Lyrics - from 1960s Garage and Psychedelic Records

 

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Butch Engle and the Styx : Hey I’m Lost
Charlatans : Along Come a Viper
Dovers : She’s Gone
Dovers : What Am I Going To Do
Dovers : I Could Be Happy
Dovers : People Ask Me Why
Dovers : The Third Eye
Dovers : Your Love
Dovers : She’s Not Just Anybody
Dovers : About Me
Flamin’ Groovies : Babes in the Sky
Giant Crab : Groovy Towne
Great Society : Didn’t Think So
Great Society : Free Advice
Jefferson Airplane : Blues From an Airplane
Living Children : Crystalize Your Mind
Living Children : Now It’s Over
Mad River : Amphetamine Gazelle
Mad River : High All the TIme
Standells : Dirty Water
Standells : Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
Vejtables : Anything
Vejtables : Feel the Music
Vejtables : Shadows

Hey I’m Lost
by Butch Engle and the Styx
on Good Things Are Happening CD

1) hey hey hey I am lost
hey hey hey double-crossed
now I’ll carry this heavy load
’cause I can’t get across the road
after you girl
and though I’m not far away, I am lost anyway
please, try and find me

2) hey hey hey are you there
hey hey hey tell me where
now you won’t move a hair for me
don’t even care for me
all the time girl
and though I’m not far away I am lost anyway
please, try and find me

3) hey hey hey here I am
hey hey hey help this man
now why can’t you understand
honest or underhand
I’ll find you girl
and though I’m not far away I am lost anyway
please, try and find me
try and find me 3x

Along Come a Viper
by the Charlatans

1) I was standing on the corner with my feet in my shoes
rackin’ my brain how to pay my dues
my jug was empty of my number one booze
along come a viper and it blew my blues

CHORUS 1 : I got the elation, hesitation, dissipation, coagulatin’, relaxation,
angxation [sic], emancipation, propagation, moppin’, soppin’, talkin’ bout your coppin’ blues
it’s never too late to be up to date
you can get it now but you’ll have to wait

2) along comes a chick, come a little dolly
she was out walkin’ her big fat collie
"Golly," Miss Molly says, "you’re lookin’ mighty jolly !
“There ain’t nothin’ left but I’m really mighty solly"

CHORUS 2 : I got the out of space, what a race, dropped an ace in my
face, a goose chase, you wanna taste, match it, scratch
it, stretch it, catch it blues
it’s never too late to be up to date
you can get it now but you have to wait

just because she made them googly eyes
I thought I’d won a home and I copped a prize

3) the way I’m talkin’ it might be a sin
but if it’s cool I’ll think I’ll try it again
want a little just hit me with a fin
it’ll blow your mind so you’ll won’t know where you been

She’s Gone
by the Dovers

1) She treats me bad but I still need her
She makes me sad but I still love her
But now she’s gone and I’m alone

2) She has my ring and my sweater
She gave them back with just a letter
And said goodbye forever

CHORUS
(She) said our love would never work out, it didn’t mean a thing
We had our plans in yesterday, I even bought her a diamond ring

1)

CHORUS

3) She said she’d love me and I believed her
But all I have now is just her picture
But now she’s gone so I’ll sing this song

What Am I Going To Do
by the Dovers

CHORUS
Baby, what am I going to do
Baby, what am I going to do
With you, with you

1) Oh now I heard you say, ‘bout a girl who took my love away
Now (that ?) she left me all alone I’ve no one to call my own

CHORUS

2) (We ?) had everything there for my love to be
But all she ever wanted was to be set free

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Well just what do I have to do
To get your sweet lovin’ from you
Do I have to die once or twice
To keep you for the rest, the rest of my life, all of my life

3) If you were seventeen I’d still feel the same way
Well there’s nothing in this world that will make me change my way

CHORUS

I Could Be Happy
by the Dovers

Has it happened it to us now
We have lost our love somehow
And I’ll be unhappy all the time

For I know I was wrong
To think of things we’ve done
But it’s gone, and there’s nothing I can do
If you’d only realize
That the love’s still in my eyes
and it will be there forevermore
So if you’d consider more time
And take this love of mine
Then I could be happy once again

Oh I know there’s no hope
‘Cause you don’t want me no more
And I’ll be unhappy all the time
Yes I know that is true, ‘cause you don’t want me too
And I’ll be unhappy all the time
So if you’d consider more time
And take this love of mine
Then I could feel happy once again
Oh I could be happy
Oh I could be happy
Oh I could be happy

People Ask Me Why
by the Dovers

1) People ask me why
What should I say
Whenever they ask me
Why I look this way

CHORUS
If they knew
Just how I feel
If we weren’t this way
You wouldn’t be so happy
You wouldn’t be so happy

2) When they look they stare
And laugh about our hair
What do we tell them
‘cept we don’t care

CHORUS

3) But it doesn’t matter
What people say
‘Cause we don’t really care
We’re happy this way

CHORUS

The Third Eye
by the Dovers

Unlocked by the key
And now I am free

Magic curtains of green and blue lights pass by
Moon and sky

No wings for my flight
I drift through the night
Understanding the secrets of space and time
The third eye
 
 

Your Love
by the Dovers

Your love means everything for my love
You twist your little finger for my love
But someday, if you make me believe
That someday I will realize
And I will understand
For a loving life’s time

Your love means everything for a lifetime of mine
And if it should happen to love that’s so fine
Let it be the end of time

Your love means everything for my love
You twist your little finger for my love
But someday, if you make me unhappy
I’ll leave you it’s true
And if I leave you for something you do

Your love means everything for a lifetime of mine
And if it should happen to love that’s so fine
Let it be the end of time
Let it be the end of time

She’s Not Just Anybody
by the Dovers

You I love, nobody but you
Today I found someone that was new
You know she’s not just anybody
You know she’s not just anybody
You know she’s not just anybody like you

She’s nice and warm instead of cold
All you can see there it doesn’t snow
You know she’s not just anybody
You know she’s not just anybody
You know she’s not just anybody like you

To you I’m in her love
‘Cause she’s as sweet
There’s no one like you

You know I’ve been unhappy with you
Today I found someone that was new
You know she’s not just anybody
You know she’s not just anybody
You know she’s not just anybody like you

About Me
by the Dovers

1) I don’t care what they say about me
It’s just your love that I can, I can only see

CHORUS
And I wonder why they laugh at me when they see me this way
And I wonder why they say to me that they just can’t believe

2) Is it true that I love you and it will always be
My life’s been empty all the time ‘til you came to me

CHORUS

3) They think I’m unhappy, I’ve got news for them
‘Cause I’ll love you and you’ll love me ‘til we meet again

CHORUS

Babes in the Sky (Roy Loney)
by The Flamin’ Groovies 1968

1) can’t you see them babes in the sky there
Maybe they’re just learning to fly there
I need some time to catch my breath here
can’t you taste the smell of death near

2) lap your hands and kick a petunia
Don’t like it too much it’ll ruin you (babe I see) (?)
Free yourself when it hits you
Got karate and jujitsu, ha ho !

3) Feel my knees are getting’ weak now
Getting’ hard for me to speak now
Ave Marie and thanks to all
Bury my body at the dancin’ hall

repeat 1)

Groovy Towne
by Giant Crab

Join hands and form a magic circle
round round until your head starts working

(welcome to groovy towne, tune in and ?
have fun in groovy towne, no one will put you down)

It’s time to make a mind investigation
(welcome to groovy towne, hope you can stick around)
once you do you’ll feel a joy sensation
(? you’ll be surprised, see the colours of your mind)
everything’s the same when you step off the ground
(groovy towne is here to stay)
so grab your wings and fly with us in groovy towne

Hey now it’s time your mind unbended
Say now before your trip has ended
hold (?) of control of your destiny
Do what you want you’re holding the key

Groovy towne is here to stay forever
(things aren’t the way they seem, find truth  ? music free)
anyone can find them by themselves
(? from everywhere, close your eyes and you’ll be there)
put a bit (?) and all your troubled fantasies
(groovy towne is here to stay)
in a town (?) serenity

Didn’t Think So
by the Great Society

1) Never thought that it could be the one face that I’d love
Never thought that I could place that one above the other
But his way of turning on seemed right to me
And I think he’ll make me free
Things he chooses to put in his mind
Seemed to have placed his sadness behind

2) And if I have to follow, it will change the way he is
And with me his sovereignty can’t be lost by what I give
And if he mentions leaving, I can do no more
To make him stay behind an open door
The love that he loses here he will find again another way
And I won’t be the one to tell him where he must play

3) When I first met him he was glaring at me
And I think it was black that he was wearing at the time
But he spoke of changes and said come with me
And I was glad to leave
I have heard so many things I never thought I’d feel before
And I won’t be through with him until he [says] like a raven

Free Advice
by the Great Society

Woman says she loves me she gives me free advice 2x
I wonder who it is she loves if she wants me to be so nice

Her friends they are perfect but I’m always a fool 2x
She brings them all around to watch me blow my cool

The more she says she loves me the more she puts me down 2x
It seems her head’s caught up in some real fine merry-go-round

Blues From an Airplane (Balin/Spence)
by the Jefferson Airplane

1) do you know, how sad it is to be a man alone
I feel so, solitary being in my home
without you, don’t know what to do
and I don’t know where to go

2) I can see, my life is meant to fall apart someday
just to be, a simple man who sadly lost his way
got no girl, so I got no world
and I got no words left to say

hey hey hey hey hey
come, make me happy, like I’ve never known before
say say say say say
have you ever known a heart who needed you more

3) where are you, what’s that sound around my heart I feel
somethin’ new, I’m sure the love you’re givin’ must be real
I know now, and I’m sure of how
I can be the man I feel, I can be the man I feel

Crystalize Your Mind
by The Living Children
on the Crystalize Your Mind CD

There’s a place called Haight I know yeah
’cause everybody’s told me so yeah
crystalize your mind with a empty heart
’cause tryin’ it little baby’s been tearing me apart now

I tried and I tried, I tried and I tried

keep you walkin’ by my side today
’cause you can’t get back there no other way
you keep on droppin’ baby gonna blow your mind
the things you droppin’ are keepin’ you far behind

I tried and I tried, I tried and I tried 2x

Now It’s Over
by The Living Children
on the Cystalize Your Mind CD

When the day is through you’ll be glad it’s over
when you come down and your tightness is through
you’ll be glad it’s over

over for you until the next time
over for you until the right time
in the night when you need to be someone
you won’t want to face it
you’ll be glad it’s over

Amphetamine Gazelle
by Mad River

lyrics corrected by Mad River members Rick Bockner and Lawrence Hammond via email correspondence, October 2012

Why’d you put spiders in my mind
To build methadrine webs on my time
Ain’t no spider dollars to pay them off
Girl I guess I know you’re playin’ rough
Want to call the doctor but I don’t have a dime

I just can’t breathe babe can’t you tell
Your mind and mine don’t meet their parallel
*Sit and pick the locusts from your eye
With the ghosts, the Germans makes me cry
Got me jumping like an amphetamine gazelle
I say, I say

Hung me from Golden Gates of Hell
No Merlin’s there to break the spell
Ever since you white-powdered face
Anteater’s sitting at my table place
Librium sloth cookin’ up a mental gel
But I’m a gazelle
But I’m a gazelle
Amphetamine gazelle

*note : in the EP version the two lines here are :
There just ain’t no Timothy Euclid
Geometry books just say “oh you kid”

High All the Time
by Mad River

lyrics corrected via email correspondence (October 2012 - thank you !) by Mad River member Lawrence Hammond, who wrote it and sang it

High all the time and no one looks to me
Like they’ve come here to see my eyes that are burned and blind

Clear it away, this grease that’s on my eyes
The light slips past too easily and burns into my eyes

The crowd screamed “Jump !”
Great big movies inside my head
Waiting for their moment to come
Don’t they know it’s already dead

What could I hide, I’m the world you walk around
Just a camera taking photographs on a film that I can’t find
High all the time

Dirty Water
by the Standells

I’m gonna tell you a story
I’m gonna tell you about my town
I’m gonna tell you a big fat story, baby
Aww, it’s all about my town

Yeah, down by the river
Down by the banks of the river Charles (aw, that’s what’s happenin’ baby)
That’s where you’ll find me
Along with lovers, fuggers, and thieves (aw, but they’re cool people)
Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you’re my home (oh, you’re the Number One place)

Frustrated women (I mean they’re frustrated)
Have to be in by twelve o’clock (oh, that’s a shame)
But I’m wishin’ and a-hopin, oh
That just once those doors weren’t locked
(I like to save time for my baby to walk around)
Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you’re my home (oh, yeah)

Because I love that dirty water
Oh, oh, Boston, you’re my home (oh, yeah)

Well, I love that dirty water (I love it, baby)
I love that dirty water (I love Baw-stun)
I love that dirty water (Have you heard about the Strangler ?)
I love that dirty water (I’m the man, I’m the man)
I love that dirty water (Owww !)
I love that dirty water (Come on, come on) [fade]

Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
by the Standells

1) I’m a poor boy born in a rubble
And some say my manners ain’t the best
& some of my friends, yeah, they’ve been in real trouble
And some say I’m no better than the rest
But tell your mama and your papa
Sometimes good guys don’t wear white

2) Yeah, every day, baby, I work hard
And it’s true at night I spend the restless time
But those rich kids and all that lazy money
Can’t hold a candle to mine
So tell your mama and your papa
Sometimes good guys don’t wear white

Good guys, bad guys, which is which ?
The white collar worker or the digger in the ditch ?
Hey, and who’s to say who’s the better man
When I’ve always done the best I can ?

3) A-bad words and dirty minds
All those messed-up chicks of the changin’ times
White pills and easy livin’
Can’t replace the love I’ve given
So tell your mama and your papa
Sometimes good guys don’t wear white

Ha ! I mean to tell ya
You better tell your mama and your papa somethin’
I’ll split off by myself with another chick, yeah
Ah, it’s just a kick
You think those guys in the white collars are better than I am baby ?
Then flake off !
You don’t dig this long hair ? Get yourself a crewcut, baby !
Yeah, I mean what I say

Anything
by the Vejtables

Anything I want now I can buy
car and clothes, don’t have to try
anything I need now, I can take
gold and grace (?) sir, ice cream and cake

still I need somebody to love and be mine
no one can tell me where I can find no no
I’m watching anything, anything that goes by
maybe it’ll come, won’t pass me by

now I tried to learn oh only if I could
oh where can I go tell me anything if you would

can’t be bought sir I can’t buy
anything I do boy still can’t buy
no no no can’t buy 2x

Feel the Music
by the Vejtables

1) Well I got a thing or two I been dying to say
about some things been happening baby to us today
about why some people can’t dance and baby just why they could
and baby just why exactly they just never understood
you got to feel the music, feel the music, feel the music

2) well I walked up to a man walkin’ on the street and I said
hey there boy do you feel the beat
and he looked at my face right past my mind
and to me this is the world’s biggest crime
you got to feel the music, feel the music, feel the music

repeat 2

Shadows
by The Vejtables
on the Crystalize Your Mind CD

shadows follow us, stalk and mistrust
the good and unjust, silently
up comes the dawn, all shadows gone
the sun shall rise and conscience flies

as night descends, our minds they bend
shadows call again, suddenly
as night is found, in dark thoughts we drown
and every sound is a cry

punishment is over, some are older
hearts grow colder, sadly
up comes the sun, all shadows done
remorse is gone, again we’re wrong
 

CRAIG MORRISON
is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, author, and musician
based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Nights Music Communications, 2006