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WHENEVER WE WANTED

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Written by John Mellencamp

Well, we're droppin' our bombs
Southern hemisphere
And people are starving
That live right here
And they're tearing down walls
In the name of peace
And they're killing each other
In the Middle East

(Chorus)
Yeah but love and happiness
Have forgotten our names
And there's no value left
In love and happiness

Raise the price of oil
And then censor our mouths
If you are a young couple today
Forget buying a house
And we wage or wars
In the neighborhoods
And we kill the young to feed the old
And man that ain't no good

(Chorus)
Hey but love and happiness
Have forgotten our names
And there's no value left
In love and happiness

So, if you sell arms
Or you run dope
You got respect
Hell you got hope
But the rest of us die
In the battle fields
With wounds that fester and bleed
But never heal

(Chorus)
Hey but love and happiness
Have forgotten our names
And there's no value left
In love and happiness




Written by John Mellencamp

If you believe
Won't you please raise your hands
Let's hear your voices
Let us know where you stand
Don't shout from the shadows
Cause it won't mean a damn
Now more than ever

(Chorus)
Now more than ever
The world needs love
Not just a slogan
But the world needs love
Now more than ever
I can't stand alone
Now more than ever

If I was to buy you
A diamond ring
Make you my princess
Would it mean anything
Would you take me for granted
And just curse my name
Now more than ever

(Chorus)
Yeah now more than ever
The world needs love
Not just a slogan
But the world needs love
Now more than ever
I can't stand alone
Now more than ever

Who am I to say
What needs to be done
I'm just nobody
Another lost one
Caught between what's left
And what needs to be done
Now more than ever
The loss of love Now more than ever
The loss of our dreams Now more then ever
It's not too late

(Chorus)
Now more than ever
The world needs love
Not just a slogan
But the world needs love
Now more than ever
I can't stand alone
Now more than ever

(Chorus)
Now more than ever
The world needs love
Not just a slogan
But the world needs love
Now more than ever
I can't stand alone
Now more than ever




Written by John Mellencamp

I love the things that scare most folks to death
But I ain't ever satisfied
I'll stay 'til the end or 'til I'm gasping for breath
But I ain't ever satisfied
No, I am never satisfied

I can pretty much come and go as I like
But I ain't ever satisfied
Hey, with no bottom line it's hard to know wrong from right
But I ain't ever satisfied
I'll try anything once but then I do it to death
But I ain't ever satisfied
I expect the worst but I hope for the best
Oh, I ain't ever satisfied
No, I ain't ever satisfied
Oh, I ain't ever satisfied
No, no, no, no, I am never satisfied

Can't get enough, no, of nothing

I've got seven of everything and more in the 'til
But I ain't ever satisfied
You think this is dangerous stuff
It ain't even a thrill oh
I ain't ever satisfied
Oh, I am never
No, I am never
I don't know why I ain't ever satisfied




Written by John Mellencamp

Don't look at me, don't touch me
Keep your mind straight ahead
Don't get no funny ideas about we
Or you'll wish that you were dead
That's what I'm thinking she must be thinking
The girl I spent 53 bucks on last night
She gives me a look from the corner of her eye
That says, "Boy, keep acting right"
How surprised was I
When she leaned over and whispered in my ear

Get a leg up
Get a leg over boy
Get a leg up
What's the matter
Are you shy, shy, shy

I'm pretty good with first impressions
But sometimes I'm not always right
I pulled the car to the shoulder of the road
To see what she had in mind
Want me to spend the night
Hey lover boy you know I will
And my best girlfriend lives down the road
Together we will thrill ya
And I'm thinking to myself
I could be lucky Pierre tonight

If I could get a leg up
If I could get a leg over boy
You know I ain't that handsome
But you know I ain't shy, shy, shy

Ah God damn baby

The rest of the night went on and on
And the moral to this song
Don't go making hasty judgments
'Cause uh sometimes they could be wrong
Nothing wrong with a good time
Just keep yourself protected, make a list
And you can bet your life that the women don't know
The little girls are acting like this here
So the next time a young one moves up
And she whispers in your ear

Get a leg up
Get a leg over boy
Get a leg up
Now don't you be shy, shy, shy

Get a leg up
Get a leg over boy
You know I ain't that handsome
But you know I ain't shy, shy, shy

Get a leg up
Get a leg over boy
Get a leg up
Now don’t you be shy

Shotgun




Written by John Mellencamp and Randy Handley

She's got tights on her legs
She's got a floppy French hat
Voodoo in her eyes
An endangered species on her back

She talks about the movies
She likes to talk about art
She can show you a good time
But you'll never touch her heart

(Chorus)
Mama why do I always fall for the crazy ones
Mama why do they lay so heavy on my heart
Well I'm drawn to the devil every time we kiss
Mama why do the crazy ones leave me feeling like this

She's got backstage access
And she's dancin' in the aisles
She looks a little sad and crooked
When you see her smile

She's got the magic heart
She says you cannot understand
She's got a secret hurt
She ain't gonna share with no man

(Chorus)
Mama why do I always fall for the crazy ones
Mama why do they lay so heavy on my heart
Well I'm drawn to the devil every time we kiss
Mama why do the crazy ones leave me feeling like this

She's got her mind on her business
She never wants to be broke
Well, I hate to see her suffer
But she does not get the joke

I can't afford her style of living
I can't afford to get so mad
Every time I think about her
It just makes me sad

(Chorus)
Mama why do I always fall for the crazy ones
Mama why do they lay so heavy on my heart
Well I'm drawn to the devil every time we kiss
Mama why do the crazy ones leave me feeling like this

Mama why am I always drawn to the crazy ones
Mama why do I always fall for the crazy ones
Well I'm drawn to the devil baby every time we kiss
Mama why do the crazy ones leave me feeling like this




Written by John Mellencamp

A cold day in December
I'm still here alone
I look through my window and I surrender
Should be gone
But I've no place to go

(Chorus)
Last chance to get up
Last chance to go
Last chance to get up and go
Last chance to get up
Last chance to go
Last chance to get up and go

If there was someone
I'd hold her
If there was love
I'd let it take me away
But I just stay here alone

(Chorus)
Last chance to get up
Last chance to go
Last chance to get up and go
Last chance to get up
Last chance to go
Last chance to get up and go

I feel nothing I feel no pain
I feel no joy nor hurt inside
I only have myself to blame
If I see that the world's past me by

(Chorus)
Last chance to get up
Last chance to go
Last chance to get up and go
Last chance to get up
Last chance to go
Last chance to get up and go




Written by John Mellencamp

They're so tough
They like to make us feel little so tough
They like to make us feel small so tough
They’d like to put us down and keep us down
'Til we feel no good at all
Then they tell us that we're stupid so tough
That we got no sense at all so tough
They'll take away the spark
Keep us in the dark
Make us feel we have no vision at all

No, no, no, I don't believe it has to be this way
No, I don't believe it has to be this way

Then they tell us to be patient
That our time will come
But I've stood outside their doors
And walked their floors
And I ain't gonna do it again

They'd like to make me their nigger so tough
I say to hell with them so tough
I'm not gettin' down on my knees
And beggin' please
Can you throw me a crumb now and then

No, no, no, I don't believe it has to be this way
No, no no I don't believe it has to be this way

I can't really speak for you
And I don't know about them
They must be out of their minds
Can't read between the lines
They can stick it where the sun don't shine

No, no, no, I don't believe it has to be this way
No, no no I don't believe it has to be this way
No, no, no, I don't believe it has to be this way

Yeah they’re so tough
They are so tough




Written by John Mellencamp

I met my girl
She was livin' in the melting pot
I touched her skin
It was greasy from the melting pot
Get yourself a weapon
Cause they slice you up in the melting pot
Well, I don't really have time to talk
But I wish you lots of luck in the melting pot

(Chorus)
And in the end it's always just some game
The heartbreak, the laughter's all been in vain
Beat up and lied to
For your whole life
Kick you in the head
In the melting pot

Well the hawks live upstairs
Where the air is clean in the melting pot
They like to swoop down
And gnaw on your brain in the melting pot
Money, sex and power
Jerk you off in the back seat of the melting pot
Then they say I saw you last night
And you sure were looking sweet in the melting pot

(Chorus)
And in the end it's always just some game
The heartbreak, the laughter has all been in vain
Beat up and lied to
For your whole life
Or kick you in the head
In the melting pot

They'd like to buy you off
If they possibly can in the melting pot
With temptation and dreams and persuasion
That's what they got
In the melting pot
Keep you bleeding, begging and snotty here
In the melting pot
Well, don't you dare laugh out loud
Take away what you got
In the melting pot

(Chorus)
And in the end it's always just some game
The heartbreak, the laughter has all been in vain
Beat up and lied to
For your whole life
Or kick you in the head
In the melting pot




Written by John Mellencamp

We weren't afraid of nothing
Wasn't nothing we couldn't do
She held her breath once for seven minutes
Never turned blue

She could burn a woman down
If she felt she'd been unkind
or if she thought she was coming on to me
It drove her out of her mind

(Chorus)
Oh yeah, it's true
We did whatever we did
Whenever we wanted to
Yeah, it's true
We did whatever we wanted
Whenever we wanted to

She was my very best friend
My biggest enemy
On judgment day we would go either way
It was all the same you see

She was not afraid of Satan
In fact she thought he was a joke
Said she'd tear off his tail
And run her fist down his throat

(Chorus)
Oh yeah, it's true
We did whatever we did
Whenever we wanted to
Yeah, it's true
We did whatever we wanted
Whenever we wanted to

She was the apple of temptation
The apple of my eye
Used to rest on a bed of burning coals
Every single night

And I know she's out there somewhere
She's wrestling in the bones
With confetti in her hair
You can bet she's not alone

(Chorus)
Oh yeah, it's true
We did whatever we did
Whenever we wanted to

Yeah, it's true
We did whatever we wanted
Whenever we wanted to

Oh yeah, it's true
We did whatever we did
We did whatever we did
Whenever we wanted to




Written by John Mellencamp

Run in circles again tonight
Hump the moon again tonight
Gonna wear my dancin' shoes out tonight
Gonna have myself a big time again tonight

(Chorus)
Again tonight
Again tonight
Again tonight

(Chorus)
Again tonight
Again tonight
Again tonight

Girl's got lightning
Underneath her skirt
Boys try to touch it
For whatever it's worth
In the morning
She's just gonna be hurt
She wonders is it worth it again tonight

(Chorus)
Again tonight
Again tonight
Again tonight alright

(Chorus)
Again tonight
Again tonight
Again tonight

Gonna catch that cloud tonight
Nine, cloud nine
Gonna try and catch that cloud tonight
Nine, cloud nine cloud nine
Again tonight

Can you hold me baby again, again tonight
Can you sing
Can you dance baby
Can you sing
Can you hold me again tonight again tonight
Baby can you sing again tonight

Go ego tripin' again tonight
Tell the same lies they’ll work all right
Gonna wear my dancin' shoes out tonight
Probably make a fool of myself again tonight

(Chorus)
Again tonight
Again tonight
Again tonight alright alright
Again tonight
Again tonight
Again tonight alright alright



11.  Love and Happiness (London Club Mix - Bonus Tracks)

ALBUM CREDITS:

Kenny Aronoff - Drums, Percussion, Vibes
Mike Wanchic - Guitar, Background Vocals
Toby Myers - Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
David Grissom - Guitars
John Cascella - Hammond B-3, Accordion, Penny Whistle, Farfias Organ
John Mellencamp - Vocals

Guest Artist:
Pharaz Whitted - Trumpet on "Love and Happiness" and "Whenever We Wanted"

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Producer: John Mellencamp
Engineer: Jay Healy
Assistant Engineer: Rick Fettig
Technical Engineers: Ross Alexander, Mark Hood
Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig/Masterdisk
Mixed by: Jay Healy, Mike Wanchic and John Mellencamp
Recorded and Mixed at Belmont Mall Studio, Belmont, Indiana, April through June 1991
Art Direction: Corsillo/Manzone
Photography: Wayne Maser
Paintings on artwork: John Mellencamp
Management: Artists Services Corp/Horizon Entertainment Management Group, Inc.

 

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