Who Sang You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play? Steve Forbert

Steve Forbert Alive on Arrival cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1987
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock
length: 4:33
Lyrics
I was sittin' by the road, my head in a cloud,
Wishin' that I had some wings;
Wishin' for a scooter, a-wishin' for a train
Or any kin' o' movin' thing.
Well, I looked at the trees,
I looked at the sky,
I seen it was a lovely day.
I looked up the road, I looked at my feet,
I picked it up an' walked away.
Well, you cannot win if you do not play.
No, you cannot win if you do not play.
Well, I went to the fair, lookin' for fun.
I think the whole world was there.
I saw a fat man, I saw a thin man.
I saw a little teddy bear.
Well, I said to myself,
"I know what I want. I gotta get a bear some way."
I heard a loud voice. It said a few words.
It said, "You gotta take a chance an' pay."
Well, you cannot win if you do not play
No, you cannot win if you do not play
Pretty young Pam, you're bringin' me down baby,
All ya do is make-uh me blue.
I'm under the trees, I'm waiting alone,
Tryna sing a song to you.
Well, the night is so clear, the moon is so bright;
You're wastin' it all away.
You're up on a hill, I'm down here below.
I'm tryna tell ya babe, it ain't okay.
Well, you cannot win if you do not play.
You cannot win if you do not play.

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Goin' Down to Laurel
  • 2 Steve Forbert's Midsummer Night's Toast
  • 3 Thinkin'
  • 4 What Kinda Guy?
  • 5 It Isn't Gonna Be That Way
  • 6 Big City Cat
  • 7 Grand Central Station March 18, 1977
  • 8 Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home
  • 9 Settle Down
  • 10 You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play

  • Release information
    label: Nemperor Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    script: Latin