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GIMME A CHANCE

 Written: Monterey Street, Farmington NM, spring 1966

 

Obviously a blatant ripoff of Bob Dylanís Like a Rolling Stone, Knees amazed himself by coming up with so many rhymes. It started out as a guitar folksong but ended up as a keyboard tune. The verse about the pill shows that Knees was able to write commercial, politically correct lyrics, even if they didnít exactly agree with his philosophy.

 

It takes less than a week

To learn how to speak

So doncha feel cheap

For interruptin my sleep

When you knew I would help you

To get back on your feet

Oh gimme a chance.

 

You said your life was real

But you never had a thrill

That didnít make you ill

Or crave another pill

When you knew I would help you

An you know I always will

Oh gimme a chance.

 

You made all kinds of deals

With tramps an their spiels

But you missed a lot of meals

While chasin your bootheels

When you know I would help you

Cuz I know how it feels

Oh gimme a chance.

 

There once was a time

When I wouldnít lend you a dime

But the change is not mine

An neither is the bind

When you know I would help you

If you donít act too fine

Oh gimme a chance.

 

When you were on your own

An your mind was blown

But you didnít ask for a loan

So your little pride was shown

When you knew I would help you

Aw you must have known

Oh gimme a chance.

 

Iíve taken it all while you were havin a ball

You were feelin so tall

But you were due for a fall

When you knew I would help you

But you didnít give a call

Oh gimme a chance.

 

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