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Boz Scaggs & Band
Columbia Records
December 1971


Track List:


1. Monkey Time
2. Runnin' Blue
3. Up To You
4. Love Anyway
5. Flames of Love
6. Here to Stay
7. Nothing Will Take Your Place
8. Why Why
9. You're So Good





Produced by Glyn Johns except "Here To Stay" and "Nothing Will Take Your Place" produced by Boz Scaggs

Recorded at Olympic Sound Studios [London] except "Love Anyway" recorded at CBS Studios [NYC] by Tim Geelan and "Here To Stay" recorded at CBS Studios [San Francisco] by Roy Segal

Engineered and mixed by Glyn Johns, except mix on "Here To Stay" and "Nothing Will Take Your Place" by Roy Segal
Schiffman & Larson Management, Inc.
Photography by Clive Arrowsmith





Musicians:


Boz Scaggs - guitar
George Rains - drums and percussion
David Brown - bass
Doug Simril - guitar and piano
Joachim Jymm Young - organ, piano, and vibraphone
Patrick O'Hara - trombone
Mel Martin  tenor, alto, and baritone saxophones, and flute
Tom Poole - trumpet and flugelhorn
Dorothy Morrison and Rita Coolidge Ensemble - Background Vocals
Cameos: "Flames Of Love" Chepito Areas and Mike Carrrabello - timbales and congas
"Here To Stay" Lee Charleton - saw and harp

1. Monkey Time

MONKEY TIME
(B. Scaggs / C. Arrowsmith)

Back in '64, I was feeling 63
The strangest sort of feeling
Started creeping over me
It's not the kind of feeling
You would easily forget
My hair started burnin'
And my knees began to sweat

I figured I was crazy
So I went back to my chair
But I looked into my mirror
And I just wasn't there
Just then the window shattered
And a monkey hit the floor
Looked like it was time for me
To make it to the door

But the monkey grabbed my coat
And took away my hat
And I don't remember
What happened after that
'Cept my friends here's the story
About how I left it all behind
Seems ever since that day
I've had that monkey on my mind

Tried to do my best
To make something of my life
So I cut off all my relatives
And then I left my wife

I've tried a hundred cures
Anything that I could find
But you know life ain't easy
With a monkey on your mind

Every time I make my mind up
I'm really gonna try
Well that monkey starts jumping
And looks me in the eye

Whoa, dig the monkey

Well something exploded
When the monkey got loaded
And we went out on the town
The monkey got so drunk
He started gettin' funky
It was hard to hold the poor boy down

He did the boogaloo, the shoogaloo
The Eskimo, the Hindu
He even made the teenage queen
Oh the joint started leapin'
Everybody was a-freakin'
The greatest show they'd ever seen

Then someone started screamin'
And I woke up from my dreaming
Tried to get myself realigned
But it's all right
And it all comes easy
When you got a monkey on your mind

Get the monkey
One more time
Get the monkey


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2. Runnin' Blue

RUNNIN' BLUE
(B. Scaggs / P. O'Hara)

Listen to me lady
So it's understood
This runnin' round life
Ain't doing me no good
I get tired
Get so tired of paying dues
But it seems there ain't no way around it
No end to runnin' blue

But I like to have my fun
Like to run around
And I ain't no stranger
In nobody's town
But I get tired
Get so tired of changing views
And the road don't get no shorter
Runnin' round the runnin' blue

Well this runnin' round life
Might seem nice and easy
But when you're blowing with the wind
Sometimes it gets real breezy
A man gets tired
I feel like I was born to lose
And there ain't no way around it
No way round the runnin' blue

Got no holes in my pockets
No holes in my shoes
But I don't know if I'm leaving Detroit
Or coming into Baton Rouge
I get tired
So tired of changing views
And there ain't no way around it
No way around the runnin' blue

Left my billfold at the airport
My suitcase on a train
Now I can't find my umbrella
And it sure looks like rain
I get tired
So tired of playing to lose
And the road don't get no shorter
When you got the runnin' blues

Well the night life ain't a good life
But it's my life too
Once you're bound to this highway
Ain't nothing you can do
'Cept get tired
Oh, get tired of paying dues
And there ain't no way around it
No way around the runnin' blue


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3. Up To You

UP TO YOU
(B. Scaggs / C. Arrowsmith)

Got your midnight invitation
Wrote it different from before
Somehow I just don't get excited like I used to
Just to stand before your door

Even though you broke my dreams
And destroyed my will to give
I cannot wait I won't refuse
I'll not forget but I'll forgive

Put it back the way it was
Put it back that way because
You have broke the faithful heart
And you've torn it all apart
You let me down
When it was up to you

Once you gave me sunny mornings
We were happy then that way
You were warm and sweet and loving
I wanted nothing but to stay

Now I ain't coming back forever
But I'm coming back for more
So keep your grievin' invitations
Go on, eat your heart outside your door

Put it back the way it was
Put it back that way because
You have broke the faithful heart
And you've torn it all apart
You let me down
When it was up to you

(Repeat)

Oh, you let me down
Oh, and it's up to you
Oh, I'm feeling down
Oh, and it's up to you


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4. Love Anyway

LOVE ANYWAY
(B. Scaggs)

Lover, here is something
To last you through the night
I'll make it clear
I'll make you hear
And I'll make it all right

Lover, lover, lover
Love her all the time
Some love burns
And some returns
But love, come what may

All our sorrows pass away
It's all tomorrow, anyway
All that's wrong
Makes love's sad song

Gone tomorrow, here today
Nothing ever comes to stay
Love, love, love anyway

Gone tomorrow, here today
Nothing ever comes to stay
Take love come what may
Take it everyday

Love, love, love, love... anyway


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5. Flames Of Love

FLAMES OF LOVE
(B. Scaggs / C. Arrowsmith)

I've tried to run, I've tried to hide
This don't do no good
Nights grow long and love grows strong
I'd leave you if I could
Can't believe this power of love
This hold you've got on me
It's been so strong, it seems so long
Just won't let me be

Help me love, my hearts a-burnin'
Tell me why I keep returnin'
Set me up and turn me 'round
Flames of love keep burnin' me down

Put me off, put me down
I won't die away
Love that's hotter than the sun
You know I'm here to stay
Do me right, do me wrong
You're about to do me in
The way you move's a doggone crime
The way you love's a sin

Help me love, my hearts a-burnin'
Tell me why I keep returnin'
Set me up, set me down
These flames of love are turnin' me 'round

My tongue gets tied, my eyes go blind
The truth is plain to see
I'm hooked my friend, it's near the end
And you won't let me be
I can't eat and I can't sleep
You've got me in your spell
If this goes on, I won't last long
Darlin' you know darn well

Help me love, my hearts a burning
Tell me why I keep returning

I've tried to run, I've tried to hide
It just don't do no good
The nights grow longer, love grows stronger
I'd leave you if I could

Can't believe the power of love
This hold you've got on me
It's been so strong it seems so long
Just won't let me be

Do me right do me wrong
'bout to do me in


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6. Here To Stay

HERE TO STAY
(B. Scaggs)

I never put much behind no smiles
Never felt this way for more than a little while

Lovin' you makes more sense
Than keeping up or paying rent
Anytime, anytime

You walked by, you got my eye
You bring on the blue, blue sky
Make my day, blow my blues away

I'm gonna let the four winds blow
Ain't gonna worry which way they go
I'm here to stay
Na na na na...
Oh, oh I'm here to stay

Never stayed long with no country dreams
Never take much from no city schemers
No I never did, no I never did

You came along I forgot about the past
Love's gonna grow, I know it's gonna last
All the time, all the time

Like the moon comes creepin' on a summer night
Sometimes things come on just right
Make my day, blow my blues away

I'm gonna let the four winds blow
Ain't gonna worry which way they go
No, I'm here to stay, here to stay

Ummmm, oh I'm here to stay

Never put much behind no smiles
Never felt this way for more than a little while
Lovin' you makes more sense

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7. Nothing Will Take Your Place

NOTHING WILL TAKE YOUR PLACE
(B. Scaggs)

Maybe you've got your mind made up
Don't know where to start
Maybe you hold your painted cup
Too close to your heart
What about what you said today
That was all you ever had to say
No one else ever made it sound just that way

Take your places
Show your faces

Days break, with outtakes and accidents
Your baby cries, your lovers lie
You must make sense
But all you ever had to do
Is do what you have to do
And you're the only one who knows
Just exactly what that is

Take your places
Show your faces

Without you dear, there's nothing here
It's all a mystery
So stay right there and take good care
Just for me

Nothing would ever take your place
Nothing would ever take your place

Thoughts and daydreams fill the air
They fly around like birds
And I can sing you melodies
And they just sound like words
But wanna know what they say
Overhear it everyday
You're the one they've been hearing all about

Take your places
Show your faces

Without you dear, there's nothing here
It's all a mystery
So stay right there and take good care
Just for me

Nothing will ever take your place
Nothing will ever take your place

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8. Why Why

WHY WHY
(B. Scaggs / T. Davis)

I drank up all the bottles
But my thirst won't go away
Called you on the phone girl
But there ain't much I could say
Do I get some consolation
Seems there's nothing to be had
I wonder why, why, why
I wonder why. why. why. why
Must a good love go bad

Time was I'd find someone else
But now it ain't no good
God, I can't get over you
But when you're here I could
No, it just don't stand to reason
And it's about to drive me mad
I wonder why, why, why
I wonder why, why, why, why
Must a good love go bad

I can't get used to leaving you
It's hard to face the fact
It's over now, you're gone for good
Ain't no turning back
Can I find some consolation
Seems there's nothing to be had
I wonder why, why, why
I wonder why, why, why, why
Must a good love go bad

It's cold and dark in here tonight
It's like some kind of curse
I thought things were bad enough
Couldn't get much worse
No, it just don't stand to reason
And it's about to drive me mad
I wonder why, why, why
I wonder why, why, why, why
Must a good love go bad

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9. You're So Good

YOU'RE SO GOOD
(B. Scaggs)

First time we met
What a thrill
Moved me then
Always will
Changed my life for the better
From day to day
You've made me so happy
I'm gonna stay
'Cause you're good
You're so good mamma

Dream maker come by here
Says he's got a fast trick
I said, oh man, go on by here
I'm gonna stick
'Cause you're good
Oooh, you're so good

Oh, the river roars
Outside my door
Midnight Special calls my name
Was a time that I had to go
Oh, but not anymore
Seems like nothing is the same
Since you called my name
You're so good

Oh sweetie, you've made me
A satisfied man
Nothin' on my mind
Money in my hand
Hard times and worry
Don't matter much to me
Long as we're together
Oooh I'll let it be
'Cause you're good
Ooh you're so good

I can hear the river's roar
Outside my door
Midnight Special calls my name
Was a time I had to go
Oh, but not anymore
Seems like nothin' feels the same
Since you called my name
So good

Mmmm... You're so good...

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