You go to my head

Like whiskey on an empty stomach

You got to my head

Like a drug that someone’s just injected

Every time I see you looking my way

I’m so surprised

That you’re not searching for the others

You’re staring at me with those eyes

 

CHORUS:

And I can’t say

I’m not affected

I can’t say

I feel rejected

I could just fall on my face when you

Give me the love that I’ve needed so long

 

You go to my head

You’ve got me so intoxicated

You go to my head

I’m flattered, I’m inebriated

When you come to give me all your lovin’

I lose control

I can’t take you in moderation

I’ve got to rush in and indulge

 

Chorus

 

Bridge:

 

I’m so helpless

I can’t get out of my chair

Can I face this?

You said you’d always be there

To love and take care

Well it isn’t fair

That I should see double

while drinking this liquor called love

 

When you come to give me all your lovin’

I lose control

I can’t take you in moderation

I’ve got to rush in and indulge

 

Chorus

I dreamt of California

Where the air’s always warm

I longed for New Orleans

And a quick summer storm

Well I thought about Austin

And those long legged girls

I could fly out to Vegas

Where the summer winds swirl

But anywhere that I go

I just want you to know

You’re always on my mind

 

Chorus:

Whiskey Girl

Your taste on my tongue

Whiskey girl

I’ll drink till I’m done

Whiskey Girl

You get sweeter with age

Whiskey girl

Your kisses weaken my legs

Oh my whiskey girl

 

I was thinking of Nashville

And those bright shining lights

Remembering Charleston

Suffocating at night

Traveling through Shreveport

On the road to Fort Worth

All the way to El Paso

I have traveled this earth

But anywhere that I go

I just want you to know

You’re always on my mind

 

Chorus

 

I drove to Biloxi

It was sunny and bright

Headed north up to Mobile

Took account of my life

On the beach at Fort Walton

I made plans to come home

Then I flew into Baltimore

So I wouldn’t be alone

But anywhere that I go

I just want you to know

You’re always on my mind

 

Chorus

Chorus:

Don’t talk to me that way

No matter what there is to say

You can make it come out warm

Instead of stirring up a storm

That leaves us shivering cold

Grasping for a hand to hold

Waterlogged beneath the waves

Don’t talk to me that way

 

The sound of your voice

It can be music to my ears

When you sing my name out loud

But when you try to tell me

That there’s something that you don’t like

You know it kinda brings me down

 

Chorus

 

The lyric of your laughter

Fills this cozy room

Our lives fill these picture frames

But that fire in your eyes

Can burn a hole right through my heart

My feelings they go up in flames

 

Chorus

 

Bridge:

You can tell me anything

If you say it sweetly

Talk to me just like your mama talked to you

Just because I don’t do

What you asked of me right away

You know that eventually I’ll come through

 

Chorus

 

I can feel you fingers

Trail across my arm

Disclosing more than words can say

But when your touch is cold

And your door is closed

It makes me want to run away

 

Chorus

I wanted to stay

Because you were sensational

The Way that you loved me

It was so motivational

You have this knack

Of bringing the best out in me

 

We laid on the bed

and listened to country songs

Your skin was soft

You said I felt so strong

We took a photograph

To capture that moment in time

 

Chorus:

Sweet summer daydreams

They’re so hard to shake

Like removing the sand from my hair

Or the glow from your face

Sweet summer daydreams

Lay with us at night

As the breeze blows across our damp skin

While I’m holding you tight

 

You called my name

Like a song from an angel’s lips

Looked in my eyes

With a face that was sunlight kissed

You have this way

Of taking me over the edge

 

We sat on the beach

Watched the waves silver glistening

You told me a story

I was just barely listening

The scent of the sea

And you skin it just blew me away

 

Chorus:
Sweet summer dreams

Envelop my mind

Like the warm glow that comes

From your lips when they’re tasting of wine

Sweet summer daydreams

Blow out of the trees

Like your warm breath in my ear

They make me weak in the knees

 

The night was so still

I watched your chest rise and fall

Is it so wrong

To admit that I want it all

And be willing to do

Anything that will give you to me

 

You called my name

Like a song from an angel’s lips

Looked in my eyes

With a face that was sunlight kissed

You have this way

Of taking me over the edge 

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I put you on a bus to Richmond

And watched you ride away

Helped you catch a plane to Norfolk

Don’t you want to stay?

You called from a hotel in Charlotte

With nothing much to say

You said you wouldn’t live your life

Any other way

 

You took our car and drove to Athens

While I sat by the phone

Ended up in Jacksonville

Tired and alone

Letters came with postmarks

From towns I’ve never known

I would’ve joined you anywhere

But you are on your own

 

Chorus:

Come back to me

I’ll be your east coast angel

I’ll be the one that loves you

With no strings attached

Come back to me

I’ll be your late night hero

I’ll be the one that loves you

With no strings attached

 

You took a train to New York City

And never asked for help

You bummed a ride to Woodstock

Completely by yourself

You ended up in Canada

There was nobody else

To hold your hand or keep you warm

You said it’s just as well

 

You headed west for Morgantown

In the middle of the night

Continued on to Cincinnati

As the skies grew light

I called to hear your voice

and to be sure you were alright

What I wouldn’t give to have you

Forever in my life

 

Chorus

Chorus:

I just wanna be loved by you

Accept the good along with the bad

I just wanna be loved by you

Tell me I’m the best thing you ever had

Look me in the eyes when I come home to you

Tell me about the times you pictured my face

Whisper that you want me that you can’t wait no more

Say it could be anywhere, anyplace

 

My day’s filled with people

Who barely have time for a smile

They call when they need you

But dismiss you after a while

Dismiss you after a while

 

Chorus

 

I met a woman

Whose mind was already made

When I gave her my answer

She went into a tirade

She went into a tirade

 

Chorus

 

My phone keeps on ringing

Voices want something from me

I can’t even think straight

I can’t be who they want me to be

I can’t be who they want me to be

 

I’m damned if I do it

And I’m surely damned if I don’t

I’m nobody’s hero

But I won’t say I will if I won’t

Won’t say I will if I won’t

 

I just wanna be loved by you

I just wanna be loved by you

I just wanna be loved by you

A subtle hint is there to remind you

of memories you thought had escaped you

Just seems funny how the mind works sometimes

A photograph, a scribbled notation,

A song about an old situation

Out of style is coming into style again

From the depths of your thoughts

Come the favors you bought

When you were young and on your way

 

Chorus:      

These are letters from your past

Elusive lines that somehow last      

These are letters from your past

These are letters from your past

 

A phone call you never expected

An old friend you’d always neglected

After all these years it still doesn’t matter

There was something that always connected

Never made you feel alone or rejected

After all this time you still remember

From a notebook you’ve found

Fall some words that still sound

Like they were written yesterday

 

Chorus

 

Your eyes are drawn to a name in the paper

You were bound to find it sooner or later

Don’t deny it gave you that old feeling

You read the lines but you still see a picture

Of a face that never forgets you

A little older but you’re still on fire

There’s a painted sign out

Along highway 9 that

Holds the scrawl of just a child

      

These are letters from your past

Elusive lines that somehow last    

Time is moving oh so fast        

These are letters from your past

Elusive lines  that somehow last  

Time is moving oh so fast 

These are letters from your past         

These are letters from your past

These are letters from your past

Chorus:

Smother me with your kisses

Smother me with your love

Smother me with your perfume

Smother me with your tongue

 

I can’t get enough of your scent

I can’t get enough of your skin

I can’t get enough of your green eyes

I can’t get enough of your grin

 

Chorus

 

I can’t get enough of your romance

I can’t get enough of your hips

I can’t get enough of your warmth and

I can’t get enough of your lips

 

Chorus

 

And if you think

That I’ll ever grow tired of you           

I’m never bored, you never make me blue

That I would ever walk away

Without begging you to let me stay

I’m pleading with  you

 

Chorus

 

I can’t get enough of your legs

I can’t get enough of your thighs

I can’t get enough of your sweetness

I can’t get enough of your time

 

I can’t get enough of your moanin’

I can’t get enough of your sighs

I can’t get enough of your secrets

I can’t get enough of your time

 

Chorus

Tallahassee, you’re the cradle of the south

Tallahassee, your syllables tumble from my mouth

Tallahassee, never captured hardly known

Tallahassee, you make me feel so damn alone

Cause you left me

And you never said

The words that were swimming

Around in your head

You’re kind of out there

Water down below

A one night stand

On the way to the Gulf of Mexico

 

Tallahassee, I’d like to panhandle you tonight

Tallahassee, I swear that I will treat you right

Tallahassee, warm and sweet with flowers in your hair

Tallahassee, I reach out and you’re not there

I closed my eyes

And you disappeared

Now this sense of emptiness

Is worse than I feared

I remember your skin

It smelled like salt air and pine

And your hair hung like Spanish moss

Draped across those telephone lines

 

Bridge:

You’re a little sophisticated

Just a little bit isolated

Some people say that your look is dated

But that’s just your style

Kinda country and kinda city

A little plain and a lot of pretty

Some ignore you and that’s a pity

You’re a real southern belle

 

Tallahassee, filled with warmth and southern charm

Tallahassee, this eastern boy won’t do you harm

Tallahassee, when I’m riding in my car

Tallahassee, I hope your bed is not too far

Cause I long

To sleep in your arms

With your breath on my cheek

I won’t be alarmed

By the sounds of your city

When they startle my sleep

Won’t you say you’ll stay with me

Your sweet tea kisses can make we weep

 

Tallahassee, you’re the cradle of the south

Tallahassee, your syllables tumble from my mouth

Tallahassee, never captured hardly known

Tallahassee, you make me feel so damn alone

Tallahassee, filled with warmth and southern charm

Tallahassee, this eastern boy won’t do you harm

Tallahassee, this eastern boy won’t do you harm

This eastern boy won’t do you harm

Tallahassee, this eastern boy won’t do you harm

Well I don’t want to feel rejected

Just kicked around like some old shoe

And I don’t want to feel neglected

Forgotten, lonely, sad, and blue

I really need to be protected

From all the mean things that people do

And most of all to be accepted

By such a lovely soul as you

 

Chorus:

Open your arms, open your arms

Wrap them so tight around me

Open your arms, open your arms

Hold me so others can see

I am the object

Of all of your fantasies

When you’re aroused and alone

You see the day light

rushing right over me

You open your eyes and you moan

Baby, I’m glad that you’re home

 

I don’t want to feel dejected

The way I feel when things get to my head

I don’t want my words to be deflected

So that you misinterpret what I said

I just want to feel connected

As we lay beneath the blanket on our bed

Darling, I just want to be injected

With love’s sweet serum, addictive and ruby red

 

Chorus

If you’re in Chicago

And the sky is so gray                         

That it sucks all the warmth from your heart

Pack up your suitcase

And head for the one place

Where love waits it’s never too far

 

Chorus:

Take that highway to love

That boulevard south

That interstate home to my smile

Take that turnpike to town

Two lanes southwest

Then a dirt road that runs for a mile

To our house in the pines

Just follow that highway to love

 

If you fly into Boston

On the “linguica express”

Feeling loneliness deep in your bones

Strap on your backpack

Throw your bag up on that rack

and head back

to our sunny home

 

Chorus

 

If you’re staying in Portland

Isolated and cold

Like a lighthouse enshrouded in clouds

Jump on a bus

Baby think about us

Making love, say my name out loud

 

Chorus

 

If you end up in New York

Run as fast as you can

To the next train or plane of town

Keep your duffel close by

Look no one in the eye

Say goodbye without making a sound

 

Chorus

We packed the car

With your clothes and your things

Your books and your music

Your shoes and your rings

And when we were done

There was only a memory of you

 

I looked in your room

What remained on the floor

Was scattered and random

So I closed the door

To prevent any more of your life

From slipping away

 

Chorus:

Well I’ve seen it coming

For such a long time

Tried to ignore it

Tried to deny

Lived in the moment

Enjoying your smile

Lingering still

I know you’re leaving me

Leaving your old man behind

 

I’ve been your man

For a very long time

But I’ve always known

that there would be a sign

To remind me that I cannot

Give you all that you need

 

I’ll miss your keys

As they click in the lock

Sit in my chair

And I’ll look at the clock

Wait for a late night encounter

that no longer comes

 

Chorus:

I hope you will think of me

If you’re alone

Remember that this place

is always your home

You can come back

for a week or a day

or as long as you choose

I know you’re leaving me

Leaving your old man behind

 

I hope you will call me

Just once in a while

So I hear you laugh

And imagine your smile

I know you’re leaving me

Leaving this old life behind

 

I know you’re leaving me

Leaving your old man behind

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