THE PAIN AROUND ME
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)

SIX KIDS ON THE CORNER UP TO NO DAMN GOOD
THAT’S SIX BROKEN HOMES STRUGGLIN’ IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
YOU GOT LIQUOR STORES EVERYWHERE ON MY SIDE OF TOWN
I DON’T WANT MY KIDS TO GO OUTSIDE, ‘CAUSE THE THUGS ARE HANGING AROUND
 
CHORUS:
DON’T GET ME WRONG; I DON’T WANT TO SING THIS SONG
ABOUT THE PAIN AROUND ME, (LORD), BUT THIS IS WHAT I SEE, WHAT I SEE
 
(CHECK IT OUT) YOU GOT THE PREACHER MAN IN THE CHURCH GIVING FOLKS FALSE HOPE
YOU NEVER SEE A POLITICIAN AROUND UNLESS THEY WANT YOUR VOTE
WOMEN WALKING AROUND WITH SKIRTS SO TIGHT
LOOKING IN CARS AS THEY GO BY SAYING, “YOU WANT SOME FUN TONIGHT?”
 
CHORUS:
DON’T GET ME WRONG; I DON’T WANT TO SING THIS SONG
ABOUT THE PAIN AROUND ME, (LORD), BUT THIS IS WHAT I SEE, WHAT I SEE (HEY!)
 
SOLO
 
SHOOTING AND KILLING’ I’M LIVING IN A WAR ZONE
(SEE) POLICE THEY NEVER COME AROUND; SO I’M OUT HERE ON MY OWN
I’M JUST AN HONEST WORKING MAN TRYING TO DO RIGHT AND FEED MY FAMILY
WHEN I GO TO WORK GOT TO CARRY A PIECE, (LORD) FOR EXTRA SECURITY
 
CHORUS:
DON’T GET ME WRONG; I DON’T WANT TO SING THIS SONG
ABOUT THE PAIN AROUND ME, (LORD) BUT THIS IS WHAT I SEE, WHAT I SEE (YEAH YEAH YEAH)
BUT THIS IS WHAT I SEE

BAD CONTRACT
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)

(CHECK IT OUT)READ ABOUT IT, HEARD ABOUT IT, NOW IT’S ME
I SHOULDA SEEN IT COMING-- WOULD HAVE STAYED FREE
BIG FANCY WEDDING FOR HER FRIEND’S JEALOUSY  
THE HOUSE WAS MINE NOW SHE GOT THE KEY
 
CHORUS:
I SIGNED A BAD CONTRACT (LORD) (2X)
SIGN ON THE LINE
YOU ONLY GET HALF BACK
I SIGNED A BAD CONTRACT
 
“TAKE WHAT YOU CAME WITH,” THAT’S WHAT I SAY
BUT THE JUDGE DIDN’T SEE IT THAT WAY
THEY SAY EVERY DOG HAS GOT ITS DAY
WELL THE DOG HAD TO GO, (Y’ALL) WITH HALF MY PAY
 
CHORUS;
I SIGNED A BAD CONTRACT (2X)
SIGN ON THE LINE
YOU ONLY GET HALF BACK
I SIGNED A BAD CONTRACT
 
NOT ABOUT CHEATING; I’M TIRED OF THE STRIFE
WHEN THE WOMAN YOU LOVE RUINS YOUR LIFE
THE MASK FELL OFF THAT USED TO BE MY WIFE
NOW SHE’S STABBING ME IN THE BACK WITH A LAWYER’S KNIFE
 
CHORUS:
I SIGNED A BAD CONTRACT (LORD) (2X)
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE
YOU ONLY GET HALF BACK
I SIGNED A BAD CONTRACT
 
LOVE DON’T NEED A LAW, SO WHY WE NEED A WITNESS?
TO SEE US SIGN A PAPER ‘CAUSE YES, IT’S A BUSINESS
THE CONTRACT I SIGNED WAS WRITTEN WITH A SLICKNESS
MY LAWYER LOOKED AT ME AND SAID “SETTLE WITH A QUICKNESS”
 
CHORUS
I SIGNED A BAD CONTRACT (Y’ALL) (2X)
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE
YOU ONLY GET HALF BACK
I SIGNED A BAD CONTRACT
(OH, NO!)

WALK IT OFF
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 
SHE DIDN’T MEAN IT, THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID
HE WAS AN OLD FRIEND AND SHE LOST HER HEAD
I KNOW MY WOMAN IS NICE AND KIND
BUT NOW WE DON’T KNOW IF THE BABY IS HIS OR MINE
 
CHORUS:
I GOT TO WALK IT OFF (2X)
THE FEELING’S SO STRONG I MIGHT DO SOMETHING WRONG
SO I’M GONNA JUST WALK IT OFF
 
MY WIFE IN THE CLUB, MY GIRLFRIEND ON THE WAY
I’M STANDING HERE NERVOUS WHILE I’M ON STAGE
SHE CAME RIGHT IN, AND SAT RIGHT DOWN
WEARING THE SAME DRESS I BOUGHT THEM BOTH WHEN I WAS OUT OF TOWN
               
CHORUS:
I GOT TO WALK IT OFF (2X)
THE FEELING’S SO STRONG I MIGHT DO SOMETHING WRONG
SO I’M GONNA JUST WALK IT OFF
 
(SOLO)
 
SHE CALLED ME UP TO GET HER KICKS
HER HUSBAND GET HOME AT SEVEN; I’M GONE BY SIX
I GET TO MY HOUSE, AND OPEN MY DOOR
THERE HE IS WITH MY WOMAN ON MY LIVING ROOM FLOOR
 
CHORUS:
I GOT TO WALK IT OFF (2X)
THE FEELING’S SO STRONG I MIGHT DO SOMETHING WRONG
SO I’M GONNA JUST WALK IT OFF
 
I PULLED A KNIFE; HE PULLED A GUN
AND LOOKED AT ME LIKE I SHOULD RUN
I PULLED MY HAND GRENADE, SHOOK IT IN HIS FACE
AND PULLED THE PIN, ‘CAUSE THAT’S THE CHICAGO WAY
 
CHORUS:
HE BETTER WALK IT OFF (2X)
THE FEELING’S SO STRONG I MIGHT DO SOMETHING WRONG
SO I’M GONNA JUST WALK IT OFF
(LET ME PLAY MY GUITAR FIRST, Y’ALL)

FINE SEASONED WOMAN
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 
YOUNG WOMAN TRYING TO FLIRT
RED LIPS AND A MINI SKIRT
FLASHING HER EYES AT ME
SHE MUST THINK I’M A DOG IN HEAT
SHE KEPT TRYING, BUT I SAID “NO”
IT’S NOT HER FAULT ‘CAUSE SHE DON’T KNOW
 
CHORUS:    
I WANT A FINE SEASONED WOMAN
I LIKE A FINE SEASONED WOMAN
 
I LIKE A WOMAN ABOUT MY AGE
COUPLE OF WRINKLES AND A LITTLE GRAY
DO THINGS SHE LIKE AND SOME THINGS SHE DON’T
SHE’LL LET YOU DO THIS, BUT THAT SHE WON’T
 
CHORUS:
I WANT A FINE SEASONED WOMAN
I LIKE A FINE SEASONED WOMAN
 
(SOLO)
 
YOUNG WOMEN WANT SHOES AND HAIRDOS  
SEASONED WOMAN WANT A REAL MAN, NOT A FOOL
NOW, YOUNG GIRL, I MADE MYSELF CLEAR
LEAVE ME ALONE AND SEND YOUR MAMA IN HERE
 
BLESS YOUR HEART, YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND
WHAT A SEASONED WOMAN DO FOR A MAN
SHE’S NOT DEPENDENT, SHE SPEAKS HER MIND
KEEP ON LIVING, YOU’LL FIND OUT IN TIME.
 
CHORUS:
I WANT A FINE SEASONED WOMAN
I LIKE A FINE SEASONED WOMAN (LORD)
 
YEAH, YOUR SKIN IS NICE IS NICE AND TIGHT
BUT I LIKE MY WOMEN SEASONED AND RIPE
NOW YOUNG WOMAN, LEAVE ME BE
AND SEND YOUR MAMA IN HERE TO ME
 
CHORUS:
I WANT A FINE SEASONED WOMAN (HEY)
I LIKE A FINE SEASONED WOMAN

JEALOUS LOVE
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 
YOU CHECK MY WALLET WHEN I SLEEP AT NIGHT
YOU’RE ALWAYS ASKING IF OUR LOVE IS ALL RIGHT
IT USED TO BE CUTE WHEN YOU’D CHECK ON ME
NOW I CAN’T STAND YOUR INSECURITY
 
CHORUS:
JEALOUS LOVE NEVER LASTS, ALWAYS THINKING ‘BOUT THE PAST (2X)
 
SMELL ME TWICE WHEN I COME HOME
TO SEE IF PERFUME IS MIXED WITH MY COLOGNE
THE THINGS YOU DO ONLY HURT YOURSELF
I’M TELLING YOU, BABY, IT’S YOU AND NO ONE ELSE
 
CHORUS:
JEALOUS LOVE NEVER LASTS, ALWAYS THINKING ‘BOUT THE PAST (2X)
 
(SOLO)
 
THIS MUST BE LOVE, WITH WHAT YOU PUT ME THROUGH
AND LET YOU GET AWAY WITH THE THINGS THAT YOU DO
A JEALOUS HEART NEEDS CONSTANT PROOF
BELIEVE ME, BABY, MY LOVE IS THE TRUTH
 
CHORUS:
JEALOUS LOVE NEVER LASTS, ALWAYS THINKING ‘BOUT THE PAST (2X)
 
YOU RIP THE LOVE FROM MY HEART
YOUR JEALOUSY IS TEARING US APART
WHEN I TELL THE TRUTH, GIRL, YOU THINK I LIED
I DON’T WANT TO END IN A MURDER-SUICIDE
 
CHORUS:
JEALOUS LOVE NEVER LASTS, ALWAYS THINKING ‘BOUT THE PAST (2X)

MIDLIFE CRISIS
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 
WOKE UP THIS MORNING FEELING KIND OF STRANGE
SOME OF YOU MEN MIGHT FEEL THE SAME
LOOKED IN THE MIRROR THE OTHER DAY
MY CHEST HAIR WAS TURNING GRAY
MY OLD FRIENDS ARE FAR TOO OLD
DON’T WANT TO HANG WITH THEM NO MORE
WENT TO THE DOCTOR SAY, “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?”
HE LOOKED IN MY EYES, “THERE’S ONE THING I SEE”
 
CHORUS:
YOU HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS (2X)
DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO CAUSE YOU AIN’T 22
YOU HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
 
WALKED OUT THE OFFICE KIND OF SHOOK
STARTED LOOKING FOR MY ADDRESS BOOK
TO FIND MY OLD FLAME TO TALK TO ME
AND PRETEND IT’S 1983
 
CHORUS:
I’M HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS (2X)
I’M 50 ACTING LIKE I’M 22
I’M HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
 
(KEYBOARD SOLO)
 
I BOUGHT A CAR I’M AFRAID TO DRIVE
IT’S TOO SMALL AND THE PRICE WAS HIGH
TRYING TO BE YOUNG AIN’T WORKING OUT
NOW I’M MISSING PAYMENTS ON MY HOUSE
 
CHORUS:
I’M HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS (2X)
I’M 50 TRYING TO BE 22
I’M HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS.
 
WENT TO A BAR WITH A YOUNGER GIRL
WHOLE DIFFERENT SCENE, NOT MY WORLD
MUSIC CAME ON, SHE JUMPED ON STAGE
THEN I REALIZED SHE’S MY DAUGHTER’S AGE
 
CHORUS:
I’M HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS (2X)
I’M 50 ACTING LIKE I’M 22
I’M HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
 
(GUITAR SOLO)
 
I’M GOING HOME TO MY WIFE
OPENED THE DOOR, SHE LOOKED AT ME TWICE
SHE’S HOLDING HANDS WITH A YOUNGER DUDE
I GUESS MY WIFE HAS GOT IT TOO.
 
CHORUS:
SHE’S HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS (2X)
WE’RE 50 ACTING LIKE WE’RE 22
WE’RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS

CHICKENS COMIN’ HOME TO ROOST
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 
MY CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST FOR WHAT I’VE DONE (2X)
I KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME
THAT’S WHY I’M ALWAYS ON THE RUN
 
(SPOKEN) LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I DID
 
I TOOK MY BEST FRIEND’S WIFE BUT HE NEVER KNEW (2X)
NOW HE’S RAISING MY TWO KIDS
HE STILL DON’T HAVE A CLUE
 
I TURNED A RICH WOMAN POOR, MAKE A GOOD WOMAN GO BAD (2X)
YOU KNOW I LOVE THEM AND I LEAVE THEM
GIVE THEM SOMETHING THEY NEVER HAD
 
(SOLO)
 
I’D RATHER BE JUDGED BY TWELVE THAN CARRIED BY SIX TO AN OPEN GRAVE (2X)
I’M GONNA DO WHAT I GOTTA DO
BEFORE MY JUDGEMENT DAY
 
MY CHICKENS COMING HOME TO ROOST FOR WHAT I’VE DONE (2X)
I’VE GOT BLOOD ON MY HANDS
I KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME

STRENGTH TO SURVIVE 
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 

THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM
REAL LIFE IS GETTING IN THE WAY OF MY DREAMS
I GET A LITTLE TASTE OF WHAT I FEEL
BUT GET A HEAVY DOSE OF WHAT IS REAL
 
CHORUS:
I FEEL TIRED, I FEEL LEFT OUT AND SET ASIDE
I’M TRYING TO FIND THE STRENGTH TO SURVIVE
 
WHEN I’M LOOKING IN MY MIRROR, I DON’T LIKE WHAT I SEE
A BROKEN MAN STARING RIGHT BACK AT ME
I NEED A PLAN AND A LITTLE GOOD LUCK
TO SEE ME THROUGH, SEE ME THROUGH WHEN TIMES GET ROUGH
 
CHORUS:
I FEEL TIRED, I FEEL LEFT OUT AND SET ASIDE
I’M TRYING TO FIND THE STRENGTH TO SURVIVE
 
(SOLO)
 
MY WOMAN AND BILLS ARE ALL IN MY FACE
THEY BOTH WORRY ME AND WANT TO BE PAID
I AIN’T GOT MUCH, BABY, BUT IT’S MORE THAN YOU NEED
SO DON’T FORGET, GIRL, YOU ARE THE ONE THAT PICKED ME
 
CHORUS:
I FEEL TIRED, I FEEL LEFT OUT AND SET ASIDE
I’M TRYING TO FIND THE STRENGTH TO SURVIVE
 
I STOPPED FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF
IT’S UP TO ME AND ONLY ME AND NO ONE ELSE
MY SOUL WAS DEAD, NOW MY SPIRIT’S ALIVE
I FOUND THE STRENGTH, THE STRENGTH TO SURVIVE
 
I’M NOT TIRED, I’M NOT LEFT OUT OR SET ASIDE
I FINALLY FOUND THE STRENGTH, THE STRENGTH TO SURVIVE

WHEN WILL YOU TELL HIM ABOUT ME?
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 
YOU SAID YOU WASN’T HAPPY
ALL HE DO IS GET DRUNK AND FIGHT
I CAN’T EVEN SHOW MY LOVE FOR YOU
WE HAVE TO KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT
YOU TOLD ME TO BE STILL, THAT OUR DAY WILL COME
I HANG ON TO YOUR WORDS THAT WE’LL BECOME ONE

CHORUS:
BUT I’M TIRED OF SNEAKING AROUND
I CAN’T HOLD YOUR HAND WHEN WE GO DOWNTOWN
I’M TIRED OF THE SECRECY;
WHEN WILL YOU TELL HIM ABOUT ME?
 
YOU SAID YOU’LL LEAVE HIM
AND I BELIEVED EVERY LIE
IT’S BEEN THREE LONG YEARS
BUT I CAN’T SAY GOODBYE
YOU SAID, “WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS? WHAT ARE WE GON’ DO?
HE MAKE ALL THE MONEY IN THE HOUSE; NOW YOU’LL HAVE TO.”
 
CHORUS
BUT I’M TIRED OF SNEAKING AROUND
I CAN’T HOLD YOUR HAND WHEN WE GO DOWNTOWN
I’M TIRED OF THE SECRECY;
WHEN WILL YOU TELL HIM ABOUT ME? (TELL HIM BABY)
 
I’M NOT A BEGGING MAN BUT YOUR INDECISION IS MESSING WITH MY PLANS
BABY, IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO CHOOSE
WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?
 
SOLO
 
BUT I’M TIRED OF SNEAKING AROUND
I CAN’T HOLD YOUR HAND WHEN WE WALK DOWNTOWN
I’M TIRED OF THE SECRECY;
WHEN WILL YOU TELL HIM ABOUT ME?
(WILL YOU  TELL HIM BABY? WHEN WILL YOU TELL HIM ABOUT ME.
TELL HIM, BABY. SEE, I’M READY FOR YOU. ARE YOU READY FOR ME? I’M TIRED OF LIVING OUR LOVE IN THE SHADOWS. TELL HIM ABOUT ME).

MRS. FROM MISSISSIPPI 
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 
NOT A DAY GO BY WITHOUT THINKING ‘BOUT THE ONE I LOVE
BODY, HIPS, MIND AND LIPS, SHE GOT IT ALL, MAN, SHE’S TOUGH
HER AREA CODE IS 601
DEEP DOWN SOUTH, THAT’S WHERE SHE’S FROM
 
THAT’S MY MISSUS FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY BABY FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY GIRL FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY BOO FROM MISSISSIPPI
SHE IS HOT AS THE SUN, SHE’S THE ONLY ONE
THAT’S MY MISSUS FROM MISSISSIPPI
 
WHEN SHE WALKS IN THE ROOM ALL THE MEN STOP AND STARE
THE WOMEN GET JEALOUS ‘CAUSE THEY CAN’T COMPARE
CHURCH GOING WOMAN, KNOWS WHAT IS RIGHT
BUT SHE CAN HANDLE HER BUSINESS WHEN WE’RE ALONE AT NIGHT
 
THAT’S MY MISSUS FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY BABY FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY GIRL FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY BOO FROM MISSISSIPPI
SHE’S MY SWEET POTATO PIE, A TASTE I CAN’T DENY
THAT’S MY MISSUS FROM MISSISSIPPI
 
(SOLO)
 
WHEN I’M GONE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ‘CAUSE I KNOW SHE’S MINE
I CAN FEEL IT IN HER TOUCH, Y’ALL, YOU KNOW SHE AIN’T LYIN’
I’M A LUCKY MOTHER FOR YOU AS HAPPY AS CAN BE
I FOUND A PERFECT WOMAN, Y’ALL, IN MISSISSIPPI
(HELP ME SING, Y’ALL)
 
THAT’S MY MRS. FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY BABY FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY GIRL FROM MISSISSIPPI
THAT’S MY BOO FROM MISSISSIPPI
 LIKE THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MY BABY CAN DELIVER
THAT’S MY MISSUS FROM MISSISSIPPI
WHEN SHE OPENS HER MOUTH, YOU KNOW SHE’S FROM THE SOUTH
THAT’S MY WOMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI
SHE IS HOT AS THE SUN, SHE’S THE ONLY ONE
THAT’S MY MISSUS FROM MISSISSIPPI
SHE’S MY SWEET POTATO PIE, A TASTE I CAN’T DENY
THAT’S MY MISSUS FROM MISSISSIPPI

I AM
(Toronzo Cannon, Cannonball Express Music admin. by Small Scale Music, ASCAP)
 
I’M THE ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER WITH NOTHING TO SAY
I’M THE DEVIL ON THE OTHER SIDE YOU LISTEN TO ALL DAY
I’M THE HEROIN THAT MAKES YOU SLEEP
I’M THE HABIT YOU KNOW YOU CAN’T KEEP
I’M THE SEED OF DOUBT THAT’S IN YOUR HEART
I’M YOUR DEFEAT BEFORE YOU START
 
CHORUS:
I DON’T KNOW WHY WE ACT THIS WAY
IT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE DAY
THE DEVIL IS LAUGHING WHILE GOD IS REACHING OUT TO YOU
SO WHAT YOU GON’ DO?
 
I’M THE PREACHER TELLING YOU WHAT’S RIGHT
I’M THE PROSTITUTE HE PICKED UP LAST NIGHT
I’M THE FATHER THAT WISHED HE STAYED
I’M THE THOUGHT OF SUICIDE HIS SON HAS TO FACE
I’M THE ATHEIST WITH PAINS IN HIS HEART
I’M THE LIGHT HE SEES BEFORE HE SAY, “MY GOD”
 
CHORUS:
I DON’T KNOW WHY WE ACT THIS WAY
IT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE DAY
GOD IS CRYING WHILE THE DEVIL IS PRAYING FOR YOU
SO WHAT YOU GON’ DO?
 
(SOLO)
 
I’M THE BULLET THAT MISSSED THE THUG
I’M THE SINGLE FATHER SHOT GIVING HIS DAUGHTER A HUG
I’M THE MAN EVERY WOMAN WANT TO CHANGE
I’M THE MAN THAT LEAVES HER HEART BROKE IN PAIN
I’M THE DARK SIDE IN EVERYONE’S SOUL
I’M THE EVIL THAT WE FIGHT TO CONTROL
 
CHORUS:
I DON’T KNOW WHY WE ACT THIS WAY
IT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE DAY
THE DEVIL IS LAUGHING WHILE GOD IS TALKING TO YOU
SO WHAT YOU GON’ DO?
I DON’T KNOW WHY WE ACT THIS WAY
IT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE DAY
THE DEVIL IS LAUGHING WHILE GOD IS REACHING OUT FOR YOU
SO WHAT YOU GON’ DO?
I DON’T KNOW WHY WE ACT THIS WAY
IT HAPPENS EVERY SINGLE DAY
THE DEVIL IS LAUGHING WHILE GOD IS REACHING OUT FOR YOU
SO WHAT’ YOU GON’ DO?