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Lyrics – A Man Of The 20th Century2019-04-03T14:59:11+00:00

1) Grab the Money and Run.

We all worked on the highway,
I was a leading hand,
She was a clerk on the payroll and he was a security man,
We were all tired of the highways,
heading down a one-way track,
We headed out with the payroll,
and we never headed back.

CHORUS
Grab the money and run,
that’s all you can do,
When there’s a world out there and it’s waiting for you,
On our way,
at the most we had a half a day,
Then every cop in the land,
every government man,
Every two-bit crook with a gun in his hand,
Would be out and about,
and just looking for us.

Things went well on the backroads,
hardly saw a soul all day,
And by the time they had discovered us missing,
We were four hundred miles away,
Climbing on board the “Argentine Queen”,
Bobby, Jenny and me,
Two hundred grand in the captain in hand,
And heading out to sea.

CHORUS
Grab the money and run,
that’s all you can do,
When there’s a world out there and it’s waiting for you,
Goodbye old friends,
I guess we’ll never see them again,
But every cop in the land,
every government man,
Every two-bit crook with a gun in his hand,
Would hardly expect us to go and catch a boat to Mexico.

Lying low in Mexico,
had seemed like a real good plan,
When she was a clerk on the payroll and he was a security man,
But sometimes some people are not what they seem to be,
Now every cop in the land,
every government man,
Bobby and Jenny with a gun in their hands,
Are out and about and just looking for me.

CHORUS (fade)

2) Scotty

With wide eyes you wonder why you understand some,
And you don’t understand all the rest,
Well, little boy,
your daddy’s been living a while,
And I really don’t know much myself,
I’ll teach you the whys and the wherefores,
and the ways of this world I have known,
But life is a journey of different directions,
And sometimes we travel alone.

CHORUS
And Scotty,
life can be rough,
life can be tough,
life can go wrong,
Scotty, life can be fun,
life can just come rolling along,
So live with the good times,
and learn from the bad,
And laugh at the fun times you’ve had,
Look for the reasons to carry you through,
And Scotty,
that’s all you can do.

And you wonder why some days are fun days and Sundays,
And some days may not be the same,
Well blue skies are many and grey skies are few,
So we do what we can in the rain,
The whys and the wherefores are there for a reason,
and sometimes we don’t understand,
But life is a journey that’s leading us somewhere,
And we get there the best way we can.

CHORUS
2 And Scotty life can be rough,
life can be tough,
life can be kind,
Scotty, life can be fun,
life can be one wonderful time,
So live with the good times,
and learn from the bad,
And laugh at the fun times you’ve had,
Look for the reasons to carry you through,
And Scotty,
that’s all you can do.

3) Ball of Motivation.

Everyone said,
don’t be a fool, son,
live your life you only get one,
Don’t be living for tomorrow,
tomorrow you will come to know,
That life comes once,
and you’ll know,
How quickly it goes,
So enjoy it while you can you foolish man.

Everyone must be wrong, I thought,
I saw the things that money bought,
I, Had the will to persevere,
and it was surely worth a few good years,
‘Cos life comes once, and could be,
much sweeter for me,
If I only had those things I’d always wanted.

So I worked on my own,
worked my fingers to the bone,
With a view to improving my position,
And the hours of the day,
how they quickly swept away,
In the fires of my burning ambition,
And I never cared about the things I missed along the way,
I could always make up for them,
when I made it someday,
Just a ball of motivation,
with a single destination,
Never slowing till I got where I was going.

Now I’m woking on my own,
on my muscles and my bones,
With a view to improving their positions,
And the hours of the day are just steps along the way,
On the long road to improving my condition,
And I’m buying things to help me swing,
and to help me stand the pace,
I’m applying things to help me keep those wrinkles from my face,
Just a ball of motivation, with a single destination,
Never slowing since I got where I was going.

4) I Knew you Sunset.

I knew you sunset,
when you were just a sunrise,
Starting on your trip across the skies,
And I guess I should have known,
That you would change the way you did,
But still, somehow,
I can’t believe my eyes.

I knew you summer when you were just the springtime,
Starting on your trip across our lives,
And I guess I should have known,
That you would change us like you did,
But still, somehow,
you took me by surprise.

CHORUS
Our lives are constantly changing,
And we all know the changing they have done,
And though we’re always waiting for the changing,
Seems we’re never really ready when it comes.

And I knew you love,
when you were just a feeling,
Stealing through the springtime of our lives,
And I guess I should have known that you would grow the way you did,
But still, somehow,
you took me by surprise.

And I knew you love,
when you were such a feeling,
Stealing through the summer of our lives,
And I guess I should have known that you would go the way you did,
But still, somehow,
I can’t believe my eyes.

5) Stay and Dance the Night Away.

Girl, we’re alone,
lost in a world of our own,
Seeing no-one else in this crowded room,
Strangers,
just sharing the time and the place,
And the taste of a crowded hideaway,
That will fade away too soon.

CHORUS
So stay,
and dance the night away,
Stay,
romance the night away,
Hey,
the night has come our way,
And the band is playing,
Our bodies saying,
“Don’t go, don’t go.”
All the worries and cares of the world’s affairs,
Will still be there,
Again tomorrow.

Home,
the people and places we’ve known,
Seem so far away from this crowded room,
Strangers,
with only the moments to share,
Lost somewhere,
in these old familiar tunes.

CHORUS
So stay,
and dance the night away,
Stay,
romance the night away,
Hey,
the night has come our way,
And there’s a thousand reasons for you to go,
I know, I know,
But all the worries and cares of the world’s affairs,
Will still be there,
Again tomorrow.

REPEAT

6) Over the Hills and Far Away.

Throwing stones at the embassy,
policeman come and arrested me,
Paper at the university,
said I was a hero,
And the wise old judge that I went before,
wouldn’t believe what I did it for,
Said this is no way to stop the war,
But, how the hell would he know?

Singing songs of dissolution,
ban the bomb and beat pollution,
Writing on walls about a revolution,
that’s guaranteed to grow,
And I see on the news some identity,
with an old man’s views on society,
Said there’s no room for guys like me,
But, how the hell would he know?

CHORUS
Over the hills and far away,
I’m gonna understand one day,
What the other half believe in,
if it’s real or just deceiving,
So until I find that day,
I’ll go along my way,
And I’ll look back on my life and I’ll know I lived it right.

Lying down across the roadway,
almost lasted out the whole day,
Drivers trying but there was no way,
left for them to go,
And the wise old judge that we went before,
wouldn’t believe what we did it for,
Said this is no way to help the poor,
But, how the hell would he know?

CHORUS
Over the hills and far away,
I’m gonna understand one day,
What the other half believe in,
if they’re real or just deceiving,
So until I find that day,
I’ll go along my way,
And I’ll look back on my life and I’ll know I lived it right.

1995 came quickly,
crept right up and now it’s hit me,
Seems the mayor of a busy city,
don’t know where the days go,
Build a bridge and move the highway,
spend the rest and mend the byways,
Someone wrote things across my driveway,
and someone broke my window,
And I see on the news some identity,
with a young man’s views on society,
Said there’s no room for guys like me,
But, how the hell would he know.

REPEAT CHORUS
The Fade Over the hills and far away,
merrily on my way.

7) Sunday Morning Roses

I have stood on love’s verandahs caution beating in my veins,
And I’ve looked at summer dying, in the early autumn rain,
And I’ve seen some vague connection,
this is just how love would be,
And I’ve walked from love’s verandahs,
Love was not for me.

I have trod a hundred highways,
I have turned a thousand bends,
I have passed a million doorways,
searching for a friend,
Then I’ve turned my back on someone,
who shared my common need,
In case he looked inside and saw the loneliness in me,

Oh the chances come and the chances go,
And I answer yes,
but it comes out no,
No use me waiting and wondering why,
My golden chances all pass by.

Ah the circus crowds that beckoned,
like the prancing, dancing, new years,
And the sounds of children playing,
laughing louder than their tears,
I’ve had many songs inside me,
but afraid to bring them out,
In case I found that this was not what life was all about.

Oh the chances come and the chances go,
And I answer yes,
but it comes out no,
No use me waiting and wondering why,
My golden chances all pass by

So I guess I’ll go on living,
and I guess I’ll stay the same,
My cup will fill with nothing but the taste of autumn rain,
And I’ll pick my sweet tomorrows,
from someone else’s trust,
And my Sunday morning roses,
from the Monday morning dust.

8) Someday Sam

Someday Sam,
people call me and I guess I am,
Nothing going but the things that could be,
if only they would be,
And there should be a rainbow tomorrow.

One day man,
things are rosy in my someday plans,
Always cosy there beyond the sunrise in the days to come by,
But some guys just don’t understand.

Well in the mirror when you see yourself,
Do you ever wish you were looking at someone else?
Do you see a lot of things in that life of yours,
That you know you’re gonna go on being sorry for.
Well in the mirror when I find myself,
I feel mighty grateful that it’s me,
‘Cos I’ve always known exactly how I’d like to be,
And Someday Sam is gonna be that man.

CHORUS
Someday Sam,
going somewhere from the man I am,
Though the road may have its ups and down days its turning around ways,
Someday you’ll all understand.

Well in the mirror when you see yourself,
Do you ever wish you were looking at someone else? Do
you see a lot of things in that life of yours,
That you know you’re gonna go on being sorry for.
Well in the mirror when I find myself,
I feel mighty grateful that it’s me,
‘Cos I’ve always known exactly how I’d like to be,
And Someday Sam is gonna be that man.

CHORUS
Someday Sam,
going somewhere from the man I am,
Though the road may have its ups and down days its turning around ways,
Someday you’ll all understand.

9) Hello Dusty Road.

There were many times I came to her,
When a day of disappointment,
Found me reaching for her helping hand once more,
Found me running round the boundless reache of failure,
To the ever waiting welcome of her door.

And there were many times I left her,
When the sober light of morning,
Found me started on some reckless scheme once more,
Found me creeping round my ever sleeping conscience,
To the ever waiting freedom of her door.

So tell me dusty road,
will you help me try to find a friend,
Long and dusty road,
you know I have to see her once again,
I know a hundred towns she could have wandered through,
But you’re the only one who really knows,
So take me to the places that she’s wandered to,
And I’ll follow you wherever you may go.

Hello dusty road,
will you help me try to find a friend,
Long and dusty road,
you know I have to see her once again,
I’ve got so many special things I owe to her,
That yesterday I didn’t even know,
So guide my weary footsteps and I’ll go to her,
And I’ll cling to her,
and I’ll never let her go.

10) Man of the 20th Century

Riding along in a seven forty seven,
thinking the heavens are looking just fine,
Whiskey and Coke and I’m lighting a smoke,
and I’m hoping the captain is making good time,
Breakfast in Rome,
dinner in London, watching a movie and thund’ring along,
Paris of Hong Kong,
it doesn’t take long,
This way or that way, it’s all much the same,
When you’re living at this pace,
the world is a small place,
Getting around is just the name of the game.

CHORUS
So man in the moon I think it’s time to assume that your heavenly reign is over,
Bird on the wing it’s no longer a thing to fly in the sky like you do.
Fish in the sea you’ve got nothing on me,
I can go anywhere I want to,
I’m not the kind to stand in a line and just be the way I was meant to be,
No please understand I gotta be what I can,
I’m a man of the twentieth Century.

Riding along on a wave of invention,
greater intention and doing just fine,
Thumbing my nose at the forces of nature,
courses that take you to turbulent times,
Fighting the traffic,
radio blaring,
stopping and swearing and passing the blame,
Ah right way or wrong way I’ve come a long way,
this day to that day,
it’s never the same,
When you’re living at this pace,
the world is a small place,
Going ahead is just the name of the game.

CHORUS
So man in the moon I think it’s time to assume that your heavenly reign is over,
Bird on the wing it’s no longer a thing to fly in the sky like you do.
Fish in the sea you’ve got nothing on me,
I can go anywhere I want to,
I get no time to stand in a line and just be the way I was meant to be,
No please understand I gotta go where I can,
I’m a man of the twentieth Century.

Man on the moon I think it’s time to assume it’s no longer the way it was meant to be,
Your heavenly reign doesn’t mean the same to a man of the twentieth century.

Man on the moon I think it’s time to assume it’s no longer the way it used to be,
Bird on thw wing you know you don’t mean a thing, to a man of the twentieth century,

Man on the moon I think it’s time to assume it’s no longer the way it was meant to be,
Fish in the sea, you’ve got nothing on me, I’m a man of the 20th Century.

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