COME UPSTAIRS - 1980


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Take Me As I Am

To promote Come Upstairs, Carly appeared on the TV show Omnibus, where three painters (including Andy Warhol) took on the task of capturing Carly's image.


Jesse

Filmed in 1995 at Grand Cental Station Info

Liner Notes

My special thanks to the staff at the Power Station, to Bob Ludwig, to Sid McGinnis for his arranging ideas and to Jacques Brel for inspiration.

Credits

Release Date: June 16, 1980
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Album Billboard Peak: #36

Single (Jesse) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #11 - Adult Contemporary: #8

Produced by Mike Mainieri
Recorded and mixed by Scott Litt at Power Station Studios, NYC
Assistant engineers—James Farber, Jeff Hendrickson, Ray Willhard, Lucie Laurie
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, NYC
Production Coordinator, Christine Martin

James Taylor appears courtesy of Columbia records
Larry Fast appears courtesy of Passport Records

Photographs by: Mick Rock
Design concept by: Bill Gerber
Hand lettering by: Susan Turner
Art Direction by: Peter Whorf
Management by: Arlyne Rothberg

Come Upstairs
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Mike Mainieri

Sitting in a car here
After a party where we've seen
Everyone we've known for years
Well I've known you for years
Oh but now it's all changed
And all of my feelings
Have been rearranged

Come upstairs
We'll be all alone
Come upstairs
No one will know
Come upstairs
We can take off the phone
Come upstairs
You can take off my clothes

Say that it feels good
Maybe too good
You say that it feels like a dream
You want to knock on some wood
Well I'll give you some wood
And I'll give you some fire
I'll give you myself
And I will show you my desire

Come upstairs
We'll have a few laughs
Come upstairs
We'll take a bath
Come upstairs
It's only one flight
Come upstairs
You can stay overnight

I'll give you some wood
Yeah, I'll give you some fire
I'll give you myself
And I will show you my desire

Steve Gadd: Drums
Pete Hewlett: Electric Guitar
Ken Landrum: Phrophet 5
Tony Levin: Bass
Mike Mainier: Acoustic piano, Oberheim
Sid McGinnis: Lead Guitar
Billy Mernit: Electric piano
Ed Walsh: OBX, Oberheim programming
Carly Simon: Background vocals

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co. ASCAP
Stardust
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Mike Mainieri

Golden rock'n'roll man
Breaking all of the records and rules
Sold out in an hour
The stage is your own bedroom

I have your poster close to my bed
Earphones glued to my head
But I'd rather have you in my arms instead

And I'd be better than I was before
If only I had you
If only I had
If only I had
If only I had your
Stardust
Your glamour is golden
Stardust
I'd feel so important
Stardust
If only I knew you
Stardust
I want to be near you
Stardust

Then I got to meet you
And your gold glitter fell all over me
Then I shook your hand
Took some of your luster
I told my friends that you were just a man
Real nice, not tough
None of that phony star stuff

And I'm better than I was before
Because I have you
Because I have
Because I have
Because I have your
Stardust
Your glamour is golden
Stardust
I feel so important
Stardust
Now that I'm holding you
Stardust
Now that I know you
Stardust

Pete Hewlett: Electric guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Mike Mainieri: Phrophet 5, OBX
Rick Marotta: Drums
Sid McGinnis: Lead guitar and solo
Ed Walsh: Oberheim 8 voice, programming
Background vocals: Carly Simon and James Taylor

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co.

Them
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Mike Mainieri

What shall we do about them
When they move into your neighborhood
They take over but good
They want you all body and soul
Then it's just your body
Then they go
What shall we do about them

What do they want
What shall we do about them
What do they want
What shall we do about them
What do they want

One of them asked me to dine
Then he ate me all up
Got full and then he blew me up
I got big and round and lovable
He saw I was immovable
He got bored, went to war
I got one baby, he's giving me more
Once I swore I'd never give myself up

What do they want
What shall we do about them
What do they want
What shall we do about them
What do they want

I know that them we are not
I have loved them a lot
And I have loved a lot of them
You could say that I'm experienced
Enough to know that they are aliens
Do you keep them away, beg them to stay
Say it's O.K., do it their way
I used to swear I'd never give myself up

What do they want
What shall we do about them
What do they want
What shall we do about them
What do they want

Intro: Larry Fast and Mike Mainieri, synthesizers
Pete Hewlett: Electric guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Mike Mainieri: Yamaha CP3O, synthesizers
Rick Marotta: Drums
Sid McGinnis: Lead guitar
Background vocals:
US—Carly Simon, Laraine Newman, Mariah Aguiar, Christine Martin
THEM—Alex Taylor, Hugh Taylor, James Taylor, Sid McGinnis, Pete Hewlett, Mike Mainieri

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co.
Jesse
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Mike Mainieri

Oh mother, say a prayer for me
Jesse's back in town, it won't be easy
Don't let him near me
Don't let him touch me
Don't let him please me

Jesse, I won't cut fresh flowers for you
Jesse, I won't make the wine cold for you
Jesse, I won't change the sheets for you
I won't put on cologne
I won't sit by the phone for you

Annie, keep reminding me
That he cut out my heart like a paper doll
Sally, tell me once again
How he set me up just to see me fall

Jesse, I won't cut fresh flowers for you
Jesse, I won't make the wine cold for you
Jesse, I won't change the sheets for you
I won't put on cologne
I won't sit by the phone for you

Jesse, quick come here
I won't tell a soul
Not even myself
Jesse, that you've come back to me
My friends will all say "She's gone again"
But how can anyone know what you are to me
That I'm in heaven again because you've come back to me
Oh Jesse

Jesse, I'll always cut fresh flowers for you
Jesse, I'll always make the wine cold for you
Jesse, I can easily change my mind about you
And put on cologne
And sit by the phone for you

Jesse, let's open the wine
And drink to the heart
Which has a will of it's own
My friends, let's comfort them
They're feeling bad
They think I've sunk so low

Jesse, I'll always cut fresh flowers for you
Jesse, I'll always make the wine cold for you
Jesse, I will change the sheets for you
Put on cologne
And I will wait by the phone for you
Oh Jesse

Don Grolnick: Acoustic piano
Pete Hewlett: Acoustic guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Rick Marotta: Drums
Sid McGinnis: Electric slide guitar
Carly Simon: Acoustic guitar
Background vocals:
Lalas: Sarah Maria Taylor
Intro: Alex Taylor, Hugh Taylor, James Taylor, Carly Simon
Chorus: Carly Simon, Pete Hewlett, Sid McGinnis, Gail Boggs

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co.

James
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Mike Mainieri

James
Your voice is like the water
When I lift this shell to my ear
I can hear you pouring out your heart to me

James
The beauty of your voice
Lifts us from sadness
James

Let us become like water together
Sing to me
Sit on the edge of my bed as when we
First spent nights together
Your body wrapped around your guitar
Let the music speak for your heart

Let them combine like water and sand
Let them meet the air like drops of rain
And bring us together
Once again

Jerry Grossman: Cello
Tony Levin: Electric fretless bass
Mike Mainieri: Acoustic piano, Yamaha CP30
Rick Marotta: Drums

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co.
In Pain
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Don Grolnick & Mike Mainieri

This gray sky
Is good for cryin'
These November gray woods
Open to the fields
I came out here
In the cold
For my poor heart
Has turned to frost

I don't understand
What you just told me
What is all this about
About just being friends
It's a lousy lie
And a far cry
From what goes on
Between you and me

Pain, in pain
I'm in pain

You held me close to you
I didn't tell you what to do
We were burnin', burnin'
Burnin', burnin'
You made love to me
We were cryin', we were flyin'
We were dyin' in these fields
We'd come out here in the soft nights
I was sunburned under you

Pain, in pain
I'm in pain

So you want me to say
Do you want me to say, you want me to say
Say that I don't love you

Do you want me to smile, try, lie
And look away
How far away all the stars seem
And that gypsy moon
Cries, "You're a fool"

Don Grolnick: Acoustic piano
Pete Hewlett: Electric guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Rick Marotta: Drums
Sid McGinnis: Lead Guitar

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co. ASCAP/ Carmine Street BMI

The Three Of Us In The Dark
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Mike Mainieri

The three of us in the dark
Where do I resist
One has to go
One is just a guest
One is all a fire
And one is just a spark
But here I am with the two of you
The three of us in the dark

I didn't hear you walk in the door
You'd called to me years ago
I had heard
Your voice before
One is all a fire
One is all a spark
But here I am with the two of you
The three of us in the dark

The eerie sound of one lone fiddle
The wind is finding the tune
And you lying here in the middle
As innocent as the moon
Entangled in embraces that God will never see
And you will never know about
Do you know me

Who am I talking about
It all gets so confused
And what would I do
If I had to choose
One is all a fire
One is all a spark
And here I am with the two of you
The three of us in the dark

Tony Levin: Bass
Mike Mainieri: Acoustic piano
Rick Marotta: Drums
Sid McGinnis: Electric guitars
Background vocals: Carly Simon

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co. ASCAP
Take Me As I Am
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon, Mike Mainieri & Sid McGinnis

You imagine when you see her
That she's nothing less that perfect
She has no aspirations
Beyond driving in her car
The car she looks so good in
Will she ever look that good again
You'll never have to know
Because she's gone

She passes in the left lane
And you're turned on by the chase
Her hair flies in the wind
As your mind begins to race
Well, the grass is always greener
But I wish you could have seen her
Drunk and lying with the gutter in her face

Take me as I am
Take me as I am
For the woman that I am
Take me as I am

You think she knows the bible
And can swim the English Channel
Writes novels in her spare time
In a cabin in the woods
You wish I'd gone to college
And you wish I'd let my hair grow
You wish I didn't have so many moods

Take me as I am
Take me as I am
For the woman that I am
Take me as I am
Take me as I am

Once you said you were in love with me
And maybe you still are
But the passion you once showed me
Now is lost among the stars
And you fancy some new fancy girl
Who'll come and change your life around
But she just turned the corner in her car

While for some other dreamin' driver
I am that romantic stranger
Lookin' better than I am
More mysterious by far
Speeding through his dreams
While I'm drivin' in my car

Take me as I am
Take me as I am
For the woman that I am
Take me as I am
Take me as I am

Pete Hewlett: Acoustic guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Mke Mainieri: Acoustic piano, synthesizers
Rick Marotta: Drums
Sid McGinnis: Electric guitars
Ed Walsh: Oberheim programming
Background vocals: Carly Simon

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co. ASCAP / Mohisse Music BMI

The Desert
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Mike Mainieri

I was in the desert
Amazed by all that sand
I as in a sea of white
Swimming through the land
Nobody shocked me
Nobody locked me up
Nobody took my time
Nobody shook me up
All that happened was the white light
The endless sand in the moonlight

I was in the desert
In the opalescent noon
Watching the horizon
And waiting for the moon
Nobody talked to me
Nobody looked me up
Nobody walked up to me
Nobody shook me up
All that happened was the white light
The endless sand in the moonlight

I was in the desert
Free to live or die
Looking in the mirror
And seeing just the sky
Nobody got to me
Nobody said what to me
Nobody shoved me
Nobody loved me

All that happened was the white night
The endless sand and the moonlight

Tony Levin—electric fretless bass
Mike Mainieri—acoustic piano, synthesizers, marimba
Rick Marotta—drums
Sid McGinnis—electric, acoustic and 12-string guitars
Ed Walsh—Oberheim programming
Background vocals—Carly Simon

© 1980 Quackenbush Publ. / Redeye Music Publ. Co.