So Damn Happy Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

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Tracklist

The Only Thing Missin’

length: 3:08
producer: Troy Taylor
mixer: Jean-Marie Horvat
programming: Troy Taylor
sound engineer: Rowie Nameri
assistant mixer: Pablo Arraya
arranger: Gordon Chambers, Troy Taylor and Myiia Watson Davis
guitar: Rick Williams
vocal: Aretha Franklin
keyboard: Troy Taylor
drums (drum set): Troy Taylor
bass guitar: Troy Taylor
background vocals: Myiia Watson Davis and Gordon Chambers
handclaps: Regine Lambert, Kenya Lucas and Delante Murphy
writer: Gordon Chambers, Myiia Watson Davis, Rick Williams, Troy Taylor

Ooh
Woke up this mornin' to a perfect day
I opened my window, heard a sparrow say "tweety dee dee"
Positive thoughts are runnin' through my mind
Nothin' is wrong, feelin' real strong
'Cause a new day is comin'

The sun is shining, no clouds in view
Lovers are holdin' hands, the world's brand new
Everybody's smiling, summer's comin' through
But the only thing that's missing is you
(Only thing that's missing is you)

I see your smile through your photograph (through you photograph)
The thing that you said still makes me laugh (laugh)
Deep inside, I'm on the edge of tears
But I can't be cryin', sittin' around sighin'
Just 'cause you're not here

The sun is shining (sun is shining), no clouds in view
Lovers are holdin' hands, the world's brand new
Everybody's smiling, summer's comin' on through
But the only thing that's missing
The only thing that's missing

Baby, baby, show me what do you do, when love is gone
You count your blessings and you move on (and you move on)
No, I ain't lonely (no I ain't lonely), this ain't no sad song
There's just one contradiction, I can't stand to be alone

The sun is shining (oh come and get me baby), no clouds in view (in view)
Lovers are holdin' hands (lovers are holdin' hands), the world's brand new
Yeah, the world's brand new
Everybody's smiling (everybody's smilin')
Summer's comin' through (summer's comin' on through)
But the only thing that's missing is you
The only thing, the only thing
Only thing that's missin' is you

The sun is shining (yeah), no clouds in view (in view)
Lovers are holdin' hands (lovers are holdin' hands), the world's brand new
The world's brand new
Everybody's smiling (everybody's smilin')
Summer's comin' through (summer's comin' on through)
But the only thing that's missing is you
The only thing, the only thing that's missing (baby) is you

But the only thing that's missing is you
The only thing that's missing is you

Wonderful

length: 4:04
producer: Ron Lawrence
mixer: Prince Charles
drum machine programming: Ron Lawrence
sound engineer: Steve Pageot and Ron Lawrence
editor: Troy Taylor
vocal: Aretha Franklin
keyboard: Ron Lawrence
background vocals: Aretha Franklin and Sara Devine
instrument: Ron Lawrence
writer: Aleese Simmons, Katrina Willis, Philip "Silky" White, Ron Lawrence
Feels like I've seen you before
Maybe in a past life, you were mine and I was yours
'Cause the vibe we share feels so comfortable
Is it possible someone could make me lose control


Look what you've done to me (Mmm)
Finding it hard to breathe
'Cause I just can't believe
You're feeling me like I'm feeling you


I had to pinch myself (Oh)
'Cause nobody else has (Yeah, yeah)
Given me such a chill
And made me feel the way that you do


I just gotta let you know
In case you didn't know
I-I-I-I-I-I think you're wonderful
There's this thing you do to me
That thing that makes me weak
Baby, I-I-I-I think you're wonderful


Questioning what this is
If it's too good to be true
I don't want to fool myself
'Cause I'm fallin' hard for you


Givin' me that old school love
Sayin' I'm the only one
Showin' me in so many ways
That you're crazy for me


Look what you've done to me (Oh, baby)
Finding it hard to breathe
'Cause I just can't believe
You're feeling me like I'm feeling you


I had to pinch myself (Ow)
'Cause nobody else has
Given me such a chill
And make me feel the way that you do, baby


I just gotta let you know
In case you didn't know
I-I-I-I-I-I think you're wonderful
There's this thing you do to me
That thing that makes me weak
Baby, I-I-I-I think you're wonderful


I'd go anywhere
Far away from here
It would be okay
As long as you are there


You take away my pain
And I'll never be the same
You've got my heart, baby
And I just want to say, baby


I just gotta let you know (Sweet thing, yeah, yeah)
In case you didn't know (Woo)
I-I-I (I-I) I-I-I (I-I-I think you're wonderful, baby)
think you're wonderful
There's this thing you do to me (This thing you do to
me, baby)
That thing that makes me weak
Baby, I-I-I-I think you're wonderful (I-I think you're
wonderful, yeah)


I just gotta let you know (Ooh, baby)
In case you didn't know (In case you didn't know)
I-I-I-I-I-I think you're wonderful
There's this thing you do to me
That thing that makes me weak
Baby, I-I-I-I think you're wonderful

Holdin’ On

length: 4:37
producer: Troy Taylor
mixer: Jean-Marie Horvat
programming: Troy Taylor
sound engineer: Rowie Nameri
arranger: Mary J. Blige
vocal: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Mary J. Blige
instrument: Troy Taylor
writer: Bruce Miller, Earl Klugh, Mary J. Blige, Troy Taylor
Oh how it hurts, like child birth
The wounds heal slow, you just don't know
At times, I don't know what to say
And all I do is pray, day to day
But still, I feel my strength might die
Like right now, I'm tryin' hard not to cry
Even when I close my eyes, I still see it
Damn, I just don't believe it
The bad times I buried, like the cemetery
Unworthy people playin' beneficiaries
A lotta people eatin' off of one man's death
Don't you worry B.I., I'ma ride to my last breath
You killas, caused a lotta devastation
You have no idea what you did to this nation
I ****in' hate you, excuse my frustration
But just when I'm about to quit, God tells me to just

Don't you give up, be strong
Hold on, hold on
Things are gonna get better
Tough times, they last so long
Hold on, hold on
If you believe, they will get better

Frank White, the man with the money and the fame
Passed away, now *****es wanna claim his name
I been with my ***** before he came in the game
No one's, no V's, we used to take the train
Just us and the Mafia goin' out to parties
I guess back then we was real nobodies
But he was my *****, and I was his *****
I rolled hard with him, how could I forget him
Had beef with yo wife that ain't patched up
But still got love for your kids
Even wrote 'em in my will
And I'ma make sure the fam keep a decent meal
No matter what I got to do, or who I got to kill
**** is real, baby, there ain't no appeal
If I'm ****ed up, imagine how Mrs. Wallace feels
Sometimes I sit and think how it would be if we was married
Of if I woulda kept the child that I carried
So to my ladies, don't think I haven't walked in yo shoes
Or thought this was only happenin' to you, righ'
Here's my shoulder, you can lean on this boo
Cuz trust me, I know exactly what you're going through

Don't you give up, be strong
Hold on, hold on
Things are gonna get better
Tough times, they last so long
Hold on, hold on
If you believe, they will get better

So I guess you know the story of how it all ends
Depressed, stressed, don't know who's my real friends
One thing's for sure, I can count on my mens
D-Roc, Money, L, Lil' Cease, and PD
My whole B.I. family, remind me of you
We miss you so much, I love you so much
Never thought life without you would be so rough
But I know we gon make it
We ain't happy, but we fakin'
And to New York, thanks for the support
And all our real fans, I'm shoutin' out the whole land
This is somethin' young kids just won't understand
How they took away this beautiful man
Who shared so many memories
I could go on and on, but a song can only be so long
It's been hard, but I told God that I put up a fight
So here's a Long Kiss Goodnight, Frank White

Don't you give up, be strong
Hold on, hold on
Things are gonna get better
Tough times, they last so long
Hold on, hold on
If you believe, they will get better

No Matter What

length: 4:34
producer: Troy Taylor
mixer: Jean-Marie Horvat
programming: Troy Taylor
sound engineer: Rowie Nameri
arranger: Mary J. Blige
vocal: Aretha Franklin
background vocals: Mary J. Blige
instrument: Troy Taylor
writer: Bruce Miller, Mary J. Blige, Troy Taylor
It's funny how
We've wasted our time
On so-called friends
Who are really not on our side
We've always got something to say
About us and how we are
Spending our days
They're trying to confuse us
With their lies and deceit
And they don't care if we
Live or die on these streets
But you and I
We both know the truth
That we will prevail
As long as God sees us through

No matter what they do
You need to love me
I ain't out there cheatin'
All on you, you need to trust me
Wanna see you happy, never blue
You need to love me
And just love me
And just love me
No matter what your friends
Are telling you, you need to love me
'Cause from me
You'll always hear the truth
You need to trust me
I ain't mad at you for being you
You need to love me
'Cause I love you
So just love me

I wish they would
Leave us alone
And let us be together
Boy, you can't fall victim
To those fools
Telling you whatever
You hear about me on the streets
And it'll only make you weak
And put a damper on our situation
They're trying to tear down our
Foundation sick and tired of
Hateration but we gone make it
As long as we stay patient

No matter what they do
You need to love me
I ain't out there cheatin'
On you, you need to trust me
Wanna see you happy, never blue
You need to love me
And just love me
And just love me
No matter what your friends
Are telling you, you need to love me
'Cause from me
You'll always hear the truth
You need to trust me
I ain't mad at you for being you
You need to love me
'Cause I love you
So just love me

Why do we waste away our lives
Playing simple games
Telling silly lies
How far will they go
Till they realize
What goes around comes around
We got a love you can't
Break down

No matter what they do
You need to love me
I ain't out there cheatin'
On you, you need to trust me
Wanna see you happy, never blue
You need to love me
And just love me
And just love me
No matter what your friends
Are telling you, you need to love me
'Cause from me
You'll always hear the truth
You need to trust me
I ain't mad at you for being you
You need to love me
'Cause I love you
So just love me (Repeat)

Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool

length: 4:36
producer: James Wright and Jam & Lewis
mixer: Neal Pogue
drum machine programming: Issiah J. Avila
sound engineer: Jon Nettlesbey
assistant mixer: Jeff Robinette
guitar: Bobby Ross Avila
vocal: Aretha Franklin
keyboard: Bobby Ross Avila and James Wright
background vocals: Shelly Ponder, Sandra Feva and Brenda Corbett
writer: James Wright, Jam & Lewis
Here we go with the trick questions
They bring up to break down confidence
Always throw out a sly comment
Like is your man faithful
What time does he get home?

Don't worry I ain't gonna need your help
I'm gonna watch y'all go home by yourself
A lil' bit of my man's sweet love
Is a whole lot better than none

Don't you know that everybody's somebody's fool
You watch somebody running game
But ya never have a clue
Somebody's breaking every rule but it's always cool
Don't you know that everybody's somebody's fool

Skip the drama, use common sense
You don't have love if you don't have patience
He's out in the street but don't forget
My twice a week and that almighty paycheck

See I don't even sweat it
I get so much happiness
If I just put up with a lil' bit a bullsh**!
A lil' bit of my man's sweet love is a whole lot better than none

Don't you know that everybody's somebody's fool
You watch somebody running game
But ya never have a clue
Somebody's breaking every rule but it's always cool
Don't you know that everybody's somebody's fool

Think no evil when somebody comes home
Hear no evil, I don't want to know
See no evil, I just wanna see love
Because somebody always takes care of everybody's wants
Don't interrogate 'bout how he spends his spare time
Whatever he chooses to do is fine
'Cause in my heart I believe he's all mine
'Cause you think I can't see
Doesn't mean that I'm blind

Don't you know that everybody's somebody's fool
Watch somebody running game
But ya never have a clue
Somebody's breaking every rule but it's always cool
Everybody's somebody's fool (Repeat)

So Damn Happy

length: 4:30
producer: Aretha Franklin
mixer: Aretha Franklin
strings arranger: Adi Yeshaya and Michael Baker
sound engineer: Carl Robinson
horn arranger: Adi Yeshaya and Michael Baker
assistant mixer: Tom Wilber
assistant engineer: Rob Shelby
viola: Kenneth Burward‐Hoy, Olivia Koppell and Alfred Brown
cello: Kermit Moore, Eugene J. Moye, Jesse Levy and Leo Grinhauz
violin: Alexander Vselensky, Andy Stein, Anthony Posk, Belinda Whitney, Byung Kwak, Gerald Tarack, Israel Chorberg, Natalie Cenovia Cummins, Pamela Posk, Robert Chausow and Sheila Reinhold
guitar: Perry Hughes
piano: Aretha Franklin
vocal: Aretha Franklin
keyboard: Adi Yeshaya
drums (drum set): Nate Neblett
bass guitar: Ralphe Armstrong
organ: Darryl Houston
background vocals: Mildred Scott, Sandra Feva, Brenda Corbett and Shelly Ponder
instrument: Margret Th. Hjaltested
conductor: Jesse Levy and Adi Yeshaya
French horn: Roger Wendt and Sharon Moe
harp: Gloria Agostini
Rhodes piano: Vernon Fails
trombone: George Flynn, Birch Johnson and Keith O’Quinn
trumpet: Randy Brecker, Tony Kadleck and Lew Soloff
writer: Aretha Franklin
composer: Adi Yeshaya
My love
Oh baby, my love
It's always been you
You make me so damn happy

I thought I knew who you were
Oh, but after twice around
I can say exactly

Of course this is love
And I never say
I didn't care about you
You sweet thing

But you can't pretend
The serious burn
That I feel in my heart, and there it's
A wedding ring, oh

I got to get over you
Its so hard
Youre my everything

Baby, when I think of us when
It's in the tea leaves
That we won't get our turn

You can't always have
What you want
You have to take the bitter
With the sweet

I'm a big girl
And I know what I want
Three nights in your arms would be
A super treat

Got to tell me baby
Got to get over you
But it's so hard
Because you're my every, everything

When I think about us when
I know it's in the tea leaves
And we won't get our turn

Oh baby
Oh baby
Hey boy
So damn happy

Babe, it's always been you
Oh baby
I'm so happy with my baby
Hey boy, I'm so damn happy
Yes, always with you
Hey boy, I'm so damn happy

I remember the moment
Yeah, baby
Yeah, boy

Forget about it
It's always been you

You Are My Joy

length: 2:35
producer: Aretha Franklin
mixer: Aretha Franklin
strings arranger: Adi Yeshaya
sound engineer: Carl Robinson
assistant mixer: Tom Wilber
assistant engineer: Rob Shelby
viola: Olivia Koppell
cello: Jesse Levy
violin: Winterton Garvey, Regis Iandiorio, Gerald Tarack and Anthony Posk
guitar: Perry Hughes
piano: Aretha Franklin
vocal: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Nate Neblett
bass guitar: Ralphe Armstrong
organ: Darryl Houston
background vocals: Sandra Feva, Shelly Ponder, Mildred Scott and Brenda Corbett
conductor: Jesse Levy and Adi Yeshaya
Rhodes piano: Vernon Fails
additional keyboard: Adi Yeshaya
writer: Aretha Franklin
composer: Adi Yeshaya
This is love
My darling
There's no denying it

In my responses
I was lying
Wherever you were
I wanted to be with you

Lover of my life
So many times
I wanted to be there
Oh darling

Just to be where
Wherever you were
I wanted to be there with you

The joining of our hearts
Joining of our heads
And with this ring I thee wed
The lover of my life

I'll trust you with my heart, dear
And trust you more when you're not here

I will be your wife
And I will love you, boy
So much more than the rest
I love you, boy
You are my joy

I love so much more than the rest
You are the king
You are the winner

Oh, boy, remember that
You are my joy
I love you so much more than the rest

Falling Out of Love

length: 4:32
producer: Burt Bacharach
mixer: Allen Sides
engineer: David Chase and Eric Ferguson
strings arranger: Burt Bacharach
sound engineer: Allen Sides
assistant mixer: Jeff Burns and Tom Sweeney
guitar: Michael Thompson
vocal: Aretha Franklin
percussion: Paulinho da Costa
harmonica: Tommy Morgan
keyboard: Greg Phillinganes
drums (drum set): Ricky Lawson
bass guitar: Neil Stubenhaus
synthesizer: David Foster
composer: Burt Bacharach
lyricist: Hal David
It's in the way you say my name
Though I hear your voice, it's not the same
And in your eyes, I can't help but see a much different light
Than there used to be

You say hello and I want to die
'Cause deep down I know that it means goodbye
I can't let go, I just keep hanging on
Though you're standing there, you're as good as gone
Though you're standing there, you're good as gone

Are you falling out of love?
Baby, have you had a change of heart?
Are you falling out of love?
Tell me, is there someone new that you're dreaming of
Are you falling out of love?

Your funny smile was all it took
And you said it all with just a look
Now I sit here and you sit there
We just talk and talk but we get nowhere
All we do is talk and get nowhere

Are you falling out of love?
Oh baby, have you had a change of heart?
Are you falling out of love?
Tell me, is there someone new that you're dreaming of
Are you falling out of love?

Are you falling out of love?
Oh baby, have you had a change of heart?
Are you falling out of love?
Tell me, tell me, is there someone new that you're dreaming of
Are you falling out of love?
Falling out of love

Ain’t No Way

length: 4:38
producer: Barry Eastmond, Gordon Chambers and Troy Taylor
mixer: Prince Charles
arranger: Barry Eastmond and William Bush
programming: Troy Taylor
drum machine programming: William Bush
sound engineer: Louis Alfred III and Barry Eastmond
assistant mixer: Keith Slattery
background vocals arranger: Gordon Chambers
vocal: Aretha Franklin
percussion: Paulinho da Costa
keyboard: Barry Eastmond and William Bush
background vocals: Gordon Chambers and Cindy Mizelle
handclaps: Melodie Eastmond, Dolly Eastmond and Barry Eastmond
instrument: Troy Taylor
composer: Carolyn Franklin
lyricist: Carolyn Franklin
Ain't no way for me to love you
If you won't let me
It ain't no way for me to give you all you need
If you won't let me give all of me

I know that a woman's duty is to help and love a man
And that's the way it was for them
Oh but how can I how can I how can I
Give you all the things I have
If you're tying both of my hands

Oh it ain't no way
It ain't no way
It just ain't no way baby
Ain't no way baby
It ain't no way for me to love you
If you won't let me

Stop trying to be someone you're not
How come it's true there's a man
Who payed too much for what he got
And if you need me like you say say you do
Oh then, then don't you know that I need you

Oh, it ain't no way
I tell you that it ain't no way
It ain't no way, it ain't no way baby, no
It just ain't no way
It sho' ain't no way
It ain't no way for me to love you
If you won't let me

No way, if you won't let me
Ain't no way

Good News

length: 4:55
producer: Norman West
mixer: Michael J. Powell and Norman West
sound engineer: Michael J. Powell and Norman West
assistant mixer: Carl Robinson, Dan-O and Tom Wilber
assistant engineer: Rob Shelby
piano: Norman West
vocal: Aretha Franklin
keyboard: Norman West
bass guitar: Norman West
background vocals: Shelly Ponder, Sandra Feva, Mildred Scott and Brenda Corbett
synthesizer: Norman West
writer: Norman West
Extra, extra
Read all about it
Extra, extra
We heard the good news

We've come this far by faith
Pick up your pace and don't you be late
I'm here to tell you about the good news
There's something about the path that we choose

Wisdom has built this house now
Integrity will bring your pride out
If you know how to pray the situation out
You'll get an answer, and there ain't no doubt

Monday, we held it together and
Wednesday, we had stormy weather and
Friday, we prayed it all better
And Sunday, we heard the good news

He won't stop blessing you
Look here, what He'll do
Is keep testing you
And a beggar's no less than you
'Cause one day it could be you

So get your folks together for some church
Some good music, prayer, and service won't hurt
Even if you don't like the preacher
There's bound to be a thing or two he can teach you

Monday, we held it together and
Wednesday, we had stormy weather and
Friday, we prayed it all better and
Sunday, we heard the good news

Deceit is in the heart of them who imagine evil
Righteousness is the fruit of the tree of all people
And if you want to live your life upright
Pray that the Lord will hold up the light

What you need is love on your side
The power of love won't be denied
I feel comfortable giving you this advice
Don't make the same mistake twice

Monday, we held it together and
Wednesday, we had stormy weather and
Friday, we prayed it all better
And Sunday, we heard the good news (Repeat)

These are the greatest days of our test of time
We need to be walking with a made-up mind
Walk by faith, not by sight
Then all your battles, you know He will fight

If the sky changes colors there's so many ways
This world's gonna be a better place some day
If love and unity, you just believe
Then all your blessings I know you'll receive

Glory to God in the Highest
Glory, Glory, Glory
Jesus, man who walked on water
Jesus, He's alright, He's alright

Monday, we held it together and
Wednesday, we had stormy weather and
Friday, we prayed it all better
And Sunday, we heard the good news (Repeat)

You Are My Joy (reprise)

length: 2:34
producer: Aretha Franklin
mixer: Aretha Franklin
sound engineer: Carl Robinson
assistant mixer: Tom Wilber
assistant engineer: Rob Shelby
viola: Olivia Koppell
cello: Jesse Levy
violin: Gerald Tarack, Anthony Posk, Regis Iandiorio and Winterton Garvey
guitar: Perry Hughes
piano: Aretha Franklin
vocal: Aretha Franklin
drums (drum set): Nate Neblett
bass guitar: Ralphe Armstrong
organ: Darryl Houston
background vocals: Shelly Ponder, Sandra Feva, Mildred Scott and Brenda Corbett
conductor: Jesse Levy
Rhodes piano: Vernon Fails
writer: Aretha Franklin
composer: Adi Yeshaya
This is love, my darling
Can't you feel it?
When you really had me, concealing
I just can't be that way with you

The light of my life
And you don't even know it
How many ways can I show it
Wherever you are
I wanna be with you, baby

The joining of our hearts
The joining of our heads
With this ring, I thee wed
The love of my life
I trust you with my heart, dear
I trust you more when you're not here

This is your last chance
There'll be no backward glance
Are we on or are we through? (Repeat)

You feel it in your heart
You feel it down in your soul, baby
Oh, yeah