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"Never Been Gone" (2009)

The Right Thing To Do lyrics - 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

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.

It Happens Everyday lyrics - Carly Simon

It happens everyday
Two lovers with the best intentions to stay
Together the decide to seperate
Just how it happens
neither is certain
But it happens everyday
It happens everyday
After you break up
You say these words to your friends:
"How could I have loved that boy?
He was so bad to me in the end"
Well, you make him a liar
turn him into a robber
Well, it happens everyday.
But I don't regret that I loved you
How I loved you I will never forget
And in time I'll look back and remember
The boy that I knew when we first met.
Still it happens everyday
Two lovers turn and twist their love into hate
But am I so different
From those young girls you used to date?
You used to adore me
You used to adore me
Still it happens everyday

Never Been Gone lyrics - Carly Simon (feat. Lucy Simon and James Taylor)

The wind is coming up strong and fast
And the moon is smiling on me
Miles from nowhere so small at last
In between the sky and the sea

I'm bound for the island
The tide is with me
I think I can make it before dawn
It's night on the ocean
I'm going home
And it feels like I've never
I've never been gone

Seagulls cry and the hills are green
And my friends are waiting for me
Freat ambition is all a dream
Let me drown my pride in the sea -

I'm bound for the ocean
The tide is with me
I think I can make it by dawn
It's night on the ocean
I'm going home
And it feels like I've never
I've never been gone
Oh it feels like I've never
I've never been gone

Boys In The Trees lyrics - Carly Simon (feat. James Taylor)

I'm home again in my old narrow bed
Where I grew tall and my feet hung over the end
The low beam room with the window looking out
On the soft summer garden
Where the boys grew in the trees

Here I grew guilty
And no one was at fault
Frightened by the power in every innocent thought
And the silent understanding passing down
From daughter to daughter
Let the boys grow in the trees

Do you go to them or do you let them come to you
Do you stand in back afraid that you'll intrude
Deny yourself and hope someone will see
And live like a flower
While the boys grew in the trees

Last night I slept in sheets the colour of fire
Tonight I lie alone again and curse my own desires
Sentenced first to burn and then to freeze
And watch by the window
Where the boys grew in the trees

Let The River Run lyrics - Carly Simon

We're coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

Silver cities rise,
The morning lights
The streets that meet them,
And sirens call them on
With a song.

It's asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

We're coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

We the great and small
Stand on a star
And blaze a trail of desire
Through the dark'ning dawn.

It's asking for the taking.
Come run with me now,
The sky is the color of blue
You've never even seen
In the eyes of your lover.

Oh, my heart is aching.
We're coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

It's asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

We're coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

You're So Vain lyrics - Carly Simon (feat. Mick Jagger)



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 on 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...

I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and...
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 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 Belong To Me lyrics - Carly Simon (feat. James Taylor)

Why'd you tell me this
Were you looking for my reaction
What do you need to know
Don't you know I'll always be your girl
You don't have to prove to me you're beautiful to strangers
I've got loving eyes of my own

[Chorus:]
You belong to me
Tell her you were fooling
You don't even know her
Tell her that I love you

You belong to me
Can it be, honey, that you're not sure
You belong to me
Thought we'd closed the book - locked the door
You don't have to prove to me that you're beautiful to strangers
I've got loving eyes of my own
And I can tell - I can tell darling
Tell her - tell her that I love you

You belong - you belong - you belong to me
Tell her you were fooling
Tell her she don't even know you
Tell her you were fooling
I know you from a long time ago, baby
Don't leave me to go to her now
You belong to me.

No Freedom lyrics - Carly Simon

Hey now
Momma used to say
What's the use in spoiling a perfect day
Does a flower compromise it's beauty
Wondering if it's gonna rain
Hey now
You might have the power
People bowing down
They give you all those special things
Just because you're world renowned
Oh no

[Chorus:]
There ain't no freedom
There ain't no freedom
There ain't no freedom
When you've got a worryin' mind

Hey now
You might be sailing
On a perfect sea
Water is lapis lazuli and 85 degrees

[Chorus 2x]

You might be traveling
At the speed of sound
As light as a feather
As high as the sky
Never looking down

Hey now
Momma used to say
What's the use in spoiling a perfect day
Does a flower compromise it's glory
Wondering if it's gonna rain
Hey now
You might have a hit
On the radio
Success might scoop you up
And never let you go
(Never let you go)

[Chorus]

That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be lyrics - 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.

Coming Around Again lyrics - Carly Simon

Baby sneezes
Mummy pleases
Daddy breezes in
So good on paper
So romantic
But so bewildering

[Chorus]
I know nothing stays the same
But if you're willing to play the game
It's coming around again
So don't mind if I fall apart
There's more room in a broken heart

You pay the grocer
Fix the toasted
Kiss the host Good-bye
Then you break a window
Burn the Souffl

Anticipation lyrics - Carly Simon

We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway
And I wonder if I'm really with you now
Or just chasing after some finer day.

Anticipation, Anticipation
Is making me late
Is keeping me waiting

And I tell you how easy it is to be with you
And how right your arms feel around me.
Bit I rehearsed those words just late last night
When I was thinking about how right tonight might be.

Anticipation, Anticipation
Is making me late
Is keeping me waiting

And tomorrow we might not be together
I'm no prophet, I don't know natures way
So I'll try to see into your eyes right now
And stay right here, 'cause these are the good old days.

Songbird lyrics - Carly Simon

Most everyone I know leaves New York on holidays
The Fourth of July
Is a little lonely here
And a little holy
Fireworks out on the river
And the boys all drinking beer
Sing hallelujah for the year
Hallelujah for the year
Hallelujah for the year

There's a songbird in my tree
I don't know where it leads
But I believe it sings it's song for me
And never sees the things I see
Oh and I can dream
For the rest of my life
For the rest of my life

Hideaway
The freezing days
And when the sun returns
I will have learned to sing
Your haunting melody
You'll take the notes and harmonize me
And bring me back to hallelujah
For the rest of my life
Hallelujah

"This Kind Of Love" (2008)

This Kind Of Love lyrics - Carly Simon

Once you were just a friend of a friend at the bar
I didn't see you as my type at all
But I was stranded with no ride home
So, we drove the beach road in your car

You're the melody I never had to write down
You're the fantasy I forgot to forget
You're the magician who sings the sun down
Your face in silhouette

Meeting you at midnight
And moving to a moan
Motions giving moonlight meaning
I've never known this kind of love
This kind of love

You're the water I never dared to jump into
You're the place my body belongs
You're the radio I tune into
Plays my favorite songs

The tide is rolling sideways
A jealous sky above
Motions giving moonlight meaning
I've never known this kind of love
This kind of love, this kind of love

Meeting you at midnight
A jealous moon above
Motions giving moonlight meaning
I've never known this kind of love
This kind of love
This kind of love
This kind of love

[Portuguese:]
E amor e calor, amando voce abracando voce e mais forte e mais forte

Hold Out Your Hear lyrics - Carly Simon

Oh my boy, what have you done?
Did you go out surfing on a frozen sea?
Did you scare the livin' daylights out of me?

Did you go too far to drive away the demons?
Did you go too far to know what love really means?
Did you imagine it was more cause she went away first
Or did you force her hand to renew your thirst?

Well if you ever want an endless night
Or you need a moon and stars to shine
Just hold out your heart my darling
Hold out your heart my darling
Hold out your heart
And I will give you some of mine

Oh my girl, what have you done?
Is it something we can't even talk about?
Did you silence me, remove me from your faith?

Did you make me all but a stranger to your love?
Did you look right through me
Below me and above?
Did you try to ignore me, make me all but lost?
Did you cloud up the sky when you needed me most?

Well if you ever want an endless night
And you need the moon and stars to shine
Just hold out your heart my darling
Hold out your heart my darling
Hold out your heart
And I will give you all of mine

It's gonna be fine
It's gonna be fine, just fine
Just hold out your heart my darling
Just hold out your heart my darling
Hold out your heart
And I will give you all of mine

People Say A Lot lyrics - Carly Simon

People say a lot when they want the job, yeah
Lining up sideways around the block
"It's not for the money" she say to you
Almost convincing herself that it's true
"I'll take care of your dog when you're away"
"I don't mind working Saturdays"
"When you wanna work I'll work with you", she say
"And I'll go on working when you wanna play"
"Nothing gonna hurt you when I'm around"
"I'll keep my eyes wide open and my nose to the ground"
"I'll be like a mama with a baby cub"

People say a lot when they want the job
People say a lot when they want the job, yeah
People say a lot when they want the job

When you begin to see a sinister gleam
You're locked in too tight on the same team
There's a little holiday in her heart
When she sees you slip up, Ahhhhh
It's like Christmas Eve just to see you trip up
Ooops, then down again
She'll sit on the floor hardly hiding a grin
When her tears spill out, crocodile chagrin
It's her contempt for you, she thinks you're a slob

People say a lot when they want the job, yeah
People say a lot when they want the job
People say a lot when they want the job

Greatest cook to bring a meal (didn't need a recipe)
Said she'll also deal the cards (dealt the knave and two and three)
Said she also feel the thrill of the willow in the wind
(feel the thrillo the willow or oak or elm or ash or pine sol)

It's already too late when she's reading your mail
Calling your agent and making the deal
She'll just copy and paste it and make it last
Nothing is sacred about your past

She'll tell of the poppies in the July fest
Maybe her brother with the badge can make the arrest
"You could go to jail, fail all the tests"
"Forget your keys and your secrets and your little black box"

People say a lot when they want the job, yeah
People say a lot when they want the job, yeah
People say a lot when they want the job

She was awfully good at fire (fiery fiery hussy burn)
She burned bridges where she could (she really couldn't burn them very well)
She turned young men into torches (burning scarecrow)
She had a way with wood (do away with wood, do away with wood)

People say a lot when they want the job
Lining up eager around the block
Promising, promising never to quit
Well it's a full time job to be a hypocrite
Maybe they remember that they've done it before
Practicing, with their dolls on the floor
The lie itself becoming the seed
The messy mascara, the future deed
The actor's bow, the junkie's need
They line up again just to wipe you clean

They line up again just to wipe you out
Line up again around the block
A mighty force of youth for hire
Spouting ideas that geniuses would rob ohhhhh

People say a lot when they want the job, oh
People say a lot when they want the job, ah
People say a lot when they want the job. yeah
People say a lot when they want the job
People say a lot when they want the job
People say a lot when they want the job

"Tell me Phoebe, do you want someday to have an award like that of your own?"

"More than anything else in the world"

"Then you must ask Miss Harrington how to get one
...Miss Harrington knows all about it"

Island lyrics - Carly Simon

I'm an island
Everyone can see that I'm an island
I've got ocean just about everywhere that I can see
And I'll be stranded unless you come to me
And I'm lonely

I would rather fall from grace completely
Than let you change my mind
And I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun

Can't be too careful bout the friends you keep around you
Some who never let you down
Some who fail you every day
And it's a blatant disrespect of privacy
It amazes me

I would rather fall from grace completely
Than let you change my mind
And I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun

I'm an island
Can't you understand me?
I'm an island?
And I'm finally by myself, the way I've got to be
And that's exactly the thing that's been killing me

I would rather fall from grace completely
Than let you change my mind
And I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun

I would rather fall from grace completely
Than let you change my mind
And I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun

I would rather fall from grace completely
Than let you change my mind
And I would rather bet my life against the rising of the sun
The rising...

How Can You Ever Forget lyrics - Carly Simon

I love you more than the first sunset
The first star I saw I would surely bet
So how could you ever, could you ever forget?

You're here but you're gone
It's in your eyes
Something's gone wrong
You've stifled your cries
You can't expect that I'll ever forget

All the details of your mind you would tell me through the night
After we'd made love and the way was so open
Now you turn your back to me
As if we'd never spoken

But I still love you more than the first sunset
I swear I caught a shooting star the first time we met
So how could you ever
I know that I'll never
How could you ever, ever forget?

Hola Soleil lyrics - Carly Simon


Free my eyes
Fill the skies
We've been dancing in your absence

Da da da...
Morning, hola, soleil
We've kept the darkness light
Dancing for the sun
To come back and rise up shining

Welcome home
Mother sun
Children reaching up like flowers

Da da da...
Morning, hola, soleil
We made it through the night
Knowing you'd return
To bless us with another morning

Baking sand, shining sea
Turning world
Dissolving shadows

Da da da...
Morning, hola, soleil
Behold the warmth of day
Rising near the shore
Hear the music start up playing