BOYS IN THE TREES - 1978


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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

Liner Notes

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.

Credits

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

You Belong To Me
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

Boys In The Trees
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

Back Down To Earth
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

Devoted To You
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

De Bat (Fly In Me Face)
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

Haunting
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

Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)
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

You're The One
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

In A Small Moment
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

One Man Woman
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

For Old Times Sake
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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