TIGHTEN UP VOLUME `88 The Lyrics


ROCK NON STOP (ALL NIGHT LONG) (Jones/Letts/Donovan)

We`re gonna rock Stomp Get psyched up We`re gonna swing do your thing all night long We`re going out wanna shout get niced up You`re beautiful stay cool all night long Throw down go to town get dressed up Pour that wine feel fine all night long What we`re about move `em out roll `em up Get free o.d. all night long We`re gonna rock till we drop all night long We`re gonna rock non stop all night long Slow down girl and make it easy Bugging out hangin` in get it on Don`t you know you`re driving me crazy All night long Check your coat dreamboat if you give it up We`ll have a time cloud nine all night long If you thought life is short ya gotta live it up Improvise socialise all night long Easy pal thats my gal gonna mess you up You`re alone so find your own ya got all nigh long We`re gonna rock till we drop all night long We`re gonna rock non stop all night long Wanna try before you buy cos they set you up Getting high it`s kinda fly all night long Wanna flirt grab a skirt gonna rip it up I like to get intimate all night long We`re gonna rock till we drop all night long We`re gonna rock non stop all night long Slow down girl and make it easy Bugging out hangin` in get it on Don`t you know you`re driving me crazy All night long Slow down girl and make it easy Bugging out hangin` in get it on Don`t you know it`s driving me crazy All night long Slow down girl and make it easy Bugging out hangin` in get it on Don`t you know you`re driving me crazy All night long

OTHER 99 (Jones/Letts)

Everythings not always great Sometimes it`s just fine No one gets ten out of ten Lucky if it`s nine No I ain`t the greatest Sure there`s imperfections And if you gave me a test Might not pass the inspection Everythings not always great Sometimes it`s just fine I ain`t with the 100 crowd I`m with the 99 Nobody is perfect Of this I am sure I looked into the mirror And I saw the floor You can draw your own conclusion But I`ll tell you mine I ain`t with the 100 crowd I`m with the 99 Nobody is perfect That ain`t no jive No one gets ten out of ten You gotta strive for five I won`t say that I`m the best That you ever had But the bit that has been good Sure outweights the bad Nobody is perfect Tell you I don`t mind If you ain`t in the 100 crowd Join the 99 Got me some ambition Just like all the rest And I got a mission But I`d settle for less You can draw your own conclusion But I`ll tell you mine I ain`t with the 100 crowd I`m with the 99 I ain`t with the 100 crowd I`m with the 99 Hey hey now Everythings not always great Everythings not always great Sometimes it`s just fine Sometimes it`s just fine No one gets ten out of ten Lucky if it`s nine Everythings not always great Everythings not always great Sometimes it`s just fine Sometimes it`s just fine No one gets ten out of ten Lucky if it`s nine Hey hey now Everythings not always great Everythings not always great Sometimes it`s just fine Sometimes it`s just fine No one gets ten out of ten Lucky if it`s nine Everythings not always great Everythings not always great Sometimes it`s just fine Sometimes it`s just fine No one gets ten out of ten Lucky if it`s nine

FUNNY NAMES (Jones/Letts)

A stranger`s a friend You just don`t know With a shake of the hand We could give it a go I look kinda pale They call me gringo You got funny hair They call you negro Under the skin say we`re all the same How come when I turn my back You call me funny names How come when I turn my back You call me funny names Funny names I`m not like you You`re not like me Don`t think that will ever change It`s obvious to see You`re not like me I`m not like you Don`t mean that we can`t get along And like each other too `Cos under the skin say we`re all the same How come when I turn my back You call me funny names How come when I turn my back You call me funny names Funny names Recognise the difference Give thanks we ain`t the same Variety`s the spice of life Hey fella what`s your name Some live in the city Some come from ghettoes Eat funny food Speak funny lingo Yes a stranger`s a friend You just don`t know Forever by your side Just like a shadow `Cos under the skin say we`re all the same How come when I turn my back You call me funny names How come when I turn my back You call me funny names Funny names How come you call me funny names Funny names

APPLECART (Jones/Roberts)

She goes down to make breakfast The machine spins round He reads the morning paper On the bus to town Although they live together And they are counterparts Don`t rock the boat Upset the applecart Dreams seems so exciting When you`re duty bound Working for the company Trying to earn a pound Lousy English weather Together yet apart Don`t rock the boat Upset the applecart Freedom Once upon a moment Flashes of sensations Thrill of inspiration Time stands still for no one Age is just a number Pages in your story Liaisons con amore So it is no wonder Watch the days just fly by Point me at the highway Have to do things my way Blowing chances bye bye Everything is allright Once upon a moment Aaaaah aaaaah The silence between them Makes the loudest sound Thinking it`s the wavelength Turns the radio down They hardly know each other And they don`t know where to start Don`t rock the boat Upset the applecart Freedom Once upon a moment Flashes of sensations Thrill of inspiration Time stands still for no one Age is just a number Pages in your story Liaisons con amore So it is no wonder Watch the days just fly by Point me at the highway Have to do things my way Blowing chances bye bye Everything is allright Once upon a moment Don`t rock the boat Upset the applecart Don`t rock the boat Upset the applecart Don`t rock the boat Upset the applecart Don`t rock the boat Upset the applecart

ESQUERITA (Jones)

Out of Greeville South Carolina From the Road House Owl Club Him and Sister Rosa Down to Dallsa and the Dew Drop Inn The farthest a man can go and back again It was in Macon at an all night diner Trying to catch some it was me he took a shine`ta Said I better give him some of my old clothes He`s in the wrong place wrong time and nobody knows His real name was S.Q.Reeder Everybody knew him as Esquerita Black Flash Gordon Rocket `58 The rock around was busting out interstate Thru the green door there`s a gospel sound Dressed in sequins war paint listen to him holler I guess the Georgia peach came a little too late The rock around`s busting out interstate Houlaaa His real name was S.Q.Reeder Everybody knew him as Esquerita Black Flash Gordon Rocket `58 The rock around was busting out interstate Been a long time here in California Western Union I heard from Sister Rosa The telegram said S.Q. had passed away Well now preacher what you gotta say His real name was S.Q.Reeder Everybody knew him as Esquerita Black Flash Gordon Rocket `58 The rock around was busting out interstate His real name was S.Q.Reeder Beat up on his woman with a vacuum cleaner Black Flash Gordon Rocket `58 The rock around was busting out interstate

CHAMPAGNE (Jones/Donovan)

She won`t touch one drop of Scotch She loves champagne Brandy wine lager and lime Nope it`s champagne Put that gin in the bin She wants champagne Vodka juice ain`t no use Champagne Drinking She can drink it in the morning She likes it in the morning Beat the blues out of bed Disturbing It`s quite disturbing To see how much she`s absorbing But she never has a sore head Pleasing Mmm sure it`s pleasing Serve chilled not freezimg She`ll be delighted Leaving I was thinkin` about leaving Before it gets to be evening Might stick around instead She won`t touch one drop of Scotch She loves champagne Brandy wine lager and lime Nope it`s champagne Put that gin in the bin She wants champagne Vodka juice ain`t no use Champagne Smoking Standing in the rain smoking And my clothes are all soaking Saturated Joking I was hoping she was joking When she asked me I was choking If I`d be wed Coping Admirably coping At my attempts at groping On the bedspread Weddings All this talk of weddings Honeymoons and feather beddings Gonna end in bloodshed She won`t touch one drop of Scotch She loves champagne Brandy wine lager and lime Nope it`s champagne Put that gin in the bin She wants champagne Vodka juice ain`t no use Champagne! She won`t touch one drop od Scotch She loves champagne Brandy wine lager and lime Nope it`s champagne Put that gin in the bin She wants champagne Vodka juice ain`t no use Champagne! Champagne! Champagne! Champagne! Champagne! Champagne! Champagne! Champagne!

MR. WALKER SAID (Jones/Letts/Roberts)

Hey girl I know you well I know when you were born Walker say we`re heaven made Cause I`m a Capricorn The sun the moon and stars Predict what lies ahead So Mr. Walker said So every move I make He says is prordained Just when I think I`m free He says I`m bound in chains But when the night is clear Signs are easy found My feet are on the ground Some people read the stars For answers yet unknown Some people read the stars I think I`ll write my own So Mr. Walker said Some look in Tarot cards And others cups of tea This modern voodoo spaceman Looks in the Galaxy And everything he sees Is beamed in from the med So Mr. Walker said Do I do what I`m supposed to do Or what my fate spells out for me Do I do what I`m supposed to do Or is it in my destiny He looks into the sky And like a book it`s read So Mr. Walker said Some people read the stars For answers yet unknown Some people read the stars I think I`ll write my own So Mr. Walker said

THE BATTLE OF ALL SAINTS ROAD (Jones/Letts and Battle of New Orleans traditional)

A couple of years ago down Ladbroke Grove The Dreads uptight sitting on a treasure trove A skinny white dude came in and took a chair He had a black leather jacket and greased back hair Well they ain`t seen nothing like it down the Mangrove Plugged his guitar into a flat iron stove Now all the brothers they began to stare Hillybilly cat blew `em on their derriere It`s the booze that picks you up And throws you against the wall Sometimes there`s a drought Can`t get no sense at all Now they had the grass he had the song The Rocker and the Ras began to get along Looking around for something to bang They all joined in and this is what they sang... We fired our guns and the coppers kept a coming There wasn`t quite as many as there was a while ago We fired once more and they began a running Over Vauxhall Bridge and Via Pimlico Cow foot curry herbage and macheté `57 Chevy in a Rondolet Red stripe BM a game of dominoes Zebra serenade the honky`s and negros Well it ain`t Mozart Nowadays all quiet on the All Saints Road Cops and yups come in by the truckload A condo stands where the grass used to grow Race attacks filofax and nobody goes It`s the booze that picks you up And throws you against the wall Lost my vallet and my mind at the carnival Seven Eleven McDonalds and Ho-Jo`s Gettys` on the jetty watch the river flow The Lambeth walk`s like 42nd Street Folks I gotta tell you this town can`t be beat Wadda dem-dem-dem.......

HIP NECK AND THIGH (Jones/Letts)

You rock I roll Crazy love affair I rock you roll Baby I don`t care Gratify and satisfy I wanna captivate Delighting inviting Girl let`s make a date Get loose get close Busy or lost I`m that path you gotta cross Pleasure and a little pain Let`s go there and back again I rock you roll Baby I don`t care You rock I roll Stay and make a pair Believe it or not I got feelings too Ain`t nothing like the one When I`m feeling you Get loose get close Busy or lost I`m that path you gotta cross Pleasure and a little pain Let`s go there and back again I rock you roll Baby I don`t care Can`t dance we`ll stroll Just stay and make a pair You rock I roll Crazy love affair I rock you roll Baby I don`t care "God I love it when you`re domineering..." You rock I roll Crazy love affair I rock you roll Baby I don`t care

2000 SHOES (Letts/Roberts/Donovan)

Phillipine star greedy girl Took the money to buy the world First a little then the lot Others` needs where soon forgot Heard you like a love song This here one is just for you In keeping with your taste we hope It`s called 2000 shoes Never had a consience Or any moral views Even any kins of taste Just 2000 shoes If I had the world to sell Could strike a deal with you I know you haven`t got the cash Just 2000 shoes Catwalk at the embassy Supplied by human rights Qadahafi and George Hamilton Mao Tse Tung and disco lights Never had a consience Or any moral views Even any kins of taste Just 2000 shoes If I had the world to sell Could strike a deal with you I know you haven`t got the cash Just 2000 shoes 2000 shoes Phillipine star greedy girl Took the money to buy the world First a little then the lot Others` need where soon forgot Heard you like a love song This here one is just for you In keeping with your taste we hope It`s called 2000 shoes So here it is Imelda Sorry it`s the blues Would have done it different If I were in your shoes Never had a consience Or any moral views Even any kins of taste Just 2000 shoes If I had the world to sell Could strike a deal with you I know you haven`t got the cash Just 2000 shoes 2000 shoes

TIGHTEN UP VOL. `88 (Jones/Letts/Roberts/Williams)

A windmill stands In the city of spades The Effra River flows Under Granville Arcade Old dogs in cold harbour Have fond memories Remember the days This was Viking country Natives blacks and werewolves Yeah got it all Every kind of exotic friut On the market stall Those drums keep on pounding Since they moved in down the street Cold wet surroundings The cops don`t like the beat The cost of bread is rising The area`s run down They painted up the brickwork They painted up the town While my brother dug the ramjam I got flea-pit matinees And we`d catch the number 2 Go up West for the day Tighten up volume two Sound system bon marché Roits on Jebb Avenue Down Marcus Garvey Way Those drums keep on pounding Since they moved in down the street Cold wet surroundings The cops don`t like the beat A windmill stands In the city of spades The Effra River flows Under Granville Arcade There`s Christmas lights on Railton Road It looks like Oxford Street If Santa`s got electric goods He`d better have receipts Got no airs n`graces Always been this way After all I come from Brixton What else can I say

JUST PLAY MUSIC! (Jones/Letts/Roberts)

Move my feet And touch my sole Bass sound drum beat Rock`and roll Just play that music I don`t care what key it`s in Where it`s come from Where it`s been Just play that music I don`t need to see your face I don`t need no autographs I can`t play your interviews Can`t hear your photographs You don`t need to be profound In fact don`t speak Just play that sound Just play that music I`ll turn on my radio If you`ve got a great live show Just play that music If it`s hitting make it stick Do your job just play music Critics mags and interviews Who cares about bad reviews Does it have to be so tame Do I have to twist and shout Do we have to play this game Or be down and out It don`t have to look the same I keep trying to tell `em It don`t have to all sound lame I sing the song you sell `em If it`s hitting make it stick Do your job just play music If you need an ear to lend I`ve got the cash to spend Move my feet And touch my sole Bass sound drum beat Rock and roll Just play that music I don`t care what key it`s in Where it`s come from Where it`s been Just play that music Does it have to be so tame Do I have to twist and shout Do we have to play this game Or be down and out It don`t have to look the same I keep trying to tell `em It don`t have to all sound lame I sing the song you sell `em Does it have to be so tame Do I have to twist and shout Do we have to play this game Or be down and out It don`t have to look the same I keep trying to tell `em It don`t have to all sound lame I sing the song you sell `em Just play that music! Just play that music I won`t refuse it I`d like to tell ya Just play that music! Stay on that feeling Don`t you loose it Stay on the stageing Just play that music! Don`t you loose it Just play that music! Some like theYankee sound Just play that music! Sometimes from London town Just play that music! I`ve seen the that alley ground Just play that music! Sometimes from London town Just play that music!