Album: Four (1994)
Charted: 8
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  • Oh, once upon a midnight eerie
    I woke with something in my head
    I couldn't escape the memory
    Of a phone call and of what you said

    Like a game show contestant with a parting gift
    I could not believe my eyes
    When I saw through the thoughts of a trusted friend
    Who needs to humor me and tell me lies, yeah humor me and tell me lies

    And I'll lie too and say I don't mind
    And as we seek so shall we find
    And when you're feeling open I'll still be here
    But not without a certain degree of fear
    Well, what will be with you and me
    I still can see things hopefully

    But you
    Why you wanna give me a run-around?
    Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up?
    When all it does is slow me down

    Shake me and my confidence
    About a great many things
    But I've been there I can see it cower
    Like a nervous magician waiting in the wings

    Of a bad play where the heroes are right
    And nobody thinks or expects too much
    And Hollywood's calling for the movie rights
    Singing "Hey babe, let's keep in touch", hey baby, let's keep in touch

    But I want more than a touch I want you to reach me
    And show me all the things no one else can see
    So what you feel becomes mine as well
    And soon if we're lucky we'd be unable to tell
    What's yours and mine, the fishing's fine
    And it doesn't have to rhyme, so don't you feed me a line

    But you
    Why you wanna give me a run-around?
    Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up?
    When all it does is slow me down

    Tra la la la la bombardier, this is the pilot speaking
    I've got some news for you
    It seems my ship still stands no matter what you drop
    And there ain't a whole lot that you can do

    Oh sure the banner may be torn and the wind's gotten colder
    Perhaps I've grown a little cynical
    But I know no matter what the waitress brings
    I shall drink it and always be full, yeah I will drink it and always be full

    Oh I like coffee and I like tea
    I'd like to be able to enter a final plea
    I still got this dream that you just can't shake
    I love you to the point you can no longer take
    Well all right okay, so be that way
    I hope and pray that there's something left to say

    But you
    Why you wanna give me a run-around?
    Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
    When all it does is slow me down?

    Oh you
    Why you wanna give me a run-around?
    Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
    When all it does is slow me down? Writer/s: JOHN C. POPPER
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Comments: 14

  • Jim from St. Charles, MoThe harmonica apparently has some limitations. Harmonica parts have a lot of notes that sound a half-step out of scale quite frequently.....
  • Brian from Boston, MaThis is a really good song. On my I pod I tend to play a lot of 90's songs and this one is among them. This is off the album Four by Blues Traveler also anothe good 90's album.I could go on a rant here but I'll keep it short. The 90's were the last great decade of music. For someone like me who likes guitar oriented music the crap that passes for music today disgusts me . I have no use for D.J.s scratching records while a group of slutty dancers perform to pre recorded music . Call me crazy but I admire musicians that actually know how to play instruments. Anyway this song is pretty easy to play on guitar. Four chords G, C ,A minor and D throughout the entire song.
  • Stacy from St. Louis, MoCaitlin, he wasn't "put" behind the curtain. I saw him in an interview and he explained that they (Blue's Traveler) did that on purpose to make a point about how certain people are put in front of audiences simply because they fit stereotypical standards of attractiveness (kind of like Milli Vanilli).
  • Kyle from Columbia, MoI saw them in Concert at Jessie Hall. The place wasn't full at all. When Popper came out on stage, he looked around and said, "Alright, everyone forget about those seats and just come on up to the stage." Great concert.
  • Cameron from Austin, Txanyone see John Popper latley? he's lost over two hundred pounds!
  • Natasha from Oklahoma City, OkI started listening to popular radio during the year of 94 but i never heard this or their other song "Hook" but I did start hearing them both during summer of 96...did it just take those two songs a long time to catch popularity?
  • Anna from Aiken, ScThis song came out when I was four years old and has pretty much been stuck in my head ever since. I only recently found out what it was called and who performed it (apparently, I was not a very musically aware four year old), and immediately went out and bought it. Playing it five hundred times seems to be the only way to get it out of my head. I adore the harmonica, it's divine.
  • Mike from Warwick, RiI saw these guys live in 1995 playing the Fox Theater, Atlanta for Chinese New Year. We were front row and blown away by John's size and ability to play the harmonica. They blew it out on this song.
  • Caitlin from Sailsbury, Nci saw them in concert!
  • Meagan from Baton Rouge, Lamy brother got me into blues traveler and i actually wanted to play the harmonica because of john popper but i give up too easily so it wouldnt work out. its a great song also and i agree that john popper is the man i even know someone who named a cat after him. popper is actually a good cats name. hehe. o well and i really love all their music and think this band is way too unknown and that alot more people should know about it and id love to go to the fourth of july concert in colorodo i think it is on red rock but of course i am no atlas what do i know. and i really lve the song sweet pain its really beautiful.
  • John from Millersville, MdAwesome song. Will, I love your hendrix/entwhistle analogy. It's so true! Popper is the man.
  • Robert from Chicago, IlI love this song, I went on a bad blind date,And the girl had no interest in me at all, My buddy who set me up kept humoring and telling me she did. She left me a voicemail, saying she wasn't in to me. Everytime I hear this song I laugh, Because I know how john popper feels in this song.
  • Caitlin from Sailsbury, Nci hate the video for this song it makes me feel bad because they put him behind the curtin
  • Will from Mcallen , Txi love john popper. hes to the harmonica what jimmy hendrix is to the guitar or john entwhistle is to the bass. and hes a great singer too. keep it up john.
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