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Sixteen new songs from one of the most creative and exciting bands in Chicago. Led by harmonica virtuoso Pierre Lacocque, WARNING SHOT is full of fresh ideas and stellar performances. Guest star Sax Gordon shines on half of the tracks. An easy candidate for best CD of the year! (2014)

Warning Shot

1. SWEET POISON
2. ALLEY CAT BOOGIE
3. COME TO MAMA
4. I DON’T KNOW
5. YEAH NOW BABY
6. BIRTHDAY SONG
7. NOWHERE TO GO
8. WARNING SHOT
9. SWINGY DINGY BABY
10. TOO SAD TO WIPE MY TEARS
11. RECESSION BLUES
12. EVAPORATED BLUES
13. YOUR CHEATING HEART
14. A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL
15. WHAT CHA SAY?
16. WORKING MAN

I was happy to hear from Pierre when he called to ask if I’d write liner notes for Mississippi Heat Warning Shot, the bands 11th release. There was urgency and excitement in the voice of this harmonica-playing bandleader as he kept repeating: “This recording turned out even better than I expected. I’m soooo excited about this album!” Normally Pierre is pretty even keeled with me, so his exuberance was a little out of character, and I couldn’t wait to hear the album.

My first encounter with Pierre was a spring 2005 phone interview, where he went to great lengths to tout contributions the entire band had made on their then current CD, One Eye Open (Delmark 783), and was very open about his personal life, sharing with me the chaos and loneliness he experienced as a child. Pierre explains that his melancholia may have come from some genetic pre-disposition, but it also came from an austere Calvinist environment that shunned joy and individual expression. Music, sports (soccer in particular as he lived across the street from a famous soccer stadium in Brussels) were all discouraged. On the paternal side, two generations of ministers offered both serious thought and severe restriction; and on the maternal side, the arrest of his uncle Jean during WWII (who died in a concentration camp) and Pierre’s grandfather (tortured by the Nazis for Resistance activities) caused a life-long period of unending mourning. There were other contributing factors to the feeling of detached loneliness, including being born a Christian in Israel, being for 12 years the only Christians (with his brother and sister) in an orthodox Jewish school in Brussels, and living in 4 countries before age 5! He documents those lonely feelings on “Too Sad to Wipe My Tears”.

It wasn’t “growing up black” in 1920s Mississippi, but the blues had found Pierre at a young age, and he wrestled with how to deal with them until age 16 when his family moved from Belgium to Chicago, and he happened upon the now legendary Big Walter Horton blowing harmonica at a performance near Pierre’s University of Chicago neighborhood home. It was a lightning-bolt moment, and within days he was tearing into “the blues” with his newly purchased harmonica.

Lacocque continued his harmonica playing while attending college in Montreal (1970-1976), but stopped after a few years when he mentally hit rock bottom. This was after he had won the Montreal Battle of the Bands with a quartet named “Oven.” He says stopping had no real connection with that award, or with the sponsor reneging on paying the band $1,000.00 toward a record deal. He said he knew he couldn’t continue emotionally, that he needed to put words to his non-verbal experiences of alienation. It was then he made a clear and formal decision to study existentialism, Jewish and Christian Theology; and made psychology his career path. He was especially drawn to Jewish theologian-philosopher Martin Buber and to Albert Schweitzer, whose writings were instrumental in Lacocque making sense of his life, and with affirming his family’s values he says “I always knew were right,” including equality, being considerate of others, and the mystery and beauty in connecting with people.

Longtime Mississippi Heat drummer Kenny Smith says those values are apparent to the members of the band, adding: “He is one of the most genuine guys I know. He takes the time to understand you as a human being and cares about EVERY musician on AND off the bandstand. When we travel, he looks out for all of our needs. If the hotel isn’t right, or the food isn’t right, he takes care of it. Smith, one of the most in-demand drummers in blues and Mississippi Heat’s drummer since early 1997, adds “Pierre is very sincere; he expresses his emotions through his music. You see it in the glare in his eyes when he plays. For me, I can ‘feel’ him and his passion when we’re on the bandstand. He brings that chemistry every night, and that has a domino effect for the other musicians. That’s what every musician wants, and when you feel that vibe you can’t help but soak it up.”

Another band member he calls a dear friend, lead vocalist Inetta Visor (with MH since 2001) amplifies Smith’s praise for Pierre’s caring nature, saying “The very first time I went overseas with the band, (guitarist) Carl Weathersby was on the gig, and got very ill, almost near death. Pierre stayed with him the whole time, got his wheelchair, got the ambulance and stayed at the hospital almost ‘til show time. Then went back after the show and stayed a week until Carl got out of the hospital. And that’s just one example.”

Lacocque was clearly touched when I read his bandmates’ praise back to him, and he was quick to return praise about Visor, Smith, M. Dotson and the rest of the band. Though this is Pierre’s band, and he is the principal songwriter and stage front with his harmonica, there is an ensemble feel to all of Mississippi Heat albums. It shows again here in this stunning CD. The horn arrangements by Sax Gordon give the band a fresh sound. The ensemble feel comes through in Visor’s beautiful and heartfelt delivery. It comes through the fingers of guitarists Michael Dotson (who also sings on 3 of his songs) and Giles Corey, who masterfully blend in and contribute harmonious rhythm parts and fiery solos. Carl Weathersby makes a stellar appearance on guitar as well. You hear it in the superb rhythm section featuring Brian Quinn on stand-up and electric bass, drummers Smith and Andrew “The Blaze” Thomas. It comes through the sweet and understated playing of young pianist Neal O’Hara, who sounds like a seasoned pro, and from returning guest Ruben Alvarez (3rd album with the Heat), whose percussion and Latin drumming add spice to 3 songs.

As for Lacocque himself, I can listen to his playing for hours, which I can’t say for most blues harmonica players. Yes he can “blow his brains out” with the best of them, but it’s his softer and more “foreign” sound that catches my ear. It’s a distant cry that seems to have floated across the ocean from a strange land, a sound not unlike what you’d hear on a gypsy jazz ballad or a Jobim song. At times his harmonica has the feel of a wise old man passing on his lifetime of accumulated wisdom. Occasionally, you can clearly hear a 5-year-old boy pleading his case to God for the loneliness to end. So when you listen to this superb CD, you’re not just hearing a band. You’re hearing a family, one with a deep love, understanding, and respect for each other. That Sax Gordon is so seamlessly incorporated into their signature sound speaks volumes about the trust Lacocque has for his band to welcome a prominent new guest into the fold. WARN ING SHOT is a remarkable musical achievement!

—Jon Norton, Music Director, GLT Blues Radio, www.wglt.org, Normal, IL

“I just listened to WARNING SHOT and it is a delight. Real blues lovers won’t have to go through any “rocked up” shenanigans here because Mississippi Heat are true “Keepers of The Blues Flame”. Each tune has something special. There’s down home country blues and uptown blues. The album has great performances by everybody; enduring melodies, adventurous chord changes and rhythms and ALWAYS inspiring, heart-felt blues. Of course, I’m especially fond of Pierre’s tasty and brilliant harmonica playing throughout. A PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCE!!!”
—CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, Grammy Award-Winner, Harmonica Player

“All you Chicago blues enthusiast listen up: just heard some tracks from the Mississippi Heat’s soon-to-be released CD “Warning Shot” on the Delmark label and it is good, real good. And if you are a harp nut check out Pierre Lacocque’s work. It’s a masterclass in harmonica artistry. Mississippi Heat is in the groove keeping the blues alive.”
—VIRGIN THRASHER

“Pierre’s playing is tasteful, inventive and free of typical harmonica cliches. His tone is sooooo smooth. His sound is not over distorted; it lends itself to his role as a supportive musician helping to hold the song and the melody rather than his own ego. I thrilled hearing some Paul Delay sounds in the blues rocker’s song “Yeah Now Baby”. I loved how he changed his tone from understated to powerful to suit each individual song. In fact, I thought he WAS a Tenor sax on the first opening notes of his solo on Alley Cat Boogie! Pierre’s harp playing works amazingly well with the fine horn arrangements. He weaves in and out of the vocals brilliantly and seamlessly-a hard task for the most seasoned to accomplish on that instrument.

I would also like to add that the vocals on this disc are sincere and delivered free of histrionics and no one on this disc sounds like they are trying to be anyone else other than themselves, a quality I value above all others in any genre of music.

Mississippi Heat’s new outing is another great performance by a true band’s band. Mississippi Heat yet again demonstrates the power of a full, complete, road-tested band playing like an ensemble yet with powerful individuality as well. Great parts but greater than the sum of its parts…”
—JASON RICCI

The CD may be titled “Warning Shot,” but the music takes you by surprise, and shows no such mercy. You immediately recognize the roots of Mississippi Heat – Little Milton. Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf – but their music takes you decades beyond those roots, and into uncharted territory. Their music is fun, free, no-holds-barred blues. These musicians are having such a great time playing that you can almost see their smiles showing through the music. Listening to their new CD, Warning Shot, is like stumbling across one of those hole-in-the-wall joints on the outskirts of a town that’s not on any map. The house band kills every night, and everyone in the packed audience is a familiar face. Even those who can’t dance are driven to get out on the floor shake a tail feather. And, most importantly, everyone is having a grand time – onstage and off. I won’t single out my favorites (there are too many), but I will recommend listening to the entire CD, beginning to end. It is a spectrum. Blues, yes, but there are reds, greens, and nuances of gold, too. Experience Warning Shot for yourself. It is indeed a treat.
-RICHARD KENYADA

I just got to listen to Mississippi Heat”s new C.D. it well be out in a couple of days. It’s called WARNING SHOT and It’s great, Band Leader and great Harmonica player,PIERRE LACOCQUE is fantastic What great tone, you must hear it, It has great Vocals and a killer band. I ain’t lyin!
-PETE KARNES

SWEET POISON

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

It hurts like a snake bite
But we’ve got be apart
There is nothing left to do
Since you had a change of heart
I’ve got to deal
I’ve got to deal with what is real
Your lovin’ is like sweet poison
And I don’t like the way it feels

You’re a romeo
You didn’t respect me as your wife
A darn womanizer
And a curse in my life
I’ve got to deal
I’ve got to deal with what is real
Your lovin’ is like sweet poison
And I don’t like the way it feels

BRIDGE:
You lied through your teeth
You were not sincere
I had a lot of doubts
Now it’s crystal clear
I loved you so much
But you used me as a tool
Your girlfriends are calling
No, I ain’t your fool

You threw me a curveball
That I could not foresee
I thought it was forever
Now all I’ve got is me
I’ve got to deal
I’ve got to deal with what is real
Your lovin’ is like sweet poison
And I don’t like the way it feels

No, no, no

(INSTRUMENTAL)

BRIDGE:
You lied through your teeth
You were not sincere
I had a lot of doubts
Now it’s crystal clear
I loved you so much
But you used me as a tool
Your girlfriends are calling
No, I ain’t your fool

I’ve got to deal
I’ve got to deal with what is real
Yes, I’ve got to deal
I’ve got to deal with what is real
Your lovin’ is like sweet poison
And I don’t like the way it feels

I’ve got to deal
I’ve got to deal with what is real
Yes, I’ve got to deal
I’ve got to deal with what is real
Your lovin’ is like sweet poison
And I don’t like the way it feels

ALLEY CAT BOOGIE

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

Hey baby
There’s a band in town
They’ve got hit
That’ll make you jump around
It’s the Alley Cat Boogie
The Alley Cat Boogie
Let’s go out tonight
C’mon baby, we’re free

My brother’s on the phone
I can hear the band playing
The club is packed
And all the fans are screaming
The Alley Cat Boogie (the Alley Cat Boogie)
It’s the Alley Cat Boogie (Alley Cat Boogie)
Let’s go out tonight
C’mon baby, we’re free

BRIDGE:
I love to dance
I’ve got my eyes on you
I’ve got 20 bucks for a drink or two
I’ll wear my new dress
And my blue suede shoes
I can’t wait to hear some good old blues

Let’s party
C’mon with me
The band is jamming
Forget that TV
Alley Cat Boogie (the Alley Cat Boogie)
Yeah, the Alley Cat Boogie (Alley Cat Boogie)
Let’s go out to tonight
C’mon baby we’re free

(INSTRUMENTAL)

BRIDGE:
I love to dance
I’ve got my eyes on you
I’ve got 20 bucks for a drink or two
I’ll wear my new dress
And my blue suede shoes
I can’t wait to hear some good old blues

My brother’s on the phone
I can hear the band playing
The club is packed
And all the fans are screaming
Alley Cat Boogie (Alley Cat Boogie)
Yeah, the Alley Cat Boogie (Alley Cat Boogie)
C’mon tonight
C’mon baby, we’re free

(INSTRUMENTAL)

It’s the Alley Cat Boogie (the Alley Cat Boogie)
Yeah, it’s the Alley Cat Boogie (Alley Cat)
It’s the Alley Cat Boogie (the Alley Cat Boogie)
Yeah, it’s the Alley Cat Boogie
Let’s go out tonight
C’mon baby, we’re free

It’s the Alley Cat Boogie (the Alley Cat Boogie)
Yeah, it’s the Alley Cat Boogie (Alley Cat)
It’s the Alley Cat Boogie (the Alley Cat Boogie)
The Alley Cat Boogie

Let’s go out tonight
C’mon baby, we’re free

COME TO MAMA

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

We’ve been busy
Working at a hectic pace
It’s time to slow down
Get out of the rat race

My landlord’s in texas
Visiting his only son
We are free as a bird
Come and party on

Saturday is coming
Please come to my place
Stop on by, mama’s house
We’ve got plenty of space

I’ll make a tasty dish
And an old-fashioned tea
We’ll bake and fry and cook
And feed everybody

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Saturday is coming
Please come to my place
Stop on by, mama’s house
I’ve got plenty of space

We’ll laugh and we’ll mingle
And sing with the band
We’ll gather in the kitchen
And lend a helping hand

Everybody come
Do reserve the date
Hard work’s behind us
I want to celebrate

I DON’T KNOW

R. Brown, Universal Music Publishing Group, SHELBY SINGLETON MUSIC INC, WINDSWEPT HOLDINGS LLC, THE CLYDE OTIS MUSIC GROUP, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Should I let myself go
In his direction
Is his love strong enough
For my heart’s protection

I don’t know (I don’t know)
I don’t know (I don’t know)

But he loves me so good
‘Till I think I should, oh, oh

If I gave him my heart
Will he refuse it
Would he tear it apart
Or tenderly use it

I don’t know (I don’t know)
I don’t know (I don’t know)

But he hugs me so tight
‘Till I think I might, oh, oh

When he crushes my eager lips
My heart starts doing flips
Whenever his I feel his touch
I get a thrill that’s much too much too much too much too much

Can a heart survive
Be led so wrong
If I gave him my heart
Would he leave me alone

I don’t know
I don’t know

But I hope and pray
That he’ll come my way, oh

(INSTRUMENTAL)

When he touches my eager lips
My heart starts doing flips
Whenever his I feel his touch
I get a thrill that’s much too much too much too much too much

Can a heart survive
Be led so wrong
If his love is weak
Would it last this long

Ooh, I don’t know (I don’t know)
No, I don’t know (I don’t know)

But I hope and pray
That he’ll come my way, home

But I hope and pray
That he’ll come my way, home

But I hope and pray
That he’ll come my way, home

YEAH NOW BABY

Michael Dotson, Grittycity Music, ASCAP

Oh we shakin’ baby
Nice and fine
You gonna drive me outta my mind

Alright now sugar, yeah now baby
Boogie down baby
drive me wild
whoop that thing like my mamas child
you gonna drive me outta my mind

Well it’s alright now, sugar
Yeah now baby

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Ooh, shake it baby
Nice and fine
Like a cactus jumpin’
On the line

The way you’re goin’
You’re gonna drive me outta my
You’re gonna drive me outta my mind

Alright now, sugar
Yeah now baby

Put me down, baby
Drive me wild
Whoop that thing like your
Mama’s child

The way you’re goin’
You’re gonna drive me outta my
You’re gonna drive me outta my mind

Well it’s alright now, sugar
Yeah now baby

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Ooh, shake it baby
Like I said
Make that thing turn
Till you red

The way you goin’
You’re gonna drive me outta my
You’re gonna drive me outta my mind

It’s alright now, peachy
Yeah now baby

Wiggle like this
wiggle like that
Make me moan like an
Alley cat

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,
Ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh,
Ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh, ohh

It’s alright now, sugar
Yeah now baby

Ooh, shake it baby
Nice and fine
Like a cactus jumpin’
On the line

The way you’re goin’
You’re gonna drive me outta my
You’re gonna drive me outta my mind

It’s alright now, sugar
Yeah now baby

BIRTHDAY SONG
(Dedicated to my grandchildren, now and forever)

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

Happy
Birthday
Happy
Birthday
Make a wish, make a wish (make a wish, make a wish)
Today is a special day
Whatever it is
We hope it comes your way

Count your blessings
Don’t worry about the past
Keep your hopes up darlin’
Let the good times last

Happy
Birthday (happy birthday)
Happy (happy)
Birthday (birthday)

(INSTRUMENTAL)

The clock is ticking
Tell me what’s on your mind
You can make a wish
Yes, you’ve still got time

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Make a wish, make a wish (make a wish, make a wish)
Today is a special day
Whatever it is
We hope it comes your way

Happy
Birthday (happy birthday)
Happy (happy)
Birthday (birthday)

(Happy birthday)

(Happy birthday)

NOWHERE TO GO

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

You combed my hair
Caressed me at night
You told me sweet things
I wish I had seen the light
You pleaded with me
To spend time with you
I did not listen
I didn’t follow through

Take me back
I have learned the hard way

I’m a changed woman now
Please trust in what I say

You used to hug me
Scratched my back at night
You smiled when I woke up
Your lovin’ was so right
I’m a ship without an anchor
Ever since I’ve lost you
I had nowhere to go
Didn’t know what to do

Take me back
I have learned the hard way

I’m a changed woman now
Please trust in what I say

(INSTRUMENTAL)

My mind was rambling
I couldn’t think straight
I was so sad, so lonely
In bed by half past eight

Take me back
I have learned the hard way

I’m a changed woman now
Please trust in what I say

It’s been so hard alone
I wish I had stayed
I was a fool for so long
Please don’t keep me at bay

Take me back
I have learned the hard way

I’m a changed woman now
Please trust in what I say

WARNING SHOT

P. Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

I’m sleeping at a friend’s house
On a raggedy bed
Dust all around
Angry thoughts in my head
My back is aching
I got a sore elbow
I can’t sleep at night
Here’s what you’ve got to know

I’m foaming at the mouth
I don’t know what I’ll do
You get one warning shot
Before I come to you

(and here’s your warning, and here’s your warning)
(and here’s your warning, one warning)

We split on good terms
You told me not to worry
I’m finding out
You’ve been lying to me
You froze the account
Kept the china too
You pawned the computer
Which was brand new
I’m foaming at the mouth
I don’t know what I’ll do
You get one warning shot
Before I come to you

(and here’s your warning, and here’s your warning)
(and here’s your warning, one warning)

INSTRUMENTAL

Your mama is meddling
in our affairs
she never liked me
I never did care
It’s time to be fair
And resolve this mess
You’re treading on thin ice
Don’t rile this lioness

I’m foaming at the mouth
I don’t know what I’ll do
You get one warning shot
Before I come to you

(and here’s your warning, and here’s your warning)
Before I come to you
(and Here’s your warning, one warning)
Before I come to you
(and here’s your warning, and here’s your warning)
Before I come to you
(and Here’s your warning, one warning)
(and Here’s your warning, one warning)

SWINGY DINGY BABY

Michael Dotson, Grittycity Music, ASCAP

I got a swingy dingy baby
Man, she’s out of sight

I got a swingy dingy baby
Man, she’s out of sight

There’s only one thing
She just won’t treat me right

My baby does the dance and
Man she looks so fine

My baby loves to dance
Man she looks so fine

She’s got the best dancing guys
All standing in a line

Well they swing in the air
They jerk on the floor
They twirl and they swing right out the door
Swinging guys won’t leave her alone

I guess she gets to busy
She can’t find her way home

So swing ding dang, swingy baby
Dang swing dang, swingy baby
Swingy, dingy baby like you’ll stay up all night long

When you come home in the morning
I’m sure you’ve done me wrong

(INSTRUMENTAL)

I’m gonna tell you do
What I’m gonna do
I’ll find myself a girl that’s true

I love my swingy baby
More than I can stand

I guess I better get with it
And work on another plan

So swing ding dang, swingy baby
Dang swing dang, swingy baby
Swingy dingy baby, go on out of here

You gonna be home by nine
I’ll be home by ten

TOO SAD TO WIPE MY TEARS

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

I wish I had somebody
Someone who could love me through the years
Yes, I wish i had somebody
Someone who could love me through the years
Because I’m alone and way too sad
Too sad to wipe away my lonely tears
My lonely tears

I’ve been lonesome and so lonely
I often hide to cry
Why people, I don’t know
It ain’t that I don’t try
Yeah, I wish I had somebody
Someone who would love me through the years
Because I’m alone and way too sad
Too sad to wipe away my lonely tears
My lonely tears

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Tears keep on falling down
Like a heavy monsoon rain
I often ask the lord
My lord, please take away my pain
Yes, I wish I had somebody
Someone who could love me through the years
Because i’m alone and way too sad
Too sad to wipe away my tears

I feel like an outcast
Wondering why I was even born
What have I done people
To deserve to grieve and mourn
Yes, I wish I had somebody
Someone who could love me through the years
Because I’m alone and way too sad
Too sad to wipe away my tears
My lonely tears

RECESSION BLUES

Pierre Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

Recession is hard
We both know it to be true
Yes, recession is hard
We both know it to be true
Do you still love me baby
The way that I love you

We’re paying bills
That we cannot ignore
Keeping banks
From knocking at our door
Recession is hard
We both know it to be true
Do you still love me baby
The way that I love you

We work steady
Nothing else to do
I got a loan
That would pull us through
Recession is hard
We both know it to be true
Do you still love me baby
The way that I love you

(INSTRUMENTAL)

We struggled before
It didn’t last too long
All we got to do
Is to stay strong
Recession is hard
We both know it to be true
Do you still love me baby
The way that I love you

Do you still love me baby
The way that I love you

Do you still love me baby
The way that I love you

EVAPORATED BLUES

Michael Dotson, Grittycity Music, BMI

It started with some bad news
And ended with the shock
Right upon my happiness
And this is what I got, are my pretty blues
Too strong to use
Well I think it’s only fair I should spread the news
The water arrived too late, now these blues are made from concentrate

I went down to my mailbox
I opened it full of dread
I found that letter I was waiting for
And this is how it read, evaporated blues
Too strong to use
I think it’s only fair I should spread the news
The water arrived too late, now these are blues are made from concentrate

I can’t tell you what these blues are
So I’ll tell you what they ain’t
They ain’t no good to put in your pocket
But way too strong to peel and paint
Take away everything that keeps you feeling free
You get evaporated blues, keep a lasting recipe

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Well I’m glad to say that it won’t kill you
Won’t make you weak, or make you strong
Just give you that certain something
Last you your whole life long
Evaporated blues, too strong to use
I think it’s only fair that I should spread the news
The water arrived too late, now these blues are made from concentrate

Evaporated blues
Too strong to use
I think it’s only fair I should spread the news
The water arrived too late, now these blues are made

YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART

H. Williams (Sr), Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.

(INSTRUMENTAL)

A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL

I. Visor, DeeDeeShonnie Music, BMI

Every woman is called to affect a man
With her charm and winning style
We make you do what you do, baby
We can really drive you wild
(Tell it like it is)
It’s a woman’s thing, honey
Strength wrapped in a veil of love
Get a part of something special
Being able to give and receive love

There’s benefits to a partnership that goes
Hey, the extra mile
(hey, the extra mile)
Stilleto heels and clothes that reveal make a hard working man smile
(you better tell it like it is)
We love to bring up the good days, stir it up in a person’s heart
You can’t be mean, you can’t be pushy
To keep your man, you got to play it smart

Get a part of something special
When you love me the way you feel
No one lonely, yikes
No one can spare me injury
Good love is eternal
It’s not easy finding a mate
If you’re looking for a good man
You got to get yourself together or wait

(INSTRUMENTAL)

There’s benefits to a partnership, when you’re willing to go that extra mile
But here’s the deal, let keep it real
Some days you’re going to get sick and tired
(You better tell it like it is)
To keep the flame burning
You got to fan the fire
You can’t be mean, you can’t be pushy
‘Cause you got to get up high

Get a part of something special
(we can make it, we can make it)
Get a part of something special
(you know, that we can make it)
Get a part of something special
(We can make it, we can make it)
Get a part of something special
(You know, we can make it)
Get a part of something special, girl
(We can make it, we can make it)
Get a part of something

WHAT CHA SAY?

K. Smith, BEEDYMUSIC, BMI

Tell me baby
What you got on your mind
You keep me bottled, yeah
Keep me bottled all the time

Well I’m a head to that old corner store
And buy me a bottle of cheap red wine

Listen mama
I do believe I gotta leave you now
I tried so hard
Tried so hard to keep you around

Well I’ma find me another woman
And you go find yourself another clown

(INSTRUMENTAL)

What’d you say baby
You know I tried to make you my queen
I spent all my money
Spent it all on your diamond ring

Well you’re the most treacherous woman
That I ever seen

WORKING MAN

P. Lacocque, Ransart Music, BMI

Yeah, I need me a working man
Yes, a steady working man
Yeah, I need me a working man
Yes, a steady working man
One who gets up every morning
And earns a living the best he can

When I am stressed and lonely
I dream of a helping mate
Someone I can trust
And who could change my fate

Yes I need me a working man
Yes, a steady working man
One who gets up every morning
And earns a living the best he can

My wish list ain’t that long
It’s one that’s fair and square
If he ain’t the working kind
He’s a goner, I don’t care
Tending to all my bills
I don’t need no deadbeat
Who only wants cheap thrills

Yes, I need a working man
A steady working man
One who gets up every morning
And earns a living the best he can

If a good man wants me
I’ll give him a chance
But you can bet your bottom dollar
He would be a working man
It’s that simple, girls
No need for me to sweat
If he can’t take care of home
He’s a man that I’ll forget

Yes, I need a working
Yes, a steady working man
One who gets up every morning
And earns a living the best he can