JIM FOSTER

DON'T LET EM BRING YOU DOWN


There ain't nothin’ in the world I'd rather do

Than spend a little time hangin’ out with you

Throw a penny in the well  make a wish or two

But don't let em bring you down no

Don't let em bring you down


I got nothin’ in the bank but an overdraft

Old dog's getting stiffer than a river raft

I would surely have to cry if I couldn't laugh

Don't let em bring you down no

Don't let em bring you down


People gonna tell ya it's all goin’ wrong

Chicken little singin’ his same old song

None of them gonna be around too long...

So don't let em bring you down no

Don't let em bring you down


There's a place on the corner we can get a drink

Have a laugh tell a story and forget to think

Cause the truth is as slippery as a hockey rink

Don't let em bring you down no

Don't let em bring you down


There ain't nothin’ in the world I'd rather do

Than spend a little time hangin’ out with you

Throw a penny in the well make a wish or two...

And don't let em bring you down no

Don't let em bring you down



A SAILOR’S ADVICE

Don't order sushi in Denver

Wait till you get to Japan

The local meat is so fresh and tender

You got to get it while you can


Don't order schnitzel in China

The calf is probably dog

You have a big dish of beef chow mein man

You're livin’ high on the hog


I been a sailor for most of my life 

I been all around the world

Eat what the locals put on your plate 

Sleep with the local girls

Oh   yeah   


Don't order french fries in Naples

Don't order pizza in France

You got to eat what the locals do boy

So you don't ruin your pants


Don't order sushi in Denver

Wait till you get to Japan

The local meat is so fresh and tender

You got to get it while you can

The local meat is so warm and tender

You got to get it while you can

You got to get it while you can

You got to get it while you can

WE DON'T TALK ABOUT THAT


Daddy was a cop 

Trouble in the wind

He's outta town like a bat

No one said a word 

Just got into the car

We don't talk about that


Couple years on

Uncle Bill's drinkin’

Put him on the lawn with a gun

Locked him away where the cuckoo birds stay

We don't talk about that


We don't talk about  we don't talk about 

We don't talk about that

Even when we're drunk and chewin’ the fat                

We don't talk about that


I was just a kid when my daddy left mama 

Runnin' with the sewer rats

Came back as he pleased

She worked on her knees

We don't talk about that


Sister was easy

All the boys knew it

One day she was lookin’ kinda fat

They sent her away for a long holiday

We don't talk about that


We don't talk about  we don't talk about 

We don't talk about that

Even when we're drunk and chewin the fat                

We don't talk about that


My mexican uncle

Convicted of murder

Was really only tryin’ to get laid

He died behind bars

I got his Martin guitar

We don't talk about that


If you want to love me

Everything i've said

You got to keep it under wraps

If you meet the family

Try to remember            

We don't talk about that


We don't talk about  we don't talk about 

We don't talk about that

Even when we're drunk and chewin’ the fat                

We don't talk about that

Even when we're drunk and chewin’ the fat

We don't talk about that



IT DOES TAKE A LITTLE WHILE

I was hurryin’ thru this lifetime tryin’ to find the promised land

When I came upon a little tent                  

Where there lived a wise old man                

I said man can you please tell me how to get to where I'm goin’

He said you can get from here to there but it does take a little while   

You can get from here to there but it does take a little while

                                        

I continued on my journey  though I felt that i was lost

When the darkness fell upon me I couldn't tell you where i was

Stumbled round a corner and I saw that old man again

He said you can get from here to there but it does take a little while  

You can get from here to there but it does take a little while


How long how long how long does it take?

How long how long does a good man have to wait?

How long how long  have i made some big mistake?

Said you can get from here to there but it does take a little while     

You can get from here to there but it does take a little while


I said man I'm goin’ in circles and the weather feels like snow

I can't see which way i'm headin’, I don't know which way to go

He said son, you're gonna be just fine

Everything in it's own good time

You can get from here to there but it does take a little while

You can get from here to there but it does take a little while

It does take a little while  (how long?)

it does take a little while  (how long?)

You can get from here to there but it does take a little while.......


AIN'T GONNA DO ME


My mother told me my body's my temple

I clean it up and now they wanna raise the rental

I believe i believe ain't gonna do me no good

If i should pay for what i did

I never did do what i should 


My mother told me

Play by the rules

Up till the night i nearly lost the family jewels

I believed i believed ain't gonna do me no good

If i should pay for what i did

I never did ...

I never did do what i should 


My mother told me don't play with fire

I lit one up and  got ejected from the choir

My mother told me     

Drunk girls are bad

Well i got to say that was the best advice i had

I believe i believe ain't gonna do me no good

I believe i believe ain't gonna do me no good

If i should pay for what i did

I never did do what i should 

I believe i believe ain't gonna do me no good

If i should pay for what i did

I never did do... 

I never did do what i should 



HOLE IN THE OCEAN

He was just a young boy when he first saw the sea

And it sang to his heart like an old melody

And the smell on the wind was an old memory

And he knew like his father a sailor he'd be


When he lost a young brother it turned him around

And he no longer trusted the unsteady ground

So he got in a boat and he rowed out to sea

And he brought back the song

that he heard on the breeze


Chorus

There's a hole in the ocean you can't even see

Where my father and mother and brother will be

And i'm happy to think that they're waiting for me

But i'm still a young man and i've places to be


So he signed on a ship and he sailed off again

To the years of hard whiskey and desperate men

He was older and wisened the day he came back

And he told how he'd nearly gone down in a wreck


Chorus

There's a hole in the ocean you can't even see

Where my father and mother and brother will be

And i'm happy to think that they're waiting for me

When it's time to go see them

then that's where i'll be


So he cashed it all in and he took a young wife 

And she bore him a son and they had a good life

But the pull of the ocean was strong in his mind

And he knew there was one place he still had to find


When he sat down his wife and he sang her his song

My mother just knew he was already gone

Then he got in his boat and he sailed off to sea

I can still see him waving and singing to me


Chorus

There's a hole in the ocean you can't even see

Where my father and mother and brother will be

And i'm happy to think that they're waiting for me

Now it's time to go see them and  that's where i'll be


There's a hole in the ocean you can't even see

Where my father and mother and brother will be

I'll be waiting for you when you come to find me

But you're still a young man and you've places ....

To be

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