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Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker


Background information
Birth name John Robert Cocker
Born May 20, 1944
Origin Sheffield, England
Genre(s) Blues
Rock
Blues Rock
Blue-eyed soul
Years active 1961—present
Label(s) Decca Music Group
Capitol Records
EMI Group
A&M Records
Regal Zonophone Records
Associated acts The Grease Band
Website Website



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Joe Cocker Album


The Essential (1998)
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Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world, few hearts survive
All I know is the way I feel
When it's real, I keep it alive

The road is long, there are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know, up where the clear winds blow

Some hang on to "used to be"
Live their lives, looking behind
All we have is here and now
All our life, out there to find

The road is long, there are mountains in our way,
But we climb them a step every day

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know, up where the clear winds blow

Time goes by
No time to cry
Life's you and I
Alive, today

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know, up where the clear winds blow

. . .


I never had no one, who would worry 'bout me
'Til the day, you came walkin' in my life
I never had no one, worry 'bout my needs
'Til you came through a sign my [Incomprehensible]
I never realized, how beautiful love could be
'Til the day, you came walkin' in my home

Sweet little woman
You're turnin' me on
Sweet little woman
Rock me all the night long
Sweet little woman
Lead me into paradise

Sweet little woman
Keep turnin' me on
Sweet little woman
Rockin' me all the night long
Sweet little woman
Lead me into paradise

I never knew a life, wear such a happy face
Since you came, I've not shed a single tear
I never knew the world, ever could be so good
Since the day, all my clouds have disappeared

Sweet little woman
You're turnin' me on
Sweet little woman
Rockin' me all the night long
Sweet little woman
Why don't you lead me into paradise?

Sweet little woman
Keep turnin' me on
Sweet little woman
Rockin' me all the night long
Sweet little woman
Why don't ya lead me into paradise?
Hey, inside

Sweet little woman
You're drivin' me mad
Sweet little woman
Yeah, your lovin's so bad
Sweet little woman
Won't you lead me into paradise?

Sweet little woman
You're drivin' me mad
Sweet little woman
Tell your lovin's so bad
Sweet little woman
Lead me into paradise

. . .

Easy Rider

[No lyrics]

. . .


I'm not a pauper or a millionaire

Doin' all my living on a song and a prayer.
I played to win and took the lion's share - so sweet.
Memories of friends upon my wall

When I met you I thought that I had it all

Too young to understand the mighty fall - so easy.
Still I threw it away
just' when I had it
I threw it away

Just when I held it
I threw it away

That precious feeling
I threw it away - just when I really cared.
Conversation in a crowded room

I hear the music but I'm not out of tune.
You never learn until your chance is had - and gone.
.rew it away
just when I had it
I threw it away
. . .
Oh
but I th
Memories of friends upon my wall
.
Tellin' you
I threw it away
when I had it
I threw it away
. ..
That precious feeling
oh no.

. . .


Staring at shadows on the wall
Wish I knew of someone I could call
Someone who might understand it all
Ruby Lee, sure wish you were here with me

Someone lying with me in my bed
Some stranger who don't understand my head
Wish it was you lying here instead
Ruby Lee, sure wish you were here with me

Drowning in a sea of pretty faces
Being quite the man about the town
Packing up and going pretty places
But I sure miss you around

Listen to the noises down the hall
Think I'll move out of here in the fall
Ain't exactly having me a ball
Ruby Lee, sure wish you were here with me

Drowning in a sea of pretty faces
Being quite the man about the town
Packing up and going pretty places
But I sure miss you around

Listen to the noises down the hall
Wishin' there was someone out to call
Ain't exactly having me a ball
Ruby Lee, sure wish you were here with me

. . .


Many Rivers To Cross
But I Can'T Seem To Find My Way Over
Wandering I'M Lost
As I Travel Along The White Cliffs Of Dover

Many Rivers To Cross
And It'S Only My Will That Keeps Me Alive
I'Ve Been Ripped, Washed Up For Years
And I Merely Survive Because Of My Pride

And This Loneliness Won'T Leave Me Alone
It'S Such A Drag To Be On Your Own
My Women Left Me But She Wouldn'T Say Why
Guess I'Ll Just Break Right Down And Cry

Many Rivers To Cross
But Just Where To Begin
I'M Playing For Time
There'Ve Been Times I Find Myself
Thinking Of Committing Some Terrible Crime

Still This Loneliness Won'T Leave Me Alone
It'S Such A Drag To Be On Your Own
My Girl Left Me But She Wouldn'T Say Why
Guess I'Ll Just Break Right Down And Cry

Many Rivers To Cross
But I Can'T Seem To Find My Way Over
Wandering I Am Lost
As I Travel Along The White Cliffs Of Dover

Many Rivers To Cross
And It'S Only My Will That Keeps Me Alive
I'Ve Been Ripped, Washed Up For Years
And I Merely Survive Because Of My Pride

. . .


High above the heat of a summer New York street
An out-of-work musician plays a solo saxophone
He's a preacher and a teacher
And he stands up all alone

Stranded in the dark of a vision in the park
A poet in his madness tries to find another line
And he's losing and he's using
And he says he's doing fine

And they look from such a height
That somehow it's all right
They're talking back to the night
It's all that they can do
Talking back to the night
It's how they make it through
If you listen you can hear them
Their voices draw you near them
They're talking back to the night for you

Something seems to take every dime the man can make
His dream is getting smaller and he wonders where to turn
And he's trying hard to make it
And he's trying not to burn

Woman never minds, pulls the shade and draws the blinds
She takes him in the darkness where the loneliest can feed
She gives him all she has to
And it's no more than he needs

. . .


I met a gin-soaked barroom queen in Memphis,
She tried to take me upstairs for a ride.
She had to heave me right across her shoulder,
Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my mind.

(chorus)
It's the honky tonk women,
That gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues.

I laid a divorcee in New York City,
I had to put up some kind of a fight.
The lady, then she covered me in roses,
She blew my nose and then she blew my mind.

(chorus)
(chorus)
(chorus)

. . .


People talkin', tryin' to break us up
Why don't they let us be
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But talk don't bother me

(No) People talkin', tryin' to break us up
When they know that I love you so
So I don't care what the people might say
I'm never gonna let you go

I've been abused (I've been abused)
In my heart (I've been accused)
I've been accused (I've been accused)
I've been rebuked and I've been stomped

(Well) People talkin', tryin' to break us up
They're scandalizing my name
They'll say anything just to make me feel bad
They'll say anything to make me shamed

I've been abused (I've been abused)
In my heart (I've been accused)
I've been accused (I've been accused)
I've been rebuked and I've been stomped

(Well) People talkin', tryin' to break us up
They're scandalizing my name
They'll say anything just to make me feel bad
They'll say anything to make me shamed

. . .


I keep on runnin? baby
I keep on runnin?
But I just can?t hide
No, I just can?t hide
I keep on hurtin? baby
I keep on hurtin? so deep inside
So deep inside

Lord I need your smile
Child like the one I once knew
Made my grass green
And my blue skies blue
Lord was time when 2 was 1
Tell me now girl
Where?ve all the good times gone

Cry me a river
Wash my blues all away
Cry me a river
Girl you is my riverboat
Take me away
Is reachin? out my hand
Won?t ya please help me to my feet once again
Tears fallin? like rain
Lord it?s a time
When everybody needs a friend
Girl where?ve you been

Lord I need your smile
Child like the one I once knew
Made my grass green
And my blue skies blue
Lord was a time when 2 was 1
Where?ve all the good times gone

Cry me a river
Wash my blues all away
Cry me a river
Girl you is my riverboat
Take me away

. . .


Everybody's talkin 'bout,
Planet earth
Rebirth
United nations
Good relations
Space stations
Starvation
Radiation
Salvatioin
Education
Liberation

Chorus:
All we are saying is: "give peace a chance !"

Everybody's talkin' 'bout
Civil war
Revolution
Armageddon
No solution
Are we facing
Vietnam
We don't want to
Drop the bomb

Chorus

Everybody's talkin 'bout
Acid house
Gay spouse
Green house
Heavy metal
Hip hop
Censorship
Has to stop
Hiv
Azt
New kids dance on
Mtv
With toxic waste dumps in the sea

Chorus

Everybody's talkin 'bout (cyndi's part)
Amazon's (cyndi's part)
Trees gone (cyndi's part)
Cancer cells
From the sun
Middle east
Crazy beast
Rock n rollers
Sing for peace

Chorus ...

. . .


She came in through the bathroom window
Protected by a silver spoon
But now she sucks her thumb and wanders
By the banks of her own lagoon

Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday's on the phone to me

She said she'd always been a dancer
She worked at 15 clubs a day
And though she thought I knew the answer
Well I knew what I could not say.

And so I quit the police department
And got myself a steady job
And though she tried her best to help me
She could steal but she could not rob

Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday's on the phone to me
Oh yeah.

. . .


give me a ticket for an airoplane
i ain't got time to take no fast train
oh ,the lonely days are gone
i'll be right home
my baby she wrote me a letter

i don't care how much money i got to spend
i won't find my way home again
oh the lonely days are gone
i'll be right home
my baby, she wrote me a letter

she wrote me a letter
said she couldn't live with out me no more
listen to me mister don't you ever xxxx
my baby once more
anyway

give me a ticket for an airoplane
i ain't got time to take no fast train
oh ,the lonely days are gone
i'll be back home
my baby she wrote me a letter

solo

she wrote me a letter
said she couldn't live with out me no more
listen to me mister don't you ever xxxx
my baby once more
anyway

give me a ticket for an airoplane
i ain't got time to take no fast train
oh ,the lonely days are gone
i'll be back home
my baby she wrote me a letter

my baby wrote me a letter
my baby wrote me a letter
my baby wrote me a letter

. . .


Woman of the country now I've found you
Longing in your soft and fertile delta.
And I whisper sighs to satisfy your longing
for the warmth and tender shelter of my body.
Oh you're my, yes you're my Delta Lady
Yes, you're my, me oh my, Delta Lady.

Please don't ask how many times I found you
Standing wet and naked in the garden.
And I think of days and diff'rent ways I held you,
Held you closely to me, yes our heart was beating.
Oh you're my .....

Oh, and I'm over here in England;
But I think of you, think about you ....
Because I love you,

There are concrete mountains in the city
And pretty city women live inside them.
And yet it seems the city scene is lacking.
I'm so glad you're waiting for me in the country.
Oh you're my ....

. . .


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