I Got What I Wanted (But I Lost What I Had)

by Jimi Beavis

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Inspired by a story in Greil Marcus' "Mystery Train" book, about Little Richard. While appearing on the Dick Cavett Show Little Richard proclaimed he had written a book about his life entitled "He Got What He Wanted But He Lost What He Had". This is my imagining of it, in attempted Motown style.


Well I used to go for weeks without food
Now my woman changes with my mood
I used to sweep the streets for cash
But now I never remember where I put my stash

Every Sunday was spent at church
And every other night we’d pray
Now I eat all my meals off a supermodel’s arse
I’m not going back to the old way.

I got what I wanted
But I lost what I had
Oh, I got what I wanted
Now I’m never going back.

I get drunk in public places
And I stumble and people stare
They ask themselves if that’s him
And they all ask me to sing

Well they all have certain expectations
But I’m me and I don’t have to meet them
What’s the point of getting to the top?
If you can’t look down, once in a while.


Now the royalty cheque’s my only friend
There’s too many broken hearts to mend
The mansion’s sold for the alimony
I can never go back, can’t you see?
I had those talents, I had to use them
Didn’t God give them to me for a reason?

Chorus X 2


released February 9, 2016
Song written by J. Beavis; engineer, produced and mixed by Steve Robin at The Barn Studio in Plainland, Queensland, Australia.

Jimi Beavis - vocals
Scott Nosworthy - drums and percussion
Chris Bancroft - guitar
Costas Constantinou - bass guitar
Andrew Garton - baritone sax, horn arrangements
Lachlan McKenzie - trumpet
Alex Price - tenor sax
Peta Wilson - piano
Kate Mackie - backing vocals



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Jimi Beavis Brisbane, Australia

Jimi Beavis is all class. A gentleman giant of the Brisbane roots scene who knows what’s what. Like his heroes Nick Cave and Tom Waits, Jimi’s original songs draw upon the darkness of humankind but the hipshaking old school rhythms that gave music its good time dancibility. Yet the songs remain relevant and irresistible to live audiences when Jimi delivers them in his inimitable way. ... more

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