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Steve Key: Songs/Lyrics

Sum Me Up

(Steve Key & Dorian Michael)
April 1, 2016
Anne Sucher & Steve Key

This was Anne's idea, and I always thought of it as Anne's song to sing. But she died. And when I was asked to provide a recording of this song for a compilation honoring Anne's work, I had to re-learn it, after more than 10 years of Anne's passing. The more I sing it, the more I identify with Anne's point of view. Some people do call me trouble, but I'm much more than that.

Sum Me Up (c)2016 Steve Key/Anne Sucher (Key of E)

(note: I play it capo 2 in D, capo over 5 strings, leaving 6th string open for "fake drop D")

Intro: A-E, A-E, A-G#m-C#m, B-E

v1  I'm kinda complicated            (A-E)

been down a lot of roads            (A-E)

I could tell you stories if you'd ever want to know         (A-E-B)   

You know me in passing               (A-E)

But I can't seem to get through    (G#7-C#m)

Don’t put a label on me (A-E)

Decide I’m nothing new           (A-E)    

Don’t you sum me up              (A-G#m-C#m)

In just a word or two      (B-E)

 

v2  Some people call me trouble -- old lovers called me cruel

Good friends know I'm faithful, though I've been made a fool

Maybe you've heard that about me, but I tell you it's not true

Don’t put a label on me, decide I’m nothing new

Don’t you sum me up in just a word or two

 

Br  You could write me off           (G#7-C#m)

You could say goodbye  (G#7-C#m)

Judge me by my cover and never know the heart inside     (A-E-B)

But I wish you'd stay (G#7-C#m)

Spend a little time (G#7-C#m)

Maybe one plus one     (A-E)

is a sum that we could try (F#7-B)

 

v3  You say that I've misread you, that you're just a little shy

And I need to be patient, finally listen to your side

You sure turned the tables, and I see that you're right

So why don’t we start over, see each other new

If you don’t sum me up the way I summed up you

Don’t you sum me up   

Don’t you sum me up   

Don’t you sum me up                                                              

In just a word or two

Sum Me Up

 

v1  I'm kinda complicated            

been down a lot of roads            

I could tell you stories if you'd ever want to know            

You know me in passing               

But I can't seem to get through

Don’t put a label on me

Decide I’m nothing new               

Don’t you sum me up                                                              

In just a word or two     

 

v2  Some people call me trouble -- old lovers called me cruel

Good friends know I'm faithful, though I've been made a fool

Maybe you've heard that about me, but I tell you it's not true

Don’t put a label on me, decide I’m nothing new

Don’t you sum me up in just a word or two

 

Br  You could write me off           

You could say goodbye 

Judge me by my cover and never know the heart inside

But I wish you'd stay

Spend a little time

Maybe one plus one     

is a sum that we could try

 

v3  You say that I've misread you, that you're just a little shy

And I need to be patient, finally listen to your side

You sure turned the tables, and I see that you're right

So why don’t we start over, see each other new

If you don’t sum me up the way I summed up you

Don’t you sum me up   

Don’t you sum me up   

Don’t you sum me up                                                              

In just a word or twov1  I'm kinda complicated            

been down a lot of roads            

I could tell you stories if you'd ever want to know            

You know me in passing               

But I can't seem to get through

Don’t put a label on me

Decide I’m nothing new               

Don’t you sum me up                                                              

In just a word or two     

 

v2  Some people call me trouble -- old lovers called me cruel

Good friends know I'm faithful, though I've been made a fool

Maybe you've heard that about me, but I tell you it's not true

Don’t put a label on me, decide I’m nothing new

Don’t you sum me up in just a word or two

 

Br  You could write me off           

You could say goodbye 

Judge me by my cover and never know the heart inside

But I wish you'd stay

Spend a little time

Maybe one plus one     

is a sum that we could try

 

v3  You say that I've misread you, that you're just a little shy

And I need to be patient, finally listen to your side

You sure turned the tables, and I see that you're right

So why don’t we start over, see each other new

If you don’t sum me up the way I summed up you

Don’t you sum me up   

Don’t you sum me up   

Don’t you sum me up