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Steve Miller Band Lyrics * Sailor *

STEVE MILLER BAND
SAILOR
Capitol Records - 1968

Track List:

1.   Song For Our Ancestors
2.   Dear Mary
3.   My Friend *
4.   Living In The U.S.A.
5.   Quicksilver Girl
6.   Lucky Man
7.   Gangster Of Love
8.   You're So Fine
9.   Overdrive *
10. Dime-A-Dance Romance *

* Written by Boz Scaggs

Musicians:

Steve Miller (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Boz Scaggs (guitar, vocals)
Lonnie Turner (bass, vocals)
Jim Peterman (keyboards)
Tim Davis (drums, vocals)

[Thank you Chris]

Boz Quote

"... making 'Sailor' was strange because all we had was the title when we went in. It was going to be called 'Sailor' and the idea was that the whole album was going to be about early morning on the wharf, a sailor comes home from being away for years, and he was very young when he went away, and he comes back to his old city. He gets back in touch; he wants to go see his old girlfriend and see his parents and hit a few of the places that he used to go to, and see some of his old buddies. Through the course of the album, each song would be about one of these episodes, seeing his chick, raving up with his old mates. And in the course of all the songs he'd grow a little older and wiser and find that it wasn't as he'd hoped. Everything had changed, he'd left there for a reason, and he couldn't stay there for the same reason, so he goes back off to sea. We got as far as the opening sequence, the fog horns and that. It was supposed to depict an early quiet morning and that's as far as we got with the whole thing. Glyn and the rest of us went out and collected the sound effects. We went down to the waterfront, and tapes all the ships, and we got a lot of sound effects records." - Boz Scaggs

3. My Friend

My Friend
(Tim Davis / Boz Scaggs)

So you think you know just what goes on inside your head my friend
There is so much more than you and I can comprehend
Things that make you laugh things that make you cry
Let you love when you feel like you wanna die

There's no answer to the questions
That we find inside my friend
But when we start to wonder why
We wind up further behind my friend
All we see has always been shown
But there's so many things that I've never known

So you think you know my friend
But you don't know my friend my friend
You think you know
But you don't know

All for one and one for all
It's everything or nothing at all
Listen my friend
You don't know
No my friend
You don't know

9. Overdrive

Overdrive
(Boz Scaggs)

Well the room is a cyclone
And you are in the eye
There ain't no movement
Things that could die
But the reelin' and the spinnin'
Of the rock and roll sides
Will all be gone before midnight
And die before sunrise

You better go to overdrive
Go to overdrive
If you know what it is
And you wanna stay alive
You better go to overdrive
Go to overdrive

Yes the corner's full of monkeys
And your ear drum's full of lies
Time is out the window
And there's echoes in your sides
They've been burnin' down your walls
Ever since the peep of dawn
And now the dealer's in the fireplace
Trying to turn it on

You better go to overdrive
Go to overdrive
If you know that it's time
And you oughtta take a dive
You better go to overdrive
Go to overdrive

Go to overdrive
Go to overdrive
You know what it is
And you wanna stay alive
You better go to overdrive
Go to overdrive

Now the light road's gettin' restless
Cause he knows your overdue
But it's just another train ride
Bein' all the same to you
And the last shot's at your finger tips
Like that flicker in the grass
And the last cord hits the ashes
And you know you gotta pass

You better go to overdrive
Go to overdrive
If you know that it's time
And you oughtta take a dive
You better go to overdrive
Go to overdrive

10. Dime-A-Dance Romance

Dime-A-Dance Romance
(Boz Scaggs)

Maybe she's just another sweet thing
Just a lookin' to go for a ride
Looking to see what it's all about
Before she can be satisfied

Or maybe she's cool
And still going to school
And not lookin' for no man
To write a book
Or make her cook
Or hold her dishpan hands

She could a duchess or even a dame
Or a lady from over the hill
Yes come on honey
What's the name of your thrill
We'll try to shake it
Come on baby let's find that old hill
We're bound to make it
Moons high and I'm dry
Come on

(Ha cha ooh la la
Ha cha ooh la la...etc)

Queen of Spades that ain't been played
Though she knows she's well endowed
??? witch with a nervous twitch
And the nature of a clown
Back street joy ride
Certified bonafide
Answer to a sailors dream
?????
To make things what they seem

Oh you dreamer sweet redeemer
Take me for what you will
Yeah come on honey
What's the name of your thrill
We're gonna shake it
Come on baby let's find that hill
We're bound to make it
Moons high and I'm dry
Come on
Come on
 

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