The Morning Of Our Lives

Single: The Morning Of Our Lives/Roadrunner (Thrice)
Live CD: Modern Lovers Live
Compilation: The Beserkely Years, 23 Great Recordings, Radio On, Roadrunner, Buzz Buzz Buzz, Roadrunner Roadrunner
Other: Home of the Hits
Promos & Demos: The Jonathan Sings Sessions
Informal Bootleg: The Lost LP, The Paley Sessions
Compilation Bootleg: The Lost Tapes - Vol 1
Live Bootleg: The Boarding House, New York University, The Paradise 1977, Apeldoorn, The International House, The Roxy, Left Bank 1981, Bradford Ballroom (set 2), The Peppermint Lounge, The Rex Club, Lone Star Cafe
Modern Lovers Live

Chords

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Song title:       The Morning Of Our Lives
Original Album:	  Modern Lovers Live
Other Albums:     several compilations

Words and Music by Jonathan Richman
Copyright 1977 Earmark Records Limited
Published by Modern Love Records

Transcribed by Gavin Chart (contactus@gartfretsnet)


NOTES:
Guitar Figure 1 is the basis for the verses and is just repeated throughout
If you listen to the song, you'll hear how it fits

Guitar Figure 1

    A    F#m  C#   E  

|---5-5--2-2--4-4--0-0-0---|
|---5-5--2-2--6-6--0-0-0---|
|*--6-6--2-2--6-6--1-1-1--*|
|*--7-7--4-4--6-6--2-2-2--*|
|---7-7--4-4--4-4--2-2-2---|
|---5-5--2-2--x-x--0-0-0---|
|                          |
|--------------------------|
|*------------------------*|
|*------------4-4----4----*|
|---7-7--5-5-------7---7---|



INTRO:   [play Guitar Figure 1]   [x2]


VERSE:              
It hurts me to hear, to see you got no faith in yourself
It bothers me now to watch you, you got no faith in your own self
You listen more to your friends than to your own heart inside
Well, you listen to them, oh but you hide
You don't got nothin' to be afraid of
You're not as bad as you think
And you're always puttin' yourself down
But I'm just gonna tell you that I like you
Darling, you always put yourself down, but I like you
That's all I came to say
Then there's no need to think that other people can do things better than
you can do 'em
'Cause you got the same power in you I got faith in you 
Sometimes you don't have it in yourself, but I got faith in you


CHORUS:
                      D                  E                  A
And our time is right now, now we can do anything we really want to
            D                E              A
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives


VERSE:
And it ain't just me who thinks so, dear, I asked my friends
Now, Leroy and Asa and D Sharp, (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Tell her not to be afraid (Don't be afraid!)
Tell her it's okay (It's okay!)
Tell her it's all right (It's all right!)


CHORUS:
                D              E                    A
And our time is now, we can do anything we really believe in
            D                E              A
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives


VERSE:
Dear, I asked Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe, and they said, (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Don't you love her too? (Yes, we do!)
Then tell her she's okay (You're okay!)
Tell her she's all right (You're all right!)
You're okay, dear There's nothing to feel inferior about You can do it


CHORUS:
                D              E                     A
And our time is now, we can do anything you really believe in
I know it
            D                E              A
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives
                  D               E                     A
Our time is right now, you can do anything you set your heart on
            D                E              A
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives


CODA:
We're young now Right now's when we can enjoy it
Now's the time for us to have faith in what we can do
No need to fear, cause now's the time to have faith in what we can do


CHORDS:
A    577655 or x02220
F#m  244222
C#   x46664
E    022100
D    x00232

Chordpro

[[The main pattern seems to be, then, [A][F#m][C#m][E] Over and over and over again except for the 'chorus' where I put in the chords]]

It hurts me to hear, to see you got no faith in yourself
It bothers me now to watch you, you got no faith in your own self
You listen more to your friends than to your own heart inside
Well, you listen to them, oh but you hide
You don't got nothin' to be afraid of
You're not as bad as you think
And you're always puttin' yourself down,
But I'm just gonna tell you that I like you
Darling, you always put yourself down, but I like you
That's all I came to say
Then there's no need to think that other people can do things better than
You can do 'em
'Cause you got the same power in you
I got faith in you sometimes you don't have it in yourself,
But I got faith in you

And our time is right [D] now, now we can do [E] anything we really [A] want to
Our time is [D] now, here in the [E] morning of our [A] lives

And it ain't just me who thinks so, dear, I asked my friends
Now, Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe,
Tell her not to be afraid
Tell her it's okay
Tell her it's all right

And our time is [D] now, we can do [E] anything we really [A] believe in
Our time is [D] now, here in the [E] morning of our [A] lives

Dear, I asked Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe, and they said,
Don't you love her too?
Then tell her she's okay
Tell her she's all right
You're okay, dear there's nothing to feel inferior about You can do it

And our time is [D] now, we can do [E] anything you really [A] believe in
I know it
Our time is [D] now, here in the [E] morning of our [C#m] lives
Our time is right [D] now, you can do [E] anything you set your [A] heart on
Our time is [D] now, here in the [E] morning of our [A] lives

We're young now right now's when we can enjoy it
Now's the time for us to have faith in what we can do
No need to fear, cause now's the time to have faith in what we can do

Chords (capo 2)

[[The main pattern seems to be, then, [G][Em][Bm][D] Over and over and over again except for the 'chorus' where I put in the chords]]


It hurts me to hear, to see you got no faith in yourself

It bothers me now to watch you, you got no faith in your own self

You listen more to your friends than to your own heart inside

Well, you listen to them, oh but you hide

You don't got nothin' to be afraid of

You're not as bad as you think

And you're always puttin' yourself down,

But I'm just gonna tell you that I like you

Darling, you always put yourself down, but I like you

That's all I came to say

Then there's no need to think that other people can do things better than

You can do 'em

'Cause you got the same power in you

I got faith in you sometimes you don't have it in yourself,

But I got faith in you


                     C                  D                  G
And our time is right now, now we can do anything we really want to
           C                D              G
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives



And it ain't just me who thinks so, dear, I asked my friends

Now, Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe,

Tell her not to be afraid

Tell her it's okay

Tell her it's all right


               C              D                  G
And our time is now, we can do anything we really believe in
           C                D              G
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives



Dear, I asked Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe, and they said,

Don't you love her too?

Then tell her she's okay

Tell her she's all right

You're okay, dear there's nothing to feel inferior about You can do it


               C              D                   G
And our time is now, we can do anything you really believe in

I know it
           C                D              Bm
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives
                 C               D                     G
Our time is right now, you can do anything you set your heart on
           C                D              G
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives



We're young now right now's when we can enjoy it

Now's the time for us to have faith in what we can do

No need to fear, cause now's the time to have faith in what we can do

Chordpro (capo 2)

[[The main pattern seems to be, then, [G][Em][Bm][D] Over and over and over again except for the 'chorus' where I put in the chords]]

It hurts me to hear, to see you got no faith in yourself
It bothers me now to watch you, you got no faith in your own self
You listen more to your friends than to your own heart inside
Well, you listen to them, oh but you hide
You don't got nothin' to be afraid of
You're not as bad as you think
And you're always puttin' yourself down,
But I'm just gonna tell you that I like you
Darling, you always put yourself down, but I like you
That's all I came to say
Then there's no need to think that other people can do things better than
You can do 'em
'Cause you got the same power in you
I got faith in you sometimes you don't have it in yourself,
But I got faith in you

And our time is right [C] now, now we can do [D] anything we really [G] want to
Our time is [C] now, here in the [D] morning of our [G] lives

And it ain't just me who thinks so, dear, I asked my friends
Now, Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe,
Tell her not to be afraid
Tell her it's okay
Tell her it's all right

And our time is [C] now, we can do [D] anything we really [G] believe in
Our time is [C] now, here in the [D] morning of our [G] lives

Dear, I asked Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe, and they said,
Don't you love her too?
Then tell her she's okay
Tell her she's all right
You're okay, dear there's nothing to feel inferior about You can do it

And our time is [C] now, we can do [D] anything you really [G] believe in
I know it
Our time is [C] now, here in the [D] morning of our [Bm] lives
Our time is right [C] now, you can do [D] anything you set your [G] heart on
Our time is [C] now, here in the [D] morning of our [G] lives

We're young now right now's when we can enjoy it
Now's the time for us to have faith in what we can do
No need to fear, cause now's the time to have faith in what we can do

Lyrics

It hurts me to hear, to see you got no faith in yourself
It bothers me now to watch you, you got no faith in your own self
You listen more to your friends than to your own heart inside
Well, you listen to them, oh but you hide
You don't got nothin' to be afraid of
You're not as bad as you think
And you're always puttin' yourself down,
But I'm just gonna tell you that I like you
Darling, you always put yourself down, but I like you
That's all I came to say
Then there's no need to think that other people can do things better than
You can do 'em
'Cause you got the same power in you
I got faith in you sometimes you don't have it in yourself,
But I got faith in you

And our time is right now, now we can do anything we really want to
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives

And it ain't just me who thinks so, dear, I asked my friends
Now, Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe,
Tell her not to be afraid
Tell her it's okay
Tell her it's all right

And our time is now, we can do anything we really believe in
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives

Dear, I asked Leroy and Asa and D Sharpe, and they said,
Don't you love her too?
Then tell her she's okay
Tell her she's all right
You're okay, dear There's nothing to feel inferior about You can do it

And our time is now, we can do anything you really believe in
I know it
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives
Our time is right now, you can do anything you set your heart on
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives

We're young now Right now's when we can enjoy it
Now's the time for us to have faith in what we can do
No need to fear, cause now's the time to have faith in what we can do

The Jonathan Sings Sessions

Lyrics

1 a 2 a 1 2 3
Ah we can do better
1 a 2 a 1 2 3
That's ??? Carol

You can be yourself now everything's gonna be fine
??? Humor your friends ???

In fact don't smile, Carol at me
It's only covering up pain inside
Don't try to look so pleasantly
When it's only here you hide
But Jonathan, if I frown
My friends will say I'm bringing them down
Is that true?
And so I smile that way at least I'm not alone all the while
You see, I don't have too many friends Jonathan
Friends are so hard to find
For me
But if they're really your friends
Then why can't you tell them
What's on your mind? On your mind?

Oh oh Carol
Carol you don't have to change for them
Honey, don't be afraid
As you are, you're ok, you're ok, you're ok,
As you are you're all right, you're all right, you're all right,

Our time is now
It's time to do those things you got your heart set on

Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

All right

Well soon will come the afternoon
But morning is here
Or we'll fear from the show???
Now will you put yourself down
Or will you let yourself go? will you let yourself go?
Our time is right now
It's time to do those things you got your heart set on
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

And if Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us all by the hand and say
"Enjoy it while you can"
??? [[In French]]
??? [[In French]]
??? [[In French]]
??? [[In French]]
Sing Jonathan, take over Ok
Here in the morning of our lives
Our time is now
It's time to do those things you really live and I'm telling you once more that it's time
The time is right now
Here in the morning of our lives

[[More French]]

The Lost Tapes - Vol 1

Lyrics

Don't smile, Carol at me
It's only covering up pain inside
Don't speak so pleasantly
When it's only here you hide
But Jonathan, if I frown
My friends will say I'm bringing them down
Yes, and thus I smile
And that way at least I'm not alone all the while
You see, I don't have too many friends Jonathan
Friends are so hard to find
For me
Yeah Carol, but if they're really your friends
Then why can't you tell them
What's on your mind?

Oh oh Carol
Carol you don't have to change for them
Honey, don't be afraid
Carol, you're ok
As you are, you're all right
Our time is now
Time to do those things you really want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

Soon will come the afternoon
But morning is here
Or we'll fear from the show ???
Well will you put yourself down
Or will you let yourself go?
Our time is now
Time to do those things you really want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

And furthermore

If Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us all by the hand and say
"Enjoy it while you can"
???
??? Ladies and Gentlemen
Our time is now???
Time to do those things you really want to do???
Our time is now???
???
Our time is now
The time to do those things you really want to do ??
The time is now
You see it is the morning of our lives
???

We're young now is what I'm trying to say, ladies and gentlemen, in the morning of our lives, yeah

The Paley Sessions (second one)

Lyrics

[Hi everyone
It's the morning of our lives right now]

Don't smile Carol at me
It's only covering up pain inside
Don't speak so pleasantly
Cause it's only fear you hide

But Jonathan, if I frown
My little friends will say that I'm bringing them down
Is that true?
Yes
And thus I smile
And that way at least I'm not alone all the while

You see I don't have too many friends Jonathan
Friends are so hard to find
For me
Yes Carol but if they're really your friends
Then why can't you tell them what's on your mind?

Oh now Carol
Carol
You don't have to change for them
Now honey
Don't be afraid
As you are, you're ok
You're all right

Our time is now
It's time to do those things you really want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

Soon will come the afternoon
But morning is here
Or will fear run the show?
Are you gonna keep just putting yourself down
Or will you let yourself go?

Our time is now
It's time to do those things you really want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

I say if Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us by the hand and say
Enjoy it while you can

[[Ends abruptly]]

The Paley Sessions

Lyrics

[Now
It's time for
My love is a flower just beginning to bloom
Except I'm going to change it
We're not going to do that
We're going to do the morning of our lives]

[That was interesting
Something interesting happened there
A minor electronic miracle happened
You know what?
Let's roll back the tapes to the beginning
And record over this

Ok

That was too good
We got to do another song now

No

No

I just took too long
There was just too much guitar]

Don't smile Carol at me
It's only covering up pain inside
Don't speak so pleasantly
Because I know it's only fear you hide

But Jonathan, if I frown
My friends will say I'm bringing them down
And thus I smile
And that way at least I'm not alone all the while

See I don't have too many friends Jonathan
Friends are so hard to find
For me
Yes Carol
But if they're really your friends
Then why can't you say what's on your mind?

Oh now Carol
Carol
You don't have to change for them
Now honey, don't be afraid
As you are you're ok
As you are you're all right

Our time is now
It's time to do
Those things you really want to do
Our time is right now
Here in the morning of our lives

Well soon will come the afternoon
But morning is here
Or will fear run the show?
Will you let it keep you down?
Or will you let yourself go?

Our time is now
It's time to do
Those things you really want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

Well if Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us by the hand and say
Enjoy it while you can
[[Something in French]]
For you it is the morning
[[Something in French]]
Our time is right now
Ladies and gentlemen
The time to do
The things you really want to do
Your time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

Our time is now
It's time to do
Those things you really want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives
Our time is now
Our time to do
Those things you really want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

The Boarding House

Lyrics

[[Jonathan speaking softly]]

[??? Don't downgrade yourself, you can do anything you want to as far as I'm concerned ???]

It hurts me to hear, to see you have no faith in yourself
I like you ???, you don't seem to like yourself
How can I trust in you if you don't trust yourself?
If I want to ??? how can I ??? yourself
And the time is now, when you can do all the things you set your heart on
Now the time is now, here in the morning of our lives

???
Warm out there

??? I asked my friends
Willy and Leroy and D Sharpe,
Tell her not to be afraid
Tell her it's okay
Good now tell her it's all right

And the time is now, when you can do anything you set your heart on
Well the time is now, here in the morning of our lives

You know ??? Leroy and D Sharpe
Don't you love her too?
Then tell her she's okay
Now Tell her she's all right

???
Trying to make her feel good
???

And the time is now, when you can do everything you really want to
And the time is now, here in the morning of our lives
Well the time is now, when you can do anything you really want to
Well the time is now, here in the morning of our lives

???

New York University

Lyrics

[I want to tell you something that hurts me now but I feel good about it too,
Dear I want to tell you something that I have to tell you,
It hurts me it hurts me when I want you and when I want you I feel hurt]

It hurts me now, that you have no faith in yourself
You're always putting yourself down, you don't let yourself go
Your friends, you worry about what they think
Well, you listen to them ???
I don't care if you listen to what I say
All I want you to do, is just to love yourself
You always putting yourself down
You never let yourself go
You're always putting yourself behind
Now you have to let yourself go

Our time is right now,
Our time is now
You can do anything you believe in
Our time is right now, here in the morning of our lives

It's not just me who thinks this way
I asked Asa and Leroy and D Sharpe,
Tell her not to be afraid
Tell her it's okay
Well tell her it's all right

It's ok dear
You can do anything now
???
You're afraid no one will like you if they knew what you were really like
The more I see you express yourself, the more I like you
??? Express yourself, is when you don't
???
Then I just can't say anything anyway
So that's all
??? Express yourself
Just that when you do, I like you more ???
And it's not just me
I asked Asa and Leroy and D Sharpe, now what do you say?
Don't you, don't you love her too?
Then tell her she's ok
Oh good, then tell her she's all right
All right

And our time is right now, you can do anything you have ???
I believe it
Our time is right now, cause it's the morning of our lives
Our time is right now
You can do anything you set your heart on
I said that our time is right now
You see that it's the morning of our lives
Right now

[We're the modern lovers and we say goodnight]

The Paradise 1977

Lyrics

You know, It hurts me to hear, to see you got no faith in yourself
You listen to your friend's opinion of yourself
More than you listen to your own
And your always putting yourself down
You act like your nothing ???
To me it's kind of like a game
??? See me ???
???
It's all right but it bothers me
You don't gotta listen to me dear
All I asking you is just kind of listen to at least your own self
You see you're always putting yourself down (putting yourself down)
Why don't you let yourself go? (let yourself go)
You always, when your friends are around, you just (put yourself down)
Well, how come you don't let yourself go? (let yourself go)
And our time is right now
Now you can do anything you really want to do
You see our time is now
We're here in the morning of our lives

Don't you think?

You know, we're ??? great sometimes
???
I was glad I let myself go when I was young
That way I don't have to feel that way
Of someone who never lived their life
Of someone who's just afraid to die
Of someone who is so afraid of being alone
That they never stayed alone long enough to hear that voice inside
Someone who was always just putting herself down (put yourself down)
Someone who did not let their self go (let yourself go)
??? About put yourself down, why do that? (put yourself down)
I'd like you to let yourself go (let yourself go)
Our time is now
Now you can do anything you really want to do
Our time is now, dear
We're in the morning of our lives

That's right
The morning light is coming through our window
A nice little breeze
And it's not just me who feels this way about you dear
Other people want to see you express yourself too
In fact I asked my buddies
I asked D Sharpe, and Asa, and Leroy (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Tell her not to be afraid (don't be afraid)
Tell her it's ok (it's ok, it's ok)
Now tell her it's all right (it's all right, it's all right)
That's right
Express yourself ???
That won't last, just say what's on your mind
Don't be afraid, that's all
You know what I mean?
???
Our time is now
Now we can do anything we want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

And I asked Asa and D Sharpe and Leroy and they say (yeah yeah yeah)
Do you love her too? (yes, we do)
Then tell her that she's ok (you're ok, you're ok)
Now tell her that she's all right (you're all right, you're all right)
Our time is now
We can do anything we really want to
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives
Our time is now
Now you can do anything you set your heart on
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

???
???

Apeldoorn

Lyrics

Don't smile Carol at me
It's only covering up pain inside
Don't talk so pleasantly now
Cause it's only fear you hide

Well if I frown Jonathan
My friends will say I'm bringing them down
And thus I smile
And at least I'm not alone all the while

You see I don't have too many friends Jonathan
You know they're so hard to find
For me
Yeah but if they're really your friends Carol
Why can't you tell them what's on your mind?

Oh Carol
Carol, you don't have to change for them
I mean don't be afraid
You know you're ok
You know you're all right

And our time is now
When you can do all the things you really want to
Our time is now
For this is the morning of our lives

Well soon will come the afternoon for us
But morning is now here
???
You keep putting yourself down
Or will you let yourself go?

And if not now, then when?
Now you can do anything you really believe in
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

Well if Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us by the hand and say
Enjoy it while you can
???
For you it is still the morning
And he's right cause
Our time is right now
Now you can do anything you really want to
Our time is right now
Here in the morning of our lives

Our time is now
And you can do anything you really believe in
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

The International House

Lyrics

Don't smile, Carol at me
It's only covering up pain inside
Don't try to talk pleasantly
When it's only here you hide ???
But Jonathan, if I frown
All my friends will say I'm bringing them down
That's why I smile
That way at least I'm not alone all the while
You see, I don't have too many friends Jonathan
Friends are so hard to find
For me
Ok Carol, but if they're really your friends
Then why can't you tell them
What's on your mind?

???

I say Carol
Carol you don't have to change for them
Honey, don't be afraid
As you are you're ok
As you are, you're all right
And our time is now
Now is the time
To do the things you want to do
Dear your time is now
And this is the morning of your life

Soon enough will come the afternoon
But morning is still here
Or we'll fear from the show???
Are you gonna keep putting yourself down
Or will you let yourself go?
???
Our time is now
It's time to try the things ???
Our time is right now
??? In the morning of our lives

(??? Friends for the next verse)

And I'm sure that If Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us all by the hand and say
"Enjoy it while you can"
???
???
Our time is right now
???
???

Our time is now???
???
But our time is right now
Here in the morning
???

[Good night everyone]

The Roxy

Lyrics

[I'm gonna do a song now
It tells you
The song's called
The Morning of Our Lives
I told this girl
I met this friend of mine
She was feeling bad about herself
She said 'Jonathan, I don't know what to do'
And I said 'why don't do what you want for a change?'
She was afraid people don't think all the time it seems
So I wrote this song for this girl
Her name's Carol
I said, Carol, you don't have to change for these people
If they're really your friends
If they really love you then
Why not say what's on your mind?
It's time ??? this song]

Well don't smile, Carol at me
When it's only covering up that pain inside
Don't try and talk so pleasantly
When it's only fear you hide
Don't do that

But Jonathan, if I frown
All my friends are going to say I'm bringing them down
And so that's why you see me smile
And that way at least I'm not alone all the while

You see, I'm not like you Jonathan
I don't have too many friends ??? Jonathan
Friends are so hard to find
For me

Ok Carol
But if they're really your friends
Then why can't you tell them
What's on your mind?

Here's how I see it
Oh now Carol
Carol you don't have to change for them
Honey, don't be afraid
As you are, you're ok,
As you are you're all right

And this is our time right now
The time to do those things you believe in
It is our time right now
You can't be afraid to be laughed at
Cause this is the morning of our lives

Well soon enough will come the afternoon
But morning is here
Are you going to let fear run the show?
Are you going to insist on putting yourself down?
Or are you going to let yourself go?
You got to let yourself go

Our time is right now
It's time to do those things you've really got your heart set on
If not now, then when?
Because it's now
Here in the morning of our lives

Carol, anything you want to say with me
I'm not going to laugh
Your other friends, they might laugh
If you say what you think
But I'd rather see you really be sad and really mean it
And that fake happiness
I can do without

In fact
??? An old friend of mine
???

I say
If Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us all by the hand and say
"Enjoy it while you can"

??? [[In French]]

Our time is right now
It's time to do those things you really believe in
That's how I see it
Our time is right now
Here in the morning of our lives

Left Bank 1981

Lyrics

[Thank you, yeah, that's nice, Morning of Our Lives?
Good idea, 1, 2, 3, 4
Would you believe that a song like this could be a top 30 hit ??? it was,
In Great Britain it was but just barely but it was]

Don't smile that way Carol at me
It's only covering up pain inside
Don't try and look so pleasantly
When it's only here that you hide, well
(Jonathan, if I frown)
Yeah, what will happen?
(My friends will say I'm bringing them down)
Is that really true?
(Yes, and so I smile),
Oh
(And that way at least I'm not alone all the while)
Oh that explains it that's why you do it
(See, I don't have too many friends Jonathan)
Oh
(Friends are so hard to find, for me)
Oh but if they're really your friends Carol
Then why can't you tell them
What's on your mind?

Oh now oh Carol, Oh now Carol
You don't have to change for them
Honey, don't be afraid to be yourself
(Don't be afraid)
As you are, you're ok
(You're ok, you're ok)
Yeah that's right, as you are, you're all right you know
(You're all right, you're all right)
Our time is now
It's time to do those things you really want to do, yeah
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

Well soon will come the afternoon
But while morning is here are you going to let fear run the show?
Are you going to worry about your friends and put yourself down?
Or will you let yourself go?
(Let yourself go)
Our time is now
It's time to do those things you really want to do
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

[You see to me this is the morning of our lives, that's right, tell the world this

I read a book by Maurice Chevalier, he was talking about Paris and he said when saw lovers making out in the streets of Paris he always loved to watch cause they were having fun and he wished he could go up and tell them, he felt like saying "My friends" felt like saying "enjoy it while you can" that's what he said so I wrote this next verse cause of reading that]

If Maurice Chevalier were here today
I know he'd take us all by the hand and say
"Enjoy it while you can ???"
???
???
You really want to do, no???
Our time is now
Because it is the morning of our lives
???
Our time is right now, ???
The time to do those things you really believe in right now
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives
???

Bradford Ballroom (set 2)

Lyrics

[[40 s spoken intro]]

Carol Carol
You've been trying to act like you're not scared
??? If you don't smile ???
You're afraid you say ???
My friends all say that I bring them down when I don't smile
So I just smile at you
Oh I don't like that
If you got something sad to say I want to hear it Carol
That ain't my favorite thing
If I can't hear you when you're sad
???
???
??? It's all right cause we're going to do the Morning of our Lives
Which proves it doesn't have to be that way

[[Morning of our lives chords start but he keeps talking]]

No ??? haven't done it in a long time
Let's keep going ???
Now ???
I'm glad you're here
???
I like that song
I wrote it when I was about 18 years old
And so I'm 29 Now
And if I play the song that I wrote when I was 18
???
You see now I'm really doing what I was doing then
Then I was doing what I felt then
And now I'm doing what I feel now
And I, I don't want to disappoint anyone
But I, you see, I, since I do like that song that's why I can't do it now
Since I respect it, I don't want to do a halfhearted version
Do you understand?

Cause I'm going to tell you the truth
That song was never done the same way twice
That's one of the reasons it has soul
Because it was never just the thing, it was something I felt
But now when I find myself trying to ad lib on it
It didn't have the feeling

But what I'd like to do now
I want, I'm proud of my new bunch of modern lovers
??? I love them

??? The spotlight's already on him
We might as well start with an old friend of ours
He's been a modern lover before
This is ???

And now helping in the rhythm section
Is the newest modern lover, the Sultan
Michael ???

???

Now, now
From the ??? part of the state
???
???

??? Nicknames tonight
That's right, special valentine's day present
???

Well we better move right along now
I want to ??? the Rockin Robins to you now

???
On the far left we have ???
We have ???

??? And I'm proud of it
My name's Jonathan Richman

[[Song starts 4 minutes in]]

Well don't try to smile at me Carol
Cause it's only covering up pain inside
Well don't try and just talk so ???
When it's only fear you hide

But Jonathan ???
???
Don't sweat it
???
???

??? Too many friends Jonathan
Cause they're so hard to find
For me
???
Tell them what's on your mind

???
???
Carol
You don't have to change for them
Don't be afraid
As you are, you're okay
As you are, you're all right

And our time is right now,
Now's the time to do those things you've been afraid to do before

[[Recording ends here abruptly]]

The Peppermint Lounge

Lyrics

[???

I know that you don't really mean it when you're ???
You're just afraid that I'll reject you for something
If I found I wouldn't be able to hang out with my friends
They'd just think I'm putting them down
So they'll think I'm just bringing them down
They won't want me at their parties anymore
??? I say look
You don't have to be that way
I'd rather have you be honest with me
???
So we'll do a song now ladies and gentlemen
Called "The Morning of Our Lives"]

Don't smile Carol at me
It's only covering up pain inside
Don't try to talk pleasantly
When I know it's only fear you hide

(But Jonathan ???
???)
Just tell me the truth
(???
That way at least ???)
???
(Seems I don't have too many friends Jonathan
???)
Yes Carol ???
Why can't you tell them what's really on your mind?

Well now Carol, now Carol
You don't have to change for them
Honey don't be afraid (don't be afraid)
Your okay (your okay your okay)
As you are, you're all right (you're all right, you're all right)
Our time is now
It's time to try those things you're been afraid ??? your friends would love to do
Our time is right now
Here in the morning of our lives

Soon enough will come the afternoon
But while morning is here
???
Are you going to be putting yourself down?
Or are you gonna let yourself go?

Our time is now
It's time to do those things you've got your heart set on
Our time is right now is what I'm saying
This being the morning of our lives

???
But if we're not going to enjoy it now, then when?
???
???

??? Maurice Chevalier ???
???
???
???

???
???

Our time is right now
Here in the morning of our lives
[Give me one more]

Our time is now
It's time to do those things
I've told you before
I'll tell it once more
???
Our time is now
This being the morning of our lives

???
???
??? [[Introducing the band]]
???

[Good night]

The Rex Club

Lyrics

Don't smile Carol at me, it's only carving up pain inside
Don't speak so pleasantly when it's only fear that you hide
That reminds me, but Jonathan, If I frown all my friends will say I'm bringing them down
???
So that's why I smile, that way at least I don't go through life alone all the while
She said, I don't have many friends Jonathan, she said friends are very hard to find for me
I said look Carol but if they're really your friends then why can't you tell them the things that are on your mind
Well now tell them, now Carol you don't have to change for them
Honey don't be afraid
As you are you're ok
As you are you're all right
And our time is now
The time to do those things you really want to
Our time is now, here in the morning of our lives

???

Well soon enough will come the afternoon but morning ??? run the show
Well will you keep putting yourself down, or will you let yourself go
Will you let yourself go
??? It's time to do things that you believe in, that's right
Don't be afraid, I'm saying the time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

[For this last verse I'm going to have the aid of a friend tonight]

If Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us all by the hand say
???
???
??? Jonathan it seems you really want to, the things you really want to right?
??? That's right, so you take over ok
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives
???
Our time is now, that's what I say
Now is the time to do the thing I told you before, I'll tell you one more, it's time
Our time is now
Here in the morning of our lives

??? Ladies and gentlemen, that's right we're young now that's what I want to say with this show, My name is Jonathan Richman, I'm saying that our time to live ???

???

Lone Star Cafe

Lyrics

[The morning of our lives]

[Your woman came back from the ledge tonight
She said "you know, where I live most of my friends always want to be ???"
"Jonathan" she said,
"I like that your
Songs aren't about just people getting turned on all the time
You see because I'm with one of my friends
When we go to parties they just want to take drugs and shit"
I said "well, I've got this song in the next set"
She said "I feel left out just when they take drugs and I don't"
"I feel alienated like a"
I said "well, that's their problem if they make you feel alienated if you don't do what they do"
"And I've got this song I'm going to sing in the next set because of the situation"
Called The Morning of Our Lives
"They make you feel alienated cause you're not taking drugs?"
"Honey, the problem is you don't have the right friends, that's all"

???]

Don't smile Carol at me
Well it's only covering up this pain inside
[I know you Carol
???]
So presently is what I've been telling is just dear, you hide
[You didn't have to put on an act]
(But Jonathan if I tell)
[If you tell them what then?]
(My friends will say ???)
[Oh is that right?]
(Yes ???
That way at least I'm not alone all the while)
[Yeah but smile? that's a pretty high price]
(You see I don't have too many friends Jonathan)
[I guess not]
(Friends are so hard to find for me)
[Yeah, but that's just my point]
If they're really your friends
Then why can't you tell them
What's on your mind?
[I don't go for this idea when friends keep secrets
I don't go for that]
Ok ok
Now Carol, now Carol
You don't have to change for them
I mean don't be afraid
(Don't be afraid)
As you are, you're okay
(You're okay, you're okay)
As you are, you're all right
(You're all right, you're all right)

Our time is now
Now is the time to do things your way
The way that you really want to do
Our time is right now
Here in the morning of our lives

Soon enough will come the afternoon
But while morning is right here for us
???
Are you going to put yourself down?
Or are you going to let yourself go?
(Let yourself go)

Our time is now
It's time to do the things you really want to do
Our time is right now
Here in the morning of our lives

[??? For this last verse here]

If Maurice Chevalier were here today
He'd take us all by the hand and say
Enjoy it ???
[[Something in French]]

[Jonathan, take over, ok]

Well our time is now
It's time to do the things I told you before
I'll tell you once more, it's time
Our time is now
Here in the morning
Of our lives

[That's right
It feels like morning to me
Pick it up band]

[???
???]

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