The Allman Brothers Band

Stand Back

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Stand Back

by Gregg Allman and Berry Oakley

Copyright 1972 Unichappell Music Inc. and Elijah Blue Music (BMI)

I recall once upon a time,

Livin was so easy and I felt so fine.

But, my, my, my right before my very eyes,

Satan came with fire to burn me,

Wouldn’t listen when they warned me.

A dagger in my back while she’s calling me honey,

Wouldn’t stand back, for neither love nor money.

Thirty minutes after my ship set sail,

She put up a sign and my house began to wail.

But, why, why, why I couldn’t see it in my little girl’s eyes?

She had such a way to fool me, Lord she had a way to fool me.

And I would ask the woman, "Can you find it in yourself to please stand back?

You ain’t gonna rule me."

Just when all began to fade,

I reached out, threw the Ace of Spades.

I put her on a train to the Everglades.

Now that it’s all over and gone,

Somehow I just don’t feel so alone.

But, lie, lie, lie it seemed like such a waste of time.

She did not ever seem to know me,

But, now it’s much too late to show me.

But, if I ever see that woman walkin down the street I’ll just stand back,

And try to move away slowly.

Oh, yeah.