Ya Got Trouble (In River City) lyrics on The Complete Mercury Recordings by Spanky & Our Gang

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HaroldHold it right there friends either you're closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge or you are unaware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community.

A pool table. Don’t you understand? Just ‘cause it’s modern times, just ‘cause it’s 1912 that don’t give our kids a right to walk down the road of life using a pool cue for a crutch

Now I’m a billiard player, say, I'm a billiard player, Say I’m always proud to say.
I consider the hours I spend with a cue in my hand are golden. Helps develop a keen eye a cool head, ya know, horse sense. Did ya ever try to give yourself an iron-clad lead from a three-rail billiard shot?

Well just as I say, it takes judgment, brains, and maturity to score in this ball-colliding game, I say that any boob can take and shove A ball into a pocket. And they call that slop.

Why its’ the first real step on the road to the depths of degradation. First, its’ a little
Air-medicinal wine from a teaspoon, Then beer from a bottle.

An' before you know your son is playin' for money in a pinch-back suit, and, listenin’ to some big out-a-town jasper. Here to tell about a horse-race gamble. Not a wholesome trottin' race, no! But the kind where the jockey sits right down on the horse!

LadyI’d like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Makes your blood boil?

Person 2I say.

HaroldOh ya? Now friends, let me tell you what I mean. Ya got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table. Pockets that mark the difference between a gentlemen and a bum, and that’s spelled with a “B” And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!

We got trouble right here in River City with a “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool. We got trouble right here in River City, gotta figure out a way to keep the young ones moral after school. Our children’s children gonna have trouble, trouble Oh, we’re in terrible terrible trouble I’m talkin’ ‘bout the shirt-tail knickerbocker young ones peekin’ in the smoke shop window after school

Hay, Look friends we got trouble right here in River City with a capital “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool

Now all week long your River City youth will be fritterin’ I say your young men'll be frittern’. Frittern’ away their noontime, suppertime, chore time too!
Get the ball in the pocket, Never mind gettin' dandelions pulled or the beefsteak pounded or the screen door patched. Never mind pumpin' water for your parents 'Til they’re caught on a Saturday night with their cistern empty

And that's trouble, Oh we’re in terrible terrible trouble
That game with the fifteen numbered balls is the devil’s tool.
Hay, look friends ya’ got trouble right here in River City
With a capital “T” and that rhymes with “P” And that stands for pool

Now, I know all you folks are the right kinda parents. I'm gonna be perfectly frank. Did ya’ ever wonder what kinda conversation goes on while they're loafin' around that Hall?

They're tryin' out Bevo, tryin' out Q-babs, tryin' out sea-gar-eets like a nicotine fiend! And braggin' all about how they're gonna cover up a tell-tale breath with Sen-Sen.

One fine night, they leave that pool hall, Headin' for the dance at the Armoury. Libertine men and Scarlet women! Rag-time

Gona’ drag your son and my daughter down To the arms of a jungle animal instinct!
Mass-hysteria! Friends, the idle mind is the devil's playground!

Trouble, Right here in River City! With a capital "T" That rhymes with "P"
And that stands for Pool,

We've trouble right here in River City, Right here! Remember the Maine. Plymouth Rock, And the golden rule our children’s children gona’ have Trouble, trouble. Oh, we’re in terrible terrible trouble that game with the fifteen numbered balls is the devil’s tool.

Hay, look friends we got trouble right here in River City with a capital “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool

HaroldMothers of River City! Heed the tell-tale signs of corruption!
When your son goes out, does he re-buckle his knickerbockers below the knee?

ManIs there a nicotine stain on his index finger?

2nd personPerhaps, a dime novel hidden in the corn crib?

LadyIs he starting to memorize jokes outta Captain Billy's Whiz Bang?

HaroldAre certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like ah’ (swell)? And ah, (so's your old man)? And ah.(Bon Voyage Titanic)? What has that got to do with it?

Well, if so my friends, we’re in trouble, Aha, we’re in terrible terrible trouble
That game with the fifteen numbered balls is the devil’s tool.

Hay, look friend ya got trouble Right here in River city! We’re in big big trouble
With a "T" And that rhymes with "P" And that stands for Pool

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