James At 16 (Heavy Medley)

Composer Various Artists (see trivia)
Length 11:55

Lyrics

(Dave: Thank you for your patience, and now that we've abused it so badly, we're really gonna test it here.)

Black nights, stormy days
No hope
No hope's left inside
Don't fear, for he's coming
Don't die without knowing
The cross

Ghettos on the left of me
Flowers on the right
There'll be bread for all of us
If we could just bear
The cross

We've all got to rise above
With the help of the one we love
Pregnant mother she needs all
When he brings ya'll

The cross
The cross

Something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Tellin' me I'd better beware

It's time to stop hey what's that sound everybody look what's goin'

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
Step out of line, man it’s gonna take you away

Stop, hey what's that sound, everybody look what's goin' down
Stop children, what's that sound, everybody look what's goin' down

Here he comes now, he's all dressed in black
Patent leather shoes and a- an a big straw hat
He's never early, he's always late
First thing you learn is that you always gotta wait
I say now, I'm waiting for my man

Hey, white boy, what you doin' uptown
Hey, white boy, you're messin' our women around
Oh, pardon me sir, it slips my mind
I'm just lookin' for a dear, dear friend of mine
I say now, I'm waiting for my man

Birth, school, work, death
Birth, school, work, death

Your kiss/(sweat) so sweet
Your sweat/(kiss) so sour
Sometimes I'm thinking that I love you
But I know it's only lust

Your kiss so sweet
Your sweat so sour
Sometimes I'm thinking that I love you
But I know it's only lust

I'm kissing you goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Once I was a boogie singer
Playing in a rock and roll band
Things were getting freaky
Then she tried to understand

As we were dancing and singing
And movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me
Somebody turned around and shouted

Play that funky music, white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music, white boy
Lay down the boogie and play that funky music

Never before have I turned on you
You looked too good to me
Shake your tail feathers in my face
And there's no tellin' what I'll do
Well looky here, you sweet young thing
The magic's in my hands

When in doubt I whip it out, I got me a rock and roll band
It's a free-for-all
Here we go
Yeah, it's a free-for-all

Jack and Jill went up the hill to have a bit of fun
Stupid Jill forgot the pill and now they’ve got a son

Oops Upside Your Head, Say Oops Upside Your Head
Oops Upside Your Head, Say Oops Upside Your Head

I was all caught up in this traffic jam
Tryin' to get back to my baby again
Don’t fool me baby, that’s who I am
I'm gonna teach you how to body slam

Whether you're a brother
Or whether you're a mother
You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Everybody kicking you down, everybody shakin'
Stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive

Wish me love a wishing well to kiss and tell (whoa)

Everybody get on the floor do a little dance, dance, dance
Do the things that you wanna do
Take a little chance, chance, chance

Birth, school, work, death
Birth, school, work, death (Eagles, Eagles)

I like the way your sparkling earrings lay
Against your skin, it's so brown
I'd like to sleep with you in the desert tonight
With a million stars all around

I got a peaceful easy feeling
I know you won't let me down
Cause I'm already standin' on the ground
(Dan: One more time)

I found out a long time ago
What a woman can do to your soul
She can take you anywhere
You don't know already how to go

And I got a peaceful easy feeling
I know you won't let me down

Cause I'm already standing (One more time)
Yes, I'm already standing (One more time)
Yes, I'm already standing
On the ground

Trivia

  • Was performed live at the Whisky A-Go-Go on June 24, 1988.
  • Its title is a reference to the '70s TV series James at 15 (subsequently known as James at 16).
  • The following songs are played in this medley (listed in order performed):
    The Cross - Prince
    For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
    I'm Waiting For My Man - The Velvet Underground
    Birth, School, Work, Death - The Godfathers
    Damaged Goods - Gang of Four
    Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
    Free For All - Ted Nugent
    I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops, Upside Your Head) - The Gap Band
    Body Slam - Bootsy Collins
    Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
    Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby
    Get Down Tonight - KC & The Sunshine Band
    Peaceful Easy Feeling - The Eagles

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