Soft and Beautiful Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

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Tracklist

Only the Lonely

length: 4:55
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
composer: Jimmy Van Heusen
lyricist: Sammy Cahn

Each place I go only the lonely go
Some little small cafe
The songs I know only the lonely know
Each melody recalls a love that used to be

The dreams I dream only the lonely dream
Of lips as warm as May
That hopeless, hopeless game that only the lonely scheme
That soon somewhere you'll find the one that used to care

And you'll recall each fun time
Those picnics at the beach when love was new
It well could be that one time
That our hopeless, a hopeless little dream like that comes true

If you find love hang on to each caress
And never let love go!
Or you will know, you'll know the loneliness
The heartbreak that only the lonely know

I believe the piano keys at the end are (I Remember You)

I Wish I Didn't Love You So

length: 2:56
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
composer: Frank Loesser
lyricist: Frank Loesser
I wish I didn't love you so, my love for you should have faded long ago.
I wish I didn't need your kiss, why must your kiss torture me as long as this.
I might be smiling by now with some new tender friend,
Smiling by now with my heart on the mend,
But when I try, something in my heart says no.
You're still there, I wish I didn't love you so.

(Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young

length: 4:44
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
lyricist: Johnny Mercer
composer: Philippe-GĂ©rard
They call me coquette, and mademoiselle,
And I must admit I like it quite well.
It's something to be the darling of all;
Le grande femme fatale the belle of the ball,
There's nothing as gay as life in paris ,
There's no other person, I'd rather be,
I love what I do I love what I see,
But where is the schoolgirl that used to be me

Ah, the apple trees,
Where at garden teas,
Jack-o-lanterns swung:
Fashions of the day,
Vests of applique,
Dresses of shantung,
Only yesterday.
When the world was young

While sitting around we often recall,
The laugh of the year the night of them all,
The blonds who was so attractive that year,
Some opening night that made us all cheer;
Remember that time we all got so tight,
And jacques and antoine got into a fight,
The gendarmes who came, passed out like a light,
I laugh with the rest it's all very bright.

Ah, the apple trees,
Sunlight memories,
Where the hammock swung,
On our backs we'd lie;
Looking at the shy,
'til the stars were strung,
Only last July,
When the world was young.

You'll see me in cape d'antibes, or in spain ,
I follow the sun by boat or by plane,
It's any old millionaire in a storm,
For I've got my mink to keep my heart warm:
And sometimes I drink too much with the crowd,
And, sometimes I talk a little too loud,
My head may be aching, but it's unbowed,
And sometimes I see it all through the clouds

Ah, the apple trees,
And the hive of bees,
Where we once got stung,
Summers at bordeau
Rowing at bateau,
Where the willow hung,
Just a dream ago,
When the world was young

Shangri-La

length: 3:15
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
composer: Robert Maxwell, Matty Malneck
lyricist: Carl Sigman
Your kisses take me to Shangri-La
Each kiss is magic that makes my little world a Shangri-La
A land of bluebirds and fountains and nothing to do
But cling to an angel that looks like you
And when you hold me, how warm you are
Be mine, my darling, and spend your life with me in Shangri-La
For anywhere you are is Shangri-La

Your kisses take me to Shangri-La
Each kiss is magic that makes my little world a Shangri-La
A land of bluebirds and fountains and nothing to do
But cling to an angel that looks like you
And when you hold me, how warm you are
Be mine, my darling, and spend your life with me in Shangri-La
For anywhere you are is Shangri-La

A Mother's Love

length: 2:34
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
writer: Cliff Owens
I have seen a rainbow
Circle across the sky
And I have stood on a mountain
And watched an eagle fly

I have seen trees in a meadow
Shelter a morning dove
But I haven't seen anything
To match the wonder of a mother's love

I have seen a sunset
More beautiful than gold
And I have stood by a rosebed
And watched the leaves unfold

I have seen so many wonders
And blessings from above
But I haven't seen anything
To match the wonder of a mother's love
No, I still haven't seen anything
To match the wonder of a mother's love

My Coloring Book

length: 4:09
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
composer: John Kander
lyricist: Fred Ebb
In case you fancy coloring books and lots of people do
I've a new one for you
A most unusual coloring book, the kind you'd never see
Crayons ready, very well, begin to color me

These are the eyes that watched him as he walked away
Color them gray
This is the heart that thought he would always be true
Color it blue

These are the arms that held him and touched him then lost him somehow
Color them empty now
This are the beads I wore until she came between
If you like, color it green

This is the room I sleep in and walk in and weep in and hide in
That nobody ever sees, color it lonely, please
This is the man, the one, the one I depended upon
You must color him gone

He's gone, color him gone

Jim

length: 2:29
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
composer: Caesar Petrillo, Edward Ross, Milton Samuels
lyricist: Nelson Shawn
Jim doesn't ever bring me pretty flowers,
Jim never tries to cheer my lonely hours,
Don't know why I'm so crazy for Jim.
Jim never tells me I'm his hearts desire.
I never seem to set his love afire
Gone are the years I've wasted on him.

Sometimes when I get feeling low,
I say "Let's call it quits."
Then I hang on and let him go
Breaking my heart in bits.
Some day I know tht Jim will up and leave me,
But even if he does you can believe me,
I'll go on carrying the torch for Jim.

Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)

length: 2:18
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
composer: Dimitri Tiomkin
lyricist: Paul Francis Webster
Thee I love, more than the meadow so green and still
More than the mulberries on the hill
More than the buds of a May apple tree, I love thee
Arms have I, strong as the oak for this occasion
Lips have I, to kiss thee too

In friendly persuasion, thee is mine

Though I don't know many words of praise
Thee pleasures me in a hundred ways
Put on your bonnet, your cape, and your glove
And come with me, for thee I love

Friendly persuasion, thee is mine
Though I don't know many words of praise
Thee pleasures me in a hundred ways
Put on your bonnet, your cape, and your glove
And come with me, for thee I love

But Beautiful

length: 2:57
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
lyricist: Johnny Burke
composer: Jimmy Van Heusen
Love is funny or it's sad,
Or it's quiet or it's mad;
It's a good thing or it's bad,
But beautiful!

Beautiful to take a chance
And if you fall, you fall,
And I'm thinking I wouldn't mind at all.
Love is tearful or it's gay.
It's a problem or it's play,
It's a heartache either way,
But beautiful!

And I'm thinking if you were mine
I'd never let you go,
And that would be but beautiful I know.

People

length: 4:20
producer: Clyde Otis
conductor: Belford Hendricks
arranger: Belford Hendricks
lyricist: Bob Merrill
composer: Jule Styne
People,
People who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world
Were children needing other children
And yet letting our grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children
Lovers
Are very special people
They're the luckiest people in the world
With one person,
One very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you are half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person who needs people
People, people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world.

With one person
One very special person
A feeling deep in your soul
Says you are half now you're whole
No more hunger and thirst
But first be a person who needs people
People, people who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world.