Lyrics: I Know I’ve Had My Chance

** I’m sorry I don’t have the audio for this, but I’ve heard the song and it’s a lovely, bittersweet ballad sung by Ben. I jotted down the lyrics, which were probably written by Ric Ocasek, though I don’t know that for sure. **

“I Know I’ve Had My Chance” by Cap’n Swing

I can’t remember when we had some time to spend

Seems like it’s been a year or two

I was traveling on the road, and you stayed at home and sewed

You stitched the lonely side of you

 

We were always friends pulling at different ends

And now you tell me that we’re through

I know I’ve had my chance, I know I’ve had my chance

I know I’ve had my chance

 

Now that you’ve given me just what I need to see

I hope that you will be just fine

When love is on the stray and feelings fade away

There ain’t no pushing back in time

 

We were always friends pulling at different ends

And now you tell me that we’re through

I know I’ve had my chance, I know I’ve had my chance

I know I’ve had my chance

 

I know I’ve had my chance (missing you… missing you, babe)

I know I’ve had my chance

I know I’ve had my chance

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Photo courtesy of Mark Goddard
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Not *Our* Grasshoppers

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The Question: A reader recently asked me about this song on Youtube by The Grasshoppers and wondered if I could clarify, “Was this The Grasshoppers before Ben joined? Or a different band?”

The Answer: Nope. Not Ben’s Grasshoppers.

 

Though the music and vocals sound similar to the band that made Ben a local celebrity in Cleveland, Ohio, and the time period is chronologically right in there, it is just a coincidence. This single was recorded by a band out of Twin Cities, Minnesota, that consisted of Jiggs Lee singing lead, Ben Hamar helping with vocals and handling lead guitar, Tim Black on bass, Tom Acheson on rhythm guitar, and Phil Scowler on drums.

12360311_489952661215987_1722542770745606969_n.jpgJiggs would go on to front a band called Cain, a heavy metal group which had a degree of success through the 1970s with their two albums, A Pound of Flesh (1975) and Stinger (1977). Jiggs was inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame on September 17th, 2010.

The song featured in the video in question is “The Very Last Day,” written by Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow. It was originally released in 1963 by Peter, Paul and Mary, and covered by The Hollies in 1965 (both versions also available on Youtube). This Grasshoppers recording was put out in 1966, and may have been the flipside to the band’s cover of “Sugar and Spice” by The Searchers.

Even though it is not our Ben, click below to take a listen. It’s a great tune!

 

My sources:

  1. Some information from Soundcloud.
  2. A little bit more from Discogs.
  3. A smidge from secondhandsongs.com.
  4. This quick blurb about Jiggs getting inducted by Zipperneck Studios.
  5. Lots more on Jiggs from Twin Cities Metal.

In other words:

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Photo from the book Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars by Joe Milliken

“The time with Ben before and while he was ill were some of the most important, exciting, life- and spiritual-expanding moments I’ve ever shared with anyone. Ben taught us so much about life, in the way he went through the process of cancer treatment and in day-to-day life. He was also an absolutely fantastic father to his son, and loved him more than he ever loved anyone.” — Julie Snider-Mennie, Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars, page 192

It reminds me of him.

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This is wrong but I can’t help but feel like there ain’t nothing more right, babe

Misty morning comes again and I can’t help but wish I could see your face

And I knew from the first note played I’d be breaking all my rules to see you

You smile that beautiful smile and all the girls in the front row scream your name

 

So dim that spotlight, tell me things like, ‘I can’t take my eyes off of you’

I’m no one special, just another wide-eyed girl who’s desperately in love with you

Give me a photograph to hang on my wall, Superstar

 

Good morning, loneliness comes around when I’m not dreaming about you

When my world wakes up today you’ll be in another town

And I knew when I saw your face I’d be counting down the ways to see you

And you smile that beautiful smile and all the girls in the front row scream your name

 

So dim that spotlight, tell me things like, ‘I can’t take my eyes off of you’

I’m no one special, just another wide-eyed girl who’s desperately in love with you

Give me a photograph to hang on my wall, Superstar

 

You played in bars, you play guitar

And I’m invisible and everyone knows who you are

And you’ll never see you sing me to sleep every night from the radio

 

So dim that spotlight, tell me things like, ‘I can’t take my eyes off of you’

I’m no one special, just another wide-eyed girl who’s desperately in love with you

Give me a photograph to hang on my wall, Superstar

Sweet, sweet Superstar… Superstar

— Taylor Swift, “Superstar”

Lyrics: When You Gonna Lay Me Down

When You Gonna Lay Me Down by The Cars

I was starting to listen to you, you get cheap talk from the avenue

Come on honey, when you gonna lay me down

You were feeding me the ugly stuff, I couldn’t tell if it was a bluff

Come on honey, when you gonna lay me down

 

And I was hung up on your mystery

And you were trying to beg to save my sanity

 

I wanted to be your flair and run my fingers through you long blonde hair

Come on honey, when you gonna lay me down

 

And I was hung up on your mystery

And you were trying to beg to save my sanity

 

I wanted to follow you home and ring you up on the telephone

Come on honey, when you gonna lay me down

I guess I wanted to be your flair and run my fingers through your long blonde hair

C’mon honey when you gonna lay me down

 

I said come on honey, when you gonna lay me down

I said come on honey, when you gonna lay me down?