NO SECRETS - 1972


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You're So Vain

This video, from Carly's Live From Martha's Vineyard DVD (1987), was the first time that Carly performed You're So Vain before fans in a live concert setting.


We Have No Secrets

From Carly's 1995 Live At Grand Central concert.

Credits

Release Date: November 28, 1972
Label: Elektra Records
Album Billboard Peak: #1
Single (You're So Vain) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #1 - Adult Contemporary: #1
Single (The Right Thing To Do) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #17 - Adult Contemporary: #4

Produced by Richard Perry

Recorded at Trident Studios, London (Sept-Oct. 1972)
Engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
Remixed at: Sound Labs, Los Angeles
Engineer: Bill Schnee
Additional Remixing at Air Studios, London
Engineer: Robin Cable
Recordist: Mark Berry
Disc Cutting: Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles

Cover Photography: Ed Caraeff
Inner Sleve: Peter Simon
Art Direction and Design: Robert L. Heimall

Musicians Contractor: David Katz
Nicky Hopkins appears courtesy of Columbia Records
Bonnie Bramlet appears courtesy of Columbia Records

The Right Thing To Do
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

There's nothin' you can do
To turn me away
Nothin' anyone can say
You're with me now
And as long as you stay
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing

I know you've had some bad luck
With ladies before
They drove you or you drove them crazy
But more important is I know
You're the one and I'm sure
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing

And it used to be for a while
That the river flowed right to my door
Making me just a little too free
But now the river doesn't seem to stop here anymore

Hold me in your hands like a bunch of flowers
Set me movin' to your sweetest song
And I know what I think I've known all along
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Is the right thing to do

Nothing you could ever do
Would turn me away from you
I love you now and I love you now
Even though you're ten thousand miles away
I'll love you tomorrow as I love you today
I'm in love babe
I'm in love with you babe
Let's close now

Piano: Carly Simon
Bass: Jimmy Ryan
Drums: Andy Newmark
Congas: Ray Cooper
Background Vocals: Carly Simon, Liza Strike, Vicki Brown
Strings and Horns arr. and cond. by Kirby Johnson

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd. ASCAP

The Carter Family
Lyrics by: Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

The Carter family lived next door for almost 14 years
With Gwen and I inseparable from rag dolls through brassieres
Then Gwen began to bore me with her giggles and her fears
The day the Carters moved away, I had to fake my tears
I told new friends Gwen Carter had become a silly pest
And then I found I missed her more than I'd ever have guessed

Grandma used to nag at me to straighten up my spine
To act respectful and read good books
To take care of what was mine

I hated being criticized and asking her permission
So what if her advise was wise, It always hurt to listen
I didn't cry when Granny died, she made me so depressed
And then I found I missed her more than I'd ever have guessed

You used to make me moan in bed, but that can't be enough
My friends complained your jokes were crude
Your manners were too rough

Don't know just what I wanted, but I know I wanted more
Someone smooth, presentable, to blend with my decor
And now at night I think of how you grinned when you undressed
And I find I miss you more than I'd ever have guessed

Piano: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Andy Newmark
Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Strings and Horns arr. and cond. by Kirby Johnson

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd / Maya Productions Ltd., ASCAP

You're So Vain
Lyrics & Music by Carly Simon

You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror
As you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed
That they'd be your partner
They'd be your partner, and....

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't you?

You had me several years ago
When I was still quite naive
Well you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave

But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me
I had some dreams
They were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee and....

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't you?

Well I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse naturally won
Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun

Well, you're where you should be all of the time
And when you're not you're with
Some underworld spy
Or the wife of a close friend
Wife of a close friend, and....

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't you?

Piano: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Jim Gordon
Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Percussion: Richard Perry
Strings arr. by Carly Simon, orchestrated by Paul Buckmaster

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

His friends are more than fond of Robin
He doesn't need to compliment them
And always as he leaves, he leaves them
Feeling proud just to know him

When Robin goes on holiday
There's no one livin' in our lane
Oh yes, folks still live in our lane
But they're not like Robin

Robin, I've never told you
But I'll be yours until we're old
Please learn to call me in your dreams
The way I'm lookin' at you is just as it seems

He's talked about before he gets there
Though he can never understand it
And I would like to be his alone
But I'm shy and can't demand it

But when Robin gives his love to others
There's no one living in my heart
Oh yes, I keep others in my heart
But they're not like Robin

Piano: Carly Simon
Acoustic Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Arp Synthesizer arr. by Carly Simon, played by Dave Henshaw

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

We Have No Secrets
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

We have no secrets
We tell each other everything
About the lovers in the past
And why they didn't last

We share a cast of characters from A to Z
We know each others fantasies
And though we know each other better when we explore

Sometimes I wish
Often I wish
That I never knew
Some of those secrets of yours

The water was cold
The beach was empty but for one
Now you were lying in the sun
Wanting and needing no one

Then some child came
You never asked for her to come
She drank a pint of your rum
And later when you told me
You said she was a bore

Oh, sometimes I wish
Oft times I wish
That I never, never knew
Some of those secrets of yours

In the name of honesty
In the name of what is fair
You always answer my questions
But they don't always answer my prayers

And though I know you say
That it's me that you adore
Sometimes I wish
Often I wish
That I never, never, never knew
Some of those secrets of yours
Some of those secrets of yours
Some of those secrets of yours

We have no secrets
Tell each other most everything now

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon, Paul Keough
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Jim Gordon
Electric Piano: Kirby Johnson
Lead Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Strings arr. and cond. by Kirby Johnson

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

Embrace Me, You Child
Lyrics by: Carly Simon

At night in bed
I heard God whisper lullabyes
While Daddy next door
Whistled whiskey tunes
And sometimes when I wanted
They would harmonize
There was nothing those two couldn't do

Embrace me you child
You're a child of mine
And I'm leaving everything I am to you
Go chase the wild and night time streets sang "Daddy"
And God sang "Pray the devil doesn't get to you"

I thought together they must sing the moon away
I thought that they must know each other well
For the magic that they made
When they played
Wasn't lost between their Heaven and their Hell

Embrace me you child
You're a child of mine
And I'm leaving everything I am to you
Go chase the wild and night time streets sang "Daddy"
And God sang "Pray the devil doesn't get to you"

Then one night Daddy died
And went to Heaven
And God came down to earth
And slipped away

I pretended not to know
I'd been abandoned
But no one sang the night into the day
And later night time songs came back again
But the singers don't compare
With those I knew
And I never figured out
Where God and Daddy went
But there was nothing those two couldn't do

Embrace me you child
You're a child of mine
And I'm leaving everything I am to you
Go chase the wild and night time streets sang "Daddy"
And God sang "Pray the devil doesn't get to you"br>

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Andy Newmark
Electric Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Piano: Peter Robinson
Orchestra, Synthesizer and Choir arr. and cond. by Paul Buckmaster

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP


Waited So Long
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Please tell my sweet mother
Go on now, tell uncle Paul
Tell all my girlfriends
Not to wait for me
Daddy, I'm no virgin
And I've already waited too long

Raise up your eyebrows
Raise, I said raise your glasses with a song
But don't expect me to be home tonight
Daddy, I'm sorry
But I've already waited too long

I met a boy with eyes of green
The warmest eyes I'd ever seen
He gave his lovin' love to me
The way I've always heard it would be

Daddy, please forgive me
And I've already waited so long

So blow, blow, blow out the candles
Make my bed wide and long
Tell all my girlfriends
Not to wait for me
Daddy, I'm no virgin
I said I've already waited too long

Daddy, I'm sorry
But I've already waited so long

Acoustic Guitar: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Jim Keltner
Slide Guitar: Lowell George
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Organ: Bill Payne
Electric Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Background Vocals: Carly Simon, James Taylor

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd., ASCAP

It Was So Easy
Lyrics by: Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

I remember a time
Rompin' through the woods
Sun against our skin instead of clothes
When we felt hungry we would eat
When we felt glad we would dance
And whenever we felt drowsy we would doze

It was so easy then
Never takin' any stands
It was so easy then
Holdin' hands

I remember a time
When our fears could be named
And courage meant not refusing dares
I remember when we took such cares
Tto step never on the cracks
No only on the squares
Or else we'd be abducted by the bears

It was so easy then
Never makin' any plans
It was so easy then
Holdin' hands
It was so easy then
Never makin' any plans
It was so easy then
Holdin' hands

And now we are grown
With debts and regrets
And broken hearts
And sentimental schemes
Now every tender failure
Seems to overthrow old dreams
Love can drive a normal woman to extremes

It was so easy once
Holdin' hands without a plan
It was so easy once
Holdin' hands
Just holdin' hands

Acoustic Guitars: Carly Simon, Paul Keough
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Andy Newmark
Electric Guitar: Jimmy Ryan

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd, ASCAP


Night Owl
Lyrics & Music by: James Taylor

Now a fish kinda likes the water
And that's just where he wants to be
And a monkey kinda digs bananas
So he lives in the top of a tree
But my eyes are made for darkness
So the nighttime is right for me
'Cause I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long
I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long

Most folks they like the daytime
'Cause they like to see the shining sun
They're up in the mornin'
Off and a runnin' till they're too tired for havin' fun
But when the sun goes down
And the bright lights shine
My daytime has just begun
'Cause I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long
I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long

Won't you turn out them bright lights baby
They're just about to drive me blind
Oh won't you draw then curtains for me papa
Watch and you'll see my love light shine

Now there are two sides to this great big world
And one of them is always night
If you can take care of business in the sunshine baby
I guess you're gonna be alright
But don't come looking for me to lend you a hand
My eyes just can't stand the light
'Cause I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long
'Cause I'm a night owl honey, sleep all day long

Vocal: Carly Simon
Bass: Klaus Voormann
Drums: Jim Keltner
Electric Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Congas: Ray Cooper
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Tenor Sax: Bobby Keys
Background Vocals: Bonnie Bramlett, Doris Troy, Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

© 1967 Blackwood Music Inc. / Country Road Music BMI
When You Close Your Eyes
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon / Billy Mernit

When you close your eyes
Do you see
White Lorelei, she's a dream
She's not half as magic as she seems
But she's so much fun to be with

When you close your eyes
Do you see
Places that you've never seen
Yet you've been there
You've been walking on the edges of a dream
And you're so much fun to be with

Big surprise
You've been informed you're not asleep
Hard as you try
You were never really meant to weep

When you close your door with a sign
Do not disturb
Are you disturbed to find
That it's just as magic as it feels
And you're so much fun to be with

Piano: Carly Simon
Drums: Andy Newmark
Bass and Acoustic Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Strings, Woodwinds and Synthesizer arr. and cond. by Paul Buckmaster

© 1972 Quackenbush Music Ltd. / Thorkus Music ASCAP