Affection

Studio CD: Back In Your Life, I'm So Confused, Back In Your Life +4
Compilation: Mega 20 Track Album, The Beserkely Years, Roadrunner, Roadrunner Roadrunner
Promos & Demos: I'm So Confused (with bonus tracks)
Radio Bootleg: TopPop 1978, Boston TV, The College Rock Hour, West Side Club, Helsinki, Shauberg
Live Bootleg: Pinkpop, Live In Bristol 1978, The Quiet Knight Club 1978, 3 Soundboard Shows 1978-1979, Gaspars 1979 (1), The International House, The Catalyst, Live In New York 1980, The Roxy, Left Bank 1981, Bookies, My Father's Place, The Peppermint Lounge, The Rex Club, Mississippi Nights, Jonathan Swifts, Live At McCabe's, Reed College, Elephant Fayre, Torino 1985, Heartbreak Club 1985, Live at the Riverside, The Rex Club 1985, San Giuliano Milanese, San Fran 1986, The Spirit, Live At Davis, Nightstage, Mean Fiddler, New Morning, Mercury Lounge, Kyoto, Irving Plaza, Chapel Hill 2011
Back In Your Life

Chords

G#m F# G#m B

    G#m
Well, people all over the world,
F#
people all over the world,
G#m                          B
people all over the world are starvin'
          G#m      F G#m B
just for affection


            G#m
Well, but to me this ain't funny
  F#
To me this is real
    G#m
So I thought I'd tell everybody
B
How I feel
       G#m      F#
About affection
        G#m      B
I said affection


                      G#m                                     F#
Now, you guys, you all know that your friend Jonathan likes to eat food a lot
G#m                           B                               G#m                             F#
And I like to do other things, I like to run around, jump, but affection is the most important thing 
                          G#m        B
to me I'd trade everything else in a minute
           G#m                  F#
You know, I used to starve for affection
            G#m                                         B
I blamed the world, and it could be the world's fault, I suppose
           G#m                                               F#
But I was a snob, the type who said,  "I don't have time for them,"
                     G#m                             B
And the type who says, "I have nothing in common with those"
          G#m
But then I relaxed a little
     F#
And I met more folks who liked me
        G#m                        B
And they helped me to reach out and give
       G#m                         F#
And that helped me to get more of affection
G#m                  B
And that helped me to live
             G#m
So I say that people all over the world are good,
F#
People all over the world ain't bad,
G#m
But if they keep bein' snobs about it,
B
They ain't gonna get what they wish they had
         G#m         F#
And that's affection
G#m        B
Affection


G#m F# G#m B
G#m F# G#m B
G#m F# G#m B

      G#m F# G#m B
Well,
       G#m                          F#
there's telephones, televisions, and cars, yes
           G#m                                 B
And there's records and books and magazines for you
        G#m                                  F#
But poor affection sits there standing in the corner,
                G#m                                         B
Saying to itself, "I wish someone would give me something to do"
               G#m                                 F#
Well, I know it takes nerve to reach out and give affection
           G#m                                    B
To folks who seem to want your touch but you can't tell
             G#m                          F#
Cause they can laugh at you, and that's rejection,
G#m                                B
And you probably won't like that so well
             G#m
But I say that people all over the world are good
F#
People all over the world ain't bad
G#m
But if they keep on chickenin' out,
B
They won't get what they wish they had
G#m       F#
Affection
      G#m        B
That's affection
               G#m         F#
I know they want affection
               G#m         B
I know they want affection

Chordpro

[G#m][F#][G#m][B]

Well, [G#m] people all over the world,
[F#] people all over the world,
[G#m] people all over the world are [B] starvin'
just for af[G#m]fection [F][G#m][B]

Well, but to [G#m] me this ain't funny
To [F#] me this is real
So I [G#m] thought I'd tell everybody
[B] How I feel
About af[G#m]fection [F#]
I said af[G#m]fection [B]

Now, you guys, you all [G#m] know that your friend Jonathan likes to [F#] eat food a lot
[G#m] And I like to do other things, [B] I like to run around, jump, but [G#m] affection is the most important [F#] thing to me I'd trade everything [G#m] else in a minute [B]
You know, I [G#m] used to starve for af[F#]fection
I blamed the [G#m] world, and it could be the world's fault, I [B] suppose
But I was a [G#m] snob, the type who said, "I don't have time for [F#] them,"
And the type who says, [G#m] "I have nothing in common with [B] those"
But then I [G#m] relaxed a little
And I [F#] met more folks who liked me
And they [G#m] helped me to reach out and [B] give
And that [G#m] helped me to get more of af[F#]fection
[G#m] And that helped me to [B] live
So I say that [G#m] people all over the world are good,
[F#] People all over the world ain't bad,
[G#m] But if they keep bein' snobs about it,
[B] They ain't gonna get what they wish they had
And that's [G#m] affection [F#]
[G#m] Affection [B]

[G#m][F#][G#m][B]
[G#m][F#][G#m][B]
[G#m][F#][G#m][B]

Well, [G#m][F#][G#m][B]
there's [G#m] telephones, televisions, and [F#] cars, yes
And there's [G#m] records and books and magazines for [B] you
But poor [G#m] affection sits there standing in the [F#] corner,
Saying to itself, [G#m] "I wish someone would give me something to [B] do"
Well, I know it [G#m] takes nerve to reach out and give af[F#]fection
To folks who [G#m] seem to want your touch but you can't [B] tell
Cause they can [G#m] laugh at you, and that's re[F#]jection,
[G#m] And you probably won't like that so [B] well
But I say that [G#m] people all over the world are good
[F#] People all over the world ain't bad
[G#m] But if they keep on chickenin' out,
[B] They won't get what they wish they had
[G#m] Affection [F#]
That's [G#m] affection [B]
I know they want [G#m] affection [F#]
I know they want [G#m] affection [B]

Chords (capo 1)

Gm F Gm Bb

    Gm
Well, people all over the world,
F
people all over the world,
Gm                          Bb
people all over the world are starvin'
          Gm      F Gm Bb
just for affection


            Gm
Well, but to me this ain't funny
  F
To me this is real
    Gm
So I thought I'd tell everybody
Bb
How I feel
       Gm      F
About affection
        Gm      Bb
I said affection


                      Gm                                     F
Now, you guys, you all know that your friend Jonathan likes to eat food a lot
Gm                           Bb                               Gm                             F
And I like to do other things, I like to run around, jump, but affection is the most important thing 
                          Gm        Bb
to me I'd trade everything else in a minute
           Gm                  F
You know, I used to starve for affection
            Gm                                         Bb
I blamed the world, and it could be the world's fault, I suppose
           Gm                                               F
But I was a snob, the type who said,  "I don't have time for them,"
                     Gm                             Bb
And the type who says, "I have nothing in common with those"
          Gm
But then I relaxed a little
     F
And I met more folks who liked me
        Gm                        Bb
And they helped me to reach out and give
       Gm                         F
And that helped me to get more of affection
Gm                  Bb
And that helped me to live
             Gm
So I say that people all over the world are good,
F
People all over the world ain't bad,
Gm
But if they keep bein' snobs about it,
Bb
They ain't gonna get what they wish they had
         Gm         F
And that's affection
Gm        Bb
Affection


Gm F Gm Bb
Gm F Gm Bb
Gm F Gm Bb

      Gm F Gm Bb
Well,
       Gm                          F
there's telephones, televisions, and cars, yes
           Gm                                 Bb
And there's records and books and magazines for you
        Gm                                  F
But poor affection sits there standing in the corner,
                Gm                                         Bb
Saying to itself, "I wish someone would give me something to do"
               Gm                                 F
Well, I know it takes nerve to reach out and give affection
           Gm                                    Bb
To folks who seem to want your touch but you can't tell
             Gm                          F
Cause they can laugh at you, and that's rejection,
Gm                                Bb
And you probably won't like that so well
             Gm
But I say that people all over the world are good
F
People all over the world ain't bad
Gm
But if they keep on chickenin' out,
Bb
They won't get what they wish they had
Gm       F
Affection
      Gm        Bb
That's affection
               Gm         F
I know they want affection
               Gm         Bb
I know they want affection

Chordpro (capo 1)

[Gm][F][Gm][Bb]

Well, [Gm] people all over the world,
[F] people all over the world,
[Gm] people all over the world are [Bb] starvin'
just for af[Gm]fection [F][Gm][Bb]

Well, but to [Gm] me this ain't funny
To [F] me this is real
So I [Gm] thought I'd tell everybody
[Bb] How I feel
About af[Gm]fection [F]
I said af[Gm]fection [Bb]

Now, you guys, you all [Gm] know that your friend Jonathan likes to [F] eat food a lot
[Gm] And I like to do other things, [Bb] I like to run around, jump, but [Gm] affection is the most important [F] thing to me I'd trade everything [Gm] else in a minute [Bb]
You know, I [Gm] used to starve for af[F]fection
I blamed the [Gm] world, and it could be the world's fault, I [Bb] suppose
But I was a [Gm] snob, the type who said, "I don't have time for [F] them,"
And the type who says, [Gm] "I have nothing in common with [Bb] those"
But then I [Gm] relaxed a little
And I [F] met more folks who liked me
And they [Gm] helped me to reach out and [Bb] give
And that [Gm] helped me to get more of af[F]fection
[Gm] And that helped me to [Bb] live
So I say that [Gm] people all over the world are good,
[F] People all over the world ain't bad,
[Gm] But if they keep bein' snobs about it,
[Bb] They ain't gonna get what they wish they had
And that's [Gm] affection [F]
[Gm] Affection [Bb]

[Gm][F][Gm][Bb]
[Gm][F][Gm][Bb]
[Gm][F][Gm][Bb]

Well, [Gm][F][Gm][Bb]
there's [Gm] telephones, televisions, and [F] cars, yes
And there's [Gm] records and books and magazines for [Bb] you
But poor [Gm] affection sits there standing in the [F] corner,
Saying to itself, [Gm] "I wish someone would give me something to [Bb] do"
Well, I know it [Gm] takes nerve to reach out and give af[F]fection
To folks who [Gm] seem to want your touch but you can't [Bb] tell
Cause they can [Gm] laugh at you, and that's re[F]jection,
[Gm] And you probably won't like that so [Bb] well
But I say that [Gm] people all over the world are good
[F] People all over the world ain't bad
[Gm] But if they keep on chickenin' out,
[Bb] They won't get what they wish they had
[Gm] Affection [F]
That's [Gm] affection [Bb]
I know they want [Gm] affection [F]
I know they want [Gm] affection [Bb]

Lyrics

Well, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
Just for affection

Well, but to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I thought I'd tell everybody
How I feel
About affection
I said affection

Now, you guys, you all know that your friend Jonathan likes to eat food a lot
And I like to do other things, I like to run around, jump, but affection is the most important thing to me I'd trade everything else in a minute

You know, I used to starve for affection
I blamed the world, and it could be the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob, the type who said, "I don't have time for them,"
And the type who says, "I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more folks who liked me
And they helped me to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more of affection
And that helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they keep being snobs about it,
They ain't gonna get what they wish they had
And that's affection
Affection

Well,
There's telephones, televisions, and cars, yes
And there's records and books and magazines for you
But poor affection sits there standing in the corner,
Saying to itself, "I wish someone would give me something to do"
Well, I know it takes nerve to reach out and give affection
To folks who seem to want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, and that's rejection,
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that people all over the world are good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if they keep on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection
That's affection
I know they want affection
I know they want affection

I'm So Confused

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

And to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

Well, I've starved people ??? for affection
I blame the world
And it's probably the world's fault
That's true
But I was a snob who said
I don't have time for those people
So it was partly my own fault too
Well then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to live

So I say people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everybody be snobs like I've been,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

People are starving just to be touched
People are starving just to be hugged
And kissed

Well, you've got radio and magazines and cars
And there's telephones and books everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And it says "hmmm, it's like they've forgotten that I'm there"
You know it takes gall to reach out and try affection
On people who may want touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh and that's like rejection
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say
People all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody keeps on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

[Jonathan, you're scaring us,
You think this is the part of the song where everybody has to like do the group hug and stuff
We don't even like our neighbour ??? what we have to do now?
No, no worry no, that's no good, ???
We're not going to do that,
Ok, ??? this song ??? about anyway,
It's just if you do feel like it, don't chicken out,
That's all,
Is that all you're saying?
Yeah
Oh, ok]

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

TopPop 1978

Lyrics

People all over the world,
Everywhere we go
We find people all over the world
Simply starving
For affection
For affection

And to me it isn't funny
To me this is real
So I figured we'd tell everybody
The way we feel
About affection
And how people need plain old affection

That's right

You know

Now we got tvs and there's stereos with tons of records
Yes and there's books and magazines everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
It wonders 'does anyone remember that I'm still here?'
And I know it takes courage to reach out to people
When they seem to want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can always laugh
Or misunderstand you
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that
People all over the world are good
And people all over the world are not bad
But if some one don't start it first
We won't get what we wish we had
Which is affection
And I know they're starving for affection

[Well I'll tell you about myself now
The way I used to be]

I used to blame the world cause I got no affection
And it's lonely in the world I suppose
But I used to be a snob
I'd say 'I don't have time for those people'
And I used to say
'Well I don't have anything in common with those'
Then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who just liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And that helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world are good
And people all over the world aren't bad
But if they keep on chickening out
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection
And I know they need affection
That's all they need

Boston TV

Lyrics

Well, you know that people all over the world,
Are starvin' for one thing
I said, people all over the world are starving
For this thing affection

I said they're starving for affection

But to me that isn't funny
To me this is real
So I figured I'd tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
People need affection

You know, I used to starve for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it was partly my fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
And that gave me the courage to reach out and give
And folks that helped me to get more affection
And ladies and gentlemen
And affection has helped me to just live

So I say that people all over the world, they're good,
People all over the world, they're not bad,
But if they be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection
Cause they're starving for affection

Well, let's look at it

You got televisions, and radios and cars
Yeah, and there's magazines and books everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner,
And it says to itself, "I think they've forgot that I'm still there"

You know it takes guts to reach out and try affection
On folks who seem to want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, and that's rejection,
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that people all over the world, they're good
People all over the world are not bad
But if they keep on chickenin' out,
They won't get what they've always wished they had
Which is just Affection
People are starving for affection

You know it can be hard for a man to just hug a woman
She's gonna think you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder probably for a woman to just hug some man she just likes
He's gonna misunderstand the same way too

I know it's even hard though for dads to touch their own kids a lot of the time
Like we've been brainwashed against it somehow through and through
But now is your chance to say
Ok Jonathan, but what about all the people that don't have that problem and they like touching each other?
And I'll say
Ok, but even a lot of them are secretly glad when it's through

So I say that people all over the world, they're different
Different customs in every land
But if you show me a happy land
I'm gonna show you a land where they understand
Affection

Cause people are starving for affection

I'm saying people are starving just to be touched
You know
I'm saying they're starving to just be hugged
Hugged and kissed
Because they need the thing
Affection

The College Rock Hour

Lyrics

[Affection
1 2 1 2 3 4]

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world have been found starving
For affection

But

But to me that's not funny
To me this is real
So I came to tell everybody
How I feel
About affection

I have starved before, before affection
I've blamed the world, it's partly the world's fault, I think
But used to be a snob and say, "I don't have time for those people "
So it wasn't just the world that stinks

But then I relaxed a little
And met more people who liked me, you know
That gave me the courage to reach out and give,
[Well, tell them what you thought you know]
It helped me to get more affection
[Well was that important? well]
Affection helped me just plain live
So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everyone be snobs the way I've been
Ok, they'll miss out on something they wish they had
Affection

People, it's hard to get too much of affection,
It's hard for people to get
People need all the time to be hugged
People need all the time to be kissed
Without feeling embarrassed by asking though ???

People eat food all the time
Everyday
But they still need more affection

You got lots of things to occupy
Lots of cars you know
There's lots of tech hi-fi and technical things
Books for you
But affection's over there in the corner, more or less you know
Saying "I need more work to do"
It takes nerve to reach out ??? affection
Maybe ??? wander up, but you can't tell
??? Laugh at you, or misunderstand what you meant
And you probably won't like that so well ???

But I say that people all over the world are good
People all over the world are not bad
But if they keep on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

People want more affection than they realize
People need
Affection

Nice

You can't overrate
People need to be touched
Not, Jonathan don't,
I don't want the thing where you just hug and kiss everyone when you feel like it or not
You're not telling us to do that?
No no
Then what are you telling us to do that might be different from our daily routine?
Oh, I just mean if you do feel like it just don't chicken out for fear of what the other person is going to interpret
Oh
That's not quite the same
Not at all, no

Oh good

Ok

It's hard for a man to hug a woman
[A lot of times he doesn't know her too well you know]
She's gonna figure she, you just want her to sleep with you
Well, maybe it's harder for a woman to just hug a man
Cause he's gonna misunderstand often the same way too
It's even hard for daddies to touch their own children a lot
Maybe we've been brainwashed somewhere through and through

[Well hold on Mr. Richman, just a minute here, are you suggesting?
Look some of us have an easy time hugging and kissing families who were brought up with lots of love and affection and everyone hugs and kisses,
We don't need anymore and we got
Good, that's good, but you know just some people who say that you know are secretly glad when they're through]

So I say that people all over the world they're different
Different customs in every land
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where people understand
Affection
People are starving for affection
???

Ok, it's time to introduce the Modern Lovers
The singer on the left is Jamie Hawkins
Next to her is Ellie Marshall
Our drummer is the sultan Michael Gardivacio ???
Senior member modern lover is Mr. Greg Curly ???
??? Bad on that bass
One more
Yeah
And the newest modern lover
Is our saxophone player Carla Browly ???

People are starving just to be touched you know
People are starving to be kissed you know

I said people all over the world
People all over the world, that's right
People all over the world
Are starving for affection

Keeping it there, one more
Yeah

West Side Club

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
Just for affection

And to me that ain't funny
To me it's real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

I have starved before for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "oh, I don't have time for those people,"
[I talked like that]
So it's partly my own fault too
Then I relaxed a little
I met more folks who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me just plain live
So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everyone be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

I said
People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

[Jonathan,
Yeah?
Jonathan, What have we got?
Well, I'll tell you what we've got
???]

We've got radios, we got books you know
And there's magazines and things everywhere
But plain old affection is there over in the corner
And it says to itself
"It's like they've forgotten that I'm still there"

You know it takes nerve to reach out and try affection
On people who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh you know, and that's like rejection,
And you probably won't like that very well
But I say that people all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If they keeps on chickenin' out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

Affection

Helsinki

Lyrics

[Affection
Affection one
Affection two
Affection one two three four]

Well, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

But to me that ain't funny
To me that's real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

[I'll tell you about me a little]

I have starved before for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, the who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it was partly my own fault too

But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me just plain live

So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everyone keep be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

Now you've got records and stereos and cars
Autocar you know
And there's magazines and books everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And it says to itself
"Hmmm it's like they've forgotten I'm still there"
You know it takes gall to reach out and try affection
And people who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh you know
And that's rejection
Well, and you probably won't like that very well

But I say that people all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everyone keeps on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

People are starving for affection

I said
People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

[Jonathan
Yes
Jonathan, you're not telling us we should hug and kiss people even when we don't feel like it, are you?
No, that's no good
Good, we hoped you weren't saying that
No no, that's no good, that's bad
Well then what are you saying Jonathan?
Oh well I'm just saying when you do feel like it, don't chicken out, that's all, don't be scared]

Sometimes it's hard for a man to hug a woman
Sometimes, just on an impulse
She's gonna think you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder probably for a woman to hug a man
Sometimes, he's gonna misunderstand the same way too
It's even hard for daddies to hug their own children
Sometimes, like maybe we got brainwashed somewhere through and through

Here's your chance to say
[But Jonathan, Jonathan
Some of us already have an easy time
We hug and kiss everyone we want to
What about us?
I say, that's good
But some people who say that]
Are secretly glad when they're through

So I say that
People all over the world, they're different
Different customs in every land
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand affection

People are starving for affection
I said
People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

Shauberg

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

And to me that ain't funny
To me that's real
So I came here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

Now I've starved before for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob who said "I don't have time for those people"
So it's partly my own fault too
But then I relaxed a little and I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world, they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if everybody be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

Sometimes it's hard for a man to just hug a woman
She's gonna think that you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder for a woman to hug a man [I'll bet]
Cause he's gonna misunderstand it the same way too
It's even hard for daddies to hug their own children
Like maybe we got brainwashed about it somewhere through and through

[Here's your chance now to say
Jonathan it's nice of you to come here and sing a song about affection for us But many of us already hug and kiss anyone we want to already!
I say I don't think we really need the song you know
I say
Oh that's good, but some people who say that are secretly glad when they're through]

So I say that people all over the world are different
Different customs in different lands
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

The people are starving to be hugged and kissed

[Jonathan
Yes sir
Are you telling us to hug and kiss people when we don't want to?
No, that's no good, things are bad enough already
Then what are you suggesting that we do that would change our daily lives?
Not much, just when you feel like it don't chicken out
That's all
That's all I meant]

People are starving to be hugged, you know
People are starving to be kissed

I say
People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

Pinkpop

Lyrics

[[Announcer says something, crowd clamors for more from Jonathan]]

[Well we ???
Tickets ???
We ???
I was little
Message for you
We have a brand new tune we'd like to try out on ya see how you like it]

3 4

[It's a new song]

Well now everywhere we go
Everywhere I've been
I see people all over the world,
Who are starving
Just for simple affection

They're just starving for affection

And to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I thought I'd tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
Affection

Well, you televisions and ??? and types of records
And there's books and there's magazines for you
But poor affection sits there over in the corner
Saying to itself, "I wish I had more work to do"
I know it takes courage to reach out to people
When they seem to want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can always laugh at you or misunderstand you
And you probably won't like that too well

But I say that people all over the world are good
And people all over the world ain't bad
But if they keep on chickening out,
They'll never get what they wish they had
And that's affection
And I know they're starving for affection

I'm gonna tell you about myself now
This is how I was

I used to be mad at the world
Cause I got no affection
And the world may be hard I suppose
But I was a snob, I said, "but I don't time for those people,"
And I said, "I don't think I have anything in common with those"
Then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more of affection
And that helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world are good,
And people all over the world ain't bad,
But if they keep on chickening out
They won't get what they wish they had
And that's affection
And I know they're starving for affection
I know they're craving affection
I know they're starving for it

Bye bye

Live In Bristol 1978

Lyrics

You know people all over the world,
People all over the world
Are lonely and are starving
For affection
Are starving for affection

And to me that ain't funny
To me it's real
So I thought I'd tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
And they are starving for affection

[These Fender guitars are indestructible
This one was made in 1963 and it will never die]

So now we got electronics everywhere
There's tons and tons of records
And yes there's books and there's magazines for you
But poor affection
Sits there over in the corner
Saying to itself "you know, I wish I had more to do"
And I know it takes courage
To reach out to people
When they seem to want your love but you can't tell
Cause they can always laugh or misunderstand you
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that people all over the world are good
And people all over the world ain't bad
But if keep on chickening out
Then no one will get what they wish they had
Which is affection
And I know they're starving for affection

[I'll tell you a bit about myself]

I used to blame the world
When I got no affection
And the world doesn't give affection easy, that's true
But I was a snob, and I said, "I don't time for them"
So it was my fault too
Then I learned to relax a little
And I met more people who just liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection ladies and gentlemen
And this helped me to live

And I say that people all over the world are good,
And People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they keep these thoughts like that
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection
Starving for affection

You know the stars have got no affection
And I believe in the world, and the world's at fault I suppose
Yeah I was a snob who said "well I don't have time for those people"
"And I don't have nothing in common with those"
Well I know it takes nerve to reach out to people
When they seem to want a touch from you but you can't tell
Well they can always laugh at you
Or misunderstand how you meant it
And I don't think anyone likes that too well

But I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they keep on chickening out
They won't get what they really wish they had
Which is affection
You know they're craving for affection
You know they're starving for affection
People need to be touched
People need to be birthday kissed
People need to be touched
Well they need to be simply hugged and kissed

Some people are starving for it
Some people are craving for it
Some people are needing others
Well the people ??? need you
??? Affection
???
Well affection is hard to get
Affection

The people are starving for simple affection

Televisions they got, stereos they got
But affection ???

[[He says something as the audience claps]]

The Quiet Knight Club 1978

Lyrics

[We'd like to do another brand new tune for you, and we're probably gonna call this tune simply, just simply "affection"]

[I ??? sing with ??? tonight]

I've been told that people all over the world,
People all over the world,
I've heard that people all over the world are starving
Just for affection

And I believe this is true
Cause I can show you
People whose backs and shoulders ???
Cause they're starving
People whose shoulders are all hunched over
Cause they're starving for affection

And it's calm and I'm still lost ???

This is true

To me this song is not funny
To me this is real
And I want to tell everybody
How I feel
About affection
About affection

It is important to me
Just in my daily life I need friend's love
I need to be touched during the day
Or there's a loneliness late at night
A loneliness late at night
A starving just like any other
And I don't mean sex right now
I just mean simple affection

I used to get less affection than I get now
Cause I had a chip on my shoulder
And I wouldn't give some joy to get some
And I used to curse the world because I'd rather get some [???]
I took the chip off my shoulder and tried to give
Some people helped me and they helped me to live
I believe that people all over the world are good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if they keep that chip on their shoulder
They ain't gonna get what they wish they had
And that's affection
I'm talking about affection
Oh yeah

I believe in what I say
I believe in what I think
When I think about affection
To me it's just about everything
If I knew the world ???
Well I might as well go home
We could make this world warm
And I want to
Well we could make this world warm
And I want to

[Good night, ladies and gentlemen, this is the end of this particular show, cause after I say what I feel about affection, that's all I want to say]

I believe in love, everyone
I believe in warmth, everyone

That's what I came to say here tonight

That's Leroy on guitar

And that's ??? Modern Lovers added D# on drums

And well old Curly Electreson ??? had to a be replace a
He went to the U of C
So we got Asa
Asa ???

3 Soundboard Shows 1978-1979

Lyrics

People all over the world,
Everywhere we go
We find people all over the world simply starvin'
For affection
For affection

And to me it isn't funny
To me this is real
So I figured we'd tell everybody
The way we feel
About affection
And our people need plain old affection

[That's right]

[You know]

Now we got TV
And there's stereos with tons of records
Yes and there's books and magazines everywhere
But plain old affection
Sits there over in the corner
It wonders "does anyone remember that I'm still here?"
And I know it takes courage
To reach out to people
When they seem to want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can always laugh or misunderstand you
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that people all over the world are good
And people all over the world are not bad
But if someone don't start it first
We won't get what we wish we had
Which is affection
And I know they're starving for affection

[Yeah]

[Well, I'll tell you about myself now
The way I used to be]

I used to blame the world
Cause I got no affection
And it's lonely in the world I suppose
But I used to be a snob, I'd say, "oh I don't time for those people,"
And I used to say, "well I don't have anything in common with those"
Then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who just liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And that helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world are good,
And people all over the world aren't bad,
But if they keep on chickening out
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection
And I know they need affection
That's all they need

Gaspars 1979 (1)

Lyrics

[Hey Michael
Michael, you back there?
I'm getting a little too much treble and feedback from this mic
I think we can do less treble now
This sounds about right I guess

I'm gonna try a different guitar for this one
???
I got another one you might like too
??? I'll unpack it

So I was in Europe for a while you know
I just got back in May
I was a there for two months in all these different countries
There's no musical taste over there in Europe
They liked me
I don't understand it

???
This is an experiment
I brought both guitars cause I didn't know which would sound best
Guitars, I like the acoustic a lot but sometimes it's difficult micing
So we'll see if this thing works better
???]

Well now
People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection
They're craving affection
They're starving

Well and to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I figured I should tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
Cause people are starving for affection

[Now look at the situation]
Well we've got televisions and record players and cars
Yes folks, and there's books are there's magazines for you
But poor affection sits there over in the corner
And it says to itself "I wish they'd give me more work to do"

I know it takes guts to reach out and give affection
To folks who seem to need your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, and that's rejection
And you probably won't like that so well

So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they keep on chickening out
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving for affection

[There's a little melody that goes like this]

[I'll tell you about myself
Now I'm twenty eight now
I used to be eighteen
??? It went like this]

[[He gets drawn into a conversation with an audience member]]

[What's that?
??? Something in Germany?
71 in Germany? I was in Israel in 70
I was in Germany
That's good
Where you live ???
Louisville, Kentucky?
???
You said ??? that's too many!
???]

You know I used to starve for affection
And I blamed the world
And it could be the world's fault, i suppose
But I was a snob who said "I don't have time for those people"
And I said "I have nothing in common with those"
[See I was a snob it was probably my fault]
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
And that gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they're gonna be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving just for affection

People are starving
They're not touched
People starve because they're not touched
And kissed

You know it's hard for a man to touch a woman sometimes
Cause she's gonna think that you just her to sleep with you
[So you ???
Ordinarily you felt pretty good
But you're afraid]
It's even hard for a woman to touch a man
Because he's likely gonna misunderstand the same way too
And it's even hard for parents to touch their own children a lot of the time
It's like we're scared to touch each other through and through
Well now you can say
"Yes Jonathan but there are many people who do like touching each other"
And then I'll say
"Yeah but even many of them are secretly glad when it's through"

And I say that people all over the world are different
Different customs in every land
But if you show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection
Cause people are starving for affection

People are starving just to be touched
People are starving to be hugged
People are starving just to be touched
People are starving just to be hugged and kissed
Cause people need affection

The International House

Lyrics

Well, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world they are starvin'
For affection
??? Just plain old affection

???

And to me this ain't funny
To me it's real
??? Tell everybody
That way I feel
??? Affection
Because people are starving for plain old affection, you know

Take me Jonathan
I used to starve for affection
I blamed the world, and it could be the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
???
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
And they encouraged me to reach out and give
And folks that helped me to get more affection
And ??? that helped me ??? live

I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world are not bad,
???,
They'll never get what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving for Affection

You know ???
??? Sleep with you
Must be harder ???
They're gonna misunderstand the same way too
??? Daddies to touch their own children
???
??? Ok Jonathan sure but what about the people that don't have this problem and enjoy touching each other
???
But even some of them are secretly glad when it's through

And I say that people all over the world are different
Different people in every land
??? Show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection
Cause people are starving for affection

People are starving to be touched
People are craving to be ???
??? Affection

The Catalyst

Lyrics

People all over the world

Well now

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world
People all over the world are starvin'
Just for affection now
Affection

And to me that ain't funny
To me that am real
So I figured I'd better tell everybody
The way I feel
About people needing affection

You know I used to starve for this same affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it was also my fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
And that gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And, ladies and gentlemen, affection helped me to just plain live
So I'm saying that people all over the world are good,

People all over the world are not bad,
But if they be snobs the way that Jonathan's been
They simply won't get what they wish for
Which is affection now
Are starving for affection

Well now,
You got televisions, and record players and cars
And there's magazines and books everywhere
But poor old affection sits there over in the corner,
And it says to itself, "I think they've forgotten that I'm still there"
You know it takes guts to reach out and try affection
On folks who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, and misunderstand you,
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say that people all over the world they're good
People all over the world are not bad
But if everyone keeps on chickening out,
No one's gonna get what they really wish they had
Which is affection
Cause people are starving for affection

[Bring it way down low now]

You know it's hard for a man to just hug a woman a lot of the time
She's gonna think you simply want her to sleep with you
And it's even harder I bet for a woman just wants to hug a man she might like
Cause he's gonna misunderstand the same way too
And it's even hard for daddies to touch their own kids a lot of the time
Like we've been brainwashed against it all somewhere through and through
??? Your chance you say
"Yeah, ok Jonathan that's fine but what about all the people that don't have that problem they have an easy time touching each other you got to sing about them too"
And I'll say "ok but even a lot of them are secretly glad when it's through"

So I say now
Customs all over the world are different
Different folks in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'm gonna show you a land where they understand
Affection now
Cause they're starving for affection now
[What do I mean by that?]

I mean they're starving just to be touched you know
Well they're starving just to be hugged

People all over the world, bang
People all over the world, boom
People all over the world are starving
For affection

Live In New York 1980

Lyrics

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
Just for plain old affection
I said simple affection

And folks to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I figured I'd better tell everybody
The way Jonathan feels
About folks needing affection now
Cause they're starving for simple affection

I'm ain't even talking about sex
I'm talking about hugs and kisses
I'm talking about affection now

[Yeah]

[Take me, I'm 29, I just turned 29
When I was 18 or 19 I lived
In New York here myself
So I can tell you a little about this]

You know, I used to starve for affection
And I blamed the world, and it could be the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, the type who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it was also partly my fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And folks that helped me to get more affection
And ladies and gentlemen that fact has helped me to just plain live
So I say now people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they be snobs like old Jonathan's been,
They never get what they wish they had
Which is affection
Cause they're starving for Affection
[What you say?]

Now look,
We got televisions, and radios, and cars
And there's records and books and magazines for you
But poor old affection sits there standing in the corner,
And it says to itself, "I wish they'd give me something to do"
I know it takes guts to reach out and give affection
To the folks who seem to need your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can always laugh at you, and that's rejection,
And you probably won't like that very well
But I say that people all over the world they're good
People all over the world they're not bad
But if they keep on chickening out,
They'll never get what they wish they had
Affection

Cause they're starving after all for affection now
People are starving just to be touched
They're just starving to simply to hugged
Have their body hugged and kissed
Cause then, you know, a little bit of affection now

You know it's hard for a man to just hug some woman he might like
Cause she just gonna think a lot of times that you just want her to sleep with you
It must be even harder for a woman to just hug a man
Cause well often misunderstand the same way too
[Is that right?]
It's even hard for fathers to touch their own children a lot
Like we've been brainwashed against it somewheres through and through
Well now you can say "yeah Jonathan but what about all the people who enjoy touching each other and just like it?
I'll say, "sure but even many of them are secretly glad when it's through"

So I say that
Customs all over the world are different
Different people in every land
If you show me a happy land
It has to be a land where they understand
Affection now

Cause people are starving for old affection you know
I say they're starving just to be touched
Well they're craving in their body to be hugged
??? Hugged and kissed
Because they need affection

The Roxy

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world [[feedback]]
For affection

[Turn the mic down a little bit]

Well now, to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I figured I should come here and tell everybody
The way I feel
About people needing affection
Cause people are starving for affection now

[I don't mean sex either, I simply mean affection]

Take me, I used to starve for affection
I blamed the world, and it could be the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
And I said, "I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the guts to reach out to people and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And ladies and gentlemen
Affection has helped me to just plain live

So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world are not bad,
But if they be snobs like Jonathan's been
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving for affection

Well, now you've got ??? you've got televisions and cars
And there's magazines and books everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And it says to itself 'I think they forgot that I'm still there'
You know it takes guts to reach out and give affection
To folks who seem to want your touch but you can't tell
They can always laugh at you
Or misunderstand you
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say that
People all over the world, they're good
People all over the world are not bad
But if they keep on chickening out
Then no one's gonna get what they wish they had
Which is plain old affection

Hugging and kisses
People are starving for affection
All over the world

I saying that
People all over the world
People all over the world
I've seen them all over the world
They're starving for affection

You know it's hard for a man to just hug a woman
Sometimes
She's gonna think you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder for a woman to just hug a man
That she might like
He gonna misunderstand the same way too
It's even harder for daddies to touch their own children a lot
Like we've brainwashed or something against it through and through
Now you can say
[Ok Jonathan, that's fine
But what about all the people who don't have this problem?
We enjoy touching each other
Ok, yeah
But even many of them are]
Secretly glad when it's through

So I say that
People all over the world are different
Different people in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

Cause people are starving for affection
Not just children
People are starving just to be touched now
All right
Well they're starving simply to be hugged
Hugged and kissed
Cause they need affection
They need affection

Left Bank 1981

Lyrics

[People all over the world are starving for affection]

[1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4]

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world are lonely a lot,
And they're starving
Just for plain old affection

And to me that's not funny
To me it's real
So I thought I'd tell everybody
The way I feel
About people needing affection

[Take me]

I have often starved for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "oh I don't have time for those people,"
So it's partly my own fault too
[What did I do then?]
Then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
They gave me the courage to reach out more and give
And that attitude helped me to get more affection in my life
And affection helped me to just plain live
So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world are not bad,
But if everyone keeps on being like I was
No one's gonna get what they wish they had
Which is affection
Affection

People are starving for affection
People are starving to just be touched
People are starving to just be hugged and kissed

Well, you got stereos and there's record players and there's cars
And there's also magazines and books everywhere
But plain old affection is still sitting there over in the corner,
And it says to itself, "It's like they forgot that I'm still there"
You know it takes nerve to reach out and try affection
On people who might want your touch but you can't tell
Because they can always laugh at you, or misunderstand you you know,
And you probably not gonna like that very well

But I say that people all over the world are good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if everyone keeps on chickening out,
No one will get what they wish they had
Which is affection

You know
You know it's hard for men to just hug a woman
She's gonna think you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder for a woman to just hug a man
Cause he's gonna misunderstand the same way too
But it's even harder for daddies to just touch their own children a lot of the time
Like we've been brainwashed somewhere through and through
Well now it's your chance to say
"All right Jonathan but what about some of us people who have an easy time touching each other and don't have this problem you sing about? what about us? aren't you going to sing about us?"
And I say "yeah, but even a lot of you are secretly glad when you're through"

But I say that people all over the world are different
Different customs in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'm going to show you a land where people understand
??? Affection

People are starving for affection you know
People are starving just to be touched ???
People are starving to just be hugged and kissed
Cause they need
Affection

Bookies

Lyrics

People all over the world,
All over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
Just for simple affection

Well, to me this ain't funny
To me this it's real
So I thought I'd tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
People need just affection

I used to starve for affection
I blamed the world, it could be the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob who said, "I don't have time for them,"
And I said, "I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more folks who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And it helped me to get affection
And affection has helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they be snobs the way I've been
They'll miss out on what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving for Affection

[All right]

Well, we got lot's of electronic things and stereos in cars
And there's magazines and books for you
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner,
And it says, "I wish I had more work to do"
I say it takes guts to reach out and give affection
To people who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, or misunderstand you
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say that people all over the world are good
People all over the world ain't bad
If they all keep on chickening out,
They won't get what we wish we had
Which is affection
People are starving for affection

They're starving just to be touched
They're starving just to be kissed

You know it's hard for a man to just even hug a woman
She's gonna think that you want her to sleep with you
It's even harder for a woman to have a guy that she just feels like huggin
Cause he's gonna misunderstand the same way too
Well it's even harder for daddies to touch their own children
Sometimes like we've been brainwashed against it through and through
Now you'll say "now wait a minute Jonathan that doesn't apply to us"
"We have an easy time touching each other, that only applies to some people, what are you going to sing about the people that don't have this problem"
And I'll say very good, but even some of you are secretly glad when you're through

So I say that
People all over the world are different
Different cause it's ???
You show me a happy land
And I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection
People are starving for affection (all over the world)
All over the world they're starving to be touched
All over the world people are starving to be hugged more
All over the world people are starving just to be kissed
Cause they need affection

My Father's Place

Lyrics

[People all over the world are starvin' for affection]

[1, 2, 3, 4]

[Well thank you
My choice
And years ago before the first person who ever said that was someone that I know very well now
But I didn't know her very well then
I thought if people understood me so, If someone should see my,
They'd love me
But now they talk like that, now now
Now it really does feel like that
???
Thinking about that last night
???
Song needs to be called tenderness
???
If anyone ever understood what I do
???
Uh oh a couple now
???
Here we go]

Well you know that, people all over the world, are starvin for something
People all over the world are starvin'
Just for plain old affection
[I've traveled and I've seen them]

And to me that's not funny
To me it's real
So I thought I'd tell everybody
How I feel
How I feel about people needing affection
We're starving for it

In my life, I've often starved for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob, who said, "well I don't have time for those people,"
And I used to say also, "I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more folks who just plain liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out to people and try to give
And that's how I ended up with more affection
And ladies and gentlemen, without affection I wouldn't want to just plain live
So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world aren't really bad,
But if everyone keep bein' snobs like I was,
No one will get what they wish they had
And that's affection
People are starving for affection
People are starving just to be touched you know
People are starving just to be kissed you know
Well we got people who think they want food but what they really need together is affection
And turn off the tv cause they really wish they had affection

[Well, what do we got?]

Well,
We got records, and televisions and cars
And there's magazines and books everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And says to itself "it's like they've forgotten that I'm still there"
It takes guts to reach out and try affection
To folks who maybe want your touch but then you can never tell
And if you're wrong, they can laugh at you,
And that's rejection,
You probably won't like that so well

And I say that people all over the world they're good
People are just nervous, they're not really bad
But if everyone keeps on chickenin' out,
No one's gonna get what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving for affection
I mean they are starving just to be touched you know
Starving to be hugged you know

You know it's hard for a man to even just hug a woman that he doesn't know very well
She's gonna think that he just wants her to sleep with you
And it's even harder for a woman to just hug another man she just might want to hug you
Cause it's clear he's gonna misunderstand the same way too
[But she's starving still]
It's even harder for dads to touch their own kids
And the kids are starving to be touched
Like we've been brainwashed against it somewhere through and through

[Well now it's your chance to say]

[All right, Jonathan, that's fine
But some of us, I don't think I have that problem
??? We don't think we have these problems
We think we can touch each other very easily What about us?
Aren't you gonna sing about us too?
Now I say "yeah"
But even some of you are secretly glad when these things are through]

And I say that people, secretly
People all over the world are different
Different customs in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'm show you a land where they understand
Affection
People are starving for affection you know
People are starving just to be touched
People are starving to be kissed

[We modern lovers are gonna take a little break now but we're gonna be back in a little while]

The Peppermint Lounge

Lyrics

[??? Now]

Well now

I say, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
Just for affection

Well, but to me that's not funny
To me it's real
So I figured I would tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
That's right

Take me
At different times I starved for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, I suppose
But then again
I was a snob, who said, "well I don't have time for those people,"
What else did you say Jonathan?
I said, "and I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
What did it do?
Well
It helped me to get more affection
And audience
That helped me just plain live
So I say people all over the world ??? good,
People all over the world aren't bad,
But if everyone be snobs the way I've been,
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving for affection

What do you mean?
I know friends of mine who are starving to be touched you know
I'm saying just ??? you know

What do we got? what do we got?

Well, we've got televisions and stereos and we've got cars well
And we've got magazines, there's magazines and books for you
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner,
And it talks to itself, saying
What does it say?
"I wish I had more things to do"

Well, you know it takes nerve to reach out and try affection you know
On people who maybe want your touch but then you can't tell
Because if they don't like it, they can laugh at you, and this kind of scares you you know
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say that people all over the world are now good
I say People all over the world ain't bad
But if everybody keeps on chickenin' out,
Then no one's gonna get what they wish they had
Which is affection

All right

Well what else Jonathan?
Well what about this
You know it's hard for a man to just hug a woman you know ???
She's gonna be sure you just want her to sleep with you
Well and it's even harder for a woman to just hug a man she just might want to hug you know
He's gonna misunderstand the same way too
(That's if he wants to)
And it's even harder for father's to touch their own children you know
Like we've been brainwashed against it somewhere through and through
Well I'm giving you a big chance to say
Look Jonathan
???
That you're the one who
Knows how to touch people and we don't
Some of us, now look
Some of us may have an easy time touching each other
Why don't you go sing about us Jonathan?
???
??? Don't apply
Certainly, some people really know how to touch each other
But then again I've also seen people like that
Who are secretly glad when they're through

So I say that
People all over the world are different
Different customs in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

People are starving for affection

???
People are starving just to be touched
They're starving in their room you know
With the chocolate cake
They want to be kissed you know
???

Well
??? Short set just to scare ya
So we're gonna do another one I think around two o'clock
So this gives you time to evacuate

???
You can stay if you want to
Actually the doors are locked so you can't leave

But Jonathan, some of us have to leave early
Who are those people you're playing with? Before we go

On the far right ???
That's right, that's my far right, that's your far right if you didn't know
Next to her is our other rockin robin, this is Ellie ???
In the middle there is our drummer, the sultan Michael ???

Ok stop showing off Jonathan, who's this next guy?
Well the next guy is our oldest modern lover ???

Ok, and then we have our maestro, ???

We're gonna see you in a while

The Rex Club

Lyrics

[??? I've been,
Wherever I've been all over the world
I've found that people are starving for affection,
That's right, ???
I don't think it's funny so I came to tell this story how I feel about affection]

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

[They're starving for it]

Well now, to me though it's not funny
To me this is real
I came here to tell everybody
About something I feel
This being affection [I have friends ???]
Starving for affection
They get big and fat, they eat food but really they wish they had affection, so ???

[What about you Jonathan? I'll tell you about me]
At different times I've starved for affection
I blamed the world,
[Pardon I can't understand French,
Say it in English please,
Pardon, enunciate sir,
No it is not, it had not even just begun]

At different times I've starved for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault I suppose
But I was I say a snob, I said, "I do not have time for those people,"
Also, "I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage [oh you want to ???]
The courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more of affection
And ladies and gentlemen
Affection helped me to just plain live

So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everyone keeps on chickening out
No one's gonna get what they wish they had
And that's affection
They're starving just for affection

Well now you got records and discos and cars,
And there's hi-fis and books for you
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner,
And it says to itself, "I wish I had more things to do"
You know, it takes guts to reach out and try affection
On people who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, or try and misunderstand you,
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that people all over the world are good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if everyone be snobs the way I've been
They'll miss out on what they wish they had
Which is affection
Starving for affection

You know it's ??? for a man to just touch a woman sometimes
She's gonna be sure you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder for a woman to just hug a man
He's gonna misunderstand the same way too
It's even ??? for fathers to touch their own children
Like we got brainwashed against it somewhere through and through
??? I've given you a big chance to say
Yes Jonathan but some of us have an easy time touching each other
But what about us we do not have this problem you see, what about us
I'll say, fair enough, but even some people like that are secretly glad when they're through

So I say that people all over the world, they're different
Different customs in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection
People are starving for affection

People are starving simply to be hugged, you know
They're starving to be kissed, cause they need affection

???

Mississippi Nights

Lyrics

[Better nip this in the bud, it's gonna get worse
What's that? My Modern Lovers, they're back, at least most of them
I couldn't afford to take them on the road
I hope so Good idea
I think it's just that time of the evening for that particular tune
Sex? You like sex? Sex? That's what you like, ok ???
I can't, I can't do two songs at once dear]

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
They're lonely
I've seen them starving
Just for affection

[??? I've been all over, I've seen this]

And to me it ain't funny
To me it's real
So I came to tell everybody
The way I feel
About ??? affection
To me there is nothing more important than affection

[I'll tell you about myself]

At different times I've starved for affection
[Take when I was just 19 or 20 when I was just getting a band together]
I blamed the world, it's partly the world's fault I suppose
But I was a snob who said 'Oh I don't have time for those people'
[I was almost that bad you know, I'd say]
'I have nothing in common with those'

But then I relaxed a little
And met more people who liked me
And they gave me the courage to reach out and give
And it helped me to get more affection
[And ladies and gentlemen]
Affection helped me to live
So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everyone be snobs the way I've been
They'll just miss out on what they wish they had
Which is affection
People starving for Affection you know

[Well what do we got Jonathan?]

Well, we got televisions, and radios and cars
Yes folks, and there's magazines and books and stuff for you
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And it says to itself
'I wish I had more things to do'
You know it takes nerve to reach out and try affection
On people who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, and misunderstand you, you know
And you probably won't like that very well
But I say that
People all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
And if everyone keeps on chickening out
No one's gonna get what they wish they had
Which is affection
People starving for Affection

Ok

[One more verse]

You know it's hard for a man to just hug a woman [??? especially if you don't do it too well]
She's gonna be sure you just want her to sleep with you, well
And it's even harder for a woman to just hug a man
He'll often misunderstand the same way too
It's even hard for dads to touch their own children a lot of times
Like they got brainwashed somewhere through and through

[I giving you a chance to say Ok, Jonathan
But I don't have that trouble What are you talking about? I have an easy time touching people I think 'fair enough' that may be true but some people like that are secretly glad when they're through]

So I say
People all over the world they're different
Different customs in every land
You show me a happy land
It's gotta be a land where people understand
Affection

Well now, people all over the world are starving,
Just to be hugged and kissed
Because they need affection

Jonathan Swifts

Lyrics

[I heard a guy lecture a few years ago
He said he'd been all around different places
He went to Brazil and all over
He said he noticed one thing
People everywhere he went
Was lonely
And also that they were starving for affection]

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world they're starving
Just for plain old affection

Well, to me that ain't funny
To me it's real
So I came here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
People need affection

Take me folks
At different times in my life I starved for affection

I would blame the world, maybe it's partly the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for them,"
And I used to say, "I really don't have anything much in common with those"
Then I relaxed somehow
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and try and give
And folks, that helped me to get more affection
And ladies and gentlemen, affection's helped me to just plain live

So I say that people all over the world are good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if everyone be snobs like I've been,
No one's gonna get what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving for affection you know

Well now you got records and magazines and cars
Yes folks
And there's stereos and books for you
But plain old affection sits there alone in the corner
And it says to itself
'I wish I had more work to do'
I'm saying it takes some nerve to reach out with this thing affection
Cause people may want your touch but you can't tell
And they can laugh at you or misunderstand you
??? And if that happens I don't think you'll like that very well

But anyway I say
People all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if everyone keeps on chickening out,
No one's gonna get what they wish they had
Which is affection

People are starving just to be touched you know
I say people are starving just to be kissed you know

Well it's hard for a man to just hug a woman
A lot of the time
She's gonna be thinking you just want her to sleep with you
And it's even harder if a woman just wants to hug a man
That she might not do well
He's gonna misunderstand the same way too
But it's even hard for daddies to touch their own kids a lot of the time
Like maybe we got brainwashed somewhere through and through
But that's giving you a big chance to say

All right Jonathan
Some of us have an easy time touching each other and hugging and kissing
What about us? ???
Fair enough folks
But I know some people like that are secretly glad when they're through

So I say that
People all over the world, they're different
Different customs in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where people understand
Affection

People are starving for affection you know
Well they're starving just to be touched you know
Starving just to be kissed
Cause they need affection
Cause they need affection

[Why must you be very careful if you tickle someone with a very sharp object?
Well cause you could make a tack-tickle error]

Live At McCabe's

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
Just for affection
They're starving for affection

But to me that's not funny
To me that's real
So I'm here to tell everybody
How I feel
About affection
People are starving for affection

I'll tell you about myself
I've starved at different times for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it was partly my own fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that's how I got more affection
And affection helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world aren't bad,
But if everyone be snobs the way I've been,
They'll miss out on what they wish

[[The recording breaks suddenly at this point]]

Reed College

Lyrics

[Ok, yeah you turned up the pick up a little right?
Just ??? good thanks
K now what else did we tell you we were gonna do
Now we did ??? affection
Now that's a good idea
Now there was something else
No way No way cause that's too old
I don't like that one
Ok it's time for ??? people all over the world ???]

Well now
Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

Well, but to me that ain't funny
To me it's real
So I came here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
About affection

At different times I've starved for affection
I blamed the world, it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it's partly my own fault too
Then I relaxed a little
And I met more folks who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And ladies and gentlemen affection helped me to just plain live

So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everyone keeps being snobs like I was,
They won't get what they wish they had
Which is affection

Well you got telephones, and magazines, and cars
And there's stereos and books everywhere
But plain old affection's there over in the corner,
And it says to itself, "it's like they've forgotten I'm still there"
Well, you know, it takes guts to reach out and try affection
On people who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they could laugh at you, or misunderstand you,
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say that people all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everyone keeps on chickening out,
They'll just miss out on what they wish they had
Which is affection
People are starving for affection

I mean people are starving just to be touched
They're starving just to be hugged
And kissed

Well, you know, it's hard for a man to just hug a woman
A lot of times she's gonna think you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder for a woman to just hug a man
A lot of times he's gonna misunderstand the same way too
It's even hard though for daddies to touch their own children
Like we got brainwashed maybe about it through and through

But now it's your big chance to say
"Mr. Richman though, some of us people already have an easy time hugging and touching whoever we want"
And I'll say
"That's wonderful but some people who say that are secretly glad when they're through"
So I say that people all over the world are different
Different customs in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where people understand
Affection

People are starving for affection
People are starving just to be touched
People are starving just to be kissed, you know
Because they're starving for affection

Elephant Fayre

Lyrics

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

And folks to me that ain't funny
To me it's real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

Well I've starved before for affection
I blamed the world and it's partly the world's fault
I think that's true
But I was a snob you know
I said "I don't have time for those people"
I used to talk like that
So it's partly my own fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage
To reach out and give
That helped to get more affection
[What's so good about that Jonathan?]
And affection helped me to just plain live

So I say that
People all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't really bad
But if everyone be starved like I've been
I tell you but they'll miss out on what they wished they had
Affection

People all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world
Are starving for affection

[Jonathan, what do we got?
I'll tell you what we've got]

Well now you've got lot's of televisions
And lots of stereos I'd say
And lots of cars
And there's magazines and books everywhere
But plain old affection you know
It hasn't changed much in the last 200,000 years
And it says to itself
"It's kind of like they've forgotten that I'm still there"
You know it takes gall to reach out and try affection
On folks who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
You know cause they can sometimes laugh you know
And that's like rejection
And you probably won't like that so well

So I say that
People all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't real bad
If everybody keeps on chickening out
They won't get what they wished they had
Affection

People all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world
Are starving for affection

[Jonathan!
Yeah?
We just want to get something straight
What do you want?
Well you're not telling us to just hug and kiss people at random?
No no no, that's no good
No, I don't like that, that's not what I mean at all
???
???
I just mean when you feel like it
???
Oh
That's right
Ok
That will change
???

???]

???
You gonna want her to sleep with you
It's even hard
For a woman who just wants to hug a man
???
He's gonna misunderstand the same way too
[It gets worse]
It's even harder for daddies to hug their own children
Like maybe we got brainwashed against it somewhere through and through

???
[Jonathan Jonathan
???
A lot of us don't need it
A lot of us, we were talking
And we hug and kiss everyone we want to already
You know, we don't need the song
I say, ok that's good
It just that some people
Are secretly glad when they're through]

So I say that
People all over the world, ??? what do I know?
Different customs in every land
You show me a happy land
I show you a land where they understand
Affection

People all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world
Are starving

Torino 1985

Lyrics

[[Something in Italian]]

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
Just for affection

And to me that ain't funny
To me that's real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

At different times I've starved for affection
Well I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob, who said, "well I don't have time for those people,"
"And I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to just plain live

So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everybody be snobs like I've been ???,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

I said
People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
Just for affection

Look
Sometimes it's hard
A man just might want to hug a woman sometimes
She's gonna think you just want her to sleep with you
I'll bet it's even harder a woman might, look here folks you know, want to hug a man
A lot of times he's gonna misunderstand the same way too
It's even hard for daddy's to love their own children
Like we got brainwashed against it somewhere through and through
Here's your chance to say:
["Jonathan Jonathan, It's nice of you to come all this way and sing this song to us about affection,
But in this audience a lot of us already hug and kiss everyone we want to
Thank you Jonathan but we don't need the song you know"
And I'll say
"Oh that's good, it's just that some people who say that are secretly glad when they're through"]

So I say that people all over the world they're different,
Different customs in every land
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

People are starving for affection

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
Just for affection

Heartbreak Club 1985

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

But to me that ain't funny
To me it's real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

Now, I have starved before for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, I think that's true
But I was a snob who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it's partly my own fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me just plain live

So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
[Ok, people can be snobs like I've been but they'll miss out on other things they deep down]
Wish they had
Affection

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

Well now it takes us all to reach out and try Affection
[Another verse coming up for you]

Well we got lots of record players and stereos and cars
And there's lots of things for you to do everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And says to itself "it's like they've forgotten that I'm there"
It takes gall to reach out with this affection
On folks who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh you know, and that's like rejection,
And you probably won't like that too well

But I say that people all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody keeps on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

Well now sometimes it's hard for a man to just hug a woman
She gonna think you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder if a woman just like ??? wants to hug a man
He's often gonna misunderstand the same way too
It's even hard, it get worse, for daddies to hug their own children
Like we maybe got brainwashed against it somewhere through and through
Here's your chance though of the night to say
"Jonathan, a lot of us here in the audience are looser than you think
We already hug and kiss everyone we want to with ease"
Well that's good
It's just that some people who say that are secretly glad when they're through

So I say that people all over the world they're different
Different customs in every land
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

Can't be happy without affection
Who said? I just said

People are starving to be hugged more
More
People want more to be kissed

Live at the Riverside

Lyrics

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

But to me that ain't funny
To me it's real
So I came to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
Some people are starving for affection

Now I've starved before for affection
I used to blame the world
And it's partly the world's fault I think that's true
But I was a snob who said "I don't have time for those people" (I used to ???)
So it's partly my own fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
And that gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection only ??? live
So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if everybody be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
And that's affection
People are starving for Affection

You've got radios and televisions and video equipment
You know it's plastered everywhere nowadays for you
But plain old affection hasn't changed much the last 50,000 years
And it says to itself
'Hmmm, I think I should have more work to do'
You know it takes gall to reach out with my pal affection
On folks who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can try laugh you know which is almost resembling rejection
And you're probably not going to like that so well
But I say that
People all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everybody keeps on chickening out
They'll miss what they wish they had
They want affection
People are starving for Affection

I say
People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

You know it's hard sometimes
A man may just might want to hug a woman on impluse
She's gonna figure he just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder I'll bet a woman just on impulse you know just like hugging a man
She's 'uh uh man he's going to misunderstand the same way too'
It's even hard for daddies to hug their own children
Like they got brainwashed about this somewhere through and through
[Here's your chance of the night to sing]
[Jonathan Jonathan thanks for coming and singing this song but a lot of us we already hug and kiss ??? already, what about us? You know we don't need the song thanks Oh that's good but there's some people who say that who]
Are secretly glad when they're through
So I say that
People all over the world, they're different
Different customs in every land,
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

The Rex Club 1985

Lyrics

Well, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

And to me that's not funny
To me this is real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

I'll tell you, at different times
I've starved for affection
I used to blame the world
And it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was, I say, a snob
I said "I don't have time for those people"
I used to talk like that
??? So it's partly my own fault too

But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
And that gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And
Affection helped me just plain live

So I say that people all over the world, they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if everyone be snobs like I've been
Okay, but they'll miss out on what they wish they had
Affection

I say
People all over the world
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

[Bring it down]

Sometimes it's hard for a man, you know, to hug a woman
Sometimes she's gonna think that you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder, a woman, just on an impulse, wants to hug a man sometimes
He's gonna misunderstand the same way too
It's even hard for daddies to hug their own children
[[Something in French]] ???
Like we've got brainwashed against it somewhere through and through
Here's you chance to say
[Jonathan, Jonathan
It's nice of you to come out here and sing this song about affection for us
But some of us in this audience
See, we already hug and kiss [[something in French]]
We don't need this song
I say [[something in French]]
Some people who say that
Are secretly glad when they're through]

So I say that
People all over the world, they're different
Different customs in every land
If you show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

People all over the world
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

San Giuliano Milanese

Lyrics

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

And to me that ain't funny
To me this is real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
People are starving for affection

Now I starved before for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it was partly my own fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection, all right
And affection helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they keep being snobs like I've been,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection
People are starving for affection

Now you got radios and magazines and cars
And there's telephones and books everywhere
But plain old affection sits there in the corner,
And it says to itself, "It's like they've forgotten that I'm still there"
You know it takes gall to reach out and try affection
On folks who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh you know, and that's like rejection,
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say that people all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if everybody keeps on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection
Starving for affection

[Can we do one more verse, ??? we're gonna do one more verse ???]

Now sometimes it's hard for a man just wants to hug a woman ???
She's gonna think you just want her to sleep with you
It's even harder for a woman, just on an impulse say, who wants to hug a man you know
He's gonna misunderstand the same way too
It gets worse, it's even harder for daddies to hug their own children
Like maybe we got brainwashed about this somewhere through and through
[Here's your chance to ???
Jonathan Jonathan some of us here in the audience we already hug and kiss everyone already,
What about us?
Thanks for the song ??? Jonathan but we really don't need it
I say oh that's good it's just sometimes people say that and they're secretly glad when they're through]

So I say that
People all over the world they're different
Different customs in every land
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

???

San Fran 1986

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

Well, but to me that ain't funny
To me this is real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
People are starving for affection

Well, I starved before, folks, for affection
I blamed the world, it's partly the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for them,"
And I used to say, "I have nothing in common with those"
And then I relaxed a little
And met more folks who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me just plain live
So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everybody be snobs the way I've been though
They won't gonna get what they wish they had
Affection
People are starving for affection

People are starving just to be kissed more
???

Now look
You've got telephones and radios and cars
And there's magazines and books for you

But plain old affection sits there over in the corner, ???
Saying to itself, "I think I should have more work to do"
You know it takes gall to reach out and try affection
On folks who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh you know, which resembles rejection,
And you probably won't like that so well

So I say that people all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if they keep on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

[Hey folks]

Sometimes it's hard for a man to just hug a woman
[???]
She's gonna think you want her to sleep with you
I'll bet it's harder, I'll bet, for a woman if she just simply just felt like hugging a man
She has to think twice
Cause he's gonna misunderstand the same way too

[Folks, this gets worse]
It's even hard for daddies to hug their own children
Like we maybe got brainwashed about this somewhere through and through
[Give it a chance folks, I mean to say]

[Jonathan, it's nice of you to come and sing about ???
But look ???
We already hug and kiss ??? already
What about that?
It's good, it's just that some people who say that are secretly glad when they're through]

So I say that, people all over the world are different
Different customs in ???
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

People are starving for affection

People all over the world

[???
???
You got to know something
???
You expect us to hug and kiss like everyone next to us?
???
???
???
???
???
Things are miserable enough around here

Hey Jonathan ??? before you go
??? Song ???
Music going to affect us in our daily lives
Aren't you suggesting that when you do feel
???
???]

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

The Spirit

Lyrics

Well now, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

Well, and to me that's not funny
To me that's real
So I'm here to tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
People are starving for affection

Now I've starved myself before for affection
I'll tell you a little about it
That's true
I'm about from 1920
And I blamed the world,
And it's partly the world's fault, I suppose

But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
I used to talk like that and then "I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
Folks
Affection helped me to just plain live

So I say that people all over the world, they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
But if they keeps on chickening, being snobs like I've been
They won't gonna get what they wish they had
Affection

Starving, people are starving for affection

Now look
You've got radios and stuff like magazines and automobiles
Are there's, there are kind of communication, computers and video stuff for you
But affection, you know, it hasn't changed much in the last ten thousand years
And it says 'with all these people I should have more work to do'
You know it takes a certain amount of gall to reach out and try affection
On people who may want your touch but you can't tell
They could laugh you know, and that's like rejection
And you probably won't like that very well

But I say that
People all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if everybody keeps on chickening out
No one's gonna get what they wish they had
Affection
People are starving for affection

Yeah

People are starving just to be hugged
They're starving to be kissed

Sometimes it's hard if a man might just on an impulse
Might want to hug a woman let's say
She might take it
She's gonna think that you just want her to sleep with you, let's say
And a woman, suppose she had just the impulse to hug a man
Well oftentimes he's gonna misunderstand the same way too
It's even harder for daddies to hug their own children oftentimes
Maybe we get brainwashed, we get brainwashed through and through
But here's your chance in the evening folks to say

[Jonathan, Jonathan, it's nice of you to sing this song
Nice song
But we here in the audience, a lot of us
Are thinking that we already hug and kiss everyone ???
What about us?
And I say 'good'
Some people who say that are]

Secretly glad when they're through

So I say that
People all over the world are ???
Different customs in every land
You show me a happy land
All right, I'll believe it
It's got to be a land where they understand
Affection

People are starving for affection

Now people are starving just to be touched
People are starving to be kissed more

Jonathan, before you go
We got to learn something about this song
There's something bothering us
What? What? just speed up
Well look
You sing about this affection
Are you like recommending that we
Even when we don't feel like it
Just hug and kiss just to be more affectionate?
No no, that's not even affection
Well then what are you recommending?
???
When actually i wouldn't say that I'm recommending
???
Anyway
???
Anyway
I'm just saying
When you do feel like it
Don't chicken out
Oh yeah, that's possible
That's good, we were worried
That's good ???
Oh no
???

People all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world
They're starving for affection

Live At Davis

Lyrics

Affection one, action two, affection one two three

Well now people all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world
They're starving just for affection

And to me, that's not funny
To me, that's real
So I tell everybody the way I feel
About affection
Because people are starving just for plain old affection

Now I've starved before for affection
And I blamed the world, and is partly the world's fault I suppose
But I was a snob who said "I don't have time for them"
And I used to say "I have nothing in common with those," so it's partly my fault
But then I relaxed a little and then I met more people who liked me
And that gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
Yeah and affection helped me to live

So I say, people all over the world, they are good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

I say, people all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world are starving for affection

Nightstage

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

Well, and to me that ain't funny
To me this is real
So I tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection
People are starving for affection

[I'll tell you about myself a little bit
I'm about thirty six years old now
When I was about nineteen or twenty
I used to starve for affection
I blamed the world and it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob who said
"I don't have time for those people"
???
So it's partly my own fault too]

Then I relaxed a little, you know
And met more people who liked me
And that gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to just plain live

So I say that people all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if everybody be snobs though like I've been
All right, they won't get what they wish they had
Affection

[Don't you want to hear about how the situation gets even more critical?]

Folks,
You got radios and magazines and cars
And there's telephones and books for you
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And it says "hmmm I think I have more work to do"
You know it takes gall to reach out with affection
[I think yeah]
On people who may want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you
And that resembles rejection
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that
People all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody keeps on chickening out
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

Sometimes it's hard if a man like on an impulse wants to hug a woman
??? Good
Forget that, she's gonna figure that you just want her to sleep with you
???
A woman thinks twice before hugging a man
Because he's going to misunderstand it the same way the ??? does
???
It's hard for daddies to hug their own children sometimes, this happens
What happens? did we get brain washed through and through?

??? Dads who say
??? Come sing for us, but you don't know us
It was a pretty good song
But what do you mean?
How do you know that we don't already in this particular audience
How do you know that we're not all real loose and swinging and everything?
How do you know that we don't hug and kiss more loose than you ever dreamed of?
I suppose so
But there are many people who talk like that
Who are secretly glad when they're through

So I say that people all over the world are different
Different cultures in every land
You show me a happy land
I'll show you a land where they understand
Affection

People are starving to be touched you know
[People don't admit it, I know ???]

Jonathan, before you go
There's one more thing that we have to know
Ok, what?
Just that
When you sing the song Affection, are you suggesting to us in the audience
That we're supposed to, you know, hug and kiss our neighbour at random
Whether they like it or not?
You know so there'll be like more affection?
I'm glad you brought that up
Good point
No, I'm not
No, you couldn't get me to hug some people with a ten foot pole
Folks
??? Any falsehood
Things are foul enough as it is, no no
No I don't want things any more miserable than things already are
All right Jonathan, what do you want then?
I just want when you feel like it, don't chicken out
Oh is that all you're saying?
That's so much better
We're ???

I say people all over the world
People all over the world
People all over the world
Are starving for affection

[Thank you so much]

Mean Fiddler

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

And to me that ain't funny
To me this is real
So I tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

Well, I starved before for affection
I blamed the world, it's partly the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for them,"
"And I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to live

But I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everybody be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

[Jonathan
Cause you sing about affection
Does that mean we're all supposed to hug and kiss each other even if we don't feel like it?
No it doesn't
Then what do you mean Jonathan
I'll tell you
I just mean when you do feel like it
Don't chicken out, that's all]

You've got telephones, and radios, and cars
And there's magazines and books for you
But affection sits there over in the corner,
And it says, "I don't know, I should have more work to do"

It takes gall to reach out with my pal affection
On folks who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, and that's like rejection,
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that people all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
But if everybody keeps on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

[Ok folks
This was a nice show
Thanks, audience]

New Morning

Lyrics

Well, people all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starvin'
For affection

And to me that ain't funny
To me it's real
So I tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

Well I starved before for affection
And I blamed the world, it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it's partly my fault too
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more folks who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to live
So I say that people all over the world they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If they be snobs like I've been
Well they'll miss the one thing that they wish they had
Affection

Well, you got radios and magazines and cars
And there's telephones and books for you
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner,
And it says, "I should have more work to do"
You know it takes guts to reach out and try affection
For people who may want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh, which is like rejection,
And you probably won't like that very well
But I say people all over the world they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If they keep on chickenin' out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

Mercury Lounge

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world are lonely,
And they're starving
For affection

And to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

I have starved before for affection
I blamed the world, and it is partly the world's fault, I suppose
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
"And I have nothing in common with those"
But then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And that helped me to live

So I say that people all over the world, they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everybody be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

[Jonathan, explain the world situation to us in the next verse ok?]

Well, you've got radios and magazines and cars
And there's telephones and books for you
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner,
And says, "I wanted more work to do"
You know it takes gall to reach out and try affection
On those who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Cause they can laugh at you, which is like rejection,
And you probably won't like that so well

But I say that people all over the world, they're good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody keeps on chickening out,
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

Yeah

People are starving because

Kyoto

Lyrics

People all over the world,
People all over the world,
People all over the world are starving
For affection

And to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

Now I starved before for affection
I blamed the world, it's partly the world's fault, that's true
But I was a snob, who said, "I don't have time for those people,"
So it's partly my own fault too
Then I relaxed a little
And I met more people who liked me
That gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me to get more affection
And affection helped me to live

So I say, people all over the world, they're good,
People all over the world ain't bad,
If everybody keeps on chickening out
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

Well you got radios and magazines and cars
And there's telephones and books everywhere
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And it says 'it's like they've forgotten that I'm still there'
People need affection

Irving Plaza

Lyrics

People all over the world
People all over the world
Our lonely and they are starving
For affection

Yeah, and to me this ain't funny
To me this is real
So I tell everybody
The way I feel
About affection

Well, I've starved before for affection
I blamed the world, and it's partly the world's fault I suppose
But I was a snob who said 'I don't have time for those people'
And I have nothing in common with those [I used to talk that way]

But then I relaxed a little and met more people who like me
That gave me the courage [that doesn't rhyme of course but ???] that gave me the courage to reach out and give
And that helped me get more affection
And affection helped me to live

So say, people all over the world, they are good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody be snobs like I've been
They won't get what they wish they had
Affection

Well you've got radios and magazines and cars
And there is television and books for you
But plain old affection sits there over in the corner
And says 'huh, I thought they were going to give me more work to do'

It takes gall to reach out with affection
On people who maybe want your touch but you can't tell
Because they can laugh and that's like rejection
And you probably won't like that so well

People all over the world, they are good
People all over the world ain't bad
If everybody keeps on chickening out
No one will get what they wish they had
Affection

Chapel Hill 2011

Lyrics

[[Recording begins abruptly]]

People all over the world are starvin' for affection
People all over the world are starvin' for affection

People all over the world are starvin' for affection

???
He wants to be touched
People all over the world are starvin' for affection

Notes

Notes

YouTube