Hard at Play (1991)

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BUILD ME UP

(J. Colla/H. Lewis)

Don’t try to tell me why
You just can’t get enough of me
So fine, so unkind
I can tell that you’re using me
You just using me
You know what you do to me

Chorus:
You just build me up
And then you let me down
Make you feel like a man
And treat me like a clown

So strong, but you’re so wrong
Should’ve known it all along
So nice, like paradise
I got this feeling I’ll be paying twice
Paying twice today
I’ll be paying for the rest of my life
That ain’t nice

(Chorus)

Got me hangin’
On a string
Up and down I go
You got me actin’
Like a toy
You got the remote control
Yea, yea

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

1. Build Me Up
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IT HIT ME LIKE A HAMMER

(M. Lange/H. Lewis)

I don’t like to worry
About no one else
I like to be, you know alone and free
I’m happy by myself, yeah

But here comes this girl, whoa yea
I’ve seen ‘em all around the world
She looks into me
Looks right through me

Chorus:
Don’t you know it hit me like a hammer
Hit me like a ton of lead
You know it hit me like a hammer
You know it hit me, baby

I told myself to take it easy
Cause this won’t last long
A day or two I’ll be back in love
And she’ll be long gone, yeah

But then she caught my eye, whoa yea
I knew that it was all a lie
I started shakin’
My heart was breakin

(Chorus)

And now I can’t stop this feelin’ I got
I wanna know
Cause there’s no time to make up my mind
You shot me, now you’ve got me
If you really want me

But here comes this girl, whoa yea
I’ve seen ‘em all around the world
She looks into me
Looks right through me

(Chorus)

Shot me, now you’ve got me
You know it hit me like a hammer
You know you hit me like a hammer
Hit me like a five pound sledge
You know it hit me, baby
You know you hit me like a hammer

 
Lyrics

2. It Hit Me Like A Hammer
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ATTITUDE

(M. Carl)

I don’t need no money
Cause I’ve got attitude
Enough to show you a good time, honey
And that’s what I’m about to do
You found your diamond in the rough, baby
And I’m about to tell you why

Chorus:
Cause I got everything
That attitude can buy
I can get you anything
That attitude can buy

Cruisin’ down the avenue
Stylin’ in my new dress suit
Foot on the accelerator
See you later

I got everything
That attitude can buy

Cutting in lines at the night clubs
All the doormen let me slide
I get the very best table by the bandstand
They play my favorite songs as soon as I arrive
Treat all the ladies like ladies
They know I’m an up-and-up guy

(Chorus)

Rappin’ to the young men
It’s kinda hard to understand
Got a pair of alligators
See you later

I got everything
That attitude can buy
horns

I got everything that attitude can buy
I can get you anything that attitude can buy

Talkin’ on my car phone
Send and send till you get home
Meet me in the elevator
See you later

 
Lyrics

3. Attitude
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HE DON’T KNOW

(D. Covay/J. Tiven/S. Tiven)

He took your love
But it’s still mine
Took all the things that I loved best
But you still ain’t got happiness

Gave you everything girl money can buy
He’s a real big spender and a generous guy
You gave up on me, can’t understand
Deep down inside girl, I’m still the man

Chorus:
(He don’t know what to do for you)
He don’t know
(He don’t know what to do for you)
He don’t know
(He don’t know what to do for you)
But I do
You know I do, yeah

I passed your house today
I took it real hard
There was a brand new Mercedes
Parked right in front of your yard
He buys you things from A to Z
But no one, no one can satisfy you like me

(Chorus)

You had the world
But you wanted more
But nothin’ can be better
Than what you had before
But you still got a chance to let him go

Gave you all of the best love
One man can give
And girl, you’re gonna feel it
Just as long as I live
Gave you all the love he could
But don’t you know that
I spoiled you too good

(Chorus)

(He don’t know what to do for you)
He don’t know what to do
(He don’t know what to do for you)
For a girl like you
(He don’t know what to do for you)
He will never know
Never never know like I know

 
Lyrics

4. He Don't Know
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COUPLE DAYS OFF

(C. Hayes/H. Lewis/G. Palmer)

I like my job and I don’t mind the work
But eleven out of twelve is bound to hurt
The pay’s pretty good and the benefits are fine
But I got a little girl and I wanna make her mine

Don’t mind telling you I get a little mad
To get a bit ahead takes all the time I have
Don’t misunderstand me
I’m not getting soft
All I want is a couple days off

Can’t wait for the weekend
Ah baby just can’t wait no

I don’t need another high song to sing
I don’t need a shiny new diamond ring
I don’t need to meet nobody else
I just need a little time for myself

Cause I’m only human, I’m no machine
I need a little loving only you know what I mean
Don’t misunderstand me
I’m not getting soft
All I want is a couple days off

Let me catch my breath
Thank god for the weekend
Back to the old grind

I don’t need another long coffee break
I’ve had as much coffee as a man can take
I need to change my disposition
Change my point of view
I need time to figure out what I want to do

Believe me when I tell you it gets a little rough
We work a little harder but it never is enough
I’m not afraid to say
I’m a total loss
All I want is a couple days off

Can’t wait for the weekend

 
Lyrics

5. Couple Days Off
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THAT’S NOT ME

(M. Ruff)

Must have been out of my mind
Must have been a little bit crazy
I had heaven in my hands
And didn’t even know to do with it
Must have been seeing things
I can’t believe the tears in my eyes
And now all I want to do
Is tell you what you mean to me

Never been one for crying
Don’t waste time on jealousy
Never even thought about holding on
Till it happened to me, yes it happened to me

Chorus:
That’s not me
Don’t look like me
Don’t walk like me
When you’re out together
That’s not me
Don’t act the same way
Ain’t got the same thing
He don’t love you like I do

I must have been driving too hard
Doing ninety in a thirty-five zone
And now everything I do
Designed to get you back to me
You know, walking through stone
Breathing under water
Is easier than trying to shake a memory

Never been one for crying
Don’t waste time on jealousy
Never even thought about holding on till it happened to me, yes it happened to me

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

6. That's Not Me
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WE SHOULD BE MAKING LOVE

(A. Goldmark/S. Kipner/S. Lindsey)

We’ve been friends forever
Looking for the same thing
True love can be so hard to find
Maybe we’ve been looking
In all the wrong places
Cause we keep coming back here everytime

Talking to each other
Comparing our heartaches
Confessing the ways we long to be satisfied

Maybe there’s something going on here
Maybe there’s something here for you and me

Chorus:
We should be making love
Instead of wasting time with someone else
We should be making love
Instead of going home all by ourselves

Oh, now I’ve told you
I want to be your lover
Why don’t we discover
Where we go from here
I don’t want no other
Do you feel it too
Everytime we get together

Telling our stories
Comparing our heartaches
Confessing the ways we long to be satisfied

(Chorus)

Telling our stories
Comparing our heartaches
Confessing the ways we long to be satisfied

I know there’s something going on here
You know it’s so obvious to see

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

7. We Should Be Making Love
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BEST OF ME

(B. Hayes/K. Hayes/A. Stocking)

I’ve been trying to forget you girl
Since you put me down
I hear you’re working on the same thing too
All over this town

But we end up right back in the middle
Of a love that’s tried and true
Baby if we try, try just a little
You will see
How true I want to be to you

Chorus:
You know you always get the best of me
I’m as helpless as a man can be
Try me baby you will see
Forget about the rest
You’ll always get the best of me

I’ve tried every trick I know
I drank myself dumb and blind
I’ve tried to Mary Lou you
Peggy Sue you
Right out of my mind

As hard as I’ve tried I just never get it
‘Cause the feelings much too strong
Baby in my heart I know I can’t let it slip away
I’ve got to get you back to where you belong

(Chorus)

Hear me baby
We can see that
You know I love you and
I know you feel the same way
C’mon back girl
You can be sure
I’ve got lovin’ that’ll make you better

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

8. Best Of Me
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DO YOU LOVE ME OR WHAT?

(C. Hayes/H. Lewis/ N. Lowe)

I don’t care if you go out dancin’
Freakin’ like a fool
Pretending that you’re on the scene
I don’t care what you’re wearin’
But its so tiny, baby makes me want to scream
I don’t need a little time to be on my own
Don’t need a crowded house with nobody home
The world’s too tough to face alone

So do you love me or what?
Do you love me or what?
You’re just breakin’ me up
Do you love me or what?

I don’t need my record collection
No house in Hollywood
To put my system in
I don’t need just another possession
Cause what I’m looking for
Is loyal through thick in thin
Don’t need a ring, shiny thing
Cause that’s no proof
What you feel is much more real
That’s the truth
That’s why I’m standin’ here asking you

Do you love me or what?
Do you love me or what?
You’re just breakin’ me up
Do you love me or what?

 
Lyrics

9. Do You Love Me Or What?
Hard At Play  

DON’T LOOK BACK

(B. Gibson/H. Lewis/D. Fredricks)

Woman left for another man
Took you’re car and your Steely Dan
If it weren’t for that
I wouldn’t have no luck
So low down, it looks like it’s up
There’s only one thing to do

Chorus:
Keep on walking and don’t look back
Head on down to the chicken shack
Go and act like a maniac
Keep on walking and don’t look back

Had a little trouble with a guy at work
Got a great big mouth for a little jerk
Got a lot of bills one check won’t pay
And a love that’s real is fading away
There’s only one thing to do

(Chorus)

Keep on walking and don’t look back
Don’t you just sing the blues
Keep on walking and never look back
Put on your walking shoes
Keep on walking and don’t look back
Never look back
Just chalk it up to history
Set yourself free

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

10. Don't Look Back
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TIME AIN’T MONEY

(J. Colla/H. Lewis)

If money is the root of all evil
I’d like to be a bad, bad man
Cause I’m sittin’ here
With nothing but time
Trying to make you understand

My love for you is as good as gold
But I ain’t got but one dime
If I could just get out of this soul
Baby we could have a good time

Man said time was on my side
He never knew me that well
Cause I’ve got plenty of time on my hands
Time ain’t easy to sell

If I could just get a little bit ahead
Think of the things we could do
I’d take your tiny little hand in mine
Spend a lot of money on you

Chorus:
But time ain’t money
You know it’s a shame
Time ain’t money
Unfortune thang
Time ain’t money
You know it’s a bitch
If time was money
I’d already be rich

Suppose to be a check at the union
If only I could pick it up
I got hit with some bad family shit
It looks like I’m out of luck

I could be a very rich man
Baby you know that its true
If I had a dime for every minute of time
I spent thinking of you

(Chorus)

If money is the root of all evil
I’d like to be a bed ridden man
Cause I’m sittin’ here
With nothing but time
Trying to make you understand

My love for you is as good as gold
But I ain’t got but one dime
If I could just get out of this soul
Baby we could have a good time

(Chorus)

 
Lyrics

11. Time Ain't Money
Hard At Play  

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