I Never Knew EP

Words and Music by Steve Volkmann

 

I SAW ELVIS

I saw Elvis on the train the other day
he told us he could help us find our way
to get back home
and I think he thought he could
I gotta tell you man I wish he would
I gotta tell you man I wish he could

He told us he was an angel in disguise
he warned us not to look him in the eyes
he said we turned to stone
and I think he thought we would
so I looked right at him and there I stood
yeah I looked right at him and there I stood
you know me I looked right at him and there I stood

I saw Elvis on the train the other day
he told us he could help us find our way
to get back home
and I think he thought he could
I gotta tell you now I wish he would
I gotta tell you now I wish he could

Everybody on the train that day
was laughing at him in a way
like they laughed at me
the way they laughed at you
the way they laughed at everyone we knew

I saw Elvis on the train the other day
he told us he could help us find our way
to get back home
and I think he thought he could
I gotta tell you now I wish he would
I gotta tell you now I wish he could
I gotta tell you now I wish he would

IN THE CITY

In the country she’s Marianne
in the country boy she’s Maryianne
in the country yeah she’s Marianne
but in the city she’s Ginger you see

running all around in her bare feet
she’s running all around in her bare feet
she’s running all around in her bare feet
in a pair, of cutoff jeans

She’s got a fancy dress and high heeled shoes
she’s got a fancy dress and high-heeled shoes
she wears that fancy dress and them high-heeled shoes
she’s got her hair, done up nice

Everybody knows that I’m in love with her
everybody knows that I’m in love with her
everyone can see that I’m in love with her
and that’s fine, just fine with me

She’s my love and my best friend
she’s my love and my best friend
she’s my lover and she’s my best friend
she’s every, woman to me

Cause in the country she’s my Marianne
in the country boys she’s my Marianne
in the country yeah she’s my Marianne
and in the city, sees ginger to me

Cause in the country she’s my Marianne
in the country boys she’s my Marianne
in the country yeah she’s my Marianne
and in the city, sees ginger to me

 

NEVER KNEW

You never know until it happens to you
you never know until it happens to you
you never know until it happens to you
you never know what you could do
you never know what you would do

You know your life can change on a dime
you know your life can change on a dime
you know your life can change on a dime
yeah a lot can change right on a dime

And then you’re left standin on your own
and then it your left standin on your own
and then you’re left standin on your own
well you’re just left right on your own

Think it will get better in good time
think it will get better in good time
think it will get better in good time
yeah you hope it will get better in good time

I never knew until it happened to me
I never knew until it happened to me
I never knew until it happened to me
I never knew what I could do
I never knew what I would do

And now it’s better than it was before
now it’s better than it was before
well it’s better than it was before
yeah it’s much better than it was before

I never knew until it happened to me
I never knew until it happened to me
I never knew until it happened to me
I never knew what I would do
I never knew what I could do

 

SONG FOR YOU

I saw you lying there
I saw you lying there
And started singing    this song for you

I saw you sitting there
I saw you sitting there
And I was just singing   this song for you

Then you’re walking away
then you’re walking away
And I’m still singing   this song for you

I saw you walking there
I saw you walking there
And I was just singing   this song for you

I saw you sitting there
I saw you sitting right there
And I started singing   this song for you

And now you’re lying here
now you’re lying here
and I’m still singing   this song for you

I saw you lying there
I saw you lying there
And started singing    this song for you

I try to do my best
I tried to do my best
and I’m just singing   this song for you

If I done you wrong
well if I’ve ever done you wrong
then I’m singing   this song for you

I saw you dying then
I saw you dying then
and I’m still singing   this song for you
I’m singing, singing   this song for you
well I’m singing, singing   this song for you
look at me singing, singing   this song for you

 

THE PLANT

Workin in the plant
she’s workin in the plant
workin in the plant all day

Workin in the plant
she’s workin in the plant
workin in the plant all day

Aint nobody told her
not to breathe the fumes
workin in the plant all day

Aint nobody told her
not to breathe the fumes
workin in the plant all day

Workin in the plant
she’s workin in the plant
workin in the plant all day

Workin in the plant
she’s workin in the plant
workin in the plant all day

Then she had a kid
but he wasn’t quite right
workin in the plant all day

And the old man left
cause he couldn’t take the kid
couldn’t take that fuckin kid no more

Aint got no real friends
And all her families gone
working in the plant all day
She tried to get some help
but there ain’t no heroes here
she’s working in the plant all day

Workin in the plant
she’s workin in the plant
workin in the plant all day

Workin in the plant
she’s workin in the plant
workin in the plant all day

DEION

I got a friend, a friend of mine
he’s pretty happy, well most of the time

I asked myself, what does he do
when he starts, a feeling blue

What does he do?
what does he do?
I ask myself what does he do?

What does he do?
what does he do?
I have to ask myself what does Deion do?

He’s laughin with me
Smiling with you
With me and you

When I get into a pickle, when I get into a bind
you know that happens to me, all the time

I asked myself, what would you do?
I have to ask myself, what would Dion do?

What does he do?
what does he do?
I ask myself what does he do?

What does he do?
what does he do?
I have to ask myself what does Deion do?

He’s laughin with me
Smiling with you
With me and you

I’ve got a friend, friend of mine
he’s pretty happy, well most of the time

all songs ©2014 Steve Volkmann