LYRICS

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All songs are written, composed, and produced by Sugar Brown

Recorded and mixed in Toronto by Braden Sauder at Marquee Sounds

Mastered in Toronto by Peter Moore at MDI Productions

Design by Scott Doubt

Photographs by Mark Maryanovich

Musicians:

Sugar Brown—vocals, guitar, harmonica

Rockin’ Johnny Burgin—guitar

Michelle Josef—drums

Russ Boswell—upright and electric bass

Minnie Heart—bass, guitar, fiddle, baritone sax

Nichol Robertson—guitar, banjo

Julian Fauth—piano and Farfisa

Chuck Bucket—drums

Bill Howard—tambourine and bass drum

Download Sugar Brown Its a Blues World Lyrics


Hummingbird

I’ve been looking high I’ve been looking low

No matter where I look I’m-a lookin too slow

            I wonder where my little hummingbird did go?

            I can’t keep from worrying

            My hummingbird knows I’m too slow

She’s the sweetest hummingbird I ever did see

And what I like best is that she flew right to me

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If I had a pair of wings and I could fly

I’d chase my hummingbird deep in the sky

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If you see my hummingbird in the night or day

Tell her to hurry home and drive my blues away

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Love Me Twice

It’s not too late, to recover the sweet love that we knew

I’m at the gate, hopin and a-prayin you come back through

We’ve been fussin and a-fighting like it’s going out of  style

Wondering what we’re doing when we can’t even smile

Or make some laughter, anything to break the ice

You loved me once, will you love me twice?

A tes houaittes, those were the last kind words that you said

A silhouette, of you leaving me behind with my dread

Our climb up the mountain’s taken some new turns

Losing oxygen, I ain’t got much left to burn

Oh, I wonder how far will the fall be from the heights

You loved me once, will you love me twice?

I ain’t hedging bets, I’m just spinning around the big roulette

No regrets, you know I’ve always been all-in with my bets

I’m gambling at the table and I don’t wanna walk away

What are the odds you’ll take me back and stay

I can’t say more, baby I’m shaking the dice

You loved me once, will you love me twice?

The day is dark, seems like my mood can even cover up the sun

A mellow lark, sings a mysterious song and then is done

I was a-walkin and a-walking until I met you

You were the one then and you still are now too

I believe we still got that sugar and spice

You loved me once, will you love me twice?


Lousy Dime

Pay it back, pay it forward, pay it today

Borrowing money just to give it away

The lifestyles of the rich and famous have left us behind

And everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime

Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime

Robot surplus rusting in the sun

Recycled at the garbage dump for a profit run

Robbing banks should not be considered a crime

Cuz everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime

All the poor’s in the midst of stinking wealth

wanna change, can’t exchange, just killing our health

It’s hard to say anymore what’s truly a crime

Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime

Anonymity confuses the fuzz

Disappearing ammo lock ‘em up in their cuffs

The bankers and police do their pantomime,

And everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime

Bonaparte Incorporated ready to kill

The ponzies wash their hands while the oil men drill

The billionaires got bailed out

They got the fruit we got the rind

Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime

Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime

Everybody’s scrambling for the same lousy dime


Sure as the Stars

Sure as the stars shine in the world above

Sure as the stars shine in the world above

Life is too short to worry about the one you love

Our love was a-hangin, hanging by a thread

I went to bed bothered and woke up feeling dread

Sure as the stars shine in the world above

Life is too short to worry about your love

I wrote you a letter, I never heard back

Waiting for your word is like torture on the rack

Sure as the stars shine in the world above

Life is too short to worry about your love

If you really leave me I think I’ll go insane

When the moon hits my eye I whisper low your name

Sure as the stars shine in the world above

Life is too short to worry about your love


It’s a Blues World

It’s a blues world, there ain’t no other name

It’s a blues world, for so much shame

It’ a blues world, you know that feeling, too

When everything has broken in two

It’s a blues world, “It’s Us or Them,” they say

It’s a blues world, then the bullets start to spray

It’s a blues world, sister I need your help now

To get to a better day

Feeling forgotten, cut off from each other

You ain’t so sure who’s your friend or your brother

You got that feeling now that nobody’s listening

Lemme tell you, you ain’t alone!

They say the first time it’s tragedy

They say the second time, the jokes on you and me

But what they never say and what they never will is that

We didn’t ask to play this game!

It’s a blues world, ain’t no need to cry

It’s a blues world, and I’ll tell you why

It’ a blues world, ain’t no need to fear

All the walls are gonna come tumbling down


Hard to Love

You refused my love one too many times

My little turtledove you almost made me lose my mind

I remember that time when you lied to me in your home

You humiliated me when I felt so alone

Oooh-wee, baby, you were hard to love

Our love in a fog we missed each other in the night

Protecting our illusions we trembled in silence and fright

I can still hear the sound of your sirens

But I’m tied to the mast and I won’t swim in

Ooh-wee, baby, I was hard to love

I play the blues when I’m down, it helps me pass the while

I laugh without thinking but you check what’s behind my smile

I’m so sorry baby that I told you those lies

I wish I did not drive you to become my personal spy

Oooh-oooh-wee, baby, I was hard to love

For so long I didn’t know if you were coming or going

For so long I didn’t know if we knew what we were doing

I mistakenly thought we could hold on to our past

but before I knew it my fishing line was recast

Oooh-wee, baby, I was hard to love


Frying Pan

Help me, pretty mama, help me to stay inspired

The world’s in a tangle, it’s hard to stay inspired

We’re only out of the frying pan— and into the fire

I thought we had it bad then, but now things are getting dire

We got out of a puzzle just to land in a new quagmire

We’re only out of the frying pan— and into the fire

I’ll never go back again but I’m stuck in the mire

I’ll never go back again but I’m stuck in the mire

We’re only out of the frying pan— and into the fire

So if you told me I’m a free man I’d say you’s a liar

So if you told me I’m a free man I’d say you’s a liar

We’re only out of the frying pan— and into the fire


Those Things You Said

Are those things you said to me said so I wouldn’t doubt

All those things you don’t want me to find out?

Are those things you said to me said so I wouldn’t see the truth?

Baby, you’re afraid to tell me something and you’re turning me into a sleuth

Are those things you said to me said so I would lose my mind?

Cuz either you’re a-lying or you’re treating me like I’m blind


What I Know

A cosmos in a garden, lonely continents I count five

Framed by lines that harden this sense of being alive

Fifteen rocks ignoring me, a silver ocean in between

No matter how hard I look, one always remains unseen

What I know is all I need

White light tattooed on a stone too hot for a butterfly

Moss so green it gives a gift of steam, a tribute to the sky

Oil on the wall is a-seepin’, who’s awake and who’s in a dream

A cherry tree is a-weepin’, should I care about what it means

What I know is all I need

What I am doing, why am I here, these rocks they are so jagged

Where am I going, what do I have to fear, the monk’s rake has been dragged

What I know is all I need


Tide Blues

Crazy ‘bout my baby, hope she never goes away

Crazy ‘bout my baby, hope she never goes away

I gots to be careful with what I do and say

My baby’s like the tide, floating in and floating out

My baby’s like the tide, floating in and floating out

My heart’s washed up, there ain’t no doubt, there ain’t no doubt

My baby’s so sweet and tender but when she’s mad watch out

My baby’s so sweet and tender but when she’s mad watch out

You ain’t gonna get any lovin’, it’s like rain in a drought


Looking for Two o’clock

Monday morning I had a dream about my dad

He was grinning that grin he almost never got mad

Death started out with a pain in his leg

Who would’ve guessed a week later he’d be dead

            I could sense there’s something I gotta do

            But I was looking for two o’clock when the clock struck noon!

Tuesday and Wednesday, the bile percolated

I couldn’t keep my stomach from getting further ulcerated

Don’t ask me questions I don’t want to recall

Too many words were said that were mean and ten feet tall

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Thursday and Friday, I lost track of time

Too early for the show, too late for the crime

Something had changed we were heading for a fall

I didn’t even know if I should stand, walk, or crawl

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Saturday night, in a forest full of cries

Looking for a path between the truth and telling lies

I’m afraid what kind of plans my illusions can devise

My dreams are populated by anonymous spies

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Sunday night, it happened that way

Staring at the wall with nothing to say

I took a deep breath and inhaled a little pain

And pulled out my umbrella cuz the tears came down like rain

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Dew on the Grass

Dew on the grass, you know it’s gone by noon

Dew on the grass, you know it’s gone by noon

All those good times, too bad they’re gone so soon

Don’t let the moment get past and head out way over yonder

Don’t let the moment get past and head out way over yonder

It ain’t a time sit still, scratch your head and wonder

What a shame it’d be if this gem went unclaimed

What a shame it’d be if this gem went unclaimed

It ain’t a time to stall, love can always skip town

Put out of your mind all the worries that tear you asunder

Put out of your mind all the worries that tear you asunder

You ain’t a pirate and your soul ain’t to be plundered


Brothers

One wears red, the other wears blue

They’re brothers just the same, yes, it’s true

They’re gonna be all right

They gonna be all right

Be kind to your brother and man you gonna be all right

If your brother wants to be a girl

Now you gonna have a sister in this world

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If your brother is sweet on a pretty girl

Don’t you worry there’s plenty in the world

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If your brother is sweet on a pretty boy

That’s cuz he wants to play with his toy

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People come and people go

But a brother is a brother and that’s for sure

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Your brother ain’t the same as you

He’s so different yes it’s true

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One of these days, you gonna be your own man

Your brother gonna try the best as he can

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