SPY - 1979


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Vengeance

We're So Close

Never Been Gone

Liner Notes

“I am an international spy in the house of love”... Anais Nin
from A Spy in The House of Love, Copyright © 1959 Anais Nin, Published by The Swallow Press, Chicago
Dedicated to Arif who is himself fantastic. Special Thanks: Patty Rix, Catherine Peacock, Chrissy Allerdings, Theresa Dean, Cathy Rudewicz, Valerie Newick and Irma Johnson

Credits

Release Date: June 1979
Label: Elektra Records
Album Billboard Peak: #45
Single (Vengeance) Billboard Hot 100 Peak: #48

Produced by: Arif Mardin
Recorded and mixed by: Lew Hahn
Recorded and mixed at Atlantic Studios, N.Y.C.
Horn and string arrangements by: Arif Mardin
Assistant Engineer: Mike O’Reilly
Mastered by: George Piros at Atlantic Studios
This album was recorded in New York City from December 1978—April, 1979

Richard Tee, courtesy of Tappan Zee Records
John Hall, courtesy of Columbia Records
Randy and Michael Brecker, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Mike Mainieri, courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Steve Gadd, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.

Strings:
Gene Orloff: concertmaster
Jesse Levy, Kermit Moore, Jonathan Abramowitz, Joe Malin, Tony Posk, Harold Kohon, Frederick Buldrini, Gerald Tarack, Richard Maximoff, Mitsue Takayama, Guy Lumia, Regis Iandiorio, Lewis Eley, Julien Barber, Philip Bodner, Ted Hoyle, Peter Dimitriades, Theodore Isreal, Jean Dane, Lamar Alsop, James Buffington, Eugene Moye, Jr., Alan Shulman, Paul Gershman, Matthew Raimondi, Edward Daniels

Photography: Pam Frank
Art direction/design: Bob Heimall (AGI)
Management by: Arlyne Rothberg

Vengeance
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

That's dangerous driving baby
The policeman said
I can smell the passion
Of another man on your breath
I could give you life
Get you back for what I saw
That's vengeance, he said
That's the law

That's vengeance
Oh that's vengeance
Yeah that's vengeance, he said
That's the law

You throw your misdemeanors
Right up in my face
The kind of man I am
I got to put you right in your place
I should lock you up
Get you back for what I saw
That's vengeance he said
That's the law

That's vengeance
Oh that's vengeance
Yeah that's vengeance, he said
That's the law

You've taken your half out of the middle
Time and time again
But now I'm damned if I'll give you and inch
Till I get even

She said: Just because you're stronger
And you hold it over me
I'll put the pedal to the floor
And prove to you that I'm free
Though you've stopped me once again
It's not the end of the war
It's vengeance, she said
That's the law

That's vengeance
Oh that's vengeance
Yeah that's vengeance, he said
That's the law

John Hall: Electric Guitar and solo
David Spinoza and Joe Caro: Electric Guitars
Don Grolnick: Piano (choruses) and Clavinet
Ian McLaughlin: Piano (verses)
Richard Tee: Clavinet
Warren Bernhardt: Additional keyboards
Tony Levin: Bass
Steve Gadd and Rick Marotta: Drums
Randy Brecker: Trumpet
Michael Brecker: Tenor Sax
David Sanborn: Alto Sax
Tim Curry and Carly Simon: Background vocals

© 1979 C'est Music ASCAP
Just Like You Do
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

If you think you're alone
That you're the only one who is afraid
Let me tell you
I feel just like you do

And sometimes I stand back
From desires and dreams I don't understand
They overwhelm me
I feel just like you do

I feel just like you do
I feel just like you do
Just like you do
Just like you do
I feel just like you do
Just like you do
I feel just like you do

And when it comes to love
You want me to be the one to say
The words: I love you
But I feel just like you do

But let's try to return
To that brave innocence we once knew
I wish you were an ocean
So I could jump into you

I feel just like you do
I feel just like you do
Just like you do
Just like you do
I feel just like you do
Just like you do
I feel just like you do

David Spinozza: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Richard Tee: Electric Piano
Warren Bernhardt: Acoustic Piano
Ken Bichel: Polymoog
Steve Gadd and Rick Marotta: Drums
Will Lee: Bass
David Sanborn: Alto Sax
Carly Simon, James Taylor and Ullanda McCullough: Background vocals

© 1979 C'est Music ASCAP

We're So Close
Lyrics & Music by Carly Simon

I've lived in all of the houses he's built
The one in the air
The one underground
The one on the water
The one in the sand

He says: It doesn't matter how we live
He says: It doesn't matter where we live
We're so close we can dispense with houses
We don't need a home at all

It's come to be a habit with me to dine alone
You're never home
And the evenings end so early

He says: We can be close from afar
He says: The closest people always are
We're so close that in our separation
There's no distance at all

Sometimes I go out to the car
Turn on the headlights
Intending to leave
Sometimes I need to hear the words
My imagination's not as strong as you'd believe

Oh, but I've talked to you
You haven't listened at all
I've said I'm numb
I can't even cry
I'm stuck with acting out a part

He says: What do words ever reveal?
He says: In speaking one can be so false
We're so close we have a silent language
We don't need words at all

There's a husky voice
That speaks to me in the dark
And on the phone from studios
And West side bars
Through tunnels of long distance

He says: We're beyond flowers
He says: We're beyond compliments
We're so close we can dispense with love
We don't need love at all

Carly Simon: Piano
David Spinozza: Acoustic Guitar
Warren Bernhardt: Electric Piano
Ken Bichel: Polymoog
Will Lee: Bass
Steve Gadd: Drums
Crusher Bennett: Percussion
David Sanborn: Alto Sax
Carly Simon: Background vocals

© 1979 C'est Music ASCAP
Coming To Get You
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

Last night you called me from Arkansas
So that's where you are

I'm coming to get you
Let there be no mistaking
So they think they can take you
Away from your ma
I'm coming to get you
Let there be no mistaking
Mother in-law, father in-law
Lovers and lawyers in Arkansas
Laid down the law
Said I was crazy
Crazy and lazy

They expect me to go before a judge
And stand there shaking
While my heart is breaking
I'm coming to get you
Let there be no mistaking
Mother in-law, father in-law
Lovers and lawyers in Arkansas
Laid down the law
Said I was crazy
Crazy and lazy

Oh, I'm gonna get a judge who is a lady
I'm comin' to get you
Let there be no mistaking
Maybe she knows about having a baby
I'm coming to get you
Let there be no mistaking
I'm coming to get you
Let there be no mistaking

David Spinozza: Electric Guitar and solo
Joe Caro: Acoustic Guitar
Warren Bernhardt: Piano
Will Lee: Bass
Steve Gadd: Drums
Ken Bichel: “Cat” synthesizer
Carly Simon: Background vocals

© 1979 C'est Music ASCAP

Never Been Gone
Lyrics by: Jacob Brackman
Music by: Carly Simon

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 by dawn
Oh, it's night on the ocean
And 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
Great 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
And 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

Richard Tee: Electric piano
Warren Bernhardt: Acoustic piano
Lucy Simon, Carly Simon and James Taylor: Background vocals
Choir arranged by: Arif Mardin

© 1979 C'est Music / Maya Productions LTD ASCAP
Pure Sin
Lyrics by: Carly Simon
Music by: Frank Carillo

I can barely see your sneakers
You say I've got to keep my head down
You're painting my portrait
In a red velvet gown

How do you see me
As demure and discreet
Well do you know what I'll do
Do you know what I'll do
When I go out in the street

Pure sin, pure sin
The kind you won't mind
But the kind there could be trouble in

I can barely see your sneakers
You know they look pretty rough
Well I bet when you get loaded
You can get pretty tough

You pass me the caviar
Say "Hey, do you want something to eat?"
Well do you know what I'll do
Do you know what I'll do
When I go out in the street

Pure sin, pure sin
The kind you won't mind
But the kind there could be trouble in

I can barely see your sneakers
You're dripping paint all over the place
Why not get right to the point
And splash it right on my face

How do you see me
As silly and sweet
But do you know what I'll do
Do you know what I'll do
When I go out in the street

Pure sin, pure sin
The kind you won't mind
The kind there could be trouble in

David Spinozza, Frank Carillo and Joe Caro: Guitars
Don Grolnick: Piano
Warren Bernhardt: Electric piano
Tony Levin: Bass
Cliff Carter: Synthesizer
Steve Gadd: Drums
Raphael Cruz: Cowbell
Tim Curry and Carly Simon: Background vocals
Randy Brecker: Trumpet
Michael Brecker: Tenor sax and solo
Peter Ballin: Alto Sax
Lewis Delgatto: Baritone Sax
Tom Malone: Trombone

© 1979 C'est Music / Kyknos Cantos Music

Love You By Heart
Lyrics by: Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman, Libby Titus
Music by: Carly Simon

The lies that you tell
Will leave you alone
They'll keep you down
They'll catch you and trip you up
Keep you hangin' around

The habit is old
You don't need it anymore
Go on and kiss it goodbye
'Cause you got me
And I can see
Who you really are

I want to show you my heart
I want to know you by heart
And love you by heart

I'm right here beside you
There's nobody else to set you straight
To shake you
To let you know
That it's still not too late

I want to show you my heart
I want to know you by heart
And love you by heart

Don't make up stories
I know you by your eyes
I think I know what's inside

The streets you've been on
Will leave you out in the cold
But you know I care

And years from now
We'll both look down from the top of the stairs
Here, I've shown you my heart
I want to know you by heart
And love you by heart

David Spinozza: Electric and acoustic guitars
Billy Mernit: Acoustic piano
Warren Bernhardt: Electric piano
Tony Levin: Bass
Crush Bennett and Raphael Cruz: Congas and Percussion
James Taylor and Carly Simon: Background vocals

© 1979 C'est Music / Maya Productions Ltd. / WB Music Corp/China Music, ASCAP
Spy
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon, James Taylor, Arif Mardin

Got my eye on you
Nothing's slipping by
Watching everything you do
Like a Spy

I come here every night
I'm like a firefly
Moving through the strobe lights
Like a Spy

I know your shadow hides
Just what I need
There's something there inside
I want to see
I've got to take the lead
Undercover lover
I'm so intrigued by you

Been wearing my disguise
For too long a time
Tonight I'm movin' in
Like a Spy

I know your shadow hides
Just what I need
There's something there inside
I want to see
I've got to take the lead
Undercover lover
I'm so intrigued by you

You have your reputation in this town
For dressing up and letting people down
Until I find out for myself
I'll follow you around

You were flying high the night we met
I was just another stranger in your bed
But I remember showing you
One thing you won't forget

So here's a little note for you
It says: "Please reply
I'm the girl with the blue tattoo of you
I'm the Spy"

I know your shadow hides
Just what I need
There's something there inside
I want to see
I've got to take the lead
Undercover lover
I'm so intrigued by you

David Spinozza and Joe Caro: Electric guitars
Warren Bernhardt: Electric piano
Will Lee: Bass
Raphael Cruz: Percussion
Steve Gadd and Rick Marotta: Drums
James Taylor and Carly Simon: Background vocals
Hubert Laws: Flute

© 1979 C’est Music ASCAP/Country Road Music, Inc., BMI

Memorial Day
Lyrics & Music by: Carly Simon

It should have been so soft
This morning as we left
But the valley was infected
By a different kind of beauty
And the Indians they knew
It was a devil's sanctuary

Out of this unholy dawn
A car came stirring up the sand
And a woman from a passion play
Held up the limousine that brought me
All this way today

And I didn't need to turn around so strong
Was the message
And the man who planned her life
Commanded all that followed

Well they bellowed, and they hollered
And they threw each other down
Down in this valley
This cruel and lovely valley
Oh it should have been an alley
In some low down part of town

As the lights came up
There was no sun
And brandy splattered all over the ground
As this woman with her head held high
Yelled love and why oh why
You're killing me, oh follow me
As I watched safe and clean
From the frosted windows of my limousine

Well they bellowed and they hollered
And they threw each other down
Down in this valley
This cruel and lovely valley
Oh it should have been an alley
In some low down part of town

Before he'd been so funny
Imagining the best
That he'd escape recrimination
For abandoning the nest
He'd been joking and stoned
While he was entertaining me
But then turned and was stunned
By her panic and her misery

And I was in the get-away car
Giving him a chance, to get away
Get away, get away

And how the valley smoked
As he crossed Route 25
With his cymbals and his shattered crown
Leaving all alone
His eyes fixed on the ground
And he didn't need turn around so strong
Was the message
And he fell into the shallow sky
And was swallowed

Well they bellowed and they hollered
And they threw each other down
Down in this valley
This cruel and lovely valley
Well it should have been an alley
In some low down part of town

David Spinozza and Joe Caro: Guitars
Warren Bernhardt: Electric and acoustic pianos
Carly Simon: Acoustic piano on opening section
Will Lee: Bass
Steve Gadd: Drums
David Sanborn: Alto Sax
Mike Mainieri: Vibraphone
Carly Simon: Background vocals

© 1979 C'est Music ASCAP