But I Was Cool
Oscar Brown Jr. Lyrics


I've always lived by this golden rule,
Whatever happens "don't blow your cool"
You've got to have nerves of steel
Never show folks what you honestly feel
I've lived my whole life this way
For example, take yesterday.

I breezed home happy
Brining her my pay
Her note read "so long sappy,
I have ran away."
I threw myself down across our empty bed.
And this is what I said

(Shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool.

So I one-for-the-road it
At an all night bar
Wound up so loaded
I tore up my car
The judge threw the book at me
And when I read his sentence there I said

(Shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool.

So I said she's the only one I have to thank
So I found her and pulled my gun and fired point blank
The shot whistled straight passed that woman's head
And killed my hound dog dead

(Shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool.

As they carried me away
I was overhead to say
Be cool, stay cool, keep cool
Play it cool
C-o-o-o-o-o-l.

Writer(s): Oscar Brown Jr.

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Milena Simić

I've always lived by this golden rule
Whatever happens "don't blow your cool"
You've got to have nerves of steel
Never show folks what you honestly feel
I've lived my whole life this way
For example, take yesterday

I breezed home happy
Brining her my pay
Her note read "so long sappy
I have ran away."
I threw myself down across our empty bed
And this is what I said

(shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool

So I one-for-the-road it
At an all night bar
Wound up so loaded
I tore up my car
The judge threw the book at me
And when I read his sentence there I said

(shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool

So I said she's the only one I have to thank
So I found her and pulled my gun and fired point blank
The shot whistled straight passed that woman's head
And killed my hound dog dead

(shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool

As they carried me away
I was overhead to say
Be cool, stay cool, keep cool
Play it cool
C-o-o-o-o-o-l



All comments from YouTube:

pvthitch

My Dad turned me onto this album when it first came out. I was about 9 or 10. Still in my top 10. It is just amazing.

SirGuy

My dad, who passed away in September, had this on vinyl. I got it on CD. I will always remember this tune.

SirGuy

My dad had this album. I later bought the DVD. The entire alblum is phenomenal!

Einbert Alstein

I want this on vinyl. An original will probably cost a fortune. Repress will also be fine.

Merion Burns

I saw Mr. Brown years ago down in the Village (N.Y.). He was amazing. Love this album!

Milena Simić

I've always lived by this golden rule
Whatever happens "don't blow your cool"
You've got to have nerves of steel
Never show folks what you honestly feel
I've lived my whole life this way
For example, take yesterday

I breezed home happy
Brining her my pay
Her note read "so long sappy
I have ran away."
I threw myself down across our empty bed
And this is what I said

(shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool

So I one-for-the-road it
At an all night bar
Wound up so loaded
I tore up my car
The judge threw the book at me
And when I read his sentence there I said

(shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool

So I said she's the only one I have to thank
So I found her and pulled my gun and fired point blank
The shot whistled straight passed that woman's head
And killed my hound dog dead

(shrieks, screams, hoots)

But I Was Cool

As they carried me away
I was overhead to say
Be cool, stay cool, keep cool
Play it cool
C-o-o-o-o-o-l

Millie Sunflower

Thank you so much for this, friend :)

MOHD SOHIL

amazing ballad. great story so enjoyable

Errol Best

Words to live by!!!!

solitonqt

I think I heard this chart when I was 17, eons ago. Original rap. This stuff was ahead of its time. So cool. So funny too.

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