Boz Scaggs Lyrics - Other Roads

Columbia Records 1988

Track List:

  1. What's Number One
  2. Claudia
  3. Heart of Mine
  4. Right out of My Head
  5. I Don't Hear You
  6. Mental Shakedown
  7. Crimes of Passion
  8. Funny
  9. Cool Running
  10. The Night of Van Gogh

Bonus Tracks:

Musicians:

Boz Scaggs, Siedah Garrett, James Ingram, David Lasley, Phil Perry, Robbie Buchanan, Carl Carwell, Lenny Castro, Paulinho Da Costa, Charlotte Crossley, Kevin Dorsey, Michael Fischer, Jerry Hey, Dann Huff, David Hungate, Pam Hutchinson, Phillip Ingram, Paul Jackson, Jr., Michael Landau, Rhett Lawrence, Edie Lehmann, Patrick Leonard, Paulette McWilliams, Kate Markowitz, Marcus Miller, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Alan Pasqua, Darryl Phinnessee, Carlos Rios, John "J.R." Robinson, Timothy B. Schmit, Myrna Smith-Schilling, Guy Allison Steiner, David Williams, Larry Williams, Aaron Zigman, Jeanette Hanes, Boz Schmit, Freddie Washington, Steve Lukather, Peter Wolf and Buzzy Feiten.

1. *What's Number One

Words by Jim Carroll and Boz Scaggs
Music by Marcus Miller

Those were high times back in Delhi
I was left for dead
Everybody beat it to L.A.
So the papers read
But I said
"No, this is not where I get dropped off
Keep the dough I'm here to blow the top off it"

Sixty-eight back in Chicago
Watched my friends all fall
Now they're waiting down in old Key Largo
For their man to call
All laid back
Sitting in the redwood sauna
Hanging slack
Like some dazed iguana

I'd choose
The bruised up moon over the sun
I'd lose
I guess I'm confused
What's number one
What's number one

I'm a fine one to be talking
Dig the mastermind
You see even if you hold the key
The doors locked from behind
But I left
I was playing out a lone part
I was deaf to whispers of my own heart

I'd choose
The bruised up moon over the sun
I'd lose
I guess I'm confused
What's number one
What's number one

Like a miner seeks that main gold vein
I'll search on
Cutting through against the grain
Keeps me sane

I'd choose
The bruised up moon over the sun
I'd lose
I guess I'm confused
What's number one
What's number one


2. *Claudia

Words by Boz Scaggs
Music by Boz Scaggs and Larry Williams

Oh Claudia
Don't take it away
Girl if you leave me this way
I'm going to search night and day
To find your love

Oh Claudia
Don't take it this way
What kind of bad mistake
Is worth our saying goodbye

The last time we vowed
We would not part my love
And so take heart my love
Don't let it end this way

Remember the good things
That we shared my dear
And so take care my dear
Don't throw our love away

Oh Claudia
Girl don't leave it this way
It's gonna take both me and you
But we can see this thing through
And save our love

Oh Claudia ooooh
Don't take it away
Girl can't you see it's all wrong
Till you come back where you belong
I need you babe

The last time we vowed
We would not part my love
And so take heart my love
Don't let it end this way

Remember the good things
That we share my dear
And so take care my dear
Don't throw our love away ooooh

This last thing I've tried to keep inside myself
I never told you so But girl you ought to know
I'm your man ooooh

Don't take it away
Girl if you leave me this way
I'm gonna search night and day
Till I find your love

Hey Claudia oooh
Don't take it away


3. *Heart Of Mine

Words by Bobby Caldwell and Jason Scheff
Music by Bobby Caldwell, Jason Scheff and Dennis Matkosky

One day you may
Find true love that will last forever
And ever
Till then you'll spend
A lifetime wishing one together
You never thought she'd say goodbye
And you'll never understand the reasons why

Heart of mine
How will you keep from dying
Stop reminiscing
Who is she kissing
Heart of mine
Oh what's the use in trying
No one can mend you now mmmmm

Love plays cruel games
You can't believe she's found another
...Lover
Does she miss me
Sometimes you just can't help but wonder
No you can't hold the hands of time
And you'll always be the one she left behind

Heart of mine
How will you keep from dying
Stop reminiscing
Who is she kissing

Heart of mine
Oh what's the use in trying
No one can mend you now

And you'll never understand the reasons why
Heart of mine
How will you keep from dying
Stop reminiscing
Who is she kissing

Heart of mine
Oh what's the use in trying
No one can mend you now
Oh heart of mine

Heart of mine
Heart of mine


4. *Right Out Of My Head

Words by Boz Scaggs
Music by Dann Huff and David Huff

Are there directions to these things
Is this my life or just some scheme

There's a message by the phone
I knew somehow you'd be there

But if I get that busy tone
It's just like being nowhere
And I go falling again

Right out of my head
You keep coming true to me
Right out of my head
I knew that you'd come through for me

Games of the heart are played by fools
But baby your heart don't know no rules

Well I get the picture
I get it through your laughter

And I get the feeling
You know just what you're after
You do it again and again and again and again

Right out of my head
You keep coming true to me
Right out of my head
I knew that you'd come through for me

Right out of my head
I've got to have you near to me
Right out of my head
It's never been so clear to me

Sometimes one gets the notion
He's living out his own fantasy
Now I've got the notion
That it's you and me

Come on baby lets go outside
I think we're going for a very long long long ride

I'm burning in the night
Racing through the fine lines

Through the fires light
I know that you'll be waiting
I'm falling again and again and again and again and again

Right out of my head
You keep coming true to me
Right out of my head
I knew that you'd come through for me

Right out of my head
You keep coming true to me
Right out of my head
I knew that you'd come through for me


5. *I Don't Hear You

Words by Jim Carroll
Music by Dann Huff and David Huff

The blue light flashes
Billy feels its motion
He says
"Should I go and set it free?"

Black-eyed Suzie
Picks up on the notion
She says
"Put it in the lonely tree"

He says
"Babe we best sharpen our imagination"
He says
"It seems like the rest
Don't comprehend the situation"

I don't hear you
All the words that come and go
Don't say what I'm after

I don't hear you
Scream it through a microphone
Whisper in a deadly tone
Don't hear you
Uh hum not you

Jane's a dancer
In quiet desperation
She says
"What I give I give for free"

Her twin sister
Feels the same sensation
But says
"You must buy it all from me"

She says
"Oh I feel best
When the rest is all uncertain"
She says
"Thoughts in my breast
just hang there like a burning curtain"

I don't hear you
You don't matter you don't care
I don't call that living

I don't hear you
What you say don't reach inside
It is like you're gagged and tied

I don't hear you

He said
"Go with the flow
Though the currents can bring danger"
"You didn't know
you were dancing with a desperate stranger"

I don't hear you
I've been dealing with deaf ears
I don't need no laughter

I don't hear you
It ain't hard to analyze
I know what you're really after

I can't hear you


6. *Mental Shakedown

Words by Boz Scaggs
Music by David Williams and Guy Allison Steiner

Are we locked up to each other
Must we stir through the ashes
Stir through the ashes of the past
For a time it was tough to survive
But it's time to get on with our lives

And now you've gotta do a mental shakedown
What is it gonna take your sanity's at stake
Shakedown

Yeah yeah

There's a cold wind off the border tonight
As we take to the ridges
Burning our bridges to the past
And the cry rises from the west
We are not each others to possess

Now you've gotta do a mental shakedown
What is it gonna take your sanity's at stake
Shakedown

Now you've gotta do a mental shakedown
What is it gonna take your sanity's at stake
Shakedown

You've got you've got
Now you've got to do your mental shakedown

What is it gonna take
You're sanity's at stake
Shakedown

Yeah

Now you've got to do a mental shakedown
What's it gonna take

Shakedown

Yeah you've got to do your mental shakedown
What is it gonna take
You're sanity's at stake

Shakedown


7. *Crimes of Passion

Words by Jim Carroll / Music by Dann Huff

She's an all-night all-night rental
She's a rental Oriental
Suki-Lee

Oh her eyes yes her eyes
You better pass her by yes
Suki-Lee

Each night she crosses
Different borders mmmm
Each night she's someone's refugee

Crimes of passion
You'll pay the price
If you do it once yeah
Why not do it twice yeah yeah

She only works while the parrot's squawking
In the light of the TV talking
Suki-Lee

She undresses in the light of the TV
In the light of the TV squawking
Suki-Lee

She hears the preachers
Quoting from Solomon's psalms
She hears the news of terrorist bombs

Crimes of passion
You'll pay yes you'll pay the price
If you do it once yeah
Go on do it twice

Cracks in the mirror
Bombs in the moonlight
Those whims of vice
Just how much terror
Can one kiss entice

Crimes of passion
You will pay the price
If you do it once yeah
Why not do it twice

Crimes of passion
Sweet whims of vice
Just how much terror
Can one kiss entice

Crimes of passion

Crimes of passion


8. *Funny

Words by Boz Scaggs
Music by Marcus Miller

Funny
All she needs is love
And this Sony light
Is all there is tonight
Oh oh oh oh yeah

Funny
She dreams about his touch
Where his skin must end
And where her own begins

She moves through shadows
Bathes in the lush
Luxurious hush alone
Ever alone

Miss Lonely
Needs company
As she breathes this room
Of deepest blue perfume

And love's where you find it
Open your heart
You've lived in the dark too long
Too long alone

Miss Lonely
Open up your heart
Let the morning light
Fill your sky tonight

Funny
All she needs is love
And this Sony light
Is all there is tonight


9. *Cool Running

Words by Boz Scaggs
Music by Patrick Leonard and David Williams

Oooh hoo hoo
Hot night she's running right
And magic's in the air
So what do I care

The one in red straight ahead
Sets my soul on fire
We're taking it higher

The message from the coast is loud and clear
Cool running
The second I get off I'm out of here
Cool running yeah
Oooh hooo

Aim south we're chilling out
The boss is on the phone
Tell him I'm gone

That's right Snow White
We're blowin' the blues away
Call 'em back another day

Got no time for talkin' to no phone
Cool running yeah
We'll send them all a postcard from the zone
Cool running yeah

You see Miss it's like this
We're about to lose control
Well it beats getting old
Hey

Predictions for the coast say bright and clear
Cool running yeah
The forecast for my head is out of here

Cool running yeah

The message from the coast is loud and clear
Cool running
The second I get off I'm out of here
Cool running yeah

Oh doctor man I hope relief soon come
Cool running yeah
Sometimes the best prescription is to run
Cool running yeah

Oooh oooh hoo hoo hoo


10. *The Night Of Van Gogh

Words by Boz Scaggs
Music by Boz Scaggs, Peter Wolf and Bobby Caldwell

Eyes
Eyes chasing eyes
There you were taking your chances
With daredevil glances in the night
Stunned by the moon
Drawn by the flame
Caught in the act
Of love's oldest game

And warm
Suddenly warm
I felt the heat of the night
The rhythm of light across your face
Kissed by the wind
Won by your hand
Two shot the moon
So it began
Yes

That was the night of Van Gogh
The dazzling dancer of promise
I left the clouds far below
To return once again
To the lips of delicious madness
As you came
To me

Love
Unended love
Yours is the nature of giving
The true art of living on the line
You are with me my dear
More than you know
I touch your lips
You touch my soul
Yes

This is the night of Van Gogh
The dance through the cosmos he promised me
I leave the clouds far below
To return once again
To those lips of delicious madness
You smile as you come
To me

There you were taking your chances

With daredevil glances in the night


*Soul to Soul

(Bonus Track - French Release)

It was great the look the eye it didn't show
I was cool I was I think you never know
You got to watch for the ones with soul

In a flash I saw what I was dreaming of
Couldn't think I took the look I fell in love
You got to watch for the ones with soul yeah

The one with the kiss in her eye
She's holding the perfect surprise yeah
All those longing lovely looks
Just can't tell it all

So if you want to
Love her at all
You've got to want to
Look at her soul to soul

At the club you're on you're keen you gotta dance
Don't you know you're mean you're hot to take a chance
They've got to watch for the man with soul

There she is the one the look you want to swing
There you go you like a bit of mystery
You got to watch for the ones with soul

The one with her kiss on your mind
You might be surprised what you find yeah
All those longing lovely looks
Just can't tell it all

So if you want to
Love her at all
You've got to want to
Look at her soul to soul

So if you want to
Love her at all
You've got to want to
Look at her soul to soul

It's one thing she's kissing your mind
You might be surprised what you find yeah
All those longing lovely looks just can't tell it all

So if you want to
Love her at all
You've got to want to
Look at her soul to soul

So if you want to
Love her at all
You've got to want to
Look at her soul to soul


*You'll Never Know

(Bonus Track - Japanese Release)

Boz Scaggs / L. Dozier

Sooner or later you're coming thru that door
You've heard it before
Love me or leave me
I'm on your side
But the way you leave me hanging on the line
Is driving me crazy

You'll never know how much I miss you baby
It's hard to show how much I care I really care

Something inside me says that I ought to be blunt
Tell you up front
Darling I need you here by my side
But until I feel its a two way deal
We'll just keep faking

You'll never know how much I miss you baby
It's hard to show how much I care I really care

But the way you leave me hanging on the line
Is driving me crazy
It's about time that you knew baby babe
Girl I am lost without you

You'll never know how much I miss you
Its hard to show how much I care, I really care
You'll never know how much I miss you in my life
Its hard to show how much I care I really care

You'll never know how much I miss you
I miss you I miss you girl
Its hard to show how much I care

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