HIDDEN CHARMS — LYRICS

Lyrics & Music By Rick Shaffer • ©2011 Tarock Music (BMI – CAE 240.80.04.09)

  • NO BIG THING

Hey little girl are you talking to me

You say you’re going back to your use to be

Always seems like something’s wrong

You know me I don’t come on strong

Just like Jackie told me

When he said

This ain’t no big thing

No big thing

Cool down baby now I wish you would

Entitlement don’t do no good

Misunderstanding

Well, I ain’t stoned

Don’t try throwing

Me a bone

Just like Jackie told

When he said

This ain’t no big thing

No big thing

Why you worry

Oh baby what’s your hurry

This isn’t changing anything

Whoa, whoa oh

You say we’re living on borrowed time

Oh I can’t control what’s in your mind

There’s somebody knocking

Well, come on in

You want to go

Well go with him

Just like Jackie told me

When he said

This ain’t no big thing

No big thing

Just like Jackie told me

Oh he always told me

This ain’t no big thing

It’s alright

Oh it’s alright now

It’s alright

Oh it’s alright now

  • BUY AND SELL

I know it’s a sin

I know I told you before

I’m a runner

From the very moment I saw you

Like a dog in the nighttime

He’s on a creep

God knows what he’s doing

All the while you sleep

Well a man needs loving

Well so do you

You say the time for love is now

But, is that love

Is that love

Don’t say this changes everything

It’s so hard to tell

When you’re living in a place they calling buy and sell

We keep walking in the rain

Just trying to survive

This is the life we’ve chosen

You’ve got to make up your mind

Oh a man needs loving

Well, so do you

You say the time for love is now

But, is that love

Honey is that love

Oh is that love

Is that love

Oh a man needs loving

Well, so do you

You say the time for love is now

But, is that love

Oh, is that love

Oh, is that love

Honey is that love, is that love

Honey is that love

Don’t throw it all away

  • SHADOW LINE

Stepping off long ago

Got off the bus and didn’t let go

Lots of people living in between

Say what they want

But not what they mean

And my man Little Joe

Do what he wants, do what he knows

But, sometimes he gets too high

Losing everything he’s got

Then there comes a time

For stepping off the shadow line

Now’s the time for standing up

For all the mistakes, and all the bad luck

And in this tangled business I see

All the vain hostility

And the quietness comes for none

For the Gods love no one

In this holiness of terror

Is where I found the hidden charms

Then there comes a time

For stepping off the shadow line

Walking round like a man on fire

Oh you got things on your mind

You could burn the flesh off my bones now

But, I still would stand alone

Stand alone, stand alone

Well, come on

Then there comes a time

For stepping off the shadow line

Stepping off the shadow line

If you ever get off, feel so lonely

If you ever get off, don’t be afraid

Stepping off the shadow line

Do you feel it

Do you feel it

Do you feel it, now 

  • NOBODY HOME

Well, walking down this street, yeah

In this place they call my town

Well, I’m feeling like a ghost

Sitting here on this bench

They don’t know it

Well, I’m back in town

Well, was it right or wrong

Well, I just don’t know

Yeah, playing it like it’s dealt

Sometime you get killed for trying

They don’t know it

That I’m back in town

Oh baby I’m back

Oh, I’m coming for you now

Well, it seems so strange to me

How you never broke the law

Well, you say your old friends are just like gold to you

Oh, ain’t it the truth now

They don’t know it

Well I’m back in town

Oh baby I’m back

Oh, I’m coming for you now

Let’s go

You hear me calling, well nobody home

You hear me calling, well nobody home

Oh, ain’t nobody home

Oh, ain’t nobody home

  • CRIME OF LOVE

My mind is working overtime

Just thinking about you

I know we got some heart fixing business

But I still don’t know what to do

It seemed like yesterday

Everything was fine

Now you don’t come home at night

I’m just about losing my mind

You say you got your mind made up 

And now you’re moving on

Don’t think that I’ll be waiting here

Because I’m gone, baby gone

Crime of love, don’t do no good

Except breaking up me and you

Crime of love ain’t nothing new

Except breaking down what we once knew

Looking back on what went wrong

Now I think I see

Sometimes you just got to change

And you can’t live in yesterday

No you can’t live in yesterday

No you can’t . . . live in yesterday

Come on

Crime of love don’t do no good

Except breaking up me and you

Crime of love it ain’t nothing new

Except breaking down what we once knew

It’s a crime of love

It’s a crime of love

It still be going on

You ain’t going stop it

No matter how you try

It still be going on

Ain’t going to stop it

Even when you die

Still be going, still be going on

  • CRUEL WORLD

Look a here

What’s coming down

Lots of trouble

Coming to this town

There’s no escaping, you don’t have to wait

You’re getting rolled by the hand of fate

It’s a cruel world

No doubt about it

It’s a cruel world

Have some mercy on me

Hear my plea now

You see a man

Don’t know who he is

What’s in his mind or what he did

May steal your kids, and kill your wife

Burn down your house, and become your life

It’s a cruel world

No doubt about it

It’s a cruel world

Have some mercy on me

You got to find your way out here

And sometimes it gets lonely

Just can’t live inside this fear

When it rains it pours

It’s a cruel world, no doubt about it

It’s a cruel world, no doubt about it

It’s a cruel world, have some mercy on me

May take your family

May take your life

Destroy your mind and your body too

There’s no exceptions if you live

It’s a cruel world

No doubt about it

It’s a cruel world

No doubt about it

It’s a cruel world

Have some mercy on me

Have some mercy on me

  • BREAKIN' DOWN

Here you come again

Pistol in your hand

Looking young and stupid

But you need another plan

Remember when I told you

Where the bad guys are

Living in a prison, or a cemetery yard

Things are breaking down about to explode

And the same things going down all over the world

You got all the money

You hold all the cards

It was a gentleman’s agreement

Oh we ain’t getting far

Tell me how this happened

Oh, how it came to be

When some got so much

Others live in misery

Things are breaking down about to explode

And the same thing’s going down all over the world

Here you go again

Oh we’re all honest men

Politics, religion

They only steal when they can

Fix was in from the beginning

It’s so easy to see

When they sold you good and evil

Oh, the rest is history

Things are breaking down about to explode

And the same things going down all over the world

Yeah the same things going down all over the world

  • GONNA SHOUT

Don’t got to worry

Yeah we gonna get on down

We’re gonna keep it real simple

Here we go round and round

Don’t let nobody tell you what to think or do

Selling you some new sensation like it’s a golden rule

I’m gonna holler

Oh yeah, I’m gonna shout

Do you hear me now brothers, all of my sisters too

Remember nobody put those chains on you

Take these moments in silence that’s allowed

This thing they’ll never get from us what’s truly ours

I’m gonna holler

Oh yeah, I’m gonna shout

Get down turn around is what you gonna do

Remember let them get those hooks in you

It’s so easy baby

I’m gonna holler oh yeah I’m gonna shout

Do you hear me now brother what I’m talking about

Come on now sister let me hear you shout

What we’re talking about

What we’re talking about

Here it comes now

Here it comes

Here it comes now

Here it comes

  • TIGHT LIKE THAT

I got a key

Yeah it shines like gold

Some will say

She ain’t got no soul

Tight like this, tight like that

Hear me baby, I ain’t coming back

Yeah, I got a key

It shines like gold

She told me once

Yeah, I heard it twice

She said by fifty-eight

You’re gonna be on ice

Tight like this, tight like that

Hear me baby, I ain’t coming back

Oh, I got a key

Shines like gold

Hold me now cause there ain’t no later

She keep talking like Johnny Revelator

Oh, it’s tight like that

Hold me now cause there ain’t no later

She keep talking like Johnny Revelator

Oh, yeah it’s tight like that

Hear me now

Cause I’m a sinner

Bringing me up

Oh in front of Saint Peter

Gonna hear my crimes

Gonna tell my sins

He said, boy don’t you know

You done walked with him

Tight like this, tight like that

Hear me baby, I ain’t coming back

Well, I got a key

Shines like gold

Tight like this, tight like that

Hear me baby, I ain’t coming back

Well, I got a key

It shines like gold

She said you’re gonna ride that blue train forever

She said you’re gonna ride it all alone

Oh, all alone

  • THE STRANGER

Stare at the stranger lost in the sunset

Look at his eyes there ain’t no tears left

I hear all the sound and feel his fury

Ruthlessly evil

But I must know the story

Or, will I wander

All of my lifetime

Or is it a dream

That’s only in my mind

You’re chalking time

You’re thinking that you know

That’s when exactly

When baby you don’t know

Faithless liar so unforgiving

You just keep just talking

About your new religion

Or, will I wander

All of my lifetime

Or, is it a dream

That’s only in my mind

You know I’m headed for some kind of breakdown

Why does it always got to be some kind of shakedown

All of my days

All of my nights

All the time

Stare at the stranger feel his fury

Ruthlessly evil

Well I must know the story

Time ain’t on my side