Bachman Turner Overdrive

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Lyrics


1. ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY

We rented a truck and a semi to go
Travel down the long and winding road
Look on the map I think we've been here before,
Close the doors let's roll once more.

Cop on the corner, look he's startin' to write
I don't need no ticket so I screamed out of sight,
Drove so fast that my eyes can't see,
Look in the mirror is he still followin' me?

Let it roll down the highway
Let it roll down the highway,
Roll, roll.

Look at the sign, we're in the wrong place
Come on boys, let's get ready to race
454 coming over the hill
The man on patrol, is going to give us a bill.

The time's real short, you know the distance is long
I'd rather have a jet but it's not in the song
Climb back in the cab, cross your fingers for luck
We gotta keep movie' if we're going to make a buck.

Let it roll down the highway, . . .




2. HEY YOU

Hey you, you say you wanna change the world
It's alright, with me there's no regret
It's my turn, the circle game has brought me here
And I won't let down 'till every song is set

You realize now
You should have tried now, oooh
The music's gone now
You lost it somehow
Hey you, sha lalala
Hey you, sha lalala
Wooo, sha la la
Wooo, sha la la

Hey you, you say the race is much too fast
It's okay, with me I'm keeping pace
It's my game, the music is inside my head
For every one on top there's one who can't retrace

You realize now
You should have tried now, oooh ooh
The music's gone now, you'll find out
You lost it somehow
Hey you, sha lalala
Hey you, sha lalala
Wooo, sha la la la
Wooo, sha la la la

You realize now oooh
You could have died now, oooh
The music's gone now
You lost it somehow
Hey you, hey you, sha lalala
Hey you, sha lalala
Wooo, sha la la
Wooo, sha la la

Sha lalala, hey you, hey you, hey you
Sha lalala, ba-ba-ba-baby's stupid
Sha lalala, no time, no time left, no time
Sha lalala, don't let me down, don't let me down




3. LOOKIN' OUT FOR #1

Every day is an endless train
You got to ride it to the end of the line
Be a troubleshooter, blow the bad luck away
And you will make it to your station on time

And you'll find out every trick in the book
And that there's only way to get things done
You'll find out the only way to the top is lookin' out for #1
I mean you keep looking out for #1

Every night is a different game
We got to work for our fortune and fame
Success is a ladder, take a step at a time
And the people will remember you name

Yes, I found out all the tricks of the trade
And that there's only one way you're gonna get things done
I found out the only way to the top is lookin' out for #1
And that's me, I'm looking out for #1

Every day is an endless train
But I ride it to end of the line
I'm a real troubleshooter and I blow it away
No one's gonna get what's mine

I found out every trick in the book
And that there's only way to get things done
I found out the only way to the top is looking out for #1
I mean you keep looking out for #1

And that's us keep looking out for #1
That's me, I'm looking out for #1




4. GIMME YOUR MONEY PLEASE

I was walking on down the alley
When a face I've never seen
Came so from deep in the darkness
And his mouth came on real mean

And I saw that he'd been liquored
And he staggered up to -- you know -- he staggered up to His feet
And he said, "Boy, you'd better move real slow
And gimme your money please."
He said, "Gimme your money please."

Wasn't that strange
Wasn't that strange indeed
Wasn't that strange
Wasn't that strange indeed
He said, "Gimme your money please."
He said, "Gimme your money please."

Being born and raised in New York
There ain't nothing you won't see
'Cause the streets are filled with bad goings-on
And you know that's no place to be

But my car broke down in the evening
You know it just stopped stone cold
Stopped stone cold in the street
And a dirty mean man with a shot glass eye
He said, "Gimme your money please."
He said, "Gimme your money please."

Wasn't that strange
Wasn't that strange indeed
Wasn't that strange
Wasn't that strange indeed
He said, "Gimme your money please."
He said, "Gimme your money please."

Being born and raised in New York
There ain't nothing you won't see
'Cause the streets are filled with bad goings-on
And you know that's no place to be

But my car broke down in the evening
You know it just stopped stone cold
Stopped stone cold in the street
And a dirty mean man with a shotgun in his hand
He said, "Gimme your money please."
He said, "Gimme your money please."

Wasn't that strange
Wasn't that strange indeed
Wasn't that strange
Wasn't that strange indeed
He said, "Gimme your money please."
He said, "Gimme your money please."
He said, "Gimme your money please."
He said, "Gimme your money please."
(Awww!)




5. LET IT RIDE

Good bye, hard life
Don't cry, would you let it ride?
Good bye, hard life
Don't cry, would you let it ride?

You can see the mornin', but I can see the light
Try, try, try, let it ride
While you've been out runnin' I've been waitin' half the Night
Try, try, try, let it ride

And would you cry if I told you that I lied?
And would you say goodbye or would you let it ride?
Good bye, hard life, don?t cry, would you let it ride?

Babe, my life is not complete, I never see you smile
Try, try, try, let it ride
Baby you want the forgivin' kind, and that's just not my Style
Try, try, try, let it ride

And would you cry if I told you that I lied?
And would you say goodbye or would you let it ride?
Good bye, hard life, don?t cry, would you let it ride?

I've been doin' things worthwhile, and I?ve been bookin' Time
Try, try, try, let it ride
Runnin? with the crazy crowd, ooh, ain?t no friends o? mine
Try, try, try, let it ride

And would you cry if I told you that I lied?
And would you say goodbye or would you let it ride?
Good bye, hard life, don?t cry, would you let it ride?

Would you let it ride
Try, try, try, let it ride
Just let it ride




6. TAKE IT LIKE A MAN

Only three stops to make in Alabama
Every one a one night stand
Workin' for a man down south Louisiana
Cause Z.Z. ain't his only band
Business ain't been good or bad
But sittin' here will drive me mad

I'm gonna get back where they want me
Get back where they want me
Get back where they want me
Make a stand
I'm gonna take it like a man

Met a stray woman, I think it was in Texas
She was made for those who'd pay
Got a little drunk and raised a mild ruckus
The city said I could not stay

I guess I'm gonna have to change
Until my life is rearranged

You know I'm gonna get back where they want me
Get back where they want me
Get back where they want me
Make a stand
I'm gonna take it like a man

I guess I'm gonna have to change
Until my life is rearranged

I'm gonna get back where they want me
Get back where they want me
Get back where they want me
Make a stand
I'm gonna take it like a man




7. YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET

I met a devil woman, she took my heart away
She said I had it comin' to me, but I wanted it that way
I think that any love is good lovin'
And so I took what I could get, mmm
Oooh, oooh, she looked at me with big brown eyes
And said

You ain't seen nothin' yet
Be -be -be -Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet
Here's something that you never gonna forget
Be -be -be -Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet

And now I'm feelin' better, 'cause I found out for sure
She took me to her doctor and he told me of a cure
He said that any love is good love
So I took what I could get, yes, I took what I could get
Oooh, and she looked at me with big brown eyes
And said

You ain't seen nothin' yet
Be -be -be -Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet
Here's something, here's something that you're never gonna Forget
Be -be -be -Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet
You need educated

Any love is good love
So I took what I could get, yes, I took what I could get
And then, and then, and then she looked at me with big Brown eyes
And said

You ain't seen nothin' yet
Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet
Here's something, here's something,
here's something, mama, you're never gonna forget
Be -be -be -Baby, you just ain't seen nu-nu-nu-nothin' yet
You ain't been around

You ain't seen nothin' yet
I know I ain't seen nothin' yet
I know I ain't seen nothin' yet
Baby, Baby, Baby
You ain't seen nothin' yet




8. BLUE COLLAR

Walk your street
And I'll walk mine
And should we meet
Would you spare me some time

'Cause you should see my world
Meet my kind
Before you judge our minds

Blue collar
Sleep your sleep
I'm awake and alive
I keep late hours
Your nine to five

So I would like you know I need the quiet hours
To create in this world of mine

Blue collar
I'd like you to know at four in the morning
Things are coming mine
All I've seen, all I've done
And those I hope to find

I'd like to remind you at four in the morning
My world is very still
The air is fresh under diamond skies
Makes me glad to be alive

You keep that beat
And I keep time
Your restless face
Is no longer mine

I rest my feet
While the world's in heat
And I wish that you could do the same

Blue collar
Blue collar




9. TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS

You get up every morning
From your alarm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There's a whistle up above
And people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train's on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day
And I'll be

Taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
I've been taking care of business (it's all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime
Work out

If it were easy as fishin'
You could be a musician
If you could make sounds loud or mellow
Get a second-hand guitar
Chances are you'll go far
If you get in with the right bunch of fellows
People see you having fun
Just a lying in the sun
Tell them that you like it this way
It's the work that we avoid
And we're all self-employed
We love to work at nothing all day
And we be

Taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
We be been taking care of business (it's all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime

Mercy
Whooooo
All right

Take good care of my business
When I'm away, every day
Whoooo

You get up every morning
From your alarm clock's warning
Take the 8:15 into the city
There's a whistle up above
And people pushin', people shovin'
And the girls who try to look pretty
And if your train's on time
You can get to work by nine
And start your slaving job to get your pay
If you ever get annoyed
Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothing all day
And I'll be

Taking care of business (every day)
Taking care of business (every way)
I've been taking care of business (it's all mine)
Taking care of business and working overtime

Takin' care of business, whoo
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business (every day)
Takin' care of business (every way)
Takin' care of business (it's all mine)
Takin' care of business
And working overtime
Whoooo
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
We be takin' care of business
We be takin' care of business
Takin' care of business
Takin' care of business




10. FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

Why can't you do something right?
Your name is all over the town.
Your reputation is sweeping the nation.
The rumors are bringing me down.

You stand on the tip of my tongue,
I can't get you out of my head.
Theres no syncopation with any relation,
Could it be that there's trouble ahead?

Four wheel drive, four wheel ride, side by side, four Wheel drive.

Why dont you try to slow down?
I'm standing at the back of the line.
We made reservations to meet at the station,
My schedule is running behind.

What can I do to survive?
Why am I always abused?
Anticipation of constant frustration;
Can it be that there's any good news?

Four wheel drive, four wheel ride, side by side, four Wheel drive




11. FREEWHEELIN'

(Instrumental)




12. DOWN TO THE LINE

I've made up my mind,
I've got to get out in a hurry
I've stated my case
There's no need to come on with worry

'Cause I'm a real straight shooter
And my boot heels are clean
I'll always try to do better
I don't live in no dream

I live Down To The Line

You know I made it all right (Down to the line)
Stayed up all night (Down to the line)
It's the way to live life (Down to the line)
It's the way to live love (Down to the line)

Down to the line, down to the line
Sooner or later it gets you every time
Down to the line

I found me a way
To stand up this way without cryin'
Now they asked for the key
But they're complainin' instead of just tryin'

But I'm a real straight shooter
And my boot heels are clean
I'll always try to do better
I don't live in no dream

I live down to the line

You know I made it all right (Down to the line)
Stayed up all night (Down to the line)
It's the way to live love (Down to the line)
It's the way to love life (Down to the line)

Down to the line, down to the line
Sooner or later it gets you every time
Down to the line




13. I'M IN LOVE

1,2,3
Walked in thru the brass door
Of an unassuming bar
Bought a drink, mixed around
Same routine so far
I saw her, she saw me
Then she smiled openly
I sat too long
The chance was gone
But she didn't wait
Saw me hesitate
She drew right in

I'm in love, I'm in love
I'm in love, I'm in love

Said she'd seen to many
Mixed up scenes before
To ever think of love
Til tonight, you walked in
I saw you, you saw me
You got those things I've never seen
Said she knew I'd take all night to make a move
She had more in sight than being polite
I said, me too

I'm in love, I'm in love
I'm in love, I'm in love

Oh baby what'cha do to me
Everything feels alright
I never knew it could be this way
Til we got lucky that night
I'm in you, you're in me
Just one thought, just one need
Then I knew what it was I had to do
Cause it came to me
That all I need in life, is you

I'm in love, I'm in love
I'm in love, I'm in love
Love
I'm in love, I'm in love
Love
I'm in love




14. SHOTGUN RIDER

There was a man who owned a part of town
Approached me in his saloon and asked me to sit down

Was I unemployed or would I like a job
He said he owned the stageline and there were men who Liked to rob

He offered me his daughter's hand, an advance of salary
A fancy gun, a pair of boots, and a share in the company

Now I ride shotgun on his stageline
I ride shotgun on his life
I ride shotgun on his money
I ride shotgun on his wife
Shotgun rider, shotgun rider, shotgun

There were outlaws who waited on the trail
For the stagecoach daily run with payrolls and the mail

They spied our dust, and saddled up to ride
They saw the worried driver with me sittin' at his side

So they circled 'round the stagecoach it was their daily Fun
Until they saw the driver smile and spied my trusty gun

We caught the outlaws and took them back to jail
Sent for the county marshal and would not post a bail

Sent 'em up the river. That sure cleaned up the town
I was elected sheriff. The mayor asked me down

I now own half the stageline and half the rest of town
I go to chuch on Sunday. I think I've settled down




15. JAMAICA

When will these dark clouds disappear from view
When will the sun begin to shine
When will I once again be near to you
When will I know for sure you're mine

Dreaming of those Jamaican nights
Longing to hold you
Jamaica take me away
Take me away with you
Jamaica, I'm wasting away
Take me away with you
Jamaica take me away
Take me away with you
Jamaica, I'm wasting away
Take me away with you

When will these dark days disappear again
When will I finally see the light
How long must I wait
To have you here my friend
I want to be with you tonight

Dreaming of those Jamaican nights
Longing to hold you




16. DOWN THE ROAD

Burned down on the boulevard
Livin' so fast and sweet and hard
Don'tcha try and shoot me down
Don't intend to stick around

Gotta move, move on down the road
Gotta move, move on down the road

It's a gas when you got the dice
Been to heaven maybe once or twice
Lookin' for love but love don't last
Got no time for no candy-ass

Gotta move, move on down the road
Gotta move, move on down the road
Well come on, I got time for makin' love

Gotta move, gotta move on down the road
Gotta move, gotta move on down the road
Gotta move, gotta move on down the road
Gotta move, gotta move on down the road

Burned down on the boulevard
Livin' so fast and sweet and hard
Don'tcha try and shoot me down
Don't intend to stick around

Gotta move, move on down the road
Gotta move, move on down the road

Come on, give me some Motown love
Come on, got time for makin' love
Come on, got time for makin' love
Well come on, got time for makin' love
Come on, come on, come on




17. HEARTACHES

Look at me, I was just a man who was lonely
Had some time on my hands
The world's greatest plans in my jeans
I saw you, you came to me like you knew me
I don't think you knew that it threw me
I didn't know what to say to you then
I knew it would end up in...

Heartaches
Visions of loving you and
Heartaches
Wishing we hadn't met for my sake
Seeing you here, is all I can stand

Every night I stand on the street where you left me
Standing in with the crowd
Trying not to look like I'm hangin' around
There you are, I see you once more and you're lovely
I try to tell myself, I'm not hungry
But every time you sway I get carried away
I need you more every day and my...

Heartaches
Visions of loving you and
Heartaches
Wishing we hadn't met for my sake
Seeing you here, is all I can stand

I'm only a man who has heartaches
Deep burning pain as my heart breaks
Watchin' you walk sets my soul aflame
I could put the blame on the world's oldest game

I know the ways, I know that to pay won't relieve me
Cause it's not from the heart
It's only the act not the flame
I only wait and hope for the love that you're holding
Deep down inside you've been holdin' for that special time
But I don't see a sign, it's just not your mind
And my...

Heartaches
Visions of loving you and
Heartaches
Wishing we hadn't met for my sake
Seeing you here, is all I can stand
I'm only a man who has heartaches
Deep burning pain as my heart breaks
Watchin' you walk sets my soul aflame
I could put the blame on the world's oldest game

Heartaches yeah yeah
Heartaches, heartaches
Let me tell you about my...
Heartaches, heartaches, heartaches
Let me tell you about my...
Heartaches, heartaches, oh




18. DOWN DOWN

When the mornin' comes
You'll know by my shoes I've been out walking

If I don't return
You'll know I've found something to believe in, to believe In

Waiting for the sun
My heart will surely break if it starts raining

It's the oasis I seek
'Cause the sand of the desert makes me thirsty, makes me Thirsty

Down, down we all go down
'Round, 'round we all go 'round
Down, down we all go down
We all go down-down-down-down

If I learn to fly
You know I'll go places never been before

If I reach a star
You know I will dwell on it forever, forever

There are mysteries
My children have rhymes with hidden meanings

If I learn the truth
I'm sure that the end will leave me crying, leave me crying