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CUTTIN' HEADS

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Written by John Mellencamp, Carlton Ridenhour and Kyle Jason

Hey Poppi yea ho
Hey Poppi yea ho
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Lay low proud Poppi come on
Lay low proud Poppi (shout it out)
He's from the deep south (shout it out)
Pass Christian Mississippi
Where the cane breaks are burnin' every night
Lay low proud Poppi (shout it out) (shout it out)

(Chant)
Hey o
Hey o
O Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Hey Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Poppi had a wife
And she was black and Poppi was white (shout it out)
Everything was rollin' great (shout it out)
'Til some man called her race a disgrace
Oh no

(Chant)
Hey o
Hey o
O Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Hey Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

(Chant)
Hey o
Hey o
O Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Hey Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Well Poppi went down to the river
To defend the honor of his wife
(somebody's killin' somebody)
Gonna drown the man in the water (shout it out)
And the water was shiny like a new knife
But Poppi stopped at the banks of the Delta
He said this sure ain't worth this man's life
Someday the wind of change
Is gonna blow on through
And put all of these jokers right
C'mon and sing now

(Chant)
Hey o
Hey o
O Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Hey Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

(Chant)
Hey o
Hey o
O Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Hey Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

(Chuck D Rap)
Papa got a brand new bag
Delta blues got 'em dazed and confused
Came a long way crazy
Seems the abuse
Is racism's baby
It's wild
'Cause I connect the word with pain
Now some smile when they scream the name?
Funny how the times have changed
And the rhymes have changed
But some cat's frame remains the same
Agitating adjective
What gives? die n-word die
But I wanna live
Known' all this
Where the word came from
I must be 3 times stupid
And stuck on dumb
If I use it and confuse it
With a term of love
Now popular culture
Can't stop 'til it gets enough
Underlined in marketing campaigns
I feel undermined
Heard the n-word promotes the bottom line
Down by the river there's a great divide
Let's ride

Don't call me nigga 'cause you know I don't like it like that
Don't call me nigga 'cause you know I don't like it like that
Don't call me nigga 'cause you know I don't like it like that
Don't call me nigga 'cause you know I don't like it like that

Shout it out
Yeah Shout it out
Tell the world
Shout it out
I said
Hey o
Hey o
Hey o
Hey o
O Poppi
Hey o
Hey o
Tell the world
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Tell the world
That it ain't right
Tell the world
Don't set us back oh Poppi
Don't set us back now Poppi
Tell the world




Written by John Mellencamp

Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah yeah

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

People know this world is a wreck
We're sick and tired of being politically correct
If I see through it now but I didn't at first
The hypocrites made it worse and worse
Lookin' down their noses at what people say
These are just words and words are okay
It's what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

(Chorus)
Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah yeah

Racism lives in the U.S. today
Better get hip to what Martin Luther King had to say
I don't want my kids being brought up this way
Hatred to each other is not okay
Well I'm not a preacher just a singer son
But I can see more work to be done
It's what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

(Chorus)
Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Lay back the top and ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

The money's good and the work is okay
Looks like everything is rollin our way
'Til you gotta look the devil in the eye
You know that bastard's one big lie
So be careful with your heart and what you love
Make sure that it was sent from above
It's what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

(Chorus)
Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Lay back the top and ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah




Written by John Mellencamp

Daylight is leaving
And the night is closing in
In just a few hours
The sleeplessness begins again
My head feels thick
And I'm unable to think
I guess I'll wait 'til tomorrow
And see what it brings
I have a little hope left
And I guess that's someplace to start
But my memory's full
Of a deep blue heart

My fun-loving sense of humor
Is nowhere to be found
I stare into my own eyes
With tears flowing down
I'd sing out a song
But I've forgotten the tune
And the words now escape me
But I think it's about you
My vision now is way out in the dark
With just a little sight left
Of a deep blue heart

I see us both flying
In the clear blue sky
Floating out on the ocean
With the sun in our eyes
Caught in a moment
Just me and you
In complete honesty
Where everything is true
That's what I wanted to believe
Right from the start
Just a little place for myself
In a deep blue heart

Carve out a place for myself
In your deep blue heart




Written by John Mellencamp

Hey hey America
You're some kind of crazy island
You're a place where dreams can grow
And there's history in your mansions
Good fortune in your plans
You're well respected we all know
Hey hey America
Let's check your children
And see what they might know

Hey hey America
With your salesmanship and your salaries
And your strip malls a growin'
And your handguns and your heresies
Don't hold no responsibility
In this land of easy millions
Hey hey America
It's so thrillin' to see you grow

You're some kind of crazy island
Yeah You're some kind of crazy island

Well I prefer a sunny day
I just thought maybe I'd live a little bit longer that way
I don't think we should look the same
Or talk the same
Yeah I think it's a shame
And hey hey America
Across the new horizon
Are you sure that's the way we should go
'Cause I don't know
Maybe it's too late for all that

And hey hey America
You're wrapped up in your red, white and blue
Hey hey America
Wrapped up in yourself and your red, white and blue
Hey hey America
You're some kind of crazy island

You're some kind of crazy island

Hey hey America
You're some kind of crazy island
You're a place where dreams can grow
And there's history in your mansions
Hey hey America
You're some kind of crazy island
Some kind of crazy island




Written by John Mellencamp

As my time goes by
On the mean, cruel earth
Trying to find some peace
A little something to believe in
How can things go so wrong
In such a beautiful world
Why are so many people crying
Where's humanity gone
And every time it gets so dark
There's nothing for me to see

(Chorus)
Something comes along (just like you)
Yeah, just like you
Something so unbelievably beautiful
Just like you

Well, it happened the other day
I'm just walking down the street
I'm looking down at my shoes
With only myself in my way
I'm livin' in my head
Too much life in my veins
Forgetting all of the time
We're always in motion with angels
And every time it gets so dark
And there's nothing for me to see

(Chorus)
Something comes along (just like you)
Yeah, just like you
Something so unbelievably beautiful
Just like you

As my time goes by
On this mean, cruel world
Trying to find some peace
A little happiness to believe in
How can things go so wrong
In such a beautiful world
Why are so many millions crying
Where's humanity gone
And every time it gets so dark
There's nothing for me to see

(Chorus)
Something comes along (just like you)
Yeah, just like you (just like you)
Something so unbelievably beautiful
Just like you

Yeah come along (just like you)
Yeah, just like you (just like you)
Something so unbelievably beautiful
Just like you




Written by John Mellencamp

Before you go to sleep
And close your eyes
I'd like to kiss you
One more time
Touch your lips
Perhaps your soul
I'll be still and say no more
Oh tell me do you feel the same way I do

Well the night was sweet
You filled the air
Your gentle hands touched me everywhere
I don't want this moment to end
I'm afraid that we can't find it again
Oh tell me do you feel the same way I do (same way I do)

How can I trust my feelings
In a moment that's always changing
Tell me do you feel the same way I do

Oh tell me do you feel the same way I do (same way I do)

The fragile bond
Between us here
Would take to build, a thousand years
Before you close your eyes
Just one more kiss
A million years before we feel like this
Oh tell me do you feel the same way I do (same way I do)
Oh tell me do you feel the same way I do

How can I trust my feelings
In a moment that's always changing
Tell me do you feel the same way I do (same way I do)

Hey do you feel
Yeah do you feel
Hey do you feel
The same way I do




Written by John Mellencamp

Women seem to like me
They seem to like what I have to say
When they see me out in public
Women seem to look my way
Women seem to treat me so gracious
They sing me to sleep with a song
But there always seems to be a problem
Women don't seem to like me long

Yeah Yeah Yeah

Women seem to want me
To stay with them all night
We have so much in common
Our futures really do seem bright
Women seem to forgive me
They seem to become my very good friends
But when it comes time for a commitment
The romance always seems to end

Yeah they tell me all their stories
We lay awake and talk all night
Maybe it's me I don't know
But in the morning there always seems to be some kind of fight

La La La La La La La La
La La La La La La La La

Well women seem to be so clever
I love all the jokes that they tell
Like my last boyfriend really hurt me in bed
Hey but you seem to fit so well
Women sure can hurt your feelings
They can burn you down and not make a sound
And then they call me up and say hey come over
My husband has just left town

Yeah they tell me all their stories
We lay awake and laugh all night
Maybe it's me I don't know
But in the morning there always seems to be some kind of fight

Women seem to love houses
I've bought a couple for one or two
Women seem to think all men are louses
And I guess I think so too
Women seem so much smarter
Than your average Joe
Women seem to be a little more intuitive
And when they lie nobody knows

Well women seem to know how to keep a secret
They don't blabbermouth just for show
Fifty percent of their charm is illusion
And that is a good thing to know

Women seem to like me
They seem to like what I have to say
And when they see me out in public
Women seem to look my way

Yeah Yeah Yeah
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Women seem to like
They seem to like what I have to say

La La La La La La La La
La La La La La La La La




Written by John Mellencamp

I'm in a worn out nervous condition over you
I'm in a worn out nervous condition over you

I thought we were having fun
We were walking in the sun baby me and you
Now you give me the cheek every time we kiss
And I don't know what to do so

Go ahead and break my heart
It's your time to break my heart
I'm in a worn out nervous condition over you

I heard the miracle in your voice
The miracle gave me no choice
What am I gonna do here by myself
I'm so afraid of being all by myself so

Go ahead and break my heart
It's your time to break my heart
I'm in a worn out nervous condition over you
I'm in a worn out nervous condition over you

Go ahead and break my heart
It's your time to break my heart
Go ahead and break my heart
It's your time to break my heart

I'm in a worn out nervous condition over you (nervous condition)
I'm in a worn out nervous condition over you
(Nervous condition)
(Nervous condition)
(Nervous condition)



9.  Shy

Written by John Mellencamp

Can you shelter me
From this anxiety
Hey baby don't look me in the eye
'Cause I'm sexually shy shy shy
Sexually shy shy shy

I don't know why
With other girls I'm fine
But with you baby I'm shy shy shy
I hate for you to see me like this
'Cause nowhere else in my life
Does this exist

(Chorus)
Can you shelter me
From this anxiety
Hey baby don't look me in the eye
'Cause I'm sexually shy shy shy
I'm sexually shy shy shy

Every time we talk
I can't catch my breath
I want a conversation
But I scare myself
I really can't hide behind this lie
'Cause with you baby
I'm shy shy shy

(Chorus)
Can you shelter me
From this anxiety
Hey baby don't look me in the eye
'Cause I'm sexually shy shy shy
Sexually I'm shy shy shy

Woman
Well I'm ashamed to say
Woman
That I'm afraid this way
Woman
Yeah
Woman
I gotta stop acting so crazy

(Chorus)
Can you shelter me
From this anxiety
Hey baby don't look me in the eye
'Cause I'm sexually shy shy shy
Sexually I'm shy shy shy

(Chorus)
Can you shelter me
From this anxiety yeah
Hey baby don't look me in the eye
'Cause I'm sexually shy shy shy

(Chorus)
Can you shelter me
From this anxiety yeah
Hey baby don't look me in the eye
'Cause I'm sexually shy shy shy
Sexually I'm shy shy shy

I don't know why
With other girls I'm fine
But with you baby I'm shy shy shy
I don't know why
With other women I'm fine
But with you baby I'm shy shy shy

I don't know why
I don't know why
I don't know why




Written by John Mellencamp

Well I'm a middle-aged teenager
I'm a man of angst and leisure
Doin' the best that I can do
My problems are incorrect
I've always got it around my neck
Hey I'm just like you
Yeah I've done some good and I've done some bad
But the most fun that I ever had
Was singing my songs for you
And if I should go astray
I'd get down on my knees and pray
Say God forgive me for what I do

(Chorus)
Oh in our lives
There's no right way for us to live it
You know in our lives
There's a time to cry and a time to forget it

Well I'm a broke down humble man
Baby that's just who I am
And that's from me to you
Well I feel good here
Got about a million more years
To do what it is I gotta do
And if some day you happen to be passin' my way
Say hi, hello, how are you
Well, I'll return the gesture in kind
And hope that things are fine
And you all just do what you gotta do

(Chorus)
Oh in our lives
There's no right way for us to live it
Oh in our lives
There's a time to cry and a time to get with it
You know in our lives there's no right way for us to live it

Well I'm a broke down humble man
That's just who I am
And that's from me to you
Yeah I'm a broke down humble man
Yeah that's just who I am
And that's from me to you

(Chorus)
Oh in our lives
You know in our lives
There's no right way for us to live it
Oh in our lives
There's a time to cry and a time to get with it
Yeah in our lives there's no right way for us to live it




ALBUM DETAILS

Andy York: Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, lap steel, bass, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Steve Jordan: Drums and Percussion
Willie Weeks: Bass
Miriam Sturm: Violin, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Jenn Cristy: Flute, percussion, background vocals, piano, organ, violin
Moe Z: Organ, clavinet, drums, percussion, backing vocals
Pat Peterson: Background vocals
Courtney "PeeWee" Kaiser: Background vocals
Mike Wanchic: Guitar and backing vocals
John Gunnell: Bass
Kenny Childers: Acoustic guitar and background vocals
David Wierhake: Accordion on "Peaceful World" and "In Our Lives"
John Mellencamp: Acoustic and electric guitar

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Producer: John Mellencamp
Engineer: Paul Mahern
Vocals Recorded by: Don Gehman for Rhapsody Productions Inc. and Paul Mahern
Mixed By: Don Gehman for Rhapsody Productions Inc., Paul Mahern and John Mellencamp
Technical Engineer: Mike Stucker
Assistant Engineer: Rick Fettig
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios; Portland, Maine
Recorded at: Belmont Mall Studio and The Moorings, Islamorada, Florida
Mixed at: Belmont Mall Studio
Recording Dates:
Belmont Mall Studio: March - June 2001
The Moorings: July and October 2000
Management: Hoffman Entertainment
Booking Agent: CAA
Special thanks to: Hubert, Sabrina and Debbie at The Moorings
Chuck D (Vocal on "Cuttin' Heads") appears courtesy of Slam Jamz Records.
India.Arie (Vocal on "Peaceful World") appears courtesy of Motown Records, A Division of UMG Recording Inc.
Trisha Yearwood (Vocal on "Deep Blue Heart") appears courtesy of MCA Nashville.

 

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