Can’t Stop Killing You

Written by Kirsty MacColl and Johnny Marr

Chords

Chords for Can’t Stop Killing You, transcribed by John Meranda.

Lyrics

He blew into town like a paper sack
In a stolen car with a shotgun in the back
He said ‘She can’t run now, she can’t hide
I’m gonna get her back for her lies lies lies’
He taught her how to pout and he taught her how to tease
And he taught her how to beg when she fell down to her knees
He said ‘Your face is different but you’re really all the same
I have to teach you a lesson again and again.
See I feel no pleasure and I feel no pain so what else can I do?
I can’t stop killing you’

‘When you’re out there in the dark I’ll came rushing through your brain
When you wake up in the morning I’ll be coursing through your veins
When you’re swimming in the water I’m the hand that drags you under
I’m the lightning that strikes you just before you hear the thunder
I can’t stop killing you’

Well she woke up in the bathroom with her face upon the floor
She said I don’t know what I’m doing here but I’ve been here before
And the fixit man had fixed her ‘cos he’s such a little Hitler
And he loves the feel of power that she gives him through her terror
‘I can’t stop killing you’

Well she looked into the mirror and she smoked her cigarette
And she wondered where she’d go now to find a place she could forget
All the things he said he’d do
‘I can’t stop killing you
When you’re out there in the dark I’ll come rushing through your brain
When you wake up in the morning I’ll be coursing through your veins
When you’re swimming in the water I’m the hand that drags you under
I’m the lightning that strikes you just before you hear the thunder
I can’t stop killing you’


Bad

Written by Kirsty MacColl

Chords

Chords for Bad, transcribed by akoustic.

Lyrics

Ive been the token woman all my life
The token daughter and the token wife
Now I collected tokens one by one
Til Ive saved enough to buy a gun
Now you cant get even but you can get mad
And its not funny no and its not sad
Its just a feeling that Ive always had
Oh look out world Im about to be bad

I want a brief encounter in a stolen car
A hand on my buttock in a Spanish bar
I want to meet the man who wants to go too far
For a token of my affection
I want to taste excitement, smell the danger
Get swept off my feet by the perfect stranger
I want to try something that Ive never had
Oh look out world Im about to be bad

Ive been an awful woman all my life
A dreadful daughter and a hopeless wife
And Ive had my eyes on that carving knife
Oh youve been lucky so far
Im not crazy no Im just mad
I dont want to be sorry, no I want to be glad
Its a feeling inside that I have always had
So look out world Im about to be bad

Cover Versions

Mary Coughlan

Irish singer Mary Coughlan performed ‘Bad’ live in the original tribute show in London, and later recorded it for her own album ‘The House of Ill Repute’.

Karen White

Not Made in China

Last Day of Summer

Written by Kirsty MacColl and Mark E. Nevin

Chords

Chords for Last Day of Summer, transcribed by Gerry Butterwick.

Lyrics

I think I just recalled a time
It was not the moon and not the wine
And though you said you were a friend of mine
I never felt that way inclined
Oh the days were hot and the nights were long
I must have sung a million songs
But all the words just came out wrong on the last day of summer
I tried to walk the line, hoped everything would turn out fine
But I think I fell in love that time on the last day

And then the rain came down
And sparkled the signs of the underground
And the darkness fell all over town on the last day
I think I dropped my guard that time
I was flesh and blood and grit and slime
And I think I may have lost my mind on the last day of summer

I think I fell in love back there
It was tooth and nail it was bones and hair
And you’ll never know how much I cared on the last day of summer
And though I think I fell that time it was not the only fault of mine
But all I wanted was a sign on the last day
I think you broke my heart that day and nothing I could do or say
Could make the coldness go away on the last day

The winter changes everything
And the raindrops freeze on the signs of the underground
I wonder will you think of me when you look up
And see there’s a full moon over London Town
I think I was away the day when you said you were too smart to play
And you’d only beat me anyway
It’s funny how I would have stayed
And you said you were a friend of mine
But that’s not what I had in mind
I think I fell in love that time on the last day of summer
I tried to walk the line, hoped everything would turn out fine
But I lost the reasons and the rhymes on the last day
And then the rain came down
And sparkled the signs of the underground
And the darkness fell all over town on the last day

Cover Versions

Bob Fenster

Piltch & Davis

David Piltch & Aaron Davis perform as part of the Holly Cole Trio. Their Kirstycover comes across as a laid back instrumental version, and it’s an unusual song to pick so kudos to them for doing it. The song has been playlisted on CBC Radio from Toronto. Thanks to GB2 for hearing it (twice!) and tracking it down via the station.

Soho Square

Written by Kirsty MacColl and Mark E. Nevin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thaiW9bfBM4

Chords

Chords for Soho Square, transcribed by Ben Scott, which has also been transposed into C by Paul Chinniah.

Lyrics

Your name froze on the winter air
An empty bench in Soho Square
Forgotten now I turn away
Just save me for a rainy day
But don’t be sorry, I don’t want to hear it baby

My feet froze in the winter chill
I knew I’d probably get ill
But I was praying we could fill an empty bench and still
You’re so sorry but I don’t want your pity baby

It’s all yours now please don’t tease
The pigeons shiver in the naked trees
And I’ll do anything but please don’t hurt me
Just kiss me quick ‘cos it’s my birthday
And I feel so small I don’t know why but no I’m not too old to cry

An empty bench in Soho Square.
If you’d have come you’d have found me there
But you never did ‘cos you don’t care and I’m so sorry baby
I don’t mind loneliness too much but when I met you I was touched
And that was good enough for me but do we always have to be sorry
Why can’t we just be happy baby?

One day you’ll be waiting there, no empty bench in Soho Square
And we’ll dance around like we don’t care
And I’ll be much too old to cry
And you’ll kiss me quick in case I die before my birthday

One day you’ll be waiting there, no empty bench in Soho Square
No I don’t know the reason why I’ll love you till the day I die
But one day you’ll be waiting there
Come summertime in Soho Square
And I’ll be painting stars up in the sky
Before I get too old to cry before my birthday
I hope I see those pigeons fly before my birthday
In Soho Square on my birthday

Halvsøstra (2009)

Halvsøstra plays Kirsty MacColl in norwegian. Glimpses from concert in Norway.

Ruth Fogg (2013)

The ukelele cover.

Angel

Written by Kirsty MacColl

Chords

Chords for Angel, transcribed by John Meranda.

Lyrics

Love’s dreaming, love’s sleeping,
And when it wakes again who knows the company it’s keeping
I am dreaming, I am falling
And just before I hit the ground I hear you calling
There’s an angel floating round my house, floating round my house
There’s an angel floating round this house

Still dreaming I am flying
And far above my room I thought I heard you crying
I am calling "Come with me.
Come on in and take me by the hand.
Come give me what I understand
There’s an angel floating round my house, floating round my house
There’s an angel floating round this house

Love’s dreaming, love’s sleeping
And when it wakes again who knows the company it’s keeping
I am dreaming, I am falling
And just before I hit the ground I hear you calling
There’s an angel floating round my house, floating round my house
There’s an angel floating round this house

There’s an angel floating round my house, floating round my heart
There’s an angel floating round this house, floating round this heart
Round this head

Cover Versions

Here’s Bob Fenster’s version on Youtube, published in April 2015.

Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby

Written by Fred Berk

Chords

Chords for Darling Let’s Have Another Baby, transcribed by akoustic.

Lyrics

Darling, let’s have another baby
Let’s make one soon on our second honeymoon
Darling, I need you to be near me
To kiss and to touch, I love you very much

Darling, if you ever leave me
I’ll cry a million tears
I’ll go to the nearest boozer
And drink ten pints of beer

Darling, let’s have another baby
Let’s make one soon on our second honeymoon
Darling, I need you to be near me
To kiss and to touch, I love you very much

Darling, if you ever leave me
I’ll cry a million tears
I’ll go to the nearest boozer
And drink ten pints of beer

Darling, let’s have another baby
Let’s make one soon on our second honeymoon
Darling, when we have our baby
I’ll be quite happy to wash and change its nappy

Darling, oh
Darling, oh
Darling, oh
Darling, oh

Johnny Moped original version


Am I Right?

Written by Kirsty MacColl and Colin Stuart

Chords

Chords for Am I Right?, transcribed by John Meranda.

Lyrics

I want so much to do so well
I’ve tried too hard till I can’t tell
Am I right?
I ask you now, am I right?

I’m asking an opinion
If you’ve got one will you give one
Am I right?

You say that I should change because
You want the girl I never was
Am I right?
A waste of time, am I right?
Come on out and say
I’m not the girl you want today
Am I right?

Am I right?
Am I right?
Am I right?
Am I right?

Tonight my insecurity has really got a hold of me
I’m begging you baby, tell me it’s alright
Am I right?
Am I right?

For the French & Saunders TV show, this song was taken apart and rebuilt! The French & Saunders version (1:47) is known as Ride with different lyrics to accompany the “motorbiking” sketch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiX3x11Sb_0

Other Voices

Diane Griffin (2014)

Don’t Run Away From Me Now

Written by Kirsty MacColl and Philip Rambow

Chords

Chords for Don’t Run Away From Me Now, transcribed by Paul Chinniah

Lyrics

It’s time now to pick all the toys off the floor
I’ll say it again and I’ve said it before
We don’t have a nickel to spend at the store
And don’t run away from me now

Your daddy’s gone looking to find him a job
Your grandmother’s sent all her welfare to God
Your brother’s been taking it out on the dog
So don’t run away from me now

There’s you and your brothers and sisters to care for
But I don’t know how when we ain’t got the wherefor
So come let me hug you and show you what love’s for
And don’t run away from me now

The screaming and shouting’s all done for today
I’ll clear up the mess when you’re all out the way
So give us a kiss ’cause there’s nothing to say
But don’t run away from me now

There’s you and your brothers and sisters to care for
A whole lot of things that you should say your prayers for
So don’t make a fuss now or I’ll give you what for
Just don’t run away from me now

Don’t run away from me now

Please Help Me, I’m Falling

Written by Don Robertson and Hal Blair

Chords

Chords for Please Help Me, I’m Falling, transcribed by John Meranda.

Lyrics

Please help me, I’m falling in love with you
Close the door to temptation
Don’t let me walk through

Turn away from me darling
I’m begging you to
Please help me, I’m falling in love with you

I belong to another whose arms have grown cold
But I promised for ever to have and to hold
I could never be free dear
But when I’m with you
I know that I’m losing the will to be true

Please help me, I’m falling and that would be sin
Close the door to temptation
Don’t let me walk in
For I mustn’t want you, oh but darling I do

Please help me, I’m falling in love with you

Please help me, I’m falling in love with you

Cover Versions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdHTlNhh_ak

El Paso

Written by Marty Robbins

Chords

Chords for El Paso, transcribed by Kendal.

Lyrics

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Night-time would find me in Rosa’s Cantina
Music would play and Felina would whirl

One night a wild young cowboy came in
Wild as the West Texas wind
Dancing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Falina, the girl that I loved

So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
My challenge was answered, in less than a heartbeat
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor

Out through the back door of Rosa’s I ran
Out where the horses were tied
I caught a good one, it looked like it could run
Up on its back and away I did ride

Just as fast as I could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the badlands of New Mexico
I saddled up and away I did go
Riding alone in the dark

Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me
Tonight nothing’s worse than this pain in my heart
And at last here I am on the hill overlooking El Paso
I can see Rosa’s Cantina below

Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys
Off to my left ride a dozen or more
Shouting and shooting, I can’t let them catch me
I have to make it to Rosa’s back door

Something is dreadfully wrong for I fear
A deep burning pain in my side
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle
I’m getting weary, unable to ride

But my love for Felina is strong and I rise where I’ve fallen
Though I am weary I can’t stop to rest
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest

From out of nowhere Felina has found me
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side
Cradled by two loving arms that I’ll die for
One little kiss and Felina goodbye

Original Version