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Having It Both Ways [1996]

by Tom Robinson

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Kidd Viciouz The cover shows it all: It's bold and vulnerable, pugnacious and blue. Memorable lines: "I wanna get naked and scream like a girl. That's the most natural thing in the world." Favorite track: Connecticut.
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1.
Disrespect 04:20
Well the crunch is coming And it won't be long You think you know the future But you're so so wrong For love and comfort You can lean on me But your life's your own - Your own responsibility You sit there wasted and you drink all day You cruise the kennels and go all the way Please please please - don't disrespect yourself Well the crunch is coming You abuse your brain Your God-given body And your own good name Take the risk of winning Stand up, be strong To those brutal losers You gotta prove them wrong You've been mistreated and you've been abused But that's all over if you only choose - I said Please please please - Please please please - Please please please - don't disrespect yourself Relax... Everything's alright Right here, right now in this room tonight Take a great leap forward Walk on, be free I believe in you Can you believe in me ? Take my arm, I wanna touch your hand Wanna hold your shoulder, I can be your man Please please please - Please please please - Please please please - don't disrespect yourself
2.
The One 04:01
Hey there lonely with your life on hold Uptight and terrified of getting old Saving your affection for the Special One The ideal lover who will never come Bid Mister Fantasy a fond farewell Your ideal lover boy you know him well Why keep searching for the eyes of blue When the eyes of love are looking right at you ? Won't be the lover that you might expect He's been like a brother since the day you met He sees your weakness and he knows your faults But you don't seem to notice him at all The one you run to when you're all alone With endless confessions on the telephone The one who's fun whenever life's a party The one who hugs you when you're brokenhearted - The One... he's The Only One He's The One... he's The Only One Don't try to tell me it would be a crime To mess up your friendship after all this time Have you ever listened to a word he's said - Forget the friend and see the man instead He wants your loving, what did you expect Along with your tenderness and deep respect His lips are gentle but his hands are firm Hold tight now, you got a lot to learn, from The One... from The Only One He's The One... he's The Only One And it's you, you, you, you, you... Couldn't care less about the lies you tell Bad or angry, you can be yourself Couldn't care less about the mess you're in Couldn't care less about your next of kin Doesn't give a damn about the clothes you wear Doesn't give a damn about the state of your hair Doesn't give a damn about the life you've led Doesn't give a damn whoever shared your bed You're The One... you're The Only One You're The One... you're The Only One And it's you, you, you, you, you... You're The One.
3.
Rum, thunderbird wine and coke Snakebite and skunk, a snort and a smoke I wanna get legless and fly like a bird - That's the most natural thing in the world I get up each morning at twenty to seven I work till it's way after five Yes sir and no sir, I'm Mister Control sir I do what I need to survive I go out each evening, get drunk with my buddies Crawl back in the dead of the night Lying in bed when I'm out of my head I can feel what I need deep inside Rum, thunderbird wine and coke My mouth is as dry as the back of my throat I'm wrecked in the bedroom and ready to hurl That's the most natural thing in the world Flying with CDs and Es at the flat On a weekend my best friend and I Are smoking and drinking and both of us thinking The things we all think when we're high The ceiling is reeling, I know how you're feeling About to crash out for the night If we became closer well no-one would know So roll over and switch out the light Rum, thunderbird wine and coke To tell you the truth I need to be juiced I wanna get naked and scream like a girl That's the most natural thing in the world Rum, thunderbird wine and coke I wanna be touched, I wanna be groped I'm wrecked in the bedroom and ready to hurl That's the most natural thing in the world Rum, thunderbird wine and coke Snakebite and skunk, a toot and a toke I wanna get legless and high as a bird - Cos that's the most natural thing in the world... That's the most natural thing in the world
4.
Call me Digger - I don't have no other name Don't want no hassle next time I'm making my claim Long ago and far away My dad was an animal, but that's OK Hitched to the city, now I'm here to stay - Begging on the cold cold ground Some people cuss and kick or spit in your face Some just slip you a quid and quicken their pace If you were me - the roles reversed Don't try to tell me you'd escape the curse Every alternative's so much worse Than begging on the cold cold ground Beg, beg, begging The rain keeps hammering down Beg, beg, begging Begging on the cold cold ground I got smooth white skin so I do much better than some Some girls mother me, some men wanna have fun... Late tonight, when you're in bed Or sat up surfing on the World Wide Web You'll forget the beggar boy you just met Begging on the cold cold ground Beg, beg, begging The rain keeps hammering down Beg, beg, begging Begging on the cold cold ground Don't kid yourself that you're immune The 21st Century will be here soon Fucked in a gutter, howling at the moon And begging on the cold cold ground Beg, beg, begging Why don't you give me a pound Beg, beg, begging Begging on the cold cold ground Am I alright - you might well ask A sop to your conscience as you walk on past You sad motherfuckers can kiss my arse I'm begging on the cold cold ground
5.
There were times in my life I avoided the voice of my reason When respect for myself was the search for a hole in the wall When I hated my face and evaded my gaze in the mirror Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more I believed all the crap that fanatics were happy to parrot And their world of uncomfortable certainties made me secure I conformed and performed all their torturous mental contortions Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more Living each day in a permanent haze of frustration Too eager to please and too scared to say "boo" to a hen Lying awake going over each humiliation I've been kicking myself again and again and again I've tried to be nice-all-the-time and control my emotions I've pretended I wanna make love when I'm ready for war And I've planned every move and manoeuvre in human relations Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more I'm sick to the gills of appeasing the creeps who abuse me All the sorrys I've muttered to others for nothing at all Of accepting the verdict of vermin who lie and accuse me Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more Been a fool to myself but I ain't gonna do it no more
6.
Hot Dog 02:59
I saw you one morning and I knew you were the one for me Yes I saw you one morning and I knew you were the one for me A certain little something in the way you moved Jumpy as a puppy on a hot tin roof Well I saw you in the morning and I knew you were the one for me You were tasty, you were tempting and I knew you were the one for me I swallowed and I followed cos I knew you were the one for me A certain little something in the way you smiled Telegraphed a message that was weird and wild You were beefy and delicious and I knew you were the one for me Hot Dog - so brown and smooth Hot Dog - so tender too Hot Dog - you know it's true: I saw you in the morning and I knew you were the one for me It was dangerous and crazy but I knew you were the one for me It was seedy and illegal but I knew you were the one for me I held you harder as you won the race - Ketchup and mustard all over the place It was over in a moment but I knew you were the one for me Hot Dog - so brown and smooth Hot Dog - I want you too Hot Dog - you know it's true I was horny in the morning and I knew you were the one for me
7.
Sorry 04:34
You ask if I'm sorry, well let me say this Been here at the bottom since I was a kid My mother was sorry when I saw the day She just couldn't help it, I'm sorry to say Well it seemed as if everyone else had the right To bite any pieces of me that they liked They beat me and hurt me till I ran away And if they were sorry, they just didn't say Sorry...sorry My mother was sorry when I saw the day Sorry...sorry She just couldn't help it, I'm sorry to say I gatecrashed a party in downtown LA With pretty young people, successful and gay I tied 'em all up - then I blew them away I just couldn't help it, I'm sorry to say Sorry...sorry I tied them all up then I blew them away Sorry...sorry I just couldn't help it, I'm sorry to say You hordes of reporters and video crews I don't understand all these words that you use I question myself as you ask me your whys I don't know how to deal with the sorry thing, guys... Well I understand rules, regulations and force Procedure is easy, I understand war I understand angry day after day But sorry's beyond me I'm sorry to say Sorry...sorry I understand angry day after day Sorry...sorry Sorry's beyond me I'm sorry to say
8.
Connecticut 04:37
The message light was blinking as I walked in from the rain The thunderclap erupted right outside my window pane Across the cold Atlantic came a bolt out of the blue I tried to lie and carry on but only thought of you And it's raining in Connecticut It's raining in LA It's raining every place I go Since you were blown away Your laughter in the restaurant, the parties and champagne The driven urge to prove yourself - to win and win again The fortress that surrounded you - awards on all the walls The demons in your darkness and the friends you never called And it's raining in Connecticut, it's raining in LA It's raining in the dead of night, it's raining every day And it's raining in Australia - it's raining in Calais It's raining every place I go since you were blown away And I'm lost - tonight as I remember you Your heart was even wider than your smile And all you ever dreamed of was the one who'd love and hold you As you carried on - now you're gone, gone gone The echoes from the restaurant, of parties and champagne The driven urge to win and win, your privacy and pain The page of fading photographs, the bitter-tasting pill The stranger we all knew so well... the friend we never will And it's raining in Connecticut, it's raining in LA It's raining in the dead of night, it's raining every day It's raining in Australia - it's raining in Calais It's raining every place I go since you were blown away Yes it's raining in Connecticut, it's raining in LA It's raining in the dead of night, been raining every day Now it's raining in Australia, Bankok and Old Bombay It's raining in the whole damn world Since you were blown away
9.
Congo Blue 04:34
Smalltown city on a weekday evening The pubs are shutting and the streets are heaving Looking for a little bit of late night twisting Hear the muffled thumping of a big sound system Bass in the bowels of a crowded bar Squeeze through the beefcake steaming in the dark My friends are restless, talking by the door But I'm dazzled by the flash and razzle on the dancefloor Blue, blue, Congo Blue... Blue, blue, Congo Blue... Sweating and deafened in the strobing light Transfixed by a vision in the northern night Your face so radiant, full of animation Dancing and glancing with a hint of flirtation - Knowing, and flowing with amazing grace Shirt hanging down, flapping over your waist Can't help laughing, got a hard attack - cos you're Grinning and singing and you're looking right back, I said Blue, blue, Congo Blue... do you really mean it Blue, blue, Congo Blue... are you laughing at me Never imagined I'd run into you here Here of all places after all these years All my life I've been waiting, aching Too many nights of searching, hurting Summoning the courage up to bridge that gap Walk right over and begin to chat, just Wishing I was fitter now, wishing I was younger Wishing I could hide my raging hunger Blue, blue, Congo Blue... do you really mean it Blue, blue, Congo Blue... are you laughing at me Save the last dance for me... Save your last dance for me
10.
Castaway 05:09
As a child I was terrified of the mighty ocean When I heard the distant urging of the brine Though I cried at night as I tried to fight the emotion That bitter cup of tears was truly mine But when I came to taste the spray on the waterfront I lost my fear and shrugged away my shame And I stowed away on a transatlantic freighter With the tempest raging in my every vein A man may spend his life afloat, a man may live ashore I'll cast away and take my chance at sea There were stormy days and roaring nights a-plenty In the salty fellowship of boys and men They were tough and true, they were glassy-eyed and reckless With a blazing thirst I drank and drank again We crossed the line, explored the depths of danger Exceeding every fantasy and dream No landsman with his stifling horizons Could ever guess the wonders we had seen A man may spend his life afloat, a man may live ashore I'll cast away and take my chance at sea I've braved the waves in an open boat and I know these waters well I'll man your lifeboat any time you need Way, cast away from the restless aching Way, cast away - gonna leave it all behind Way, far away where the waves are breaking Way, far away - where the ocean meets the sky Well a ship must tack and a man must follow his compass On an unknown shore I foundered in the sand Met a salty girl with a sailor's gait and her eyes were a greeny blue And she knew the ropes like the back of her sunburned hand We danced a hornpipe on the beach to the sound of the seething swell We drank and sank exhausted on the strand Till I slipped my anchor, quit my ship and became a castaway To savour the embrace of her native land A man may spend his life afloat, a man may live ashore A man may marry and still put out to sea We brave the waves in our open boat and we know these waters well We'll man your lifeboat any time you need Way, cast away from the restless aching Way, cast away - gonna leave it all behind Way, far away where the waves are breaking Way, far away - where the ocean meets the sky
11.
For 21 years now I've fought for the right For people to love just whoever they like But the right-on and righteous are out for my blood Now I live with my kid and a woman I love Well if Gay Liberation means freedom for all A label is no liberation at all I'm here and I'm queer and I do what I do And I'm not gonna wear... A 'straight' jacket for you

credits

released February 2, 2013

TOM ROBINSON - piano, acoustic guitar, programming
ADAM PHILLIPS - guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
JO BURT - bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
TOM FENNER - drums, percussion, backing vocals
T.V. SMITH - acoustic guitar, backing vocals

Track (1): BADSHA LALLAMAN rap, MARK RAMSDEN saxophone, AL SCOTT bass, HENRY TWINCH organ, some piano

Track (3): SIMON LEVELLER mandolin and backing vocals, JEREMY LEVELLER and BURT LEVELLER backing vocals. Crowd vocals at end courtesy of: SARAH HALE, LINDA and RICHARD AUSTIN, SIMON and RUBY BURGESS, CAROLYN FISHER, IAN SCOTT, ADAM SMITH, MIKE HEMMINGS and CRAIG LUCAS.

BADSHA LALLAMAN appeared courtesy of Debt Records / Detrimental. Members of THE LEVELLERS appeared courtesy of China Records. T.V. SMITH appeared courtesy of Humbug Records

All titles published 1996 by Notting Hill Music and composed by Tom Robinson / Adam Phillips / Tom Fenner / Jo Burt. Disrespect - by Tom Robinson / Adam Phillips / Tom Fenner / Jo Burt / Al Scott / Badsha Lallaman.

Respect and thanks to Detrimental, Al Scott, The Levellers
- Simon, Jeremy, Charlie, John and Mark - and everyone
who made us so welcome at the Metway: Phil, Jo, Fi,
Emily, Burt and Hag. Also to Adam, Tom and Jo for
everything, Steakface for his generous energy,
to Craig for being like a rock, to Glynn Wood
and TV Smith for their company, to
Martin, Steve, Nikki, Ilse and
George at Cooking Vinyl for
getting it all together, and
above all to Jacki Harvie
my administrator for
her help and support
over all these
years.

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Tom Robinson London, UK

Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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