Billy Porter

Album: Play Don't Worry (1975)
  • Walking down an empty road
    I saw a man in old grey clothes
    A stranger

    Passing by he smiled at me
    But when I looked I realised the danger

    For his eyes they looked so empty and cold
    And something told me that I'm gonna be rolled
    In my pocket only cents and dimes
    But then for them he'd gladly kill me

    Walking past and walking fast
    I managed just to slip around a corner

    Thought he'd hear my running feet
    As I went pounding down the street
    Like thunder

    Well I've never heard my heart beat so fast
    And I've never been so scared in the past
    And I never ever realised
    That this place could be evil to me

    Billy Porter
    You didn't tell me that I needed a gun
    Billy Porter
    When you wrote you said
    That this place is fun
    What have I done

    Well I've never heard my heart beat so fast
    And I've never been so scared in the past
    And I never ever realised
    That this place could be evil to me
    Let me tell ya'

    Now Billy's smart and Billy's tough
    He's good to have
    When the going's rough
    He told me

    "Don't go out on your own at night
    For if you do you'll have to fight
    Stay by me"

    Now he's teaching me
    Each and every day
    And I think that in this place
    I might stay
    And I never, ever realised
    What a roughneck I would turn out to be

    Billy Porter
    You never told me that I needed a gun
    Billy Porter
    When you wrote you said
    That this place is fun
    What can be done

    Billy Porter
    You never told me that I needed a gun
    Billy Porter
    When you wrote you said
    That this place is fun

    Billy Porter
    You never told me that I'd be on the run
    Billy Porter
    What would father say if he saw his son
    Billy Porter
    You never told me that I needed a gun
    Billy Porter
    When you wrote you said
    That this place is fun Writer/s: MICK RONSON
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Robin from Bolton, United KingdomI had always imagined that this was addressed to his mate Ian Hunter (name not dissimilar) who emigrated to New York in the mid '70s. But it seems I was wrong. Nice to know the - less exciting - answer.
  • Edward Pearce from Ashford, Kent, EnglandOne of the catchiest songs of the 70's. I've never understood why this was never a hit.
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