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Joan Armatrading Album


The Very Best Of (1991)
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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...

. . .


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

. . .


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

. . .


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 thought we had it sweet
But your mind's played
A trick on me
I thought that I'd be with you
All the time
And I'd be fine
Yeah I'd be fine

I'll swear you have my feelings
Under thought control
I know you've taken
Such a hold on me
I'm thinking more and more
Of what we had before

Before we lost it
At the shouting stage
Before the days we'd sit there
Side by side
Without a word
And how that hurt

How could eternal love
Made above
We were so in love
We were joined up at the sides
How could two people
Be as one
As one
Blind from the same light
Be out of love with love
In no time

I thought we had it made
But my mind's played
This trick on me
I thought that I would see you
All the time
And I'd be fine
Mmm I'd be fine

I swear you have no feelings
Or you'd call me home
I know there's no one else
There's no one else
Is there
I'm thinking more and more
Of what we had before

We lost it
At the shouting stage
Before we lost it
At the shouting stage

. . .


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

. . .


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 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

. . .


Know I've been saying
There's something I have to prove
I keep on going baby
'Cos if I stop now
I'm bound to lose

To the limit here we go
From the bottom to the top
Gonna tell all of my friends
Say I can run on any track
Some move more quickly
You now they can stand the pace
Others move slow
But they get there just the same
Know I want first
And not just a place
Keep on pushing babe

Know I've been working
To do what I have to do
Keep on pushing baby
'Cos I know if I get through
It's more for you

To the limit here we go
From the bottom to the top
Gonna tell all of my friends
Say I can run on any track
Some move more quickly
You now they can stand the pace
Others move slow
But they get there just the same
I know I want first
And not just a place
Keep on pushing babe
To the limit here we go
Nice and easy do it
Nice and easy

. . .


There's a lot of things
You should hold dear
Keep in your heart
Never let go
Never let go
Never let go
Pride and dignity
A sense of self
Hold on

When that boy leaves
And you need someone to turn to
When you feel alone
You will know you're not alone
If you've been true
To all who are true to you
You'll make it
You'll make it fine

If you remember your friends
Just remember you can call
Just remember that passion fades
Good friendships seldom die
Go ahead have your fun
But don't turn your back on everyone
Though the body needs love
There is more than one kind

More
More than one kind of love
There is more
More than one kind

Yes he fills your heart
Fills your mind
He's all you want
All you need
Everything
Everything
Everything but

Love that's that exclusive
That obsessive
Can hurt

When that love pales
And becomes human emotion
Where will you go
If you've neglected those you know
But if you stay true
To those who are true to you
You'll make it
You'll make it fine

If you remember your friends
Just remember you can call
Just remember that passion fades
Good friendships seldom die
Go ahead have your fun
But don't turn your back on everyone
Though the body needs love
There is more than one kind

More
More than one kind of love
There is more
More than one kind

. . .


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.

. . .


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

. . .


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