CARLY SIMON - 1971


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That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be

Carly Simon performing before a live audience for "Good Vibrations from Central Park" which aired on ABC -Thursday, August 19, 1972.

Liner Notes

Thanks to the following assisting musicians: Jeff Baxter, David Bromberg, Tom Caulfield, David Givens, Paul Griffin, Gerry Jemmott, Jimmy Johnson, Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart, Tony Levin, Billy Mernit, Steve Merriman, Doug Rauch, Jimmy Ryan, Harvey Shapiro, John Siomos, Frank Steo, Jim Wilkins, Ed Freeman

String arrangements for That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be, Reunions and The Love's Still Growing: Ed Freeman
String arrangement for Alone: Pat Rebillot

Also, much love and luck to and from: Payte, Andrea, Joey, Lucy, David, Julie, Jonno, Sara, Jake, Ricky, Ellen,Vieri, John, Wendy, C.B.

Credits

Release Date: March 1971
Label: Elektra Records
Album Billboard Peak: #30
Single (That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #10 - Adult Contemporary: #6

Produced by: Eddie Kramer for Jerry Brandt/Brandtworks Records, Inc.
Production Supervisors / Jac Holzman and Keith Holzman
Mixdown Engineers: Eddie Kramer, Dave Palmer

Recorded at Electric Lady Studios ( New York City)
Cover Photography: Peter Simon
Back Cover Photo: Joel Brodsky
Art Direction & Design: Robert L. Heimall

That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be
Lyrics by: Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

My father sits at night with no lights on
His cigarette glows in the dark
The living room is still
I walk by, no remark
I tiptoe past the master bedroom where
My mother reads her magazines
I hear her call sweet dreams
But I forgot how to dream

But you say it's time we moved in together
And raised a family of our own, you and me
Well, that's the way I've always heard it should be
You want to marry me, we'll marry

My friends from college they're all married now
They have their houses and their lawns
They have their silent noons
Tearful nights, angry dawns
Their children hate them for the things they're not
They hate themselves for what they are
And yet they drink, they laugh
Close the wound, hide the scar

But you say it's time we moved in together
And raised a family of our own, you and me
Well, that's the way I've always heard it should be
You want to marry me, we'll marry

You say we can keep our love alive
Babe, all I know is what I see
The couples cling and claw
And drown in love's debris
You say we'll soar like two birds through the clouds
But soon you'll cage me on your shelf
I'll never learn to be just me first
By myself

Well O.K., it's time we moved in together
And raised a family of our own, you and me
Well, that's the way I've always heard it should be,
You want to marry me, we'll marry
We'll marry

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1970 Quackenbush Music Ltd. / Kensho Music, ASCAP
Alone
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

My goin' has nothing to do with you
I'm planning a trip all alone
And all I want is a room with a view
Where the sight of the sunset full blown
Makes me ache with feeling alone

And I'll think about you there
If I do some thinkin'
And I'll care about you there
As it's love I've know
It's not to leave you that I'm goin'
I'm just goin' to be alone

It seems that I'm hearing those noises again
The voices, once small, now have grown
Flashbacks keep sending me way back to when
The sounds of the waves on the stones
Make me ache with feelin' alone

And I'll think about you there
If I do some thinkin'
And I'll care about you there
As it's love I've know
It's not to leave you that I'm goin'
I'm just goin' to be alone

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1969 Quackenbush Music, ASCAP


One More Time
Lyrics & Music by Carly Simon

One more time
Play it again before you put your guitar down
My darlin', one more time
Now that you got me dreamin'
About the good times

"Come on girl"
You said to me, "Let's fly away
Follow me wherever I will go
And we won't worry about tomorrow"

One more time
Play it again before you put your guitar down
My darlin', one more time
Now that you got me dreamin'
About the good times

So things go
And so you left, and we drifted apart
Sorrow came, built in my heart a home
And now I'm thinking about tomorrow

One more time
Play it again before you put your guitar down
My darlin', one more time
Now that you got me dreamin'
About the good times.

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1971 Quackenbush Music, ASCAP

The Best Thing
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

I was his foreigner
And he was mine
We ate on terraces
And drank the cheapest wine
And he believed in me
Down by the serpentine
How was I to know
It was the best thing
To come along for a long time

I turned the page
And saw three children with smiles
I looked to see
What I could make of the youngest child
And as she blew the candles out
She turned five
How was I to know
It was the best thing
To come along for a long time

What do the people at the end of the world do
About time? What about time?
Their secret sleeps with me

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1971 Quackenbush Music, ASCAP


Just A Sinner
Lyrics & Music by: Mark Klingman

Today I was gonna conquer the world
Go on ahead and make a stand
Today I saw an old friend a dyin'
And as he lay there no one lent a hand
I'm gonna call you up
You'll forsake the one you love
Though I've left you many times before
You are just a sinner

I was the one who understands
You were my one and only man
I was lost, now I'm the winner
You stand there waitin' by the shore
But I don't come that way no more
Because you are just a sinner

Today I was gonna hold out my hand
Reach up for that light and let it shine
Today I have no light to guide me
Feelin' like the one they left behind
So I called you up
You left your love and took me away
Though I've left you many times before
You are just a sinner.

I am the only one, you see
You were the only one for me
I was lost, now I'm the winner
You'll keep the candle burning bright
But I won't be home tonight
Because you are just a sinner

Today I was gonna conquer the world
Go on ahead and make a stand
Today I saw an old friend a dyin'
And as he lay there, no one lent a hand

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1971 Open End Music, BMI.

Dan, My Fling
Lyrics by: Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

I said that I felt jailed up
As if our doors were nailed up
I said I needed separate places
Parties, room to move around in
I said I needed my fling
Had to get out and do some other thing
It took me months to calculate
That I had nothing left without you

Dan, my fling is all flung out
Now I've got to fall back on dreams

I thought I'd try and write you
I thought I'd try and phone you
I thought I'd try to tell you
That I smell your hair still on my pillow
But you'd just smile to please me
You'd shake your head and you'd tease me
Remind me it was I who first claimed
That we both required freedom

Dan, my fling is all flung out
Now I've got to fall back on dreams

I'd dream up schemes to meet you
I'd nonchalantly greet you
I'd ask you up for coffee
Anytime you had an hour open
You say you like my hair long
You ask me if I've written any new songs
You'd laugh, you'd turn and cross the street
And leave me dizzy with your laughter

Dan, my fling is all flung out
Now I've got to fall back on dreams

I hear you're leaving this town
You and some girl gonna travel around
You bought a car with foldback seats
You'll camp out by the lakes and forests
I lie alone in our old bed
Your laughter it's echoin' inside my head
I close my eyes, I smell your hair
It's like I haven't slept in years

Dan, my fling is all flung out
Now I've got to fall back on dreams

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1970 Quackenbush Music / Kensho Music, ASCAP


Another Door
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Some destination
A footstep in the sand
Some indication
A truth to understand
I'm going hunting
To find it if I can
But it might be just an arrow
To still some other plan

Hidden meanings and love's strange ways
Keep me looking for more and more
But all I find is that behind
Each new door is another door

Time's printed pages
Words you won't forget
Go out and try to live them
You'll be an angel yet
I'm going hunting
I think I'll win the bet
But it might end up winning me sorrow
And leaving my soul in debt

Hidden meanings and love's strange ways
Keep me looking for more and more
But all I find is that behind
Each new door is another door

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1969 Quackenbush Music, ASCAP
Reunions
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

First one in the city
Wearin' all those grass stained jeans
Nothing is forgotten, everyone is pleased
Someone got his hair cut
The girls have lots to say
His friends had felt more comfortable
With it worn the other way
And I don't know if I'll see you again

Next one at the old house
Snow is on the ground
Photographs and wine are passed around
Someone toasts an absent friend
Another takes his seat
They gather round the dying fire
But the circle's not complete
And I don't know if I'll see you again

Last one by the highway
Wind blows through thin smiles
Someone made a wrong turn
Missed a joke by miles
Someone got their hair cut
A tear is in her eye
But no one even comments
Except to say, except to say
'Goodbye'
And I don't know if I'll see you again

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1969 Quackenbush Music, ASCAP


Rolling Down The Hills
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

People who have bad times
Write hard luck songs
But when their days are green
They think about love
Sunshine, flowers in a garden
Did I bump you sir?
I'm beggin' your pardon
Have you seen such a day?
Let's begin it by startin'
And rollin' down the hills with me

People who have short hair
Write short hair songs
But when their hair gets long
They think about winding it around in daisy chains
Waitin' for the showers
Just to wash it in the rain
Have you seen such hair?
Well let the wind play
As you're rollin' down the hills with me

People who have no hills
Write songs about plains
But if that's not what you want to do
Well you can jump aboard a bus
Or boat or wooden canoe
I know just the mountain
That's been waitin' for you
To write songs about the peaks
And the beautiful views
As you're rollin' down the hills with me

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1971 Quackenbush Music, ASCAP

The Love's Still Growing
Lyrics & Music by: Buzzy Linhart

And I'm so high
I can't go on
Oh but I
Can sing this song

Because the love's still growing
And the love's still growing

Some folks say
That all hope is gone
But today, the world is one

Because the love's still growing
And the love's still growing

It's time to say
It's time to know
That it's O.K., that some must go

Because the love's still growing
And the love's still growing

Musicians: No Musician Info Listed

© 1971 Xeno Publications, Inc., ASCAP