I'm Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind

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Send out some invitations
Gonna have me a big celebration
I'm giving up everything I thought was mine
If your love for him is stronger
Let's not drag it out much longer
I'm ahead if I can quit while I'm behind

Ain't got much left to hold on to
It ain't worth what I might go through
And this old heart of mine can't try much more of that
Drinking coffee at my learning
Your love won't be returning
I'm ahead if I can quit while I'm behind
I'll be ahead if I can quit while I'm behind
I'll be ahead if I can quit while I'm behind

You know I'd pull a gun on the way I feel
If I thought my heartaches would run
And if I put cotton wool in my ears long ago
I wouldn't know the life that I know now how
I'm ahead if I can quit while I'm behind

I'd write a song about something real funny
If I thought somebody might laugh
I'd write a song about a whole lot of money
If I thought I could get me some cash
I'd write a song about the trip I'm on
I wish I'd never taken L.U.V.
Love sure got me on a big fat bummer
And it sho'nuff working on me

I'm ahead if I can quit while I'm behind
I'll be ahead if I can quit while I'm behind

I'm Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind
Written byJim Ford
Performed byRusty
Produced bySebastian Krys & Elvis Costello
AlbumsThe Resurrection Of Rust, 2022

First known performance:
February 9, 1973, Widnes, England
Last known performance:
December 2, 2022, Austin, TX
     (9 known performances, 3 as a snippet)


The Resurrection Of RustThe Resurrection Of Rust album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Brinsley Schwarz  1972 Greasy Truckers Party AllMusicWikipediaAmazon
Nick Lowe  1991 Nutted by Reality AllMusic
Bobby Womack  1976 BW Goes C&W AllMusic
Jim Ford  2008 Point Of No Return (recorded 1971) AllMusicAmazon
 P.J. Proby  2008 The Best Of The EMI Years 1961-1972 AllMusicWikipediaAmazonYouTube
The Rolling Stones & Bobby Womack  1985  unreleased — various bootlegs from the Dirty Work sessions — listed as "Invitation" rollingstones.net

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