Once in a Lifetime Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

Cover Art

Aretha Franklin Once in a Lifetime Cover Art

Tracklist

(Blue) By Myself

length: 2:40
producer: John Hammond
piano: Ray Bryant
arranger: J. Leslie McFarland
bass: Bill Lee
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
tenor saxophone: Al Sears
trombone: Quentin Jackson
drums (drum set): Sticks Evans
writer: J. Leslie McFarland, Joe Bailey

Feeling mighty blue
By myself
One ol' lonesome shoe
By myself
Now that love's behind me
You'll find me
By myself

I just and stare
At the floor
Just don't seem to care
Anymore
Since my baby's gone
Got a padlock on my door

That old black cat
Keeps hangin' 'round
But I ain't blaming him
'Cause things are bad
It ain't his fault
I've gone and lost
The only love
I ever had

Love
Love
I miss him so
It's no life
And I'm so "double o"
I could die
So I'll be here
Just me here
By myself

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]

I May Never Get to Heaven

length: 3:28
writer: Buddy Killen, Bill Anderson
I may never get to heaven by Conway Twitty

I walked with you and talked with you and held
Your lovin' hand
We loved a while and I lived a while and I
Thought that fate had it planned
Then someone stole my angel and I lost what
I loved most
I may never get to heaven but I once
Came mighty close

I may never play a golden harp or spread
Celestial wings
Or walk a golden staircase while a distant
Chorus sings
But once I had your sweet love and felt
Your tender touch
I may never get to heaven but I
Didn't miss it much

I may never get to heaven but I once
Came mighty close

My Guy

length: 3:04
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
composer: Smokey Robinson
lyricist: Smokey Robinson
Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy,
(My guy)
Nothing you could do 'cause I'm stuck like glue to my guy.
(My guy)
I'm sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter,
Like birds of a feather we stick together,
I'm tellin' you from the start I can't be torn apart from my guy.

Nothing you could do could make me untrue to my guy,
(My guy)
Nothing you could buy could make me tell a lie to my guy.
(My guy)
I gave my guy my word of honor to be faithful, and I'm gonna,
You best be believing I won't be deceiving my guy.

As a matter of opinion I think he's tops,
My opinion is he's the cream of the crop;
As a matter of taste to be exact he's my ideal as a matter of fact.

No muscle-bound man could take my hand from my guy.
(My guy)
No handsome face could ever take the place of my guy.
(My guy)
He may not be a movie star, but when it comes to bein' happy we are.
There's not a man today who could take me away from my guy.

No muscle-bound man could take my hand from my guy.
(My guy)
No handsome face could ever take the place of my guy.
(My guy)
He may not be a movie star, but when it comes to bein' happy we are.
There's not a man today who could take me away from my guy.
(What you say, Tell me more)

No muscle-bound man could take my hand from my guy.
(My guy)
No handsome face could ever take the place of my guy.
(My guy)
He may not be a movie star, but when it comes to bein' happy we are.

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

Moon River

lyricist: Johnny Mercer
composer: Henry Mancini
Moon River, wider than a mile:
I'm crossin' you in style someday.
Old dream maker, you heartbreaker,
Wherever you're goin', I'm goin'your way.
Two drifters, off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end,
Waitin' round the bend,
My huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

Exactly Like You

length: 2:37
arranger: Richard Wess
bass: Larry Gales
conductor: Richard Wess
drums (drum set): Jimmy Cobb
guitar: Mundell Lowe
piano: Aretha Franklin and Wynton Kelly
saxophone: Oliver Nelson and Jerry Dodgion
trombone: Al Grey
trumpet: Joe Newman
lyricist: Dorothy Fields
composer: Jimmy McHugh
I used to have a perfect sweetheart
Not a real one, just a dream
A wonderful vision of us as a team
Can you imagine how I feel now
Love is real now, it's ideal
You're just what I wanted
And now it's nice to live
Paradise to live

I know why I've waited
Know why I've been blue
Prayed each night for someone
Exactly like you

Why should we spend money
On a show or two
No one does those love scenes
Exactly like you

You make me feel so grand
I want to hand the world to you
I hope you'll understand
Each foolish little scheme I'm schemin'
And dream I'm dreamin'

Now I know why mother
Taught me to be true
She meant me for someone
Exactly like you

If I Had a Hammer

length: 2:32
bass: James Richardson
guitar: Kenny Burrell
vocal: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Hindal Butts
writer: Lee Hays, Pete Seeger
If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning,
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land.
I'd hammer out danger,
I'd hammer out warning,
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.
Oooh-oooh-oooh.

If I had a bell,
I'd ring it in the morning,
I'd ring it in the evening,
All over this land.
I'd ring out danger,
I'd ring out warning,
I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.
Oooh-oooh-oooh.

If I had a song,
I'd sing it in the morning,

All over this land.
I'd sing out danger,
I'd sing out warning,
I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.
Oooh-oooh-oooh.

Well, I got a hammer,
And I got a bell,
And I got a song to sing,
All over this land.
It's a hammer of justice,
It's a bell of freedom,
It's a song about love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

It's a hammer of justice,
It's a bell of freedom,
It's a song about love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this laa-aaa-and.

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