took my ice outside
I sat down under the hot sun
I looked around at this new land
And then oh
Cool Blue
Long dark
You stole my heart
Stole my heart

I woke up first light next morning
And I took a tram to the Leidse Plein
I hired a bike and I drove around for hours
I was searching for those dark eyes
I made a stop at the Blue Note
I passed up a chance for some good fun
Cause of you
Cool Blue
Long dark
You stole my heart
Stole my heart
Stole my heart
Stole my heart

Stole my heart

I made a stop at the Blue Note
Passed up a chance for some good fun
Looking for you, Cool Blue
Looking for you
Long dark
Cool blue
Looking for you, Cool Blue
Looking For You, Cool Blue
You stole my heart
Stole my heart
Stole my heart
Stole my heart
Stole my heart

I'm looking for you
You stole my heart
Stole my heart
Stole my heart
Stole my heart
Stole my heart

I sat down under the hot sun
You stole my heart
I'm looking for you
Looking for you
Looking for you, Cool Blue

. . .


I am not in love
But I'm open to persuasion
East or West
Where's the best
For romancing?
With a friend,
I can smile
But with a lover,
I could hold my head back
I could really laugh
Really laugh

Thank you
You took me dancing
'Cross the floor
Cheek to cheek
But with a lover
I could really move
Really move
I could really dance
Really dance
Really dance
Really dance
I could really move
Really move
Really move
Really move

Now if I can feel the sun
In my eyes
And the rain on my face
Why can't I
Feel love?

I can really love
Really love
Really love
Really love
Really love
Love love love love
Love love love love
Now I got all
The friends that I want
I may need more
But I shall just stick to those
That I have got

With friends I still feel
So insecure
Little darling I believe you could
Help me a lot
Just take my hand
And lead me where you will
No conversation
No wave goodnight

Just make love
With affection
Sing me another love song
But this time
With a little dedication
Sing it, sing it
You know that's what I like
Once more with feeling
Give me love
Give me love
Give me love
Love...

. . .


I'm not the sort of person who falls in and quickly out of love
But to you, I give my affection, right from the start.
I have a lover who loves me - how could I break such a heart?
Yet still you get my attention.

Why do you come here, when you know I've got troubles enough?
Why do you call me, when you know I can't answer the phone?
And make me lie when I don't want to,
And make someone else some kind of an unknowing fool?
Make me stay when I should not?
If you're so strong then resolve the weakness in me.
Why do you come here, and pretend to be just passing by?
I need to see you - I need to hold you - tightly.

Feeling guilty,
And I'm worried, and I'm waking from a tormented sleep
'Cause this old love, you know it has me bound,
But this new love cuts so deep.
If I choose now, I'm bound to lose out;
One of you is gonna have to fall...
I need you, baby.

Why do you come here, when you know I've got troubles enough?
Why do you call me, when you know I can't answer the phone?
And make me lie when I don't want to,
And make someone else some kind of an unknowing fool?
Make me stay when I should not?
If you're so strong then resolve the weakness in me.
Why do you come here, and pretend to be just passing by?
I need to see you - I need to hold you - tightly.

. . .


He has little red feet
His stockin's in his shoes
Lipstick and rouge on his face
He has his hair piled high
Has a red umbrella
And carries his head in the sky

And I said "Awe Rosie, don't you do that to the boys
Don't you come on so willing
Don't you come on so strong
It can be so chillin'
When you act so willin'
And your warmth sets like the sun"

He has a little baby brother
A big fat mama
His sister asks for dimes on the street
He doesn't feel it's a cover
In fact he knows
For sure he can please

I said he's out there right now
Running with the devil
Struttin' down the alley ways
With the nervous young hopeful
At his heel
And know his satisfaction won't drive him away

And I said "Awe Rosie, don't you do that to the boys
Don't you come on so willing
Don't you come on so strong
It can be so chillin'
When you act so willin'
And your warmth sets like the sun"

He's not looking for a friend
He's not looking for a lover
There in the crowded bar
He has rings on his fingers
He's there to tease
You know he only wants to take things too far

And I said "Awe Rosie, don't you do that to the boys
Don't you come on so willing
Don't you come on so strong
It can be so chillin'
When you act so willin'
And your warmth sets like the sun"

. . .


I'm lucky
I'm lucky
I can walk under ladders
Yes I'm so lucky
That I'm as lucky
As me

Struck it rich
Dirty rich
No work
And get richer
And the world
Loves a winner
Yes I'm so happy
That you're happy
With me

You are happy too
Ain't you baby

Numero uno
Living for
Right now
And it's
L-I-V-I-N-G
When I'm here
With you

I'm lucky
I'm lucky
I don't need a bracelet
No salt
For my shoulder
I don't own a rabbit
No clover
No heather
No cross
No wonder
I'm lucky

. . .


I'm right on target
My aim is straight
So you're in love
I say what of it
Things can change
There's always changes
And I wanna try
Some rearranging

Drop the pilot
Try my balloon
Drop the monkey
Smell my perfume
Drop the mahout
I'm the easy rider
Don't use your army
To fight a losing battle

Animal, mineral, physical, spiritual
I'm the one you need
I'm the one you need

You're kissing cousins
There's no smoke
No flame
If you lose that pilot
I can fly your plane
If you want solid ground
Come on and try me
Or I can take you so high
That you're never gonna wanna
Come down

Drop the pilot
Try my balloon
Drop the monkey
Smell my perfume
Drop the mahout
I'm the easy rider
Don't use your army
To fight a losing battle

Animal, mineral, physical, spiritual
I'm the one you need
I'm the one you need
I said
Animal, mineral, physical, spiritual
I'm the one you need
I'm the one you need
I'm the one you need

. . .


Oh the feeling
when you're reeling
You step lightly thinking you're number one
Down to zero with a word leaving
For another one
Now you walk with your feet
back on the ground

Down to the ground
Down to the ground
Down to the ground
Down to the ground

Brand new dandy
First class scene stealer
Walks through the crowd and takes your man
Sends you rushing to the mirror
Brush your eyebrows and say
There's more beauty in you than anyone

Oh remember who walked the warm sands beside you
Moored to your heel
Let the waves come rushing in
She'll take the worry from your head
but then again she put trouble in your heart instead
then you'll fall

Down to the ground
Down to the ground

You'll know heartache
Still more crying when you're thinking of your mother's only son
Take to your bed
You say there's peace in sleep but
You dream of love instead
Oh the heartache you'll find
Can bring more pain than a blistering sun

But oh when you fall
Oh when you fall
Fall at my door

Oh the feeling
When you're reeling
You step lightly thinking your number one
Down to zero with a word leaving
For another one
Now you walk with you feet back on the ground

Down to the ground
Down to the ground
Down to the ground
Down to the ground

You'll know heartache
Still more crying when you're thinking of your mother's only son
Take to your bed
You say there's peace in sleep but
You dream of love instead

But oh when you fall
Oh when you fall
Fall at my door

. . .


Kind words and a real good heart
Doesn't mean you get respect
Kind words and a real good heart
Doesn't mean you get the best
It doesn't mean they won't get brutal
It doesn't mean they won't assault you
With a kind heart
With a kind heart

Bad guys sometimes hard to find
Cos they don't all dress in black
Good guys sometime make mistake
I say don't look
Don't look back
Be mindful how you get used up
You can't always
Trust an honest man
Be mindful how you get used up
You can't always
Trust an honest man

You gotta make your own beginning
Mark it down
Growing pains
With a kind heart
With a kind heart

Kind words and a real good heart
Doesn't mean you get respect
Kind words and a real good heart
Doesn't mean you get the best
It doesn't mean the whole world loves you
It doesn't mean more than it means
A kind heart
A kind heart

Kind words and a real good heart
Doesn't mean you get respect
Kind words and a real good heart
Doesn't mean you get the best

. . .

Whatever's For Us, For Us

[No lyrics]

. . .


I may not be your best
You know good ones
Don't come by the score
If you've got something missing
I'll help you look
You can be sure
And if you want to be alone
Or someone to share a laugh
Whatever you want me to
All you got to do is ask

Thunder
Don't go under the sheets
Lightening
Under a tree
In the rain and snow
I'll be your fire inside
Come running to me
When things get out of hand
Running to me
When it's more than you can stand
I said I'm strong
Straight
Willing
To be a
Shelter
In a storm
Your willow oh willow
When the sun is out

A fight with your best girl
Prettiest thing you ever saw
You know I'll listen
Try to get a message to her
And if it's money you want
Or trouble halved
What ever you want me to
All you got to do is ask
I said I'm strong
Straight
Willing
To be a
Shelter in a storm
Your willow oh willow
When the sun is out

. . .


I sit here by myself
And you know I love it
You know I don't want someone
To come pay a visit
I wanna be by myself
I came in this world alone
Me myself I

I wanna go to China
And to see Japan
I'd like to sail the oceans
before the seas run dry
I wanna go by myself
I've just room enough for one
My myself I

I wanna be a bigshot
And have ninety cars
I wanna have a boyfriend
And a girl for laughs
But only on Saturdays
Six days to be alone
Just me myself I
Me myself and I
Just me myself I

Don't wanna be the bad guy
Don't wanna make a soul cry
It's not that I love my self
I just don't want company
Just me myself I
Me myself and I
Just me myself I

I sit here by myself
And you know I love it
You know I don't want someone
To come pay a visit
I wanna be by myself
I came in this world alone
Me myself I

. . .


I just wanna see you at night
Don't come round my house in the day
I love it when we start up a fight
And I love it when the fight ends your way

I love it when you call me names

I can't wait to see you again
I know you're gonna slap my face
you beat me up then beat me again
and over and over and over and over
And over and over

I love it when you call me names

Big woman
And a short short man
And he loves it
When she beats his brains out
He's pecked to death
But he loves the pain
And he loves it
When she calls him names

She's wearing heavy leather with lace
He dresses up in cowboy taste
They punish then they think up a crime
It's their way of loving not mine

I love it when you call me names

. . .


You called all the way from America
And said hang on to love girl
But the weeks and the months and the tears
Passed by
And my eyes couldn't stand the strain
Of that promised love

All the way from America

You called all the way from America
And said I'll soon be home girl
But the years and the tears and the fears
Passed by
And my heart couldn't stand the pain
Of that promised love

All the way from America
All the way from America

I stayed all alone and I waited 'round
For you to knock at my door
But the knock never came and no ring
At all
And now I sit and wonder why
You made that first call

All the way from America

I don't believe I'll stay here
I don't think I wanna wait here any more
And if you search for me baby
Better bring some more love than you declared

All the way from America

. . .


Leaves burnt by the sun
And there's no wind blowing
See the motor cars
With a smiling face at the wheel
I'm watching the little girls
With their young men at their heels
It's a sunny day
But get me back to the night
'Cause I love that life
Back to the night
Like a skinny burlesque queen
I love a neon
Skyline

Sweet smiling rose
The night life perfume
See the romeos
Dancing under the moon light
I said the night
Night was made for romance
You keep your sunny day
Just get me back to the night
'Cause I love that life
Back to the night
Like those skinny burlesque queens
I love a neon
Love a neon
Skyline

Got the card sharks hustling
At the break of the moon
Gay night walkers
Old blues buskers
All night long there's just so much to do
Just get me back to the night
Oh I love that life
Back to the night
Like a skinny burlesque queen
I love a neon
Love a neon
Love that neon skyline

Just get me back to the night
Back to the night
I love that life
Back to the night
Like a skinny burlesque queen
I love a neon
Love a neon
Love that neon skyline

Back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night
Just get me back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night
I love that life
I love that life
I love that life

Back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night
Love that life
Love that life
Just get me back to the night
Back to the night
Back to the night

. . .


You always say
When I just messed up
Did bad
Done wrong
Gone too far
Caused such pain
Such shame
I'm illegal
See one sided
No fair
A sin there
Act queer
Odd ball

I mishandle
You trample
So strong
Wear crown
Under foot
Put upon
Hold down

Hey when I get it right
Will you tell me please
I wanna know

You always say no
You don't mean yes
No way
Hold out
Turn around
Two refusals
Deaf ear
Turned here
Not want
Leave room
All fault here
Shake head
Drop dead

. . .


Came into my life
Made me think that I
Was really something
Took me by surprise
Someone with your charm
Looking my way

Am I in heaven
Am I in heaven
Am I in heaven
Have I gone up
Have I gone up
To the big cloud
Number nine

Hey you
Brought me out of my shell
I don't know why you care
But you do it well
Started a dream
Dreaming made me see
Oh babe
You're so right for me

And I wanna be the sunshine when you're down
And I wanna be the apple of your eye
And I wanna be the one you run to

Cause I found the perfect someone
Who can take me in their arms and love me
I found the perfect someone
Who could take me in their arms and love me

Started a dream
Dreaming made me see
Oh babe
You're so right for me

And I wanna be the sunshine when you're down
And I wanna be the apple of your eye
And I wanna be the one you run to
Day and night

Came into my life
Made me think that I
Was really something
Took me by surprise
Someone with your charm
Looking my way

Am I in heaven
Am I in heaven
Am I in heaven
Have I gone up
Have I gone up
Have I gone up
To the big cloud
Number nine

And I wanna be the sunshine when you're down
And I wanna be the apple of your eye
And I wanna be the one you run to
Day and night

I wanna be the sunshine when you're down
And I wanna be the apple of your eye
And I wanna be the one you run to
Day and night

. . .


Temptation drags you down
Take you were you wanna be
But deep inside you know
The reason for the fear

The fear of letting go
The fear of being so
Possessed
All the time

Being hypnotised
By those evil evil eyes
Lead me not into

Temptation
Temptation
Temptation

Paralyse the thoughts
Beat them to the ground
Offer up a sacrifice
Don't feed the fear

The fear of letting go
The fear of being so
Possessed
All the time

Being hypnotised
By those evil evil eyes
Lead me not into

Temptation
Temptation
Temptation

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
It offers everything
That you could possibly need

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide

It all looks so inviting
Till it drags you to you knees

Temptation
Temptation
Temptation

. . .


Took my baby walking
We went down to the sea
You know we talked of loving
And you talked of love to me

We sat down under a bus shelter
And talked of other things
But bit by bit by bit it came 'round again
How much in love are we

It was a fine thing
We were young
So much love to give
It was the right thing
We were alone
Under the stars

Getting in the mood
Kissing under the
Big bright shiny stars
That light up the sky
Kissing in front of that old lady
Who just walked past our seat
Getting in the mood
Kissin' and a huggin'
Because

It was a fine thing
We were young
So much love to give
It was the right thing
We were alone
Under the stars

. . .


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