"Ain't Nothing You Can Do" - Charley Seagraves

 
 


 

"Ain't Nothing You Can Do"  - Charley Seagraves

Ain't nothing you can do 'bout where or when you were born
   (that's ancient history).
Ain't nothing you can do 'bout the price of peas or the price of corn
   (unless you're in the commodities market big time)
Ain't nothing you can do 'bout the buzzing of a bumble bee
   (I'd yield the right of way).
But tonight you can do whatever you want to do
   (you're free -- you'll see -- let it be).

Ain't nothing you can do to slow the march of Father Time
   (go ask your Mother).
Ain't nothing you can do 'bout a word that just won't rhyme
   (there's always free verse).
Ain't nothing you can do 'bout the salt in the deep blue sea
   (stop trying to talk underwater).
But tonight you can do whatever you want to do
   (yippie -- oui oui -- sweet tea).

Ain't nothing you can do 'but a check that is in the mail
   (pray that it's not a rubber one).
Ain't nothing you can do if the sight of blood makes you pale
   (don't vacation in Syria).
Ain't nothing you can do to make peaches grow on an apple tree
   (no one wants fuzzy apples anyway).
But tonight you can do whatever you want to do
   (excuse me! -- gluten-free -- long time no see).

Ain't nothing you can do that's gonna make me change my mind
   (I'm set in my ways).
Ain't nothing you can do if your credit card's declined
   (Don't look in my direction -- I'm not a bank).
Ain't nothing you can do that's gonna make me disagree
   (I guarantee),
That tonight you can do whatever you want to do
   (whoopee! -- hassle-free -- potpourri --
      you're telling me -- Tennessee -- you're fancy free).

[photo of Charley Seagraves, July 2014, by David Noah]

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