Let's Think About Living

Words & Music by Boudleaux Bryant*
Recorded by Bob Luman, 1960 (#7)*

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In every other song that I've heard lately some fellow gets shot

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And his baby and his best friend both die with him as likely as not

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In half of the other songs some Cat's crying   or ready to die

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We've lost most of our happy people and I'm wondering why.


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Let's think about living, let's think about loving

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Let's think about the whoopin' and the hoppin' 

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And the boppin' and the lovie, dovie dovin';

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Let's forget about the whinin' and the cryin'

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And the shooting and the dying

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And the fellow with a switchblade knife --

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Let's think about living,  let's think about life.

We lost old Marty Robbins down in old El Paso a little while back,
And now Miss Patti Page, or one of them, is a-wearing black.
And Cathy's Clown has Don and Phil where they feel like a-they could die;
If we keep on a-losin' our singers like that, 
I'll be the only one you can buy!

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*If you think you recognize the name of the author, you're probably right: he, along with his wife Felice, wrote a whole string of hits for the Everly Brothers, among others. Luman got this song, at least in part, because the Everly Brothers heard him in in 1959 at concert one night and heard him say from the stage that he was ready to quit and try professional baseball (he'd had a contract offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and his musical career had been less than spectacular to date.) The song was a hit, and so were a number of others which followed it. A featured performer for several years on the Grand Ole Opry, Luman suffered a heart attack at age 39, and died of pneumonia at age 41.

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