The Robert Cray Band:
Too Many Cooks



Too Many Cooks
The Score
When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You
That's What I'll Do
I'd Rather Be A Wino
Who's Been Talkin'
Sleeping In The Ground
I'm Gonna Forget About You
Nice As A Fool Can Be
If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin'

Too Many Cooks
(Willie Dixon)
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
There ain't nobody cooking but me and you

Too Many Cooks are trying to get in your kitchen
The first thing you know there's something missin'
You got a real good oven, you've got a hot range, too
Let me butter your buns while you stir the stew

Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
There ain't nobody cooking but me and you

Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
There ain't nobody cooking but me and you

The stew that your're cooking, it smells so good
It's got everybody talking in the neighborhood
Your spice's so spicy, your sugar so sweet
Your meat is so tender and your juice is a treat

Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
There ain't nobody cooking but me and you

(Guitar solo)

Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
Too Many Cooks are gonna spoil the stew
There ain't nobody cooking but me and you

No, ain't nobody cooking, baby
In my house, in my kitchen
But me and you
Awwww
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The Score
(D. Amy)
(Guitar intro)

Well all right, baby
I guess I know the score
You better get to packin'
I don't want you around here anymore

You come home looking funky
Your clothes all in a mess
And your story wasn't fittin'
Any better than your dress

Well all right, baby
Now I know the score
Well you better get to gettin'
I don't want to see you around here anymore

(Guitar solo)

You came in one time too many
Lyin' out both sides of your mouth
You said you was at your mother's
But I really got my doubts

I seen you at the Rainbow
Hangin' out with Red
And if I get my hands on you, baby
You're gonna wish that you were dead

Well all right, baby
Now I know the score
You better get to movin'
I don't want you around here anymore

(Guitar solo with miscellaneous words)

You'd better get to goin', baby
I done got into your game, baby
Uh huh, thought you was foolin' me, huh?
Now I know, baby
I know better

I'll teach you not to cheat on me     (?)

Yeah, baby, comin' at 'ya
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When The Welfare Turns Its Back On You
(S. Thompson/L. Weaver)
Now whatcha gonna do
When the welfare turn it's back on you?
Whatcha gonna do
When the welfare turn it's back on you?
You'll be standin' there stranded
And there won't be a thing you can do

Now you look all through your house, yeah
Yes, and you can't even find a piece of bread
You look all through your house, I know you do
Yes, you can't even find a piece of bread
I sometimes begin to wonder, yeah
Yes, if you'd be better off, be better off dead

Lord have mercy

(Guitar solo)

You have to go down to the welfare
Every month to report
And some of the things they say to you
Will sure enough get your goat
If you tell them that you're sick
You better have a bad cough, lord have mercy
Cause if you don't, they'll be ready to throw you off,
I know they will

Whatcha gonna do, lord have mercy
When the welfare turns its back on you?
Yeah, you'll be standin' there stranded
Yeah, and there ain't a thing that you can do
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That's What I'll Do
(Robert Cray)
Used to be a time
When I didn't care
Oh, but now I'm changed, baby
I want to get some aware
And if that mean
I got to leave you
That's what I'll do
That's what I'll do

You always pull me down
When I try to stay up
Oh, but that's not so fair, baby
So please shut up

And if this means
I got to leave you
That's what I'll do
That's what I'll do

You know it seems to me the things that you do
Are all a big part of some game
And you can bet if you keep on doing in, baby
You'll be the only one that's playin'

So answer one question
And please give it thought
Have I done you wrong, baby?
Oh, no no no, not a lot

And if that mean
Oh, if it mean that I got to leave you, baby
You can bet that's what I'll do

Oh that's what I'll do, baby
I'm gonna leave you, baby
That's what I'll do
Oh, you can bet, baby
Used to be a time
But I've got to leave you, baby
Oh, yeah I got to leave you, baby
That's what I'll do
That's what I'll do
Love you, baby
What I'll do
Ohhhh, man
I'll do
I'll do, baby
What I'll do
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I'd Rather Be A Wino
(D. Amy/Robert Cray)
I'd rather be a wino
Way down on skid row
I'd rather be a wino
Way down on skid row
If I lost my little Jenny
I wouldn't have anywhere else to go

Well I feel like a junky
With tracks all down my arm
I feel like a junky
With tracks all down my arm
I'm hooked on that girl
I can't let here come to no harm

(Guitar solo)

Well if I was sick and dyin'
And didn't have much time to go
If I was sick and dyin'
And didn't have much time to go
I'd say lord come and get me
If  I can't love my Jenny anymore

(Guitar solo 2)

Well I'd rather be a wino
Way down on skid row
I'd rather be a wino
Way down on skid row
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Who's Been Talkin'
(C. Burnett)
My baby caught the train
And she left me all alone
My baby caught the train
And she left me all alone
She knows that I love here
But she's doing me wrong

My baby bought the ticket
Along as my right arm            (?)
My baby bought the ticket
Along as my right arm            (?)
She says she's gonna write
As long as I've been away from home

(Harmonica solo)

Now who's been talking
Everything I do
Who's been talking?
Everthing I do
You is my baby, lord have mercy
That I'd hate to lose

Now goodbye, babe
I hate to see you go
Goodbye, baby
I hate to see you go
You know that I love you
But I'm the causin' of it all

I'm the causin' of it all
I'm the causin' of it all

You know that I love you
But I'm the causin' of it all
Mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmm
Mmmmmmm
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Sleeping In The Ground
(S. Myers)
I would rather see you
Sleepin' in the ground
I would rather see you
Sleepin' in the ground
Than to be around here
Knowing you're gonna put me down

Well I gave you all my money
Girl, and every thing that I own
Well I gave you all my money
Little girl, and every thing that I own
Well one day I'm gonna get lucky
And down the road, I'm going

(Guitar solo)

I would rather see you
Sleepin' in the ground
I would rather see you
Sleepin' in the ground
Than to be around here
Knowing you're gonna put me down

(Guitar outro)
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I'm Gonna Forget About You
(O. V. Wright)
I'm gonna forget about you
I'm gonna forget about you
Cause if I don't in time
I'm going to lose my mind
I'm gonna forget about you

I'm gonna forget about you
I'm gonna forget about you
If I don't in time
I'm going to lose my mind
I'm gonna forget about you

Listen here baby
Now I asked you for respect
And you didn't give me that
I'm gonna get your coach         (?)
And bring you back your hat    (???)

I'm gonna forget about you
I'm gonna forget about you
Cause if I don't in time
I'm gonna lose my mind
I'm gonna forget about you

(Other singer)

Now if you got a good woman
Don't you let her have her way
Cause a real good woman
You just can't find every day

You'd better hold on
You'd better hold on
Cause if you don't walk that line
Some man will beat your time          (?)
You'd better hold on

Hold on, man
Hold on, yeah
You got a good woman, hold on
You just can't find every day
Hold on, yeah
Hold on
Woohoohoohoo hoo hoo, yeah
Hold on, yeah
Hold on, yeah
Hold on to the good thing you got, brother
Hold on, yeah
Hold on, yeah
Hold on
Hold on
Aww, hold on
Aww, hold on
Hold on
Hold on
I know that you got to hold on
Hold on
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Nice As A Fool Can Be
(Robert Cray)
You take my money and leave
Trying to leave me all alone
That don't bother me so much
But you left your poor baby child alone

But I'm nice
Nice as a fool can be
But if I ever get my hands on you, baby
They'll have the judge do something nice for me

You come home in the morning 
After running the streets all night long
Now how in the world can you expect me to be nice
When all the time you're gone?

But still I'm nice
I'm nice as a fool can be
But if I ever get my hands on you, baby
They'll have the judge do something nice for me

(Guitar solo)

You told me that you loved me
You'd always be my pet
But soon as I take my eyes off you, baby
Look what I get

But still I'm nice
I'm nice as a fool can be
But if I ever get my hands on you, baby
They'll have the judge do something nice for me


I'm nice
So nice
I'm nice, yes I am
So nice
You're leaving me all alone
You left your little child at home
But I still love you, I love you baby
I feel nice, too nice, yes I am
Nice, oh yeah
I'm a nice, mellow person       (!)
I'm nice
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If You're Thinkin' What I'm Thinkin'
(Robert Cray)
If you're thinkin' what I'm thinkin'
Let's not waste any time
It's been real lonely here lately
It's either your place or mine

If you're thinkin' what I'm thinkin'
Ohhh, you might just save my life
It will put me through all the procedures
And now I don't even have a wife

Kind of sweet, really cute
But it really doesn't matter
I've got so much love stored up in me
I believe I'm gonna shatter

Yes, if you're thinkin' what I'm thinkin'
Ohhh, you might just save my life
It will put me through all the procedures
And now I don't even have a wife

(Saxophone solo)

No I really never thought
That a man can get this way
But all this feeling got to leave me
Just as sure as my name is Cray

Oh yeah, if you're thinkin' what I'm thinkin'
Ohhh, you might just save my life
It will put me through all the procedures
And now I don't even have a wife

(Guitar outro)
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