Song – Just A Thing I Do

WRITER

  • Bob Gibson
  • Shel Silverstein

PUBLISHER(S)

  • Melody Trials
  • Evil Eye

Song Licensing information

RECORDINGS BY BOB GIBSON-

Phono License information

RECORDINGS BY OTHER ARTISTS

  • None

Song Notes

Also known as “The Kathy O’Grady Song,” this is Bob’s big awakening to the an aspect of feminism and freedom for women.

LYRIC

Just A Thing I Do

Her name was Kathy O’Grady
A natural Mendocino lady
I picked her up hitching on the road to Caspar
I had a personal question to ask her

She said, “Come up to my cabin on the mountain above”
I went up and I fell in love
Next morning I asked her if she’d be my wife
She told me her philosophy of life

She said, “It’s just a thing I do
To while away an hour or two
Let me warn you ’fore you’re too involved
This ain’t the place to get your problems solved”
She said, “It’s just a game I play
To get me through a Mendocino rainy day”
She said, “Babe, it ain’t no reflection on you
It’s just a thing, a thing I do
It’s just a thing I do”

She said, “I’m sorry you flew all the way from Paris
Sorry you sold your chateaux
Sorry that you sent out all those wedding invitations
But that’s the way things go, go, go

She said, “Go back to your wife and your kids
Go back before you’re sorry for what you did”
She said, “Don’t worry, Hon, I won’t lose no sleep
But you better leave now before you’re in too deep

She said, “It’s just a thing I do
You know I’ve done it to quite a few
And does it make you any less of a man
To realize you’re just a one-night stand”
She said, “It’s just a game I play
To get me through a Mendocino rainy day
Hey, Babe, quit worrying about the reason or rhyme
You fellas do it to us all of the time
It’s just a thing I do
To while away an hour or two
Hey, Babe, it ain’t no reflection on you
It’s just a thing, a thing I do
Just a thing, a thing I do
It’s just a thing I do”

Words & music by Bob Gibson and Shel Silverstein

Just a Thing I do

by Bob Gibson | Perfect High