MY ROMANCE - 1990


  • Carly Simon - My Romance
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My Romance

Little Girl Blue / He Was Too Good To Me

Liner Notes

Here is "My Romance", an album which is as close to my heart as any album I have recorded of my own material. I grew up on these songs, my Mother sang them to my Father, my Father played them on the piano. Uncle Peter and Uncle Dutch sang them in the army in their jazz combo, then came home and taught them to me on the ukulele.

We were very much a New York family. We went to every musical that opened on Broadway and afterward came home and picked out songs on the piano. Arthur Schwartz (of Dietz and Schwartz) was my parents' closest friend, and because of him, we had entree into a lot of back stages and early rehearsal renditions of songs. I still have a '78 of Fred Astaire singing "I'll Got My Way By Myself." It was a demo he made for the movie studio. I listened to it for hours and studied his phrasing as the melodies danced through the songs as if to follow his feet.

I grew up wanting to be such a dancer, until I wanted to be a jazz singer, until I wanted to be a folk singer, until I wanted to be a rock singer, until I forgot what it was that I wanted, and just did (whatever "it" is). This is an album I have wanted to do for years. These are my favorite standards. This is my romance. Love, Carly

This album is dedicated to: Allie Brennan who lullabyed me with "Danny Boy" when all else failed to pacify me, and also to Frank Sinatra who might as well have been singing directly to me, I felt it so strongly.

Special Thanks: Clive Davis, Roy Lott, Bill Berger, and everyone at Arista Records. Jim, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, Dirk Ziff, Danny Kosarin, Barry K., Tony Bongiovi, Andy, Peter, Lucy and Joey Simon, Ben and Sally Taylor, Kristine Kelleney and Irma Johnson

Credits

Release Date: July 17, 1990
Label: Arista Records
Album Billboard Peak: #46

Produced by Frank Filipetti and Marty Paich
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by: Marty Paich
Associate Producer and Arranger: Michael Kosarin

Recorded at Mixed by Frank Filipetti at the Power Station, NYC
Second Engineer: Matthew "Boomer" LaMonica
Orchestra Contractor: Emile Charlap

Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterline Sound, NYC

Photography: Bob Gothard
Hand Lettering: Kathy Schinhofen
Design: Carolyn Quan

Management by: Champion Entertainment Organization, Inc.
Brian Doyle, Al Smith, Randy Hoffman,Jan Mullen, Mark Arrow, Myrna Suarez

Musicians:

Piano: Michael Kosarin
Drums: Steve Gadd
Bass: Wayne Pedziwiatr
Acoustic Bass: Jay Leonhart
Guitar: Jimmy Ryan
Percussion: Gordon Gottlieb
Sax Solo on "Bewitched" / Steinerphone Solo on "When Your Lover Has Gone" by: Michael Brecker
Trumpet Solo on "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" by: Marvin Stamm
Concert Master and Solo Violin on "Something Wonderful" by: David Nadien
Violins: Barry Finclair, Richard Sortomme, Lenard Rivlin, Paul Peabody, Matt Raimondi, John Pintavalle, Jean Ingraham, Regis Landiorio, Nancy McAlbany, Joel Pinchon, Rick Dolan, Elena Barere, Arnold Eidas, Marin Alsop, Narcisco Figueroa, Mary Rowell, Jan Mullen, Heidi Carney, Ruth Waterman
Violas: Emmanuel Vardi, Lamar Alsop, Harold Coletta, Jesse Levine, Monica Gerard, Olivia Koppell
Celli: Charles McCracken, Jesse Levy, Nathan Stutch, Richard Locker, Mark Shuman
Double Bass: John Beal
Horns: Jerry Peel, John Clark, William Parker, Bill Hamilton
French Horn: John Andrew
Harp: Margaret Ross
Oboe: Steve Taylor

My Romance
Lyrics & Music by: Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart

My romance
Doesn't have to have a moon in the sky
My romance
Doesn't need a blue lagoon standing by

No month of May
No twinkling stars
No hide away
No soft guitars

My romance
Doesn't need a castle rising in Spain
Or a dance
To a constantly surprising refrain
Wide awake
I can make my most fantastic dreams come true

My romance
Doesn't need a thing but you

See "Credits" section for musicians

© PolyGram Int. Publishing, Inc. ASCAP
By Myself / I See Your Face Before Me
Lyrics & Music by: Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz

I’ll go my way by myself
This is the end of romance
I’ll go my way by myself
Love is only a dance

I’ll face the unknown
I’ll build a world of my own
No one knows better than I myself
I’m by myself alone

I see your face before me
Clouding my every dream
There is your face before me
You are my only theme

It doesn’t matter where you are
I can see how fair you are
I close my eyes and there you are
Over me

If you could share the magic
If you could see me too
There would be nothing tragic
In all my dreams of you

Would that my love could haunt you so
Knowing I want you so
I can’t erase your beautiful face before me

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Chappell & Co. Inc. ASCAP

When Your Lover Has Gone
Lyrics & Music by: Einer Aaron Swan

What good is the scheming
The planning and dreaming
That comes with each new love affair

The love that you cherish
So often will perish
And leave you with castles in air

When you're alone
Who cares for starlit skies
When you're alone
The magic moonlight dies
At break of dawn
There is no sunrise
When your lover has gone

What lonely hours
The evening shadows bring
What lonely hours
With memories lingering
Like faded flowers
Life can't mean anything

When your lover has gone
When your lover has gone

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Warner Bros. Inc. ASCAP
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Lyrics & Music by: Bob Hilliard / David Mann

When the sun is high
In the afternoon sky
You can always find something to do
But from dusk till dawn
As the clock ticks on
Something happens to you

In the wee small hours of the morning
While the whole wide world is fast asleep
You lie awake and think about the boy
And never ever think of counting sheep

When your lonely heart
Has learned its lesson
You'd be his if only he'd call
In the wee small hours of the morning
That's the time you miss him most of all

When your lonely heart
Has learned its lesson
You'd be his if only he'd call
In the wee small hours of the morning
That's the time you miss him most of all

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Rytvoc Inc., Bourne Co. ASCAP

My Funny Valentine
Lyrics & Music by: Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart

You're my funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart

Your looks are laughable
Un-photographable
Yet you’re my favorite work of art

Is your figure less than Greek
Is your mouth a little weak
When you open it to speak are you smart

But don’t change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine, stay

Each day is Valentine’s Day

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Chappell & Co., Inc. ASCAP
Something Wonderful
Lyrics & Music by: Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein II

He may not always say
What you would have him say
But now and then he’ll say
Something wonderful

The thoughtless things he’ll do
Will hurt and worry you
Then all at once he’ll do
Something wonderful

He has a thousand dreams
That won’t come true
You know that he believes in them
And that’s enough for you

You’ll always go along with
Defend him when he’s wrong
And tell him when he’s strong
He is wonderful
He’ll always need your love
And so you’ll get you’re love
A man who needs your love
Can be wonderful

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Williamson Music Co. ASCAP

Little Girl Blue
Lyrics & Music by: Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart

When I was very young
The world was younger than I
As merry as a carousel
The circus tent was strong
With every star in the sky
Above the ring I loved so well
Now the young world has grown old
Gone are the tinsel and the gold

Sit there and count your fingers
What can you do old girl, you’re through
Sit there and count your little fingers
Unlucky little girl blue

Sit there and count the raindrops
Falling on you
It’s time that you knew
All you can count on is the raindrops
That fall on little girl blue

No use old girl
You may as well surrender
Your hope is getting slender
Why won’t somebody send a tender blue boy
To cheer a little girl blue

No use old girl you may as well surrender
Your hope is getting slender
Why won’t somebody lend a tender
Blue boy to cheer a little girl blue

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Polygram Int. Publishing Inc. ASCAP
He Was Too Good To Me
Lyrics & Music by: Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart

There goes my young intended
The thing has ended
Regrets are vain
I’ll never find another half so sweet
And we’ll never meet again
I got impatient
Told him goodbye
Sad eyes out in the rain

He was too good to me
How can I get along now
So close he stood to me
Everything seems all wrong now
He would have brought me the sun
Making me smile, that was his fun

When I was mean to him
He’d never say go away now
I was a Queen to him
Who’s gonna make me gay now
It’s only natural that I’m blue
He was too good to be true

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Marlin Enterprises, Warner Bros. Inc. ASCAP

What Has She Got
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon /Michael Kosarin /Jacob Brackman

I’ve got eyes they call beguiling
A string of cultured pearls
And my lips are always smiling
I’m not one of those moody girls
I’ve studied cooking in a French cafe
Was Balanchine's last protégé
A one time runner up Miss USA

What has she got that I haven’t got
Why am I not the girl
Who makes your heart go dancing
Who stars in all your dreams
She’s everything you want and I’m just me

What has she got that I haven’t got
I’ve got a bed that’s warm
I’ve got a room that’s sunny
Kisses so honey sweet
I try everything to sweep you off your feet

Do you like her kind of trouble
Does she bring you to your knees
Have I been playing you all wrong
Always trying to please you

What has she got that I haven’t got
What has she got
She’s got you.....

See "Credits" section for musicians

© C'est Music, Maya Productions Ltd. ASCAP
Bewitched
Lyrics & Music by: Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart

He’s a fool and don’t I know it
But a fool can have his charms
I’m in love and don’t I show it
Like a babe in arms

Love’s the same old sad sensation
Lately I’ve not slept a week
Since this half pint imitation’s
Put me on the blink

I’m wild again, beguiled again
A simpering, whimpering child again
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I

I couldn’t sleep and wouldn’t sleep
Until love came and told me I shouldn’t sleep
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I

Oh, I lost my heart but what of it
He is cold, I agree
Oh, but he can laugh and I love it
Although the laugh’s on me

I’ll sing to him, each spring to him
And worship the trousers that cling to him
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I

I’ll sing to him, each spring to him
And long for the day when I’ll cling to him
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Chappell & Co. Inc. ASCAP

Danny Boy
Lyrics by: Fred E. Weatherly
Music by: Traditional

Oh Danny boy
The pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen
And down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or all the valley's hushed and white with snow
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so

But when you come, when all the flowers are dying
If I am dead, and dead I well may be
Then if you bend and tell me that you love me
I’ll sleep in peace until you come to me

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or all the valley's hushed and white with snow
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so

See "Credits" section for musicians

© Traditional
Time After Time
Lyrics & Music by: Jule Styne / Sammy Cahn

Time after time
I tell myself that I'm
So lucky to be loving you

So lucky to be
The one you run to see
In the evening, when the day is through

I only know what I know
The passing years will show
You've kept my love so young, so new

And time after time
You'll hear me say that I'm
So lucky to be loving you

© Sands Music Corp. ASCAP