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NOTHING MATTERS AND WHAT IF IT DID?

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Written by Geoffrey Cushing-Murray and Richard Littlefield

Sonny's out strolling, ambling slowly
Washed in amber street lights
A Mexican wind blows in
Takin' a hold of Angelina's hair and her halo
Motors runnin' muffling the sound
Of street talk, a big deal's goin' down

(Chorus)
It's another hot night
In a cold town
Got yourself a hot night
In a cold town

Johnny's got spare change in his pocket
A ring and a watch to hock for a sweet ride
A one way ticket hidden in his shoe
These last few hours
He says he'll spend with you
He's leavin' home without a trace
No forwarding address he'll never have to face another...

(Chorus)
It's another hot night
In a cold town
Got yourself a hot night
In a cold town

Well the losers and the groovers
And the corner boys are hangin' 'round
Runnin' in and out of doorways
Up and down the stairs
Stray dogs headed for the pound

(Chorus)
It's another hot night
In a cold town
Got yourself a hot night
In a cold cold town

(Chorus)
It's another hot night
In a cold town
Got got ya, got ya, got ya, yourself a hot night
In a cold cold town




Written by John Mellencamp

Well our hearts beat like thunder
I don't know why they don't explode
You got your hands in my back pockets
And Sam Cooke's singin' on the radio
You say that I'm the boy who can make it all come true
Well I'm tellin' ya that I don't know if I know what to do

(Chorus)
You say that's all right, hold tight
Well I don't even know if I'm doin' this right
Well all right, hold tight
We can stay out all day or we can run around all night
Well all night, all night
Well it's time to go home
And I ain't even done with the night

Well I don't know no good come-ons
And I don't know no cool lines
I feel the heat of your frustration
I know it's burnin' you up deep down inside
You say that I'm the boy who can make it all come true
Well I'm tellin' ya that I don't know if I know what to do

(Chorus)
You say that's all right, hold tight
Well I don't even know if I'm doin' this right
Well all right, hold tight
We can stay out all day or we can run around all night
Well all night, all night
Well it's time to go home
And I ain't even done with the night
Ainít even done with the night

Hold tight
Well I don't even know if I'm doin' this right
Well all right, hold tight
We can stay out all day or we can run around all night
Well all night, all night
Well it's time to go home
And I ain't even done with the night
No I ain't even done with the night
No, No ainít even done with the night
No I ain't even done with the night
No, No ainít even ainít even done with the night
No, No ainít even done with the night
No I ain't even done with the night




Written by John Mellencamp

I bring you renegade stories
And you tell me that I'm crazy and wild
You say that I lack maturity
Stop actin' like a child
But you know I am a liar
And my promises only get in my way
You feel so good, when you're in my arms
Ain't there one right thing I can say
To make you want to stay

(Chorus)
Oh, oh oh baby, baby
Don't misunderstand me
Oh, oh baby, baby

You tell me that you love me but
This ain't no way for you to live
You hold so tight your fingers are broken
I take more than I can give
But it's heartbeat to heartbeat
It's push and shove and steal and prove
It's hand to mouth sometimes
If we run hard enough someday baby
Find some room to move

(Chorus)
Oh, oh baby, baby
Don't misunderstand me
Oh, oh baby, baby
Don't misunderstand me

All of this showin' and provin'
Is nothing but fear
Everybody can do what they want
But they just can't do it here
Girl hold on to my childishness
I'm gonna break on through
Out of this mess

(Chorus)
Oh, oh oh baby, baby
Don't misunderstand me
Oh, oh baby, baby

Don't misunderstand me
Oh, oh baby, baby



4.  This Time

Written by John Mellencamp

I've had a lot of girls in my life
They never meant that much to me
A good time was always had by all
But those good times, they were fleeting memories
I used to lie to them and then I'd kiss them
But I kept them an arm's length away
Well hey man now you know me
And look how silly I been acting today

(Chorus)
This time I really think I'm in love, I'm in love
This time I think I'm really in love
This time I really think I'm in love I'm in love
This time I think I'm really in love

I used to roll down the window
And let that tape deck blow
And look at the honey that I was holding that night
I'd say, "Hey girl you're the one"
And then I'd laugh when I'd take her home
You got your arms around my shoulders
You got my soul confused with my heart
You were too smart to believe all those tired lines
And I was too dumb to know what had started

(Chorus)
This time I really think I'm in love,
I'm in love
This time I think I'm really in love
This time I really think I'm in love,
I'm in love
This time I think I'm really in love

I hope you don't lose that innocent laughter
I hope time doesn't take that away

(Chorus)
This time I really think I'm in love, I'm in love
This time I think I'm really in love
This time I really think I'm in love Iím in love
This time I think I'm really in love
This time I think I'm really in love




Written by John Mellencamp

This ain't no make believe
I ain't foolin' around this time
You can believe what you want to believe
It's a sin the way we've wasted our time

Make me feel like I wanna feel
Baby tear this pain from my heart
Make me feel like I wanna feel
Make me feel like I did in the start

Maybe it's a change of plan
Now that your dreams have left me behind
Or is it another man
Who didn't care that you were mine

Baby this could be our last chance
Now you're actin' like it's no big deal
Make me feel like I wanna feel
Make me feel like I did in the start

I can hear, I can hear, I can hear
The radio playin' your favorite song
I don't care, I don't care, I don't care
I know that something had to go wrong

Baby don't you walk away
Stay here and listen to my plans
You can leave, make it another day
Stay tonight and hold me in your hands

Make me feel like I wanna feel
Baby tear this pain from my heart
Make me feel like I wanna feel
Make me feel like I did in the start




Written by John Mellencamp

I was watching a movie the other night on T.V.
The actress reminded me of you
Her attitude, the way that she smiled
She was doin' a part girl, like you used to do
I do believe you played it better
If it wasn't better, it was just as strong
I would've called you up on the telephone that night
But somehow girl, it'd been all wrong
Get in there

I heard you married a stranger
In a horse and carriage that was covered with gold
Well, you wanted to be different and still fit in
I wonder if you feel different at all now that you're older
Hope you didn't lose that innocent laughter
Oh, God I hope time didn't take that away
All those junior high nights underneath the front porch light
A good Catholic girl during the day

(Chorus)
Oh, oh oh just watching the time grow
Old enough to know that these memories can't hurt a thing
Oh, oh oh just watching the time grow
If I saw you today, girl I wouldn't even know ya

Well I know it wasn't that big of a love affair
But boy, it sure seemed like one back then
When I parlay the memories into their proper places
I can see now we were no more than friends
Ooh your kisses sure tasted sweet
But I guess any kiss tastes sweet at fifteen
I just hope your touch is as warm to your ol' man
As it seemed like it was to me

(Chorus)
Oh, oh oh just watching the time grow
Old enough to know that these memories can't hurt a thing
Oh, oh oh just watching the time grow
If I saw you today, girl if I could be with you today I wouldn't even know ya



7.  Tonight

Written by John Mellencamp

Well I get up in the morning
Have a smoke, have a drink
Then I get dressed
I don't want to get to work too late
'Cause that bossman he's a real mean son-of-a-bitch
Everything is so fast and so crazy
But the day still slowly slips on by
Then that five o'clock whistle starts to blow
I'll be gone in a wink of an eye

(Chorus)
Tonight, I'm gonna see my baby again
Well that long haired girl will be smiling
When she sees me walkin' in
Well all right, she looks so good
That she just has to be a sin
Tonight, I'm gonna see my baby again
Hell yeah

We'll walk over to the East Street Montgomery Pier
She says she likes holding something dangerous
She pulls me close and whispers in my ear
She says, "Come here little boy
I'll put my pussy right on your face
Because my fever is runnin' hot and high
And you're the boy that makes me feel like I'm alive"

(Chorus)
Tonight, I'm gonna see my baby again
And that long haired girl will be smiling
When she sees me walkin' in
Well all right, hell yeah, she's lookin' so damn good
That she just has to be a sin
Tonight, I'm gonna see my baby again
We're gonna go walking down Kirkwood, look at us go....

Well all right, she looks so good
That she just has to be a sin
Tonight!



8.  Cry Baby

Written by John Mellencamp

Pretty girls in beat up cars
Throwing kisses to the soldiers
Pale blue eyes and whisky bars
The lines on her face say she's getting older
Girl you better reach out to me
Girl you better reach out to me

Runnin' with your
Weakness in the dark
You hope it disappears by tomorrow
On your knees and in the dark
Don't wanna beg
Lord knows, you're too old to borrow
You better reach out to me
Girl you better reach out to me

(Chorus)
'Cause you're a oh, woooh, woooh, oh wild angel
Oh, woooh, woooh, woooh a wild angel

Cabin fever nearly drove us insane
When the snow fell on us last December
Look at me girl, I don't feel the same
Now those days they've all gone together
You better reach out to me
Girl you better reach out to me

(Chorus)
'Cause you're a oh, woooh,oh woooh, oh wild angel
Oh, woooh,oh woooh, woooh a wild angel

Oh, woooh, oh woooh, woooh wild angel
Oh, woooh, oh woooh, woooh wild angel
Oh, woooh, oh woooh, woooh wild angel
Oh, woooh ,oh woooh, woooh wild angel



10.  Peppermint Twist
11.  Cheap Shot

Written by John Mellencamp

Well the record company's goin' out of business
They price the records too damn high
And the boys in the band could use some assistance

Well the record company's goin' out of business
They price the records too damn high
And the boys in the band could use some assistance
Get a daytime job just to get by
Well the P.D.'s they won't play the record
They're too worried about that book
And the D.J's they all hate the song
But they're in love with the hook

(Chorus)
So na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
I bet you've heard this song before
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Take your cocaine and hit the door

Well folk rock, punk rock, power pop music
Turned out to be the latest trends
And there ain't no more progressive music
The business has put it to an end
Ol' "Rolling Stone" has gathered some moss
No they ain't what they used to be
They try to look like "Look" with their political pages
And advertising all over T.V.

(Chorus)
So na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
I bet you've heard this song before
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Take your cocaine and hit the door

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
I bet you've heard this song before
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Take your cocaine and hit the door

Help me now
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Take your cocaine and ah ah ah ah

Well the record companies changing my name now
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Well the record company's goin' out of business
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Well the record company's goin' out of business
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Well the record company's goin' out of business
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na




Written by John Mellencamp

Well you got your designer clothes
Got your jewelry
Got your sports car outside your door
And your Motherís got the finest Southern luxuries
But where am I supposed to fit in
To all of this
Well I gotta come through the back door
Just to get another kiss

(Chorus)
If Iím the latest game, baby you know
That Iím able to burn ya
If Iím the latest game, baby ya know
I can burn you down like a building on fire

Well your Father donít kiss you no more
He says you're too old he's too busy with his business
But you know about his apartment uptown
Where he makes love to his younger mistress
You call me up when you want me to come over
Give you a kiss, keep you from your sickness
I don't mind you being a little bit selfish
But I ain't gonna stand for all of this

(Chorus)
If I'm the latest game
Baby you know that I'm able to burn ya
If I'm the latest game
Baby you know I can burn you down like a building on fire

(Chorus)
I'm the latest game
Baby you no that I'm able to burn ya
If I'm the latest game
Baby ya know I'm able to burn you
If I'm the latest game
Baby ya know I'm able to burn you, down, down, down



13.  

ALBUM DETAILS

Release Date: July 21st, 1980 on Riva Records

Remastered & Rereleased w/Bonus Track: March 25th, 2005 on Mercury/Island/UMe

ALBUM CREDITS:

The Zone:
Doc Rosser: Piano
Ferd: Bass
Michael "Chief" Wanchic: Guitars, Backing Vocals
Larry Crane: Guitars, Backing Vocals

Other Musicians:
Kenny Aranoff: Vibes
Rick Schlosser: Drums
Ed Green: Drums
Jeff Baxter: Pedal Steel Guitar
Dave Woodford: Saxophone
John Jarvis: Piano
Susan Duitch Helmer: Back Vocals on "This Time"

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Producer: Steve Cropper
Co-Producer: Bruce Robb
Mixing: Bruce and Dee Robb
Assistant Engineer: "Larold"
Photography and Design: Jimmy Wachtel with Michael Curtis on the lights
Cover Girl: Edith Masey
Thanks to: Ira Leslie, Mike Freas and Shade Tree Studios

 

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