Jim Croce – Time In A Bottle 1972

If I could save Time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
‘Til Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

CHORUS:
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

(Repeat Chorus)

jim croce – i’ll have to say i love you in a song

Well, I know it’s kind of late
I hope I didn’t wake you
But what I got to say can’t wait
I know you’d understand
Every time I tried to tell you
The words just came out wrong
So I’ll have to say I love you in a song

Yeah, I know it’s kind of strange
But everytime I’m near you
I just run out of things to say
I know you’d understand
Every time I tried to tell you
The words just came out wrong
So I’ll have to say I love you in a song

(LEAD BREAK)

Everytime the time was right
All the words just came out wrong
So I’ll have to say I love you in a song

Yeah, I know it’s kind of late
I hope I didn’t wake you
But there’s something that I just got to say
I know you’d understand
Everytime I tried to tell you
The words just came out wrong
So I”ll have to say I love you ina a song

Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

Well the South side of Chicago
Is the baddest part of town
And if you go down there
You better just beware
Of a man named Leroy Brown

Now Leroy more than trouble
You see he stand ’bout six foot four
All the downtown ladies call him “Treetop Lover”
All the men just call him “Sir”

Chorus:
And it’s bad, bad Leroy Brown
The baddest man in the whole damned town
Badder than old King Kong
And meaner than a junkyard dog

Now Leroy he a gambler
And he like his fancy clothes
And he like to wave his diamond rings
In front of everybody’s nose
He got a custom Continental
He got an Eldorado too
He got a 32 gun in his pocket for fun
He got a razor in his shoe

(Repeat Chorus)

Now Friday ’bout a week ago
Leroy shootin’ dice
And at the edge of the bar
Sat a girl named Doris
And oo that girl looked nice
Well he cast his eyes upon her
And the trouble soon began
‘Cause Leroy Brown learned a lesson
‘Bout messin’ with the wife of a jealous man

(Repeat Chorus)

Well the two men took to fighting
And when they pulled them off the floor
Leroy looked like a jigsaw puzzle
With a couple of pieces gone

Jim Croce – I Got a Name (1973)

Like the pine trees lining the winding road,
I got a name, I got a name;
Like the singing bird and the croaking toad,
I got a name, I got a name.

And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I’m living the dream that he kept hid.

Moving me down the highway, rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by.

Like the north wind whistlin down the sky,
I got a song; I got a song.
Like the whippoorwill and the baby’s cry,
I got a song; I got a song,

And I carry it with me and I sing it loud;
If it gets me nowhere, I’ll go there proud.

Moving me down the highway, rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by.

(Lead Break)

And I’m gonna go there free…

Like the fool I am and I’ll always be,
I got a dream, I got a dream.
They can change their minds but the can’t change me,
I got a dream, I got a dream;

Oh, I know I could share it if you’d want me to;
If you’re goin’ my way, I’ll go with you.

Movin’ me down the highway, rollin’ me down the highway
Movin’ ahead so life won’t pass me by.

Jim Croce – Operator

Operator, oh could you help me place this call
You see the number on the matchbook is old and faded
She’s livin’ in l.a.
With my best old ex-friend ray
A guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated

Isn’t that the way they say it goes
But let’s forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell them I’m fine and to show
I’ve overcome the blow
I’ve learned to take it well
I only wish my words could just convince myself
But that’s not the way it feels

Operator, oh could you help me place this call
’cause I can’t read the number that you just gave me
There’s something in my eye’s
You know it happens every time
I think about the love that i thought would save me

Isn’t that the way they say it goes
But let’s forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell them I’m fine and to show
I’ve overcome the blow
I’ve learned to take it well
I only wish my words could just convince myself
That it just wasn’t real
But that’s not the way it feels

Operato,r oh let’s forget about this call
There’s no one there I really wanted to talk you
Thank you for your time
Oh you’ve been so much more than kind
And you can keep the dime

Isn’t that the way they say it goes
But let’s forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell them I’m fine and to show
I’ve overcome the blow
I’ve learned to take it well
I only wish my words could just convince myself
That it just wasn’t real
But that’s not the way it feels

Jim Croce – Photographs & Memories

Photographs and memories
Christmas cards you sent to me
All that I have are these

To remember you

Memories that come at night
Take me to another time
Back to a happier day
When I called you mine

CHORUS:

But we sure had a good time
When we started way back when
Morning walks and bedroom talks
Oh how I loved you then

Summer skies and lullabies
Nights we couldn’t say good-bye
And of all of the things the we knew
Not a dream survived

Photographs and memories
All the love you gave to me
Somehow it just can’t be true
That’s all I’ve left of you

(Repeat Chorus)

Jim Croce – These Dreams

I.
Once we were lovers
But somehow things have changed
Now we’re just lonely people
Trying to forget each other’s names
Now we’re just lonely people
Trying to forget each other’s names

Chorus:

What came between us?
Maybe we were just too young to know
But now and then
I feel the same,
And sometimes at night I think
I hear you calling my name
Mm, mm, these dreams
Keep me going these days

II.
Once we were lovers
But that was long ago
We lived together then
And now we do not even say hello
We lived together then
And now we do not even say hello

(Repeat Chorus)

Jim Croce – A long time ago, dreamin’ again

Seems like such a long time ago
I was walking on a lonely road
Getting tired of dreamin’ alone
Like all the lonely people I had known

Seems like such a long time ago
There was no one who would share my song
I was just a boy far from home
But I became a man when you came along

We spent the whole night talkin’
You said you’d like to see the sunrise
But in the gold of mornin’
Was nothing I had not seen in your eyes

I was so afraid to touch you
Thought you were too young too know
So I just watched you sleeping
Then you woke and said to me
The night is cold
It frightens me
And I could sleep so easy next to you

It wasn’t very long ago
You said that you would like to share my road
Then you started singin’ my song
You said so many nights are waiting
Let’s not spend a moment wasting time
‘Cause we have very far to go
I will go if you will take me
I have never had a lover
I am young
But I am so alone

We spent the whole night talkin’
But in the gold of mornin’

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