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I Just Wanna Be Left Alone Now
Words and Music by Mark Minervino • From the album Analog Soul

The TV plays away,
The telephone rings, but I won’t answer it.
I probably should go out,
But I know there’s no chance of it.
 
I just wanna be left alone now,
I just wanna be left alone,
Can’t you see, it hasn’t been the same for a day or two.
 
What’s that you say,
You say a man of my age and ability
Should just go on and turn the page,
Add a credit to your social flexibility.
 
But I just wanna be left alone now,
I just wanna be left alone,
Can’t you see, it hasn’t been the same for a day or two.
 
Has there ever been a day,
A clean autumn day with an empty sky.
Something gets in your way,
You can’t see it or feel it, but it passes you by.
And I just wanna be left alone now.
 
Can love be made,
In the time spent together, and the things you say?
But the price you pay,
And can you tell me why it always has to end this way?
 
The TV plays away,
The telephone rings, but I won’t answer it.
I probably should go out,
Aw, but hell, I don’t even feel like it.
 
I just wanna be left alone now,
I just wanna be left alone,
Can’t you see, it hasn’t been the same, hasn’t been the same,
Hasn’t been the same for a day or two.
 
I just wanna be left alone now,
But thank you anyway.


©1982 Mark Minervino. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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I Know
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • From the album Every Lonesome Road

Hey my friend, it's not the end,
You've just gone a little farther up around the bend.
I have to say, I'm not okay,
There's so many things I didn't get the chance to say.
But I'll have time to think while you are waiting,
By and by upon that peaceful shore.
I know I'll spend some time contemplating,
What I'll say when we sit down once more.
 
I know that our paths will cross again,
I know that I'll make it until then.
So I'll hold my head up high for you,
Do the things you'd want me to.
By the passion in your soul,
And the faith that keeps us whole,
I know.
 
The morning lights feel like ice,
I miss sitting 'round the table hearing your advice.
The coffee's cold, but not your soul,
I will keep those words of wisdom until I grow old.
The music in your soul will keep on playing,
The notes and rhyme will live on as I go.
Just the other day, I heard you saying,
Before there's rainbows, rain must surely flow.
 
I know that our paths will cross again,
I know that I'll make it until then.
So I'll hold my head up high for you,
Do the things you'd want me to.
By the passion in your soul,
And the faith that keeps us whole,
I know.
 
I look around the room and see what's left behind,
The kindness in the hearts of all you knew.
And the love of the family was always on your mind,
Your heart was just, your word was true,
It's not too late to be like you.
 
I know that our paths will cross again,
I know that I'll make it until then.
So I'll hold my head up high for you,
Do the things you'd want me to.
By the passion in your soul,
And the faith that keeps us whole,
I know.


©2012 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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I Never Drink Before Ten
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • From the album Every Lonesome Road

My mama raised us on the welfare, my seven brothers and me,
I’ve never been beyond these city limits, there’s nothing there I want to see.
I make my living at the bus stop, by playing on your sympathy,
Every night I write a new sob story, every day I drink for free.
You see me every morning, I’m standing in line,
And when the door opens, I’m gonna get mine.

I am an upstanding citizen, I never drink before ten,
That’s when the liquor store opens, my friend -
I’ll get my pint, go back to work, and then
I’ll play on your emotions while I drink down my potion,
Tomorrow, I’ll be back again.

People don’t think I’m educated, but boy, I got my degree,
I studied nights down at the Greyhound City College, my master of psychology.
I can turn your pockets inside out, with every word that I say,
Got a chicken in my pot, and a pint on the spot, that’s the American way.
I cash my welfare check and I pay my rent on time,
But after all of that, I haven’t got a dime.

I am an upstanding citizen, I never drink before ten,
That’s when the liquor store opens, my friend -
I’ll get my pint, go back to work, and then
I’ll play on your emotions while I drink down my potion,
Tomorrow, I’ll be back again.

Between the Greyhound and the Night Train, my life is complete,
But the nights are getting colder, and I need something to eat.

Today I think I’ll take a shower, and show the man behind the myth,
And if I make an extra buck or two, hey, I’ll spring for a fifth.

I am an upstanding citizen, I never drink before ten,
That’s when the liquor store opens, my friend -
I’ll get my pint, go back to work, and then
I’ll play on your emotions while I drink down my potion,
Tomorrow, I’ll be back again.


©1998 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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If You’re Not Mine By Now
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • From the album Every Lonesome Road

Baby, it’s happened again, like so many times before,
One of us angry, one of us crying, both of us eyeing the door.
We kiss and we make up, it’s all good,
But this time, it don’t feel like it should,
I can’t do this anymore.
 
I know that your past runs deep, you never let it show,
The thought of a man who’s true to you is new to you, I know.
Baby, I know I hurt you, too,
Trying to figure out what to do,
I don’t want to watch you go.
 
I wanna take you by the hand, I wanna be your only man,
I wanna love you ‘til you can’t go on.
But if I’m gonna be your man, I’ve got to know where I stand,
If you’re not mine by now, it’s time to move on.
 
How do I figure out a way to make you see
The life you’ve been used to living is worth giving up for me?
I know that you want to have your fun,
but I’m all about one on one,
Baby, tell me what you want from me.
 
I wanna take you by the hand, I wanna be your only man,
I wanna love you ‘til you can’t go on.
But if I’m gonna be your man, I’ve got to know where I stand,
If you’re not mine by now, it’s time to move on.
 
I’d love you unconditionally, but you’ve got to give it back to me,
My love is something you can’t just borrow.
It’s time for us to take a stand, I’m placing my heart inb your hands,
I’m not asking you for forever,
but I damn sure want tomorrow.
 
If I’m gonna be your man, I’ve got to know where I stand,
If you’re not mine by now, it’s time to move on.
I’ve done everything I can do to show you that my love is true,
If you’re not mine by now…
  
©2012 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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I’ll Never Be Myself Without You
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • From the album Analog Soul

Day after day, I try to carry on,
Night after night, I don’t sleep through.
People say I’ve changed ever since you’ve been gone,
I’ll never be myself without you.
 
I’m out on the town just to see what I can find,
If only a lighter shade of blue.
I’m still searching for the me that you didn’t leave behind,
I’ll never be myself without you.
 
After all is said and done, I thought you were the one,
I could have spent a lifetime loving you,
But now it’s plain to see I’m not your cup of tea,
I’m just a phase that you went through.
 
I know other loves are bound to come along,
But they’ll never have me like you do,
I think I’ll be all right, but I always get it wrong,
I’ll never be myself without you.
 
After all is said and done, I thought you were the one,
I could have spent a lifetime loving you,
But now it’s plain to see I’m not your cup of tea,
I’m just a phase that you went through.
 
You went away with the last piece of my heart,
and to be fair, you never knew,
But I can’t pull it together since you tore it all apart,
I’ll never be myself without you,
I’ll never be myself without you.

©2014 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved. 


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The Impossible Girl
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • From the album Every Lonesome Road

Try to impress her, you spend a lot of cash,
She takes your flowers and throws them in the trash-
That’s how it goes, loving the impossible girl.

And if you pleae her, she doesn’t ever show it,
But if you don’t, well, boy, she’ll let you know it-
That’s how it goes, loving the impossible girl.

She says, ‘Gimme gimme gimme gimme all that you got,
It doesn’t matter if I give back or not.
Tell me you love me, boy, you’re gonna lose me,
I just need someone to use and abuse me.’

She gives you five point nine when you get your kicks,
But that’s on a scale of ten, not six-
That’s how it goes, loving the impossible girl.

The best time she had lasted ninety minutes straight,
If it makes you feel better, he only got an eight-
That’s how it goes, loving the insatiable girl.

She says, ‘Gimme gimme gimme gimme all that you got,
It doesn’t matter if I give back or not.
Tell me you love me, boy, you’re gonna lose me,
I just need someone to use and abuse me.’

Try so hard to make the girl adore you,
She’s busy talkin’ ‘bout the ones that came before you-
That’s how it goes, loving the impossible girl.

Write her a letter, you ask her to call,
It’s been a month now, you’re bouncing off the wall-
That’s how it goes, leaving the impossible,
You oughta know, the woman’s just impossible,
That’s how it goes, loving the impossible girl.



©1996 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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It’s Not About You

Words and Music by Dave Laurence • Released as a single

In the morning, I pour my coffee in a cup
from a place out of our past.
It’s a little old but it’s perfectly fine,
even though we didn’t last.
It holds a lot of coffee, keeps it nice and warm,
I’ve always been the kind to favor function over form.
I think of you for a moment or two,
and hope you’re better now than then.
But I don’t get sentimental;
there’s no use in going back again.

It’s not about you, life goes on,
Far too fast and not for long,
Smile at the way it was then bid it adieu,
I know you know, so let it go, it’s not about you.

It’s not so hard to live and let live
if you can leave it all on the shelf.
It would be easy to forgive
if we could get over ourselves.

In the morning, I look in the mirror
and I’m grateful to be alive,
But sometimes I stare and I wonder,
What happened to nineteen eighty five?
I’ve lost a few steps but I still have my hair,
And so much more that didn’t use to be there.
Then my lady comes up behind me
and slides her arms around my chest.
She kisses me good morning
and says finish getting dressed.

It’s not about you, life goes on,
Far too fast and not for long,
Smile at the way it was then bid it adieu,
I know you know, so let it go, it’s not about you.

 
©2016 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.