Gilbert O'Sullivan

Raymond Edward "Gilbert" O'Sullivan (born 1 December 1946) is an Irish singer-songwriter.

Gilbert O'Sullivan in 1974.

Song lyricsEdit

Playlist on YouTube of some of the tracks listed below

  • Do what you want to within reason
    but remember, take your time:
    nothing stops for those
    who can't afford to wait.
    The best advice that I can give you
    is to hold on to your head
    and as long as you are good and kind
    you'll always be a friend of mine.
    And it's true to say that a good friend is hard to find
    But I'd like to think that you are
    a friend of mine.
 
I don't know what makes a man
or a woman even think that
terror isn't evil.
How could anyone have plans
that would guarantee the death of
thousands of people?
And yet as I look back now on what happened,
like the calls from those in planes
they were trapped in,
whatever they felt that day,
"I love you":
that was all they wanted to say.
  • I don't know what makes a man
    or a woman even think that
    terror isn't evil.
    How could anyone have plans
    that would guarantee the death of
    thousands of people?
    And yet as I look back now on what happened,
    like the calls from those in planes
    they were trapped in,
    whatever they felt that day,
    "I love you":
    that was all they wanted to say.
 
It seems to me that
there are more hearts broken in the world
that can't be mended,
left unattended.
What do we do?
What do we do?
  • You say you got a big house out in the country
    with a ruddy great swimming pool.
    You say you got a lot of things I never had. That's true.
    But are you happy?
    Are you happy?
    Are you happy?
    When you get right down to the nitty-gritty,
    are you happy? You?
  • At the very mention of your name
    I get shivers down my back and in my brain.
    The parts that used to function normally
    are now, as you can see,
    acting very strange.
    Oh, at the very mention of your name
    I don't know why but if I were tied up in chains
    I would somehow be released
    all problems too would cease
    my heart would never feel no pain.
    At the very mention of your name.
  • I know that you've enjoyed all the good things money's given to you
    and that to have to live without them is not an easy thing to do.
    You take great pride in your appearance, all of which is second-to-none,
    and I can understand how you're feeling when you see yourself growing old,
    the man you love is never there to hold.
    But bear with me just a little bit longer.
    Honey, won't you bear with me, and I guarantee you that our love will grow stronger.
    Bear with me just a little bit longer. Honey, won't you bear with me?
    • "Bear With Me" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Bear With Me" (song on YouTube)
  • There's nothing in the world that I'd like more
    than to be left standing outside your door,
    where perhaps I might be asked to come in.
    There I could very easily demonstrate
    of what now appears to be my fate,
    you see I'm hooked on something
    and it's not heroin.
    Oh, I just can't get enough of you.
    No, I can't get enough. What am I gonna do?
    I've tried every trick in the book that's going,
    now I've decided that they're not worth knowing,
    my predicament is as simple as this:
    I'm not satisfied, and the reason is
    I just can't get enough of you.
  • Clair, the moment I met you
    I swear, I felt as if something somewhere
    had happened to me
    which I couldn't see
    And then, the moment I met you again,
    I knew in my heart that we were friends,
    it had to be so
    it couldn't be no
    But try as hard as I might do, I don't know why
    you get to me in a way I can't describe.
    Words mean so little when you look up and smile.
 
Sometimes I think I don't know what I'm doing
but I always end up doing what I know.
And what I know may not, I know, be a great deal
but what I know nobody can take,
nobody can take, nobody can take away from me,
no, no, no. Away from me, no, no, no.
I do what I know. Doing what I know.
Sometimes I think I don't know what I'm doing
but I always end up doing what I know.
Away we go, doing what I know.
  • Sometimes I think I don't know what I'm doing
    but I always end up doing what I know.
    And what I know may not, I know, be a great deal
    but what I know nobody can take,
    nobody can take, nobody can take away from me,
    no, no, no. Away from me, no, no, no.
    I do what I know. Doing what I know.
    Sometimes I think I don't know what I'm doing
    but I always end up doing what I know.
    Away we go, doing what I know.
  • Once upon a time I drank a little wine,
    was as happy as could be, happy as could be,
    Now I'm just like a cat on a hot tin roof,
    Baby, what do you think you're doing to me?
    Told you once before
    and I won't tell you no more,
    so get down, get down, get down
    You're a bad dog, Baby
    but I still want you around, around
    I still want you around
    Hey hey hey
 
When the evening is over,
put your head upon my shoulder
and I'll tell you something I believe is true:
happiness is me and you.
In a world so distorted,
where the worst is best reported
love may be something that will see us through
Happiness is me and you.
  • When the evening is over,
    put your head upon my shoulder
    and I'll tell you something I believe is true:
    happiness is me and you.
    In a world so distorted,
    where the worst is best reported
    love may be something that will see us through
    Happiness is me and you.
  • I've been over and I've been under,
    I've been through all kinds of hell.
    Trouble was not only my middle name,
    It was my first as well.
    Through the years, all I've encountered,
    I've just one thing to say:
    "Hold on to what you got
    and don't let it slip away."

    I've been taken for far more rides
    to places I've never been,
    stabbed so many times in the back
    I no longer feel a thing.
    Oh, ask me what all this has taught me
    and I'll tell you what I'll say:
    "Hold on to what you got
    and don't let it slip away.
    Save it for a rainy day."
 
"I guess I'll always love you...
I guess I'll always care.
I guess I'll always love you...
I guess I'll always care."
"I guess I'll always love you...
I guess I'll always care.
I guess I'll always love you...
I guess I'll always care."
  • "I guess I'll always love you...
    I guess I'll always care.
    I guess I'll always love you...
    I guess I'll always care."
    "I guess I'll always love you...
    I guess I'll always care.
    I guess I'll always love you...
    I guess I'll always care."
  • Where to begin?
    The pain I am in,
    hard to know when to stop.
    Out of the blue
    a dream came true,
    only to see it drop.
    I'm no genius where love's concerned,
    more fool me to pretend.
    Whatever it takes, while my heart aches
    I'll never love again.
 
"I hate it, but that doesn't mean it's bad.
In other words, I quite enjoyed it.
Apart from which, it's the best you've ever done
yet if you were to change the words
it would be superb... with perhaps a different melody...?"
  • "I love it, but it doesn't knock me out.
    I think it's great, but it could be better.
    I like it a lot, it's just not my cup of tea,
    yet if you were to change the melody,
    take out a part that you think should be here,
    put in a part that wouldn't otherwise appear?
    Well, it's only an idea."
    "I hate it, but that doesn't mean it's bad.
    In other words, I quite enjoyed it.
    Apart from which, it's the best you've ever done
    yet if you were to change the words
    it would be superb... with perhaps a different melody...?"
  • I have not a girl that's mine
    I have not a friend
    I have not got a place to live
    Indeed it seems the end
    But it ain't, for me
    as I've got myself, which matters most
    throughout the life I lead.
    I have not a penny in my pocket, and if soon
    I should be found just as badly broken
    I won't gloom
    cos it ain't, for me
    as I've got myself which matters most
    throughout the life I lead
  • I've never known a girl lovelier than you
    If I did I would be lying - that I wouldn't do
    Come on, have fun, mmm, make my day tonight
    Nothing really matters when you are in love
    It's the only institution I'm not weary of
    Don't be lonely, mmm, make my day tonight
    • "Make My Day" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Make My Day" (song on YouTube)
 
You'd never think, to look at
you'd never think to look at
that building there, is where there
used to be trees.
You'd never think it, would you?
You'd never think it, would you?
That building there is where there
used to be trees.
That building there is where there...
That building there is where there..
That building there is where there...
used to be fields.
  • You'd never think, to look at
    you'd never think to look at
    that building there, is where there
    used to be trees.
    You'd never think it, would you?
    You'd never think it, would you?
    That building there is where there
    used to be trees.
    That building there is where there...
    That building there is where there..
    That building there is where there...
    used to be fields.
    • "Me (reprise)" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Me (reprise)" (song on YouTube)
 
Miss my love today
as I miss the stars that shine above
telling me one day my love
will come to me again.
Miss my love, I'd say,
is the only thing that I can do.
I just can't live with someone new
reminding me of her.
  • Miss my love today
    as I miss the stars that shine above
    telling me one day my love
    will come to me again.
    Miss my love, I'd say,
    is the only thing that I can do.
    I just can't live with someone new
    reminding me of her.
  • I have just one regret in life:
    that chance I wasted when you said goodbye.
    And to be honest, at the time,
    though I could see, I must have been blind.
    Oh what I'd give to have you back,
    relive those moments once again,
    I'd take your hand and we would fly,
    Just you and me, my love and I.
    • "My Love and I" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "My Love and I" (song on YouTube)
  • Once I was hailed as a prodigal son.
    In other words, loved by everyone.
    Now it's so different:
    wherever I go, nobody wants to know.
    Tried having meetings. Running about.
    Same as I did when I started out.
    Now though, it's different:
    wherever I go, nobody wants to know.
 
When I'm drinking my Bonaparte shandy
eating more than enough apple pies
will I glance at my screen
and see real human beings
starve to death right in front of my eyes?
  • From the looks you're giving me
    I can tell, as well see
    if I've done something you think's wrong:
    no words need be conveyed.
    Then again, when we embrace,
    from the look that's on your face
    if heaven is a place on earth
    right here is where it's been.
    • "No Way" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "No Way" (song on YouTube)
  • Ooh, baby, your love is so bad
    You, baby, you're driving me mad
    Ooh, baby, your kiss is so sweet
    You, baby, knock me off my feet
    Ooh, baby, I wish you were mine
    Ooh, baby, we'd have a good time
    Ooh, what can I do?
    • "Ooh, Baby" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Ooh, Baby" (song on YouTube)
 
Say it is. Say it isn't.
Say it's someone else instead.
Say it's good when you don't like fishing.
You just knock it on the head.
You just knock it on the head.
Say goodbye. Say good morning.
Say good evening and good noon.
Say "Hello, tell me how you're feeling."
"Very well thanks and how are you?"
  • Say it is. Say it isn't.
    Say it's someone else instead.
    Say it's good when you don't like fishing.
    You just knock it on the head.
    You just knock it on the head.
    Say goodbye. Say good morning.
    Say good evening and good noon.
    Say "Hello, tell me how you're feeling."
    "Very well thanks and how are you?"
    • "Say Goodbye" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "Say Goodbye" (song on YouTube)
  • I never thought I'd see the day
    when murder would become so commonplace.
    Hardly a minute ever goes by
    without a murder taking place. And why?
    Well, for a start, the punishment's not hard:
    they sentence you to life but you're out in no time.
  • Once in a while, out of the blue,
    I might appear somewhat rude,
    but don't be alarmed or get upset.
    Just say to yourself "This I'll forget".
    When I come home after being away
    it might do me good just to hear you say:
    "Darlin' don't move an inch, keep perfectly still,
    now do with me what you will."
    • "That's Love" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "That's Love" (song on YouTube)
 
That's the kind of love I...
That's the kind of love I...
That's the kind of love I need
  • That's the kind of love I...
    That's the kind of love I...
    That's the kind of love I need
 
When I'm alone with you it seems all my dreams come true
It makes me feel so good I just can't help loving you
Cos you're everything I could hope for:
that's why I love you
Sometimes I tell myself this girl don't love you no more
and that some day with someone new she'll walk from your door
But if you did, my world would break in two,
that's why I love you
And any time I see your face
something very unusual takes place:
all my inhibitions disappear
now that you are here
  • When I'm alone with you it seems all my dreams come true
    It makes me feel so good I just can't help loving you
    Cos you're everything I could hope for:
    that's why I love you
    Sometimes I tell myself this girl don't love you no more
    and that some day with someone new she'll walk from your door
    But if you did, my world would break in two,
    that's why I love you
    And any time I see your face
    something very unusual takes place:
    all my inhibitions disappear
    now that you are here
  • You were the best fun I ever had
    You gave me a love that couldn't be bad
    You taught me things that I thought were rude
    Oh, ohhh, you were the best girl I ever knew
    (You were the best girl I ever knew)
    We were a couple so much in love
    We gave to each other over and above
    You made my life and I'm glad
    Oh, ohhh, you were the best fun I ever had
    You were the best fun I ever had
  • Somebody told me once money does not grow on trees.
    Well, if that's true, then how do you explain
    apples oranges and lemons,
    not forgetting melons?
  • It's the same the whole world over.
    Every year we get a little bit older.
    No matter what you say, no matter what you do
    Rich or poor, you know it's gonna happen to you.
  • The way things used to be
    not so long ago
    when we were young and free.
    The way things used to be
    not so long ago
    you were loving me
    every night and every day, strong in every way
    passion glowing like a fire, burning with desire.
    Whatever happened?
  • You seem to be wanting
    everything yesterday.
    Always the impossible.
    That's what you seem to portray.
    Give me one good reason
    why even if I stay,
    you won't walk away from me
    tomorrow. Today.
  • There is too much attention
    paid to him who shot at he
    and to how he got away
    but didn't quite.
    Yes there's too much attention
    So much so that we'll believe
    he's not guilty of the crime which he's being tried
    So forgive me when I tell you
    I ain't got no place to go
    I ain't got no one to talk to
    got no one left to say hello
  • What a way to show I love you
    Other than below or above you
    What a way to kiss each other goodbye
    What a way to start tomorrow
    Knowing that there'll be no sorrow
    What a way to keep each other alive
 
What's in a kiss?
Have you ever wondered just what it is?
More perhaps than just a moment of bliss?
Tell me what's in a kiss
  • What's in a kiss?
    Have you ever wondered just what it is?
    More perhaps than just a moment of bliss?
    Tell me what's in a kiss.
    What's in a dream?
    Is it all the things you'd like to have been?
    All the places that you haven't yet seen?
    Tell me what's in a dream.
  • So where did you go to, who did you see?
    How did you know I’d be there?
    Oh, and did you remember not to forget?
    Tell me cos I don’t...
    Tell me cos I don’t care
    Don’t care.
 
When the world you live in
really gets you down,
when you feel a pain inside you
starting to pound,
and the girl you love,
she doesn't want to know,
let an old friend, as a godsend,
lead you to where peaceful waters flow
  • When the world you live in
    really gets you down,
    when you feel a pain inside you
    starting to pound,
    and the girl you love,
    she doesn't want to know,
    let an old friend, as a godsend,
    lead you to where peaceful waters flow
  • Who was it that came to see you
    when there was no one else in sight?
    And who was it that stayed over an hour
    (and not as I'd expected, overnight)?
    It was me, and I'll tell you why:
    Oh, I did it because of my
    pure unabashed devotion to loving
    (pure unabashed devotion to loving)
    you, you, you, you.
    Who was it that caught you falling?
  • Why after all these years we've been together
    must you behave as if we'd hardly ever spoken,
    let alone met?
    It seems that you're happy as long as I'm upset.
    Oh why, oh why, oh why?
    Is it that you don't love me? Oh why?
    Have you just had enough of me?
    Oh why do I always have cry myself to sleep
    seven days a week?
  • Sat for hours in front of a screen
    Mouse will tell you what you are seeing
    When you get home, how to relax
    Another screen for you to look at
    Welcome to the world of work
    It's a kind of living
    where you give more than you'll ever receive
    Welcome to the world of work
    Only place a loyal servant can be
    kicked in the teeth
    • "World of Work" (song)
    • Gilbert O'Sullivan, "World of Work" (song on YouTube)
  • You may have given me the breaks,
    amended all my life's mistakes,
    ooh, but wait a minute,
    you don't own me.
    You may be more than just a friend
    on whose assistance I depend
    ooh, but wait a minute,
    you don't own me.

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