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A Man Under the Influence

by Alejandro Escovedo

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1.
05:26
Wave goodbye Everybody waves goodbye Climb aboard the train Turn and wave goodbye again Some go north, some go south Maybe east, some left out Some are rich, some are poor But everybody's got to wave Wave goodbye We're headed for the other side The sun shines brighter there And everyone's got golden hair. They went north, they went south Maybe east, some left out Some are rich, some are poor Someone blessed somewhat more Because I'm sick We're gonna find the ones that left A boy climbs aboard the train Never to wave bye again They went north, they went south Maybe east, some left out Some are rich, some are poor But everybody's got to wave Don't you cry We made it to the other side The sun's not brighter here It only shines on golden hair I went north, I went south Maybe east, some left out Some are rich, some are poor But everybody's got to wave
2.
03:49
There's a notion between us, my love A notion of powder and dust Somehow I was blind but now I can see As you walk through this world Rosalie Every step is one closer to me As love we will find, what the others can't see Your letters in mind, I love you Rosalie Let the world spin you closer to me Take a chance on us Rosalie As love we begun to find a world that is free I want to dance with you Rosalie I want to dance with you Rosalie To the new years' just time To bring you closer to me The whispers are mine, te amo Rosalie May 17, 1952 Dear Rosie The happiest Sunday of my life Rosalie Spending a nice, quiet day with you at home alone December 26, 1952 Dear Joe My darling, I'm so in love with you I guess you know you left me speechless when you broke the news Everything went round and round How I wish days like those 12 would last forever Ma and Pa aren't too happy about it But it's harder on them, for I'll be leaving I hope that soon, my darling God will make all our dreams come true I've started to take a long, hard look at all my surroundings And at all the people I'm so crazy about It's going to be harder than I thought leaving all this behind I love you, can't stand being away from you I love you Now remember, darling I've been here all my life But with my Joe at my side I won't be able to complain So never take our love, Rosalie You'll never break this love, Rosalie To the new year's just time That's brought you closer to me The whispers are mine, te amo, Rosalie Your letters are mine I love you Rosalie I love you Rosalie I love you Rosalie I love you Rosalie
3.
04:04
Where'd it all begin? Well i don't really care There's plenty of faces along the way Who'd be glad to place me there Was it your fault? Or just my fault Well it don't matter anymore You carve our names on window panes And leave them scattered on the floor.----- So if the melody escapes me I will stumble upon it soon If it's not a rhapsody Well it'll just; Have to do ----- So if the melody escapes me I will stumble upon it soon If it's not a rhapsody ----- The memory will have to do Well look who's crying now I can't forget your name ----- There's plenty of strangers along the way Who'd be glad to pass the blame ----- If it's my fault, I'll pay the cost You be the one to keep the score ----- You carved our name on window frames And let them scatter by the door ----- First you said you loved me Then you changed your mind I wish I could hear it One more time If it's my fault I'll pay the cost You be the one to keep the score We carved on names on window frames The letters scatter out the door
4.
I saw your face From across the river ----- Without a trace, veil etched in grey The old man say they heard the laughter And then the laughter seemed to fade away ---- What kind of love? Destroys a Mother And sends her life crashing, through the tangled trees ----- What kind of love? destroys another And sends them crashing, through the Tangled trees For another time, across the river..... The old men say, they saw you walking And then they said, you seemed to fade away ----- What kind of love, destroys a mother; And sends her crashing, through the Tangled trees ------- For another time -------
5.
03:27
If I should write a book for you That brought me fame and fortune too That book would be like my heart and me Dedicated to you And if I should paint a picture too That showed the loveliness of you My art would be like my heart and me Dedicated to you To you because your love is the beacon That lights up my way To you because with you I know A lifetime could be just one heavenly day If I should find a twinkling star One half so wondrous as you are That star would be like my heart and me Dedicated to you To you because your love is a beacon That lights up my way To you because with you I know A lifetime could be just one heavenly day If I should find a twinkling star One half so wondrous as you are That star would be like my heart and me Dedicated to you
6.
Ladies and gentlemen Yes, sir Let's do it Yes, sir Yo, on and on and my nuts, I'm palming Take two of these and call me in the morning You should see the way the chain heart is a charmin' Flying like a bird like Nelly Furtado Shit, pop ya bottles, toast and scream, cheers Getcha two step ?'cause it's the record of the year Nigga that brought you ice creams, two for a pair Officially announcing this is warfare 'Cause back in the day my clouds was gray And it seemed like my angels couldn't blow them away But then I sold my first verse and copped that NSX But I was still ridin' in them thin ass jets, but now Man, my business so clear out the window of the Lear And I'm talking on my celly, all this shit that you should hear Listen clearly now Hello, can you hear me now? Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that So, drop ya purse and grab ya hips And act like ya tryin' to get this money right quick So can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that On and on and this beat is zoning I control they mind from straight over the phone and Let 'em explore the words something like a tourist And never get addicted unless the heady wop is serious From Louisville to Jimmy Choos, he's real She knows the time, she sees the Richard Mille Flat double skeletal tour billion It's just like her body move, it turns her on She like the way my hands use her body for hand warmers And all our car doors go up like transformers See I can do it this away, I can do it that away From the crib in Virginia to that new Miami getaway So cool it like new edition unless you hot as you say I'll get it, okay, let it boil away But please run along, ?'cause ladies is feelin' wrong And I got some right for 'em right after this song My name is Skateboard P Ladies and gentlemen Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that So, drop ya purse and grab ya hips And act like ya tryin' to get this money right quick So can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that On and on and the temperature's warming I spit heat flashes, niggas get nauseous Bright as a bitch, so analyze with caution When the light hit the ice bet a one hundred that you vomit Should I mention the fact the transition is the track? New incision to the vision just to get me where I'm at Lil' Skateboard he too grown Riding up and down Collins in that new two-tone It's so cold you don't wanna feel the chill of it (Uh) Just stand back and just look at the grill of it (Uh) I don't smoke but I bet the sensamill of it It totally intensifies the vivid ass appeal of it You can be jealous and grit ya teeth But all these little niggas got something in reach So, you want heat? These niggas can front heat While on my boat party trying to sun seek My name is Skateboard P Ladies and gentlemen Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that So, drop ya purse and grab ya hips And act like ya tryin' to get this money right quick So can I have it like that? You got it like that Can I have it like that? You got it like that
7.
Don't love me too much I don't think I can take it A little tender to the touch And it feels like we can break it... I'll follow you 'round I'll follow you 'round I'll follow you 'round Don't you dance so close I don't think I can follow I've been hanging with the ghost The cause of all this trouble I'll follow you 'round I'll follow you 'round And I'll follow you down I'll follow you... Don't you speak so soft I don't think I can bear it I've been dancing with the ghost And it's much too late to fake it
8.
03:53
Out where the Valley lies Out where the Eagle flies On your Wedding Day ----- Long as the river runs Long, as the time to come So I've got to say ----- That you look so fine You were locked in time By the ring that binds you On your Wedding Day ----- On your Wedding Day ----- Out where the evening stars Shine as to lovers dance ----- On your Wedding Day ----- Long as the Veil that runs Strong as a promise sung So I've got to say ----- That you look so fine You were locked in time By the ring that binds you On your Wedding Day
9.
04:23
My hands are turning numb But I still gotta strum My Velvet guitar And I don't care how long Might write a sad one But who's gonna sing them this time My hands are turning numb But I still gotta strum My Velvet guitar And I don't care how long Exactly what went wrong But who's gonna blame him This time ----- A rooster's in the trees But he can't crow for me He's wasted his time He lost track of how long Exactly what went wrong But who's gonna blame him This time? I hear her sing for me But she won't cry for me I'm wasted, inside ----- She's too cool to come down And dance to a sad one But who's gonna blame her this Time ---------- Not gonna break him down
10.
04:43
I watch you walk away from me It's all that's about you And as I lean into this fall I'll always surround you ----- As I fall, all around you Voices call, but what: can I do? A circle burnt into the sand Is someone without you Who placed a ring upon your hand To try and disguise you ----- As I fall, all around you Voices call, but what: can I do? The things I meant to say All seem to slip away ----- The forward motion of this fall Is only because you ----- Smile as you slip yourself on me The danger becomes you ----- As I fall, all around you Voices call, but what: can I do?
11.
It's all about this Love It's all about this Pain It's all about this Loss We take to live again So if you see me 'round C'mon let me in If you see me falldown Won't you let me in ----- There's a story inside your eyes That needs a witness..... There's a rhythm to these lies That might explode ----- Sometimes this great big world Just ain't large enough So kiss one more time --- And then again..... It's all about this Love ----- It's all about this Pain ----- It's all about this Loss ----- We break, to Love again ----- This happy town has many secrets Enough to spark a towering wave of fire ----- So why this interest when they could Just leave us ----- Connected by the distance of your smile..... It's all about this Love ..... .............................

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released April 24, 2001

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