Lyrics – To The River

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To The River 2017
1.  Do It All Over Again
2.  Separation – 2
3.  History
4.  Have Your Fun
5.  Run To The River
6.  Winin’ Boy Blues
7.  The Good Lord Didn’t Tell Me
8.  House Of The Rising Sun
9  The Wretch
10 Let The Train Whistle Blow
11. Ain’t No Livin’ With The Blues
12. Nothing Is What You Get

1. Do It All Over Again

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

You pick me up and put me down and take my hand
You make me then you break me till I understand
This circle of change will never end, we just do it all over again

You give me what I’m due and then you take it back
If I make a little more you only raise my tax
If I have any left, there’s a bill to pay, and so we do it all over again

When I concentrate on what I see
It seems that everyone is better off than me
But at least I ain’t dead
I guess I’ll concentrate on that instead

There’s a house that’s selling love the other side of town
And I can hear the rumour that’s been going round
I go in there to see a dear old friend, and we do it all over again

Well it seems to me that society
Tries to be as fair as it can be
But that’s not how it floats
Not everybody’s in the same boat.

They say that he giveth and he taketh away
We maybe get it back on redemption day
But I could use a little now I got nothing to spend I wanna do it all over again

When I concentrate on what I see
It seems that everyone is better off than me
But at least I ain’t dead
Guess I’ll concentrate on that instead

The big print said I was doing O K
Then the small print came along and took it all away
Give and take and make and break it never ends, we just do it all over again

The circle of change will never end we just
Do it all over
Oh we do it all over
Yes we do it all over again.

 

2. Separation – 2

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Did you see my Marjory, Did you see my Marjory
Did you see my Marjory, She knows how to take good care of me
My Marjory takes good care of me

And do you know my Eleanor, Do you know my Eleanor
Do you know my Eleanor, She’s always there to give me more
My Eleanor, she gives me more

And have you seen my Angie babe, Have you seen my Angie babe
Have you seen my Angie babe, She’ll cook and she’ll scrub ‘til the break of day
My Angie babe bakin’ ‘til the break of day

Flames are getting higher and higher and I just fell from the pan into the fire
If I don’t figure out which is which, might as well go out and dig a ditch
Let me tell you ‘bout the fix I’m in as soon as one ends another begins
I’m about to blow my fuse I got the need for separation blues

If you see Miss Barbara, If you see Miss Barbara
If you see Miss Barbara, Please be real nice to her
My Barbara, be real nice to her

Have you seen my Jessica, Have you seen my Jessica
Have you seen my Jessica, She seems to think I’m cheating on her
My Jessica thinks I’m cheating on her

Flames are getting higher and higher and I just fell from the pan into the fire
If I don’t figure out which is which, might as well go out and dig a ditch
Let me tell you ‘bout the fix I’m in as soon as one ends another begins
I’m about to blow my fuse I got the need for separation blues

Keeping these women apart keeps me in my dancing shoes
All I can want is to spend my time with whichever one I choose
Keeping these women so that I can choose keeps me in my dancing shoes
You know it gives me the need for separation
I need a little separation
I got the need for separation blues
I got the need for separation blues

 

3. History

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

When the evening light
Shines down on me
That’s when I crawl on back, to my old used to be

Wake up in the morning, make up my mind
It’s time to leave, the old ways behind
But then my history, throws his shadow on me

It’s not that I haven’t done what I can
I’ve signed my name, agreed to the plan
But then my history, throws his shadow over me

How do you find, a new way out
When the room has only one door
I come in from the rain for a little respite
But I always end up coming back for more

Give me some hope, give me a dime
Throw me a rope, throw me a line
To stop my history, throwing his shadow on me

How do you find, a new way out
When the room has only one door
I come in from the rain for a little respite
But I always end up coming back for more

So give me some hope, give me a dime
Throw me a rope, throw me a line
To stop my history, throwing his shadow on me

When the evening light
Shines down on me
That’s when I crawl on back, to my old used to be
My old used to be, my old used to be

 

4. Have Your Fun

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

I Don’t mind if you come home late
Or what time you reach my garden gate
I don’t mind what time you come home
Just so long as you come home alone

You can have your fun, don’t let your fun have you
You can have your fun but don’t let your fun have you

I don’t want to clip your wings
Stop you doing almost anything
You can dance with any man you see
But remember the last dance, that’s for me

You can have your fun, don’t let your fun have you
You can have your fun, but don’t let your fun have you

You can make yourself look pretty and fine
You can go on out and have a mighty fine time
But the time will come when you’re thinking ‘bout love
And I’m the one that you’ll be thinking of

You can have your fun, don’t let your fun have you
You can have your fun, but don’t let your fun have you

You can make yourself look pretty and fine
You can go on out and have a mighty fine time
But the time will come when you’re thinking ‘bout love
And I’m the one that you’ll be thinking of

You can have your fun, don’t let your fun have you
You can have your fun, but don’t let your fun have you

You can have your fun, you can have your fun
Have your fun, go on and have your fun but I say
Don’t, don’t, don’t you let your fun have you
You can have your fun, but don’t let your fun have you

 

 

5. Run To The River

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Did I, did I, did I see your face
Out last night, did I see your face
If that was you, it sure was some disgrace
Out last night, did I see your face

Tell me, tell me, tell me what you’ve done
Won’t you tell me, tell me what you’ve done
If that was you, you either own up or you run
It all depends, depends on what you’ve done.

CH:  Run to the river, to the river and pray
Run to the river, to the river and pray
Pray to the Lord, to wash your sins away
When you run, run to the river and pray

Tell me, tell me, tell me what you’ve done
Won’t you tell me, tell me what you’ve done
If that was you, you either own up or you run
It all depends, depends on what you’ve done.

CH:  Run to the river, to the river and pray
Run to the river, to the river and pray
Pray to the Lord, to wash your sins away
When you run, run to the river and pray

CH:  Run to the river, to the river and pray
Run to the river, to the river and pray
Pray to the Lord, to wash your sins away
When you run, run to the river and pray

CH:  Run to the river, to the river and pray
Run to the river, to the river and pray
Pray to the Lord, to wash your sins away
When you run, run to the river and pray

Pray to the Lord to wash your sins away
When you run, run to the river and pray

 

 

6. Winin’ Boy Blues

Jelly Roll Morton Arr.  Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

I’m the winin’ boy, don’t deny my name
I’m the winin’ boy, don’t deny my name  – my name
I’m the winin’ boy, don’t deny my name
I can pick it up and take it like Sweet Stavin Chain
Oh winin’ boy, don’t deny my name

Mama Mama, take a look at sis
Mama Mama, take a look at sis – look at sis
Mama Mama, take a look at sis
She’s out there on the levy doing the double twist
Oh winin’ boy, don’t deny my name

She’s my baby sis, take a look at her now
Yes sister sister, won’t you look at her now – at her now
Sister sister, take a look at her now
She wants to be a bad girl but she don’t know how
Oh winin’ boy, don’t deny my name

Instrumental break

Sister sister, dirty little sow
Sister sister, dirty little sow – little sow
Sister sister, dirty little sow
She wants to be a banker but she don’t know how
Oh winin’ boy, don’t deny my name

I’m the winin’ boy, don’t deny my name
I’m the winin’ boy, don’t deny my name – not my name
I’m the winin’ boy, don’t deny my name
The way I love the women it’s a crying shame
Oh winin’ boy, don’t deny my name

I’m the winin’ boy, don’t deny my name

 

 

7. The Good Lord Didn’t Tell Me

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Stand at the grave, look down at where you lay
Since you been gone, I cry most night and day
Why you had to go, God only knows
Don’t think I ever will

Guess He has His reasons, I suppose he always does
Someone has to go, could be any one of us
It’s a part of the plan, that much I understand
But why me

If this, if this is a trial, and we all go home some day
Take me now Lord, I don’t want to stay
I pray my woman’s alright, since he took her to the light
Left me in the dark

Br.      Faith is so hard to explain
Faith so hard to retain
Why does a love that’s pure, need so much pain

If there’s a joy we’re all heading for, in our home above
How come so much heartache, is a part of all that love
From my side of the fence, it makes no kind of sense
I pray one day it will

I pray one day it will

 

8. House Of The Rising Sun

Traditional Arr.  Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Tell my baby sister, not to do what I have done
Shun that house in New Orleans, they call the Rising Sun

There is a house in New Orleans, they call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy, and God I know I’m one
God I know I’m one

My mother was a tailor, sowed my new blue jeans
My father was a gambling man, down in New Orleans
Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs, is a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time that he is satisfied, is when he’s all drunk
When he’s all drunk

Now mothers, tell your children, not to do what I have done
Spend your life in sin and misery, in the House of the Rising Sun
In The House of the Rising Sun

I got one foot on the platform, I got one foot on the train
I’m going back to New Orleans, to wear that ball and chain
Wear that ball and chain

Instrumental break

If I’d listened to what my mother, I’d be home today
But being young and fooling, Rising Sun took me away
Rising Sun took me away

So mothers, tell your children, not to do what I have done
Spend your life in sin and misery, in house of the Rising Sun
In the House of the Rising Sun

There is a house in New Orleans, they call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy, God I know I’m one
God I know I’m one

So tell my baby sister, not to do what I have done
Shun that house in New Orleans, they call the Rising Sun

 

 

9. The Wretch

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

Tell me what I mean to you, what’s happening in your mind
Why you treat me like you do, what keeps you sweet and kind
I know I’ve not always been, as kind as I could be
Tell me what I mean to you, I’ll tell you what you mean to me

Life can deal mean old blows, when the work won’t come your way
Jobs may come and quickly go, none of them seem to stay
I know you are always there, when it’s bad as bad can be
Tell me what I mean to you, I’ll tell you what you mean to me

You’re like the solid stone that homes are built upon
You’re the rock that’s always there when everything goes wrong
You’re that little speck of light when it’s dark as dark can be
You are the saviour of the wretch that is me

Sometimes I may go to town when I don’t have much change
What I got I’ll spend on booze ‘till there’s nothing left to save
I know that I’m mean sometimes, but I don’t mean to be
Tell me what I mean to you, I’ll tell you what you mean to me

You’re like the solid stone that homes are built upon
You’re the rock that’s always there when everything goes wrong
You’re that little speck of light when it’s dark as dark can be
You are the saviour of the wretch that is me

Tell me what I mean to you, what’s going on in your mind
Why you treat me like you do, what keeps you sweet and kind
I know I’ve not always been, as kind as I could be
Tell me what I mean to you, I’ll tell you what you mean to me

Tell me what I mean to you, I’ll tell you what you mean to me

 

 

10. Let The Train Whistle Blow

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

I’m heading back home again
Not been there since I don’t know when
There’s one thing on my mind
When I get there what will I find

CH:   Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home
Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home

Well I followed you from town to town
Just couldn’t turn your head around
You do what you gotta do
I’ll stay home and wait for you

CH:   Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home
Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home

I was looking for something new
Every town felt like I was passing through
All I wanted was to settle down
I didn’t see my way forward till I turned around

CH:  Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home
Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home

I had nothing when I left this town
Nothing to make me turn around
I set out with nothing in my chest
I believe I still got most of it left

CH:  Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home
Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home

I was looking for something new
Every town felt like I was passing through
All I wanted was to settle down
I didn’t see my way forward till I turned around

CH:  Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home
Let the train whistle blow, tell them that I’m coming home

Coming home, oh coming home, tell everybody there
Tell them that I’m coming home; I’m on my way

 

 

11. Ain’t No Living With The Blues

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

I don’t understand, what’s going on
It’s not what I planned, but plans can go wrong
Now my best friend, is inclined to refuse
Cos there ain’t no living with the blues

It’s a mystery to me, the way things turn around
One minute you’re up, next you’re down
Now my good lady has found her walking shoes
Says there ain’t no living with the blues

Once they were knocking, asking could they stay
Now they can’t wait to get away
I’d leave as well if I was free to choose
Cos there ain’t no living with the blues

Instrumental Break

Once they were knocking asking could they stay
Next minute they can’t wait to get away
I’d go as well if I was free to choose
Cos there ain’t no living with the blues

Not with the blues
No there ain’t no living with the blues

 

12. Nothin’ Is What You Get

John Cee Stannard  (CastIron Music / Stannard)

You have to put yourself in the picture, if you want to be seen
You gotta make your mark on the map, to show where you have been
You gotta write your own history, make sure they don’t forget
‘Cos if you don’t ask for nothing, nothing is what you get

There’s a woman the other side of town, you know she owns my heart
I don’t mean to push too hard but it’s tearing me apart
I said why have you ignored me so from the moment that we met
She said if you don’t ask for nothing, nothing is what you get

Oh I believe I learned my lesson, wish I’d learned it before
If you want to get into the room you have to knock on the door
Now you hear me knocking, so hard I won’t forget
That if you don’t ask for nothing, nothing is what you get

Instrumental Break

You’ve got to put your toe in the water, if you want to learn to swim
And if you want to win the prize, you have to put your ticket in
If you want to win the race, get ready then get set
‘Cos if you don’t ask for nothing, well nothing is what you get.

Oh I believe I learned my lesson, wish I’d learned it before
If you want to get into the room you have to knock on the door
Now you hear me knocking, so hard I won’t forget
That if you don’t ask for nothing, nothing is what you get

You have to put yourself in the picture, if you want to be seen
You gotta make your mark on the map, to show where you have been
You gotta write your own history, make sure they don’t forget
‘Cos if you don’t ask for nothing, nothing is what you get

If you don’t ask for nothing, nothing is what you get
I said if you don’t ask for nothing, nothing is what you get