Kevin Ayers:Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes

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“Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes”
Artist: Kevin Ayers
Albums: Whatevershebringswesing (1971)
June 1, 1974 (1974)
Composers: Kevin Ayers
Lyricists: Kevin Ayers

I walked into this bar
And the man refused
He said: We don't serve strangers
In blue suede shoes
We don't give credit
And we don't give way
We have to think about what the people might say
Uh, you know what I mean?
I said, sure, man

Well he gave me a smile that was sickly and wet
And I offered him one of my cigarettes
He took it, afraid that he might appear rude
Then proceeded to sell me some second class food
Nice guy
Meet 'em everywhere

He said: My oh my, I have suffered too long
And this cigarette seems to be very strong
I don't make the rules
I just get what I take
And I guess every rule was made to break
You can take what you like, it won't hurt me
'Cause I'm just working for the company
From the green cigarette, he took a long drag
And said, I think I'll pack my travelling bag
I'm tired of cheating, and wasting my head
And filling the boss's bags with bread
I want to get out in the sun and rain
And feel the wind on my skin again
The world is large, and I've got time yet
And, by the way, thanks for that cigarette
Mmmm
Thank you very much

You
You know, I feel like a new man
Yes I do, I don't know why
I'd just like to say
Thank you very much
Indeed
It's a beautiful day
I think I'll be on my way
Right away
I can say
Thank you very much
Yes, I'm getting the hell out of here
Yes, I am
Bye, bye
That's the end of the message
Thank you very much
Bye bye
Yep, bye bye
Bye
Bye
Bye
Bye bye
Bye
Bye bye
Thank you very much


Early mix

I walked into the bar
And the man refused
He said, "We don't serve strangers
In blue suede shoes
We don't give credit
And we don't give way
We have to think about what the people might say
You know what I mean?"
I said, "Sure, man."

He gave me a smile that was sickly and wet
And I offered him one of my cigarettes
He took it, afraid that he might appear rude
And proceeded to sell me some second class food
Nice guy - meet 'em everywhere

He said, "My oh my, I have suffered too long
And this cigarette seems to be very strong
I don't make the rules
I just get what I take
And I guess every rule was made to break
You can take what you like, it won't hurt me
'Cause I'm just working for the company."
From the green cigarette, he took a long drag
And said, "I think I'll pack my travelling bag
I'm tired of cheating, and wasting my head
And filling the boss's bags with bread
I wanna get out in the sun and rain
And feel the wind on my skin again
The world is large, and I've got time yet
And by the way, thanks for that cigarette
Mmmm ... thank you very much."

"You know, I feel like a new man
Hahah, I don't know why
Anyway I'd like to say
Thank you very much indeed
Once again
It's a beautiful day
I think I'll be on my way
Right away
Thank you very much
Bye bye
Thank you indeed
...


Live version (June 1, 1974)

Stranger in blue suede shoes

I walked into this bar
And the man refused
Said we don't serve strangers
In blue suede shoes
We don't give credit
And we don't give way
We have to think about what the people might say
You know what I mean?
Yes I do

He gave me a smile that was sickly and wet
And I offered him one of my cigarettes
He took it, afraid that he might appear rude
Proceeded to sell me some second class food
Nice guy
Meet 'em everywhere

He said: my oh my, I have suffered too long
This cigarette seems to be very strong
Take what you like, it won't hurt me
I'm just working for the company
I don't make the rules
I get what I take
I guess every rule was made to break
From the green cigarette, he took a long drag
Said, I think I'll pack my travelling bag
I'm tired of cheating, and wasting my head
And filling the boss's bags with bread
I wanna get out in the sun and rain
And feel the wind on my skin again
World is large, and I've got time yet
By the way, thanks for that cigarette
Thank you very much

Hey
I feel like a new man
I dunno why
I'd like to say
Thank you very much
Thank you very much
Yeah
I could fly
Bye bye
Okay
Thank you very much

Thank you very very much