Cuts Like A Knife
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1983
1
The Only One

Well I made up my mind
Not gonna let you get away
To think that I’m the lucky guy
I’ve almost got it made
Cause it’s been so long
Since I’ve felt so strong
About anyone at all
I get so excited
I ain’t gonna fight it
I think I might be fallin’ in love

So come on – let’s get it right
Cause you’re the only one
So come on – we ain’t got all night
Cause you’re the only one

Last night
I thought you mighta stayed
If I’d a’ had the guts
I woulda pushed my luck
But then you mighta turned away
How do I explain
I know it sounds insane
But then I’ve been though this before
In just a matter of time
You could change your mind
You could turn and walk right through that door

So come on – let’s get it straight
Cause you’re the only one
So come on – I just can’t wait
Cause you’re the only one

2
Take Me Back

I shoulda seen it coming
I shoulda seen the signs
Didn’t really think that she needs me
Must’ve bin blind

She didn’t give me a warning
Said I shouldn’t treat you wrong
But when I woke up this mornin’
She was gone gone gone

She said….
Take me back won’t ya
Take me back won’t ya
I’ll change my ways
Take me back won’t ya
Take me back won’t ya
I’m not the same

She didn’t tell me about it
Am I supposed to read your mind?
You make me get up and shout it
It’s a crime crime crime

I shoulda seen it coming
I shoulda seen the signs
Didn’t really think that she needs me
Must’ve bin blind

She said….
Take me back won’t ya
Take me back won’t ya
I’ll change my ways
Take me back won’t ya
Take me back won’t ya
I’m not the same

Won’t ya take me back
Won’t ya take me back

3
This Time

I think about her all the time
She’s my fantasy
An image burnin’ in my mind
Callin’ out to me

While my imagination’s runnin’ wild
Yeah – things are getting clearer

This time everything is all right
No way she’s gonna get away
This time everything is easy
Any day – I’m gonna make her mine

I’ve thought of every word I’d say
Give or take a few
But she turns and slowly walks away
What do I have to do

Hey – turn up your radio
Oh – there’s somethin’ I want you to know

This time everything is all right
No way she’s gonna get away
This time everything is easy
Any day – I’m gonna make her mine

Well it’s hard to take cause she’s miles away
And I’ve waited a long time
But the feelin’s right and darlin’ one of these nights
Yeah – I’m gonna let you know

This time everything is all right
No way she’s gonna get away
This time everything is easy
Any day – I’m gonna make her mine

4
Straight From The Heart

Written by Bryan Adams and Eric Kagna 1978

I could start dreamin’ but it never ends
As long as you’re gone we may as well pretend
I’ve been dreamin’
Straight from the heart

You say it’s easy but who’s to say
That we’d be able to keep it this way
But it’s easier
Straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make another start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s coming straight from the heart

I’ll see you on the street some other time
And all our words would just fall out of line
Cuz I’m dreamin’ – straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make another start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s coming straight from the heart

5
Cuts Like A Knife

Written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance 1983

Drivin’ home this evening
I coulda sworn we had it all worked out
You had this boy believin’
Way beyond the shadow of a doubt

The I heard it on the street
I heard you mighta found somebody new
Well who is he baby – who is he
And tell me what he means to you

I took it all for granted
But how was I to know
That you’d be letting go

Now it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right

There’s times I’ve ‘bin mistaken
There’s tines I thought I’d ‘bin misunderstood
So wait a minute darlin’
Can’t you see we did the best we could

This would be the first time
Things have gone astray
Now you’ve thrown it all away

Now it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right

6
I'm Ready

I’d like to see you, thought I’d let you know
I wanna be with you everyday
Cause I’ve got a feeling that’s beginning to grow
And there’s only one thing I wanna say

I’m ready – to love you
I’m ready – to hold you
I’m ready – I’m ready
Ready as I’m gonna be

She left me a long note when she left me here
Told me that love was hard to find
But baby it’s easy and I’ll make it clear
That there’s only one thing on my mind

I’m ready – to love you
I’m ready – to hold you
I’m ready – I’m ready
Ready as I’m gonna be

7
What's It Gonna Be

If it was up to me
I’d say it’s his decision
And maybe you should wait and see
You haven’t got a choice
You gotta second guess him
So go ahead

What’s it gonna be
Well you need an answer
What’s it gonna be
All you get is no reply

If it was up to you
You’d say you need protection
When all you really need is me
Now that’s the bottom line
It’s your sincere intention
So go ahead

What’s it gonna be
Well you need an answer
What’s it gonna be
All you get is no reply

What’s it gonna be
Well you need an answer
What’s it gonna be
All you get is no reply

You’ve been waiting for so long
Now you say you can’t go on
You can’t go on, oh no

8
Don't Leave Me Lonely

I won’t stand bein’ broken hearted
I won’t be pushed around

The rules were set when we got started
But lately I have found

We’ve spent too little time and too much heartache
I feel we’re losin’ ground

And lately I’ve been hearin’
You won’t be needin’ me around

Don’t leave me lonely
Just wanna be right by your side
Your one and only – tonight

So don’t leave me lonely
I need you here all the time
So don’t leave me lonely – oh no

You say you need your independence
Well I need mine

Separate lives and separate feelings
I guess that’s fine

But that won’t last – it’s no solution
I know it can’t survive

And lately I’ve been thinkin’
Thinkin’ ’bout you all the time

9
Let Him Know

Another day goes by and still you
wonder what happened
You’d give the world for one more try
But you’re too shy to ask him
You don’t wanna ask him now
I know your heart will pull you through
If he means that much to you –
you gotta let him know

Let him know that you love him
You gotta let him know

What can I say it’s up to you
You gotta make up your own mind
Well it’s your life it’s up to you
Cause you didn’t believe me
You still don’t believe me
Now you’re gonna see it’s all comin’ true
That’s why I’m leavin’ it up to you
Yeah you gotta let him know

The news is out I guess you heard
I shouldn’t breathe a single word
The bottom line is nothing’s gonna stop you now
You gotta let him know….

10
The Best Was Yet To Come

Just a small town girl in the city lights
The best was yet to come
Then lonely days turned to endless nights
The best was yet to come

How were you to know
That you would be the lucky one
Ain’t it funny how time flies
When the best was yet to come

You can cry yourself to sleep at night
You can’t change the things you’ve done
You had it there then it slipped away
Yeah you left the song unsung

Even through your tears
I never saw you come undone
What’s so good about goodbye
When the best was yet to come

I find myself thinkin’ about yesterday
When you were here and livin’ in a dream
In the moment that it takes
You find you made your first mistake
Like the setting sun….
You turn around it’s gone

Just a small town girl who had it made
Or so the story goes
She had it there then it slipped away
Oh – how was she to know

Even through her tears
I never saw her come undone
Ain’t it funny how time flies
When the best was yet to come
What’s so good about goodbye
When the best was yet to come

11
Christmas Time - bonus track

we waited all through the year
for the day to appear
when we could be together in harmony

you know the time will come
peace on earth for everyone
and we can live forever
in a world where we are free – let it shine for you and me

theres something about Christmas time
something about Christmas time
that makes you wish it was Christmas every day
to see the joy in the childrens eyes
to see the old folks smile
says that Christmas will never go away

we’re all as one tonight
makes no difference if you’re black or white,
cause we can sing together in harmony.

i know it’s not too late;
the world would be a better place
if we can keep the spirit more than one day in the year;
send a message loud and clear

(repeat chorus)

it’s the time of year when everyone’s together
we’ll celebrate here on Christmas day
when the ones you love are there
you can feel the magic in the air
you know it’s everywhere

theres something about Christmas time
theres something about Christmas time
please tell me Christmas will never go away

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