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There’s a guy
You ought to know
He can really play the saxophone
He’s from Chicago
He recorded a song that made a big fuss
On Vee Jay Records
Called Exodus

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Eddie Harris… Eddie Who? x 2

He introduced
The electric saxophone
He invented a reed mouthpiece
For the trumpet and the trombone
He experimented with his career
He started fusion music
With a song called Listen Here

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Eddie Harris… Eddie Who? x 2

He wrote a song
That had musicians in a trance
Miles Davis recorded it
Freedom Jazz Dance
Then he went to Switzerland
And recorded Cold Duck
While Les McCann was singig
Compared to What

(Chorus)
Eddie Harris… Eddie Who? x 2

He’s been singing about
Money, luck and overweight too
He’s written five books
On what he can do
Now he’s scat singing
And people don’t understand
It’s a mixture of black street talk
And African

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Eddie Harris… Eddie Who? x 2

My name is Eddie Harris
I’ve some of your records man
Thank you
I remember when you used to play with Count Basie
That was Eddie Lockjaw Davis
My name is Eddie Harris
I’ve got one of your videos jack
That was Eddie Murphy
My name is Eddie Harris
I remember when you used to record the Blues
That was Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vincent
My name is Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris?
Eddie Who?
Eddie Harris…
Eddie Who? Eddie Who?
My name is Eddie Harris…
(Fade Out)


Don’t you hear the music playing?
What you think the music’s saying?
Don’t you hear the music playing?
What you think the music’s saying?

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Get on up and dance x 8

Get on up!
Don’t sit on down
Please do something
Just move around
Clap your hands
Stomp your feet
Please do something
Just join the beat

(Chorus)
Get on up and dance x 4

Shaking your head and poppin’ your fingers is alright
Are you just gonna sit there and do that all night?
If you’re ever gon’ learn to dance at all
You just cannot stand around the wall

Get on up and dance – get on up!
Get on up and dance – get on up!


Big cities are not the place for me
People are cramped together living in misery

If you walk three blocks at night, you’ll be as scared as you can be
There’s a guard watching with a gun as you buy your grocery

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How can you live like that? x 2

The stores are all closed long before it gets dark
Ladies are afraid to walk alone through the park
You’re afraid to go to sleep when your neighbor’s dog lets out a bark
Muggers are standing on street corners, happy as a lark

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How can you live like that? x 2

You try to park in front on a lighted street
Just to buy some food to carry out to eat
If you ride the public transportation, you take a front seat
When you hear the ambulance and the police siren
You know the night’s complete

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How can you live like that? x 2

People have bars on their windows and three locks on the door
Have a pistol under their pillow and a shotgun on the floor
One thing about crime in the big cities
They rob the rich and kill the poor
City officials keep saying that they can’t do much more…

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How can you live like that? x 2

How can you find the solution when you can’t see for the pollution?
How can you live like that?
How can you live in one room and smell the dust from your neighbor’s broom?
How can you live like that?
How can you stand the pace in such a crowded place?
How can you live like that?
How can you fight inflation and plus the school situation?
How can you live like that?
How can you keep your feet with all those holes in the street?
How can you live like that?
When you gonna realize… that every big city is a high rise?

(Chorus)
How can you live like that? x 4


I love you
I love you, yes I do, you’re my one real inspiration
I love you
I wanna thank you so much for being there when I need you
I love you
You bring me up when I’m down, it’s nice just having you around
I love you
Even when times have been rough
You’ve been someone I can count on
I love you
You’ve been there giving me strength to go on when I just couldn’t make it
I love you
Thank the Lord up above cause where would I be if it wasn’t for you
You are my reality
No one else means so much to me
Together we’ve come a long, long way
Thank you for being here with me
I want you to know
I love you
If it weren’t for you, my world would be so lonely
I love you
You brighten all my days just knowing that you love me
I love you
I’m sure glad I met you
I love you
There’s no one else who can replace you
I love you
I never will forget you
I love you
You are my reality
No one else means so very much to me
Together we’ve come a long, long way
Thank you for being here with me
I want you to know
I love you
If it weren’t for you, my world would be so lonely
I love you
You brighten all my days just knowing that you love me
I love you
I’m sure glad I met you
I love you
There’s no one else who can replace you
I never will forget you
I love you


I’m tired of driving
Everywhere I have to go
When I’m driving to work
The traffic just creeps along so slow
There’s never nowhere to park at a concert, ballgame
Or just a plain old picture show
I’m tired of driving
There’s too many lights, stop signs and another one way street
I’m tired of buying gas and pulling the belts from under my seat
Driving bumper to bumper during the rush hour
I feel the tension from my head down to my feet
I’m tired of driving in the rain, the fog, and the snow
I drive to the cleaners, the laundry, and the bank
I even drive to the local grocery store
I’m going out tonight and party
It means, I have to drive some more

(Chorus)
I’m tired… I’m tired of driving… x 6



© 1993 Seventh House Ltd.
Music by Eddie Harris
Lyrics by Lolita Harris and Yvonne Harris



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I’m watching you and the things you do
The way you smile makes me want to hold you for a while
I just seem to love your style
You’re the one that’s meant for me
I’m watching you and I wish you knew
The way I feel I know that it must be love
You’re the one I’m thinking of
I can’t seem to stop watching you
I enjoy the way you walk
And the subtle way you talk
And I dream of dancing with you day and night
While our thoughts just drift away
Thoughts just drift away
I’m watching you and I hope someday
That you and I could be with each other eternally
Spending all your time with me
That is how I want it to be


I met this terrible lady
That really blew my mind
I asked her for a date
And she said fine
I’m going out with that lady
On a Saturday night
We’re going to a dance
I’m gonna hold her tight
I feel so good
I don’t know what to do
I’ll be so happy
When Friday’s through

Everybody, get up and do the stomp! x 6


I can hear the heart beat and see the dancing feet
I see people doing shoulder movements
When I see you groove, I like that certain move
Love is too much to touch
I like to see people singing and having fun
I see people doing body movements
It makes me so happy to know that you are mine
Love is too much to touch
I can hear the heart beat and see the dancing feet
I see people doing shoulder movements
When I see you groove, I like that certain move
Love is too much to touch
I like to see people singing and having fun
I see people doing body movements
It makes me so happy to know that you are mine
Love is too much to touch


In you I’ve found me a friend
Who I can trust and I can believe in
The things that we share in life
Are exciting and so pleasing
Since we met there are so many things
That I would like to tell you
All the joy and happiness you bring to me
Makes me feel good
The way that you give of yourself
Makes others truly love you
You give me self-confidence
Which helps me in my tomorrows
All the little things you seem to do
Are more than I can hope for
I really love you just the way you are
Don’t change cause you’re my inspiration

(Chorus)
Love is what I find in you x 4


It’s not always true
Money makes the difference as to what people say or do
People I’ve known for years
That’s always been the same
When they get a good job, they up and change their name

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People get funny when they get a little money every time x 2

People are the same wherever you go
You can be very good friends, when you both have no dough
Friends talk on the telephone ‘bout everybody in town
When one friend loses his job the other one puts him down

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People get funny when they get a little money every time x 2

People will fight for a cause when it’s to their advantage
When they get a little money their cause begins to vanish
When things are bad, people tend to stay real mad
When things are good, they want to change their neighborhood

(Chorus)
People get funny when they get a little money every time x 2

People will fight for a cause when it’s to their advantage
When they get a little money their cause begins to vanish
When things are bad, people tend to stay real mad
When things are good, they want to change their neighborhood

(Chorus)
People get funny when they get a little money every time x 2

People get a position; they never return your call
They see you and won’t speak when walking down the hall
They join a social club, which is the latest trend
Then get a brand new car and you never see them again

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People get funny when they get a little money every time x 2

I’m no different than you, everybody knows they want money too
When I get some money, I’m gonna act a fool
Buy me a great big car
And cruise around the school



© 1976 Seventh House Ltd.
Music by Eddie Harris
Lyrics by Eddie Harris, Sara Harris, Lolita Harris, and Yvonne Harris



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I had three donuts and two cups of coffee
But that didn’t stop my appetite
I had only eaten a box of cookies very late last night
I had ten pancakes plenty of syrup and butter and two slices of ham
Three eggs, home fries, and four biscuits all smothered in jam
Two glasses of milk and a cheesecake, I thought I didn’t want anymore
I just had to buy twelve of those mints in that bowl by the door

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That is why – that is why – that is why you’re overweight x 2

Now it’s lunch time and I believe I’ll eat again
I’m not going to eat as much as I did for breakfast because I want to get thin
Let me have a bowl of chili con carne and two corned beefs on rye
A large order of French fries, a malt, and a slice of banana cream pie
Two candy bars, one soda, for my late afternoon snack
And ahh… and ahh… two bags of potato chips, so I won’t have to come back

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That is why – that is why – that is why you’re overweight x 2

While waiting for my dinner, I had four shots of alcohol
A chef’s salad with lots of dressing, crackers, but not much meat at all
I had a steak, candied yams, rice, lemonade, macaroni and cheese
Cornbread, banana pudding, and a side order of black eyed peas
I stopped at the grocery store, I’m gonna load up my refrigerator
I’m gonna sit down and watch television and I’ll have something to eat later

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That is why – that is why – that is why you’re overweight x 8


What’s wrong with the world today
Other countries never do what they say
Disarmament is only a game we play
People are confused
What’s’ wrong with the world today
Food’s being wasted, people starve while they pray
Rich against poor is really a price to pay
Wars are inevitable
There are storms, quakes, and floods
Seasons are in contrast with inflation
Races are at odds with each other
People from outer space won’t say hello
What’s wrong with the world today
Crime and tragedy excels in every way
Life is but a pawn in the game of chess we play
What is wrong with the world…

(Chorus)
What is wrong with the world today x 6



© 1978 Seventh House Ltd.
Music by Eddie Harris
Lyrics by Sara Harris, Lolita Harris, and Yvonne Harris



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When I first saw you
It was the way you looked
You stole my heart
The sweet vibrations
That are in the air
While you’re standing there
I want to be close to you
When i first met you it was the way you spoke
You stole my heart
Sometimes I feel that everybody knows
I’m in love with you
Baby please
Don’t change your hair
Don’t change your smile
Or the way you look at me
Don’t change your personality
Thinking of all the things you said
You know that
I’m very happy
We’re the best of friends
Because you stole my heart

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