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Games People Play Lyrics
Rose Garden Lyrics
Down in the Boondocks Lyrics
Don't It Make You Want To Go Home Lyrics
I Knew You When Lyrics
Walk A Mile In My Shoes Lyrics
I'm A Star Lyrics MP3
So the Seeds Are Growing Lyrics MP3
High On A Hill Top Lyrics
Home And Homesick Lyrics
These Are Not My People Lyrics

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Games People Play

laddeedadadadanee, etc, etc
Oh the Games People Play Now
every night and every day now
Never meanin what they say now
never sayin what they mean
Why they while away the hours in their ivory towers
till they're covered up with flowers
in the back of a black limosine
Ladandaladandadada, Ladandaladandadada
Oh we make one another cry, breakin' hearts when we say goodbye
Cross our hearts and we hope to die, that the other was to blame
and neither one will ever give in, so we gaze at an 8 by 10
Thinkin' 'bout the things that might have been, and it's a dirty rotten shame

Chorus:

( Ladandaladandadada, ladandaladandadadee
Talkin' 'bout you and me, and the games people play
Oh yeah, all right

(Look Here)
People walkin' up to ya, singin' glory hallelujah
and they try to sock it to ya, in the name of the Lord
They're gonna teach ya how to meditate
Read your horoscope, cheat your fate
And furthermore to hell with hate, come on, get on board

(chorus)

(Now Wait a minute)
Look around, tell me what you see, what's happening to you and me?
God grant me the serenity to just remember who I am
'Cos you've givin' up your sanity, for your pride and your vanity
Turned your back on humanity, ow, and you don't give a da da da

(chorus)(repeat and fade)

Lyrics and music by Joe South (thanks to Wayne Johnson for lyric correction)
originally appeared on the album "Games People Play."


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Rose Garden

I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
along with the sunshine there's got to be a little rain sometimes
when you take you got to give so live and let live or let go
I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden.
I could promise you things like big diamond rings
but you don't find roses growing on stocks of clover so better think it over
well if sweet talking you would make it come true
I'd give you the world right now on a silver platter but what would it matter
so smile for a while and let's be jolly love shouldn't be so melancholy
come along and share the good times while we can.
I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
along with the sunshine there's got to be a little rain sometimes.
I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
but if that's what it takes to hold you I'd just as soon let you go
but there's one thing I want you to know
you better look before you leap still water runs deep
and there won't always be someone there to pull you out and you know what I'm talkin' about
so smile for a while and let's be jolly love shouldn't be so melancholy
come on and share the good times while we can.
I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
along with the sunshine there's got to be a little rain sometimes.

Lyrics and Music by Joe South
Originally appeared on the album "Introspect."
This song was made famous in the 1970s by country singer Lynn Anderson,
and has been released recently by Martina McBride on her album "Timeless."


Down in the Boondocks

Ev'ry night I watch the lights from the house upon the hill
I love a little girl who lives up there and I guess I always will
But I don't dare knock upon her door, 'cause her daddy is my boss man
So I got to try to be content, to see her whenever I can

Chorus:

( Down in the boondocks, down in the boondocks
People put me down, 'cause that's the side of town I was born in
I love her, she loves me, but I don't fit in her society
Lord have mercy on a boy from down in the boondocks )

One fine day I'll find a way to move from this old shack
I'll hold my head up like a king and I never will look back
Until that day I'll work and slave, and I'll save every dime
But tonight she'll have to steal away to see me one more time,

(chorus repeats 2x)

Words and music: Joe South
originally appeared on "Joe South's Greatest Hits."


Don't It Make You Want to Go Home

chorus:

Don't it make you want to go home now
Don't it make you want to go home
All God's children get weary when they roam
Don't it make you want to go home
Don't it make you want to go home

(verse 1):

Oh the whipporwill roosts on the telephone pole
when the Georgia sun goes down
Well it's been a long time but I'm glad to say that I'm
goin' back down to my home town
Goin' down to the Greyhound station
Gonna buy me a one way fare
Good lord willin' and the creeks don't rise
By tomorrow I'll be right there

(chorus)

(verse 2):

But there's a six-lane highway down by the creek
Where I went skinny dippin' as a child
And a drive-in show where the meadow used to grow
And the strawberries used to grow wild
There's a drag strip down by the riverside
Where my grandma's cow used to graze
Now the grass don't grow and the river don't flow
Like it did in my childhood days

(chorus)

words and music: Joe South


I Knew You When

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
I knew you when you were lonely
I knew you when you were only A girl all alone without love
I knew you when you were sad and all alone
You didn't have anyone that you could call your own
I knew you when your heart belonged to only me
I used to be your only love
Now your love is just a memory
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
I knew you when you were lonely
I knew you when you were only A girl all alone without love
I knew you when
I knew you when - we used to have a lot of fun
But someone else could offer more
Now I'm the lonely one
I knew you when you were just a scared little girl
But that was many tears ago Now you've come up in the world
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
I knew you when you were lonely
I knew you when you were only A girl all alone without love

words and music: Joe South


Walk A Mile In My Shoes

If I could be you, if you could be me
For just one hour, if we could find a way
To get inside each other's mind
If you could see you through my eyes
Instead your own ego I believe you'd be
I believe you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind
Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes
Now if we spend the day
Throwin' stones at one another
'Cause I will think, 'cause I will think
To wear my hat the same way you do
Well, I may be common people
But I'm your brother
And when you strike out
You're tryin' to hurt me
It's hurtin' you, Lord how mercy
Now there are people on reservations
And out in the ghetto
And whether they're for the grace of God
Or you and I,
If I only had wings of a little angel
Don't you know, I'd fly
To the top of a mountain
And then I'd cry, cry, cry

words and music: Joe South


I'm A Star

If I make one mistake, you'll hear it on the news
Well I'm only human and God knows I've really paid my dues
Just to be in the human race
And to run this frantic pace
Requires enough amphetamine to blow a fuse

My life is public property; its not my own
There are people on my back who won't leave me alone
And the reason that I go on livin
Is just a chance to go on givin
And smile when there's no reason
Because I'm well known

Cause I'm a star
Burnin up the highway, drivin a fancy car
I'm a star, said I'm a star, a star
And I've played every club, every roadhouse, every bar
I'm a star, whoa
And if I'm ashamed or proud
It depends upon the crowd
No matter who they are
Cause I'm a star

It makes no difference where I go to hide away
You know somebody whispers, "he recorded 'Games People Play'"
Then they walk right up to me
Just as bold as they can be
Then I'm on stage again
I must watch what I say

Now everybody thinks that I don't have a care
Cause they don't know the pressure I have to bear
So, I party all night long
While I'll listen to everybody's song
And say, "they're great"
Cause that's what they wanna hear

Cause I'm a star
Racin through the gate with my suitcase and guitar
I'm a star, said I'm a star, a star
My life depends on who my real friends are
I'm a star
Yeah, when I'm up I can play the clown
But if you catch me when I'm down
I'd gladly give up bein what I am
for what you are

words and music: Joe South
originally appeared on the album "A Look Inside"
currently out of print


So The Seeds Are Growing

So the seeds that you once planted now are growing
and you're not so sure you like the fruit you taste
well its never too late to change
and there's a whole world to rearrange
but I don't believe we have much time to waste
I have heard you
crying out for freedom but the world won't hear
It keeps rollin on
makin you a slave to everything you fear
Too many voices, not enough fears
too little love, too many fears
leaving you with chains around your choice
and someone else is speaking with your voice
Whoa, the seeds that you once planted now are growing
and you're not so sure you like the fruit you taste
well its never too late to change
and there's a whole world to rearrange
but I don't believe we have much time to waste
I have seen you
spend a lifetime saving for a rainy day
and when it gets here
you just sit and cry and wonder why it is that way
well there are freer people, locked up in a prison
cause freedom starts there, when your mind has risen
above the things that bind you to the earth
and past the one's computing what you're worth
So the seeds that you once planted now are growing
and you're not so sure you like the fruit you taste
well its never too late to change
and there's a whole world to rearrange
but I don't believe we have much time to waste

words and music: Joe South
originally appeared on the album "So the Seeds Are Growing"
currently out of print


High on A Hill Top

Away from the noise and up above the mad rushing crowd
There's a place where a little guy can stand mighty tall and proud
And sometimes late, late, late in the evening
When there's nobody else around
I can be found, looking down on the town
High on a Hill Top
There's a half million people all scramblin round down there below
Just a face in the crowd, there I was just an hour ago
But now late, late, late, in the evening
When the world's got the best of me
Oh and I gotta be free, that's where I'll be
High on a Hill top, high on a hilltop baby
High on a hilltop, high on a hill top, oh yeah
I can find piece of mind in the shade of a big oak tree
And when it comes my time that's where God's gonna look for me
And everyday late, late, late in the evening
When the rest of the world goes by
And I won't cry, up next to the sky
High on a hill top, high on a hilltop baby
Why don't you come along
That's where we belong, yeah, way up high
You can take my hand, take your piece of land, yeah
High on a hill top, drop what you're doin
Meet Me Up There, oh where the air is rare
You can see everything, high on a hilltop
Meet me High on a hill top

words and music: Joe South
Originally appeared on the album "Joe South."


Home and Homesick

This is actually a Tommy Dean song, but Joe covered it and its good, so I'm including it!

I've been Homesick up in Nashville
I've been burned out in Birmingham
but I can't find my home no more
cause I don't know who I am
I can't talk to nobody
I'm a stranger to all my friends
cause when I'm home and homesick
the highway has no ends

CHORUS:
( and if heaven ain't my home
won't somebody tell me so
sometimes, it seems there's no place left for me to go.
and if Jesus ain't the way
then I have been deceived
but a man ain't a man till he stands up for what he believes )

I heard old timers talkin, gather round a local bar
(talkin bout) it don't matter where you go
when you unpack there you are
So if you're homesick in Hawaii
or lonely in a New York flat
it don't much matter where you are
it matters where you're at

CHORUS:
( And if heaven ain't my home
won't somebody tell me so
sometimes it seems there's no place left for me to go
and if Jesus ain't the way, by God I've been deceived
but a man ain't a man till he stands up for what he believes )
home and homesick, home and homesick, home and homesick
have you ever been home and homesick?
can I get myself a witness now?

words and music by Tommy Dean
originally on "Midnight Rainbows."


These Are Not My People

First your mama and your papa sent you to the finest school.
Never let it be said that their little darlin' was a fool.
So with a credit card in your good name
You were drawn like a moth to a flame
to the people of the night
Where you more or less lost your cool.

Well, you had 20/20 vision and still you were walkin' 'round blind.
Yes, and whether right or wrong, I'd still tag along behind.
But you're flyin' too high for
And if this is how it's got to be
Then it's time to say you go your way
And I'll go mine.

It's been a gas.
But I'm gonna have to pass.
These are not people.
No. These are not my people.
And it looks like the end, my friend.
Gotta get in the wind, my friend.

You found yourself naked in the world with no place to hide.
Then you felt the pulse of your god, and he had died.
And all your rebels that have got no cause
And all your tigers that have got no claws
They promised you the world on a string, but you know they lied.

Well, you said you'd be back in a black Cadillac limousine.
But I'm inclined to think it's not the kind you mean.
Cause when you fall down from off your cloud
And you're just another face in the crowd
They're gonna throw you away like last week's magazines.

Party pals and sociable gals.
These are not my people.
No. These are not my people.
And it looks like the end, my friend.
Gotta get in the wind, my friend.

And it looks like the end, my friend.
Gotta get in the wind, my friend.

Words and Music by Joe South
Thanks To Linda in Ohio for lyrics!


Joe South Video

Don't It Make You Want to Go Home:

This is Joe appearing on "The Johnny Cash Show." You'll notice Joe sings with Johnny Cash, June Carter-Cash, and (oddly enough) George Lindsey, who played Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show." June goofs the lyrics when it is her turn, and George Lindsey is a pretty good singer!


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Joe South Official Site
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Lowery Music
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David and Jonathan's Byrds Page
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