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Boz Scaggs Lyrics * SLOW DANCER *

Slow Dancer
Columbia Records
April 1974
DSD Remastered Import 2004

Track Listing:


1.   You Make It So Hard (To Say No)
2.   Slow Dancer
3.   Angel Lady (Come Just In Time)
4.   There Is Someone Else
5.   Hercules
6.   Pain of Love
7.   Sail on White Moon
8.   Let It Happen
9.   I Got Your Number
10.
Take It for Granted


Musicians:

Drums: Ed Greene, James Gadson
Bass: James Jamerson, James Hughart
Keyboards: Joe Sample, Michael Melvoin, Clarence Mcdonald, Russell Turner, Jerry Peters
Guitar: David T. Walker, Dennis Coffee, Wh Wah Watson, Jay Graydon, Greg Poree, David Cohen, Orville "Red" Rhodes
Conga: King Errison, Joe Clayton
Various Percussion & Vibes: John Arnold, Gene Estes
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Paul Hubinon, Chuck Findley, Warren Roche, Jack Taubach
Saxophone: Fred Jackson, Ernie Watts, John Kelson
Trombone: George Bohannon, Lon Norman
Background Vocals: Carolyn Willis, Julia Tillman, Myrna Matthews, Loma Willard, Pat Henderson


Joe Sample appears courtesy of ABC/Blue Thumb Records
David T. Walker appears courtesy of Ode Records, Inc
Chuck Findley appears courtesy of Monterrey Records
Ernie Watts & George Bohannon appear courtesy of A&M/Horizon Records

Produced By: Johnny Bristol
Strings Arranged and Conducted By: H.B. Barnum
Engineer: Greg Venable
Re-mix: Al Schmitt
Recorded at Devonshire Sound Studios N. Hollywood, CA

Special Thanks: George Daly, Ted Feigin & Tony Lawrence
Photography: Annie Liebovitz
Design: Ron Coro and Anne Garner
Art Direction: Ron Coro

The Making of Slow Dancer:

...Boz and Bristol put material together, sang it to each other, and while Boz went back to San Francisco, Bristol called in the session men to lay down the tracks. Then Boz came back in to sing. Horns, strings, backup voices, and adjustments were all added later.

His new roll as "only a singer" required a considerable readjustment..."I started to feel insecure, and felt great frustration several times because of difficulty writing things. I had a feeling that things were getting out of proportion. It was frightening at first until I realized that it was just a whole new thing. I was learning how to sing, how to use my voice, and how to use dynamics. I really had to live up to those tracks.

I wanted to move in a certain direction, and Johnny (Bristol) walked me through it. It meant a stronger vocal delivery, more the way I like to hear myself sing. It meant a different relationship to the material. With soul music you can't have lyrics that rely on subtle shadings or interpretations. It's got to be something you can deliver with conviction to a live audience."  - Boz Scaggs

1. You Make It So Hard (To Say No)

YOU MAKE IT SO HARD (To Say No)
(B. Scaggs)

I have had my eyes on you
Oh, since the day
I learned to laugh at myself
Caught you laughing too

Then you went your way
Oh, and I went mine
It's strange that in another place
That joke should hit me in my face

But you, oh, you make it so hard, baby
To say no, no, no
You, yes, you baby
Make it so hard to say no, no, no, no

All that glitters is not gold
Just like good jokes get old
That spark that makes you think of me
Don't make things like they used to be

You might say that I have changed
It's just that things are rearranged
And as I once looked after you
Now it's your turn to see me through

'Cause you, oh baby you make it so hard, girl
To say hey no, no, no, no
You, oh baby, you make it soooo hard, to say no, no, no, no

You know I've tried to get you out of my mind
But now I'm to the point I find
I just can't leave and not have kissed you
You know I could never resist you

'Cause you, oh you make it so hard
To say hey no, no, no, no
You, oh, you're making it no
Baby, to say no, no, no, no

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2. Slow Dancer

SLOW DANCER
(G. Daly / B. Scaggs)

I have never loved a lady
Never touched no silken knee
Macon baby, you drove me crazy
You were so easy to me

Lay me down in Georgia pine cones
Whisper to me through the trees
You're the one I always dream of
You're the only one I see

Whoa, slow dancer, sweet romancer
Shine your light on me
Slow dancer holds the answer
Only you can set me free

Never see your face in sunlight
Moonlight sends you straight to me
You never even got my name right
You were so easy to me

Whoa, slow dancer, sweet romancer
Shine your light on me
Slow dancer give me the answer
Only you can set me free

Baby, baby, baby
Sweet romancer
Shine your light on me
Slow dancer holds the answer

"I was a little disappointed in the way "Slow Dancer" was accepted.  It was the first time I'd worked a full album with studio musicians and I got a lot of help from those guys.  If I wanted to do a particular kind of song, their musical ability had transcended all kinds of music and they could deliver what I wanted to hear immediately and my songs became more complete.  I really liked that album - I was happy with the way my voice had come out and I thought, 'This one's going to get me to a broader audience, I'm gonna be able to tour more places that were not available to me before.'  The album came out and, as albums before it had done, it was well-accepted here and there, but as far as general appeal was concerned, it didn't really take hold.  So, by the time I got to make "Silk Degrees", I'd spent more time in L.A. and got to know more musicians who were thinking along the same lines as I was." - Boz Scaggs

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3. Angel Lady (Come Just In Time)

ANGEL LADY (Come Just In Time)
(J. Bristol / J. McDonough / B. Scaggs)

Angel Lady come just in time
Chased that devil from my broken mind
Got back my soul from the lost and found
Kicked that trip that, had me chained and bound
Angel Lady come just in time

She came on like a summer breeze
And, oh, she talked, ooh she teased me
Right up to her door, and then
Then she popped it to me
"Won't you come on in?"
"I will hold you, I will squeeze you"
"I will get down on my knees and do
Anything you want me to"

And just then I turned to my devil, and said,
I said, "You, you and I are through"

Angel Lady come just in time
Chased that devil from my broken mind
Got back my soul from the lost and found
Kicked that trip that had me, chained and bound

The devil said, "We've traveled too long
And anyone who's ever seen, has seen me
You know you can't trust no woman
And I think this one's teasing
But boy, you've got it coming"

But I'll keep her around
Cause you're pulling me down
And when she looks at me in that special way
I'll forget about yesterday

And then the devil grabbed ahold of me
And he let me know that it ain't gonna be that easy

Angel Lady come just in time
Chased that devil from my broken mind
Got back my soul from the lost and found
Kicked that trip that had me, chained and bound

Then she cocked her head to the side
And a question rose up in her eyes
And it said, "Why are we both here all alone?"
"Can I help you, can I carry that stone?"
Her skin was so fine as I touched it
From just an inch away, I couldn't help but say
That I knew what she saw
And I knew what she knew
And I turned to my devil and swore we were through

Angel Lady come just in time
Chased that devil from my broken mind
Got back my soul from the lost and found
Kicked that trip that had me chained and bound

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4. There Is Someone Else

THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE
(B. Scaggs)

I might be late tonight
But I guess everything is alright
I know it ain't like me
But there's something you see
That I just can't put right
Maybe a dream last night
That I can't understand

For all I know
I love you so
Something's got a hold of me
And I've got to make you see
That things aren't the same

Could be that yesterday
As I was walkin' on my way
Some face out of my past
Just happened to cast a shadow on me
Oh, that made me see
That I've been all wrong

You know, I could have swore
It was someone I loved before
Someone I used to linger on
Something I just couldn't put my finger on
Just a face and a memory
Stood between you and me

Ooooh, Oooh baby
Oooh child, I've got to tell you now
That there is someone else in my life

Got to make you know that
Ooooh, baby, baby, baby
Oh child, oh little girl
There is someone else in my life
And it's breaking my heart

It's mighty late tonight
But I feel I gotta get it right
This face I've been dreaming of
Well it is the face of a long lost love
And as I look into your eyes
Suddenly I realize
That, that someone else is you
Oh, I've been such a fool

Baby, baby, baby, baby

Oh, child... got to make you know
That you're the someone else in my life
I've been such a lonely man
But now I've found baby
Oh, and I wanna make you know girl
That I've finally found someone else
And that someone is you

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5. Hercules

HERCULES
(A. Toussaint)
From "Slow Dancer"

All you fear, is fear itself
Check out your own back yard
Before ya check out someone else
Railroad track, in my neighborhood
Ain't no trains around, that part just ain't no good

Wanna know, what's going down
When the pimp on the corner
Looks like the sharpest cat in town

Jungle rule can't be no fool
Might get caught by the hook of a crook
No time for cool

Look out Jake, what you say
What you carryin' brother
I hope you're clean 'cause the man is mean
Don't come another futher

We all know the answer will come out in time
I might even carry some of your load along with mine

Thank you ma'am, mister please
'Cause I must be Hercules
Must be Hercules

Like a bird on the wing
I just wanna be free enough to do my thing
I can feel the pressure from every side
And if you're not gonna help, don't hurt
Just pass me by

Hercules
Must be... must be Hercules

Jungle rule can't be no fool
The devil is on the loose, no cool
Got your feet in the sand
Got to be down with the cats around
And you still gotta face the man

Talk about me if you please
Must be Hercules
Must be Hercules

Ditching rocks, catching stones
How can I survive what's going on
Beg, steal, borrow
Somehow I've gotta make it 'til tomorrow
Just like Hercules

Thank you ma'am, mister please
Must be Hercules


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6. Pain Of Love

PAIN OF LOVE
(J. Bristol)

When the pain of love gets rough
Will you run away saying that you had enough
When the pain of love gets strong
Will you feel that you just can't carry on
Will you sigh, will you cry, will you die
Will you hang on and say, "We can make it baby"
Will you give up and swear to God you've had enough
Tell me, will you try to fake it baby

When the pain of love gets rough
Will you run away saying that you had enough
When the pain of love gets strong
Will you feel that you just can't carry on

When the road gets a little bit rocky
Will you turn your back, girl, and go the other way
When the road gets a little bit muddy
Will you feel you can try it on another day
Tell me is it fair when you care
To even dare take a heart and break it
Is it wise to apologize
Hang on strong and try to take it, baby

When the pain of love gets rough
Will you run away saying that you had enough
When the pain of love gets strong
Will you feel that you just can't carry on

Will you sigh, will you cry, will you die
Will you hang on and say, "We can make it baby"
Will you give up and swear to God you've had enough
Tell me will you try to fake it baby

When the pain of love gets rough
Will you run away saying that you had enough
When the pain of love gets strong
Will you feel that you just can't carry on

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7. Sail On White Moon

SAIL ON WHITE MOON
(J. Bristol)

Your world was not the kind
I ever thought I'd find
Myself to be a part of

Oh, but here I stand
In the middle of a foreign land
A stranger with love in his heart

Mmmmm, for love has no eyes
It comes in no disguise
It's free for those who want to share

And I've chosen you to be mine
So girl let's not waste no time
Let's not worry 'bout what they say
Let's take care of what is ours today

Sail on white moon
Across the dark and starry sky
Sail on white moon
Our love won't die

But girl you must realize
There be a difference in our lives
We're gonna be rejected
Oh, but thats to be expected

Sail on white moon
Across the dark and starry sky
Sail on white moon
Across the dark and starry sky

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8. Let It Happen

LET IT HAPPEN
(J. Bristol / B. Scaggs)

Now, I'm the kind of guy
Don't let a good thing pass me by
I've added two and two
Come up with me and you
Why not let's give it a try

And I believe that you're the kind of girl
Who could brighten up this poor boy's world
So stop your hesitatin'
Aint no need to waitin'
If you love me, don't wonder why

Oh let it, oh, let it happen
You and me
Let it, oh let it
Just let it happen
Let it happen to you
Let it happen to me
Come on now, come on baby

Well I know you're daddy's girl
And I respect what your mama said
But I'm sure they'd understand
Cause that's how mama got her man
And that you can't deny

And I believe that it's time you realized
And opened up your pretty eyes
And see that when the real thing comes along
You'd better get it before it's gone
Just don't let it pass you by

Let it, oh, let it
Let it happen
To you and me baby
Let it, oh, let it happen
Let it happen to you
Darlin' let it happen to me
Come on, baby

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9. I Got Your Number

I GOT YOUR NUMBER
(J. Bristol / G. Reeves)

I got your number
I know you're gonna be there when I call
I got your number
I'd say you aint got no choice at all
No, no, no, no, no

I took your head from lonely
Chased your pain away
I gave you more than lovin'
In my special way
I shocked you out of boredom
Made you a faithful wife
Gave you an education
On the facts of life
In you there's come a change
I'll be damned, I got you trained
And thats why, I, oh I know

I got your number
I know you're gonna be there when I call
I got your number, mama
No, you aint got no choice at all
No, no, no, no, no, no

Why listen to your girlfriends
When they can plainly see
That the boy that they call "lover"
Ain't half the man as me
Hey, I don't have to prove nothin'
Long as you're satisfied
Cause if you need more lovin'
There's plenty more inside... yeah
Just tell 'em I'm glad that he's my man
Something they'll never understand
That is why I... I

I got your number
I know you're gonna be there when I call
I got your number, baby
So you ain't got no choice at all
I got your number girl
I know you're gonna be there when I call
I got your number, mama!
No, you ain't got no choice at all
No, no baby, oh baby, baby, baby

My hat goes off to you
For lovin' me the way you do
Even though I know pretty baby that I...

I got your number
I know you're gonna be there when I call
I got your number, mama
Said you ain't got no choice at all
I got your number, baby
No you ain't got no choice at all
I got your number, mama
Oh, you know you better be there when I call

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10. Take It For Granted

TAKE IT FOR GRANTED
(B. Scaggs)

Take it for granted
You're making a mistake
Take it for what it is
But take it, for God's sake

Take it from me
Lonely as can be
I'd love to
But I never dared do
If only I could make you see

Once a man stood by a wall
And watched his love across the beach
And though her loveliness could warm his heart
Her lips he could not reach

And nothing would he do
Nothing would he say
He just keeps it all inside himself
And saves it for another day

Then he heard a song
Sweetly ov'r the wall
Singing it's better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all

Take it for granted
Oh, don't make that mistake
Take it for what it is
But take it for God's sake

Take it from me
Lonely as can be
I'd love to, but I never dared do
But if only I, I could make you see

Once a girl gazed out her window
At the moon above the sea
And as the breeze touched her face
The thought of him wouldn't let her be

Will he pass by
Or will this feeling just pass away
How am I to try and understand
What is this price I have to pay

Shall I turn my back to my pillow
Let the moon fall to the sea
And keep it all, and not sleep at all
Or maybe I'll just dream

(An angel sings)

Take it for granted
You're making a mistake
Take it for what it is
But take it, for Gods sake

Take it from me
Lonely as can be
I'd love to, but I never dared do
If only I could make you see

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