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AMERICAN FOOL

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Written by John Mellencamp and George Green

When I was a young boy,
Said put away those young boy ways
Now that I'm gettin' older, so much older
I love all those young boy days.
With a girl like you,
With a girl like you,
Lord knows there are things we can do, baby,
Just me and you.
Come on and make it

(Chorus)
Hurt so good.
Come on baby, make it hurt so good.
Sometimes love don't feel like it should.
You make it hurt so good.

Don't have to be so exciting
Just tryin' to give myself a little bit of fun, yeah.
You always look so invitin'
You ain't as green as you are young
Hey baby, its you.
Come on, girl, now, it's you.
Sink your teeth right through my bones, baby.
Let's see what we can do.
Come on and make it

(Chorus)
Hurt so good.
Come on baby, make it hurt so good.
Sometimes love don't feel like it should.
You make it hurt so good.

I ain't talkin' no big deals
I ain't made no plans myself.
I ain't talkin' no high heels
Maybe we could walk around all day long,
Walk around all day long.

(Chorus)
Hurt so good.
Come on baby, make it hurt so good.
Sometimes love don't feel like it should.
You make it hurt so good.

(Chorus)
Hurt so good.
Come on baby, make it hurt so good.
Sometimes love don't feel like it should.
You make it hurt so good.
Hey, hey




Written by John Mellencamp

Little ditty, about Jack and Diane
Two American kids growin' up, in the heartland
Jackie gonna be a football star
Diane's the debutante backseat of Jackie's car

Suckin' on a chili dog, outside the Tastee Freez
Diane's sittin' on Jackie's lap
He's got his hands between her knees
Jackie say, "Hey Diane let's run off behind a shady tree"
Dribble off those Bobby Brooks, let me do what I please
And say uh...

(Chorus)
Oh yeah life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone, they say
Oh yeah say life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone, they walk on

Jackie sits back collects his thoughts for the moment
Scratches his head and does his best James Dean
Well then there Diane, we oughta' run off to the city
Diane says, "Baby, you ain't missin' nothing"
And Jackie say uh...

(Chorus)
Oh yeah life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone
Oh yeah they say life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone

So let it rock
Let it roll
Let the Bible Belt come down and save my soul
Hold on to 16 as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us women and men

(Chorus)
Oh yeah life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone,
Oh yeah they say life goes on
Long after the thrill of livin' is gone

A little ditty about Jack and Diane
Two American kids doin' the best they can




Written by John Mellencamp

You can laugh and joke and make fun of your friends
Spin in the middle when the troubles begin
Take it nice and easy and always pretend
That you're cool, so cool, so cool

Say I'm alone and I'm wild and I will not be tamed
Talk like a jerk or an educated brain
Be an old girl drivin' the young boys insane
Be a joker, a preacher, it does not matter

(Chorus)
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Don't need to be no strong hand
Don't need to be no rich hand
Every one just needs a hand to hold on to

Havin' good luck with your financial situation
Play the ponies, be president of the United Nations
Go to work and be a Hollywood stud
Drive your four-wheel drive right into the mud, yeah

(Chorus)
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Don't need to be no strong hand
Don't need to be no rich hand
Every one just needs a hand to hold on to

And then those hours when you're alone
And there's no body there except yourself
I know it, you wanna pick up the phone
And say, "Talk to me, talk to me
Somebody please talk to me"
Yeah...ah...ah...ahhh

Oh, yeah...ah

(Chorus)
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Don't need to be no strong hand
Don't need to be no rich hand
Every one just needs a hand to hold on to

(Chorus)
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Don't need to be no strong hand
Don't need to be no rich hand
Every one just needs a hand to hold on to

(Chorus)
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Every one needs a hand to hold on to
Don't need to be no strong hand
Don't need to be no rich hand
Every one just needs a hand to hold on to




Written by John Mellencamp and Larry Crane

Office girls, they pass me by
They don't know my name
Put me on the danger list
Just too wild to tame

Take the drinks off of the table
Throw my guitar out the door
Set my sights on some new sunrise
Help my feet to the floor

(Chorus)
I ain't lookin' for affection
I guess I need myself a shove
Give me someone I can look up to
Show me someone I can love

Good boys go to heaven
Good girls say their prayers
Me, I don't say anything at all
I hope the Big Man still cares

Touch my soul with your religion
Cut my throat with your spite
Hurt me with your silence, girl
Stay with me, stay with me, stay with me tonight

(Chorus)
I ain't lookin' for affection
I guess I need myself a shove
Give me someone I can look up to
Show me someone I can love

(Chorus)
I ain't lookin' for affection
I guess I need myself a shove
Give me someone I can look up to
Show me someone I can love

Don't go starin' at me
Makes me feel so insecure
Talk behind my back if you want to
I don't hear no more

Take me to my destination
Put me on the plane
Fly me up to heaven, dear Lord
Take me home again

(Chorus)
I ain't lookin' for affection
I guess I need myself a shove
Give me someone I can look up to
Show me someone I can love

(Chorus)
I ain't lookin' for affection
I guess I need myself a shove
Give me someone I can look up to
Show me someone I can love




Written by John Mellencamp

I was courting a Southern belle
Her daddy was a rich 'un, too
Sports car outside her door
She was pretty good looking, too

You call me up, want me to come over
When the servants are all in bed
And she said
"Daddy's on a flight tonight
Does that put any ideas in your head?"

I say to her:

(Chorus)
Take it all the way
Can you really take it all the way down?
Can you really take it all the way down, down, down?
Down, down, down

So we watch a little TV
I drink up the family wine
She said, "You're such a snake in the grass, boy
But tonight, you're mine"

But wait a minute, wait a minute, baby
Are you tryin' to make a fool out of me?
She said, "I've seen men like you before
I've got a long family tree"

And she said to me:

(Chorus)
Take it all the way
Can you really take it all the way down?
Can you really take it all the way down, down, down? Hey

And I say to myself: Even a fool like me can be the loving kind
Even a fool like me can be the loving, loving kind

(Chorus)
Take it all the way
Can you really take it all the way down?
Can you really take it all the way down, down, down?
Down, down, down

(Chorus)
Take it all the way
Can you really take it all the way down?
Can you really take it all the way down, down, down?
Down, down, down




Written by John Mellencamp and George Green

In these long, hot summer days
Need a way to cool ourselves down
Pop off the top of that Chevrolet
Drive through the carwash, laugh and fall around

Smokin' the old Ducados the old man got down in Spain
Eatin' eggs and French fries on the side
Ride that Harley Davidson in the hot summer heat
Lord knows that I just love to ride

Go by and pick up that Kentucky girl
She knew me when I got my start
Oh yeah, those were different days...

(Chorus)
In the valley of the thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts

Get your greasy hair, girl, right on my face
This old redneck's on fire, burnin' up
Give us a kiss, baby, make it on the same place
Humidity's about to drive me all crazy wild

Pretty soon, the sun will be goin' down
And this little town will be cool and dark
Forget about heaven. Let me stay here forever

(Chorus)
In the valley of the thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts yeah

Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts

Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts
Thundering hearts




Written by Joe New and Jeff Silbar

China girl, I met you on the sea sand
You touched me with your cool hand
Your perfume's in the wind

China girl, your daddy tells you white lies
To keep you from my blue eyes
To know me is no sin

(Chorus)
And I won't break you, China girl
If you take me into your world
It's been my good fortune to find you
China girl. Hey

Stolen flowers are sweetest in the mornin'
The Eastern sun is dawnin'
Your silk's against my skin

China girl, take me to your jasmine place
Cool me with your subtle grace
To know me is no sin

(Chorus)
And I won't break you, China girl
If you take me into your world
It's been my good fortune to find you
China girl

(Chorus)
And I won't break you, China girl
If you take me into your world
It's been my good fortune to find you
China girl

If you take me into your world
It's been my good fortune to find you
China girl




Written by John Mellencamp

I may not be a pillar in my town
Or have the kind of job you think that I should
I know you see me out running around with a couple of people
you think are no good

I've tried to clean it up a couple of times, but I'm a
Backslidin' fool when it comes to walkin' that line
It's OK. You think you're better than me
Yeah, that's all right, girl, that's all right

(Chorus)
'Cause I'm close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
I'm close enough for a little rock and roll. Yeah baby

Yeah, it's true, I don't plan my time
When you're lookin' for me, I'm hard to find
I know you don't wanna run around with me
With my socks fallin' down, girl, I'm just poor company

I've seen your face, and it's a one-eyed jack
We like to talk about this or that
None of these things really interest me
Hey, that's all right, girl, that's all right

(Chorus)
'Cause I'm close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
I'm close enough for a little rock

I know you think I'm a rough cut, baby yeah
I ain't as rough cut as I am the blood on your hand.
Gonna love that blood right off of your hands
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll
Close enough for rock and roll




Written by John Mellencamp

Well, I hear you downstairs
You're foolin' around
With your father's brother
And your mother's gown

And all the old heroes keep coming round
To find out if you're still at home.

So you lie in the sun, watch your body turn to tan
Your skin is oiled with the sweat of a man
He bought you a diamond ring, girl, to wear on your hand
And baby, he's leaving tomorrow

(Chorus)
Yeah, I'll be with you in your weakest moments, uh huh
Yeah, I'll be there with you in your weakest moments

You say you can remember when it was your world
And you were Mister Ruby's girl
He gave you dreams and schemes that swirl
Around your head and your body

And when you drink sometimes, you try to liberate
And you stagger in the front yard 'til you find the gate
That swings on that thin line of love and hate
And baby, just let it go

(Chorus)
Yeah, I'll be with you in your weakest moments, uh huh
Yeah, I'll be there with you in your weakest moments

(Chorus)
Yeah, I'll be with you in your weakest moments, uh huh
Yeah, I'll be there with you in your weakest moments girl

(Chorus)
Yeah, I'll be with you in your weakest moments, uh huh
Yeah, I'll be there with you in your weakest moments

Those weakest moments
Those weakest moments




Written by John Mellencamp

Some people say Iím obnoxious and Iím lazy
Some people say I take advantage of the younger girls and they're right
Some people say I should have been taught a few more manners at home
Some say Iím chauvinistic better off just to leave me alone
I donít know what Iím suppose to do
If I canít please myself could I really please you

(Chorus)
Being brought up the American fool
Being brought up the American fool

Some people like to talk and tell you their ideals and tell you how itís suppose to be
Some people are fools like me and say whatís on their minds immediately
Some people donít say it all and some just care too much
Some people some people some people are driving me crazy
I donít know what Iím supposed to do
When I can't please myself could I really please you

(Chorus)
Being brought up the American fool yeah
Being brought up the American fool

Some people say Iím obnoxious and I m lazy
Some people say I take advantage of those younger girls and they're right
I donít know what Iím supposed to do
If I canít please myself could I really please you

(Chorus)
Being brought up the American Fool
Being brought up the American Fool
Being brought up the American Fool yeah
Being brought up the American Fool
Being brought




ALBUM DETAILS

Release Date: 1982 on Riva Records

Remastered & Rereleased w/Bonus Track: March 29th, 2005 on Mercury/Island/UMe

ALBUM CREDITS:

Kenny Aronoff: Drums, Percussion
Larry Crane: Guitar
George Chocolate Perry: Bass
John Cougar Mellencamp: Vocals

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Produced by: John Mellencamp and Don Gehman
Engineered by: Don Gehman, George Tutko and Mark Stebbeds
Assistant Engineers: Brad Gilderman, Dennis Hetzendorfer, Al Stegmeyer
Photography: Jurgen Vollmer
Design: John Van Hamersveld
Art Direction: Bill Levy
Recorded at: Cherokee and Criteria studios 1981/1982

 

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