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Lawyers In Love

Released: 1983

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Lawyers In Love

The title may sound like a goof, but Lawyers In Love is, in fact, a particularly neat juggling act from rock's foremost romantic prestidigitator. Part departure and part consolidation, it is the sturdy cornerstone of one of the year's strongest albums.

Denise Worrell, Time Magazine - US Edition, September 12, 1983

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Lawyers in Love, Browne's seventh album, marks a significant change from the feckless hyperconfessionality of 1980's Hold Out ("Anyway, I guess you wouldn't know unless I told you ... but I love you!"), a welcome widening of perspective that allows Browne to escape, once and for all, the L.A. albatross that has hung around his neck for the last eleven years. Even though Lawyers in Love does send Browne into uncharted waters-where he occasionally sounds a bit lost-it nevertheless is a more nervy, intelligent LP than its predecessor. (RS 405)

Christopher Connelly, Rolling Stone, 1983

  • 1. LAWYERS IN LOVE
    I cant keep up with whats been going on
    I think my heart must just be slowing down
    Among the human beings in their designer jeans
    Am I the only one who hears the screams
    And the strangled cries of lawyers in love

    God sends his spaceships to America, the beautiful
    They land at six oclock and there we are, the dutiful
    Eating from T.V. trays, tuned in to Happy Days
    Waiting for World War III while Jesus slaves
    To the mating calls of lawyers in love

    Last night I watched the news from Washington (the Capitol)
    The Russians escaped while we werent watching them (like Russians will)
    Now weve got all this room, weve even got the Moon
    And I hear the U.S.S.R. will be open soon
    As vacation land for lawyers in love

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1983 Night Kitchen Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 2. ON THE DAY
    You really need someone on your side
    but you run away and hide
    Whenever somebody's going to get through
    you've got this wall in front of you
    You put your arm around me and smile
    but you're thinking all the while
    Yeah, your friends only go so far
    However close friends think they are

    On the day
    On the day you fall in love
    Gonna pray
    You're gonna pray that your love is enough

    You've had the world in the palm of your hand
    since you turned from child to man
    No one can tell you a thing you don't know
    you see your life as a one man show
    But you're not whole
    and there are things you don't control
    You're going to know what I'm talking about
    on the day love finds you out

    On the day
    On the day you fall in love
    Gonna pray
    You better pray

    It's your life, you try to know
    which way the answers lie, which way to go
    Cause you survive don't mean you grow
    open your eyes, look out below.

    On the day
    On the day you fall in love
    Gonna pray
    You better pray

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1983 Night Kitchen Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 3. CUT IT AWAY
    Cut it away
    Somebody cut away this desperate heart
    Cut it away
    and help me find my way back to the start
    Yeah, before I knew what I was looking for
    Yeah, when we were lovers and nothing more

    I wanted you
    and I did everything that I could do
    to capture you
    I let you see the part of me
    you'd want to see
    A fantasy
    I'm finding now
    I don't know how to make it good
    I wish I could

    Cut it away
    The crazy longing for something more
    Cut it away
    The question I don't have an answer for
    Why I hunger for something I can't see
    Cut it away
    The dream I wanted life to be

    I know
    I've got to let you go
    I know
    You should have left a long time ago --

    Protected by the night two cities lay
    Two hearts, two lives
    Connected by our sight -- worlds away
    Two hearts, two lives
    Inspected by the light, two hearts--
    Two cities in decay, two lives --
    Two heart just go on crumbling
    Now come on --

    Cut it away
    I want to cut away this thing inside
    Cut it away
    This thing that hid from you and schemed and lied
    I know
    I've got to let you go
    I know
    You should have left a long time ago
    Cut it away

    Somebody cut away this desperate heart
    Cut it away
    Before it tears my whole life apart
    I love you --
    I love you still
    I do --
    I always will

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1983 Night Kitchen Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 4. DOWNTOWN
    Downtown people gotta work a little harder working downtown
    Downtown they got to think a little quicker 'cause they're
    Downtown

    Downtown the breaks are harder
    Downtown the thieves are smarter

    I've got this place I'm renting
    It cost me next to nothing downtown
    Nobody comes around telling me I gotta turn the sound down
    Broadway -- Down on the corner
    the Bible screamer, the plasma donor
    buses, car horns, ghetto blasters--
    The shouts and cries of the human disasters
    It's all music it's all music downtown
    It's all music it's all music

    I feel alright when I'm downtown
    My feet are light when I'm downtown
    I cast my hopes on the human tide
    I place my bet and let it ride
    I'm open wide when I'm downtown

    Downtown there's every kind of people walkin' round downtown
    Downtown there's every language, every human sound, downtown
    Downtown the nights are longer
    Downtown the sights are stronger
    Downtown wandering all around downtown
    It's all music --

    Eight blocks south of City Hall
    the rats run free and the winos crawl
    Darkness falls on the vast machine
    where the future stalks the American dream

    I feel alright when I'm downtown
    My head gets light when I'm downtown
    It's all in right when I'm downtown
    I feel alright when I'm downtown

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1983 Night Kitchen Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 5. TENDER IS THE NIGHT
    Between the darkness on the street
    And the houses filling up with light
    Between the stillness in my heart
    And the roar of the approaching night
    Somebodys calling after somebody
    Somebody turns the corner out of sight
    Looking for somebody
    Somewhere in the night

    Tender is the night
    When you hold your baby tight
    Tender are the motions, tender is the night

    Between a life that we expected
    And the way its always been
    I cant walk back in again
    After the way we fight
    When just outside there are people laughing
    Living lives we used to lead
    Chasing down the love they need
    Somewhere in the night

    Tender is the night
    And the benediction of the neon light
    Tender are the hunters, tender is the night

    Youre gonna want me tonight
    When youre ready to surrender
    Forget about whos right
    When youre ready to remember
    Its another world at night
    When youre ready to be tender

    Tender tender tender . . .

    And in the hard light of an angry sun
    No one remembers what was said or done
    Tender are the words they choose
    You win, I win, we lose

    Tender
    Tender is the night
    Tender
    The benediction of the neon light
    Tender
    Tender are the hunters
    Tender is the night
    When they hold each other tight
    Tender
    Tender are the undercover
    Tender
    The stranger and the secret lover
    Tender
    Tender are the motions
    Tender is the night
    When you hold your baby tight

    Tender tender tender . . .

    By Russell Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar and Jackson Browne
    1983 Olas Music/Kortchmar Music, Night Kitchen Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 6. KNOCK ON ANY DOOR
    Knock on any door
    Look through any window
    Baby knock on any door
    Knock on any door
    Is there any place you won't go
    Baby who you lookin for?

    Yeah yeah baby now you know
    It's a cold world like they told you so

    Knock on any door
    Save your tears for some occasion
    Keep the heartache to yourself
    Knock on any door
    It's a simple operation
    Just trade your memory for your health

    Knock on any door
    Look through any window
    Walk on

    It's insane girl, you can't run away
    It's the same world it was yesterday

    Knock on any door
    Look through any window
    Walk on

    Now, how do you survive
    With a pain so real in a world so jive?

    Knock on any door
    Look through any door
    Walk on

    By Danny Kortchmar Craig Doerge and Jackson Browne
    1983 Kortchmar Music/Fair Star Music, Night Kitchen Music,
    All Rights Reserved
  • 7. SAY IT ISN'T TRUE
    In the still of the night
    Lying in the darkness
    I listen to my heart
    Say it isn't true
    in the dark and the quiet
    The movements of my love
    and the breathing of our children
    Say it isn't true

    In the streets and the buildings
    the people in their lives
    the jobs they do for livings
    Say it isn't true

    And when you think of all the people
    In the cities of the world
    Who could vanish in a moment
    Say it isn't true

    Say it isn't true
    That there always has been and always will be war
    and apart from all the fine things man has struggled for
    There always has been and there always will be war

    I'm alive in a city
    in a country of the world
    and I want to go on living
    I want to see my life unfold
    You know it's hard to go on looking
    at the stories of the day
    and the dangers we're all facing
    growing worse in every way
    And you would think with all of the genius
    and the brilliance of these times
    We might find a higher purpose
    and a better use of minds

    Say it isn't true
    That there always has been and always will be war
    and apart from all the fine things man has struggled for
    There always has been and there always will be war
    Say it isn't true
    Say it isn't true
    Say it

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1983 Night Kitchen Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 8. FOR A ROCKER
    Open the door baby turn on the light
    We're gonna have a party tonight
    For a rocker
    For a rocker

    I know it's late and you're already down
    You ain't ready for people around
    I'm gonna tell you something I found out
    Whatever you think your life is about
    Whatever life may hold in store
    Things will happen that you won't be ready for

    I've got a shirt so unbelievably bright
    I'm gonna dig it out and wear it tonight
    For a rocker
    For a rocker

    Don't have to change -- You don't have to be sweet
    Gonna be too many people to possibly meet
    Don't have to feed 'em -- They don't eat
    They've got their power supplies in the soles of their feet
    They exist for one thing -- and one thing only
    to escape living the lives of the lonely
    For a friend of mine, from the neighborhood
    moving down the line, after tonight he'll be gone for good

    Here comes Danny. Ricky and Degree
    They got Petie's number and they're looking at me
    Russell and Bobby setting up the drums
    gonna pound on till the landlord comes
    Don't want to argue, I don't want to fight
    but there will definitely be a party tonight
    For a rocker
    For a rocker

    Till the morning comes, till the car arrives
    Till we've killed the drums, till we lose our lives

    Hey Jenny -- Tell Peggy Sue
    We're gonna do the only thing you can do
    For a rocker
    For a rocker

    There's a party tonight, there's a party tonight
    There's a party tonight, there's a party tonight

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1983 Night Kitchen Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved