SONG LYRICS FOR: "NIP IT IN THE BUD"
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Lead Vocals: John Listen, John Freeman
Music & Lyrics: John Listen
Producer: John Listen

"NIP IT IN THE BUD" (with chords)

[Note: The recorded version is a half-step lower.]
Intro: (Am-G-Am-E7)

Verse 1
[Person 1:] (Am7)I can’t forgive what Danny(Dm7)did to me,(Am7)I’ll pay him back some day,
Just(Dsus4)wait and see! (C)It seems he’s always doing(Dm)things that I hate;
I get so(Fmaj7)angry and bent out of(E7)shape!

Verse 2
(Am7)My pride is wounded, my(Fmaj7)ego,(E7)too.(Am7)I can’t go on this way; don’t(C)know what to(D)do!
[Person 2:] Yes, they(C)call it “bitterness;” it’s like a(Dm)tiny seed, but it(Bm7)grows into a dangerous(E7)weed!

Chorus 1
(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Don’t even(F)let those little roots(Bb)start!
(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Don’t keep(F)bitterness in(Bb)your(Fm6)heart!
(Am)Love can heal all the(F)hurt that you feel if you’ll(Dm7)just for(G7)give and for(C)get.(E7)

Verse 3
[Person 1:] (Am7)When people bug me, or(Bm7)do me(E7)wrong,
(Am7)I’m good for nothing ‘cause I’m(D)fu(Dsus4)ming all day long!
[Person 2:] (C)Like pollution that just(Dm)poisons your heart,
[Person 1:] It’s an e(Fmaj7)motion that can tear you a(E7)part.(Dm/B-E7)

Verse 4
[Person 2:] (Am7)Those feelings harm your mind. [Person 1:] My(Fmaj7)body,(E7)too.
[Person 2:] (Am)Destroy the happiness of(C)those around(D)you. [Group:] Don’t be(C)fooled;
[Person 2:] Don’t be ruled by this in(Dm)visible seed, ’cause it(Bm7)grows into a dangerous(E7)weed, no!

Chorus 2
(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Don’t even(F)let those little roots(Bb)start!
(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Don’t keep(F)bitterness in(Bb)your(Fm6)heart!
(Am)Love can heal all the(F)hurt that you feel if you’ll(Dm7)just for(E7)give and for(Am)get.

(Bb-F) (Am-Bb-F) (F-G-C)

Spoken
[Person 2:) Hey, you wanna know(F)how to quit that bitterness? [Group:] (Em)Yes!
[Person 2:] (F)All right! (G)Give me some numbers!
(One!) Admit it, get it out in the open. There’s no use hopin’
You can hide those seeds inside you.(C-Bbmaj7-C)
(Two!)Get things right! Let go of your gripes, and hold on tight to the positive (positive) side of life!(C-Bbmaj7-C)
(Three!)Go to your friend and mend, and put an end to all the bad you have that makes you feel so sad.(C-Bbmaj7)
(Am7) (Four-get it!) Leave it in the(F)past! Don’t let those feelings last!(Dm)Stop it! (Drop it!)
(Em)Do it today! That’s(Dm)one,(Em)two,(F)three,(F#)four(G)ways to ...

Chorus 3
(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Don’t even(F)let those little roots(Bb)start!
(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Don’t keep(F)bitterness in(Bb)your(Fm6)heart!
(Am)Love can heal all the(F)hurt that you feel if you’ll(Dm)just for(G7)give and for(C)get.

Chorus 4
(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Don’t even(F)let those little roots(Bb)start!
(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Don’t keep(F)bitterness in(Bb)your(Fm6)heart!
(Am)Love can heal all the(F)hurt that you feel if you’ll(Dm)just for(G7)give and for(Am)get.(C7)
(F)Love can heal all the(Am)hurt that you feel if you’ll(Dm)just for(G7)give and for(C)get.

(Nip it!) What did he say? He said (nip it in the bud!) (C)All right! Hmmm,(F)hmmm,
((Bb)Nip it in the(F)bud!) (C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! There’s one(F)thing I can assure you.(C) (Nip it!)
Only God’s(F)love is gonna(Bb)cure(F)you. (C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud! Bitter(F)ness will effect you!
(C)(Nip it in the bud!) Oh, watch(F)out, or it’ll(Bb)wreck(F)you!(C)Nip it(Csus4)in the bud!
Don’t(F7)let those little roots start. (Nip,(C)nip it in the bud!) Only God’s(F)love can heal(Bb)your(F)heart.
[Girl:] (Dm)Hey, you’re looking(Em)happy today!
[Person One:] Yeah, I finally for(Dm)gave Danny, and(Em)I feel great! (Dm-Em-F-F#-G)
[Group:](F)Nip it in the(C)bud!

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