The Robert Cray Band:
Strong Persuader



Smoking Gun
I Guess I Showed Her
Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
Nothin' But A Woman
Still Around
More Than I Can Stand
I Wonder
Foul Play
Fantasized
New Blood

Smoking Gun
(Robert Cray)
(Riff)
I get a constant busy signal
When I call you on the phone
I get a strong, uneasy feeling
You're not sitting there alone
       (Riff)
I have a nasty, nasty vision
       (Riff)
And baby, you're in every one, yeah
       (Riff)
And I'm so afraid I'm gonna find you with                    
That so-called smoking gun

(Riff)
Maybe you wanna end this
You've had you're fill with my kind of fun
But you don't know how to tell me
And you know that I'm not that dumb
      (Riff)
I put two and one together
      (Riff)
And you know that's not an even sum
      (Riff)
And I know just when to catch you with                    
That well-known smoking gun

SOLO

I'm standing here bewildered
I can't remember just what I've done
I can hear the sirens winding
My eyes blinded by the sun
I know that I should be running
My heart's beating just like the drum
Now they've knocked me down and taken it
That still-hot smoking gun

Yeah, yeah, that still-hot smoking gun

They've taken it
That still-hot smoking gun

Ohhhh, they've taken it
That still-hot smoking gun

They've knocked me down
They've taken it
Ohhhhh!

Ahhhhhh!
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I Guess I Showed Her
(Robert Cray)
(Intro: F - D9 - F - D9)

(D9)
I payed the clerk and moved right in
A single room with one big twin
There's a chest and mirror
Shower's down the hall

     (G7)
Room 16 ain't got no view
But the hot plate's brand new
               
                 (F)
I guess I showed her
                 (D9)
I guess I showed her
 
(D9)
Once again I've been burned
My suspicion's been confirmed
I saw her having lunch
With some new guy
 
         (G7)        
I walked up and said, "Goodbye"
She said, "Wait, can we talk tonight?"
 
                 (F)
I guess I showed her 
                       (D9)
Mmmm, I guess I showed her
 
                 (F)
I guess I showed her 
                 (D9)
I guess I showed her
 
                 (F)
I guess I showed her that a man, yeah 
              (D9)
Has his limits 
        (G7)                        (A7)
Another man is where I draw the line
 
        (D9)
She can have the house 
                         (G7)
And everything that's in it
 
                 (F)
I guess I showed her, yeah 
                 (D9)
I guess I showed her


(Cool guitar solo)
 
(D9)
She will be surprised
When she comes in tonight
Flips on the light
And finds an empty home
 
            (G7)
Yeah, every time she's lied
Will flash before her eyes
 
                 (F)
I guess I showed her, yeah, yeah 
                 (D9)
I guess I showed her
 
                 (F)
I guess I showed her, yeah, yeah 
                 (D9)
I guess I showed her
 
    (F)
Now she can have the house 
    (D9)
And she can keep the car 
(F)
I'm just satisfied 
                (D9)
Staying in this funky, little old motel
 
(F)
I'm so mad 
       (D9)
Well I can't stand it 
(F)
I can't stand it 
(D9)
Nooooooo!
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Right Next Door (Because Of Me)
(Robert Cray)
Intro: A#

Cm                                          Eb
I could hear the couple fighting right next door
      F                                     Eb
Their angry words sound clear through these thin walls
Cm                                            Eb
Around midnight I hear him shout, "Unfaithful one!"
F                         Eb            Cm
And I knew right then the axe was gonna fall

A#
It's because of me
Cm
It's because of me

Cm                         Eb
I heard him shout, "Who is he?"
    F          Eb
She mumbled low
Cm                                    Eb
He said, "Bady don't you lie to me no more!"

And I'm listening through these thin walls in silent shame
F                    Eb               Cm
As she called out my name I was right next door

A#
It's because of me
It's because of me
Because of me
It's because of me

G#                              A#                Cm
Oh, she was right next door and I'm such a strong persuader
G#                   A#          Cm
She was just another notch on my guitar
G#                   A#               Cm
She's gonna lose the man that really loves her
G#                     A#                Cm
In the silence I could hear their broken hearts

SOLO

Bass riff

Cm                                    Eb
At daybreak I heard him pack and say, "Good bye!"
   F                  Eb
I could hear him slam the door and walk away
Cm                                      Eb
Right next door I hear that woman start to cry
F              Eb                  Cm
I should go to her, but what would I say?

A#
It's because of me
It's because of me
Because of me
YOUNG BOB!

G#                              A#                Cm
Oh, she was right next door and I'm such a strong persuader
G#                   A#          Cm
She was just another notch on my guitar
G#                   A#              Cm
She's gonna lose the man that really loves her
G#                     A#                  Cm
In the silence I could hear their breaking hearts

G#                              A#                Cm
OH, she was right next door and I'm such a strong persuader, yeah!
G#                   A#          Cm
She was just another notch on my guitar
G#                   A#              Cm
She's gonna lose the man that really loves her
G#                     A#                  Cm
In the silence I could hear their breaking hearts

OUTRO

Bass riff several times
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Nothin' But A Woman
(Robert Cray)
(Main riff, C7)
You can give me an hour alone in a bank
Pay all my tickets, wipe the slate blank
You could buy me a car, fill up the tank
Tell me a boat full of lawyers just sank

             (F7)
But it ain't nothin' but a woman
                         (Main riff, C7)
Nothin' but a woman, no, no
           (G7)                (F7)
Don't need nothin' but a woman
                     (Main riff, C7)
Any time I'm feelin' low

(Same as above)
Well, you could fly us to Dallas on a jumbo-jet plane
If we run late and miss it, we can take the night train
When the pressure is on, things getting insane
Only one cure for that kind of strain

It ain't nothin' but a woman
Nothin' but a woman, no, no
Don't need nothin' but a woman, yeah, yeah
To get me through the show

Saxophone Solo

SOLO (cool!)

Yeah, you can make me a bet, give me a ten-point spread
Give me french brandy that will clear my head
When it's all over, feeling half-dead
Only one thing, just like I said

It ain't nothin' but a woman
Nothin' but a woman, yeah, yeah
Any time I got a woman
Things can't be too bad

You can buy me a house, turn over the deed
Bring six pounds of California weed
But my weakness ain't drugs, whiskey, or greed
Only one thing that YOUNG BOB needs

It ain't nothin' but a woman
Nothin' but a woman
Yeah, you right
Ain't nothin' but a woman to get me through the night

Mmmmm

It's like I said, man
Ain't nothin' but a woman

(various inaudible gauking)

Yeah, look at her

And that one over there
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Still Around
(Peter Boe)
INTRO

Something happened this morning when I opened my eyes and looked around me 
Something strange was in the air, but what it was I just could not pin it down 
And then I heard the shower running and I knew what it was 
You were still around 
How many times must I tell ya' 
I'm tired of you and everything you stand for 
I thought we'd reached an agreement 
I thought everything would be all right 
Yeah 

But when I woke up this morning 
I knew everything was wrong 
Everything was wrong 
You were still around 
Still around 

Why can't you show some feeling? 
Why can't you understand? 
Messed up my whole life 
Why wreck my day 
Did my best to love you 
Now do your best to leave 
Can't you see that's what I want 
I really need 

Solo (cool!) 

Why can't you show some feeling? 
Why can't you understand 
Messed up my whole life 
Why wreck my day 
I did my best to love you 
Now do your best to leave 
Can't you see that's what I want 
I really need 
I really need 

How many times must I tell ya' 
I'm tired of you and everything you stand for 
I thought we'd reached an agreement 
I though everything would be all right 
But when I woke up this morning 
Everything was wrong 
Everything was wrong 
You were still around 
(funky little organs!)
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More Than I Can Stand
(Robert Cray)
(Intro: Riff)

(A)              (C)
Hey baby, wait a minute
(F#m)                          (D - D)
Don't start leaving tracks now 

  (A)                              (C)          (D)
I know there's really nothing left in it, woman 
(F#m)
And before you go, gimme my love back 

             (E)             (F#m)
Cause that's more than I can stand
(D)  (E)             (F#m)  (D) 
Much more than I can stand 
(C)                             (D)
It's so plain, but hard to admit 
          (A)   (D)
That it's over 

(Same as above)
I want a lover, you're a teaser 
You're so unpredictable baby, and 

You turn cold whenever I squeeze ya' 
Do I have to let you go, baby? 

That's more than I can stand 
Much more than I can stand 
It's so plain, but hard to admit 
That it's over 

(E)     (C#m)                  (A)
Ohhh, I lost one I thought was wonderful
(E)                   (C#m)
But the strange thing about it:
           (C)                               (E)
Is I can't believe that this is happening to me

(Same as verse)
It don't make no sense to try to plead with ya' 
I know what your answer's gonna be, babe 
I just thought maybe you'd reconsider 
Before you head on out that door, baby 

That's more than I can stand 
Much more than I can stand 

So plain, but hard to admit 

That it's over 

Please baby, wait one minute 
If you walk out, I'll know it's true 

But it would only set my mind at ease 
Cause I 'm doing time worrying about you 

That's more than I can stand 
Much more than I can stand 

(C)                                 (D)
Please don't tell me that it's over 

(C)                                (D)
Please don't leave YOUNG BOB alone 
(C)                                  (D)
I can't believe it's happening to me 
(C)                                     (D)
I'm doing time worrying about you, baby 


(Riff repeated until end)
                                   
That's more than I can stand, yeah 

That's more than I can stand, baby 
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I Wonder
(Robert Cray)
Am I a long ways from your heart?  
I wonder

Is this where love ends, heartache starts?
I wonder

I wonder if you ever think about me
And how good our lovin' used to be

Sometimes, sometimes I wonder

When you left with one last curious look
I wonder

I tried to call 'ya, you changed your number on me
I really wonder

You tell me things to get me where you want me to be
How come I feel you're getting the best of me?

Sometimes I wonder

I hear a car come around the corner
I hear footsteps on my front porch
I see a shadow from the light above
I hear a voice, oh it's not yours!

Why does this happen?
What's going on?
I wonder

Could this be a dream?
Or has Bob gone crazy?
I wonder

How come I feel you're taking advantage of me?
Why can't I get you out of me?

Sometimes, sometimes I wonder

(Punchy guitar solo)

They say that time will heal my burning heart
I wonder

Could it be that I'm blind, all alone in the dark
I wonder

I can't help feeling this way
If I could leave, I'd surely leave today

Sometimes I wonder

It's seems to me you want to still be around
But when I see you, all hell starts breaking down

Sometimes I wonder

Mmmmmm

I really wonder
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Foul Play
(Robert Cray)
(Intro)

It's Wednesday night, my woman's out
Once again I'm home alone

Lately every Wednesday night
She's late getting home

She phoned from work at quittin' time
Says the bossed asked her to stay
She says she's makin' double time

I suspect foul play
I suspect foul play

This makes five straight Wednesday nights
And that's no coincidence

Sitting here and thinking back
It all starts making sense

Her old boss quit two months ago
She came home all smiles that day
She says they hired a younger man

I suspect foul play
Said I suspect foul play

I suspect foul play
Oh, I suspect foul play

Something in her voice
Alerted my suspicious heart
I've heard that warning sign before
Just before love fell apart

(Guitar solo)

This is my last Wednesday night
Waiting like a fool
I won't stand for another man, no, no, no
That's my hard-fast rule

She'd better have some kind of evidence
Of all this extra pay
She'd better have some cold, hard facts

Cause I suspect foul play
Said I suspect foul play

Oh, I suspect foul play
I suspect foul play

(Guitar outro with words)

Yeah, yeah
Something's gone wrong

Foul play, yeah
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Fantasized
(Robert Cray)
INTRO

I heard her soft hand knock in the dead of night
I hear her whisper, "BABY, let me in!"
I sat up in my bed
"She's hear!" my heart cried
Just like I fantasized
Just like I fantasized

I opened up my door and smelled her sweet perfume
Opened up my arms and smelled her satin skin
She said, "I'm yours tonight!"
A fire glowed in her eyes
Just like I fantasized
Just like I fantasized
Just like I fantasized

She waits on tables at my favorite cafe
I tease and tempt her with games we can play
This evening with dinner she served me a smile
She said, "I'll be back when I get off tonight!"

She had sugar-sweet lips and magical hips
Just like I fantasized
What a slow ride, she moaned and she cried
Just like I fantasized

SOLO

I've dreamed of her at least a thousand times
Loved her a thousand ways all in my mind
And now I feel
The dream is by my side
Just like I fantasized
Just like I fantasized

OUTRO
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New Blood
(Robert Cray)
(Intro)

Got a real bad case of restless
As I pace around my room
The old urge has started stirring
Must be the power of the moon

Been feeling, oh, so nervous
Since my loving's turned to mud  (??)
And I hear that night wind howlin'
It's time to find new blood
New blood

It's been a year, three days ago
Not a letter or a call
This room has been my prison cell
I know every crack, on every wall

My locked-up desires boiling
Tensions rising to a flood
Now the streets are calling me, people

I've got to find new blood
New blood

(Guitar solo)

There's a woman out there somewhere
A woman starved for love
A member, just like I am
Of the "Lost your lover's club"

And now she can't control it
And the fever starts to burn  (??)
I know we're bound to come together
Cause she's lookin' for new blood
New blood

Ohhhhhhh!
People
Don't you hear me howl?
Cryin
I'm lookin' for new blood
New blood
Ohhhhhhh!
Ohhhhhh!

(Guitar outro)
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