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A Decade Of Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Kevin Cronin Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Gary Richrath Lead Guitar
Bruce Hall Bass Guitar
Neal Doughty Keyboards
Alan Gratzer Drums

  1. Sophisticated Lady 4:01 Lyrics

    Sophisticated Lady try’n to change my ways
    just because you’re caught in your social maze.
    I think it’s about time that you realize
    your money and your power’s got you mesmerized.

    Pretty Lady.
    Get Back.
    Pretty Lady.
    Sophisticated lady put your blue jeans on,
    you’re anybody’s baby when your mama’s gone.

    Educated lady with your college degree,
    amazes me why you just can’t see.
    Learned ev’rything from your books on the shelf,
    but no one ever taught you how to think for yourself.

    Pretty Lady.
    Get Back.
    Pretty Lady.
    Sophisticated lady put your blue jeans on,
    you’re anybody’s baby when your mama’s gone.

    Sophisticated Lady , take a lesson from me,
    I can help you be what you want to be.
    Together we’ll see many brighter days,
    if it takes forever, gonna change your ways. Pretty Lady.
    Sweet Thing.
    Pretty Lady.
    Sophisticated lady put your blue jeans on,
    you’re anybody’s baby when your mama’s gone.

    Words & Music Terry Luttrell, Gary Richrath, Gregg Philbin, Neal
    ©1971 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album REO Speedwagon


  2. Music Man 4:33 Lyrics

    Recently I’ve been thinkin about what I am and where my priorities lie
    Gettin it together on some future plan, decidin what I need to get by
    I tried workin and schoolin but there just not my plan, oh no
    Can’t ya see I’ll always be a music man

    Well I could be pickin bluegrass or singin the blues, it doesn’t really matter to me
    As long as I’m playin the music I just can’t lose, and noones gonna tell me differently
    Cause all I really care about is sittin right here in my hands, oh yeah
    Can’t ya see I’ll always be a music man

    Well my momma sits and worries about me for days
    Even though she really likes the way the boy plays
    My daddy tells her I’m just goin through a phase
    But that’s just what he always says
    I hear what they’re sayin but I take it with a grain of sand, oh yeah
    Can’t ya see I’ll always be a music man
    (repeat) yeah

    (solo)

    Well my momma sits and worries about me for days
    Even though she really likes the way the boy plays
    My daddy tells her that I’m goin through a phase
    But that’s just what he always says
    I hear what they’re sayin but I take it with a grain of sand, oh yeah
    Can’t ya see I’ll always be a music man

    Well I’ve told you my story now here’s what I’ve found
    To be happy you need only be real
    So don’t let anyone try to turn your head around
    Just remember you are what you feel
    You see all of my life people been tryin to tell me what I am, oh yeah
    Can’t ya see I’ll always be a music man, oh yeah
    (repeat)

    Words & Music Kevin Cronin
    ©1972 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album R.E.O/T.W.O

     

  3. Golden Country 6:32 Lyrics

    Golden country your face is so red
    With all of your money your poor can be fed
    You strut around and you flirt with disaster
    Never really carin’ just what comes after
    Well your blacks are dyin’ but your back is still turned
    And your freaks are cryin’ but your back is still turned
    You better stop your hidin or your country will burn
    The time has come for you my friend
    To all this ugliness we must put an end
    Before we leave we must make a stand

    Mortgage people you crawl to your homes
    Your security lies in your bed of white foam
    You act concerned but then why turn away
    When a lady was raped on your doorstep today
    Well your blacks are cryin’ but your back is still turned
    And your freaks are dyin’ but your back is still turned
    You better stop your hidin or your country will burn
    The time has come for you my friend
    To all this ugliness we must put an end
    Before we leave we must make a stand, oh yeah……

    (solo)

    Golden country your face is so red
    With all of your money your poor can be fed
    You strut around and you flirt with disaster
    Never really carin’ just what comes after
    Well your blacks are dyin’ but your back is still turned
    And your freaks are cryin’ but your back is still turned
    You better stop your hidin or your country will burn
    The time has come for you my friend
    To all this ugliness we must put an end
    Before we leave we must make a stand

    (repeat)

    Words & Music Gary Richrath
    ©1972 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album R.E.O/T.W.O

     

  4. Son of a Poor Man 3:50 Lyrics

    Hometown lady, leavin’ for the city
    Bags in hand, she’s boardin’ the train
    Her last look through the window, I saw her eyes were as red as mine
    I waved goodbye but I can’t believe she’s leaving.

    But a woman can’t be high-class
    In a lonely farmer’s town
    And the son of a poor man
    Ain’t gonna turn your head around
    But if you ever get lonely
    Just pick up the telephone
    And the son of a poor man will bring you home.

    Maybe soon I’ll see her on some television show
    Painted lips and fingers singing for the world
    A fashion plate for sure dancin’ for your plastic world
    Call me up if you can but if not well I’ll understand

    But a woman can’t be high-class
    In a lonely farmer’s town
    And the son of a poor man
    Ain’t gonna turn your head around
    But if you ever get lonely
    Just pick up the telephone
    And the son of a poor man will bring you home.

    Words & Music Gary Richrath
    ©1973 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album Ridin’ The Storm Out

     

  5. Lost In a Dream 3:44 Lyrics

    Lost, lost in a dream (It’s a dream)
    And I think, it’s some evil scheme
    They say, that I don’t feel, what I feel
    But I know, that this ain’t no game

    What am I supposed to lie?
    That ain’t what I’m saying
    You’re telling me that I could be
    A little insane
    I tell myself to pull myself
    Together again
    ‘Cause I
    Ain’t been the same

    Words & Music Mike Murphy & Bruce Hall
    ©1974 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album Lost In A Dream

     

  6. Reelin' 4:25 Lyrics

    Words & Music Mike Murphy
    ©1975 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album This Time We Mean It

  7. Keep Pushin' 3:56 Lyrics

    I used to be lonely till I learned about livin alone
    I found other things to keep my mind on
    And I’m gettin to know myself a little bit better
    Whoa , I keep pushin on
    Keep pushin on, yeah

    Goin through all the changes I made so many mistakes, oh yes I did
    Tryin to leave behind the heartaches
    And sometimes I think I was a little bit crazy, oh yeah
    Whoa, I keep pushin on

    Keep pushin, keep pushin, keep pushin, keep pushin on
    Keep pushin, keep pushin, you know you have got to be so strong
    Keep pushin, keep pushin, well even if you think your strength is gone
    Keep pushin on

    (solo)

    Well it’s comin together I finally feel like a man, oh yes I do
    I never thought that I’d be where I am, oh
    Everyday I wake a little bit higher
    Whoa I keep pushin on, oh yeah
    (repeat chorus)

    Words & Music Kevin Cronin
    ©1976 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album R.E.O

     

  8. (I Believe) Our Time Is Gonna Come 5:00 Lyrics

    You touched me. You took me away.
    You left me confused when you said you couldn’t stay.
    But now I know what you were trying to say.
    I can understand that I’m not the only one.
    But I believe our time is gonna come.

    I dream of you through every night,
    But you’re not risin’ with me, so I don’t wanna see the light.
    Even if you can’t come over, and I hoping that you might
    ‘Cause when you’re not here nothing’s any fun.
    But I believe our time is gonna come.

    I believe our time is gonna come
    I believe our time is gonna come
    I believe our time is gonna
    I believe our time is gonna come

    Words & Music Kevin Cronin
    ©1976 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album R.E.O

     

  9. Breakaway 3:50 Lyrics

    Another day in the city
    Another dancer to the music
    But lately, all the music sounds so strange
    Well some songs have no meaning
    And some songs try to hard
    Tryin to say it all
    And end up saying nothin

    Well maybe the words ring true
    What’s right for them
    Maybe wrong for you
    So come out of the jungle
    Of another man’s dreams
    And if you come to a clearing
    As lonely as it seems
    It’s never too late to breakaway
    To Breakaway

    Another day lost in livin
    And another same old beginning
    And knowing where and why we went wrong
    Someone says I’ve changed
    And someone says that I’ve remained
    In the same place
    For maybe just a little too long

    (chorus) (piano solo) (chorus)

    Words & Music Gary Richrath and Kevin Cronin
    ©1976 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album R.E.O

     

  10. Lightning 5:31 Lyrics

    Cool as the water melting from the winter snows
    You are the island I’ve been looking for
    I don’t know where you come from
    But I can feel you comin on
    You’re a storm inside my soul
    That’s ragin out of control

    Call the wind out
    Call out the thunder
    Oh lightning, only you can will the weather
    I said come on
    Won’t ya come on?
    Lightning you’re mine
    Tonight, tonight
    You caught me while I was sleepin
    Restin from a heavy run
    I saw you in your evening gown
    You were lighting up the sky
    No matter what tomorrow brings
    Lightning, your mine tonight
    Woah, lightning your mine tonight

    Crack the horizon
    Only you can split the night
    Then comes your mother cloud to take you away
    Another wind will dry me
    And the sun will make me warm
    But to me my life will always be
    The calm before the storm

    Words & Music Gary Richrath and Kevin Cronin
    ©1976 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album R.E.O

     

  11. Like You Do 6:55 Lyrics

    Well I’ve seen women who cross their legs
    Before they sit down to the table
    And I’ve seen women who look to the sky
    Screamin Lord I believe in the Bible
    And I’ve seen hookers dancin through Times Square
    With their heads held up so high
    But I’ve never seen a woman
    Who makes me feel
    Woah, like you do

    Well I’ve seen couples holdin hands
    With that glazy look in their eyes
    And I’ve seen lovers rollin round in bed
    Screamin as if they’re gonna die
    And I’ve seen lovers holdin hands
    And then laughin when their back is turned
    But I’ve never seen a woman
    Who makes me feel
    Woah, like you do

    (solo)

    Well I’ve seen women who cross their legs
    Before they sit down to the table
    And I’ve seen women who look to the sky
    Screamin Lord I Believe in the Bible
    And I’ve seen hookers dancin through Times Square
    With their heads held up so high
    But I’ve never seen a woman
    Who makes me feel
    No I’ve never seen a woman
    Who can make me feel
    Like you do

    Words & Music Gary Richrath
    ©1972 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album R.E.O/T.W.O

     

  12. Flying Turkey Trot 2:30 Lyrics

    Instrumental

    Words & Music Gary Richrath
    ©1976 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album R.E.O

  13. 157 Riverside Ave (Live) 12:22 Lyrics

    We flew into town on Sunday, had to find a place by Monday
    Tried Bridgeport and Westport, ’til we found a place that we thought would do
    157 Riverside Avenue.

    Saugatuck River’s flowin’, Mother nature’s colors were showin’
    So cold, so rainy, we couldn’t help feelin’ blue
    Not enough time, too many things to do.

    We met a young girl on Main street, wanted to just pass her by
    She was homely, so lonely, She said, “Can I make love to you.”
    We shouted 157 Riverside Avenue.

    It’s over, Miss Lena, we’re leaving. Such a pleasant stay, I must say.
    So nice, so easy, we hate to say goodbye to you
    At 157 Riverside Avenue.

    Words & Music Terry Luttrell, Gary Richrath, Gregg Philbin, Neal
    ©1971 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album REO Speedwagon

     

  14. Ridin' The Storm Out (Live) 5:59 Lyrics

    Ridin’ the storm out, waitin’ for the thaw out
    On a full moon night in the Rocky Mountain winter.
    My wine bottle’s low, watching for the snow
    I’ve been thinking lately of what I’m missing in the city.

    And I’m not missing a thing
    Watchin’ the full moon crossing the range
    Ridin’ the storm out
    Ridin’ the storm out.

    My lady’s beside me, she’s there to guide me.
    She says that alone we’ve finally found home.
    The wind outside is frightening,
    but it’s kinder than the lightning life in the city.
    It’s a hard life to live but it gives back what you give.

    Words & Music Gary Richrath
    ©1973 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album Ridin’ The Storm Out

     

  15. Roll With The Changes 5:34 Lyrics

    As soon as you are able
    Woman I am willing
    To make the break that we
    Are on the brink of
    My cup is on the table
    Our love is spilling
    Waiting here for you to
    Take and drink of

    So if you’re tired of the
    Same old story
    Turn some pages
    I’ll be here when you are ready
    To roll with the changes

    I knew it had to happen
    Felt the tables turnin’
    Got me through my darkest hour
    I heard the thunder clappin’
    Felt the desert burnin’
    Until you poured on me
    Like a sweet sunshower

    So if you’re tired of the
    Same old story
    Turn some pages
    I’ll be here when you are ready
    To roll with the changes

    Roll with the changes

    Words & Music Kevin Cronin
    ©1978 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish

     

  16. Time for Me to Fly 3:39 Lyrics

    I’ve been around for you
    I’ve been up and down for you
    But I just can’t get any relief
    I’ve swallowed my pride for you
    I’ve lived and lied for you
    But you still make me feel like a thief

    You got me stealin’ your love away
    ‘Cause you never give it
    Peeling the years away
    And we can’t relive it
    I make you laugh
    And you make me cry
    I believe it’s time for me to fly

    You said we’d work it out
    You said that you had no doubt
    That deep down we were really in love
    Oh, but I’m tired of holding on
    To a feeling I know is gone
    I do believe that I’ve had enough

    I’ve had enough of the falseness
    Of a worn out relation
    Enough of the jealousy
    And the intoleration
    I make you laugh
    And you make me cry
    I believe it’s time for me to fly

    {Refrain} Time for me to fly
    Oh, I’ve got to set myself free
    Time for me to fly
    And that’s just how it’s got to be
    I know it hurts to say goodbye
    But it’s time for me to fly

    Oh, don’t you know it’s…
    {Refrain}

    It’s time for me to fly
    {Repeat to end}

    Words & Music Kevin Cronin
    ©1978 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish

     

  17. Say You Love Me or Say Goodnight 4:56 Lyrics

    Here I come again
    I don’t really care to turn back
    Trying to find you directions
    But I seem to be losin’ track

    I believe we ought to make a run for it
    just to see how far we can go
    I ain’t just around for the fun of it
    But until you try it, baby, you’ll never know so…

    Say you love me or say goodnight
    Say we’ve made up or on with the fight
    ‘Cause there’s no love lying’ in the eyes of the night so,
    Say you love me or say goodnight

    There’s no use hangin’ on a memory
    No good livin’ a lie
    I got no use for mediocrity
    You know tonight’s the night
    We either do it or die

    Words & Music Gary Richrath & Kevin Cronin
    ©1978 CBS Inc., all rights reserved

    Original track from the album You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish

     

  18. Only the Strong Survive 3:51 Lyrics

    You may not know this but you are everything you’ve ever needed.
    Heaven with a touch of New York. Silver with a touch of gold.
    And I can see where you’re goin’, but I don’t really know the way.
    It’s got too many changes, too much rearranging,
    Too many ways to go astray.

    So if you wanna go, let me go along
    I never walked that road alone
    I heard it was hard
    I heard it was long
    But we’ll come back alive
    ‘Cause only the strong survive

    You walk on a wire, make a game of desire, pitchin’ pennies down a wishing well.
    You’re leading the blind through there high and low times, but baby can you lead yourself?
    So calm down, honey, forget about the money. If you need me I’ll always be there.
    Go ride your high horse alone of course
    ‘Cause if you need me I’ll always care

    Words & Music Gary Richrath
    ©1979 Buddy Music, all rights reserved

    Original track from the album Nine Lives

     

  19. Back On the Road Again 5:34 Lyrics

    Please don’t hate me mama for what I’m about to do
    But the good times we’ve had together are just about now through
    Please don’t misunderstand me, I hate to see you cry
    But I think that it might look better if I told you now goodbye

    I’m back on the road again, it’s time I leave you now
    And maybe I’ll see you next time, that I’m around
    Until then I hope your happy baby and good times come your way
    I’m back on the road again, I’m on my way

    Well I’ve loved you since the day I met you and I’ll love you till the day I die
    But we both know the life I’m livin and we both know the reason why
    That I’ve got to leave ya mama and I’ve got to leave today
    But you know that I’ll see you next time that I come through your town to play

    (chorus) ooh, bye-bye baby

    (solo)

    (chorus)

    Words & Music Bruce Hall
    ©1979 Large Music, all rights reserved

    Original track from the album Nine Lives

     



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