Beckman: Under the InfluenceBeckman: Under the Influence

Let Me Down Easy

Chorus:
If you’re gonna leave
Let me down easy
Don’t expect resistance to come your way
We’ve had our good times
Now we’ve got our bad times
I just want you to know
I’ll always love you

Verse:
Not it’s comin’ on Spring
Flowers are bloomin’
I see couples walkin’ everywhere
I see you and me
Down by the river
Laughin’, holdin’ hands

Chorus

Bridge:
Now if you should wake up
From some bad dreamin’
Just imagine I’m lyin’ next to you
And in my arms, I’ll give you comfort
And hold you, ‘til the mornin’ sun.

 

Night Life

I’m gonna stop this night life baby, It’s killin’ me
I’m gonna stop this night life baby, It’s killin’ me

Yeah I’m gonna change my ways
Go back to my old time used to be

No more whiskey, no more cocaine
None of them bad, bad women
No none of them bad things
I’m gonna stop this night life baby, It’s killin’ me
Yeah I’m gonna change my ways
Go back to my old time used to be

 

Take a Walk

I’m tired of all your moanin’ and groanin’ baby
Your talk, talk, talk
I’m tired of all your moanin’ and groanin’ baby
Your talk, talk, talk
Well it’s my turn to moan baby,
You don’t like it honey just a take a walk

I send you flowers, I buy you clothes
I bring you jewelry so heaven knows
Why you’re always moanin’ and groanin’ baby
Talk, talk, talk.
Well it’s my turn to moan baby,
You don’t like it honey just a take a walk 

 

Blues in My Pillow

I got the blues in my pillow
I got the blues in my sheets
I got the blues in my bedpost
All around my face
You know my bed is cold and empty
Yeah baby, I’m just about the same
But I’d rather sleep in this cold bed baby
Yeah than lie in your cheatin’ arms again

Monday mornin’ baby, my hotel phone
You callin’ me baby from my best friends home
What you got to tell me,
Yeah baby, it just ain’t now good
Now whatever it is you are trying to do baby
You’re doing it through and through

Judas was a traitor baby, Samson was a fool
Hitler was a heartless man but he didn’t have nothing on you
Now if love was made for cheatin’ baby
You’d have yourself a winnin’ hand
And now if cruelty could make you rich baby
Baby you’d own have this land 

I got the blues in my pillow
I got the blues in my sheets
I got the blues in my bedpost
All around my face
You know my bed is cold and empty
Yeah baby, I’m just about the same
But I’d rather sleep in this cold bed baby
Yeah than lie in your cheatin’ arms again

 

South Jersey Pineland Blues

Yeah, I’d like to find a room
Where I can sit and think
Wash this ugly feelin’ right down the sink
Yeah, if I find this room
You know I just might stay
And rest my achin’ bones until my dyin’ day

I’d paint them walls as black as night
Make my bed all blue
Won’t let nobody touch babe
Won’t let nobody through
Yeah now if I find this room
You know I just might say
Gonna rest my achin’ bones until my dyin’ day

 

Blues Gone By

Now I’m walkin’ through the graveyard I’ve got some flowers in my hand
Now I’m walkin’ through the graveyard I’ve got some flowers in my hand
I’m gonna kneel right down and say a prayer
For all the long gone bluesmen 

I used to hear them playin’ when I was just too young to know
I used to hear them playin’ when I was just too young to know
yeah the blues they were singin’ could cure your heart and soul

There was T-Bone Walker and Jimmy Reed
Little Walter Jacobs, turn him up a little please
There was Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Son House
Furry Lewis, Johhny Shines and old Fred McDowell
Now I’m walkin’ through the graveyard I’ve got some flowers in my hand
Now I’m walkin’ through the graveyard I’ve got some flowers in my hand
I’m gonna kneel right down and say a prayer
For all the long gone bluesmen

 

Ain't Got No Mind

I was stoned and I missed
In the mornin’ her lipstick
On my pillow had painted what went on the night before
Who she was and was she cheatin’
Was she young or was she beatin’
By the same hands of time that knock on my door

Well she must’ve been somethin’
Cuz it looked like a cyclone
Leavin’ nothin’ but ruin blew through my house
It’s a shame I can’t remember
But even if I got her number
I probably wrote it on the cover of a matchbook that I tossed

Chorus:
Now I’ve grown a little jaded
My dreams are all dated
Keepin’ from sleepin’ don’t make up for lost time
And when it all gets the best of me
I got my bottle right in front of me
I can’t ask no questions if I ain’t got no mind

Younger days saw me dancin’
Yeah the girls called me handsome
But I never stayed with no one
For more than awhile
I was and I was lazy
Knew too much, it came to easy
Stayed a step ahead of trouble just knowin’ how to smile

Then I met the girl of my dreams
In my pocket is a wedding ring
I was holdin’ at the altar the day she did not show
Now time ain’t been forgiven,
I’m alive but I ain’t livin’
I’m just a stumblin’ through these alleys tryin’ to find my way home.

Chorus

I was stoned and I missed
In the mornin’ her lipstick
On my pillow had painted what went on the night before
Who she was and was she cheatin’
Was she young or was she beatin’
By the same hands of time that knock on our doors

Chorus

 

Take a Bow

Now I was a fool baby, no doubt about that
You were so cruel baby, you hurt me bad
I could not stop the way that I felt
The harder I tried the further I fell
But that was then, this is now
It’s final curtain baby, take a bow 

No used to hold you in my arms
Yeah I fell prey baby to all of your charms
You were so good, at tellin’ lies
Had me convinced baby, baby, most of the time
But that was then, this is now
It’s final curtain baby, take a bow 

Repeat 1st verse

 

Ain't That a Good Thing

Outside my window a bird is singin’
A twinklin’ sparklin’ melody
Ain’t no soul a’stirrin’ ain’t no cat a’purrin’
He’s singin’ his song just for me

Chorus:
Ain’t that a good thing when you get back on your feet
Ain’t that a good thing when your sweetheart calls you sweet
Ain’t that a good thing you kick your trouble on the street
And your worry turns to whistlin’ ain’t that a good thing

Now my baby, she’s a pretty good gal
No matter what I do she loves me anyhow
Ain’t nothin’ to it, just go out and do it
Nobody likes a body when they're down

Chorus

You believe this, they believe that
Well love begets love boy and that’s a fact
You think you got it so ruff, go live in Ethiopia
And come and talk to me when you get back

Chorus

 

All Night Blues

I’m in the mood for Billie Holiday
Singin’ her blues
Cuz all night long I’ve been thinkin of you
I’ve had the all night blues

Bridge:
Monday mornin’, wearin’ black
I feel so bad I want my baby back
Tuesday, Wednesday, just like the rest
Since she’s been gone, well I been such a mess

I’m in the mood for Billie Holiday
Singin’ her blues
Cuz all night long I’ve been thinkin' of you
I’ve had the all night blues

 

Headin' For the Skids

You been burnin’ the candle at both ends boy
Goin’ nowhere fast
Getting’ higher than a man should get
Yeah, you’re about to collapse
On the downhill side in your runaway train
You don’t know it now boy but you’re in for a lot of pain
You play your games, pay your dues
And when you got nothin’ you got nothin’ left to use that’s right 

Ya done gone and found yourself another girl
She got a wounded soul
You think you’re in love boy, she’s just on a roll
You can think you can rescue her, who you tryin to kid
You don’t even recognize boy when you’re headin’ for the skids
You play your games, pay your dues
And when you got nothin’ you got nothin’ left to use that’s right

There’s a window at the station boy
Says lost and found
And a platform in the back baby, where they ship dead bodies out
You got your ticket boy but it ain’t been punched
You still got a little time boy but don’t bother packin’ your lunch
You play your games, pay your dues
And when you got nothin’ you got nothin’ left to use that’s right

Don’t ya know you’re headin’ for the skids

 

Pair of Diamonds

Chorus:
Baby got a brand new pair of diamonds
But I do believe they cost her far too much
She said she left the devil burnin’ with desire
Sayin’ hey baby you can have anything you want
That’s what he told her, hey baby you can have anything you want

Well I saw her on the street just the other day
And it’s true, cuz she don’t look the same
She never was much on smilin’
Yeah she lost a lot of weight
But her eyes alone was more than I could take

Chorus 

Now she told me I no longer could afford her
Well I gave her all I had and not I had no more
Black and blue ain’t nothing to the one who throws the punch
But everything to the one down on the floor

Chorus

Now everybody knows diamonds are a girls best friend
But who is to say what’s really on her mind
But just like love hidden deep down in the earth
Such a precious stone so very hard to find

Chorus

 

Stop Telling Me Lies

I look into your eyes, I see a pack of lies
It’s just another nail in your coffin
Now I know every scene by heart, yeah they all tear me apart
It’s just another nail in your coffin
Now I dug that hole so deep and with every breath I take
I’m a pounded like a man possessed
Wipe the sweat from my brow
No you can’t stop me now
as I pound the last nail in your coffin

Well it wont be long fore now, I can lay this hammer down
And start pourin’ some dirt on your coffin
This don’t mean I don’t care so baby don’t be scared
It’s just the sound of dirt fallin’ on your coffin
Now I dug that hole so deep and with every breath I take
Well I’m a shovelin’ like a man possessed
Wipe the sweat from my brow
No you can’t stop me now
as I pat the dirt down on your coffin 

I’m gonna spend some time to morn,
lord I hear a lonesome horn
As I say a little prayer over your coffin
Now the road back home is long,
but I can manage cuz I’m feeling strong
As I take the first step away from your coffin
Now I dug that hole so deep and with every breath I take
I’m a walkin’ like a man at rest
Wipe the sweat from my brow
No you can’t stop me now
as I walk away from your coffin

And as I walk away, I hear a murmur from your grave
Way down deep, deep in your coffin
But now silence fills the air, there ain’t a sound anywhere
As I walk away from your coffin
Now I dug that hole so deep, under a weepin’ willow tree
Cuz baby your love was killin’ me
Wipe the sweat from my brow
No you can’t stop me now
as I walk down the hill from your coffin

 

Say It Ain't True

Now I heard some stories baby
Down in the town
That while I was gone baby
You was out runnin’ round
And it wasn’t just one guy baby
In some out of the way place
You were seen up and down the strip baby
Where everybody knew your face 

Chorus:
Say it ain’t true
Say it ain’t true
Oh my darlin’, my darlin’, say it ain’t true

Whatever happened baby
Cuz I couldn’t tell
If you’ve been unhappy baby
You’ve been hidin’ it well
You took me by surprise baby
And it’s a tearin’ me apart
Now there is only one thing you can do
To stop this pain In my heart.

Chorus

Now we lived in heaven baby
Such a precious time
And the love that we had baby
You know it didn’t come over night
And we swore to each other baby
To never tell lies
And we’d do whatever it took babe
To keep our love alive

Chorus

 

These Boots

These boots have walked a thousand roads
Echoed through the alleys of distant places
Keeping time to a lonesome song
The moon and stars have heard throughout the ages
On a cold and friendless night that tries the mind
And drives the soul to bitter places
Lookin’ to hear that ageless song
In the clicking of my heals on pavement
Tryin’ not to think about the hurt on her face
As she searched my eyes for love and found not a trace

I thought that I would feel relieved when I said goodbye
But it ain’t been so easy
This vision of her clear blue eyes so full of tears
Never leaves me
One bright ray of sunshine don’t make up for months
Of pouring rain
Don’t stop my fingertips from reaching out against my will
To touch your face
Knowing in my mind what’s right
Don’t stop my heart from breaking
As a trembling from deep within this solid ground
Has me shaking.

One bright ray of sunshine don’t make up for months
Of pouring rain
Don’t stop my fingertips from reaching out against my will
To touch your face
But I’ve been to where she’s going
It ain’t no pretty picture
I said goodbye to save myself
Lord knows I’m gonna miss her