Ellen Foley — About Time

1 If You Can’t Be Good 3:05 Paul Foglino
2 Nobody Ever Died From Crying 2:47 Paul Foglino
3 All of My Suffering 2:29 Paul Foglino
4 Guilty 2:14 Randy Newman
5 If You Had a Heart 2:45 Paul Foglino
6 Madness 3:01 Paul Foglino
7 Worried Woman 2:21 Ellen Foley / Paul Foglino
8 Any Fool Can See 3:42 Ellen Foley / Paul Foglino
9 I’ve Been Around the Block and Back 2:56 Paul Foglino
10 I Can See 2:56 Paul Foglino
11 Carry On (Party’s Over) 2:30 Wally Bryson / Ellen Foley / Paul Foglino
12 Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 3:01 Paul Foglino

ALL SONGS written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI) except: “Worried Woman” and “Any Fool Can See” by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI) and Ellen Foley, Urban Noise Music (ASCAP); “Carry On (Party’s Over)”, adapted from the song “Party’s Over” by Wally Bryson, Kay-Wal Music, LLC, (BMI) lyrics by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI) and Ellen Foley, Urban Noise Music (ASCAP); “Guilty” by Randy Newman, WB Music Corp

PRODUCED by Eric Ambel and Mark Ettinger
except: “Nobody Ever Died From Crying”, “Madness”, and “Any Fool Can See” produced by Eric Ambel
MIXED by Eric Ambel at Evie’s Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
MASTERED by Paul Gold: Salt Mastering Greenpoint, Brooklyn

PLAYERS
Guitar: Slim Simon, Paul Foglino, Eric Ambel, Mark Ettinger
Bass: JC Chmiel, Mark Ettinger
Keyboards: Tommy Mandel, Mark Ettinger, Rob Arthur
Drums: Hilly Michaels, Kevin Baier (“Nobody Ever Died From Crying”, “Madness”, and “Any Fool Can See”)
Backing Vocals: Monica Passin, Mary Lee Kortes, Kate Ettinger, Eric Ambel
Percussion: Eric Ambel

Special Thanks to Michael Springer and Tyreek L De Veau
Front and back cover photographs courtesy of Bruno Cornil
Design: Kevin Baier

If You Can’t Be Good

If you can’t be good, be careful
If you can’t be careful, be tough
If you can’t be tough, be lucky
If you’re unlucky, don’t fall in love

If you can’t be wise, be clever
If you can’t be clever, be cool
If you can’t be cool, be honest
If you’re dishonest, don’t be cruel

I let my conscience try to guide me
I let my conscience cut and run
I want someone who’ll stand beside me
Even after all the things I’ve done …

If you can’t be free, be patient
If you can’t be patient, be right
If you can’t be right, take it easy
If you’re uneasy, just get through the night
Just get through the night …
Just get through the night …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI)

Nobody Ever Died From Crying

First I pushed you around
Then I kicked you when you were down
I said I’m sorry
But I was lying

You said I left you paralyzed
Too weak to wipe the tears from your eyes
Nobody
Ever died from crying
Nobody ever died from crying

You can’t go on
You’re almost gone
You’re lonely
You’re dying
Nobody ever died from crying …

You know what you did to me
And I know that revenge is sweet
You hurt me
There’s no denying

Hey yeah, now that I’ve laid you low
It’s time for you to know
What I know
Nobody ever died from crying
Nobody ever died from crying

You can’t go on
You’re almost gone
You’re lonely
You’re dying
Nobody ever died from crying

(nobody ever died) from crying
(nobody ever died) from crying
(nobody ever died) from crying
(nobody ever died) from crying …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI)

All of My Suffering

I waited for you
I waited so long
I even hated you
When you did me wrong
Love is hard
But love is strong

You are my weakness
You are my strength
And when you hurt it hurts me too
And all of my suffering begins and ends with you …

I was afraid
I was afraid for you
I even prayed
For you to come through
Love is hard
When love is true

You are my weakness
You are my strength
And when you hurt it hurts me too
And all of my suffering begins and ends with you …
And all of my suffering begins and ends with you, yeah …
All of my suffering begins and ends with you …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI)

Guilty

Yes, baby, I’ve been drinkin’
Shouldn’t come back, I know
But I found myself in trouble, darling
And I had no place else to go

Got some whisky from a barman
I got some cocaine from a friend
You see I just had to keep on movin’ darlin’
‘Til I was back in your arms again

‘Cause I’m guilty
Yes, I’m guilty
And I’ll be guilty, baby, all the rest of my life
How come I never never do what I’m supposed to do?
That’s why nothin’ that I try to do ever turns out right

Well, you know how it is with me, baby
I just can’t stand myself
And it’ll take a whole lot of medicine, darlin’
For me to pretend that I’m somebody else

written by Randy Newman, WB Music Corp

If You Had a Heart

Good times, the way we used to feel
Good times, when I thought that it was real
Good times, just like we were in love
Hard times, ‘cause good times don’t last long enough

If you had a heart it would be breaking
If you had a mind you would be losing it
If you had a soul it would be shaking
But you don’t—no no no, you don’t

Crazy, that’s how I seem to be
Crazy, separated from reality
Crazy, I love a crazy man
Trying, just trying to make you understand

If you had a heart it would be breaking
If you had a mind you would be losing it
If you had a soul it would be shaking
But you don’t—no no no, you don’t

Talk to me, oh, talk to me
Open your eyes and tell me what you see
How long will you make me wait

Nothing, that’s all that I can do
Nothing, that’s the thing I get from you
Nothing, that’s no way to live
Something, something has got to give

If you had a heart it would be breaking
If you had a mind you would be losing it
If you had a soul it would be shaking
But you don’t—no no no, you don’t
But you don’t—no no no, you don’t
But you don’t—no no no, you don’t …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI)

Madness

Some go mad from sex and drugs
Some from unrequited love
Some go crazy from rock and roll
But you’re born with madness in your soul

We all live on a mighty thin line
And if you think that you’ve lost your mind
You might call it insanity
I call it being all that you can be

Some say madness will start in your brain
And spread through your body like a runaway train
Some go mad around the hips and torso
But when you’re mad you’re just you, only more so

We all live on a mighty thin line
And if you think that you’ve lost your mind
You might call it insanity
I call it being all that you can be

All it takes is a little bitty nudge
Even if you think you’re sober as a judge
You’re already more than halfway crazy
Just waiting to go upsy daisy …

Some go mad by slow degrees
Till one day they’re shooting up the Tastee Freeze
Some go mad behind the wheel of a car
And some never figure out how crazy they are

We all live on a mighty thin line
And if you think that you’ve lost your mind
You might call it insanity
I call it being all that you can be
All that you can be, you can be
All that you can be, you can be
All that you can be …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI)

Worried Woman

I’m a worried woman
With worried blues
Just watch me worry
I’m good at what I do
I’ve got a good man
I make him worry too

I’m a worried woman
With a worried song
I’m a worried river
Wide and deep and strong
I’m a worried morning
I worry all night long

Rattle my window
Tear up this town
Hear the wind blow
And let the rain come down …

I’m a worried woman
With a worried mind
I’m worried crazy
I’m worried blind
Come on and worry with me
If you’re the worrying kind

I’m a worried woman
I’m a worried woman
I’m a worried girl …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI) and Ellen Foley, Urban Noise Music (ASCAP)

Any Fool Can See

I lied
And I got caught
We fought
And I cried
We tried again
And made amends
We tried again
And I lied again

Any fool would be able to see
That I love you and you love me
Any fool can see
Why can’t we

Well, I was wrong
But you were wrong too
We both knew
For so long
But we played along
Silent and strong
We played along
And we stayed wrong

Any fool would be able to see
That I love you and you love me
Any fool can see
Why can’t we …

I awake from a dream of a time that’s gone
I ache and I want to go back
Then I see you sleeping next to me
And I breathe with you
I breathe with you

Any fool would be able to see
That I love you and you love me
Any fool can see
Why can’t we
Any fool can see
Why can’t we
Any fool can see
Why can’t we …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI) and Ellen Foley, Urban Noise Music (ASCAP)

I’ve Been Around the Block and Back

I’ve been broken hearted
I’ve been disregarded
I’ve been treated badly
By fools I suffered gladly

I’ve worked hard at everything I’ve learned
Every scar I’ve earned
Every time I’ve been burned
Blue and black
I’ve been there and returned
I’ve been around the block and back

You love them and you leave them
Bluff them and deceive them
Trick them with a swagger
And stick them with a dagger

If you think that you’re gonna make me cry
Tell me lies
Leave me tied
To the railroad track
You go ahead and try, baby
I’ve been around the block and back …

When you’re tired of talking twaddle
With some stupid model
And you’re tired of teaching schoolgirls
The lessons of the cruel world

If you want a woman who will make your bed
Bake your bread
Give you
A heart attack
Try me instead, baby
I’ve been around the block and back …
I’ve been around the block and back …
I’ve been around the block and …
I … I … I … I’ve been around the block and back …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI)

I Can See

I used to live in the dark
I thought I didn’t mind
I could find my way around
‘Cause I got used to being blind

I didn’t even bother to put up a fight
‘Cause I didn’t think I would ever get it right
Then I saw the light

I can see — This is the way it’s supposed to be
I can see — And I’m looking at you looking back at me
I can see

I used to lie to myself
And I believed every word I said
I took my own advice
I was easily misled

I gave up trying a long time ago
Till you came around like a medicine show
Now I know

I can see — This is the way it’s supposed to be
I can see — And I’m looking at you looking back at me
I can see …

Now let the good times roll
I never thought that I could
Come on and roll with me now
Don’t know how long I’m gonna feel this good

I never ever thought I would understand
What it’s like to see the promised land
Now I can

I can see — This is the way it’s supposed to be
I can see — And I’m looking at you looking back at me
I can see …
I can see …
I can see …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI)

Carry On (Party’s Over)

It was bad when it started
Then it just got worse
It’s gonna drive me crazy
If it don’t kill me first

Time time time
Here and gone
Time time time
Carry on

I’ve been running round in circles
Hurry up and wait
Every day I wake up
And I’m already late

Time time time
Here and gone
Time time time
Carry on …

Tears overflowing
From these crying eyes
I won’t miss the water
When the well runs dry

Time time time
Here and gone
Time time time
Carry on

(time time time) Carry on …
(time time time) Carry on …
(time time time) Carry on …

adapted from “Party’s Over” by Wally Bryson Kay-Wal Music LLC (BMI);
lyrics written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI) and Ellen Foley, Urban Noise Music (ASCAP)

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Everybody’s bound to cry
Misery don’t ask for volunteers
Every sorrow has a price
And everybody pays with tears
I cried last night and the night before
Tonight I don’t wanna cry no more

Everything’s gonna be alright
Everything’s gonna turn out fine
Gonna put our troubles out of mind
We’re gonna be alright

Everybody’s bound to die
That’s the price you pay for being born
Seems like you’ve only just arrived
Pretty soon you’re almost gone
But I ain’t dead yet and I’m glad
And I’ve already spent too much time feeling bad

Everything’s gonna be alright
Everything’s gonna turn out fine
Gonna put our troubles out of mind
We’re gonna be alright

We don’t have much to show
For not too long a stay
We all arrive with nothing
And that’s what we take away

Everything’s gonna be alright
Everything’s gonna turn out fine
Gonna put our troubles out of mind
We’re gonna be alright …
Gonna be alright …
Gonna be alright …

written by Paul Foglino, Newtown Creek Music (BMI)