Wherewithal 
Words & Music by Clifford T Ward

 Audio sample
This was Cliff's second 'chart' single - though it didn't quite make the top 50; probably due to the fact that the 'single' was released in September (1973) - about three months after it had appeared on his phenomenal 'Home Thoughts' album.

In an interview, Cliff made these comments about the song:

' "Wherewithal" is just a lovely word. It's a song which, when I wrote it, I didn't think about it too much but I think it's turned out quite well. I just like the sound of "wherewithal" and I just wanted to write a song with that word as the title. This is the result, I suppose it is a little bit contrived in that I wanted to be cheeky in a way, using words that I don't hear very often, words like "non-pareil" and so on. I just wanted to use them because they are nice words.'


Wherewithal  

I wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention
Wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.

You are so nonpareil
You introduce a new elation in my life
But you are so nonchalant
I don't suppose this new sensation will materialise.

I wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention
Wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.

If I hadn't inhibitions enough to cope with
Now you come along beautiful and leave me hoping
If it wasn't complicated enough to start with
Now you're making this feeling so hard to part with.

INSTRUMENTAL

You are so nonpareil
You introduce a new elation in my life
But you are so nonchalant
I don't suppose this new sensation will materialise.

I wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention
Wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention
I wish I had the wherewithal
To attract your attention.

(Repeat and fade)

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