The Good Guy – Ilana Charnelle

From the EP Speakeasy (2011) and the album A Class Act (All Class Edition, 2016)

 

Imagine my baby on yesterday’s news

Been slipping through the banks where the cash was loose

His face looked different, it wasn’t his name

But those blue eyes, they were exactly the same

 

I waited till he got home, drink in my hand

He stumbled in smoking, dropped his coat on the stand

And I asked him if he’d been lying all along

He grabbed my wrist and said I’d got it all wrong

 

He said, ‘Baby I’m the good guy, you know that it’s true

The only kind of jam I’m in

Is loving you’

 

The next day when I turned on the evening report

That big-time bandit, they said he’d been caught

My baby in handcuffs, there on the screen

The most beautiful thing I’d ever seen

 

I thought about the night before, the scene I’d made

When he stumbled in smoking, I grabbed his face

And I asked him if he’d been lying all along

He grabbed my wrist and said I’d got it all wrong

 

He said, ‘Baby I’m the good guy, you know that it’s true

The only kind of jam I’m in

Is loving you’

 

They locked him away, but three weeks – he was gone

I know he’s hiding somewhere and I’ve never been wrong

When it comes to my baby I’ll be by his side

Though I’ll never forget all he tried to hide

 

Wish I knew before the night it all blew up

I stayed with my bandit, now you know that’s love

Coz I knew that he was lying all along

But he tried to fool me, said I’d got it all wrong

 

He said, ‘Baby I’m the good guy, you know that it’s true

I said, ‘The only kind of jam I’m in

Is loving someone like you

Someone like you

Someone like you

Someone like you’

 

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