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Back when you were young
it was easy having fun.
But you got to work
to keep your love alive.

Here’s some free advice:
sometimes you gotta play nice.
Hold your baby tight
all through the night.

Or he’ll leave you broke. Broken hearted.
Your love, he departed.
Yes if you think your love’s not on a shelf -
girl, you’re only foolin’ yourself.

Well you can cheat, drink and lie.
Stay gone all night,
and at the end of the day
tell yourself it’s alright.

But you’ll be broke. Broken hearted,
’cause your love will have departed.
And if you think you won’t hurt anybody else
you’re only foolin’ yourself.


from Atlanta History Center presents “Southern Music Shaken & Stirred: Straight Up Blues​!​”, released May 11, 2009
Words & music ©2008 Nick Edelstein (BMI).


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