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Best of the Asylum Years
Volume One

  1. Between The Lines
  2. Jessie's Jig (Rob's Romp, Beth's Bounce)
  3. Hand It To You
  4. Death Of A Salesman
  5. Still Trying To Care
  6. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over
  7. Banana Republics
  8. Two Lovers
  9. I'm Attracted To You
  10. One Bite of The Apple
  11. The One That Got Away
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Between The Lines

Steve Goodman, Steve Burgh The day you're born they sign a piece of paper To certify the date of your birth And the day you die they sign another Just to prove you've gone back to the earth And between those two pieces of paper There's the truth that is so hard to find And the story of your life is written, but You must read in between the lines Now when you're young you think it doesn't matter If you leap before you look But those old folks are wiser and sadder From the chances that they took Now when your chance comes along, you must take it Just be careful and take your time And the chances are good you will make it If you could read in between the lines And when someone tells you they love you And that no one has ever loved you more It is wise to stop and consider how many Times they might have said that before Because when love leaves you cryin' You will surely lose your mind And you might have known love was lying If you could read in between the lines. PRODUCED BY STEVE GOODMAN FOR RED PAJAMAS PRODUCTIONS, AND STEVE BURGH From the album Vvbrds We Can Dance To Copyright 1976 Big Ears Music, Inc./ Red Pajamas Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Jessie's Jig
(Rob's Romp, Beth's Bounce)

Steve Goodman, Bill Swofford Instrumental PRODUCED BY STEVE GOODMAN FOR RED PAJAMAS PRODUCTIONS From the album Jessie's Jig And Other Favorites Copyright 1975 Big Ears Music, Inc./ Red Pajamas Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Hand It To You

Steve Goodman We had a city hall wedding And our friends all laughed And they started betting On how long it would last Some give it a week some give it a year Now the honeymoon's over and we're still here I've got to hand it to you babe You've changed my life I never thought that any woman Would ever be my wife I've got to give credit where credit is due; And now that I've said it I've got to hand it to you We started out together And made a big oath That would be good for one Would be good for both Throw in the towels that say his and hers We might have done better But we could have done worse I kissed the bride. and we settled down And it wasn't very long before the stork come round He's got three little babies and a mortgage too When I get my pay check I've got to hand it to you. PRODUCED BY STEVE GOODMAN FOR RED PAJAMAS PRODUCTIONS From the album High And Outside Copyright 1979 Big Ears Music, Inc./ Red Pajamas Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Death Of A Salesman

Steve Goodman, Steve Burgh, Jeff Gutcheon, Jim Rothermel, Lew London, Saul Broudy, and Ken Kosek The traveling salesman stopped for gas As it was getting late He sure was feeling tired And it was snowing on the interstate He said "Won't cha fill'er up with gas And see if my oil's alright And do you know a place where a tired-out traveling man Might spend the night?" The attendant winked at him and said "I'll bet you been around The man who puts up lodgers here is Known as Farmer Brown You'll find him in that old stone house Just at the edge of town And he's got a 15 year old daughter Who likes to fool around" The salesman winked right back at him And a smile came to his lip He paid for the gas and oil And then he gave that man a tip He started up and pushed that old gas pedal to the floor Went off like a bat and in nothing flat He was at the farmer's door The door opened up and a beautiful girl said "Won't you come on in" The traveling salesman's tongue was hanging out like Rin-Tin-Tin "That old gas station attendant said I would find you here And do you have a suitable room To rent to me my Dear?" She said "Kind Sir, I'm sorry, but the last one's gone you see, So if you want to spend the night You'll have to sleep with me. " He said "How fortuitous, my pretty little miss" And he throws his arms around her And he gives that girl a kiss Her warm and tender ruby lips He scarcely could believe He never saw the hammer She had hidden up her sleeve She said "I'm getting sleepy, Why don't we go to bed?" And as they turned to climb the stairs She whopped him on the head The very next day the salesman's car With brand new license plates Was sitting at Farmer Brown's super service bout a mile from the interstate So all you traveling salesmen Who might be passing through You better watch your step Or that traveling salesman joke might be on you. PRODUCED BY STEVE GOODMAN FOR RED PAJAMAS PRODUCTIONS. AND STEVE BURGH From the album Words We Can Dance To Copyright 1976 Big Ears Music. Inc./ Red Pajamas Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Still Trying To Care

Steve Goodman, Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff Nobody said it was easy to be true to your lover You never think that she's leaving until it happens to you And it hurts you so deeply, when she's gone for another And you can't fight those tears back For all the good that they do Still tryin' to care baby Tryin' to be the one you run to If you need someone to come to I will always be there Still tryin' to care When you're fallin'in love with somebody You don't really plan it Let your feelings take over And then you go for the ride But when you give it everything that you've got And she takes it for granted It's so hard to keep hoping When you're broken inside Still tryin' to care baby Everynight I ask the stars above you Won't they help me find a way to love you Anytime, anywhere Still tryin' to care So tell me why should I worry When I know that it's over And this pain that I'm feeling Is only my pride Well if I never met her Then maybe I could forget her But I'd rather be lonely tonight Than to think that she lied Still tryin' to care baby Trying to be the one you run to Well if you need someone to come to I will always be there Still tryin' to care PRODUCED BY PETER BUNETTA AND RICK CHUDACOFF FOR RIPE PRODUCTIONS From the album Hot Spot Copyright 1980 Big Ears Music, Inc./ Red Pajamas Musir-, Inc. (ASCAP)

The Twentieth Century
Is Almost Over

Steve Goodman, John Prine Back in 1899 when everybody sang Auld Lang Syne a hundred years took a long, long time for every boy and girl Now there's only one thing I'd like to know where did the 20,th century go I'd swear it was here just a minute ago all over this world. Does anyone remember the Great Depression I read all about it in True Confessions Sorry I was late for the recording sessions but somebody put me on hold; Has anybody seen my linoleum floors, Petroleum jelly and two World Wars; They got stuck in the revolving doors all over this world. Winter's getting colder, summer's getting hotter Wishing well's wishing for another drop of water Mother Earth's blushin' 'cause somebody caught her making love to the man in the moon How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm, now that outer space has lost its charm, Somebody set off the burglar alarm and not a moment too soon. Old Father Time has got his toes a tappin: standin' in the window grumblin' and a rappin' Everybody's waiting for something to happen, tell me if it happens to you The Judgement Day is getting nearer, there it is in the rear view mirror If you duck down. I could see a little clearer all over this world. The 20th century is almost over almost over, almost over The 20th century is almost over, all over this world. All over this world, all over this world. The 20th century is almost over all over this world. PRODUCED BY JOEL DORN FOR THE MASKED ANNOUNCER CORR From the album Say It In Private Copyright 1977 Big Ears Music, Inc./

Banana Republics

Steve Goodman, Steve Burgh and Jim Rothermel Down to the Banana Republics Down to the tropical sun Come the expatriated Americans Expecting to have some fun Some of them come for the sailing Drawn by the lure of the sea To cure the spirit that's ailing From living in the land of the free Some of them are running from lovers Leaving no forward address Some of them are running marajuana Some are running from the IRS Late at night you can see them In the cheap hotels and bars Hustling the senoritas As they dance beneath the stars Spending the renegade pesos On a bottle of rum and a lime Singing give me some words I can Dance to and a melody that rhymes Once you learn the native customs And a word of Spanish or two Then you know you can't trust them Because they know they can't trust you Down in Banana Republics It is not always as warm as it seems When none of the natives are buying Any second hand American Dreams Expatriated Americans Are feeling so all alone Telling themselves the same lies That they told themselves at home PRODUCED BY STEVE GOODMAN FOR RED PAJAMAS PRODUCTIONS, AND STEVE BURGH From the album Words @ Can Dance To Copyright 1976 Big Ears Music, Inc./ Red Pajamas Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

Two Lovers

William "Smokey" Robinson I've got two lovers and I ain't ashamed Two lovers and I love them both the same. Let me tell you about my first lover. She treats me good like a lover should Treats me fine and she's mine all mine And I love her, I really love her Oh. I love her so and I'll do everything I can to let her know. But I've got two lovers and I ain't ashamed Two lovers and I love them both the same. Let me tell you about the other lover She treats me bad and makes me mad Makes me cry but I can't deny That I love her, I really love her Oh. I love her so and I'll do everything I can to let her know. Darling well. don't you think that I can tell That, whenever I'm with you that you think I'm untrue 'cause I say that I love two but I really, really do. 'Cause you're a split personality and in reality both of them are you. PRODUCED BY JOEL DORN FOR THE MASKED ANNOUNCER CORP From the album Say It In Private Copyright 1962 Jobete Music Company Inc CASCAP)

I'm Attracted To You

Steve Goodman, Rick Chudacoff You better watch out if you don't want me around all the time 'cause I'm attracted to you You've got the way to keep me interested in the things that you do The sides you show to me and the ones you keep concealed Oooo- They are pulling me into your magnetic field, so you better watch out if you don't want me around all the time 'cause I'm attracted to you. You better watch out. if you don't want me around all the time 'cause I'm attracted to you Everywhere you look you're gonna see a good friend of mine looking right back at you We'll be eye to eye and me to you that's that way I was attracted to oooo- The only one of you And I'm the only one who loves you I like I do so you better watch out if you don't want me around all the time cause I'm attracted to you. PRODUCED BY JOEL DORN FOR THE MASKED ANNOUNCER CORP From the album Say It In Private Copyright 1977 Big Ears Music, Inc,/ Red Pajamas Music, Inc.; Gouda Music Co. (ASCAP)

One Bite of The Apple

Music by Steve Goodman and Steve Burgh Words by Steve Goodman All night long you've been sending those signals The ones you know I couldn't help but see You won't be satisfied until you satisfy your curiosity I don't mean to sound ungrateful Am I not the fool for flattery But you don't know what you're saying Or you wouldn't be saying it to me Back where I come from We don't take these things lightly We don't say the words just to hear How they sound I need the one who will love me nightly And the one who will still be there When you're not around Wasn't this the Garden of Eden Way back when I was Adam And you were Eve But you just want one bite of the apple And then you want to put the rest Back up on the tree PRODUCED BY STEVE GOODMAN FOR RED PAJAMAS PRODUCTIONS From the album High And Outside Copyright 1977 Big Ears Music, Inc./ Red Pajamas Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

The One That Got Away

Steve Goodman Two old middle aged men Were sittin' up in the corner bar They were lying about what Wonderful lovers they are Bending each other's ear They were bending their elbows too Holding their arms apart Just the way fishermen do, singing You should have seen the one that got away You should have seen the one that got away Two old middle aged girls Were sittin' in the beauty salon Just waiting for their nails to dry They were trading the recipes And all of the ways to save One hundred and one night stands With a brand new permanent wave, singing You should have seen the one that got away You should have seen the one that got away Hindsight makes the heart grow fonder And that's what it cost When you run around saying I love you With your fingers crossed And it's too late to go back now And that's just about as good as it gets For rock'n'roll Romeos and their jukebox Juliets And you can see them out on the street Tryin' to figure out what it all means When they try to make their lives complete In the safety of their dreams By putting their arms around the one that got away And you should have seen the one that got away oh you should have seen the one that got away And you should have seen the one that got away PRODUCED BY STEVE GOODMAN FOR RED PAJAMAS PRODUCTIONS From the album High And Outside Copyright 1979 Big Ears$Ausic, Inc,/ Red Pajamas Music, Inc. (ASCAP)