Lyrics: Don’t Tell Me No

“Don’t Tell Me No” by The Cars

It’s my party, you can come

It’s my party, have some fun

It’s my dream, have a laugh

It’s my life, have a half well…

 

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no

I like it when you tell me slow

 

It’s my transition, it’s my play

It’s my phone call to beta ray

It’s my hopscotch, light the torch

It’s my downtime, feel the scorch, well

 

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no, no

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no, no

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no

I like it when you tell me no

 

It’s my ambition, it’s my joke

It’s my teardrop, emotional smoke

It’s my mercy, it’s my plan

I want to go to future land, well

 

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no no no

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no

I like it when you tell me slow

 

Don’t tell me no … tell me no… don’t tell me no no

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no … don’t tell me, I don’t want to know

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no no

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no no no, ay

(Don’t tell me no)

 

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me… don’t tell me… don’t tell me no no

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me… don’t tell me you have to go… don’t tell me no

(Don’t tell me no)

Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me no

Lyrics: Candy-O

“Candy-O” by The Cars

Candy-o, I need you

Sunday dress, ruby ring

Candy-o, I need you so, could you help me in?

 

Purple hum, assorted cards

Razor lights you bring

All to prove you’re on the move and vanishing

 

Candy-o, I need you so

Candy-o, I need you so

 

Edge of night, distract yourself

Obstacles don’t work

Homogenize, decentralize, it’s just a quirk

 

Different ways to see you through

All the same in the end

Peculiar star, that’s who you are, do you have to win?

 

Candy-o, I need you so

Candy-o, I need you so

Candy-o, I need you so

Candy-o, I need you so

Lyrics: Let’s Go

“Let’s Go” by The Cars

She’s driving away with her dim lights on

When she’s making her play she can’t go wrong…. she never waits too long

She’s winding them down on her clock machine

And she won’t give up ’cause she’s seventeen

 

She’s a frozen fire

She’s my one desire

I don’t want to hold her down, don’t want to break her crown when she says

Let’s go

 

“I like the night life, baby,” she says

“I like the night life, baby,” she says

Let’s go

 

She’s laughing inside ’cause they can’t refuse

She’s so beautiful now she doesn’t wear her shoes… she never likes to choose

She got wonderful eyes and a risqué mouth

When I asked her before she says she’s holding out

 

She’s a frozen fire

She’s my one desire

I don’t want to hold her down, don’t want to break her crown when she says

Let’s go

 

“I like the night life, baby,” she says

“I like the night life, baby,” she says

Let’s go

 

Oooo, “I like the night life, baby,” she says

“I like the night life, baby,” she says

Let’s go

 

BONUS: Same video but with the live vocal. Scrumptious!

 

Lyrics: All Mixed Up

“All Mixed Up” by The Cars

She shadows me in the mirror, she never leaves on the light

And some things that I say to her, they just don’t seem to bite

It’s all mixed up… it’s all mixed up

It’s all mixed up

 

She tricks me into thinking I can’t believe my eyes

I wait for her forever but she never does arrive

It’s all mixed up… it’s all mixed up

It’s all mixed up

 

She said to leave it to me (leave it to me)

Everything will be alright (be alright)

She said to leave it to me (leave it to me)

Everything will be alright

 

She’s always out making pictures, she’s always out making scenes

She’s always out the window when it comes to making dreams

It’s all mixed up… it’s all mixed up

It’s all mixed up

 

She says to leave it to me (leave it to me)

Everything will be alright (be alright)

She says leave it to me (leave it to me)

Everything will be alright, be alright (be alright)

 

She said to leave it to me (leave it to me)

Everything will be alright (be alright)

She said leave it to me, yeah (leave it to me)

Everything will be alright, be alright (be alright)

 

If you leave it to me everything gonna be alright

Yeah, if you leave it to me

(Be alright, be alright, be alright, be alright… )

Lyrics: Moving In Stereo

“Moving In Stereo” by The Cars

Life’s the same, I’m moving in stereo

Life’s the same except for my shoes

Life’s the same, you’re shaking like tremolo

Life’s the same, it’s all inside of you

 

It’s so easy to blow up your problems, it’s so easy to play up your breakdown

It’s so easy to fly through a window, it’s so easy to fool with the sound

 

It’s so tough to get up, it’s so tough

It’s so tough to live up, it’s so tough on you

 

Life’s the same, I’m moving in stereo

Life’s the same except for my shoes

Life’s the same, you’re shaking like tremolo

Life’s the same, it’s all inside of you

 

Life’s the same, I’m moving in stereo

Life’s the same except for my shoes

Life’s the same, you’re shaking like tremolo

Life’s the same, it’s all inside of you

 

Quoting Benjamin

On writing lyrics for The Lace: “I didn’t have a lot of success. Lyrics are my weakest point. I don’t listen to a song for the first five or six times for the lyrics, I listen for the melody. Never really pay attention to the lyrics until after that point. [My desire was] to tell a story. Just something you would actually say to someone, rather than one line and then something clever to rhyme with it.” — from “Benjamin Orr: The Cars’ Mr. Casual Steps Out” by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician Magazine, March 1987

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Lyrics: Bye Bye Love

“Bye Bye Love” by The Cars

I can’t feel this way much longer expecting to survive

With all these hidden innuendos just waiting to arrive

It’s such a wavy midnight and you slip into insane

Electric angel rock-and-roller, I hear what you’re playing

 

It’s an orangy sky, always it’s some other guy

It’s just a broken lullaby

Bye bye love

Bye bye love

Bye bye love

Bye bye love

 

Substitution, mass confusion clouds inside your head

Involving all my energies until you visited

With your eyes of porcelain and of blue, they shock me into sense

You think you’re so illustrious you call yourself intense

 

It’s an orangy sky, always it’s some other guy

It’s just a broken lullaby

Bye bye love

Bye bye love (yeah)

Bye bye love

Bye bye love

 

Substitution, mass confusion clouds inside your head

Well, foggin’ all my energies until you visited

With your eyes of porcelain and of blue, they shock me into sense

You think you’re so illustrious you call yourself intense

 

It’s an orangy sky, always it’s some other guy

It’s just a broken lullaby

Bye bye love

Bye bye love

Bye bye love

Bye bye love

Lyrics: Just What I Needed

“Just What I Needed” by The Cars 

I don’t mind you coming here and wasting all my time

‘Cause when you’re standing oh so near I kinda lose my mind

It’s not the perfume that you wear, it’s not the ribbons in your hair

I don’t mind you coming here and wasting all my time

 

I don’t mind you hanging out and talking in your sleep

It doesn’t matter where you’ve been as long as it was deep, yeah

You always knew to wear it well, and you look so fancy I can tell

I don’t mind you hanging out and talking in your sleep

 

I guess you’re just what I needed (just what I needed)

I needed someone to feed

I guess you’re just what I needed (just what I needed)

I needed someone to bleed

 

I don’t mind you coming here and wasting all my time time

‘Cause when you’re standing oh so near I kinda lose my mind, yeah

It’s not the perfume that you wear, it’s not the ribbons in your hair

I don’t mind you coming here and wasting all my time

 

I guess you’re just what I needed (just what I needed)

I needed someone to feed

I guess you’re just what I needed (just what I needed)

I needed someone to bleed

 

I guess you’re just what I needed (just what I needed)

I needed someone to feed

I guess you’re just what I needed (just what I needed)

I needed someone to bleed… yeah yeah… so bleed me

 

You’re just what I needed

You’re just what I needed

You’re just what I needed, yeah yeah yeah

Lyrics: Never Gonna Get Over You

“Never Gonna Get Over You” by Ocasek & Orr

We sat and talked through the night, I was feeling full and light

And all the words meant the same, they bounced along on a plane

And everything was going as well as it should

We tried to make it through the night if we could

You were the woman who was misunderstood

 

But you know I’m never gonna get (no no) over you

Said I’m never gonna get (no no) over you

Well I’m never gonna get over you

Never gonna get, never gonna get over you

 

I see your face in the mirror, see your silk on the floor

It seems like you never left but you’re not here anymore

Yeah and something keeps on shaking inside

It’s a feeling that I just can’t hide

Jealous lovers seem to lose their pride

 

But you know I’m never gonna get (no no) over you

Well I’m never gonna get (no no) over you

Said I’m never gonna get over you

Never gonna get, never gonna get over you

 

(Never, never gonna get over you)

(Never, never gonna get over you)

 

I see your face in the mirror, see your silk on the floor

It seems like you never left but you’re not here anymore

And everything was going as well as it should

We tried to make it through the night if we could

You were the woman who was misunderstood

 

But you know I’m never gonna get (no no) over you

Said I’m never gonna get (no no) over you

Well I’m never gonna get over you

Never gonna get, never gonna get over you

 

(Never, never gonna get over you)

Never gonna get over you, no no no

Lyrics: Everyday

“Everyday” by Ocasek & Orr (written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty, ©1957)

Every day it’s a-gettin’ closer, going faster than a roller coaster

Love like yours will surely come my way, a-hey, a-hey hey

 

Every day it’s a-gettin’ faster, everyone says go ahead and ask her

Love like yours will surely come my way, a-hey, a-hey hey

 

And every day it’s a-gettin’ longer and every way, love’s a little stronger

Come what may, do you ever long for true love from me?

 

Every day it’s a-gettin’ faster, everyone says go ahead and ask her

Love like yours will surely come my way, a-hey, a-hey hey

 

And every day it’s a-gettin’ longer and every way, love’s a little stronger

Come what may, do you ever long for true love from me?

 

Everyday it’s a-gettin’ faster, everyone says go ahead and ask her

Love like yours will surely come my way, a-hey, a-hey hey

Love like yours will surely come my way, a-hey, a-hey hey

Love like yours will surely come my way

Lyrics: I Can’t Help It

“I Can’t Help It” by The Mixed Emotions

You know I get so nervous when I call you on the phone

I can’t help it, baby, my heart goes ding dong

Well, I can’t help it

I can’t help it

Oh no

 

You know I love you baby, yes, yes I do

I can’t help it baby, I know my love is true

Well, I can’t help it

I can’t help it

Oh no

 

Oh no I can’t help it

You know that love’s a foolish thing

But darlin’ down deep inside me

I’m going to give you everything

 

You know I love you baby, yes, yes I do

I can’t help it baby, I know my love is true

Well, I can’t help it

I can’t help it

Oh no

 

I can’t help it (repeats x16)

I get so nervous when I call you on the phone

 

Lyrics: I’ll Do My Crying in the Rain

“I’ll Do My Crying in the Rain” by The Mixed Emotions

You left me standing here alone without someone to call my own

I have to hang my head with shame, you left me crying in the rain

You left me crying in the rain

You left me crying in the rain

 

When you were found with someone new, I know the reason why I’m blue

I know you’re not the one to blame and left me crying in the rain

I’ll do my crying in the rain

I’ll do my crying in the rain

 

Oh, darlin, there will never be another girl like you for me

I need you, I need you so please, please baby, don’t leave me alone

 

When you were found with someone new, I know the reason why I’m blue

I know you’re not the one to blame, I’ll do my crying in the rain

I’ll do my crying in the rain

I’ll do my crying in the rain