Small Faces Lyrics

There's such a lot of good ways to be bad
And so many bad ways to be good, haven't paid my rent yet
I tell them "sorry but I haven't got the money anymore"

Just for today I thought I'd leave home alone, hold hands with day
And if I'm so bad, why don't they take me away?

Just like what you hear with a shell pressed to your ear
That's the sea in the trees in the morning
Hello, The Universal
Good morning Steve, well you won't believe me today

Working doesn't seem to be the perfect thing for me so I'll continue to play
And if I'm so bad why don't they take me away?

Well, a hippy-trippy name-dropper came through my door
He said "I just bumped into Mick he told me you know where to score?"
No, not me friend, I mind my own and my own minds me

Well, my love is at the foot of your hand, come what may
But if June comes first please won't you take me away?

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I read somewhere that Steve recorded part of this in his garden & that it was his dog you can hear barking in the background. He was a unique artist and, IMO, the best rock singer the UK ever produced.

Alan Smith

Definitely agree about the voice and good guitarist

John Anderson

MY GAWD, WHERE HAS THIS BEEN? I haven't herd this for years!!! This was one of my favorite songs back in the day. I still get a kick out of the dog barking and the wonderful lack of any tech tricks to cover things up. @bandcouver put it well, "All stripped down". What could be better than having the band in your backyard, jamming away, FOR THE FUN OF IT!

Miyuki Shijisha

East End music


Gad! the unfettered brilliance of this. Steve could do anything, really, let's face it, possibly the most underrated genius of the sixties, a decade filled with genius. Every week another brilliant song or two...how was it all possible? wordofgord

Werner Bluhm

Habe ich mir damals sofort gekauft. Heute gefällt mir der Song immer noch! Steve singt fantatisch!

David Dawber

It certainly did chart, reaching no. 16 in the summer of 1968. It was the last top twenty hit before Steve Marriott left to form Humble Pie and the others formed the Faces.


correct! one of the greatest tunes ever recorded, pity it didnt chart cause it should have-bloody conservative Radio stations

Mark Bignell

I love the rawness of this song. All stripped down. So devoid of the often overproduced fare of the mainstream. brilliant!


Always loved this song. The solo is brilliant too.

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