Four Chords and Several Years Ago (1994)

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SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

(C. Calhoun)

Get outta that bed and wash those face and hands
Get outta that bed, wash those face and hands
Get in that kitchen, make some noise with the pots and pans

When you wear those dresses, the sun comes shining through
When you wear those dresses, the sun comes shining through
I can’t believe my eyes all that mess belongs to you

I believe in my soul you’re a devil in nylon hose
I believe in my soul you’re a devil in nylon hose
Well, the harder I work, the faster my money goes

I said, shake, rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll
Shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won’t do nothin’
To save your doggone soul

I’m like a one-eyed cat peepin’ in a seafood store
I’m like a one-eyed cat peepin’ in a seafood store
Well, I can look at you and tell you ain’t no child no more

Way over the hill, way down underneath
Way over the hill, way down underneath
You make me roll my eyes, baby, make me grit my teeth

I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll
I said shake, rattle and roll
Well, you won’t do nothing
To save your doggone…

Shake, rattle and roll

 
Lyrics

1. Shake, Rattle and Roll
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

BLUE MONDAY

(D. Bartholomew/F. Domino)

Blue Monday
I hate Blue Monday
Got to work like a slave all day
Here come Tuesday
Oh hard Tuesday
I’m so tired got no time to play
Here come Wednesday
I’m beat to my socks
My gal calls, got to tell her that I’m out
Cause Thursday is a hard workin’ day
And Friday I get my pay

Saturday mornin’
Oh Saturday mornin’
All my tiredness has gone away
Got my money and my honey
And I’m out on the stand to play

Sunday mornin’ my head is bad
But it’s worth it for the time that I’ve had
But I’ve got to get my rest
Cause Monday is a mess

 
Lyrics

2. Blue Monday
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

SEARCHING FOR MY LOVE

(R. Moore)

Searchin’, searchin’ for my baby, yes I am
Searchin’, searchin’ for my baby, yes I am

Chorus:
Searchin’, searchin’ for my baby
I’m searchin’, searchin’ for my love
I’m searchin’ for the one I adore
If I find her, you know I will
I’ll never, never let her go
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
I’ll never, never let her go, now, baby

I love you, I need you
I need you by my side
For my love, for my true love
I’ll never, never never hide, now, baby
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
I’ll never, never, never hide, now baby

I wonder, I wonder why
You had to leave me this way
I’m sorry, darling, that I made you cry
Forgive me, love
For the things I’ve done to you
Come on home, come on home
Give me one more try

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

3. Searching For My Love
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

(SHE’S) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL

(J. Ellison)

I don’t need whole lots a money
I don’t need a big fine car
I got everything that a man could want
I got more than I could ask for

I don’t have to run around
I don’t have to stay out all night
Cause I got a sweet, sweet lovin’ woman
And she knows just how to treat me right

My baby, she’s all right
Well my baby, she’s clean out of sight
Don’t you know that

She’s some kind of wonderful
She’s some kind of wonderful
Yes she is
She’s some kind of wonderful

When I hold her in my arms
She sets my soul on fire
Oh when my baby kisses me
It fills my heart with desire
And when she wraps her lovin’ arms around me
Almost drives me out of my mind
I get a funny little feeling inside and
Chills run up and down my spine

My baby, she’s all right
My baby, she’s clean out of sight
Don’t you know that

She’s some kind ‘a wonderful
She’s some kind ‘a wonderful

Now is there anybody
Got a sweet little woman like mine
Got to be somebody
Got a got a sweet little woman like mine

Can I get a witness?
Can I get a witness?
Can I get a witness?

 
Lyrics

4. (She's) Some Kind of Wonderful
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

BUT IT’S ALRIGHT

(J.J. Jackson/P. Tubbs)

You don’t know how I feel
You never know how I feel
When I needed you to come around
You always try to put me down

Well I know, girl,
Believe me when I say that
That you are surely, surely gonna pay, girl

But it’s alright, alright girl
You hurt me, but it’s alright

Hey now, one day you’ll see
You’ll never find a guy like me
Who’ll love you right
Both day and night
You’ll never have to worry
Cause it’s alright

Oh, but I’m tellin’ you girl
And I know it’s true
I was made to love only you, girl

But it’s alright, alright girl
You hurt me, but it’s alright

Now there’s one thing I wanna say
You’ll meet a guy who’ll make you pay
He’ll treat you bad and make you sad
And you will ruin the love you had

Oh, but I hate to say I told you so
Baby, you gotta gotta reap what you sow, girl

But it’s alright, alright girl
You are payin’ now, but it’s alright

Goodbye, love
Goodbye, girl
You’re payin’ now
But it’s all right

You hurt me once
You hurt me twice
Oh, but-a baby
Don’t cut no ice

 
Lyrics

5. But It's Alright
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY

(Clark)

If you got to make a fool of somebody
If you got to make a fool of someone
Do you really want to hurt me
When I’m the one that worries
About you

Daytime
Nighttime
Anytime at all
I’ll rush to your side
Anytime you call
Just to be near you
You know
That anywhere I’ll go
How could you hurt me so?

If you got to make a fool of somebody
If you got to make a fool of someone
If you got to make a fool of somebody
If you got to make a fool of someone
Do you really want to hurt me
When I’m the one that worries
About you

Take it easy, baby
I’m the fool that loves you

 
Lyrics

6. If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

MOTHER IN LAW

(A. Toussaint)

Mother in law (mother in law)
Mother in law (mother in law)

The worst person I know
Mother in law (mother in law)
She worries me so
Mother in law (mother in law)
If she leaves us alone
We could have a happy home
Sent from down below
Mother in law (mother in law)
Mother in law (mother in law)

Satan should be her name
Mother in law (mother in law)
To me they’re about the same
Mother in law (mother in law)
Everytime I open my mouth
Steps in trying to put me out
How could you stoop so low?
Mother in law (mother in law)
Mother in law (mother in law)

I come home with my pay
Mother in law (mother in law)
She asks me what I made
Mother in law (mother in law)
She thinks her advice is a contribution
If she would leave that would be the solution
Don’t come back no more
Mother in law (mother in law)
Mother in law (mother in law)

 
Lyrics

7. Mother In Law
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

LITTLE BITTY PRETTY ONE

(Byrd)

Little bitty pretty one
Come on and talk to me
Lovey dovey lovey one
Come sit down on my knee

Tell you a story
Happened long time ago
Little bitty pretty one
I’ve been watching you grow

Little bitty pretty one
Come on and talk to me
Lovey dovey lovey one
Come sit down on my knee

 
Lyrics

8. Little Bitty Pretty One
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL

(S. Williamson/S.L. Hopkins)

Good morning little schoolgirl
Can I come home with you
Tell your mama and your papa
I’m a little schoolboy too

Hey now pretty baby
I just can’t help myself
You’re so young and pretty
I don’t need nobody else

Chorus:
Good morning little schoolgirl
Can I come home with you?
Don’t you hear me crying?
Hey! You hear me cryin’
Hey! You hear me cryin’

I’m gonna buy me an airplane
And fly all over your town
Tell everybody, baby
Lord knows you’re fine

Hey now pretty baby
I just can’t help myself
You’re so young and pretty
I don’t need nobody else

(Chorus)

Good morning little schoolgirl
Can I come home with you
Tell your mama and your papa
I’m a little schoolboy too

Hey now pretty baby
I just can’t help myself
You’re so young and pretty
I don’t need nobody else

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

9. Good Morning Little School Girl
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

STAGGER LEE

(Logan/L. Price)

The night was clear
And the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumblin’ down…

I was standin’ on the corner
When I heard my bull dog bark
He was barkin’ at the two men
Who were gamblin’ in the dark

It was Stagger Lee and Billy
Two men who gambled late
Stagger Lee threw a seven
Billy swore that he threw eight

Stagger Lee told Billy
“I can’t let you go with that
You have won all my money
And my brand new Stetson hat.”

Stagger Lee went home
And he got his .44
Said, “I’m goin’ to the bar room
Just to pay that debt I owe.”

Stagger Lee went to the bar room
He stood across the bar room dloor
Said “Now nobody move!”
And he pulled his .44

“Stagger Lee,” cried Billy
“Oh, please don’t take my life!
I’ve got three little children,
And a very sickly wife.”

Stagger Lee shot Billy
Oh, he shot that poor boy so bad
Till the bullet went through Billy
And broke the bartender’s glass

Go, Stagger Lee
Go, Stagger Lee

 
Lyrics

10. Stagger Lee
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

SHE SHOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL

(M. Gayden/C. Neese)

Chorus:
She shot a hole in my soul
I’m walking all over town
Calling her name and trying to find her
She shot a hole in my soul, yeah
I’m walking all over town
Knockin’ and beatin’ on every door

Some pity me
And people start to cry
One man said he helped me
But I thanked him and said goodbye

Cause I’ve got to keep on trying, Lord
I’m going crazy, about to lose my mind
I’ve got to keep on trying, yea
I’m going crazy, about to lose my mind

My heart says
Without a love you’re dying
Baby, baby, baby
Can’t you hear me crying
Say, oooh
Whoa
Help me somebody

(Chorus)

I walked into a club
Jumped up and grabbed the microphone
I asked the man leading the band
To let me sing my song

Cause my heart says
Without a love you’re dying
Baby, baby, baby
Can’t you hear me crying
Say, oooh
Whoa
Help me somebody

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

11. She Shot a Hole In My Soul
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

SURELY I LOVE YOU

(Bracken/Oliver)

Surely (surely) surely (surely)
Surely (surely) surely (surely)
I love you

Come rain, come snow
Come, come sunshine

Your love will stop the rain
It will melt the snow
Cause you’re mine

All I find to say
When I feel this way
Is just I love you

I love you because
Darling, you’re for real
You showed this heart of mine
How a real true love it ought to feel

Surely (surely) surely (surely)
Surely (surely) surely (surely)
I…

I love you because
Honey, you’re for real
You showed this achin’ heart
How a real true love it ought to feel

Surely (surely) surely (surely)
Surely (surely) surely (surely)
I love you

 
Lyrics

12. Surely I Love You
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

YOU LEFT THE WATER RUNNING

(O. Franks/R. Hall/D. Penn)

Chorus:
You left the water running
When you left me here behind
You left the water running
Running from these eyes of mine
Running from these eyes of mine

You turned out all the lights of love
And left with another guy
You turned off all of your love for me
But you forgot to turn off the cry
You forgot to turn off the cry

You pull the shades way down low
You disconnect the telephone
But these tears running from my eyes
You can’t turn ’em off and on
You can’t turn ’em off and on

(Chorus)

You locked the door, left my heart outside
And then you threw the key away
But you’ll regret and you’ll be upset
When you get your water bills to pay
When you get your water bills to pay

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

13. You Left The Water Running
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

YOUR CASH AIN’T NOTHING BUT TRASH

(C. Calhoun)

Walking down the main drag one night
I met a fine chick built just right
She stopped when I flashed my roll
I told her she could have all of my dough
She turned around and with a frown
She said, “This ain’t no circus and I don’t need a clown.”

Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
So there ain’t no need in your hangin’ around

Just to make the hit with that chick
I tried to get a Cadillac right quick
The man at the place looked so strange
I had nine hundred bucks and some change
We disagreed, I tried to plead
He said, “I ain’t no chicken and I don’t need your feed.”

Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Then brother you’re crawling way passed your speed

I’m walking and countin’ my bucks
The man with the gun said “Hands up!”
I tried to get away but I was too slow
He caught me and took all of my dough
I heard him shout, as he cut out
“You really lost nothing, what you crying about?”

Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
And he took my watch and I passed out

I woke in the arms of a big cop
Police station next stop
The judge swung his fist down, plunk, plunk
Twenty dollar fine ’cause you’re drunk
Dig up the dough and you can go
And all I had was a buffalo

Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
Your cash ain’t nothin’ but trash
But I sure better get me some more

 
Lyrics

14. Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

FUNCTION AT THE JUNCTION

(Holland/S. Long)

I’m getting ready for the function at the junction
Brother, you’d better come on right now
Because everybody’s gonna be there
We got people comin’ from everywhere

We got Ling Ting Tong from China
Long Tall Sally from Carolina
We got 007, the Private Eye,
And he’s bringin’ all the guys from “I Spy”

Chorus:
Tell one, tell all
We gonna have a ball
Tell ’em bout the the function at the junction
Sister, you’d better come on right now
Talking ’bout that function at the junction
Brother, you’d better come on right now

We serving egg foo yung and barbecue
We got chicken dumplings and kidney stew
We gonna make big fun till the break of dawn
I’m gonna shake a tail feather
Shoot it before we run

Hold a shotgun on the rooster,
And dare him to crow
Tell anybody sleepin say
Get out on that floor

(Chorus)

We got soul brothers, Jitterbugs
Hip cats with crazy hats
Pretty girls with pretty smiles
All decked out in the latest styles
Memphis Slim and Guitar Jim
Betty Boop and ooo-boop-e-doop
Mohair Sam from Alabam
Minnesota Fats from Hoboken Flats
Gravitatin’ Hip-shakin’ cuties now
Talkin’ bout some fascinatin’ devastatin’ beauties now
They all be gathering here, from far and near

For the Function at the Junction
Sister, you’d better come on right now
Tell ’em about the function at the junction
Brother, you’d better come on right now

 
Lyrics

15. Function At The Junction
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

BETTER TO HAVE AND NOT NEED

(D. Covay/Watts)

You know I can’t get no more satisfaction
Girl you just don’t give me no more inspiration
Listen to me
You gone and lost that lovin’ feeling
But you won’t see me packin’ up my clothes and goin’ leavin’

Chorus:
It’s better to have and don’t need
Than need and don’t have
Much better to have and don’t need
Than need and don’t have
You know that a man without a woman
Is sure gonna feel bad

Girl you cause me so much pain and sorrow
But you know we haven’t no money momma
Is it so much harder
You better know it yeah
Friends stop by my house instigating
But you know there won’t be no no separating

(Chorus)

You know my clouds don’t have a silver lining
Don’t throw no umbrella on me ’cause the sun is shining
I remember when you loved me you used to keep me humming
Well I like the lyrics to your song I just can’t feel the music

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

16. Better To Have And Not Need
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

GOING DOWN SLOW

(J. Olden)

Well I’ve had my fun
If I don’t get well no more
Well I’ve had my fun
If I don’t get well no more
Yeah my head is spinning
And I’m going down slow

Please write my mother
Tell her the shape I’m in
Please write my mother
Tell her the shape I’m in
Tell her to pray for me
Forgive me for my sins

Don’t send me no doctor
He won’t do me no good
Don’t send me no doctor
He won’t do me no good
I said it’s all my fault
Didn’t do things I should

Driftin’ and stumblin’
Like a ship out on the sea
Driftin’ and stumblin’
Like a ship out on the sea
I ain’t got nobody
To care for me

 
Lyrics

17. Going Down Slow
Four Chords and Several Years Ago  

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