Running Around Town

by Billie Ray Martin

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1.
who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love you've been tellin' me that you're leaving that the whole thing's gone too far but wherever that is ain't no further than the sound of our shouting wars now what d'you have to say who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cos it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' and you that my mind's been thinking of for a long long time (ooh) you've been gambling (been gambling) with my heart, baby (yeah) but whatever your game (whatever) we will never be the same again now won't you tell me whether you gonna lift me up when I fall out love you gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town talking 'bout my reputation - oh don't you know talking 'bout my reputation - my name is cupid, not stupid we're talking 'bout my reputation - mm we're talking 'bout my reputation - yeah so won't you tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' you that my mind's been dreaming of so tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it again, hey why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it one more time baby, hey now eyes are at the door my mind is out runnin' around town who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love
2.
who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love you've been tellin' me that you're leaving that the whole thing's gone too far but wherever that is ain't no further than the sound of our shouting wars now what d'you have to say who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cos it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' and you that my mind's been thinking of for a long long time (ooh) you've been gambling (been gambling) with my heart, baby (yeah) but whatever your game (whatever) we will never be the same again now won't you tell me whether you gonna lift me up when I fall out love you gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town talking 'bout my reputation - oh don't you know talking 'bout my reputation - my name is cupid, not stupid we're talking 'bout my reputation - mm we're talking 'bout my reputation - yeah so won't you tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' you that my mind's been dreaming of so tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it again, hey why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it one more time baby, hey now eyes are at the door my mind is out runnin' around town who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love
3.
who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love you've been tellin' me that you're leaving that the whole thing's gone too far but wherever that is ain't no further than the sound of our shouting wars now what d'you have to say who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cos it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' and you that my mind's been thinking of for a long long time (ooh) you've been gambling (been gambling) with my heart, baby (yeah) but whatever your game (whatever) we will never be the same again now won't you tell me whether you gonna lift me up when I fall out love you gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town talking 'bout my reputation - oh don't you know talking 'bout my reputation - my name is cupid, not stupid we're talking 'bout my reputation - mm we're talking 'bout my reputation - yeah so won't you tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' you that my mind's been dreaming of so tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it again, hey why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it one more time baby, hey now eyes are at the door my mind is out runnin' around town who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love
4.
who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love you've been tellin' me that you're leaving that the whole thing's gone too far but wherever that is ain't no further than the sound of our shouting wars now what d'you have to say who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cos it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' and you that my mind's been thinking of for a long long time (ooh) you've been gambling (been gambling) with my heart, baby (yeah) but whatever your game (whatever) we will never be the same again now won't you tell me whether you gonna lift me up when I fall out love you gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town talking 'bout my reputation - oh don't you know talking 'bout my reputation - my name is cupid, not stupid we're talking 'bout my reputation - mm we're talking 'bout my reputation - yeah so won't you tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' you that my mind's been dreaming of so tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it again, hey why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it one more time baby, hey now eyes are at the door my mind is out runnin' around town who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love
5.
who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love you've been tellin' me that you're leaving that the whole thing's gone too far but wherever that is ain't no further than the sound of our shouting wars now what d'you have to say who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cos it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' and you that my mind's been thinking of for a long long time (ooh) you've been gambling (been gambling) with my heart, baby (yeah) but whatever your game (whatever) we will never be the same again now won't you tell me whether you gonna lift me up when I fall out love you gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town talking 'bout my reputation - oh don't you know talking 'bout my reputation - my name is cupid, not stupid we're talking 'bout my reputation - mm we're talking 'bout my reputation - yeah so won't you tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' you that my mind's been dreaming of so tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it again, hey why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it one more time baby, hey now eyes are at the door my mind is out runnin' around town who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love
6.
who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love you've been tellin' me that you're leaving that the whole thing's gone too far but wherever that is ain't no further than the sound of our shouting wars now what d'you have to say who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cos it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' and you that my mind's been thinking of for a long long time (ooh) you've been gambling (been gambling) with my heart, baby (yeah) but whatever your game (whatever) we will never be the same again now won't you tell me whether you gonna lift me up when I fall out love you gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town talking 'bout my reputation - oh don't you know talking 'bout my reputation - my name is cupid, not stupid we're talking 'bout my reputation - mm we're talking 'bout my reputation - yeah so won't you tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' you that my mind's been dreaming of so tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it again, hey why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it one more time baby, hey now eyes are at the door my mind is out runnin' around town who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love
7.
who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love you've been tellin' me that you're leaving that the whole thing's gone too far but wherever that is ain't no further than the sound of our shouting wars now what d'you have to say who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cos it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' and you that my mind's been thinking of for a long long time (ooh) you've been gambling (been gambling) with my heart, baby (yeah) but whatever your game (whatever) we will never be the same again now won't you tell me whether you gonna lift me up when I fall out love you gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town talking 'bout my reputation - oh don't you know talking 'bout my reputation - my name is cupid, not stupid we're talking 'bout my reputation - mm we're talking 'bout my reputation - yeah so won't you tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' you that my mind's been dreaming of so tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it again, hey why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it one more time baby, hey now eyes are at the door my mind is out runnin' around town who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love
8.
who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love you've been tellin' me that you're leaving that the whole thing's gone too far but wherever that is ain't no further than the sound of our shouting wars now what d'you have to say who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cos it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' and you that my mind's been thinking of for a long long time (ooh) you've been gambling (been gambling) with my heart, baby (yeah) but whatever your game (whatever) we will never be the same again now won't you tell me whether you gonna lift me up when I fall out love you gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town talking 'bout my reputation - oh don't you know talking 'bout my reputation - my name is cupid, not stupid we're talking 'bout my reputation - mm we're talking 'bout my reputation - yeah so won't you tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause it's you that I'm wanting and you that I'm cravin' you that my mind's been dreaming of so tell me, baby who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love 'cause excuses have uses and you are the user but you are excused 'cause they're all used up so tell me why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it again, hey why when the sun goes down my eyes are at the door, my mind is out runnin' around town let me say it one more time baby, hey now eyes are at the door my mind is out runnin' around town who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love who's gonna lift me up when I fall out love

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This song probably has the longest history of all of my songs. It started as a song called "moving downtown' with my group Billie and the Deep, as a kiddo in Berlin. I still have that version. It was a soul number inspired by the Temptations. Then i used some of the lurics and melodies in S-Express' song 'Pimps, Pushers, Prostitutes, but rather than pay me royalties, Martin Health of Rhythm King put the vocals quietly into the background of the songs, thus hoping to avoid having to give me a writing share. But there they are anyway. The Electribe 101 turned it info a brand new song and i still love this version. You can see us performing it live on a UK TV show, if you find it on Youtube. It was to be on our second album. I still think they captured the soul-idea perfectly. They were great soul-fans, expecially 70's soul by Norman Whitfield, the ndisputed Truth and many others so they managed to create the perfect track for the song. However when we split, i took the song and turned it info a new kind of pop fest for "Running Around Town'. Take your pick.

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released April 24, 2014

written & composed by Billie Ray Martin (Touch Tones Music)
produced by Brian Transeau for 7PM Management
executive producer: Billie Ray Martin
vocal production, vocal arrangements & additional production by Billie Ray Martin
mixed by Billie Ray Martin at Sarm
mix engineer: Ren Swan
recorded at Eden Studios
recording engineer: Pete Schwier
assistant engineer: Adrian Scarff

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