LETTERS NEVER SENT - 1994


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Touched By The Sun

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Like A River

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Halfway Round The World

Filmed in 1995 for "Live at Grand Central" Info

Liner Notes

This record is dedicated to the memory of my Astounding Mother, Andrea Simon and my much loved friend, Jacqueline Onassis.

Special thanks to: the staff in Pawling, as well as Simon and Nancy, my second family at Right Track studio. Brian Doyle, Howard Siegel, Steve Huff, Walter Keiser, Taj Mahal, Dave Stewart, Marc Cohen, Tamara Weiss, Arlyne Rothberg, Don Was, Paul Samwell-Smith (whom continues to be a most interesting musical influence), Clive Davis, Roy Lott, Rick Bisceglia, Dick Wingate, Tom Ennis, Amy Finkle and everyone at Arista Records, Cathy Shoemaker, Irma Johnson, Jake Butterworth, Dave Smith, Audio Techniques, Fred Sample, Howard Morgan, Beth Miller, and of course to Jim Hart (whom I depend upon for the truth when all around me looks like hype). To Ellie, Jenny & Carrie Filipetti for their unremitting "Frank" deprivation. To Julia Simon, my niece and to Sally and Ben Taylor, my children who are leaving the nest and following their dreams. May you all get there..

Credits

Release Date: November 1, 1994
Label: Arista Records
Album Billboard Peak: #129

Single (Touched By The Sun) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #n/a - Adult Contemporary:#n/a

Produced by: Frank Filipetti & Carly Simon
Engineered and Mixed by: Frank Filipetti
All strings arranged & conducted by: Teese Gohl and contracted by Emile Charlap except,
"Lost In Your Love" arranged & conducted by: Arif Mardin & Joe Mardin

Second Engineer: Jay Militscher
Assistant Engineers: Al Theurer, Matt Curry, Jim Caruana, Yvonne Yedibalian, Carl Glanville
Additional Engineering: Gary Chester, Jay Militscher

Recorded at Right Track Recording, Room With A View, Edison Studios, The Hit Factory, Sound on Sound, New York City and Cadiloon Sound, Pawling, NY
Mixed at Right Track Recording
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York City

Production Coordinator: Jill Dell'Abate
Representation & Direction: Brian Doyle
Assistant to Carly Simon: Cathy Shoemaker

Art Direction & Front Cover Collage: Carly Simon
Photography: Bob Gothard
Back Cover Photo: Richard L. Simon
Hand-Tinting: Amy Finkle
Design: Susan Mendola
Front Cover Type Design: Jim Lebadd
Collage Research: Tamara Weiss

Rosanne Cash appears courtesy of Columbia Records
Marc Cohen appears courtesy of Atlantic Records
Taj Mahal appears courtesy of Private Music
Andy Snitzer appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Dave Stewart appears courtesy of East West Records
Andreas Vollenweider appears courtesy of SBK Records
Doug Wimbish appears courtesy of Epic Records

Segment from "Romulus Hunt" appears courtesy of Angel Records

Letters Never Sent
Lyrics by: Carly Simon & Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

In a suitcase tied with string
On the highest shelf
In the closet down the hall
Hidden from myself
Fits of madness, pools of grief
Fevers of desire
How peculiar these remain
Salvaged from the fire

For some I crumpled
Some I burned
Some I tore to shreds
Lifetimes later, here they are
The ones I saved instead
Letters never sent to you
Letters never sent to you
Letters I never sent
Letters never sent to you

Never reached their destination
Mostly born of pain
Resurfaced with the purpose of
A trip down memory lane

Broken hearted, breaking hearts
All the ways it went
Evidence of what I saw
In my experiments

Life’s a riddle
Life’s a dream
Life’s an accident
Now I’m gonna set them free
Letters never sent

Letters that I never sent
Letters never sent to you
Letters that I never sent
Letters never sent

Life’s a riddle
Life’s a dream
Life’s an accident
So glad I saved them, here they are
Letters never sent

Carly Simon: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Sammy Merendino: Drums
Doug Wimbish: Bass
Teese Gohl: Keyboards
Carlos Alomar: Electric Guitar
Jerry Barnes, Katreese Barnes, Curtis King: Background Vocals

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP / Maya Productions, Ltd., (ASCAP)
Lost In Your Love
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

I’m lost in your love
So lost in my love for you
Everything that you say
Everything that you do
I’m lost in your love

I can find me a night
So lovely it might even change me
I can find me a place where mornings come from
But I’m lost when it comes to you

So lost in your love
So lost in my love for you
And I can’t see your face
‘Cause I’m tumbling through space
I’m lost in your love

Find me
Take me
Hold me
I can’t let you go free
‘Til you lose your self in me

I’m lost, so, so lost in your love
So lost in my love for you
Everything that you say
Everything that you do
I’m lost in your love
I’m lost in your love

Carly Simon: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Andy Newmark: Drums
T-Bone Wolk: Bass Jimmy Ryan: Electric Guitar
Teese Gohl: Synthesizer
Mick Rossi: Piano
Otis Redding III and Dexter Redding: Background Vocals
Tenor Sax Solo: Andy Snitzer
Strings conducted by: Gene Orloff

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP

Like A River
Lyrics & Music by Carly Simon

Dear mother the struggle is over now
And your house is up for sale
We divided your railway watches
Among the four of us

I fought over the pearls
With the other girls
But it was all a metaphor
For what is wrong with us

As the room is emptying out
Your face so young comes into view
And on the back porch is a well-worn step
And a pool of light that you can walk into

I'll wait no more for you like a daughter
That part of our life together is over
But I will wait for you, forever
Like a river...

Can you clear up the mystery of the Sphinx?
Do you know any more about God?
Are you dancing with Benjamin Franklin
On the face of the moon?
Have you reconciled with Dad?
Does the rain still make you sad?
Last night I swear I could feel you
Moving through my room

And I thought you touched my feet
I so wanted it to be true
And in my theater there is a stage
And a footlight you can always step into

I'll wait no more for you like a daughter
That part of our life together is over
But I will wait for you, forever
Like a river...

In the river I know I will find the key
And your voice will rise like spray
In the moment of knowing
The tide will wash away my doubts

'Cause you're already home
Making it nice for when I come
Like the way I find my bed turned down
Coming in from a late night out

Please keep reminding me
Of what in my soul I know is true
Come in my boat, there is a seat beside me
And two or three stars we can gaze into

I'll wait no more for you like a daughter
That part of our life together is over
But I will wait for you forever
Like a river...

(From Romulus Hunt - LNS CD Only)
I'll never leave, always just a dream away
A star that's always watching
Never turn away
We'll never leave, always just a thought away
A candle always burning
Never turn away
The moon will hide, the tree will bend
I'm right beside you
I'll never turn away

Carly Simon: Drum Programming, Acoustic & Electric Piano, Vocals
Robin Gould: Drums
Pino Palladino: Bass
Teese Gohl: Acoustic Piano
Jeff Hairston, Loretta Bybee, Wendy Hill: Vocalists on "I'll Never Leave" which Teese Gohl arranged and orchestrated and Jeff Halpern conducted.
© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP
Time Works On All The Wild Young Men
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Ben Taylor

Time works on all the wild young men
The ones who went for soldiers
The ones who reached for fame
The ones who swore they’d die for love
No matter what the shame
Time circles ‘round them snuffs their spark
And there they are
Dancing in the dark

Ben Taylor: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

© 1994 C'est Music (ASCAP) / CNMNE (ASCAP)

Touched By The Sun
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

If you want to be brave
And reach for the top of the sky
And the farthest point on the horizon
Do you know who you'll meet there
Great soldiers and seafarers
Artists and dreamers
Who need to be close, close to the light
They need to be in danger of burning by fire
And I, I want to get there
I, I want to be one
One who is touched by the sun
One who is touched by the sun

Often I want to walk
The safe side of the street
And lull myself to sleep
And dull my pain

But deep down inside I know
I've got to learn from the greats
Earn my right to be living
Let my wings of desire
Soar over the night

I need to let them say
"She must have been mad"
And I, I want to get there
I, I want to be one
One who is touched by the sun
One who is touched by the sun

I've got to learn from the greats
Earn my right to be living
With every breath that I take
Every heartbeat
And I, I want to get there
I, I want to be one
One who is touched by the sun
One who is touched by the sun

Carly Simon: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Rick Marotta: Drums
Pino Palladino: Bass
Gregory Jones: Bass
Mick Rossi: Piano
Peter Calo: Acoustic Guitar
Dirk Ziff: Lead Guitar
Teese Gohl: Synthesizer
Marc Cohen & Ben Taylor: Background Vocals

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP
Davy
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Davy, is there a song out there
In the night for us

Davy, is there the kind of smile
That you read about

There are ghosts who would warn me
Keep me alone

Davy, are you the heat I feel
In my foolish heart

Davy, there’s not a day that I haven’t prayed
To feel something so worthy
For someone like you

Davy, could there be love so bright
Like to jump off the sea?

Davy, did I imagine it
Or did you look at me
With a look so bold
That I had to look away

But if it feels all right
If it feels all right and it feels all right
Davy, Davy, Davy........

Carly Simon: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Walter Keiser: Drums
Andreas Vollenweider: Electric Harp

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP

Halfway 'Round The World
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Thank you for informing me
That I was banned from Canada
It comes as no surprise to me
Last month it was Africa
Since you’ve been ambassador
There’s trouble at the border
La la la la la la la
Halfway ‘round the world

It’s amusing but it makes me wince
Your face is like a scimitar
When accidentally eye to eye
You shoot a look like vinegar
What could I have done to you
To make you act the way you do
La la la la la la la
Halfway ‘round the world

For whatever reason
You would keep me
Halfway ‘round the world
I believe it’s like a kind of compliment
I must be quite a girl
Quite a girl
La la la la la la la
Halfway ‘round the world

Once upon a time you swore you’d love me
‘Til the end of the world
Now, nowhere is far enough away for you
I must be quite a girl
Quite a girl...
La la la la la la la
Halfway ‘round the world

Carly Simon: Vocals
Sammy Merendino: Drums
Dave Stewart: Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Peter Calo: Acoustic Guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith: Grand Casa & Tambourine
Teese Gohl: Synthesizer
Taj Mahal: Harmonica & Vocals
Ben Taylor: Vocals
Beth Miller: Fiddle
Teese Gohl, Gregory Keller, Ben Taylor & Paul Samwell-Smith: Sailors

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP
What About A Holiday
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

What about a holiday
Just the eight of us
You and me and all the Stones
Wouldn’t want to leave them out
Couldn’t find a nice bunch
But you can’t expect them to
Navigate the boulevards on their own
Those sweet Rolling Stones
Gosh, we better go hold their hands
While they cross the street

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP

The Reason
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Danny Kortchmar

The reason I wouldn’t kiss you last night
I wouldn't kiss you ‘cause I was afraid
That I would like it too much
And if I liked it too much
I’d be afraid that I’d give you a present
And if I gave you a gift
You might give me a gift
And then I’d be afraid
That I wouldn’t like it

The reason, there’s always a reason
Behind the reason
When you look for a reason
A reason, I can give you a reason
And maybe you’ll think
It’s a really good reason
But I come up with the reasons

You asked me if I’d scratch your back
Well, I wouldn’t scratch it
‘Cause I was afraid that I might twist your arm
And if I twisted your arm
I’d be afraid that it could lead to passion
And if we got too drunk
We might fall out of the bunk
And then I'd be afraid
We could have a concussion

The reason, there’s always a reason
Behind the reason
When you look for a reason
A reason, I can tell you a reason
And maybe you’ll think
It’s a really good reason
But I come up with the reasons

Don’t ever live with your real love
Stop before it starts
Real love will last much longer
Stay stronger
Living in your heart
Yeah, that’s where it belongs, in your heart

The reason, there’s always a reason
Behind the reason
If you look for a reason
The reason, I'll tell you a reason
And maybe you’ll think
I can give you a reason
Though I'm not really sure if there's ever a reason

I’ll never have another chance
At the Parson’s dance
(He’s gonna spank me)
Gotta be an apple tree growing in the field
Gotta be at Frankie’s place right now
Gotta be at Danny’s house deja
Gotta meet a holy man
He’ll be in the valley when Amelia tries to land
(With his shirt off)
I can never be in love, I can only be in heat
And I've never felt so...never felt so...
Never felt so...
Hot

Produced by: Danny Kortchmar, Frank Filipetti, Carly Simon
Carly Simon: Drum Programming, Keyboards, Vocals
Danny Kortchmar: Electric, Slide, Acoustic Guitar
Steve Ferrone: Drums
Pino Palladino: Bass
Teese Gohl: Keyboards
Julia Simon, Sally Taylor: Background Vocals

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP
Private
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Can you be private when the juice is sweet
And the secret is crimson
Can you be quiet when my hands are heat
And the riptide rises

Could you be blind and a beggar on your knees
And live on our desire alone
Could you ride the tide in this insanity
And still be as still as the shadows

When the cry is so wide on the inside
When the truth jumps quick to the heart
When the wind or the stars are violent
Can you keep silent

Here’s a little something that the wizard said:
“You can kiss, but never tell
All the wisdom you'll need
And you’ll be needing some
Can be heard in the mouth of a seashell”

When the cry is so wide on the inside
When the truth jumps quick to the heart
When the wind or the stars are violent
Can you keep silent

Just the wide grey sky
And the hunchback moon
Gonna keep our memories
Not a living soul will remember us
This is just for you and me

‘Cause if you're out with the boys one night
If you're out with the boys and there’s braggin’
If you break, speak or call me your lover
I’ll lie, I swear, I’ll lie, and it will be over

Carly Simon: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Rick Marotta: Drums
Gregory Jones: Bass
Mick Rossi: Piano
Teese Gohl: Synthesizer
Peter Calo: Acoustic Guitar
Andy Snitzer: Tenor Sax

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP

Catch It Like A Fever
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

If you want someone bad enough
You can catch it like a fever
And it’s the last thing in the world you want
But you can catch it like a fever
And it's the only thing
That’s left of you
And you can catch it like a fever
The habit and the curse
You’re not here
Yet I have swallowed you whole

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP
Born To Break My Heart
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

You were born to break
You were born to break
You were born to break my heart

The same kitchen, the same eyes
The same reaction to the same lies
It was not so long ago
A most auspicious start
And only now I know
You were born to break my heart
You were born to break my heart

Guilt Trip, I can hear you say
Get a grip girl, you’ve lost your way
You don’t begin to understand
I guess it’s time we part
And don't be using that old cliche
You were born to break my heart
You were born to break my heart

No wonder we looked like the perfect couple
It was brilliantly conceived
It seems I have a yen to lose
And you can’t pass up the perfect
Chance to leave
The perfect chance to leave

The same plot, the same pain
I'm still standing here in the same rain
Just as stubborn as a fool
You’d think I might get smart
But here I am, cursed to seek love again
From yet another cold heart

You were born to break my heart
You were born to break my heart
Break my heart

And if I'd seen it coming
I would have said you were right on time
Even if I hadn't been so blind

Carly Simon: Drum programming, Keyboards, Strings and Vocals
Jimmy Bralower: Add'l Drum Programming
Doug Wimbish, T-Bone Wolk: Bass
Carlos Alomar, Peter Calo: Guitar
Teese Gohl: Strings
Rosanne Cash: Background Vocals

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP

I'd Rather It Was You
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Tonight the sun went down in flames
And the moon rose up in blue
Heaven spoke and called my name
But I’d rather it was you
I’d rather it was you

I’d rather it was you
To hold me like the child
That I never was
I’d like for you to carry me across
I’d rather it was you
Because

I'd rather it was you
To hold me like the girl
That I’ve never been
I’d like to feel your breath upon my skin
I’d like to feel it finally was beginning

One, he'll fit just like a glove
Two, he'll feel like brand new
But you are all these things and more
And I’d rather it was you
I’d rather it was you

Carly Simon: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals
Sammy Merendino: Drums
Jimmy Ryan: Hammered Dulcimer and Dobro
Teese Gohl: Keyboards

© 1994 C'est Music ASCAP