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This page contains lyrics to various Mama's Pride songs that appeared on their debut album, Uptown and Lowdown, and Guard Your Heart.Many thanks to Pat Liston for supplying the lyrics.



YOUNG & FREE

YESTERDAY IS WHAT I REMEMBER,
IT BEGAN IN LATE SEPTEMBER
WATCHIN' SNOW FALL ON FOREST PARK
OH HOW IT GLISTENED IN THE DARK

NOW, I THINK I FEEL NOSTALGIA COMIN ON CAUSE EVERY YEAR ABOUT THE SAME TIME IT COMES ON STRONG. CAUSE I REMEMBER WHAT LATE SEPTEMBER USE TO BE WHEN I WAS HOME.
THE SNOW WAS STRETCHED OUT ON THE CITY WIDE JUST AS FAR AS YOU COULD ROAM.

(CHORUS)
NOW, THESE ARE THE THING THAT I RECALL
THAT WAS THE THRILL OF IT ALL
THATS HOW THINGS USE TO BE WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND FREE.

(BRIDGE)
I'M NOT YOUNG ANYMORE, AT LEAST NOT AS YOUNG AS BEFORE
BUT STILL I LONG FOR THE PAST, OH HOW I WANTED IT TO LAST

NOW, I REMEMBER A LITTLE BROWN HAIRED GIRL.
YOU WOULDA THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS MY WHOLE WORLD.
NOW I USED TO GET THE BIGGEST THRILL OUTTA HOLDIN HER HAND
THE FIRST TIME I KISSED THAT GIRL I FELT TLIKE SUCH A MAN.

(CHORUS)

SOMEDAY... I JUST MAY GO BACK TO MY LITTLE WORLD.
WHO KNOWS....
I JUST MAY LOOK UP THAT LITTLE BROWN-HAIRED GIRL
BUT I GUARANTEE YOU, IF I EVER GO BACK
I'M NOT GONNA LEAVE AGAIN AND BUDDY THAT'S A FACT

(CHORUS) ...... out

Words & Music by: Pat Liston



SHE'S A STRANGER TO ME NOW

SKY'S BLUE, WATER'S TOO, SO AM I TODAY.
I PACKED MY LADY'S BAGS FOR HER AND SENT HER ON HER WAY
SHE TURNED AND LOOKED SO STRANGELY AS SHE HEADED DOWN THE WALK
WONDERIN' WHY MY FACE WAS BLANK AND WHY I COULDN'T TALK


(CHORUS)
SHE'S A SELFISH LADY,
WHO'S THOUGHTLESS WAYS I COULD NOT ALLOW.
SHE WAS MY FRIEND, MY WIFE, AND LOVER
BUT SHE'S A STRANGER TO ME NOW


THE EARLY DAYS WERE LIKE A MAZE OF FANTASY AND THRILL.
SHE PLAYED HER LITTLE GAME WITH ME AND TRIED TO BREAK MY WILL.
I'M NOT A SCHOLAR, NOT A GENIUS, NEVER HAD MUCH SCHOOL .
BUT I AIN'T CRAZY AND I KNOW WHEN I'VE BEEN MADE A FOOL. ......(CHORUS)

NOW SHE'S GONE AND I'M ALONE, FEELIN' RATHER POOR
SHE'S RELIEVED CAUSE SHE'S NOT IN MY SHADOW ANYMORE.
' THINK I'LL DRINK SOME WHISKEY MAYBE LET MYSELF UNWIND
AND FEEL PITY FOR THE LADY CAUSE SHE'S NOT IN HER RIGHT MIND.....(CHORUS)

Words & Music by: Pat Liston



OL ST. LOU

WE'VE BEEN GONE FOR SUCH A LONG TIME.
SEEN A THOUSAND DIFFERENT ROAD SIGNS.
CAN'T COUNT THE PLACES THAT WE'VE BEEN TO.
NOT KNOWIN' TOMORROW WHERE WE'RE GOIN' TO

WE'RE NOT TRAVELIN' FOR THE MONEY.
IF YOU THINK WE ARE, YOU MUST BE FUNNY.
ALL THE MUSIC THAT WE DO, WE'RE JUST DOIN' IT FOR YOU.

WELL YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT THE SOUTH,
THE EAST COAST AND WEST COAST TOO
BUT IF YOU REALLY WANNA HEAR THE BLUES, COME ON TO OL' ST. LOU

WELL I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS YOUNG BACK IN OL' ST. LOU....
JUST LISTENIN' TO OLIVER SAIN AND THE THINGS THAT HE'D DO

LORD, WE USED TO DANCE JUMP BACK AND KICK OUR HEELS
UNTIL YOU'VE HEARD THAT KINDA MUSIC
YOU DON'T KNOW HOW GOOD IT FEELS


SO IF YOU WANNA SEE THE BIRTH OF THE BLUES,
COME ON TO OL' ST. LOU
YEA, IT'S THE ONE AND ONLY PLACE
WHERE THEY CAN LAY IT DOWN FOR YOU.

WELL YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT THE SOUTH,
THE EAST COAST AND WEST COAST TOO
BUT IF YOU REALLY WANNA HEAR THE BLUES,
COME ON TO OL' ST. LOU............... REPEAT OUT



MERRY GO ROUND

CONCRETE SIDEWALKS OF THE CITY
SEEM TO CONSTANTLY REMIND ME.
OF THE DAYS WHEN I'D WALK ALONG, AND YOU WERE BY MY SIDE.

WE WOULD TAKE THE BUS DOWN TO THE PARK I THINK IT WAS THE NUMBER FIVE.
AND WE WOULD SIT AND TALK ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL IT WAS TO BE ALIVE.

(CHORUS)
LOVE'S LIKE A MERRY GO ROUND
KEEPS ON TURNIN' AND SPINNIN' YOU ROUND
YOU MAY THINK THAT IT'S FOR FREE
BUT IF YOU DO, TAKE A LOOK AT ME

THEN THERE CAME THE TIME WHEN I SAID,
"MAYBE WE SHOULD GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS"
BECAUSE I'VE COME TO FIND THE WAY WE'RE LIVING NOW,
HAS SCATTERED ALL OUR DAYS
YOU LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, "DADDY,
PLEASE TELL ME, IS IT SOMETHING THAT I'VE DONE?"
I SAID, "OH NO, MY LOVE, IT'S JUST WHEN THINGS AREN'T RIGHT
I FEEL THE NEED TO RUN"

(CHORUS)
LOVE'S LIKE A MERRY GO ROUND
KEEPS ON TURNIN' AND SPINNIN' YOU ROUND
YOU MAY THINK THAT IT'S FOR FREE
BUT IF YOU DO, TAKE A LOOK AT ME.
I'VE PAID FOR WRONGS I'VE DONE
TURNED MY BACK ON MY OWN LOVED ONE.
LA DA DA DA DA............

NOW I FIND MY LOVESICK MIND
IS LONGING FOR THE THINGS I COULD NOT SEE.
I WAS PROUD AND SPOKE SO LOUD
ABOUT THE THINGS YOU COULD NOT GIVE TO ME.
NOW I STAND BEFORE MYSELF IN JUDGMENT
OF THE GAMES I USED TO PLAY.
AND A SMALL BUT HAUNTING VOICE IS IN MY CONSCIENCE....AND I CAN HEAR IT SAY.....

(CHORUS)
LOVE'S LIKE A MERRY GO ROUND
KEEPS ON TURNIN' AND SPINNIN' YOU ROUND
YOU MAY THINK THAT IT'S FOR FREE
BUT IF YOU DO, TAKE A LOOK AT ME.
I'VE PAID FOR WRONGS I'VE DONE
TURNED MY BACK ON MY OWN LOVED ONE.
LA DA DA DA DA............

Words & Music by: Pat Liston & Danny Liston



LAURIE ANN

LAST NIGHT AS I LAY SLEEPIN, I HEARD YOU CRYIN' IN THE NIGHT
YOUR TEARS WERE FALLIN' STEADILY ON MY SHOULDERS.
IT'S THEN I KNEW THAT SOMETHING WASN'T RIGHT

(CHORUS)
(OH TELL ME), WHAT AM I GONNA DO
WHEN LAURIE ANN IS GONE
HOW AM I GONNA ACT, CAN I CARRY ON?
OR WILL I BE THE VICTIM OF MY SAD SONGS
WHEN SHE'S GONE, OH WHEN SHE'S GONE.

WILL I SIGH, WILL I CRY
WILL I ROLL UP IN A BIG OLD BALL AND DIE
WILL I TRY TO LOVE AGAIN, OR FIND OUT IF I CAN
OR WILL I KEEP MY BROKEN HEART AND STAY A BITTER MAN

(OH TELL ME), WHAT AM I GONNA DO
WHEN LAURIE ANN IS GONE
HOW AM I GONNA ACT, CAN I CARRY ON?
OR WILL I BE THE VICTIM OF MY SAD SONGS
WHEN SHE'S GONE, OH WHEN SHE'S GONE.

THIS MORNIN' I WATCHED YOU RISE,
THAT FAR AWAY FAMILIAR LOOK WAS IN YOUR EYES.
I WATCHED YOU LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW, STARIN' AT THE RAIN.
IT'LL KILL ME, LAURIE, BUT I WISH YOU'D LEAVE BEFORE YOU GO INSANE.
OH TELL ME........ (CHORUS)

Words & Music by: Pat Liston



YOU CAN'T FOOL YOURSELF

HOW CAN YOU SLEEP, KNOWING YOU'LL REAP, JUST WHAT YOU SOW.
LIVING A LIE, MAKING THEM CRY, BREAKIN THEIR HOMES.
PREACHIN FALSE LOVE, WITH THAT SMILE ON YOUR FACE
THEN YOU RUN AWAY TO YOUR SATINS AND LACE,
WHERE YOU CAN HIDE YOUR DECEPTIVE FACE......

JUST KNOWIN YOU GOT ME FOOLED, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE......
BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL YOURSELF.

HOW WILL YOU FEEL ,WHEN YOU MUST DEAL WITH ALL YOU'VE DONE.
HOW WILL YOU KNOW IT'S TIME TO GO, BACK ON THE RUN
AND WHAT WILL YOU DO,
WHEN THERE'S NO ONE LEFT TO TURN TO.
WILL YOU COME BACK TO ME, WITH YOUR ARMS OPEN WIDE,
SAYIN THAT YOUR SORRY, FOR TIMES THAT YOU LIED.......

JUST KNOWIN YOU GOT ME FOOLED, JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE......
BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL YOURSELF.

(BRIDGE)
NOW WHAT YOU GONNA DO BABY, WHEN YOUR OLD AND GRAY,
AND ALL YOUR SO-CALLED FRIENDS AND LOVERS,
LORD, HAVE GONE DOWN ON THEIR WAY
WILL YOU WISH YOU'D KEPT ME BABY
AND SENT THE REST OF THEM ON THEIR WAY
WILL YOU WISH YOU KNEW THEN, WHAT YOU KNOW TODAY.

WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOUR LIFE IS THROUGH AND YOU MUST SEE
WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN, AIN'T IT A SIN 'CAUSE YOUR NOT WITH ME
YOU'LL BE ALONE, ALL ON YOUR OWN, IN ETERNITY

THEN YOU'LL THINK OF DAYS AND SO MANY WAYS
THAT YOU'LL HAVE TO PAY........ out

Words & Music by: Pat Liston



BLUE MIST

STANDIN' ON A BUS LINE, WAITING FOR THE NUMBER 39
TO TAKE ME HOME FOR THE LAST TIME

HOPING FOR THE MORNING RAIN TO FALL UPON MY FACE
SO THAT IT WILL ERASE THE TEARDROPS FROM MY EYES

(CHORUS)
THERE'S A BLUE MIST, IN THE AIR
AND THERE'S A FEELIN IN MY HEART THAT I CAN'T SHARE
AND THERE'S A TEARDROP, RUNNIN' DOWN MY CHEEK
AND I CAN'T EVEN SPEAK WHEN I THINK OF YOU

WE WERE BROUGHT TOGETHER, BECAUSE OF STORMY WEATHER
'CAUSE WHEN THE WEATHER GOT BETTER AND THE SUN CAME,
YOU WERE GONE

NOW, YOU COULD NEVER MAKE IT, BECAUSE YOU TRIED TO FAKE IT
THEN LET A STRANGER COME AND TAKE IT ALL AWAY

NOW I CAN LIVE WITHOUT YOU, THOUGH I'LL OFTEN THINK ABOUT YOU
AND WONDER WHAT HAD HAPPENED HAD YOU TRIED
NOW YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT ME, I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE
SO I'M GIVIN THIS SONG TO YOU TO HURT YOUR PRIDE

(CHORUS)

Words & Music by: Pat Liston



from the Guard Your Heart CD



GUARD YOUR HEART

I CAN LOOK IN YOUR EYES
AND TELL THAT THERE'S PAIN DEEP INSIDE.
IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN'T DISGUISE FROM ME


YOU SEE, I'VE HAD MY SHARE,
OF PAIN AND HEARTACHE TO BEAR,
WE ALWAYS BELIEVE WE'RE THE ONLY ONE.


BUT THERE'S A VOICE DEEP INSIDE
THAT SAYS DON'T GIVE UP KEEP ON TRYIN'.


(CHORUS) GUARD YOUR HEART,
IT IS A TREASURE SO TREAT IT THAT WAY.
GUARD YOUR HEART,
NO NEED TO HURRY BEFORE YOU GIVE IT AWAY.


I KNOW THE WAY THAT YOU FEEL,
YOUR THINKING THAT THIS LOVE IS REAL,
AND WITHOUT HER LIFE JUST CAN'T GO ON.


I KNOW THIS FEELING IS STRONG,
BUT YOU'LL FIND THAT LIFE STILL GOES ON.
TRUE LOVE IS A TREASURE WORTH WAITING FOR.


SO DON'T GIVE UP FAITH,
YOU MUST REMEMBER TO ALWAYS PRAY. ......(CHORUS)


Words & Music by: Danny Liston



SAIL ON

FEELIN JUST LIKE YOUR BODY'S LOST
PAYING YOUR DUES AT SUCH A COST
SOMETIMES YOU FEEL IT'S ALL IN VAIN
YOU BOW YOUR HEAD IN SHEEPISH SHAME
YOU HAVE NO FACE, YOU HAVE NO NAME
YOU HAVE NO ONE TO PLACE THE BLAME


(CHORUS)
SAIL ON MY LONELY ONE
SAIL ON TO HIS MIGHTY SON
SAIL ON LOST AND LONELY ONE
SAIL ON TO THE MIGHTY ONE


LONELY IS A FEELING YOU CAN'T BEAR
SOMEONE ONCE RECITED YOU THIS PRAY
HE IS WITH YOU MY SON,
HE HAS THE ANSWERS YOU HAVE NONE
YOU NEED NOT FEAR ANYONE
JUST DO HIS WILL AND YOU HAVE WON........(CHORUS)


YEARNING FOR A LIFE OF PEACEFUL DREAMS
LEARNING LIFE'S NOT ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS
THERE'S A THOUSAND ROADS TO CHOOSE
CHOOSE THE WRONG ONE AND YOU LOSE
THIS STORY'S OLD BUT STILL GOOD NEWS
HEAR HIS MESSAGE DON'T REFUSE.........(CHORUS)


Words & Music by: Pat Liston



QUE LINDA

HERE SHE COMES WALKING DOWN THE AVENUE.
ALL THE BOYS ON THE BUS STOP ARE
WHISTLIN' AND CARRYIN' ON LIKE BOYS DO.
CAUSE WHEN SHE WALKS BY SHE'S POETRY IN MOTION.
AND I DON'T BELIEVE SHE HAS THE SLIGHTEST NOTION.


(CHORUS) BUT BE THAT AS IT MAY, I'M GONNA MAKE HER MINE SOMEDAY.
I'M GONNA WALK RIGHT UP, SWALLOW MY PRIDE, TELL HER HOW I FEEL INSIDE.
OH QUE LINDA, HOW I'D LIKE TO WIN YOUR HEART FOR ME,
BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW WHEN YOU NEVER LOOK MY WAY.
OH QUE LINDA, HOW I'D LIKE TO CHARM YOU WITH MY WORDS,
THOSE PRETTY WORDS THAT I'M MUCH TOO SHY TO SAY.


IN MY MIND, AS I SEE HER PASSING BY,
I IMAGINE THAT SHE'S MY GIRL AND I'M THE ENVY OF ALL THE GUYS.
BUT IN REALITY I KNOW SHE DOESN'T KNOW ME
THE FACT IS, I'M JUST ANOTHER BUS STOP DEVOTEE


(CHORUS)


(BRIDGE)
IN MY MIND I'M HOLDIN YOUR HAND, OH SO TENDERLY,
AND I LOOK INTO THOSE BIG BROWN EYES
AND YOU LOOK BACK AT ME.
IT'S HARD TO SEE YOU PASSIN, BABY, FEELIN LIKE I DO.
BUT I SWEAR BY GOD AND ANGELS
THAT SOMEDAY YOU'LL LOVE ME TOO.


THERE SHE GOES A BEAUTY IN THE FIRST DEGREE
PROB'LY DREAMIN' ABOUT HER KNIGHT IN WHITE ARMOR
HOW I'D LOVE TO TELL HER IT'S ME.
BUT I JUST STAND THERE WITH THE BOYS IN BREATHLESS WONDER
ALLOWING SOMEONE ELSE THE CHANCE TO STEAL MY THUNDER......


(CHORUS)


Words & Music by: Pat Liston

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