bootleg compilation of old hits from Air Mail serie released by german record label Europa 
between 1969-73 in Hamburg - with participation of John Lawton

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FUNNY FUNNY (N. Chinn/M. Chapman)
(1971) Sweet: Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be

John Lawton solo:

Tell me is it really true 
This feelin' that I feel for you 
Your own kind of lovin' 
That makes me think 
Nothing could ever take the place of you 

And it's so funny funny 
What you do, honey, honey 
What you do, what you mean to me 
And you know, honey, honey 
Though it's so funny funny 
That you mean all the world to me 

Ever since you came my way 
I knew it was my lucky day 
The sun started shinin' 
When you started smiling 
And I know it's gonna stay that way 

And it's so funny funny 
What you do, honey, honey 
What you do, what you mean to me 
And you know, honey, honey 
Though it's so funny funny 
That you mean all the world to me 

Can't imagine lovin' anyone but you 
(Honey honey, so funny funny) 
Every minute lovin' everything you do 
(Honey honey, so funny funny) 
Couldn't see my way without you 
Now I gotta tell the world about you 

Tell me is it really true 
This feelin' that I feel for you 
Your own kind of lovin' 
That makes me think 
Nothing could ever take the place of you 

And it's so funny funny 
What you do, honey, honey 
What you do, what you mean to me 
And you know, honey, honey 
Though it's so funny funny 
That you mean all the world to me 

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ALL NIGHT LONG

John Lawton solo:

When I was young I lived all alone
No father, no mother, nobody to keep me warm
Oh the sun goes down and still no-one around
To see the changes in my dreams

Chorus
All night long I held her tight
Just to keep her here
She threw her arms around my neck
While I was fast asleep
Alone again, that girl is gone from me
Alone again, nobody here, no-one to see
When the sun comes up 
When will the hurting stop
All night long I held her in my arms

Repeat chorus

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LET ME KNOW IF YOU GO

John Lawton duet with unknown female vocalist:

I just wanna make you feel all right
When I'm with you the sky is always bright
Baby, we can do it together
It will surely be better
Than staying alone

Do you think it's time, when we'd be children?
We thought of love as though it was true
Now we're free to do what we want
(Free to do what you want)
But I want you to tell me what to do
(Want you to tell me what to do)

Chorus
Let me know, if you go
Will you be back in time, when I'm gone?
Let me know, if I go
Will you call me and ask me: "Come home"

We are gonna make it through the night
I'm gonna really hold you good and tight
Baby, we can do it together
It will surely be better
Than staying alone

Chorus
Let me know, if you go
Will you be back in time, when I'm gone?
Let me know, if I go
Will you call me and ask me: "Come home"

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RAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT
(1952) Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Coyal McMahan: 
Get On Board: Negro Folksongs By The Folkmasters

John Lawton solo:

My old boss said to me, raise a ruckus tonight
When I die I'm gonna set you free, raise a ruckus tonight
Lived so long 'til his head got bald, raise a ruckus tonight
Get off the notion of dyin' at all, raise a ruckus tonight

Chorus
Come along little children, come along with me
When the moon is shining bright, come along with me
Come along with me

Went to the river to be baptised, raise a ruckus tonight
Stepped on a root and got capsized, raise a ruckus tonight
Raise a ruckus tonight

Repeat chorus

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UNION OR THE SOUTH
(adaptation of "Which Side Are You On?" from Florence Reece)

John Lawton solo: 

All of you fighting men, good news to you I'll tell
Of how the good old Union has come in here to dwell
Don't scab for the bosses, don't listen to their lies
The fighting men haven't got a chance unless we organize

Chorus
Which side are you, the Union or the South?
The battle's for Confederacy, for freedom now in the South
Which side are you, the Union or the South?
Confederacy is here to stay for freedom of the South

They say in Harlan County, there are no neutrals there
You'll either be a Union man or a thug for J. H. Blair?
Gentlemen can you stand it, tell me, if you can
Will you just be a lousy scab, or will you be a man?

Which side are you, the Union or the South?
Confederacy is here to stay for freedom of the South

(repeat these lines 3 times in total)

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THE YOUNG MAN THAT WOULDN'T HOE CORN

John Lawton solo:

I'll sing you a song and it's not very long

He planted his corn in the month of June
And in July it was knee-high
First of September came a frost
And all this young man's corn was lost

He went to the fence and there he peked in
The weeds and the grass grew up to his chin
The weeds and the grass they grew so high
It caused this young man for to sigh

I'll sing you a song and it's not very long
I'll sing you a song 
It's about a young man who wouldn't hoe corn

So he went down to his neighbor's door
Where he had often been before
"Pretty little girl, will you marry me?
Pretty little girl, what do you say?"

I'll sing you a song and it's not very long
I'll sing you a song 
It's about a young man who wouldn't hoe corn

I'll sing you a song ... 

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BROWN SUGAR (M. Jagger/K. Richards)
(1971) The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers

Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields 
Sold in a market down in New Orleans 
Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright 
Hear him whip the women just around midnight 

Brown sugar how come you taste so good? 
Brown sugar just like a young girl should 

Drums beating, cold English blood runs hot 
Lady of the house wonderin' where it's gonna stop 
House boy knows, that he's doing alright 
You shoulda heard him just around midnight 

Brown sugar how come you taste so good, now? 
Brown sugar just like a young girl should, now 

Ah, get along, brown sugar how come you taste so good, baby? 
Ah, got me feelin' now, brown sugar just like a black girl should 

I bet your mama was a tent show queen 
Had all the boyfriends at sweet sixteen 
I'm no schoolboy but I know what I like 
You shoulda heard me just around midnight 

Brown sugar how come you taste so good, baby? 
Ah, brown sugar just like a young girl should, yeah 

I said yeah, yeah, yeah, woo 
How come you...how come you taste so good? 
Yeah, yeah, yeah, woo 
Just like a...just like a black girl should 
Yeah, yeah, yeah, woo 

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ALL MY FRIENDS

John Lawton solo:

All of my friends fell out with me
because I care, my love, to come here

Let them say or do what they will
I love my love with a free good will

All the powers above
Look down on me and see

All my friends 
let them say what they want
I donít care - I love my girl
All my friends 
let them do what they will
I donít care - I love my girl

All the powers above
Look down on my love and me

When I have gold, she has her part
when I have none, she has my heart

She gave it too, with a free good will 
and all my heart, I love her still
All of my friends fell with me

All my friends 
let them do what they will
I donít care - I love my girl
All my friends 
let them say what they want
I donít care - I love my girl

All the powers above
Look down on my love and me

All my friends 
let them say what they want
I donít care - I love my girl
All my friends 
let them do what they will
I donít care - I love my girl 

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AIN'T GONNA TREAT ME THIS WAY

John Lawton solo:

Well I'm going down that dusty road
Yes, I'm going down, Lord, that road
Yes, I'm going, Lord, you know I'm going
Going down that old dusty road

Ain't gonna treat me this way
Ain't got a lot to say
Oh, no, not tonight

Well I'm going, Lord, you know I'm going
Going where the climate suits my clothes
Yes, I'm going, Lord, you know I'm going
Going where the climate suits my clothes

Ain't gonna treat me this way
Ain't got a lot to say
Oh, Lord, not tonight

Ain't gonna treat me this way
Ain't got a lot to say
Oh, Lord, I'll be on my way

Oh I'm going, God, you know I'm going
Where the orange blossom blooms all grow
Yes, I'm going, God, you know I'm going
Going where the orange blossoms grow

Ain't gonna treat me this way
Ain't got a lot to say
Oh, Lord, I'll be on my way

Ain't got a lot to say
Tonight I'll be on my way
Tonight you won't see me no more
Oh, darling, won't see me no more

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LOVE MY LOVE

All of my friends fell out with me
'Cause I kept my love's company
I love my love, I love my love
With a free good will

Over the mountain I must go
'Cause my fortune is so low
I love my love, I love my love
With a free good will

With an aching heart and a troubled mind
Leaving my true love behind

Repeat verse 1
Repeat verse 2

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THE LIES IN YOUR EYES (Connolly/Priest/Scott/Tucker)
(1975) Sweet: Give Us A Wink

Ain't nobody gonna take my place
Whips and chains don't leave no trace
Solid gold brass got a plastic face, ah
Break me up every time you try
To cool me off with a wink in your eye
And I don't eat from a pie in the sky no more

I can see you ain't foolin' me
I ain't blind
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
The tears that you cry, I'm not blind
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
But the lies in your eyes

You've got a big fat mouth, watch what you say
'Cause sooner (later) you're gonna pay
Gone tomorrow here today
There ain't nobody gonna take my place
Sticks and stones don't leave no trace
I don't need your second face

I can see you ain't foolin' me
I ain't blind
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
The tears that you cry, I'm not blind
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
But the lies in your eyes

Don't you know
I can see you ain't foolin' me
I ain't blind
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
The tears that you cry, I'm not blind
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
The lies in your eyes don't disguise
But the lies in your eyes

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HEY JUDE (J. Lennon/P. McCartney)
(1968) The Beatles: Hey Jude / Revolution SP

John Lawton solo:

Hey, Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better 

Hey, Jude, don't be afraid
You were made to go out and get her
The minute you let her under your skin
Then you begin to make it better

And any time you feel the pain, hey, Jude, refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders
Well don't you know that its a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder 

Hey, Jude! Don't let her down
You have found her, now go and get her
Remember, to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

So let it out and let it in, hey, Jude, begin
You're waiting for someone to perform with
And don't you know that it's just you, hey, Jude,
You'll do, the movement you need is on your shoulder 

Hey, Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

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TAKE ME

She's walking around with every boy in town
I don't know why she's doing things like this to me
I'm writing a letter, but since there came no reply
I can't believe that she'd prefer all the others for me

Chorus
Take me, take me 
I'm begging you, take me
Take me, take me 
I'm begging you, take me

She's walking around with every boy in town
I don't know why she's doing things like this to me
I'm writing a letter but since today no reply
I can't believe that she'd prefer all the others for me

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RAINBOW

John Lawton solo:

When we met the other day the world was bright
You looked into my eyes and there was no escape
Life was full of happiness for you and me
Life was full of love and harmony
Look upon the sky, look upon your face
One day there'll be tears in the blue

Chorus
Rainbow in the sky, flowers in your hair
Golden lights that shine up in the air
Raindrops on your face, sunshine in your eye
Sometimes there'll be clouds in the sky

Sometimes there'll be days full of rain
Sometimes there'll be clouds upon your face
Happiness is nothing you can buy
But I'm gonna love you every day and night
Fire on the water, the earth's gonna touch the sky
Our souls will stay forever if we try

Repeat Chorus

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SON OF MY FATHER (G. Moroder)
(1972) Chicory Tip: Son Of My Father

Mama said to me, we gotta have your life run right 
Off you go to school, where you can learn the rules there right 
Be just like your dad lad 
Follow in the same tradition 
Never go astray and stay an honest lovin' son 

Son of my father 
Moulded, I was folded, I was preform-packed 
Son of my father 
Commanded, I was branded in a plastic vac' 
Surrounded and confounded by statistic facts 

Tried to let me in, but I jumped out of my skin in time 
I saw through the lies and read the alibi signs 
So I left my home, I'm really on my own at last 
Left the trodden path and separated from the past 

Son of my father 
Changing, rearranging into someone new 
Son of my father 
Collecting and selecting independant views 
Knowing and I'm showing that a change is due
Son of my father 
moulded, I was folded, I was preform-packed 
Son of my father 
Commanded, I was branded in a plastic vac' 
Surrounded and confounded by statistic facts 

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MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW (trad./B. Dylan)
(1962) Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan

I'm a man of constant sorrow
I've seen trouble all my days
I'll say goodbye to Colorado
Where I was born and partly raised

Your mother says, that I'm a stranger
My face you'll never see no more
But there's one promise, darling
I'll see you on Gods golden shore

Through this open world I'm a-bound to ramble
Through ice and snows, sleet and rain
I'm a-bound to ride that mornin' railroad
Perhaps I'll die on that train

I'm going back to Colorado
The place that I've started from
If I'd knowed how bad you'd treat me
Honey I never would have come

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THE TALK OF ALL THE USA
(1972) Middle Of The Road: Acceleration

Julie puts her make up on her face every day

She's a woman, yes I know
She's a woman, even so
She's the talk of all the USA
Oh yeah, the talk of all the USA

I went out with Julie to a party one night

She's a woman, yes I know
She's a woman, even so
She's the talk of all the USA
Oh yeah, the talk of all the USA

I was mad, I completely turned blind
She wouldn't let me love her and it blew my mind
Julie said: "Man, I must be very sure"
She told me, that she'd never been loved before

Then I put my coat on we decided to go

She's a woman, yes I know
She's a woman, even so
She's the talk of all the USA
Oh yeah, the talk of all the USA

Yeah, yeah, yeah...

On the way back home I tried with Julie again

She's a woman, yes I know
She's a woman, even so
She's the talk of all the USA
Oh yeah, the talk of all the USA

In the car with remote controlled hands

I knew that little Julie she would understand
When I got there before my very eyes
I'll tell you man, I got myself a big surprise
Julie had that something other girls didn't have

She's a woman, no, no, no
She's a woman, even so
She's the talk of all the USA
Oh yeah, the talk of all the USA...

Yeah, yeah, yeah...

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BEAUTIFUL DREAMER

John Lawton solo:

Beautiful dreamer, give me one time
I'd give you the world
If you would only say you'd be mine
Beautiful dreamer, wake up to me
Can't you see, baby
I'm on my bended knees

Chorus
I use to dream about
Jenny with the light brown hair
Since I met you, baby
This girl is anywhere

Beautiful dreamer, give me one time
I'd give you the world 
If you would only say you'd be mine

Repeat chorus

Beautiful dreamer, give me one time
I'd give you the world
If you would only say you'd be mine

Repeat chorus

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DAY BY DAY

this is definitely not John Lawton:

Mary Lou has gone from it before
Mary Lou the girl walked out the door
Broken hearted inside
Since the day she took a ride

Chorus
Day by day goes by
Day by day goes by
Day by day goes by
Painted blue, oh Mary Lou

Mary Lou is the one I really love
Mary Lou is from the Heavens above
Donít know what to do now
All alone in my dark room

Repeat chorus

No, I donít know someone new
No, I canít live without you
Thatís going on with Mary
And want back day before weíve met

Repeat chorus

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GO LIZZY GO

this is definitely not John Lawton:

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MIDNIGHT

Thunder and furore night and day
Water overflowing nifty and gray
Spooky night tonight
I've got fear and fright
Guess I'm really down
Gonna lose, gonna lose my mind

Chorus
Midnight, midnight, won't stay alone
Midnight, midnight, won't stay alone

Windows flapping down here through the night
I want to have somebody at my side
I can see a light
Moving through the night
Guess I'm really down
Gonna lose, gonna lose my mind

Repeat chorus three times

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MISTER HEARTBREAKER

He's a good looking man
Every single girl is his fan
Sister Mary, people say
What a shame!

She is only seventeen
But she's looking just like a queen
I'm begging you on my knees
Set her free!

Chorus
Mr. Heartbreaker, keep your hands off! 
Don't take her!
Mt. Heartbreaker, keep your hands off!
Don't take her!

Hope you'll leave our town
Then the others are new now
So please go very soon
Don't come back!

Feeling good if you go
Everybody will tell you so
Leave my sister alone
Go back home!

Repeat chorus three times

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ROLLING STONE

I know a man who knows every big town
That true man and honky is travelling 'round
He has seen so many girl's places
And now he knows the best of faces

Chorus
He's a rolling stone
He's a rolling stone
He's a rolling stone
Ain't got no money
Without a home

No, he don't worry about what's tomorrow
He lives every day without any sorrow 
He's turning his back, suitcase in his hand
Leaves his underneath, while he travels through the land

Repeat chorus twice

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LET ME KNOW IF YOU GO 
short version

John Lawton duet with unknown female vocalist:

I just wanna make you feel all right
When I'm with you the sky is always bright
Baby, we can do it together
It will surely be better
Than staying alone

Chorus
Let me know, if you go
Will you be back in time, when I'm gone?
Let me know, if I go
Will you call me and ask me: "Come home"

We are gonna make it through the night
I'm gonna really hold you good and tight
Baby, we can do it together
It will surely be better
Than staying alone

Chorus
Let me know, if you go
Will you be back in time, when I'm gone?
Let me know, if I go
Will you call me and ask me: "Come home"

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LITTLE SUZY

John Lawton solo:

Groovy little Suzy come on and dance with me
You don't know, little girl, you shake my apple tree                         
Groovy little Suzy I dig your company

Hey, hey little girl, I wanna be alone with you
You give me a kiss revealing things we used to do
I got a dollar in my pocket I wanna spend round with you

Groovy little Suzy come on and dance with me
You don't know, little girl, you shake my apple 
Groovy little Suzy I dig your company

Hey, hey little girl I wanna be alone with you
You give me a kiss; we're doing things we used to do
I got a dollar in my pocket I want it spent with you

Groovy little Suzy
Groovy little Suzy
Groovy little Suzy (Come on)
Groovy little Suzy
Groovy little Suzy
Groovy little Suzy
Groovy little Suzy
I wanna spend with you

Groovy, groovy Suzy
Groovy little Suzy

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DOWN BY THE LAZY RIVER (Osmond Brothers)
(1972) The Osmonds: Down By The Lazy River SP

What you're doin' tonight?
Ya got no place to go
Gotta get out of the city
Why dont'cha come along with me?

Mighty fine out tonight
Getcha girl and hold her tight
We can take it nice and easy
you know it won't be long till we'll be, we'll be

Down by the lazy river
come as you please
Down by the lazy river
one big family
If you're all alone
you won't be long
Just bring your guitar and sing your song
Down by the lazy river
everybody follow me

Better make up your mind
let's get the show on the road
We're gonna have a party
come along or you'll be sorry, sorry

You know there's plenty of room
come on and sing a boom boom boom
We can get nice and cozy
why don'tcha come along and mosey

come on down
I said down
come on down
I'm goin'...

Down by the lazy river
come as you please
Down by the lazy river,
one big family (I said yeah, yeah)
If you're all alone
you won't be long
Just bring your guitar and sing your song (yeah)
Down by the lazy river...
Down, yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm goin'
Down...

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FINE GIRL

Yes, I like the way she walks
Yes, I like the way she talks
Always watching her walking down the road
Walking down the road
Yes, she's always dressed so fine
Yes, I wish her to be mine
Always watching her walking down the road
Walking down the road

Chorus
Oh, oh fine girl, nice girl
Oh, oh fine girl, nice girl
Come on, come on, come on and be mine
Come on, come on and be mine

Yes, I like the way she walks
Yes, I like the way she talks
Always watching her walking down the road
Walking down the road
Yes, she's always dressed so fine
Yes, I wish her to be mine
Always watching her walking down the road
Walking down the road

Repeat chorus twice

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DETROIT

Let me tell you all about 
What I've lost far away in Detroit town
Long black hair, dark brown eyes, rosy lips
That's the best I've ever found
Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Detroit

Au revoir to mademoiselle
Get me back to sweet, sweet Annabelle
I would try to come back early
Just to see my sweet sleepy girlie
Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Detroit

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