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“Promises,” sung by Eric Clapton & others
Written by Vernon White
From album BACKLESS - Released November 1978

::: Primary musical melody established
::: Soft melodic yet driving noninvasive beat
::: This beat sets apart each verse

I don't care if you never come home.
I don't mind if you just...
Keep on rowin’ away on a distant sea
'cause I don't love you and you don't love me.

You cause a commotion when you come to town
You give’m a smile and they melt
Having lovers and friends is all good and fine
But I don't like yours and you don't like mine.

::: Musical interlude repeats twice
::: Comingled male/female “La la’s”

I don't care what you do at night
Oh, I don't care how you get your delights
I will leave it alone - I'll just let it be...
I don't love you and you don't love me.

::: Chorus

I got a problem. Can you relate?
I got a woman – call it love-hate*.
We made a vow...we'd always be friends.
::: Comingled male/female voices
How could we know that promises end.

::: Musical interlude repeats twice
::: Comingled male/female “La la’s”

I tried to love you for years upon years
But you refuse to take me for real
It's time you saw what I want you to see
That I'd still love you if you'd just love me.

::: Chorus

I got a problem. Can you relate?
I got a woman – call it love-hate*.
We made a vow...we'd always be friends.
::: Comingled male/female voices
How could we know that promises end.

::: Musical interlude repeats to fade
::: Comingled male/female “La la’s”

*This is what I hear at this point, and it seems to me a better fit the song’s story. It does vary from all other lyrics versions I’ve found.
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Lyrics submitted by DustyOldDuster.