SASSAFRASS!

by Tami Neilson

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1.
STAY OUTTA MY BUSINESS T Neilson/ J Neilson V1 Your head is shakin’, your mouth is frownin’ Your tongue’s a-waggin’ all over town and Your eyes are judging, your elbows nudging All the poison that you spread with each nasty word you’ve said CH Stay outta my business Stay outta my business, leave it alone The only business you got is your own V2 Did you do that all by yourself girl It’s not that good you might need my help girl Without your star hitched up to my wagon Girl you’re never gonna make it, no, your ass gonna be draggin’ CH BRIDGE Damned if I do and damned if I don’t You want me play your game, but I won’t You’re only happy causing trouble and strife But I’m too busy with my damn good without you in it life V3 A woman stay home to raise the babies ‘Must be nice to do nothing, must be lazy’ And so she go out to make the money ‘How can you leave your babies, you’re a bad, bad Mommy’
2.
Bananas 02:31
BANANAS T Neilson/J Neilson V1 Here in the jungle, girl you gotta rumble They don’t want your melons or your peaches or pears Bananas here, bananas there, seems it’s nothing but bananas everywhere V2 Too outspoken like a record that’s broken Just wishin and hopin’ for your day to come Off you run, go have fun, leave it to the big boys to get the job done CH It’s bananas, it’s the crazy talk Buzz her brain with the electric shock Burst your bubble now pop, pop, pop This is a big boys game It’s bananas she want equal pay just for working all night and day Give your head a shake, girl, no way It’s bananas, bananas, bananas V3 It’ll leave you reeling when you hit the glass ceiling Watch your pretty head, take my advice Best think twice, just play nice, keep those big ambitions of yours on ice
3.
Diamond Ring 03:11
Diamond Ring T Neilson V1 Hit the button, elevator going up A black leather shoe jams the door before it shuts Big teeth talkin’ all the way to my floor Asks for my number, I push past him out the door Don’t need the pain that lovin’ brings Don’t want no other man’s diamond ring V2 I’m down at the church, singing Hymn 23 Sweet salvation from the pain you left me Pinstriped suit asks to sit in your chair I say it’s taken, even though you ain’t there Don’t need the pain that lovin’ brings Don’t want no other man’s diamond ring CH If there’s a table for one, then I'm gonna take it Won’t hand over my heart for some fool break it Don’t need the pain that lovin’ brings Ain’t gonna wear no other man’s diamond ring VS3 Still got your name on my mail Got your memory on my tail I got your ring here on my right hand What I ain’t got is time for no other man Don’t need that pain that lovin’ brings Don’t want no other man’s diamond ring
4.
A Woman's Pain T Neilson V1 Daddy’s Mama was a child of the nation Raised on a white man’s little reservation Three girls, one more in the belly of her Mama Robbed by death giving life to her daughter V2 Baby grew up fast, yeah she was a fast one One half child, the other half woman Shotgun wedding ‘fore the baby arrived Man run off, left a child to raise a child CH Partake of pleasure and reap the shame The hand that holds the power assigns the blame And this old world turns on a woman’s pain V3 Throw me a bone and I’ll make you a woman God said to Adam in the Garden of Eden The moment her lips touched forbidden fruit He said I’ll curse you with pain and a man will rule you
5.
Devil in a Dress T Neilson/J Neilson V1 White smoke curling from her lips Ruby red cherry on her fingertips Tight skirt wiggle when she walks Curses like a sailor every time she talks CH She’s a devil or an angel, sweet Heart of innocence or villainy One-dimensional fantasy Here to curse or bless A damsel in distress Or just a devil in a dress V2 Ten Hail Marys from her lips Rosary running though her fingertips White linen rustle when she walks Blessings on the children every time she talks CH V3 White smoke curling from her lips Rosary running through her fingertips Tight skirt wiggle when she walks Blessings on the children every time she talks
6.
One Thought of You R Neilson/T Neilson With just one thought of you To get me through the night I dream the sweetest dreams But it seems all those dreams End with daylight Down the halls our shadows dance Stars uncross our star-crossed romance One more final chance To whisper all the things I should’ve said, this time Just one thought of you And I can face the dark Each moonlight tryst And midnight kiss From those lips I’ve missed Til again we part And now goodbye Until tonight, my Darling I’ll be killing time with just one thought of you
7.
Miss Jones 02:30
MISS JONES T Neilson V1 Big mouth, talkin sass Shinin with her big brass Haters they can kiss her ass Before the door hits it Drop the mic, don’t care Bring the fire everywhere Tell her no, don’t you dare The girl is gonna get it Get it, get it, yeah, alright V2 Swingin’ skirt, feet jumpin’ Man, that Woman sure is something Gets your blood pumpin’ Damn the girl can sing 100 nights and days The Queen and Kings play Tearing up every stage A hurricane on legs Look out, look out, yeah, alright CH Miss Jones, Miss Jones Ain’t no one above ya Miss Jones Miss Jones, Miss Jones Oh how I love ya Miss Jones V3 Genuine, real deal Girl has always kept it real Don’t ya know she’s still here Can’t ya hear her sing Heavens yes, Hell no This ain’t Mama’s last show Teachin angels, don’t you know To get up off their thangs Get up, get up, yeah, alright
8.
Smoking Gun 03:41
Smoking Gun T Neilson/J Neilson V1 Skeletons rattle inside Dark and dirty closets ‘neath the Hollywood sign Paid up their ransom in flesh To the Piper with the power to destroy or bless V2 Well, there’s a predator creepin’ in the pool The King of the Casting Couch where he rules Golden boy has started to crack Squirming like a worm under our magnifying glass CH Well you can run, boy, but you can’t hide The judgment day has finally come For the man who holds the smoking gun Bang bang goes the smoking gun
9.
Kitty Cat 02:03
Kitty Cat T Neilson V1 Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Where’s your Mama at What you doing out all alone Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat don’t you want a pat And if you like it can I take you home CH She might wave her tail in your direction Show you a little bit of love and affection Lick and purr and give you a scratch But that don’t mean that she’s your Kitty Cat V2 Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Let me pay for that Don’t you say no and make me pout Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Don’t be a silly brat One little kiss ain’t gonna put you out CH V3 Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Don’t tell me to scat I ain’t leaving til I get my way Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Don’t want my coat and hat I bought you dinner, now I’m here to stay
10.
Manitoba Sunrise at Motel 6 T Neilson V1 8000 miles from home, I just looked it up This ain’t my bed, my TV or my coffee cup Silence fills my head like the snow hits the ground A line of pillows next to me that never make a sound CH O lonesome prairie wind Won’t you blow me home again To the love I left behind That never leaves my mind My head is dark and my heart feels sick A Manitoba sunrise at another Motel 6 V2 A Western Star rolls by, someplace it needs to be Watch the taillights leave for miles, is that how you watch me I’m asleep, you’re awake, I’m awake, you’re asleep Don’t matter night or day In my broken heart you beat
11.
Good Man 05:22
Good Man T Neilson V1 I don’t hear you And by now I should hear you Even when you don’t say a word You don’t see me Sometimes you don’t see me The way I wish you would But you know I’ll always choose you If there’s a choice to be made I’d be a damn fool to lose you and lose my way CH ‘Cause you’re a good man And a good man don’t just come along every day A good, good man, my love, my sweetest friend It’s always you I’m gonna come back to My, my, my good man V2 I know I’m not easy But getting things easy Was never quite your style And I love you like nobody else baby The good and the hard times, they’re just the same thing When I got you by my side

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released June 1, 2018

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