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John C Lyr Req: Say It Ain't So Joe (Murray Head) (9) Lyr Add: SAY IT AIN'T SO JOE (Murray Head) 29 Oct 99


Is this it? Iíve got an old single of SAY IT AINíT SO JOE from 1977, sung by that well-known folkie Roger Daltrey (Who?) and written by Murray Head. Iíve been trying to work out the words but the record is a bit scratched and, fine singer though he is, Daltreyís diction leaves a little to be desired. Anyway, this is what I can decipher:

Say it ainít so, Joe. Please say it ainít so.
Thatís not what I want to hear, Joe, and I've got a right to know.
Say it ainít so, Joe. Please say it ainít so.
Iím sure theyíre telling us lies, Joe. Please tell us it ainít so.

They told us that our hero has played his trump card,
He doesnít know how to go on.
We're clinging to his charm and determined smile,
But the good old days have gone.

The army and the empire may be falling apart.
And the money has gotten scarce.
One manís word held the country together,
But the truth is getting fierce.

Say it ainít so, Joe. Please say it ainít so.
We pinned our hopes on you, Joe; now theyíre ruining our show.

Ooh, baby, donít you think weíre gonna get burned?
Ooh, baby, don't you think we're gonna get turned?
Weíre gonna get burned.
Weíre gonna get learned.
Weíre gonna get turned.
Weíre gonna get burned....

Rpt chorus, verses, chorus

Actually, in retrospect, this is a pretty good song. Strong tune and it just occurred to me that Joe could be Joseph Stalin which gives the lyrics a whole new meaning.
Ciao for now
John C


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