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Boz Scaggs Lyrics * DOWN TWO THEN LEFT *

Down Two Then Left
Columbia Records
November 1977
DSD Remastered Import 2004

Track List:

1.   Still Falling for You
2.   Hard Times
3.   A Clue
4.   Whatcha Gonna Tell Your Man
5.   We're Waiting
6.   Hollywood
7.   Then She Walked Away
8.   Gimme the Goods
9.   1993
10.
Tomorrow Never Came

Joe Wissert: producer
Tom Perry: engineer
Jeff Porcaro: drums
Michael Omartian: keyboards
Scott Edwards: bass
Jay Graydon: guitars
Ray Parker, Jr.: guitars
Guy Bourdin: photos
Irv Azoff: action
Strings and horns arranged and conducted by Michael Omartian
Horns: Chuck Findley, Steve Madaio, Ernie Watts, Fred Selden, Don Menza, David Duke,
Dana Hughes and Barbara Korn

Recorded and mixed at Hollywood Sound
Original Disc Mastering: Mike Reese
CD digitally remastered by Joe Gastwirt at JVC and C.M.S. Digital Studios in 1986
Concert Master: Sid Sharp

"I'm geared up to cope with success now but there's a constant ego-wrestling you have to deal with. Do I need it? Is it important? Do I want an obvious format or shall I move on? I could have repeated 'Silk Degrees' but I can't consider that. The title 'Down Two Then Left' is a juggling around with the image. I really am trying to depart from the norm." - Boz Scaggs

Musicians:

Still Falling For You
Carolyn Willis and Boz: background vocals
Bobbye Hall: bongos
Michael Omartian: accordion and marimba
David Hungate: bass

Hard Times
Jim Gilstrap, Zedric Turnbough and John Lehman: background vocals
Victor Feldman: claves
Boz: guitar solo

A Clue
Venetta Fields, Phyllis St. James, John Lehman and Roy Galloway: background vocals
Steve Lukather: guitar solo

Whatcha Gonna Tell Your Man
Carolyn Willis: verses
Bobby King, Eldridge King, and Terry Evans: chorus
Jai Winding: acoustic piano
Boz: guitar solo
Alan Estes: congas

We're Waiting
Carolyn Willis and Boz: background vocals
Chuck Findley: flugelhorn solo

Hollywood
Carolyn Willis, Myrna Matthews and Julia Tillman Waters: background vocals
Victor Feldman: vibraphone

Then She Walked Away
Jay Graydon: guitar solo
Carolyn Willis, Myrna Matthews and Phyllis St. James: background vocals

Gimme The Goods
Bobbye Hall: congas
Jeff Porcaro: timbales
Steve Lukather: guitar solo

1993
James Haas and Stan Farber: background vocals

Victor Feldman appears courtesy of Caribou Records
Julia Tillman Waters appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Bobbye Hall appears courtesy of 20th Century Records
Ray Parker, Jr. appears courtesy of Arista Records

Originally planned to be released under the title "Still Fallin' For You"

(Thank you for your contribution, Antonius & Eddie)

1. Still Falling For You

STILL FALLING FOR YOU
(B. Scaggs)

Ever since the day I saw your face
I've been making plans
Seemed kind of absurd when
There wasn't much for you
So I put a little word in
Just for you
Started making strategies
To get you, for myself

I love your eyes
Your crazy sighs
Were tantalizing me
Push some pride aside
Mmm not too bad
I could run and hide,,,
But I'd rather be had
Mostly, it's just lonely,
Only being lonely by myself

And I'm still falling for you
The thrill is still brand new
No matter what I do
It all begins and ends with you

He's hearing voices
Seems the choices
Really are but few
Hey, he makes a break
Get out of there
Me, act like a fool
Stand and stare
See the jokers actin'
Like there's nothin' happenin'
He just ate his cocktail napkin

Summer breezes
Through the trees
As on and on it goes
They begin to reminisce
He walks her home
And then a kiss
The rest is known

And so we leave our hero
No longer batting zero
He's in the majors now

And I'm still falling for you
The thrill is still brand new
No matter what I do
It all begins and ends with you
Baby

'Cause I'm still falling for you
And the thrill is still brand new
No matter what I do
It all begins and ends with you

And I'm still falling for you
The thrill is still brand new
No matter what I do
It all begins and ends with you
Oh

Cause I'm still falling for you
The thrill is still brand new
No matter what I do
It all begins and ends with you

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2. Hard Times

HARD TIMES
(B. Scaggs)

I am down in the sea of confusion
'Neath the waves of no recovery
Swept away by a distant voice calling
Ain't no use in trying to rescue me

I am falling
Back into your spell
Back into a cell of no return
No way to rescue me

I still see you
Reaching out to take your hold on me
Through a crack in the moon
I believed you
But I know this time there ain't no use

I am falling
Back into your spell
Back into a cell of no return
No way to rescue me

Falling
Back into your spell
Back into a cell of no return
No way to rescue me

I am falling
Back into your spell
Back into a cell of no return
No way to rescue me

Back into your spell
Back into a cell of no return
No way to rescue me

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3. A Clue

A CLUE
(B. Scaggs)

I know what you're doing
I hear what you're saying
So who do you think you're fooling
You remember me, hey

I hear you call out in the night
I keep your secrets well
I hold your vision from the sight
Of anybody else

Won't you stop your fooling
'Cause you know and I know
We're talking to ourselves
We might as well go on as though
There ain't nobody else
There is no one else
If you need a clue
The secret to me
Is you

No matter what you think
You're still just dreaming
No matter where you go
You're still right there
No matter what becomes of all your scheming
I can watch it vanish in the air

'Cause you know and I know
We're talking to ourselves
We might as well go on as though
There ain't nobody else
There is no one else
If you need a clue
The secret to me
Is you

No matter what you think
You're still just dreaming
No matter where you go
You're still right there
No matter what becomes of all your scheming
I can watch it vanish in the air

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4. Whatcha Gonna Tell Your Man

WHATCHA GONNA TELL YOUR MAN
(B. Scaggs / J. Winding)

Why'd you come here
All alone
You should go now
Go right back home

Oh my dear, it's begun
But there are some things
Better left undone
Like me, here with you
Baby I make mistakes too
Monday's romance
Is Tuesday's sad affair

For a moment
Through the crowd
I could hear your heart
Talking right out loud

Whispering to me like a child
So impatient
Latin lover style
Your heart, it's a start
Way beyond a fast affair
It's the moon
And garland in your hair

Whatcha gonna tell your man
Oh whatcha gonna tell your man
How you gonna make him understand
Oh understand
What'd you have to go and do it for
Make me want you like I do

Whatcha gonna tell your man
Hey whatcha gonna tell your man
How you gonna make him understand
Understand baby
What'd you have to go and do it for
Make me want you like I do

Are you crazy
Outta your mind
Jump the fence and
Leave it all behind
Daddy's baby, Momma's friend
Buy that judge off
Start all new again
Matter of factly
Yeah, I'll bet he
Never saw you quite this way
Safe to say
Throw the key away

Whatcha gonna tell your man
Whatcha gonna tell your man
How you gonna make him understand
Understand
Whatcha you have to go and do it for
Make me want you like I do
Baby

Whatcha gonna tell your man
Oh whatcha gonna tell your man
How you gonna make him understand
Understand
Whatcha have to go and do it for
Make me want you like I do
Baby

Oh whatcha you gonna tell your man
Whatcha you have to go and do it for
Make me.... whatcha whatcha

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5. We're Waiting

WE'RE WAITING
(B. Scaggs / M. Omartian)

Holding hands across an episode
Hours after you had hit the road

There are
There are a few
There are
There are a few of us who wait around for

Afternoons around the lazy lawn
Calling ducks to shoot them off the pond
Clearly it's a waste of time
Though they're not real shells
Just that there is nothing else to do

Maybe we should wait for you

There are
There are a few
There are
There are a few of us who wait around for

Visions of a beauty that I used to see
Through a car rear window a lover showed to me
Melting on the mirror in a most seductive pool
Maybe we could take a dip or two

Maybe we should wait for you

There are
There are a few
There are
There are a few of us who wait around for

Maybe we should wait for you

There are
There are a few
There are
There are a few of us who wait around for

We're waiting.. we're waiting.. we're waiting.. we're waiting
We're waiting .. we're waiting.. we're waiting.. we're waiting

To see if mountains ever ever move
To see if miracles come true

See if mountains ever ever move

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6. Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD
(B. Scaggs / M. Omartian)

The way you read the crowd
The way you make them pay
You stepped in and did the scene a whole new way
No one would resist you now
And even if they could
Hollywood just never had it quite this good

I see your name in lights
I see them standing in line
They send the cards and the wine
Broadway here she comes
You should be a natural

Camera, action, do it again
Ooh anyway I gotta do it
What a reaction, do it again
Yeah I'm gonna make you a star
Camera, action, do it again
Ooh anyway I gotta do it
What a reaction, do it again
To get you this part

No one had to tell you what your smile was for
You sure there's not an Uncle name of Barrymore
Now she did this and she did that
You're all the latest talk
Now they're lining up for you around the block

Throwing roses
And Holy Moses
Even the "Times" says,
"Sparks fell from the skies"
An' that gets you immortalized

Camera action do it again
Oh anyway I gotta do it
What a reaction do it again
Yeah I'm gonna make you a star
Camera action do it again
Ooh anyway I gotta do it
What a reaction do it again
To get you this part

They gave you 5 stars
They're sending big cars
And Sunset Boulevard
Will never be the same
You give it a brand new name

Camera, action, do it again
Oh anyway I gotta do it
What a reaction, do it again
Yeah I'm gonna make you a star
Camera, action, do it again
Ooh anyway I gotta do it
What a reaction, do it again
To get you this part

Camera, action, do it again
Oooh anyway I gotta do it
What a reaction, do it again
To get you this part
Camera, action, do it again
What a reaction, do it again
Ooooh... do it again
What a reaction do it again

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7. Then She Walked Away

THEN SHE WALKED AWAY
(B. Scaggs / M. Omartian)

Then she walked away
Quietly so afraid
Smiling but no doubt
Crying her heart out
She really just wants to stay

Then she walked away
Leading her own parade
Nobody's cheering
The voices she's hearing
Are empty remarks she made

How was she to know
That it would come to this
Sorry Miss
They forgot to tell you it was just a game
Just a sad illusion
Now you're on your own
Really on your own
It's still a long way home

Then she walked away
Quietly so afraid
Smiling but no doubt
Crying her heart out
She really just wants to stay

How's she ever gonna face it after this
Emptiness
Got her feeling like she don't exist
Who were you expecting
Now you're on your own
Really on your own
And it's still a long way home

Now you're on your own
Really on your own
And it's still a long way home

Then she walked away
Quietly so afraid
Smiling but no doubt
Crying her heart out
She really just wants to stay

Then she walked away
Leading her own parade
Nobody's cheering
The voices she's hearing
Are empty remarks she made

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8. Gimme The Goods

GIMME THE GOODS
(B. Scaggs / M. Omartian)

Throw that bundle out before they get here
Let some shark drag the thing away
I can see the headlights drawing very near
Let me do the talking now, just in case, fix you face
We can make the border by tomorrow
If your brilliant young Madonna doesn't do us in
We should have given her the shot that you took
And put her away

Gimme the goods and half of the action
You get the dame and get away
For me it's too late
But you can go straight back to the East Bay
Outta here

Oakland California 1948
Stella promised Blackie she was going straight
Now Blackie, my main man, he takes the major lead
He could sell Geronimo a string of beads
But Stella could sell Blackie almost anything
He's lucky she ain't yet sold him up the stream
Just one more job could put us back on Easy Street
C'mon baby

Gimme the goods and half of the action
You get the dame and get away
For me it's too late
But you can go straight back to the East Bay
Outta here

I said Blackie you can't listen to the dame
She's gone back on her promise now it's a losing game
But we pulled off the job anyway
And she cursed the day we met
And Blackie took a slug or two he won't forget
By now the curbs were shining with the falling rain
And I kept dousing Blackie just to keep him sane
I'm wondering if it's over now or just my fevered brain

Gimme the goods and half of the action
You get the dame and get away
For me it's too late
But you can go straight back to the East Bay
Outta here

Gimme the goods and half of the action
You get the dame and get away
For me it's too late
But you can go straight back to the East Bay
Outta here

Gimme the goods and half of the action
You get the dame and get away
For me it's too late
But you can go straight back to the East Bay
Outta here

Gimme the goods and half of the action
You get the dame and get away
For me it's too late
But you can go straight back to the East Bay
Outta here

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9. 1993

1993
(B. Scaggs / M. Omartian)

It's like 1993
And it's weird as hell to me
Before they send me out
They'll have to alter, alter me
I've done it lots before
But I don't need to ride no more
This spoof reality
Is just like outer space to me

I told you
Don't be buying no more rides
'Til you got this ticket
You ain't been alive
Oooh it's awful
I did not think I would survive
Got off so fast
Had to kiss my past goodbye

It's like 1993
And it's weird as hell to me
Before they send me out
They'll have to alter, alter me
I've done it lots before
But I don't need to ride no more
This spoof reality
Is just like outer space to me

See you waiting in line there
'Til they lead you to the gate
When the nurse arrives
The crowd can hardly wait
Then you blast off, crash, and it's over
And if you do not survive
Your body's there
But your head does not arrive

It's like 1993
And it's weird as hell to me
Before they send me out
They'll have to alter, alter me
I've done it lots before
But I don't need to ride no more
This spoof reality
Is just like outer space to me

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10. Tomorrow Never Came

TOMORROW NEVER CAME
(B. Scaggs)

Lazy days
Cafe afternoons
Evening plays
Chasing the silver moon
Perfume and a promise
It will happen soon
Wait and see
The clock will strike the hour
And you will come to me
It will happen soon
Happen soon

Endless nights
Dreaming of the day
The boat along the side
Sails to carry us away
Islands on the river
It could happen soon
I heard them say
It could happen soon
But just like yesterday
The ships have come and gone
And we were not along

Oh
Tomorrow never came
I've been here dark till dawn
And still end up the same
I've seen them all
Seen them through
Can I ever see the end of you

Anyway
Darling what's the use
Oh some things never change
The perfume and the promise
Merely rearranged
To look like new
The clock upon the tower
Still chiming like the fool
It could happen soon
Could happen soon

Oh
Tomorrow never came
I've been here dark till dawn
And still end up the same
I've seen them all
Seen them through
Can I ever see the end of you

Tomorrow never came
I've been here dark till dawn
And still end up the same
I've seen them all
Seen them through
Can I ever see the end of you

Tomorrow never came
Tomorrow never came

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