Number One Is To Survive

written by Carla Olson

 

Ab                      Eb
Things had gotten out of hand
                      Ab
We had ceased to understand
                        Eb
What had started out as fun
                        Ab
Has now become a loaded gun
                               Fm
Wish we could start again this time
                                  Ab
But  things would be the same old mess
                           Eb
We'll have to leave it now behind
                           Ab       Eb   Ab
Hoping you'd find your own address
Ab                          Eb
You know I'm headed for the sun
                             Ab
And you are reaching for the blind
Ab                    Eb
I can hardly find the words
                             Ab
And you can hardly find your mind
                                 Fm
Wish there was something I could say
                         Ab
To make things better or OK
                                  Eb
You think you're right all of the time
                              Ab
So what's the use to speak my mind
      Db       Ab
And I know you well
      Db        Ab
And I know it's hell
              Db        Ab    Bbm
You've got to kick this thing alive
                        Eb
And if you look upon my list
                 Ab
Number one is to survive
solo
      Db       Ab
And I know you well
      Db        Ab
And I know it's hell
              Db        Ab    Bbm
You've got to kick this thing alive
                        Eb
And if you look upon my list
                 Ab
Number one is to survive
                        Eb
And if you look upon my list
                 Ab
Number one is to survive

 

From Gene Clark & Carla Olson "So Rebellious A Lover"
The bonus home recordings included in the re-issue.

 

*the verse below is how it was sung on "Silhouetted In Light"

You are reaching for the blind
And I am headed for the sun
You can hardly find the mind
I can hardly find the time
Wish there was something I could say
To make things better or OK
You think you're right all of the time
So what's the use to speak my mind