HELLO BIG MAN - 1983


  • Hello Big Man - Carly Simon
  • Hello Big Man - Carly Simon
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You Know What To Do

It Happens Everyday

Hello Big Man

Features photos and film footage of Carly's parents: Richard L. Simon (co-founder of Simon & Schuster) and his wife Andrea Simon. The video also includes the actor Al Corley.

Liner Notes

Relentless appreciation goes to the people who thrilled me with their support (and vice versa) throughout the making of this album: Al Corley, John Wright, Peter Wood, Peter Simon and Frank Filipetti. Aesthetic appreciation to Pierre La Roche.

Credits

Release Date: September 20, 1983
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Album Billboard Peak: #69

Single (You Know What To Do) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #83

Produced by: Mike Mainieri
Recorded at Power Station, New York, by Scott Litt, Neil Dorfsman
Additional recording: James Farber, Jeff Hendrickson, John Wright
Assistant engineer: John Wright
Additional recording in Los Angeles at Village Recorders by Gary Starr and Ocean Way Studios

Mixed at Right track Studios by: Frank Filipetti
Assistant engineers: Moira Marquis and Bill Miranda
Technical support: Bob Schwall
Production coordination: Christine Martin

Front cover photography: Lynn Kohlman
Inside sleeve photography: Peter Simon
Art direction: Paula Greif
Management: Arlyne Rothberg

Tony Levin appears courtesy of E.G. Records, Ltd.
Andy Summers appears courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.

You Know What To Do
Lyrics by: Carly Simon & Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon, Peter Wood & Mike Manieri

The night is filled with pretty girls
Dancing shoes and flying hair
Not one of them would refuse
To follow you up the stairs
You could have your pick of them
Why decide to pick on me
You promised me you'd stay away
You promised me you'd set me free
Pounding of my heart
Trembling of my hands
Somethings I'll just never understand

You know what to do to me
You know what it does to me
You know what to do to me
You know what it does to me
You know what to do

The night is filled with shooting stars
I watch them fall 'cause I can't sleep
I pray that you won't call at all
I'm still awake at ten to three
I hear your motorcycle roar
You pull up short outside my door
I don't know how I got outside
I don't know why I'm on this ride

We make love like a house on fire
We make love like dogs gone mad
Somethings I'll just never understand

You know what to do to me
You know what it does to me
You know what to do to me
You know what it does to me
You know what to do

Pounding of my heart
Trembling of my hands
Somethings I'll just never understand

You know what to do to me
You know what it does to me
You know what to do to me
You know what it does to me
You know what to do

Don Grolnick: Piano
Hugh McCracken: Acoustic guitar
Andy Summers: Electric guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Rick Marotta: Drums
Larry Williams: Synthesizer flutes
Mike Mainieri: Synthesizer
Peter Wood: Memory Moog
Elliot Randall: Electric guitar solo
Jimmy Bralower: Linn drums

© 1983 C’est Music/Maya Productions, Ltd. / Redeye Music ASCAP / Hythefield Music BMI
Menemsha
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Peter Wood

Peter's on the loose
I'd like to see him again
I remember when
We made love
On the jetty in the rain
When the fishing boats would
Come back in
At the end of the day
He'd run up the hill to my cabin
With a swordfish and he'd say:
"Girl I want you all over again"'
All over again

In Menemsha, Menemsha
Menemsha, Menemsha

The sunset on the sound
Was almost too much to take
We would dance on the hill
With our friends
'Til the morning would break
Everybody drank too much beer
In those days
Thank God it wasn't whisky
Or we'd all be dead
And Peter and me we'd pull the shades
Everyone was interested
In Peter and me

In Menemsha, Menemsha
Menemsha, Menemsha

Peter Wood: Piano
Don Grolnick: Steel drum synthesizer
Mike Mainieri: Marimba and chimes
Hugh McCracken: Electric guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Rick Marotta: Drums
Rob Mounsey: Fairlite and background vocal arrangement
Background vocals:
Kids: Ben Taylor, Sally Taylor, Julie Levine, Elizabeth Witham, Rachel Zabar
Adults: Carly Simon, Lucy Simon, Rob Mounsey, Kate Taylor, Hugh Taylor, Lynn Goldsmith

© 1983 C’est Music ASCAP / Hythefield Music BMI

Damn You Get To Me
Lyrics & Music by Carly Simon

Hey, when I say things that bother you
Don't be a stubborn man
Don't leave me in the cold
Remember who I am
Damn, you get to me
When I can't get to you

No fair, you're silent and you're hurt
And all I want to do
Is know what I've done wrong
All I want to know is what to do
Damn, you get to me
When I can't get to you

There's too much long distance
In our love
And tonight I need you
Don't run away, please let me know
How I've hurt you
Hey, it's me, see I'm the lucky one
You've opened up my heart
You led me by the hand
You took me slow so I would understand
Damn, you got to me
Let me get to you

Carly Simon: Background vocals and acoustic guitar
Hugh McCracken: Electric guitar
Hugh Taylor: Background vocals
Kate Taylor: Background vocals
Don Grolnick: Piano
Tony Levin: Bass
Rick Marotta: Drums
Marty Paich: String arrangement

© 1983 C’est Music ASCAP
Is This Love?
Lyrics & Music by: Bob Marley

I wanna love you
And treat you right
I wanna love you
Every day and every night
We'll be together with a roof
Right over our head
We'll share the shelter of my single bed
We'll share the same room
God will provide the bread

Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love
That I'm feeling
Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love
That I'm feeling
I'm willing and able
So I throw my cards on the table

I wanna love you
And treat you right
I wanna love you
Everyday and every night
We'll be together with a roof
Right over our heads
We'll share the shelter of my single bed
We'll share the same room
God will provide the bread

Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love
That I'm feeling
Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love
That I'm feeling I wanna know, wanna know, wanna know now

Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love
That I'm feeling
Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love
That I'm feeling
I'm willing and able
So I throw my cards on the table

I wanna love you
I wanna treat you right
I wanna love you
Everyday and every night
We'll be together with a roof right over our heads
We'll share the shelter, yeah, of my single bed
We'll share the same room
God will provide the bread

Don Grolnick: Organ
Eric Gale: Electric Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
Sly Dunbar: Drums
Crusher Bennett: Percussion
Leon Pendarvis: Horn arrangement
Jon Faddis: Trumpet
Alan Rubin: Trumpet
Lou Marini: Alto saxophone
Mike Brecker: Tenor saxophone
Ronnie Cuber: Baritone saxophone
Background vocals: Carly Simon, Fonzie Thornton, Marcus Miller, Tawatha Agee

© 1977 Bob Marley Music, Ltd. ASCAP Adm. by Elmo Music Ltd. except the Caribbean

Orpheus
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Orpheus, it could have been
You could have held me again
You said your songs had all gone
And that the road back up was too long

But it was there for us
It was there for us
I loved you all along
Orpheus

The part of me that died
Was ready to be reborn
And you called of the hounds
Of hell with your songs

Orpheus, Orpheus
I loved you all along, Orpheus
Orpheus, It could have been
You could have held me again

But you couldn't wait
Somewhere along the road
You lost your faith
Out of despair and believing
I was gone
You gave up on my love
you gave up on us
But it was there for us
It was there for us
I loved you all along
Orpheus

Jimmy Ryan: Acoustic guitar
Mike Mainieri: Bass, piano and synthesizer
Jimmy Bralower: Linn drums
Rick Marotta: Cymbals and toms

© 1983 by C’est Music ASCAP
It Happens Everyday
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

It happens everyday
Two lovers with the best intentions to stay
Together they the decide to separate
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

Carly Simon: Acoustic guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Don Grolnick: Piano
Hugh McCracken: Acoustic guitar
Rick Marotta: Drums
Dean Parks: Electric guitar
Peter Wood: Memory Moog
Marty Paich: String arrangement

© 1983 C’est Music ASCAP

Such A Good Boy
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon, Robbie Shakespeare and Mike Mainieri

He asks her for permission
To take the car
Light his cigar
Play his guitar
Burn down the barn

He asks her for permission
To tie his shoes
To take a snooze
To read the news
To sing the blues

He's such a good boy
A real mama's boy
She treats him like a toy
He's such a good boy

He asks her for permission
To get a tan
To play his hand
To blow a grand
To be a man

He asks her for permission
To say goodnight
To see Snow White
To watch the fight
'Cause she's always right

He's such a good boy
A real mama's boy
She treats him like a toy
He's such a good boy

She points her finger
And waves her hand
And acts just like a Queen bee
But he's foolin' her
'Cause he doesn't ask
Her for permission
When he comes to see me
Comes to see me

He's such a good boy
A real mama's boy
She treats him like a toy
He's such a good boy

Carly Simon: Background vocals
Robbie Shakespeare: Background vocals and bass
Sly Dunbar: Drums
Eric Gale: Electric guitar
Sid McGinnis: Electric guitar
Crusher Bennett: Percussion

© 1983 C’est Music / Redeye Music ASCAP/Island Music, Inc./ Ixat Music, Inc. BMI
Hello Big Man
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Carly Simon & Peter Wood

He started a company
When he was a young man
Handsome, and like a reed so tall
With a face like an old photograph
She would fall for him
Fall for him
She would fall

She wore her mother's cocktail dress
With saddle shoes
She was pretty and she was small
She worked the switchboard
Down the hall from him
Down the hall

He said: "Hello little woman"
She said: "Hello big man"
And that was how the wooing
And the winning began
He said: "Hello little woman"
She said: "Hello big man"

Of course New York in those days
Was carriage rides and matinees
He took her to a ball
At the Waldorf Astoria
He would fall for her
Fall for her, he would fall

He said: "Hello little woman"
She said: "Hello big man"
And that was how the wooing
And the winning began
He said: "Hello little woman"
She said: "Hello big man"

You could hear them laugh
As they danced in their room
And the shadows on the avenue
Rose into a jealous moon
Which swung low in the dawn light
To see what was going on with those two

You keep on expecting
Something to go wrong
And nothing does
They still live in the house
Where we were born
Pictures of us kids
Hanging up all over the walls

And some say he built his empire
For wealth and fame
But if you ask him why
He'll say he did it all for her
All for her
All for her

He said: "Hello little woman"
She said: "Hello big man"
And that was how the wooing
And the winning began
He said: "Hello little woman"
She said: "Hello big man"

Carly Simon: Background vocals
Peter Wood: Memory Moog and acoustic piano
Hugh McCrackern: Acoustic and electric guitars
Marcus Miller: Bass
Rick Marotta: Drums
David Sanborn: Alto saxophone
Mike Mainieri: Additional synthesizers

© 1983 Best Music ASCAP / Hythefield Music BMI

You Don't Feel The Same
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Honey, I don't want you to see me this way
So out of control
So carried away
'Cause you don't feel the same

And I remember times when I was your storm
I blew hot and cold
And you were so warm
But, now you don't feel the same

I remember when you were looking up at me
Like I was the only one
That you'd ever wanna see

Honey, how can I ask you to stay
When you've already gone
There's no one to blame
It's just that you don't feel the same

I touch you
And your eyes look away
Your hands are cold
The balance has changed
And darling, you don't feel
Honey, you don't feel
No, you don't feel the same

Carly Simon: Background vocals and electric guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Jimmy Bralower: Linn drums

© 1983 C’est Music ASCAP
Floundering
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

First she sees her hypnotist
When she rushes to her psychiatrist
She sees her acupuncturist
She's got to got to get fixed

Then she sees her scientologist
Gets fed by her nutritionist
She can not seem to resist
Seeking cosmic consciousness

Looks like she's floundering again
Seems to be floundering again
Looks like she's floundering again
Seems to be floundering again

She swears by Jack LaLanne
Then she throws the I Ching again
She searches in the Himalayas
For someone to ease the pain

Looks like she's floundering again
Seems to be floundering again
Looks like she's floundering again
Seems to be floundering again

She's looking for a cure
She does not know exactly what for

Looks like she's floundering again
Seems to be floundering again
Looks like she's floundering again
Seems to be floundering again

She's into political activism
Reading up on Tibetan Buddism
Anna Freud's analyzed her dreams
And she's hoarse from primal screams

Looks like she's floundering again
Seems to be floundering again
Looks like she's floundering again
Seems to be floundering again

Don Grolnick: Organ
Peter Wood: Memory Moog
Hugh McCracken: Electric guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Rick Marotta: Drums
Crusher Bennett: Percussion

© 1983 C’est Music ASCAP