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Boys In The Trees
1978

  Following the birth of her son, Ben, Carly released this top ten album ~ including the hit songs You Belong To Me and Devoted To You.
Boys In The Trees album by Carly Simon
You Belong To Me
Boys In The Trees
Back Down To Earth
Devoted To You
De Bat (Fly In Me Face)
Haunting
Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)
You're The One
In A Small Moment
One Man Woman
For Old Times Sake

   

Boys In The Trees

From Carly's 2005 "A Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary 2" DVD. Also features her daughter, Sally Taylor. Info

De Bat (Fly In Me Face)

From Carly's 1995 "Live at Grand Central" concert. Info

Check out more videos from this album here ~

Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Michael McDonald

Why'd you tell me this
Were you looking for my reaction
What do you need to know
Don't you know I'll always be your girl
You don't have to prove to me
You're beautiful to strangers
I've got loving eyes of my own

You belong to me
Tell her, tell her you were fooling
You belong to me
You don't even know her
You belong to me
Tell her that I love you
You belong to me

You belong to me
Can it be, honey, that you're not sure
You belong to me
Thought we'd closed the book, locked the door
You don't have to prove to me that you're beautiful to strangers
Well, I've got loving eyes of my own, of my own
And I can tell, I can tell darling

Tell her
Tell her that I love you
You belong to me
Tell her, tell her you were fooling
You belong to me
Tell her she don't even know you

Tell her
Tell her you were fooling
You belong to me
I know you from a long time ago, baby
Don't leave me to go to her now
You belong to me
And baby I really love you
Tell her, tell her, tell her
She don't know you
You belong to me

Electric Guitars: Cornell DuPree & Eric Gale
Electric Piano: Richard Tee
Bass: Gordon Edwards
Drums: Steve Gadd
Background Vocals: Carly Simon & James Taylor
Alto Sax Solo: Dave Sanborn

© 1977 Snug Music, BMI & C’est Music, ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

I'm home again in my old narrow bed
Where I grew tall and my feet hung over the end
The low beam room with the window looking out
On the soft summer garden
Where the boys grew in the trees

Here I grew guilty
And no one was at fault
Frightened by the power
In every innocent thought
And the silent understanding passing down
From daughter to daughter
Let the boys grow in the trees

Do you go to them
Or do you let them come to you
Do you stand in back
Afraid that you'll intrude
Deny yourself and hope someone will see
And live like a flower
While the boys grow in the trees

Last night I slept in sheets the color of fire
Tonight I lie alone again
And I curse my own desires
Sentenced first to burn and then to freeze
And watch by the window
Where the boys grew in the trees

Acoustic Guitars: Carly Simon, James Taylor, Jeff Mironov
Drums: Steve Gadd
Background Vocals: Carly Simon & James Taylor
Marimba: David Carey
Tenor & Soprano Recorders: Harvey Estrin, George Marge

© 1978, C’est Music, ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by Carly Simon

We jumped into a river on the moon
But the water was too cold
We tried to buy the morning star
But it was already sold
I wanted to make it big with you
But my plans must have been too bold

And it's back down to earth again
Back in my car and gone
Back on the road
Back on the road alone

You were my summer angel
Your eyes how they shone
Just last night we were talking about
How much our love had grown
I wanted to prove how good it could be
But my plans will have to be postponed

'Cause it's back down to earth again
Back in my car and gone
Back on the road
Back on the road alone

Acoustic Guitars: Carly Simon, James Taylor
Electric Guitar: Jeff Mironov
Lead Electric Guitar: John Hall
Piano: Richard Tee
Bass: Will Lee
Drums: Steve Gadd

© 1978, C’est Music, ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: Boudleaux Bryant

Darling you can count on me
'Till the sun dries up the sea
Until then I'll always be
Devoted to you

I'll be yours 'till endless time
I'll adore your charms sublime
Guess by now you know that I'm
Devoted to you

I'll never hurt you
I'll never lie
I'll never be untrue
I'll never give you reason to cry
I'd be unhappy if you were blue

Through the years our love will grow
Like a river it will flow
It can't die because I'm so
Devoted to you

Acoustic Guitar: James Taylor
Electric Guitar Solo: Hugh McCracken
Electric Piano: Richard Tee
Bass: Will Lee
Drums: Steve Gadd

© 1958 House of Bryant Publications, Nashville, TN
All foreign rights controlled by: Acuff-Rose Publications, Nashville, TN

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Fly in me face
Fly in me face
Fly in me face
Fly in me face
Well I hope de bat don't come out and fly in me face tonight

Well I come home from a party
And I'm feelin' a little spaced
And I walk on in the kitchen and
A bat fly in me face
Well de bat come down the chimney
You see he wait in the fireplace
When he hear that I'm getting a little snack
De bat fly in me face

Fly in me face
Fly in me face
Well I hope de bat he don't come out
And fly in me face tonight

De bat he rat got wings
All the children know that
What I need to know from the Lord
Is how you get de wings on the cat
They say a bat's got radar
And he can fly through fan
But what I am afraid of is
That he got another plan

Fly in me face
Fly in me face
Well I hope de bat he don't come out
And fly in me face tonight

One thing I forgot to tell you
About the human race
Everybody get a little upset
When a bat fly in they face
Fly in me face
Fly in me face
Well I hope de bat he don't come out
And fly in me face tonight

Acoustic Guitar: James Taylor
Congas & Bass Drums: Crusher Bennett
Percussion: Rubens Bassini
Background Vocals: Luther Vandross, Roderick George, Ken Williams, James Taylor & John Hall
Vocal Arrangements: James Taylor

© 1978, C’est Music, ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

There's always someone
Haunting someone
Haunting someone

Like an echo in the wind leaves, unreconciled
Waiting to be picked up and bounced down again
On listeners ears

There's always someone
Haunting someone
Haunting someone
And you know who I am
Though I never leave my name or number
I'm locked inside of you so it doesn't matter

There's always someone
Haunting someone
Haunting someone
And you know who I am
Though I never leave my name or number
I'm locked inside of you so it doesn't matter

There's always someone
Haunting someone
Haunting someone
And I can't sleep easy
'Cause I'm afraid of dreaming
And then the memory of the dream
There's always someone
Haunting someone
Haunting someone
Haunting someone

Piano: Ken Bischel
Drums: Steve Gadd
Background Vocals: Alyia Orme, Lucy Simon, Joanna Simon, Steven Dickson, Marc Embree
Oboe: Phil Bodner
Harps: Margaret Ross, Gloria Agostini

© 1978, C’est Music, ASCAP

Lyrics by: Carly Simon & James Taylor
Music by: Carly Simon, James Taylor, Arif Mardin

Melt my heart, why don't you
Melt my heart
Oh you melt my heart, tranquillo
You melt my heart
Let it go, let it go, let it go

Tranquillo, got to get you into bed now
Just a little boy in the body of a dream
Can't stay up and won't go to sleep
What does it mean

Tranquillo, no other way to go now
'Cause you need a lot of bass & drums
For your rockabye
Just a lullaby for a wide-eyed guy
This charm of yours, better put it on hold
Put it on hold, put it on hold because you...

Melt my heart, why don't you
Melt my heart
Let it go, let it go, let it go
Melt my heart, tranquillo
You melt my heart
Whoa...let it go

Tranquillo, I wanted to go out dancin'
But you got me dancin' round and round
Your momma's never gonna get to town
These plans of mine better put 'em on hold
Put 'em on hold, put 'em on hold because you

Melt my heart, why don't cha
Melt my heart
Melt my heart, tranquillo
You melt my heart
Let it go, let it go, let it go........

Guitars: Hamish Stuart & Onnie McIntrye
Electric Piano & Arp String Ensemble: Don Grolnick
Bass: Tony Levin
Drums: Steve Gadd
Background Vocals: Hamish Stuart, James Taylor, Cissy Houston & Carly Simon

© 1978 C’est Music, ASCAP & Country Road Music, Inc., BMI

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Well I spent all night alone with you
And you weren't even there
Your eyes burned on me like the midnight sun
And somewhere in the night I knew
How much I really cared

'Cause you're the one
You're the one
For me you are the one

I tried to keep my distance
Afraid of striking out
But protect myself from life is all I've done
So I got to tell you now
Before another night goes by
That you're the one
You're the one
For me you are the one

And sometimes it hits you right away
And sometimes it takes awhile
Oh but now that you've crept up on me
There's nothing I can do
To stay away from you though Lord
Well, I've tried to keep it down
But resistance only moves it to the front
So I got to tell you now
And not worry what you'll say

'Cause you're the one
You're the one
For me you are the one

Guitar: Cornell DuPree
Piano: Richard Tee
Bass: Gordon Edwards & Tony Levin
Drums: Steve Gadd
Background Vocals: Carly Simon, Hamish Stuart and Alex Ligertwood
Obligatto Vocal: Hamish Stuart

© 1978, C’est Music, ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

In a small moment
She accepted credit for something she did not do
She said she'd done the water color in her bedroom
But it was done by a friend from school
Just a little lie
No one would discover
At least not very soon

In a small moment
Just a little lie
When she wasn't looking
It just slipped on by

In a small moment
In a restaurant where she worked the late night shift
She short changed a sailor and made five
You could never really call it a theft
Just a little lie
Swept up in her apron and kept as a well deserved gift

In a small moment
She cheated on her lover and placed it in the back of her mind
As long as nobody knew the truth about her
It could never really be unkind
Just a little lie
that slept beside her as she tossed and turned in her alibis

In a small moment
Just a little, little lie
When she wasn't looking
It just slipped on by
Just a little lie
When she wasn't looking
It just slipped on by

Electric Guitar: Stu Scharf
Electric Piano & Arp Synthesizer: Ken Bischel
Bass: Tony Levin
Drums: Steve Gadd
Percussion: Crusher Bennett
Flute: Joe Farrell

© 1978, C’est Music, ASCAP

Lyrics & Music by: James Taylor

Well it's plain as rain
And it's there for all the world to see
Just 'cause everybody does it
That doesn't make it right for me
Someone's making plans
Involvin' my old man
Everytime I turn by back around
I'm feelin' like a one man woman
Living in a two time town

Now in the place that I come from
The people don't grow on trees
(except some of the boys)
And you can't treat people like meat
Without getting brought to your knees
Now and then baby

The way I've been feeling
Since I hit this town
Like to jump in the river and drown
Feeling like a one man woman
Living in a two time town
Way I feel is like I'm living in a two time town

Sometimes I'd like
To get out on the floor
Shake it till dawn
Some young thing
Like to teach him the bump
Make me want to take him home

Well excuse me
I don't mean to preach you no lectures
Yeah but me and my man won't
Be able to stay for breakfast
Gotta go home now
I guess he's got the itch
And I'm just a bitch
Who's trying to bring him down

Feeling like a one man woman
Acting like a one man woman
I guess I'm just a one man woman
Who's living in a two time town

Guitar: Cornell DuPree
Piano: Richard Tee
Bass: Gordon Edwards
Drums: Steve Gadd
Tenor Sax Solo: Michael Brecker

© 1978 Country Road Music, Inc, BMI

Lyrics by: Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

Let's make love for old times sake
Let's set right an old mistake
Let's invite our hearts to break
It's right tonight
But just for old time's sake

Remember you as Mars
And me as Venus
Strange to see the grey in your hair
And now to feel a peace so deep between us
And to realize that we still care

Let's make love for old times sake
Let's set right an old mistake
Let's invite our hearts to break
It's right tonight
But just for old time's sake

I used to think that we would wind up together
Our destinies always entwined
Oh but your heart kept changing like the weather
And you would up leaving me behind

Let's make love for old time's sake
Let's set right an old mistake
Let's invite our hearts to break
It's right tonight
But just for old time's sake

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon & Stu Scharf
Bass: Tony Levin
Auto Harp: Stu Scharf
Background vocals: Carly Simon
Brandy Glasses: Arif Mardin

© 1978, C’est Music, ASCAP & Maya Productions, LTD, ASCAP

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Boys In The Trees front/back cover gatefold album. This album won a Grammy for Best Album Package in 1978. Carly was topless in the original photo, they airbrushed a top on her for this cover..

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Boys In The Trees front/back inner gatefold album. This album won a Grammy for Best Album Package in 1978. Photos: Deborah Turberville

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Devoted To You promotional poster. This Carly Simon and James Taylor duet was produced by Arif Mardin and rose to #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary charts.

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James Taylor and Carly Simon - in the studio recording Devoted To You (for this duet, producer Arif Mardin came up with the idea of them singing into the same microphone.) Photo: Jim Shea

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more of James Taylor and Carly Simon - in the studio recording Devoted To You. Photo: Jim Shea

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more of James Taylor and Carly Simon - in the studio recording Devoted To You. Photo: Jim Shea

Thanks to:


Paul Simon, Cengiz Yaltkaya, Chrissy Allerdingz, Gene Paul, Debbie Coleman, The Other Alligator, and finally but not for the first or last time to Mr. H.


Release Date: April 1978
Label: Elektra Records
Album Billboard Peak: #10

Single (You Belong To Me) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #6 - Adult Contemporary:#4
Single (Devoted To You) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #36 - Adult Contemporary:#5

Produced by: Arif Mardin

Recorded and mixed by Lew Hahn

Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, NY
Additional recording at A & R Studios, New York, NY
Engineer for additional recording at Altantic Studios – Bobby Warner
Assistant engineers – Mike O’Reilly, Tom Heid, Bill Dooley, Ollie Cotton
Mastered by George Piros
All strings and horns arranged and conducted by Arif Mardin
Horn arrangement on Tranquillo by James Taylor and Arif Mardin
Production assistant – Cengiz Yaltkaya

Stu Scharf courtesy of Laissez-Faire Records
Randy and Michael Brecker courtesy of Arista Records
Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntrye courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
Luther Vandross courtesy of Cotillion Records
Eric Gale, Gordon Edwards, Dave Sanborn and Cornell Dupree courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Eric Gale (as a solo artist) and James Taylor courtesy of Columbia Records.

String section consists of: Gene Orloff, (Concert Master), Jesse Levy, Kermit Moore, Homer Mensch, Alan Shulman, Joe Malin, Guy Lumia, Gerald Tarack, Harold Kohon, Mitsue Takayama, Julien Barber, Alfred Brown, Charles Libove, Paul Gershman, Frederick Buldrini, La Mar Alsop, Ted Hoyle, Jonathan Abramowitz, Marvin Morgenstern, Yoko Matsuo, Theodore Israel

Horn section consists of: Randy Brecker, trumpet
Michael Brecker, tenor sax
Eddie Bert & Barry Rogers, trombones
Harvey Estrin & George Young, alto sax
Jaroslav Jakubovic & Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
James Buffington & Brooks Tillotson, French horns

Photography by: Deborah Turberville
Art Direction: Johnny Lee and Tony Lane
Management: Arlyne Rothberg

 

Rolling Stone cover - Carly Simon - Boys in the Trees album

Rolling Stone cover - June 1978
Land of Milk and Honey ~ Written by: Charles Young
Cover photo: Hiro

Carly Simon: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Roast Beef Hash

Her body somewhere between willowy and skeletal, her overbite so inspiring that archaeologists will dig her up in 5000 years and put her in a museum as the first Cro-Simon Woman, Carly cuts a striking figure under the lights. She exudes a captivating sexuality, and all her moves are exaggerated to Big Star proportions by her height and wide mouth.

On Tranquillo: "Well, the title was certainly wishful thinking. At night, he's (son Ben) a real Baby Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The line 'why don't you melt my heart' was a mistake. The lyric got rewritten, but the background singing was already recorded and we had to stick with it."

On Haunting: "At times there are situations that can become desperate, when you can't exorcise a person from your heart. But I don't mind the sensation of falling prey to my emotions. People who need that control are missing something. I can't see why you would want that kind of control."

On Performing: Carly has scheduled her first tour in six years!

"I'm trying not to stress anything like 'Carly Simon's Great Return to Performing' or anything like that. I'm just going to slip back into the scene as quietly as possible.

Performing, you know, is a very odd thing to do. Singing is more intimate and personal. People find themselves in my songs. It wouldn't be bad if everyone in the audience could come up onstage and I could kiss them beforehand. As it is, it's like making love without any preliminary kissing."

On the Concert: After cancelling the first scheduled show due to a stomach flu (James performed in her place), Carly takes the stage is Boston: It's her first performance in six years...and she's just this side of puking on the audience. "I hope this is a loose set," she announces. "Anyone can go to the bathroom at any time, and so can I."

The set included: Anticipation, We Have No Secrets, You Belong To Me, De Bat (Fly In Me Face), You're So Vain, That's The Way I've Heard It Should Be, It Keeps You Runnin', Devoted To You, Goodnight, Irene.

Note: The full article can be read at Rollingstone.com for a subscription fee.

People Magazine cover - Carly Simon 1978

People magazine cover - July 17, 1978
She conquered her stage fright but motherhood comes first for Mrs. James Taylor.
Written by: Jim Jerome
Cover photo: Francesco Scavullo

With Stage Fright Behind Her, Carly Simon Is A Working Mom Whose Road Hang-Up Is Pampers

For six years, beginning in 1972, Simon beat all the odds of the record biz. She sustained one of her generation's most formative, if not enigmatic, pop music successes, with five gold albums and three gold singles without a single record-promoting tour.

On Touring: This spring, Carly dramatically hit the road again, playing in small halls and campus clubs around the Northeast. Now, with 12 shows behind her, she says, “I don't see performing as the trauma I once did.”

Still, she needed her security blankets. James traveled with her and she booked few dates farther than 90 miles from New York, so she and James could get back to spend the night with the kids. She even stipulated in her contracts that disposable diapers be provided backstage for the times the baby came along. (Afterward Carly and James autographed leftover Pampers and handed them out to fans.)

On Family Life: James and Carly mesh recording studio, rehearsal and touring schedules to cover the children's pickup, eating and sleeping needs when they are in their nine-room apartment on Central Park West. Their only help is a five-day-a-week housekeeper-sitter. The planning still falls mostly to Carly.

"I go through 10 checklists a day - 'Where are the kids now? Are they home from the picnic? Have I bought the meat for dinner? I cannot totally be without a consciousness of where the kids are. I have almost all the responsibilities running the household and pulling the whole thing together. It's hard."

She has found that her childless friends "have very little tolerance for my having to be home at a certain time or not having the freedom to drive down to Florida for a couple of days to hang out at the beach. I do occasionally get furious and hate one kid or another for a spell - and feel guilty," she says. "But that's to be expected." For her, motherhood has meant "discovering a new dimension to love -cherishing this little person without any barriers."

On Growing up Simon: Her father, Richard Simon, co-founded the publishing house of Simon & Schuster at the age of 24 and entertained notables ranging from Richard Rodgers to Jackie Robinson. One of Carly's uncles, Peter Dean, is a singer. Uncle Alfred Simon co-authored a book on the Gershwins, the late Uncle Henry Simon was a musicologist and critic, and Uncle George Simon is a venerable jazz historian-critic. George observes that his niece Carly "was always more jazz-oriented than the other girls - more bluesy and ballsy in her phrasing, very intuitive and expressive."

Read full article online at People magazine (free)

Circus Magazine cover - Carly Simon 1978

Circus magazine cover - June 1978
Carly Simon Stages Dramatic Re-Entry
Written by: Stan Soocher
Cover photo: Peter Simon

Boys In The Trees is a return to folk simplicity and power

The tall, sensual singer/songwriter has been busy recording music and raising her two youngsters, Sarah Maria, four, and Benjamin, one.

On Boys In The Trees: "I've never felt until now that my voice has been mixed out in front enough on my records. I have praise for every producer I've worked with, and I've learned so much from each one. But I was too embarrassed to say I wanted to hear more of my voice before. The production of Boys In The Trees is sparser, so it doesn't get in the way of my vocals.

The songwriting inspiration I get is for problem-solving reasons. I find answers to questions I have about myself in the lyric and the melody. My writing is quite introspective, like a journal in musical verse."

"The song Haunting is the first time I've written a tune in my head as a tone poem before I set it to a melody."

For producer Arif Mardin, these were special recording sessions. "On their vocal duet, 'Devoted To You, it was magic, one of those rare moments. To communicate that feeling of devotion, I had Carly and James sing mono into one microphone."

On Performing: Carly takes the stage in support of the new album. Who would have thought that in Boston, Massachusetts on the opening night of her first solo tour in six years, Carly Simon would come down with the flu? "My band was rehearsed, so James went on in my stead, and he's the only one who could have done it. Luckily I'm not married to a baseball player," Carly laughs.

"Playing for an audience is strange enough. And if I sang impersonal songs, I don't think it would be any easier for me to get up and perform. But singing songs over in the studio this time allowed me the chance to strengthen myself to the point where I wouldn't mind recording the vocals I'm singing on stage."

Rolling Stone

Album Review ~ by Janet Maslin Read

"Boys in the Trees is Carly's most serene accomplishment to date"

 


Thank you for taking the time and effort to appreciate your fans enough to interact with us. I was listening to "For Old Time's Sake" on the ride home from work today. I had not heard it in years. It brought back such powerful memories for me of a time, place, and lover from my past. Can you please shed some light on the circumstances or emotions that helped you create it.

Also, do you ever hear a song of yours that you have not heard in a long time and find yourself moved more than you expected to be or moved more now than when you recorded the song?
Andrew Maze - Howell, NJ


Thank you and yes I do (find myself moved more than I had thought I would be) often it is unfavorably moved, but mostly not. Mostly I think to myself: who is that woman with a voice like a vibrating peach? Not always the same fruit every time, but anyway, I am happily surprised that it is me.

As far as "For Old Time's Sake", that is Jake Brackman's lyric. He is amazing that he can write as if reading my mind. When I got the lyric from him, I wrote a four/four versions of the song which I recorded and discarded. It seemed too heavy for the subtle and yet unsentimental seductive plea. I remember reworking it in a waltz time and being relieved that the song could be saved and the budget allowed for it to be re-recorded. It's as if it was yesterday. That's what's so hard to come to grips with.
Carly Simon - 1/29/02


Hi Carly!
Like most true fans, many of my favorite songs of yours are album cuts that for whatever reason didn't really receive airplay. A particular favorite of mine is "In a Small Moment." To me, it's like a perfect mini short story.

What can you share about the inspiration behind this song?
Thanks! Ross - Seminole, Florida


Dear Ross, A tiny slip up of character can adjust the actions further along that you take. It's those small moments that you tend to sweep under the carpet and get deposited in the "do not disturb" area of your brain, that leads you to allow yourself a replay, next time maybe not so easy to sweep and so the "do not disturb" area grows larger to encompass more easy sleazy acts which demean the honesty and integrity of one's nature.

"Just a little lie"... you can't get away with it unless you are a psychopath. If you are inherently honest, the lie will sleep beside you and change you from the inside out, subtley or not so subtley. Everybody commits these little acts, it takes a good woman, a good man, to admit them.

Do I sound like I'm giving a sermon? Oh Oh. Sorry!
Love, Carly - 10/15/05


Your song "Haunting" ("There's always someone haunting someone") is so incredibly beautiful & HAUNTING. All these years after it was written, I still get goose-bumps every time I hear it. It makes me think of unresolved romantic relationships I've had in my life. My question is, were you referring to romantic relationships when you wrote that song or just relationships in general?
Nanette Gazlay - St. Bend, Oregon


I actually wrote the lyric as a letter. It was general yes, but specific too. Now if that isn't an unsatisfying answer, I don't know what is.
Carly Simon 7/9/01


Carly,
I think my favourite album cover is Boys In The Trees. Where was that shot? Did you ever get a say in the look of the album? It seems to me like every cover photo reflects the mood of the album. Big love, Charlotte West - Manchester UK


Charlotte,
It was very much the idea of Deborah Turburville, the photographer of that cover. I had a totally different idea which I'm glad she didn't listen to. I actually would have done something silly like asking to be photographed in a child sized bed with big huge trees outside looking threatening. Very surreal. As it turned out, it is surreal, but with grace and with less particularity or specificity to the lyric.
Love, Carly - 7/14/03


One of my favorite songs of yours is "Boys in the Trees". I have always thought that perhaps it relates to a young girl's first adult realization that her own sexuality exists on a different and uneven playing field than that of the "boys" in her life. Would you mind terribly sharing some thoughts on that song and its meaning to you?
Margaret Quinn - Oreland, PA


You're on the money. That's exactly what it's all about. The boys are in the trees which grow taller than the flowers (and live like a flower, while the boys grow in the trees). I used to live in a room and my bed was under the eaves. My feet outgrew the mattress, and my awareness grew out of the bed and out the window into my back yard where I couldn't help but notice some of those apple pickers. I yearned for something I didn't understand the rules of. I got hurt and have never been as open though I spend many of my hours trying to stay open enough to discover it all anew and without that fresh slap in the face.
Carly Simon 7/17/01
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