Ellen Foley - Johnny and Mary

A Johnny and Mary * 4:09 Robert Palmer
B You Can’t Dance to the Beat of a Broken Heart 4:51 Ellen Foley / Fred Goodman

Produced by Vinny Poncia for Mad Vincent Productions

* Taken from the forthcoming album/cassette Another Breath

Label Epic / Cleveland Int. Cat.No. A-3236 Format 7″ Year 1983 Country UK

Johnny and Mary

Johnny’s always running around trying to find certainty
He needs all the world to confirm that he ain’t lonely
Mary counts the walls, knows he tires easily

Johnny thinks the world would be right if it would buy truth from him
Mary says he changes his mind more than a woman
But she made her bed, even though the chance was slim

Johnny’s always running around, running around, running around
Johnny’s always running around, running away

Johnny says he’s willing to learn when he decides he’s a fool
Johnny says he’ll live anywhere when he has time to
Mary combs her hair, says she should be used to it

Mary always hedges her bets, she never knows what to think
She says he’s still acting like he’s being discovered
Scared that he’ll get caught without a second thought

Johnny’s always running around, running around, running around
Johnny’s always running around, running away

Johnny feels he’s wasting his breath trying to talk sense to her
Mary says he’s lacking a real sense of proportion
Mary counts the walls, says she should be used to it

Johnny’s always running around, running around, running around
Johnny’s always running around, running away....

(Johnny run, run, run)
(Johnny run, run, run)
(Johnny run, run, run)
(Johnny run, run, run)

Johnny’s always running around, running around, running around
Johnny’s always running around, running away

Johnny’s always running around, running around, running around (running around)
Johnny’s always running around, running around, running around (running away)
Johnny’s always running around, running around, running around (running around)
Johnny’s always running around, running around, running around (running away) …
[fade]

First released by Robert Palmer, Clues, 1980

Beat of a Broken Heart

Oh, they met one night in a flurry of passion
At the C wild young men provided the beat
She looked at him, and he followed in fashion
They forget where they were, they were lost in the heat

He circled around, it was like he knew her
He took her hand, she was walking the air
With the look in his eye he shot right through her
She should have felt the danger, right then and there

‘Cause when the matter was through
He would take that young heart and tear it in two

You can’t dance to the beat
Take a chance with the beat
You can’t dance to the beat, oh, of a broken heart

You can’t dance to the beat
Make romance to the beat
You can’t dance to the beat – of a broken heart

They started to dance, deep in the shadows
Hiding away from the light of the moon
Flying to the song of a thousand pianos
The people and the fire fed the flames of her doom

He took her so high, then took her higher
With a kiss so long as if frozen in time
No longer a child, she knew what desire
Had made her a woman with her heart on the line

‘Cause when she opened her eyes
Her lover was gone and his love was a lie

You can’t dance to the beat
Take a chance with the beat
You can’t dance to the beat, oh, of a broken heart

You can’t dance to the beat
Make romance to the beat
You can’t dance to the beat – of a broken heart....

Don’t dance
Don’t do it
Don’t you dance
Don’t do it

Don’t dance
Don’t do it
Don’t you dance
Oh no, alright

‘Cause when she opened her eyes
The laughter was gone and his love was a lie

She knew, yeah, she knew

You can’t dance to the beat
Take a chance with the beat
You can’t dance to the beat, no, no, of a broken heart

No, you can’t dance to the beat
Make romance to the beat
You can’t dance to the beat – of a broken heart
Of a broken heart (dance to the beat)
Of a broken heart
Of a broken heart
Of a broken heart (dance to the beat)
You can’t dance to the beat, oh, of a broken heart
Of a broken heart (dance to the beat)
Of a broken heart
Of a broken heart
You can’t dance to the beat
You can’t dance to the beat, no, no, of a broken heart
Of a broken heart (dance to the beat)
Of a broken heart....