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Michael Johnson - THE BEST OF MICHAEL JOHNSON Lyrics


Gotta Learn to Love Without You
By Kent Robbins & Michael Johnson

Gotta hold my pillow real tight till the midnight hour ends
Gotta lean on a friend sometime when your memories begin
Gotta live without, forget about your love and then

I gotta learn to love without you
Get the feeling back and my heart on the track of love without you
It'll take a little time to mend
Gotta learn to love without you, somebody teach me how to
And lift me up so I can fall again

Don't need any telephone call when you think you've changed your mind
Don't tempt me again, I've given in one too many times
Gotta grow back strong, leave you a long, long way behind

I gotta learn to love without you
Get the feeling back and my heart on the track of love without you
It'll take a little time to mend
Gotta learn to love without you, someone teach me how to
Lift me up so I can fall again



Give Me Wings
By Rhonda Fleming & Don Schlitz

He asked her, what gifts can I bring you
To prove that my love for you is true
I want to make you mine forever
There's nothing on this earth I would not do
She said, anything I've wanted
You have given willingly
So now there's only one more thing I need

If you love me, give me wings
Don't be afraid if I fly
A bird in a cage will forget how to sing
If you love me, give me wings

He walked over to the window
Silently stared into space
He said, I just want to protect you
'Cause this world is a dangerous place
She put her arms around him
She said, I know you mean well
But there are lessons I must learn for myself

If you love me, give me wings
Don't be afraid if I fly
A bird in a cage will forget how to sing
You can trust me, give me wings

She said, up above the clouds, you can see forever
And I know you and I can learn to fly together

If you love me, give me wings
Don't be afraid if I fly
A bird in a cage will forget how to sing
You can trust me, give me wings

If you really love me
Give me wings



I Will Whisper Your Name
By Randy Van Warmer

Tonight I am thankful 'cause tomorrow begins
A lifetime together and two hearts will win
I have loved you as surely as love has no shame
For as long as you're listening, I'll whisper your name

I will whisper your name when you're wounded and caught
Or when love beats so loudly, a whisper is lost
And if I made the rules and if time was the game
I would promise forever to whisper your name

Well if you strike a match and set the whole world aflame
And they used up the oceans and still prayed for rain
When they cry for the guilty, I'll take the blame
And when no one is listening, I'll whisper your name

I will whisper your name when you're wounded and caught
Or when love beats so loudly, a whisper is lost
And if I made the rules and if time was the game
I would promise forever to whisper your name



Crying Shame
By Michael Johnson, Don Schlitz & Brent Maher

Baby said she's leaving and you know she didn't even tell me why, why, why
She really broke my heart when she loaded up her car and said goodbye, bye, bye
All alone in this blues cafe, wondering how we got this way

When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame
When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame

Baby said she's sorry and she never really meant to make me cry, cry, cry
She promised me forever but you know that she could never live a lie, lie, lie
All alone in this corner booth, will I ever know the truth

When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame
When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame

When love takes the blame, only the tears remain
And no one's there to hear you call when you need them most of all

Baby said by morning that she'd probably be a thousand miles away, way, way
She asked me to forgive her but I said it didn't matter anyway, way, way
All alone with my head bowed down, wondering if she'll ever turn around

When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame
When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame



Life's a Bitch
By Thom Schuyler & Fred Knobloch

Fresh out of college, carrying a Ph.D.
I thought with all that knowledge
The world couldn't wait for me
But then my eyes was opened
Just as wide as they could be
Now I'm busy coping with this harsh reality

Took some time to learn what the world already knew
And now I wake up everyday with the proper attitude

Life's a bitch and then you die
You don't know when and you don't know why
You love a little and you say goodbye
Fate comes in and throws the switch
Life's a bitch and then you die

I went to see the preacher, such a righteous man
A healer and a teacher, I was sure he would understand
Well he prayed and meditated while I told him about my life
I told him how I hated all this daily stress and strife
He took off his collar, he looked me in the eye
He closed the good book lying there and much to my surprise

He said life's a bitch and then you die
You don't know when and you don't know why
You love a little and you say goodbye
Fate comes in and throws the switch
Life's a bitch and then you die

I went to see the doctor, finally, to cure me of my ills
He reached into his locker and he handed me a bunch of pills
He said, "Boy, by your description, I can tell you're near the end
So take this here prescription, you'll be on your feet again
Follow these directions and in a week give me a call
And if these ain't effective, boy, well you might as well take 'em all"

Because life's a bitch and then you die
You don't know when and you don't know why
You love a little and you say goodbye
Fate comes in and throws the switch
Life's a bitch and then you die
Life's a bitch and then you die



Ponies
By Jeffrey Bullock

Somewhere out on the prairie
Is the greatest cowboy that's ever been
And when he lays his hands upon the ponies
They shudder with an understanding skin

And he says "Ponies, now ponies, don't you worry
I have not come to steal your fire away
I want to fly with you across the sunrise
Discover what begins each shining day"

When the storm clouds in the west are quickly gathering
The ponies they run wildly before it rains
You'll see their sleek dark bodies brightly gleaming
You'll know the fire is flying through their brains

And he says "Ponies, now ponies, don't you worry
I have not come to steal your fire away
I want to fly with you across the sunrise
Discover what begins each shining day"



The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder
By Hugh Prestwood

She is fixed in his mind like the picture
He's kept in his wallet for years
And the image has never been tarnished
By the blood, sweat and tears
And to him it appears

That the moon is still over her shoulder
And the ribbon is still in her hair
And he can still see her dancing
And music is still in the air

Sometimes he finds it amazing
That all of his children are wed
When their mother is still turning eighteen
And turning his head
She still turns his head

And the moon is still over her shoulder
And the stars are still falling above
And she never gets one minute older
And he is still falling in love



Roller Coaster Run (Up Too Slow, Down Too Fast)
By Hugh Prestwood

I ride a roller coaster up and down, an asphalt track
Runs from Kingsport, Tennessee to Baltimore and back
I drive the Blue Ridge mountains in an eighteen year old truck
Takes a little cheating and it takes a little luck

And it's up too slow, down too fast
When will I be done
And each hill's higher than the last
On this roller coaster run

It's one day there, it's one day back, it's one day with my wife
And late at night we talk about our roller coaster life
Seems to me when going up, the law should be obeyed
But you got to come down flying if you want to make the grade

And it's up too slow, down too fast
When will I be done
And each hill's higher than the last
On this roller coaster run

And it's up too slow, down too fast
When will I be done
And each hill's higher than the last
On this roller coaster run



That's That
By Hugh Prestwood

There's a quarter moon that's laying up on the ridge
And he's making up his mind to rise or to set
There's a lot of water flowing under this bridge
There's a voice inside me saying "Get your feet wet"

'Cause that's that, I can scream, I can shout
I can cry my eyes out but she's not coming back
That's that, I can hope, I can pray
But she's still gone away
And she's not coming back and that's that

There's a weeping willow on the outskirts of town
Where I took a pocket knife and carved out our names
In the morning I am gonna cut that tree down
Gonna build a fire and watch us go up in flames

And that's that, I can scream, I can shout
I can tear my hair out but she's not coming back
That's that, I can hope, I can pray
But she's still gone away
And she's not coming back and that's that

Ooh there's a lonesome whisper in the wind
Ooh don't you hate to see the season end
But then

That's that, I can scream, I can shout
I can cry my eyes out but she's not coming back
That's that, I can hope, I can pray
But she's still gone away
And she's not coming back and that's that



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