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released November 4, 1986

1986 Berlin Airlift record: Professionally Damaged (LoFi). Did this one - 8 track - ourselves. That's Artie Dowd's arm on the cover. Band: Jane Balmond (keys), Chet Cahill (bass, vocals, fart), Steven Paul Perry (guitar, vocals), Glen Moran (kit), Berlin (vocals), Billie Best (mgr).

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Rick Berlin (now playing w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND) Jamaica Plain

A giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting + strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s. He continues to make music w/ intelligence + integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Waits + Cohen ... more

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Track Name: Not Guilty
NOT GUILTY

When I was a kid, my Dad was a drunk, my Mama sold her body
I broke into houses, got drugs for my friends, I began a life of crime
It’s not my fault for being mad
+ Im not guilty for being bad

When I was 15 I worked on the street I made more money than my father
Bought my Mom a TV + my sister a dress it was cops + robbers

Older men they told me run away from home
Dont get married you should live it up alone
I stole cars outside the Ballarue at night
Lovers staring at me wanting me to fight
so help me
Im not guilty I was losin my head

I needed a car I needed something
I was almost dead
Its not my fault for being born
+ Im not guilty
I just wanna forget I just wanna believe in my dreams
I know that havent come true but what good can they do
No way can I give them to you

I lost all my friends again + again to the house of correction
I felt so lonely I couldnt get a girl I got a mental depression

Nurse was so afraid of going home alone
I just had to follow in the Combat Zone
I held her down + I covered up her mouth
I ripped off her dress I had to do it now
Black boys kill their brothers when the knife is sharp
White boys rape their sisters in the park at night

I needed her love I needed something
I was almost dead

Its not my fault for being born
+ Im not guilty
I just wanna forget I just wanna believe in my dreams
I know that havent come true but what good can they do
No way can I give them to you

Im not guilty
Track Name: Stop & Think About It
STOP & THINK ABOUT IT

When I'm jealous SOLO
your behavior
turns my thinking You're supposed to
inside out I tell me if you're
wish that you would losing your ex-
understand how citment for my
bad I feel please body I'm not
help me now & getting younger
but my love for
stop & think about it you survives
stop & think about it
stop & think about it CHORUS plus 2
stop & think about it

No one's perfect
don't be mad
remember after
words I try to

CHORUS

Did you ever notice
that a lot of people
think that they are
overweight?

SOLO

When I start to
screw my life up
eat a lot of
strange confections
look at my face
in the window
boy my eyes are
really wild

CHORUS

Did you ever notice
that a lot of people
they turn to the bottle?

You been out with
out me lately
you come home with
likker on you
Track Name: I Don't Know How To Be Cool
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO BE COOL

don't worry i got it down
i practice a lot in front of the mirror
im drivin my car around
i feel like a kid im drinkin my beer

no one want's t ride with me
should i give it away for free?
i need a grlfriend - hows he gonna get one?
someone t like me - nobody likes him

i play all the video games
kids starin at me they make fun of my haircut
i offer t buy the booze
they're laughin at me
they say im a loser

i can't seem t get it right
stumble around in the dark of the night
i smoke a number - face is all red
kids are laughin at me - what has he said?

i don't know how t be cool
im never sure of the way im actin
i don't know how t be cool
what would i do in the right situation
i don't know how t be cool
im never sure of the way im actin
i don't know how t be cool
im never sure if i make the wrong impression...on you

i worry a lot you know
my body is weak my brain is on zero
i still want t ask her out
im poundin my head in front of the mirror

i try t light a cigarette
smoke jes gets my eyes all wet
somebody tell me - what you wanna know?
how'm i gonna make it - never gonna get there
Track Name: Hunger Strikes
HUNGER STRIKES

you...you and i...we meet at motel 6 o'clock
the news begins
you...you and i...there's 2 cars in the parkin lot
the lights r dim

pick it up

you...you and i...refuse t stop and goin'
won't save anything
you...you and i...
the room is rainin love lie down here
hold me

pick it up
hunger strikes
i say - work
pick up the broken pieces...

you..you and i...we never meant t hurt the ones
we started with
you...you and i...it's not the conversation
it's this place wr in

pick it up
hunger strikes
i say work
pick up the broken pieces...

is it love?
is it really love?