Ray Charles Understanding Lyrics

A Portrait of Ray Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Never Say Naw
  • 2 The Sun Died
  • 3 Am I Blue?
  • 4 Yesterdays
  • 5 When I Stop Dreamin'
  • 6 I Won't Leave
  • 7 A Sweet Young Thing Like You
  • 8 The Bright Lights & You Girl
  • 9 Understanding
  • 10 Eleanor Rigby
  • Understanding is the best thing in the world,
    Between a boy and a girl
    Boy and girl and even a woman or a man,
    It's always better when you really understand
    You know understanding is a mighty powerful thing,
    that's why it makes me so sad

    When I see my friends wandering around through the world,
    Never knowing the meaning of the word
    Understanding, so in the next few minutes, I'm gonna
    Try to explain just exactly what it means
    Now wait a minute, listen, for instance, you take me
    And my old lady, we gotta good thing goin'

    Because I know If I don't work and pay the rent and the
    Bills and buy her fine pretty clothes to wear well,
    There are fifteen other guys just waitin' round the
    Corner, and I don't care how much that woman loves me,
    She's gonna go out and find herself one of them who
    Will and that's why I believe that
    Understanding is the best thing in the world,
    Between a boy and a girl

    Boy and girl and even a woman or a man,
    It's always better when you really understand
    Now listen I don't want you to think that this is a
    One sided affair, no no
    Because my old lady also understands that a man must
    Have respect

    What I mean is, if she must play around don't let me
    Catch her, because what I don't see can't hurt me, you
    Understand? but on the other hand, If I should ever
    Catch her I'm not gonna talk about-a
    And call her a bunch of bad names like you all might
    No no

    What I'm gonna do, I'm gonna go down-town to the
    Hardware store and buy myself a double blade axe,
    Come back, square off, and believe her soul's gonna
    Belong to the good lord

    Because her head's gonna belong to me, and I
    Guarantee she'll know what I mean when I'll say
    Understanding is the best thing in the world,
    Between a boy and a girl

    Boy and girl and even a woman or a man,
    It's always better when you really understand

    Written by: Jimmy Holiday, Ray Charles
    Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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