I Just Can’t Seem To Win, And I Can’t Seem To Please You

Every now and again, a song just jumps out at me from deep in the recesses of my brain and announces itself to me, as if to say “HEY! WHY DON’T YOU LISTEN TO ME FOR A MINUTE!” The song that did that to me yesterday was Hil St. Soul’s “Pieces,” and it’s today’s Morning Groove.

It’s not like I was reminiscing or remembering any particular relationship when I heard the lyrics. My last relationship was nothing like the one Hil St. Soul describes in the song. At least, I didn’t consider myself an “original Mr. Know It All.” My ex might say differently; but because she doesn’t blog, you might not know unless you know her. Fact is, I don’t even know if she reads this blog, not that it matters.

If you aren’t familiar with Hil St. Soul, she was born Hilary Mwelwa in Lusaka, Zambia and relocated with her family to London at the age of 5. She was raised on traditional Zambian music as well as classic R&B from the likes of Aretha, Marvin & Stevie. While taking a year off from college (though still earning a degree in the biological sciences), she recorded a demo of “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” which ended up on her first album, Soul Organic. From there, she followed her heart and pursued a music career.  Today’s song was released in 2002, off her second album, Copasetik  + Cool. Around that time, I was listening quite a bit of R&B coming out of the United Kingdom, and she appeared on the radar. Today’s song was a definite standout.

Usually I don’t post the lyrics to the songs I choose for the Morning Groove, but today I did, because I absolutely love them. I usually just take one line and make it the title of the post, but I felt that these lyrics should be read. Yeah, she’s talking about her guy, but it goes both ways I would say. If you are going through something like this or have gone through it, I’m sure you can understand what she’s trying to say. I just like the song and it came from out of nowhere.

You beat up my heart and you pick at my brain tearing me to pieces
You wear out my soul, and you gnaw at the bone of my contention
Everything that I do ain’t never good enough for you
And everything that I say you choose to throw away

Chorus:
This constant arguing is doing me in
I just can’t seem to win and I can’t seem to please you
Don’t know where it all begins, but it sure never ends
This pain and suffering goes on, and on, and on

You weaken the walls and break down the doors of my defenses
Seek to the cold put a chill to the warmth of my existence
Can’t reason with you, if you don’t see my point of view
What’s got into you? You’re not the man I knew

Chorus:
This constant arguing is doing me in
I just can’t seem to win and I can’t seem to please you
Don’t know where it all begins but it sure never ends
This pain and suffering goes on, and on, and on

It’s time you realize that the sun doesn’t shine from your butt
Did I hurt your pride, got your nerve, well now you know what it’s like
And every word that you speak is like a slap to my cheek
Now it’s time that you had a taste of it…Whooooo

Bridge (3x):
Seems you’re always right and never wrong
Original Mr. Know-it-All
It’s gotta be your way, gotta have your say or nothing at all
Even when you’re on a losing streak, you never concede defeat
Cause you’re too big for your own boots, for your own shoes, for your own good

Please enjoy today’s Morning Groove. And as always, thanks for listening and reading.

6 Replies to “I Just Can’t Seem To Win, And I Can’t Seem To Please You”

      1. Sometimes topics and songs have a way of forcing their way into a post. That’s how I felt about the post that I did yesterday. That topic just popped into my head!
        Thanks for introducing me to the song. I’ll add it to my repertoire 🙂

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