After Hours Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

Tracklist

This Bitter Earth

length: 4:36
producer: Robert Mersey
conductor: Robert Mersey
arranger: Robert Mersey
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
composer: Clyde Otis
lyricist: Clyde Otis

This bitter earth
What fluted passed
What good is love
That no one wants to share
And if my life is like the dust
That haunts the rose
Tell me what good am I
Heaven only knows
Well I found it can be so cold
Today oh
And before you know it
Too soon you've grown old
But while a voice within me cries
Someone may answer my call
And this bitter earth
May not be so bitter after all

Once in a Lifetime

length: 3:25
producer: Clyde Otis
bass: James Richardson
guitar: Kenny Burrell
piano: Ted Harris
vocal: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Hindal Butts
composer: Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse
lyricist: Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley
Once in A Lifetime
by Aretha Franklin

Just once in a lifetime

A man knows a moment

One wonderful moment

When fate takes his hand

And this is my moment

My once in a lifetime

When I can explore a new and exciting land

For once in my lifetime

I feel like a giant

I soar like an eagle

As though I had wings

For this is my moment

My destiny calls me

And though it may be just once in my lifetime

I'm gonna do great things

Misty

length: 3:38
producer: Clyde Otis
bass: James Richardson
guitar: Kenny Burrell
piano: Ted Harris
vocal: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Hindal Butts
lyricist: Johnny Burke
composer: Erroll Garner
Oh look, just look at me
I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree
I feel like I'm clingin' to a cloud
I can' t understand
Why I get misty, holding your hand

Walk my way
And a thousand violins begin to play
Or is it the sound of your hello dear
That music I hear
Oh why I get misty, whenever you're near

You can see that you're leading me on?
But it's just, just what I want you to do
Can I help it, how hopelessly I'm lost
That's why I'm following you

And on my own, see on my very own
That I wander through this great big wide world all alone
Never knowing my right hand from my left
My hat from my glove
I'm too misty, too much in love
I say I'm just too misty
Very very very much in love

There Is No Greater Love

length: 4:41
producer: Clyde Otis
bass: James Richardson
guitar: Kenny Burrell
piano: Ted Harris
vocal: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Hindal Butts
composer: Isham Jones
lyricist: Marty Symes
There is no greater love
Than what I feel for you
No greater love,
No heart so true

There is no greater thrill
Than what you bring to me
No sweeter song
Than what you sing to me

You're the sweetest thing
I have ever known
And to think that
You are mine alone.

There is no greater love
In all the world, it's true
No greater love
Than what I feel for you

You're the sweetest thing
I have ever known,
And to think that
You are mine alone.

There is no greater love
In all the world, it's true
No greater love
Than what I feel for you

Unforgettable

length: 3:42
producer: Robert Mersey
arranger: Robert Mersey
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
vibraphone: Teddy Charles
composer: Irving Gordon
lyricist: Irving Gordon
Unforgettable
That's what you are
Unforgettable
Tho' near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
Never before has someone been more
Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that's how you'll stay
That's why darling it's incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

If I Should Lose You

length: 3:40
producer: Robert Mersey
conductor: Robert Mersey
arranger: Robert Mersey
piano: Ernest Hayes
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
composer: Ralph Rainger
lyricist: Leo Robin
If I should lose you
The stars would fall from the skies
If I should lose you
The leaves would wither and die

The birds in May time
Would sing a lonely refrain
And I would wander around
Hating the sound of rain

With you beside me
No wind in winter would blow
With you beside me
A rose would bloom in the snow

I gave you my love
But I was living a dream
And living would seem in vain
If I lost you

Don't Cry Baby

length: 3:23
producer: Robert Mersey
conductor: Robert Mersey
arranger: Robert Mersey
writer: Saul Bernie, James P. Johnson, Stella Unger
Don't cry, don't cry baby
Don't cry baby
Dry your eyes, and let's be sweethearts again
And oh, 'cause you know
You know I didn't mean
To ever treat you so mean
C'mon, c'mon sweetheart
And let's try it over again

And oh, don't cry
Don't cry baby
Don't cry, don't cry
Dry your eyes, and let's be sweethearts again
And oh, 'cause you know I didn't mean
To ever treat you so mean
C'mon, c'mon sweetheart
And let's try it over again

Don't cry, don't cry baby
Don't cry baby
Dry your eyes, and let's be sweethearts again
And oh, 'cause you know
You know I didn't mean
To ever treat you so mean
C'mon, c'mon sweetheart
And let's try it over again

And oh, don't cry
Don't cry baby
Don't cry, don't cry
Dry your eyes, and let's be sweethearts again
And oh, 'cause you know I didn't mean
To ever treat you so mean
C'mon, c'mon sweetheart
And let's try it over again

Just for a Thrill

length: 2:34
producer: Robert Mersey
conductor: Robert Mersey
arranger: Robert Mersey
lyricist: Don Raye
composer: Lil Hardin Armstrong
Just for a thrill
You changed the sunshine to rain
Just for a thrill
You filled my heart with pain

To me you were my pride and joy
But to you, I was merely a toy
A plaything, that you could toss around at will

Just for a thrill
You made my life one sad song
Just for a thrill
You just led me along

Although you're free and havin' your fun
To me you're still the only one
Cause you made my heart stand still
Just for a thrill



Although you're free and havin' your fun
To me you're still the only one
Cause you made my heart stand still
Well, it was just for a thrill

And baby you, you, made my heart stand still
Just for a thrill

I'm Wandering

length: 3:28
producer: Robert Mersey
conductor: Robert Mersey
arranger: Robert Mersey
writer: Berry Gordy, Tyran Carlo
I'm wandering, been moving to and from
Just wandering, with no place to go
Since I lost you, lost you, all I ever do
Is be wandering, till I wander back to you

Oh, I'm wishing, been yearning for your kiss
Oh, I've been missing the warmth of your caress
Since I lost you, I lost you, all I ever do
Is be wandering, wandering, wandering, wandering
I'll be wandering, till I wander back to you

I look on every corner, down every dismal street
Are you there? Are you there? Oh darling, I repeat
I visit all familiar places, there's no one there but me
Where can you be? Where can you be? Oh darling, where can you be?

Oh, I'm praying, your touch for me has grown
And I'm saying, for before it's not been known
I love you, I love you, and all I ever do
Is be wandering, crying, wandering, wandering
I'll be wandering, till I wander, till I wander back to you, yeah, oh yeah
I'm gonna be, I'm gonna be wandering till I wander back to you, yeah, yeah
Wandering back to you

Don't Say You're Sorry Again

length: 2:48
producer: Robert Mersey
arranger: Robert Mersey
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
trumpet: Bob Ascher
bass: George Duvivier
writer: Art Berman, Eugene West, Leo Pearl
Please, don’t say you’re sorry again
Remember our previous said before
Don’t say you’re sorry again
You’ll only hurt me some more

You take such delight
And you think it’s alright
In making me blue
I don’t complain
Why I’ve got to be insane
For stringing along with you?

Please, dont, don’t say it again
You’ll overdo it, overdo it someday
I won’t be, I won’t believe you and then
There’ll be the devil to pay

Well, if that’s what you want
Then just say the word
And I’ll be on my way
But, please, please, don’t say it
Don’t say it, don’t say it again
Or you’ll be sorry someday

Look for the Silver Lining

length: 3:04
producer: Robert Mersey
conductor: Robert Mersey
arranger: Robert Mersey
composer: Jerome Kern
lyricist: Buddy DeSylva
Please don't be offended if I preach to you awhile,
Tears are out of place in eyes that were meant to smile.
There's a way to make your very biggest troubles small,
Here's the happy secret of it all.

[Chorus]
Look for the silver lining
When e'er a cloud appears in the blue.
Remember some where the sun is shining,
And so the right thing to do,
Is make it shine for you.

A heart, full of joy and gladness,
Will always banish sadness and strife.
So always look for the silver lining,
And try to find the sunny side of life.

As I wash my dishes, I'll be following your plan,
Till I see the brightness in ev'ry pot and pan.
I am sure your point of view will ease the daily grind,
So I keep repeating in my mind.

[Chorus]