Having It Both Ways [1996]

by Tom Robinson

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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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Track Name: Disrespect
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
Track Name: The One
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.
Track Name: Rum Thunderbird
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
Track Name: Cold Cold Ground
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
Track Name: Fool To Myself
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
Track Name: Hot Dog
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
Track Name: Sorry
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
Track Name: Connecticut
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
Track Name: Congo Blue
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
Track Name: Castaway
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
Track Name: The Last Word
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