FILM NOIR - 1997


  • Carly Simon - Film Noir
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Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Songs In Shadow - The Making of Carly Simon's Film Noir

Songs In Shadow - The Making of Carly Simon's Film Noir aired as a special presententation on AMC. This documentary also features Jimmy Webb, Arif Mardin and Van Dyke Parks in the studio recording the album with Carly.

Interview with Good Morning America

Rehearsal on Martha's Vineyard

Interview with CNN

Performing (lipsynching) on The View

Liner Notes

Special Thanks: Clive Davis, Roy Lott, Ken Levy, Richard Palmese, Jim Swindel, Jay Krugman, Steve Bartels, Tom Ennis, Cathryn Swan, Jordan Katz, Phil Blume, Ari Martin, Mark Rizzo, Amy Finkle, Martin Scorsese, Robin Mathiesen, Howard Siegel, Vay Dyke Parks, John Travolta, Tamara Weiss, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Mike Nichols, Donald Fagan, Libby Titus, David Raskin, Michael Feinstein, Brian Doyle, Jacqueline Kotler, Island Entertainment (on the Vineyard), Bill, Ann and Dirk Ziff, Sue Mercay, Inga Byleckie, Pauline Nash and everyone at Snowbound Sound. I would also to thank the many contributors to my AOL board who advised me and informed me and took the journey with me.

This is dedicated to Jimmy Webb, whose music in its many forms has moved us all over the years, and whose input on this album exceeds all the credits which appear on these pages. Also to Frank Filipetti, who overworked once again, in order to get it just right, but also to demonstrate his love and loyalty which is returned one hundred-fold. Thank you, both of you, for taking a dip in the long deep shadows, where the night can almost swallow you up if you're not saved by two big guys on either side of you, holding your hands and grinning.

Credits

Release Date: September 16, 1997
Label: Arista Records
Album Billboard Peak: #84
Single (Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye)

Produced by Jimmy Webb and Carly Simon.
"Laura" Produced by Arif Mardin, Jimmy Webb and Carly Simon
Engineered & Mixed by: Frank Filipetti

Recorded at: National Edison, NYC - Snowbound Sound, Pawling, NY - The Warehouse, NYC - Clinton Studios, NYC - Right Track Studios, NYC - Capital Studios, Hollywood, CA
Mixed at: Snowbound Sound, Pawling, NY
Mastered at: Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC
Photography: Greg Gorman
Art Direction: Mark Burdett
Design: Rita Karidis & Marlo Viscel
Legal Representation: Howard Siegel
Jimmy Webb Management: Robin Siegel

Production Manager and Contractor: Jill Dell'Abate
Additional Production Coordination: Nancy Roof
Assistant to Carly Simon: Clarissa Wilder
Mix Assistant: Craig Boyce
Additional Engineering: Al Schmitt, Billy Eric, Brian Faehndrich, Roy Hendrickson, Michael O'Reilly
Assitant Engineers: Craig Boyce, Peter Doell, Joe Lizzi, Jim Murray, Yvonne Yedibalian
Research: Bill Zimmerman
Music Preparation: Donald Oliver, Evan Morris, Chelsea Music Service

You Won't Forget Me
Lyrics by: K. Goell
Music by: F. Speilman

You won't forget me
Though you may try
I'm part of memories
Too wonderful to die
And it will happen
That now and then
You'll fall to wonderin'
If we shouldn't have tried again

You won't forget me
On nights like this
The moon will cast on you
The shadow of my kiss

No matter where you are
With whom you are
You'll think of me
You won't forget me
Just wait and see, you won't forget me
Just wait and see, you won't forget me
Just wait and see

Arranged and conducted by: Van Dyke Parks
Piano: Michael Kosarin
Drums: Billy Ward
Acoustic Bass: David Finck
Guitar: Peter Calo
Keyboards: Teese Gohl
Concert Master: Elena Barere

© Published by EMI Feist Catalog Inc. ASCAP
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Lyrics & Music by: Cole Porter

Ev’ry time we say goodbye
I die a little
Ev’ry time we say goodbye
I wonder why a little
Why the gods above me who must be in the know
Think so little of me, they allow you to go

And when you're near there's such an air of Spring about it
I can hear a lark somewhere begin to sing about it

There's no love song finer
But how strange the change from major to
minor
Ev’ry time we say goodbye

Why the gods above me
Who must be in the know
Think so little of me
They'd allow you to go

And when you're near there's such an air of Spring about it
I can hear a lark somewhere begin to sing about it

There's no love song finer
But how strange the change from major to
minor
Ev’ry time we say goodbye, ev’ry time we say goodbye
Ev’ry time we say goodbye, ev’ry time we say goodbye.....

Arranged and conducted by: Van Dyke Parks
Piano & Organ Solo: Jimmy Webb
Drums: Billy Ward
Acoustic Bass: David Finck
Guitar: Peter Calo
Keyboards: Teese Gohl
Concert Master: Barry Finclair
Background Vocals: Ben Taylor, Carly Simon

© Published by Chappell & Co. ASCAP

Lili Marlene
Lyrics & Music by: M.David, N. Schultze, H. Leip

Outside the barracks
By the corner light
Darling I remember how
I'd wait for you at night
There we'd create a world for two
I'd wait for you
The whole night through
Was there that you'd whisper tenderly
That you loved me
You'd always be
Be my Lili Marlene
Be my Lili Marlene

I'd give you a rose to show I care
And wind it through your golden hair
Then we would say goodnight and part
I'll always keep you in my heart
With me Lili Marlene
With me Lili Marlene

My Lili of the lamplight
My own Lili Marlene

Piano: Jimmy Webb
Mandolin: Jeff Pevar
Accordion: Dominick Cortese
Guitar: Peter Calo
Background Vocals: Mindy Jostyn, Jill Dell'Abate, Carly Simon

© Published by: Polygram Int'l Pub. Inc. ASCAP / Edward R. Marks Music Co. BMI
Last Night When We Were Young
Lyrics & Music by: E. Harburg, H. Arlen

Last night when we were young
Love was a star, a song unsung
Life was so new, so real, so bright
Ages ago, last night

Today, the world is old
You flew away, and time grew cold
Where is that star
That seems so bright
Ages ago, last night

To think that spring had depended
On merely this, a look, a kiss
To think that something so splendid
Could slip away in one little daybreak

So now lets reminisce and recollect the sighs and the kisses
The arms that clung
When we were young last night

So now lets reminisce and recollect the sighs and the kisses
The arms that clung
When we were young last night

Arranged and conducted by: Torrie Zito
Piano: Russ Kassoff
Drums: Billy Ward
Acoustic Bass: David Finck
Guitar: Peter Calo
Keyboards: Teese Gohl
Concert Master: Elena Barere
Background Vocals: Ben Taylor, Carly Simon

© Published by: Glocca Morra Music / S.A. Music Co. ASCAP

Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
Lyrics & Music by: F. Loesser

Spring will be a little late this year
A little late arriving
In my lonely world over here
For you have left me
And where is our April love old

Yes you have left me
And winter continues cold
As if to say that spring will be
A little slow to start
A little slow reviving

That music it made in my heart
Cause time heals all things
So I needn't cling to this fear
It's merely that spring will be
A little late this year
Yes time heals all things
So I needn't cling to this fear
It's merely that spring will be
A little late this year

Piano: Jimmy Webb
Guitar: Jeff Pevar

© Published by: Frank Music Corp. ASCAP
Film Noir
Lyrics & Music by: Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon

Got on in New Haven
Last car on the train
Put my hat on the seat
Wipe the tears from my eyes

I watched my life go by
Like a movie in my brain
Scenes unreeling
In a senseless chain
On the window
And a silver screen of rain

And the opening title scroll
And the score comes in and under
And I'm in the starring role
In a world of love-struck wonder

It's a tale full of promise
About two crazy kids
Falling in love, but in flashback

And then the music,
That gorgeous music
And I wake up,
Rattling down the railroad track.

He could be sweet,
But I stayed on my guard
Just how good a liar
Can a decent man be?

I always played my hand
Like I didn't have the cards
Cause he held them all
So I could never see
Yes, he played me for a fool
And I agreed

And the closing credits roll
And the waves come in like thunder
Cause the hero's lost control
And I made a fatal blunder

Just another sad story
Two star-crossed kids
Racing headlong up a cul-de-sac

And then that music
That mournful music
And the train's disappearing
Down that railroad track

And the long, slow dissolve
As we fade to black............

Arranged and conducted by: Jimmy Webb
Piano: Jimmy Webb
Drums: Shawn Pelton
Electric Bass: Zev Katz
Acoustic Guitar: Peter Calo
Electric Guitar: Jeff Pevar
Keyboards: Teese Gohl
Cello Solo: Richard Locker
Concert Master: Elena Barere
Background Vocals: Ben Taylor, Carly Simon

© Published by Jimmy Webb Music, Inc. / C'est Music, adm. by Polygram Int'l Publishing, Inc. ASCAP

Laura
Lyrics & Music by: J. Mercer, D. Raskin

(Introduction: "Haunting" by Carly Simon)
There's always someone, haunting someone,
haunting someone
I can't sleep easy, cause I'm afraid of dreaming
And then the memory of the dream
There's always someone, haunting someone,
haunting someone

Laura is the face in the misty night
Footsteps that you hear down the hall
The laugh that floats on a summer's night
That you might never quite recall

And you see Laura on a train that is passing through
Those eyes how familiar they seem
She gave your very first kiss to you
That was Laura but she's only a dream

She gave your very first kiss to you
That was Laura
But she's only a dream

Yes she gave your very first kiss to you
That was Laura, but she's only a dream
A dream, a dream

Arranged and conducted by: Arif Mardin
Piano: Russ Kassoff
Drums: Billy Ward
Acoustic Bass: David Finck
Guitar: Peter Calo
Keyboards: Teese Gohl
Concert Master: Barry Finclair

© Published by EMI Robbins Catalog Inc. ASCAP, "Haunting" published by C'est Music adm. by Polygram Int'l Pub Inc. ASCAP
I'm A Fool To Want You
Lyrics & Music by: F. Sinatra, J. Herron, J. Wolf

I'm a fool to want you
I'm a fool to want you
To want a love that can't be true
A love that's there for others too

I'm a fool to hold you
Such a fool to hold you
To seek a kiss not mine alone
To share a kiss the devil has known

Time and time again I said I'd leave you
Time and time again I went away
And then would come a time
When I would need you
And once again these words I'd have to say

Take me back
I love you
Pity me
I need you
I know it's wrong, it must be wrong
But right or wrong
I can't get along without you

I'm a fool to want you
You hurt me time and time again
But I still love you babe
I'm a fool, I'm your fool

Arranged by: Torrie Zito
Conducted by: Jimmy Webb
Piano: Jimmy Webb
Keyboards: Teese Gohl
Concert Master: Elena Barere

© Published by Integrity Music / Sergeant Music / Barton Music Corp. ASCAP

Fools Coda
Lyrics & Music by: T. Zito

Instrumental

Arranged and conducted by: Torrie Zito
Concert Master: Elena Barere

© Published by Torrie Zito Music ASCAP
Two Sleepy People
Lyrics & Music by: F. Loesser, H. Carmichael

Here we are, out of cigarettes
Holding hands and yawning
See how late it gets
Two sleepy people by dawn's early light
Too much in love to say goodnight

Here we are, in the cozy chair
Pickin' on a wishbone, from the Frigidaire
Two sleepy people with nothing to say
But too much in love to break away

Do you remember
The nights we used to linger in the hall
Your father didn't like me at all
Do you remember the reason
Why we married in the fall
To rent this little nest, get a bit of rest

Who will .......

Here we are just about the same
Foggy little fella, drowsy little dame
Two sleepy people by dawn's early light
And so much in love, so much in love
Too much in love to say, too much to say, to say

Piano Arranged & Performed by: Michael Kosarin
Background Vocal Arrangement: Dick Behrke
Background Vocals: Kevin DiSimone, Al Dana, Kevin Osborne, Lenny Roberts, Darryl Tookes

© Published by Frank Music Corp. ASCAP

Don't Smoke In Bed
Lyrics & Music by: W. Robinson

I left a note on his dresser
And my old wedding ring
With these few goodbye words
How can I sing
Goodbye old sleepy head
I'm packing you in like I said
Take care of everything
I'm leaving my wedding ring

Don't look for me
I'll get ahead
Remember darling
Don't smoke in bed

Don't look for me
I'll get ahead
Remember darling
Don't smoke in bed

Arranged and conducted by: Van Dyke parks
Piano: Michael Kosarin
Drums: Billy Ward
Acoustic Bass: David Finck
Guitar: Peter Calo
Keyboards: Teese Gohl
Concert Master: Elena Barere

© Published by MCA Music Publishing, a division of Universal Studios, Inc. ASCAP
Somewhere In The Night
Lyrics & Music by: J. Myrow, M. Gordon

Somewhere in the night
Chasing shadows around the bend
Somewhere in the night
Chasing rainbows that have no end
In the misty night you are mine
And you hold me fast
But dreams have a way of calling it a day
They seldom last
Our dreams have past

But in my lonely flight
I'll keep searching till time is through
Somewhere in the night
Till I find you

In the misty light you are mine
And you hold me fast
But dreams have a way of calling it a day
They seldom last
Our dreams have past
But in my lonely flight
I'll keep searching till time is through
Somewhere in the night
Till I find you

Arranged and conducted by: Jimmy Webb
Piano: Jimmy Webb, Russ Kassoff
Drums: Billy Ward
Acoustic Bass: David Finck
Guitar: Peter Calo
Keyboards: Teese Gohl
Concert Master: Elena Barere

© Published by WB Music Corp. ASCAP
Liner Notes by Martin Scorsese

For many, film noir now defines movies at their esscence. What is the power of this very special group of films that continues to excite new viewers every year?

First of all, film noir was a spontaneous burst of creativity generated by the disenchanted mood of post-war America, and that accounts for its freshness and vigor. In addition, many noirs were made by either European immigrants who left their home countries under difficult and in some cases dangerous circumstances, or native-born Americans with a unique and alienated vision of their home country. The uniformly high level of artistry in noir was possible because of the extraordinary concentration of individual talent and moral urgency behind the camera.

And film noir brought a new type of hero, or anti-hero, to the screen: a decent but weak-willed man plunged by fate into a dead-end intrigue that he either can't or doesn't want to understand. Such characters, who could only be played by post-war actors like Robert Mitchum, Burt Lancaster or Kirk Douglas, were often coaxed into their nightmares by femmes fatales played by actresses like Lauren Bacall and Rita Hayworth, both of whom had a profound effect on me as a child. Watching Bacall in her first films was entrancing - her sinuous movement was like rustling black silk. And Rita Hawworth in Gilda left a permanent impression on me - as I'm sure it did on every young male who saw it at the right moment.

Films noirs are also beautiful to look at. The chiaroscuro interiors of Crossfire or the sun-dappled landscapes of Out Of The Past are all cut from the same cloth: elegant yet comfortable, as though a malignant force could jump from the shadows at any moment. But most of all, there is something absolutely contemporary about film noir that speaks directly to modern audiences. I'm not sure what that says about modern society, but I know that it's true.

In this beautiful collection of songs so redolent of the mood of the genre, Carly Simon displays a true feel for the music but also for the texture of these films and their moment in history. Her immaculately arranged interpretations of standards like "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," "Last Night When We Were Young" and "Somewhere In The Night" - and, in the case of the beautiful "Springs Will Be A Little Late This Year" by the great Frank Loesser (originally sung by Deanna Durbin in Robert Siomak's Christmas Holiday), a not-so-standard-are respectful of their historical origins but at the same time possess a completely contemporary aura. As she sings the title song from Otto Preminger's Laura you can feel the vital connection between now and the time when these glorious, tragic films were made, as well as her own real love for that time - obviously the motivation behind the affectionate tribute of the title song that she co-wrote with the great Jimmy Webb.

Film noir is a shining moment in film history, no matter how much genuine despair and tragedy crept into its images. In this lovely collection, Carly Simon pays tribute to everything that is lasting in these movies that continue to haunt our imaginations fifty years after they were made.

----Martin Scorsese