Let Me in Your Life Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

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Tracklist

Let Me in Your Life

length: 3:30
producer: Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler and Aretha Franklin
engineer: Phil Ramone
piano: Richard Tee
bass: Stanley Clarke
organ: Bob James
electric piano: Eumir Deodato
guitar: David Spinozza
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
composer: Bill Withers
lyricist: Bill Withers

I need someone, hey baby, let me love you
Please don’t push me away
Let me in your life

I wasn’t there when she hurt you
So why should I have to pay?
Baby, let me in your life

I want to share your tomorrow
So I must beg, beg you for today
And if she’s the cause of your sorrow
Be glad that she’s gone away

I need someone let me love you
Please don’t push me away
Baby, let me in your life

I wasn’t there when she hurt you
So why should I have to pay?
Baby, let me in your life, yeah

Cause I, I want to share your tomorrow
And so, and so I must beg, beg you for today
And if she’s the cause of your sorrow
Be glad that she’s gone away, yeah

Let me in your life, come on baby
Let me in your life, na na na, baby
Let me in your life, ah ah ah, baby
Let me in your life, yeah, baby
Let me in your life, ah ah, baby
Let me in your life, yeah, baby

Every Natural Thing

length: 2:38
producer: Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Gene Paul
arranger: Arif Mardin
piano: Aretha Franklin
electric piano: Richard Tee
organ: Richard Tee
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
percussion: Pancho Morales and Ralph MacDonald
solo tenor saxophone: Joe Farrell
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Pat Smith, Ann S. Clark and Margaret Branch
writer: Eddie Hinton
(Day dreamin? and I?m thinkin? of you)
(Day dreamin? and I?m thinkin? of you)
(Day dreamin? and I?m thinkin? of you)
(Day dreamin? and I?m thinkin? of you)
(Look at my heart floating away)

He?s the kind of guy that would say
?Hey baby let?s get away let?s go some place, huh?
Well I don?t care
He?s the kind of guy that you give your everything
And trust your heart, share all of your love, till death do you part
I want to be what he wants when he wants it, and whenever he needs it
And when he?s lonesome and feelin? love starved
I?ll be there to feed it
I?m givin? him a little bit for each day
He turns me right on when I hear him say

(Hey baby let?s get away, let?s go somewhere far
(Baby can we?)
Well I don?t care
(Hey baby let?s get away, let?s go somewhere far
(Baby can we?)
Well I don?t care

I wanna be what he wants when he wants it
And whenever he needs it
When it comes to bein? feelin? loved starved I?ll be there to feed it
Lovin him a little bit more each day
It turns me right on when I hear him say

(Hey baby let?s get away, let?s go somewhere far
(Baby can we?)
Well I don?t care
(Hey baby let?s get away, let?s go somewhere far
(Baby can we?)
Well I don?t care

(Day dreamin? and I?m thinkin? of you)
(Day dreamin? and I?m thinkin? of you)
(Day dreamin? and I?m thinkin? of you)
(Day dreamin? and I?m thinkin? of you)
(Look at my heart floating away)

(Day dreaming) day dreaming of you
(Day dreaming)
Thinking of you
Fades-
Day dreaming
Day dreaming

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

length: 3:50
producer: Aretha Franklin, Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Phil Ramone
arranger: William Eaton
keyboard: Donny Hathaway and Bob James
guitar: David Spinozza
bass: Stanley Clarke
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Cissy Houston, Sylvia Shemwell, Myrna Smith and Judy Clay
writer: Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.
Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.

I got your picture hangin' on the wall,
But it can't see or come to me when I call your name.
I realize it's just a picture inside a frame.

I read your letters when you're not near me,
But they don't move me, and they don't groove me
Like when I hear your sweet voice whispering in my ear.
I play the game, a fantasy.
I pretend I'm not in reality.
I need the shelter of your arms to comfort me.

I got some memories to look back on
And though they help me when you're gone,
I'm well aware nothin' can take the place of you being there.
No other sound is quite the same as your name.
No touch can do half as much to make me feel better,
So let's get together.

Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.
Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.
Ain't nothing like the real thing.

I’m in Love

length: 2:51
producer: Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Phil Ramone
arranger: William Eaton
guitar: David Spinozza and Cornell Dupree
bass: Stanley Clarke
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
piano: Donny Hathaway
background vocals: Judy Clay, Gwen Guthrie, Deidre Tuck and Cissy Houston
composer: Bobby Womack
lyricist: Bobby Womack
I'm in love, yes I am
I'm in love, yes I am um!
I'm in love
Hey baby, hey you know I am
In love
Uh, huh you know I am

Friends all wonder
What's come over me
I'm as happy as any girl could be
(Love, love, love)
I'm in love
(Love, love, love)
Believe me I am
(Love, love, love)
I'm in love oh
(Love, love, love)

Yes, sir I am
Yes, sir I am
Yes I am
(Love, love, love)
Hoo, whoa, whoa, whoa
(Love, love, love)
I'm in love

And I'm so glad
That it's me who had to change
I'm sproutin' and bloomin'
Like the last summer rose
I'm in love
(Love, love, love)
I'm in love, I'm in love
I'm in love, I'm in love
I'm in love
(Love, love, love)
I'm in
(Love, love, love)

I'm in love!
(Love, love, love)
In the mornin'
(In, love in, love in, love in, love)
I wake up smilin'
(Love, love, love)
I'M IN LOVE!
(Love, love, love)
Smilin' like love
I know where it's at
(In, love in, love in, love in, love)
(Oh I'm in love)
I'm in love
(In, love in, love in, love)
I'm in love
(In, love in, love in, love in, love)
Yes I am!

(Love, love, love)
I'm in love

Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)

length: 3:27
producer: Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
mixer: Arif Mardin
engineer: Lew Hahn
arranger: Arif Mardin
bass: Chuck Rainey
piano: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
organ: Richard Tee
electric piano: Donny Hathaway
synthesizer: Ken Bichel
guitar: Hugh McCracken
solo flute: Joe Farrell
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Pat Smith, Margaret Branch and Ann S. Clark
writer: Morris Broadnax, Stevie Wonder, Clarence Paul
Though you don't call anymore
I sit and wait in vain
I guess I'll rap on your door
Tap on your window pane
I want to tell you baby
The changes I've been going through
Missing you
Listen you
'Till you come back to me
That's what I'm gonna do
Why did you have to decide
You had to set me free
I'm gonna swallow my pride
I'm gonna beg you to (please baby please) see me
I'm gonna walk by meself
Just to prove that my love is true
Oh, for you baby
'Till you come back to me
That's what I'm gonna do
Living for you my dear
Is like living in a world of constant fear
In my plea, I've got to make you see
That our love is dying
Although your phone you ignore
Somehow I must explain
I'm gonna rap on your door
Tap on your window pane
I'm gonna camp on your step
Until I get through to you
I've got to change your view baby
'Till you come back to me
That's what I'm gonna do

The Masquerade Is Over

length: 4:32
producer: Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
engineer: Phil Ramone
guitar: David Spinozza
bass: Stanley Clarke
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
piano: Donny Hathaway
composer: Allie Wrubel
lyricist: Herb Magidson
Your eyes don't shine like they used to shine
And the thrill is gone when your lips meet mine
I'm afraid the masquerade is over
And so is love, and so is love

Your words don't mean what they used to mean
They were once inspired, now they're just routine
I'm afraid the masquerade is over
And so is love, and so is love

I guess I'll have to play Pagliacci
And get myself a clown's disguise
And learn to laugh like Pagliacci
With tears in my eyes

You look the same, you're a lot the same
But my heart says "no, no, you're not the same"
I'm afraid the masquerade is over
And so is love, and so is love

(Instrumental Interlude)

I guess I'll have to play Pagliacci
And get myself a clown's disguise
And learn to laugh like Pagliacci
With tears in my eyes

You look the same, you're a lot the same
But my heart says "No, no, you're not the same"
I'm afraid the masquerade is over
And so is love, and so is love

With Pen in Hand

length: 5:08
producer: Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Aretha Franklin and Arif Mardin
engineer: Ron Albert and Howard Albert
piano: Aretha Franklin
keyboard: Donny Hathaway
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Margaret Branch, Pat Smith and Ann S. Clark
composer: Bobby Goldsboro
lyricist: Bobby Goldsboro
With pen in hand
You sign your name
Today at five
I'll be on that train
And you'll be free
And I'll be alone
So alone

If you think
We can't find the love we once knew
If you think
I can't make everything up to you
Then I'll be gone
And you'll be on your own
You'll be on your own

Can you take good care of Jenny
Can you take her to school everyday
Can you teach her how to play
All the games that little girls play
Hear what I say
Can you teach her how to roll up her hair
Can you make sure each night that she says her prayers
Well if you can do all these things
Then maybe she won't miss me
Maybe she won't miss me

And tonight as you laid in that big lonely bed
And you look at that pillow
Where I laid my head
With your heart on fire
Will you have no desire
To kiss me
Or to hold me

And if you can forget
The good times we had
If you don't think
They out weigh the bad
Well then go ahead
Sign your name
And I'll be
On my way
I'll be on my way

Oh Baby

producer: Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler and Aretha Franklin
engineer: Gene Paul
piano: Aretha Franklin
electric piano: Donny Hathaway
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Willie Weeks
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
writer: Aretha Franklin
There I go, there I go, there I go
There I go,
Pretty baby, you are the soul who snaps my control
Such a funny thing but every time you're near me
I never can behave

You give me a smile and then I'm wrapped up in your magic
There's music all around me, crazy music
Music that keeps calling me so very close to you
Turns me your slave

Come and do with me any little thing you want to
Anything baby, just let me get next to you
Am I insane or do I really see heaven in your eyes?
Bright as stars that shine up above you in the clear blue skies
How I worry about you

Just can't live my life without you
Baby come here, don't have no fear
Oh, is there a wonder why
I'm really feeling in the mood for love?
So tell me why stop to think
About this weather, my dear?
This little dream might fade away

There I go talking out of my head again, oh baby
Won't you come and put our two hearts together?
That would make me strong and brave
Oh when we are one, I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid
If there's a cloud up above us
Go on and let it rain

I'm sure our love together will endure a hurricane
Oh my baby
Won't you please let me love you
And give a relief from this awful misery?

What is all this talk about loving me, my sweet?
I am not afraid, not anymore, not like before
Can't you understand me?
Now baby, please pull yourself together, do it soon
My soul's on fire, come on and take me
I'll be what you make me, my darling, my sweet

Oh baby, you make me feel so good
Let me take you by the hand
Come let us visit out there
In that new promised land
Maybe there we can find
A good place to use a loving state of mind
I'm so tired of being without
And never knowing what love's about

James Moody, you can come on in man
And you can blow now if you want to

We're through.

Eight Days on the Road

length: 3:05
producer: Aretha Franklin, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
engineer: Gene Paul
piano: Aretha Franklin
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Chuck Rainey
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
percussion: Pancho Morales and Ralph MacDonald
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
keyboard: Richard Tee
background vocals: Pat Smith, Margaret Branch and Ann S. Clark
writer: Michael Gayle, Jerry Ragovoy
Sugar baby, be my saviour
‘Cause I’m tired, I’m tired, I’ve been eight days on the road, eh (that’s right?)
That’s right, yes it is, eight days on the road
Travelin’ through the night
There ain’t no town, there ain’t no town
There ain’t no rest tonight, yeah (uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh)

I’m in and busted, standing on the county line (it does)
And that’s why, yeah, that’s why I’ve been eight days on the road, yeah (eight days on the road)
Now, that’s right, yes it is, eight days on the road (it does)
Travelin’ through the night
There ain’t no town, there ain’t no town
There ain’t no rest tonight (eight days on the road)

I’m here out thinkin’, thinkin’, I’m thinkin’ ’bout of what I’ve done (what I’ve done)
And that’s why, yeah, I’ve been eight days on the road, ah (eight days on the road)
That’s right, oooh, eight days on the road
Travelin’ through the night
I’m comin’ my home, It won’t be long
I’ll make Birmingham tonight (uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh)
Yes I will, yes I will (uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh)

I’m makin’ it back to you, baby, come on (anymore)
I’m makin’ it back to you, baby, yeah (anymore)
I’m makin’ it back to you, baby, no way (anymore)
I’m makin’ it back to you, baby (anymore)

Oooh, eight days (eight days on the road, uuuh)
Eight days on the road, uuuh
Yeah, that’s right, yes it is (eight days on the road, uuuh)
I’ve been eight days on the road, yeah
Ooh, I’ve been sucked (sucked)
I’ve been eight days on the road, uuuh (eight days on the road, uuuh)
Oooh, yes it is, I’ve been eight days on the road (eight days on the road, uuuh)

If You Don’t Think

length: 3:54
producer: Tom Dowd, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin
engineer: Gene Paul
electric piano: Aretha Franklin
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Willie Weeks
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
organ: Richard Tee
keyboard: Richard Tee
solo trumpet: Ernie Royal
writer: Aretha Franklin
I say I'll move the mountains
And I'll move the mountains
If he wants them out of the way
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love, I say

I say I'll go through fire
And I'll go through fire
As he wants it, so it will be
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love, you see

Like the wind that shakes the bough
He moves me with a smile
The difficult I'll do right now
The impossible will take a little while
I say I'll care forever
And I mean forever
If I have to hold up the sky
Crazy he calls me
Sure, I'm crazy
Crazy in love am I

A Song for You

length: 5:34
producer: Aretha Franklin, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler
engineer: Gene Paul
electric piano: Aretha Franklin
guitar: Cornell Dupree
bass: Willie Weeks
drums (drum set): Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
lead vocals: Aretha Franklin
organ: Richard Tee
lyricist: Leon Russell
composer: Leon Russell
I've been so many places in my life and time
Sung a lot of songs and I've made some bad rhyme
I've acted out my love on stages, with millions people watching me
And we're alone and now I'm singin' this song for you

I love you in a place where there's no space and time
I love you for my life, you are a friend of mine
And when my life is over, remember when we were together
We were alone and I was singin' this song for you

You taught me precious secrets of the truth, withholdin' nothin'
You came out in front and I was hide, hiding
But now I'm so much better, if my words don't come together
Listen to the melody, 'cause my love is in there hiding

I know your image of me is not what I hope to be
I treated you unkindly baby, oh can't you see?
There's no one more important to me, please can't you see through me?
Now we're alone and I'm singin' this song for you

Now we're alone and singin' this song for you
Now we're alone and I'm singin' this song, I'm singin' it for you
yes I am, I'm singin' to you, baby

Singin' to you, baby, only you baby
Ohh yeah, I'm singin' this song for you