Lyrics

All the Crown Jewels

Nina Ricci

 

Chorus

All the crown jewels

All the crown jewels

Margaret said she’d show me all the crown jewels

An eyeglass loupe will magnify the light

And I can’t wait till I get the glitter in my eyes

Glitter in my eyes

Glitter in my eyes

 

Verse 1

Margaret’s got a leather-covered snake skin trunk

She told me to appraise and throw away the junk

It’s hard to see the diamonds, they’re all mixed in

With the custom costume brooches and the riff-raff shims

 

Chorus

Verse 2

I saw a gin and a genie in the facets of a gem

And I fall under their enchantment

I don’t need to steal ‘cuz I eat with my eyes

They’re filled to the brim with little flicker lights

Chorus

Verse 3

A Polish ring, a Polish ring

It’s porcelain white, just a little cracked thing

It don’t have a glitter, no it don’t have a sparkle

But I’ve got a fancy for it and I dream it in the dark, Oh

Got a fancy for it and I wear it in my dreams
Got a fancy for it and I dream it in the dark

 

Chorus

All the crown jewels

All the crown jewels

Margaret said she’d show me all the crown jewels

An eyeglass loupe will magnify the light

And I can’t wait till I get the glitter in my eyes

Glitter in my eyes

Glitter in my eyes

Glitter in my eyes

Glitter in my eyes

Goodbye Sandals, Hello Boots

Nina Ricci

 

Chorus

Goodbye sandals, hello boots!

I thought it would be warm where I put down roots

But after two weeks in the sun, I felt the weather shifting

Sooner came the night and the colored leaves a-drifting

 

Verse 1

Windchimes are louder and my hat won’t stay on

Skirts are getting longer and scarves are hanging on

Mannequins in shopping malls, 

Where men are buying wedding rings

For ladies who they plan to marry in the spring

 

Verse 2

Everyone’s buying pumpkin spiced candles

Cinnamon flavor and warm apple pies

I’m not ready for the cold and snowy weather

I’ll wear shortsleeves as long as I don’t get frostbite

 

Chorus

Goodbye sandals, hello boots!

I thought it would be warm where I put down roots

But after two weeks in the sun, I felt the weather shifting

Sooner came the night and the colored leaves a-drifting

 

Verse 3

Men are pulling overcoats, over ugly sweaters

The mailman has more mail than he can haul in just a load

And some people lose their cool over deals they couldn’t get

I’m scanning while I’m melting as they’re breathing down my neck!

 

Verse 4 

Kids are cutting snowflakes from the Sunday morning news

Women try new hairdos for to kick the winter blues

Chimney smoke is blowing over dark and empty roads

And wherever snow is falling there is always something wet

 

Chorus

Goodbye sandals, hello boots!

I thought it would be warm where I put down roots

But after two weeks in the sun, I felt the weather shifting

Sooner came the night and the colored leaves a-drifting

 

Verse 5

There are mile-long coffee lines: standing room only

Make reservations two months ahead of time

For cheap seats in steamy cafes

Where girls write “I ‘heart’ my boyfriend”

On windows where permanence is questionable, but it freezes that way
 

Verse 6

Honestly, I’m sick o’ throwin’ cards out by the dozen

“Happy” this, and “Merry” that and another years’ gone by

I can’t afford a Hallmark card... Don’t judge me!

But I care for you throughout the year the same as at this time

The same as at this time!

 

Chorus

Goodbye sandals, hello boots!

I thought it would be warm where I put down roots

But after two weeks in the sun, I felt the weather shifting

Sooner came the night and the colored leaves a-drifting

 

Repeat Chorus

 

INSTRUMENTAL 8 Bars

 

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Goodbye Sandals, Hello Boots!

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Club 47/Fare Thee Well, Joan

By Nina Ricci

 

Verse 1

Black raven skies and tresses blowing in the wind

Running to make her show, barefoot in the nighttime snow

She was barely 18, and already catching the light

Illumined in black and white, in a picture from '59

The crowds were lined outside

 

Chorus

Was it the glow the coffeehouse light that pulled the people in?

In Cambridge singing from the stage of the Club 47

 

Verse 2

One summer in Chicago, the Gate of Horn took her in

She was under the wing of Bob Gibson, pillowed in Odetta’s breast

Reviews from Newport read: her star is on the rise,

She still played Tuesday nights selling out the Club 47

 

Chorus

Was it the glow the coffeehouse light that pulled the people in?

In Cambridge singing from the stage of the Club 47

 

Bridge

In Greenwich Village she met Bob Dylan

And history was made that day

The ancient folk songs, turned to anthems

The times were changing, so the music changed

And the Cambridge angel had to go her way

She bid farewell to the old cafe

 

Chorus

Was it the glow the coffeehouse light that pulled the people in?

In Cambridge singing from the stage of the Club 47

 

Alt Chorus

Was it the glow the coffeehouse light that pulled the people in?

It was Joan Baez singing on the stage of the Club 47

 

Transition  

Years of concerts on the road, and a voice heard round the world

I was just fourteen years old, the first time I heard you sing

-- It was “Blowin’ In The Wind”

 

Verse 1

I was starting to learn the guitar, to write songs and to sing

When I quit the piano I think my dad thought “she'll never amounting to anything”

Then your voice came to me through the speakers in my room

I got sidelined on rock and roll, by my new folk hero

 

Pre Chorus

Years of concerts on the road, and leagues of fans adore you

Living history unfolds in a farewell circuit ending

Chorus

60 years on the music, with a voice heard ‘round the world

Fare Thee Well, Joan

 

Verse 2

I was reading your memoir for fun the summer I turned 18

Heading to Boston in the fall to start college classes in the spring

then your voice came to me through the speakers in my room

I started to see that I was treading the embers of the Harvard Square folk music scene

 

Pre Chorus

Years of concerts on the road, and leagues of fans adore you

Living history unfolds with a farewell circuit ending

Chorus

60 years on the music, and a voice heard ‘round the world

Fare Thee Well, Joan

 

(A special message to Joan)

Pre Chorus

Years of concerts on the road, and leagues of fans adore you

Living history unfolds with a farewell circuit ending

 

Chorus

Thank you for the music

I’ll carry it on

Fare Thee Well, Joan

Fare Thee Well, Joan

Fare Thee Well, Joan

 

“Club 47/Fare Thee Well, Joan” © 2020 Nina Ricci Music

Designs On Me

Nina Ricci

 

Verse 1

I’m laying on a towel on a snow-white sandy beach

The sun is sinking lower casting light all over me

And the man who’s been my truest friend is shadow puppeting

He’s casting shadows on my form, 

He’s making butterflies and leaves, 

He’s got designs on me

 

Verse 2

I must define what I believe that once you’re yolked you never leave

I’m open-eyed, I’m not deceived and I like what I have seen

We’ve traded looks that lock in place that light up in the other’s face

The kind that keep you twined for life, 

The ever-loving mystery,  

He’s got designs on me

Designs on me

 

Chorus

Why do lovers carve names in the trees?

Why do love birds return in the spring?

Why sometimes do we run past our dreams?

He’s got designs on me 

Designs on me

 

Verse 3

I watch the genius of his art, he listens to my chord

He fills balloons with colored paint and pins them on a board

 

He threw a dart and burst the first, invited me to join, 

And we came out color spurned 

And laughing all the while 

And I’ve started to believe 

He’s got designs on me

 Designs on me

 

Chorus

Why do lovers carve names in the trees?

Why do love birds return in the spring?

Why sometimes do we run past our dreams?

He’s got designs on me 

Designs on me


 

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He’s got designs on me, designs on me

Numbers Don't Show

Nina Ricci

 

VERSE 1

We all began our music

Loving something that we heard

We studied on our instruments

And waited for the word

Whether what we sang was touching

Or we played the wrong notes

We thought we had the stuff

And so we played our first show

 

VERSE 2

At first we thought we made it

But we had a lot to learn

So, we studied music business

Found out how the system flows

That as good as you may be

And however hard you work

All the talent won’t get nothing 

If the numbers don’t show

 

Chorus

Well, you can learn, learn

You can know, know, know

You can get pretty foxy at the game

But who’s in the room when the tickets are sold?

Nothing equals nothing if the numbers don’t show

 

Verse 3

Everybody’s in the business

Every critic’s got opinions

Everybody has connections 

But they never want to share ‘em. 

They all want to be the manager

But can’t supply “the know”

All the helpers don’t help nothin’ 

If the numbers don’t show

 

Verse 4

Well, they can say they’ll fix you up 

You could make a little dough

You could get a record deal

Playing down on music row

But whatever deal you get

And whatever you borrow

All the money don’t mean nothing 

If the numbers don’t show

 

Chorus

Well, you can learn, learn

You can know, know, know

You can get pretty foxy at the game

But who’s in the room when the tickets are sold?

Nothing equals nothing if the numbers don’t show

 

Verse 6

T Bone could be your co-write

You could intern with Atlantic

You could be the highest grossing

Staff writer in the land

But if you want to join the big leagues

And you haven’t got the draw

All the background doesn’t matter

If the numbers don’t show

 

Chorus

Well, you can learn, learn

You can know, know, know

You can get pretty foxy at the game

But who’s in the room when the tickets are sold?

Nothing equals nothing if the numbers don’t show


 

Verse 7

You could play outside the country

You could sell out every hall

You might see your name in headlines 

Even top the Billboard charts

Ya might be famous ‘round the world

But if your homeland doesn’t know

All the foreign fame don’t matter

And the numbers don’t show


 

Chorus

Well, you can learn, learn

You can know, know, know

You can get pretty foxy at the game

But who’s in the room when the tickets are sold?

Nothing equals nothing if the numbers don’t show

 

Chorus

Well, you can learn, learn

You can know, know, know

You can get pretty foxy at the game

But who’s in the room when the tickets are sold?

Nothing equals nothing if the numbers don’t show

 

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Nothing equals nothing if the numbers don’t show

Nothing equals nothing if the numbers don’t show

Folk City

Nina Ricci 

Verse 1

I step into the embers of fallen footsteps 

Of folklore heroes with bluesman licks

I hear them coming and breaking in new harmonicas

 

Verse 2

I stop on the sidewalk and watch the sway

Of ghostly teenagers of yesterday

They clap their hands and they snap their fingers

And comb back hair out of their face

 

Chorus

I always thought I’d move to Greenwich Village

I thought I’d shake the dust out of this town 

I’d be the kind of girl to bring the house down

To (and) make Folk City raise it’s roof again

 

Verse 3

Caffe Dante Italian eatery

It’s got seating outdoors facing the scenery

A young man in truck stop v-neck and cuffed sleeves

Reminds me of Dad here sipping coffee

 

Verse 4

I’m standing there looking for the Gaslight Cafe

Somebody says it’s been closed and I didn’t know that

I just look around saying “it’s gone, it’s gone”

And I think of going, going back home

 

Chorus

 

Bridge

It’s a strange way to lose dream

Standing in the middle of Manhattan

And I realize I got left behind

In the smokescreen of the 60’s 

I can make music anywhere, anytime, for any reason

In protest or peace or just in good company

 

Chorus 2x

 

Tag ending 

I’d be the kind of girl to bring the house down

and make Folk City raise it’s roof again

Oh, Give Me A Day

Nina Ricci

 

Verse 1

A day in the life of a ballerina, or a day in comfortable shoes

I’d like to step into hundreds of scenes to get rid of the world and it’s views

 

Chorus

Oh, give me a day, (Hey!) Oh, give me a day

Give me a day with a road map, give me a day with a plan

Give me a day with an honest report, a “thank you,” and “come again, ma’am.” 

 

Verse 2

Oh give me a day in the courtyard, where gardeners dirty their hands 

They’re burying bulbs where flowers will rise with colorful blue and white bands

 

Chorus

Oh, give me a day, (Hey!) Oh, give me a day

Give me a day with a road map, give me a day with a plan

Give me a day, Oh, give me a day with a “thank you,” and “come again, ma’am.” 

 

Verse 3

Give me a day in the wheat fields with sunshine covered in haze,

And Celestial Fingers sifting through gold, and a breeze that blows me away

 

Chorus

Oh, give me a day, (Hey!) Oh, give me a day

Give me a day with a road map, give me a day with a plan

Give me a day, Oh, give me a day with a “thank you,” and “come again, ma’am.” 

 

Verse 4

Give me a straightforward morning, give me a day that is frank

And a day that unfolds in ideas that should profit

In little green bills in the bank

 

Chorus

Oh, give me a day, (Hey!) Oh, give me a day

Give me a day with a road map, give me a day with a plan

Give me a day, Oh, give me a day with a “thank you,” and “come again, ma’am.” 

 

Verse 5

Oh, give me a day without politics, give me a showing of hands

Who’s tired of talking about what isn’t working and “who’s destroying the land?”

 

Chorus

Oh, give me a day, (Hey!) Oh, give me a day

Give me a day with a road map, give me a day with a plan

Give me a day, Oh, give me a day with a “thank you,” and “come again, ma’am.” 

Mama Don’t Tell Me Lies

Nina Ricci

 

Pre Chorus

Mama Don't tell me lies

Mama Don't tell me lies

 

Chorus

I’ve had more lies than I can take

From well-planned schemes to subterfuge

These double-crossing enemies

Have gone and shot me in the blues

 

Verse 1

Mama never tells me lies, she only shoots me straight

But people out there telling lies, they do so to my face

 

Verse 2

People must not count their souls, and what they stand to lose

‘Cuz every time they reload, they shoot me in the blues

 

Pre Chorus

Mama Don't tell me lies

Mama Don't tell me lies

 

Chorus

I’ve had more lies than I can take

From well-planned schemes to subterfuge

These double-crossing enemies

Have gone and shot me in the blues

 

Verse 3

People think cause you believe a lie you are a fool

But it’s a fool who tells a lie, but truth shall be your school

 

Verse 4

Sometimes you have to let what goes around come back to bite

But don’t you go and shame your Lord by laughing at their plight

 

Pre Chorus

Mama Don't tell me lies

Mama Don't tell me lies

 

Chorus

I’ve had more lies than I can take

From well-planned schemes to subterfuge

These double-crossing enemies

Have gone and shot me in the blues

If I Wear Blue

Nina Ricci

 

Verse 1

I live saturated in spectrums of color

I’ve always had a pattern or odd combination

Of hues and of dyes: Yellow, magenta, and blue

And I wonder if it would have any effect on you

If I wear blue?

 

Verse 2

I’ve never been able to repeat perfection

I hate spinning circles in the same direction

But I learned to love what you like

You liked the silk scarf that I wore it 

So, I wore it over and over

And It wasn’t the design but the hue 

I wondered if I would have any effect on you

If I wear blue?

 

Chorus

Is it all a colorless dream

Like Dorothy before the twister came?

Could I open up Oz to you

Ooh, If I wear blue?

 

Verse 3

I’m buying a dress to wear on a date

And I’ve lived the beginning over and over:

You walk through the door 

See what I’m wearing

The one coloration you see, 

A cool azul covering the girl with brown eyes

Tell me would it matter to you

Are you attracted to the girl or the cast?

Under the light of the moon

And… would it help 

If I wear blue?

 

Chorus

Is it all a colorless dream

Like Dorothy before the twister came?

Could I open up Oz to you

Ooh, If I wear blue?

 

Verse 4

I wonder what a girl’s got to do to impress you?

Are bracelets and earrings enough to arrest you?

Or are you blind to them, too?

Like you are to the colors of the rainbow

As we are to the colors of the wind

Who do you tell your secrets to

That you’re colorblind?

And I could help 

Oooh, If I wear blue?

 

Chorus

Is it all a colorless dream

Like Dorothy before the twister came?

Could I open up Oz to you

Ooh, If I wear blue?

I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got

Nina Ricci

 

Verse 1

I’ve had my share of good chances

And mostly made a mess of them all

Every moment that passes, passes in error

There’s a fly in the ointment of life

And it’s hard being human at all

It’s difficult just being alive 

It’s tough, even when it’s not 

And I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got

 

Verse 2

I got a blind hug from a stranger

Won the trust of a little child’s heart

But when it came down to mercy or Midas

I threw in with the golden lot 

My “self” became plated in gold

And my touch was as cold as a rock

And the evil root took hold

I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got

 

Verse 3

I remember every school party 

And every holiday with its spark 

A joy that unfolded right out of the dark 

From the pocket of my mother's heart 

And the years that I wore it on down

And the deeds to tear us apart

The words I used when we fought 

I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got

No, I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got

Verse 4

Somebody said I was someone’s somebody

And I guess I might have known it was true

From the twinkle and shine of innocent love

When I stole all the light that it drew

It crunched like leaves underfoot

And it pained me to look in its face

In love, I’m a crack shot

And I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got

 

Verse 5

People go to hell with good intentions

Some are honest and lose all they work for

God in His grace put up His Son

On a cross for the guilt of my past 

And I have the nerve to repeat my sins;

And stone-face the Judge when I’m caught;

Hold out before I repent

I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got

 

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I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got

I Never Deserve Any Good Thing I Got 

Constant Sunshine

Nina Ricci

Fair beach weather, get together

Feast your eyes and join together

 

When you see the sun arising in the morning time

You know the waves will meet the skyline

 

What’s the time man?

It’s a fine time

Ooh I dig that constant sunshine

 

Birds like treetops

Hillbilly’s-mountaintops

We dig surfboards, waves, and flipflops

Volleyball boardwalk summersaults, sunblock

In the summer we are on top!

 

What’s the time man?

It’s a fine time

Ooh I dig that constant sunshine

 

Ooh Will it go?

Ooh Will it stay?

Ooh Will we play?

 

See the sand kids

Taste the salt kiss

Sink your feet inside the sand shifts

 

Greet the seashells

They’ll tell ocean tales-

Whispering secrets of the tide swells

 

Ooh Will it go?

Ooh Will it stay?

Ooh Will we play?

(Ooh in the shade)***?

 

Then the morning will come and will brighten our face and we’ll never remember it ever went away!

 

What’s the time man?

It’s a fine time

Ooh I dig that constant sunshine

 

What’s the time man?

It’s a fine time

Ooh I dig that constant sunshine

Southern Goodbyes

Nina Ricci

 

Verse 1

Southern Goodbyes

Are said to somebody who’s leaving

To someone that you can’t let go of

Southern Goodbyes 

They all come through 

They all come to you someday

 

Verse 2

Southern Goodbyes,

last for as long as you linger 

at the end of the road

till you're gone out of sight

Calling to ask if you made it all right

Southern Goodbyes,

they all come true

they all come to you someday

 

Verse 

Southern Goodbyes

Stretch out from oldest to young ones

A portrait of kinship alive in the mirror

Making you feel like you shouldn’t leave here

 

Bridge:

Southern Goodbyes 

Here then and going tomorrow

They stand in the doorway, eyes full of sorrow

Putting on airs to be happy and blithe

Southern Goodbyes 

 

Verse 

Southern Goodbyes

Said at the bedside of weeping

Sending them off with warmness and love

On to the Maker Who welcomes them up

Southern goodbyes

they all come true

They all come to you

and we all must say them

as we end our lives

with

Sooooouuuthern Goodbyes!