Reggae Therapy lyrics

Music and lyrics © copyright 2016 by Louie Fleck

Making My Life Hell
It’s been quite a while, since last you did me in
According to these rules of yours, I can never win
I wish you could hear me say that loving you was swell
But, you are much too busy making my life Hell

It seems that your heart was built like an iron tank
What was this crime of mine? Why don’t you fill in the blank?
Have you seen this mess you left? A psychedelic show and tell
But, you’re much too busy dear, making my life Hell

I guess I made my bed and you know that’s how it’s been
The rooster crows inside my head and damn, these walls are thin
This home is too small a stage for your situation dramedy
If you can not make love, why won’t you let me be?

Every breaking dawn is a perfect chance to start
Looking for a fresh new way of ripping us apart
Have you ever seen a recipe to cast a healing spell
The devil’s in the details and that crap you try to sell

If you cared to look inside, you’d see I am but a shell
But you’re much too busy making my life Hell
Making my life hell, making my life hell
But you’re much too busy…making my life Hell

As Long As You Would Let Me
I hear a distant train coming round the bend
A moment, then a moment between nothing and the end
You can keep me waiting, as long as you arrive
Endlessly fascinating, its keeping me alive
The grains of sand are slipping there’s no chance for reprieve.
I don’t ask to be here, but now how could I leave?

I can’t promise you a hundred years, I see no end to the tears
But I would take care of you, as long as you would let me

Turn out the lights, my darling, it all comes from within,
and you’re making my head spin
Turn out the lights, now darling, let the cats out and let that old dog back in.

I’ll buy you dinner every now and then, pick you up when you say when
And never leave you alone again, as long as you would let me.
I can’t promise you a hundred years, I see no end to the tears
But I would take care of you, as long as you would let me

Anything is possible, an antidote to pain
The memories we’re making may be all that will remain

I’ve got nothing to lose, everything to gain
I don’t need to understand what no one can explain
We may not be a perfect match, but, we might get along
Valentine, I ask you, how could that be wrong?

I’ll buy you dinner every now and then, pick you up when you say when
And never leave you alone again, as long as you would let me.
I can’t promise you a hundred years, I can’t promise an end to tears
But I would take care of you, as long as you would let me
As long as you’d let me, as long as you’d let me, uh-huh.

If By Chance
If by chance, we had never met would you be so hard to forget?
Broken shell and dirty sand, surprised me when you took my hand
None the less, understand
The odds are bad, don’t place the bet, if by chance we never met.

If by chance I broke the spell, is there a potion that they sell?
Did you think that I could cope?   Or ever clean these hands with soap?
If I can dream there must be hope
What would be? I can not tell, if by chance I broke the spell

If by chance I went away, before I had the chance to say
What’s all here and in this song, the prison walls are might strong
I didn’t think I’d stay here so long
I loved you each and every day, if by chance I went away

I lost the dice before they rolled, I could have been a bit more bold
I guess I was acting kind of weird right before I disappeared

If by chance I saw you now, while walking on your street some how
A cordial word, an inward glance  a careful probe, a cautious dance
Is this the time for our romance?
I’d be yours if you would allow, if by chance I saw you now

I Tried
I tried to show you, but you couldn’t see
I tried to show you at least one possibility
A picture you could not erase, a point of view you wouldn’t face
I tried to show you what you meant to me

I tried to tell you, but you couldn’t hear
I tried to tell you, despite attempts to make it clear
A phone call or unread mail, sometimes words can’t tell the tale
I tried to tell you but you disappear

No good deed goes unpunished, there’s no cure for the blues
I doubt you’ll ever hear this song so what have I to lose? (solos over verses)

Seems like madness my dear, but not the kind that’s cool or hip
Should I be looking for the life-raft or stay with the sinking ship?

I tried to love you, but my love was not for you
I tried to love you, and away you flew
So, bon voyage and adios , I’ll see you somewhere up the coast
I tried to love you, and I guess I still do

There Was Nobody There
I had to see if there was hope, that you would somehow want to stay
I had to see if I could cope and live to love another day
I was feeling kind of done, I was more than worse for wear
I had thought you were the one, but there was nobody there

I had to find the way to go, and try to make my feelings known
It was no dog and pony show, I could not make it on my own
If I could write it on a page, maybe you’d see how much you care
I broke the lock off of the cage, but there was nobody there

Despite this mess we made, there were no tears left to cry
I could see you start to fade, so, not so long until goodbye
You see it in my face, there is no way you can prepare
Though we’re both sitting in this place, but there is nobody there

I don’t know how long I can wait for you to finally see the light
I can only hope one day for you that the damage is slight

Well if the truth can now be told, it’s a pathetic life we lead
Hard to stop from getting old, it’s hard to find the one you need
I only hope you never see, that shocking moment of despair,
When you finally look for me, and there will be nobody there (3X)

Anything For You
Just to know you’d take my call, you need not do much at all
Easy end to misery, if you somehow fell for me

Drive your car, find some hooch, tote your bag, walk your pooch
Get that door, hold the show, peel your grapes, now don’t you know…
This gray sky, I’d paint it blue, you know I would do anything for you

Buy you wine, potato chips, go with you on elaborate trips
Cut down on the eating meat, take your message to the street
Even vote for Bernie too, you know I would do anything for you

Your carnival of chaos has finally blown into town
You can set up shop and I can play the clown
Out on the road must you blindly tempt the fates?
I’m up here in a jump suit banging out license plates

When you need to record a song, yes, I’ll wait for you all night long
Hold the phone up to the mic, you’re the one I really like
Take the wheel, fill the tank, make the plan, rob the bank
Anything you want to do, so my dear, what else is new?
The mind is gone, the heart is true, You know I would do anything for you
You know I would do anything for you, You know I would do anything for you

Half A Chance (Benefit Of The Doubt)
Maybe you think that I can be broke like a dog with a slap or a shout
Maybe you think that I’m clueless and blind, stubborn and lost without a doubt
But if your touch is too rough, you might find the going’s tough
Even a dog can have enough

You could give me the benefit of the doubt, maybe if you take half a chance
You could see, it may all work out, maybe if you take half a chance

Maybe our days are less than we want, and our nights are more than we need
Maybe our dreams are shallow and vague, & our hearts filled with sadness & greed
But if your pain is too real, so what if you know what you feel
Could there still be some layers left to peel?

You could give it the benefit of the doubt, maybe if you take half a chance
You could see, it may all work out, maybe if you take half a chance

Still looking for a way to make some sense, break it down to the smallest particle
Watch how quickly I come to your defense, because you are the genuine article

Maybe the door is still ajar, and all there appears to be is night
Maybe right now I don’t know where you are, but, soon you can step into the light
As much as we try to understand, nothing ever works out like we planned
At least you could try to take my hand

Write You A Letter
My days are full of hurrying and worrying, you know
Repairing and preparing for the places I must go
I’d like to tell you everything, but I can never find a pen
A blink, a sigh, three weeks go by, I fucked it up again

Seems like a while, since the day I first met her
And one of these days I’m gonna write you a letter

I am old with promises, I am squeaking like a door
The times I can remember, they don’t bother me no more
When I wake up, I am tired, when I lay down, I can’t sleep
Where did she hide the gold and why’s that river so damn deep

It’s a big lie, and it’s gonna get better
When she threatened to leave, I didn’t think I could (a) let her
When I find the right yarn, I’m gonna knit you a sweater (yes I am!)
(alt line) I can see by the sky, it’s gonna get wetter
And one of these days, I’m gonna write you a letter

I thought we had a chance my friend, I thought we had a plan
I thought I thought of everything, but, the shit has hit the fan!

Everybody keeps on rolling (a bit) further down the line
I wish that I could tell you your old boy is doing fine
I fear there will appear a sign that the end is up ahead
Can’t say next when you will hear from me, think of good times instead
My days are short, my story’s long, one day someone will tell
Anyone ‘round here have a donkey they might be willing to (trade or) sell?
What did I mean to share with you, before I slip away?

I don’t know how I fell so low, but, there’s (only) one thing I could say
It’s a pretty big mess, could’ve dealt with it better

When she threatened to leave, really should’ve let her
Tell the clergy or the press, I am ready to confess
And one of these days, one of these days,
one of these days, I’m gonna write you a letter

My nearest dearest friend of mine, I’d like to say I’m doing fine
With a quick note to say hello from your pals here down below
I never made it all that far, but, I leave to you my old guitar
And a few words to ponder here, before I disappear
Write you a letter

Patricia
Patricia has a big blue heart, don’t ask me how I know
But if you want to meet halfway, you better take it slow
Patricia is the antidote for poison from the past
A single dose will chase the ghost and start to break the cast

Patricia has a home that’s filled with cat and dogs and Mom
A playground for the dispossessed and shelter from the calm
Patricia is a skeptic, like you would not believe
But if she ever lets you in, you’ll never want to leave

Please don’t waste her time if you are only passing through
She sees the lie, she sees the true, what could she see in you?

Patricia can give you a glance and then take it away
But, she’s gentle with her powers, still you must obey
Patricia does not compromise, she likes her chocolate dark
Remember how large fires can come from the smallest spark

Patricia has a big blue heart, though she might play it cool
Don’t presume you know her ways, she’ll never be your fool
I’m sure there is a grave yard for those who burned the toast
But there’s a world beginning for the one she loves the most
The one she loves the most, Patricia, Patricia, Patricia

Better Go Right Now
It’s a fine little world if you can see the sun shine,
but it’s dark and dreary in that old coal mine
What’cha gonna do with a fish on the line?
I guess I better go right now
You got the kind of look that a make a man stare,
you got the kind of moves that a make a man care
Everybody’s gotta be a somewhere, so I guess I better go right now

You got the hair I wanna smell & the nose I wanna kiss,
the eyes are alive and the lips for emphasis
I could spend a lotta time, goin’ on like this,
but tell me one more thing I need to know
I wish I could sing you a pretty new tune,
like going to the movies on a sunny afternoon
But your old man could be coming home soon,
so I guess I better go right now

In your arms or somewhere close where I can hear the sea
You know exactly and precisely what the hell you’ve done to me
Most times it’s cold and bitter, and though it stings me to the bone
Like all good travelers do, I guess I’ll take this path alone

The night is short and the day is bleak, when I try to find the words
I’ve been planning all week, I’m a gettin’ so tired, I can hardly speak,
so I guess I better go right now
You got a sharp little tongue and wicked smile,
you’re oozing with class like the queen of the Nile
I’m decomposing right here now a pretty long while, so I guess I better go right now
I can’t get the words to ring quite right, sure, I stole the tune, but the song is slight

I’d really like to stay up with you all night, but tell me you don’t already know
From my coronation as the king of rain, it’s a long way home,
don’t you make me explain
The sky’s are clear but I smell pain, so I guess I better go right now

I’m empty from the memories, opportunities I’ve blown
So won’t you tell me once again about the great cakes you have known
But when you stop and offer up another cup of tea
Well you know there’s no place else round here that I would rather be

Everybody thinks I’m so predictable, the window’s barely open, but the cup is half full
I would know what comes next if I had me any pull, so I guess I better go right now
For a little bit of luck, I’m feelin’ kinda due, wouldn’t it be nice to find a love that’s true?
I’d buy you a dog if you felt the same too, so I guess I better go right now

I know what I like and the feeling is strong,
I’d take you in my arms, but what if I was wrong?
But who wants be where I don’t belong? So I guess I better go
I guess I better go, I bess I getter go right now.

Lovin’ You No Matter What
It’s a long way for me to love you again,
If a promise has no value, what does it mean to be a friend
Well there’s no time here left for a letter, I’ll make do with the phone
I know where you are, I know where you are tonight,
I know where you are and when you get home
It’s a long, long time ’til you love me again
Should I float with the breeze? Or do I stick to the plan?

The plan for lovin’ you no matter what, lovin’ you no matter what,
Lovin’ you no matter what comes of it,
Lovin’ you no matter what, lovin’ you no matter what,
Lovin’ you no matter what, what comes of it

It’s a long kind of apart we seem to fall,
so much, so much out, so much out of touch, there’s no trust at all,
And it’s the wrong wrong kind of ditch that we end up in and crawl,
Why can’t we just be in love? We could have it all.

And I’ll be lovin’ you no matter what, you’re lovin’ me no matter what,
There’ll be lovin’ here no matter what comes of it, You know what comes of it,
Lovin’ you no matter what, lovin’ you no matter what, what comes of it…

But how can I stand to go through it, I don’t want to run away
And I don’t want to tear us apart now, And I don’t want to make a decision today,
I want to put it off for a little while and see what develops,
I want to put it off for a little while and see what we find