Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

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Jerome "Jerry" Leiber (April 25, 1933August 22, 2011) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) were American songwriting and record producing partners. Stoller was the composer of the duo and Leiber the lyricist.

Song lyrics[edit]

Note: The artists listed are the original (or most famous) performers of the songs, although many of the songs were subsequently covered by other artists.

  • I've got pains in my head
    Dead on my feet
    My pantry's empty
    I ain't eaten for a week

    Hard times - ooh I feel so bad
    When I lost my baby, I lost everything I had

  • I'm going to Kansas City
    Kansas City, here I come
    I'm going to Kansas City
    Kansas City, here I come
    They got a crazy way of lovin' there
    And I'm gonna get me some

    I'm gonna be standing on the corner
    Twelfth Street and Vine
    I'm gonna be standing on the corner
    Twelfth Street and Vine
    With my Kansas City baby
    And a bottle of Kansas City wine

  • You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
    Quit snoopin' 'round my door
    You ain't nothin' but a hound dog
    Quit snoopin' 'round my door
    You can wag your tail
    But I ain't gonna feed you no more
  • One day while I was eatin' beans at Smokey Joe's Cafe
    Just sittin' diggin' all the scenes at Smokey Joe's Cafe
    A chick came walkin' through the door
    That I had never seen before
    At least I never saw her down at Smokey Joe's Cafe
    And I started shakin'
    When she sat right down next to me
  • The warden said, "come out with your hands up in the air
    If you don't stop this riot, you're all gonna get the chair"
    Scarface Jones said, "It's too late to quit
    Pass the dynamite, 'cause the fuse is lit"
  • Treat me like a fool
    Treat me mean and cruel
    But love me
    Break my faithful heart
    Tear it all apart
    But love me

    If you ever go
    Darlin', I'll be oh
    so lonely
    I'll be sad and blue
    Crying over you
    dear only

  • Well, I got a girl and Ruby is her name
    She don't love me but I love her just the same
    Ruby, Ruby, how I want ya
    Like a ghost I'm-a gonna haunt ya
    Ruby, Ruby, when will you be mine?
  • I saw her standin' on the corner
    A yellow ribbon in her hair
    I couldn't keep myself from shoutin'
    Look-a there...

    Young Blood
    Young Blood
    Young Blood
    I can't get you out of my mind

  • Well, now, if I have to swim a river,
    You know I will.
    And a if I have to climb a mountain,
    You know I will.
    And a if she's a hiding up
    On a blueberry hill,
    Am I gonna find her, child?
    You know I will.
    'Cause I've been searchin'.
    Oh, yeah, searchin'.
    My goodness, searchin' every which a-way.
  • The warden threw a party in the county jail
    The prison band was there and they began to wail
    The band was jumpin' and the joint began to swing
    You should've heard those knocked out jailbirds sing

    Let's rock
    Everybody, let's rock
    Everybody in the whole cell block
    Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock

  • Lucky lips are always kissing
    Lucky lips are never blue
    Lucky lips will always find a pair
    Of lips that will be true
    I don't need a four-leaf clover
    Rabbit's foot or good luck charm
    With lucky lips, I'll always have
    A fellow in my arms
  • Well, it's Christmas time, pretty baby
    And the snow is falling down
    Well, it's Christmas time, pretty baby
    And the snow is falling down
    You be a real good little girl, 'cause
    Santa Claus is back in town
  • Take out the papers and the trash
    Or you don't get no spendin' cash
    If you don't scrub that kitchen floor
    You ain't gonna rock 'n' roll no more
    Yakety yak
    Don't talk back
  • "Don't, don't," that's what you say
    Each time that I hold you this way
    When I feel like this and I want to kiss you
    Baby, don't say "don't"
  • I never looked for trouble, but I never ran
    I don't take no orders from no kind of man
    I'm only made out of flesh, blood, and bone
    But if you're gonna start a rumble, don't you try it all alone

    'Cause I'm evil
    My middle name is Misery
    Yes, I'm evil
    So don't you mess around with me

  • Charlie Brown
    Charlie Brown
    He's a clown
    That Charlie Brown
    He's gonna get caught
    Just you wait and see
    Why is everybody always pickin' on me?
  • I plopped down in my easy chair and turned on Channel Two
    A bad gunslinger called Salty Sam was a-chasin' poor Sweet Sue
    He trapped her in the old sawmill and said with an evil laugh
    "If you don't gimme the deed to your ranch, I'll saw you all in half"

    And then he grabbed her
    And then?
    He tied her up
    And then?
    He turned on the buzz saw
    And then?
    And then?
    Eh-eh!

    And then along came Jones…

  • She comes on like a rose
    But everybody knows
    She'll get you in dutch
    You can look, but you better not touch

    Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy,
    Late at night while your sleepin'
    Poison Ivy comes a-creepin' around

  • I wanna know if she loved me.
    Did she really love me?
    Was she just playing me for a fool?

    I wonder why she left me.
    Why did she leave me so all alone?
    So all alone.

    I was gonna tell her that I loved her
    And that I need her
    Beside my side to be my guide.

  • I took my troubles down to Madame Ruth
    You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth
    She's got a pad down at Thirty-Fourth and Vine
    Sellin' little bottles of Love Potion Number Nine

    I told her that I was a flop with chicks
    I've been this way since 1956
    She looked at my palm and she made a magic sign
    She said, "What you need is Love Potion Number Nine"

  • When the night has come and the land is dark
    And the moon is the only light we'll see
    No, I won't be afraid, oh I won't be afraid
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me

    So darling, darling stand by me
    Oh, stand by me
    Oh, stand - stand by me, stand by me.

  • There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
    A red rose up in Spanish Harlem
    With eyes as black as coal
    That look down in my soul
    And start a fire there and then I lose control
    I have to beg your pardon
    I'm going to pick that rose
    And watch her as she grows
    In my garden
  • I can wash out forty-four pairs of socks an' have 'em hangin' out on the line
    I can starch an' iron two dozens shirts before you can count from one to nine
    I can scoop up a great big dipper full of lard from the drippin's can
    Throw it in the skillet, go out an' do my shopping, and be back before it melts in the pan

    'Cause I'm a woman
    W-O-M-A-N
    I'll say it again

  • I said, "Take it easy, baby, I worked all day
    And my feet feel just like lead
    You got my shirt tails flyin' all over the place
    And the sweat poppin' out of my head"

    She said, "Hey, Bossa Nova baby, keep on workin'
    'Cause this ain't no time to quit"
    She said, "Go, Bossa Nova baby keep on dancin'
    I'm about to have myself a fit"

  • Her hair is soft and her eyes are oh so blue
    She's all the things a girl should be, but she's not you
    She knows just how to make me laugh when I feel blue
    She's everything a man could want, but she's not you
  • They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway
    They say there's always magic in the air
    But when you're walkin' down that street
    And you ain't had enough to eat
    The glitter rubs right off and you're nowhere
  • We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout,
    We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out.
    I'm goin' to Jackson, I'm gonna mess around.
    Yeah, I'm goin' to Jackson,
    Look out Jackson town.
  • Is that all there is?
    Is that all there is?
    If that's all there is, my friends
    Then let's keep dancing
    Let's break out the booze and have a ball
    If that's all there is

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