Soul ’69 Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin Soul ’69 Cover Art

Tracklist

Ramblin’

length: 3:11
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
conductor: Arif Mardin
trumpet: Joe Newman, Snookie Young, Richard Williams, Ernie Royal and Bernie Glow
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
bass: Ron Carter
alto saxophone: Frank Wess and George Dorsey
guitar: Kenny Burrell
drums (drum set): Bruno Carr
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
piano: Junior Mance
trombone: Urbie Green, Thomas Mitchell, Jimmy Cleveland and Benny Powell
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
writer: Mabel Smith

I’ve got the blues for the highway
Rambling blues, I got to go
I better start running
Because walking for me is much too slow, oh, yes it is

I’m undecided whether to go or stay
It’s true I love you baby but I can not make it this way
Oh, baby, I just can’t make it this way, oh no, I can’t

You’ve got me worried every night and day, oh yes, I do now
Well I’m just plain and tired sick of your funky ways

Yeah, hey, baby, yeah
Tell them about it
I understand you
Yeah, tell them about it, yeah, oh

So long baby, baby, goodbye
I’m gonna start rambling, gonna be rambling till the day I die
Yeah, baby, gonna ramble ramble ramble ramble
Get into something until the day I die, yes I am

Oh, so long, oh, so long
Tell them about it, tell them about it right now
So long baby, oh yeah
Tell the story, rambling
I’m gonna be rambling
Till the day I die, yeah, oh yeah
You got it baby, you got it
So long baby, oh

Today I Sing the Blues

length: 4:25
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
bass: Jerry Jemmott
piano: Aretha Franklin
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
trumpet: Snookie Young, Richard Williams, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman and Bernie Glow
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
alto saxophone: Frank Wess and George Dorsey
conductor: Arif Mardin
guitar: Tommy Cogbill and Jimmy Johnson
organ: Spooner Oldham
trombone: Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Benny Powell and Thomas Mitchell
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
writer: Curley Hamner
composer: Curtis Lewis
Without a word of warning
The blues walked in this morning
And circled rund my lonely room
I didn't know why I had
That sad and lonely feeling
'till my baby called and said it's through
Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues

I know the explanation
But that's no constellation
No matter how your love
You can lose
And since I lost
I rather walk around and worry
I guess I've walked the darkest avenue

Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues
Now it strikes me kind of funny
How life can be this way
We were lovers last night honey
But not in love today
Now it strikes me kind of funny
How faith can be unfair
It seems that I'm the one
To lose in every love affair
Yes it must be written for me
That I should be the one to always lose
Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues

Now it strikes me kind of funny
How life can be this way
We were lovers last night honey
But not in love today
Now it strikes me kind of funny
How faith can be unfair
It seems that I'm the one
To lose in every love affair
Yes it must be written for me
That I should be the one to always lose
Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues

River’s Invitation

length: 2:41
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
conductor: Arif Mardin
bass: Ron Carter
drums (drum set): Bruno Carr
piano: Junior Mance
alto saxophone: Frank Wess and George Dorsey
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
guitar: Kenny Burrell
tenor saxophone: Seldon Powell and King Curtis
trombone: Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Benny Powell and Thomas Mitchell
trumpet: Bernie Glow, Joe Newman, Ernie Royal, Richard Williams and Snookie Young
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
lyricist: Percy Mayfield
composer: Percy Mayfield
I've been all across the country
And I've stayed in every town
Because I'm trying to find my baby
But no one has seen her around
And you know which way I'm headed
If my baby can't be found

I spoke to the river
And the river spoke back to me
It said oh you look so lonely
So you look full of misery
And if you can't find your baby
Come and make your home with me

Well, I don't want to leave him
Because I know he's still alive
And someday I'm going to find him
And I'll take him for a ride
And we'll spend our days forever
In our home beneath the tide

Pitiful

length: 3:04
producer: Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
conductor: Arif Mardin
trumpet: Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman, Snookie Young and Richard Williams
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
alto saxophone: Frank Wess and George Dorsey
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
trombone: Jimmy Cleveland, Thomas Mitchell, Benny Powell and Urbie Green
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
writer: Charles Singleton, Rose Marie McCoy
Oh pitiful
Feel so sorry for me
Pitiful
It's pitiful
Feel so sorry for me
Though you dont' love me you see
You still won't set me free
Oh set me free

I wonder why I wondered why you do me like you do
I wonder why you do me like you do
When you know that I love you baby
And you know I wouldn't do it to you
No no

It looks like it makes you happy
Just to see me cry
Please have mercy on this
Vacant heart of mine
You're trying to see how mean you can be
I would do my dog better that the way you do me

Pitiful
Feel so sorry for myself
Pitiful
Feel so sorry for myself
When you know that you dont' want me baby
But you aint' gonna let me have nobody else now are ya

Crazy He Calls Me

length: 3:27
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
alto saxophone: George Dorsey and Frank Wess
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
bass: Ron Carter
conductor: Arif Mardin
drums (drum set): Bruno Carr
guitar: Kenny Burrell
organ: Joe Zawinul
piano: Junior Mance
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
trombone: Urbie Green, Benny Powell, Thomas Mitchell and Jimmy Cleveland
trumpet: Snookie Young, Ernie Royal, Richard Williams, Joe Newman and Bernie Glow
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
composer: Carl Sigman
lyricist: Bob Russell
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'd say...

I say I'll go through fire, yes, and I will kill fire;
As he wants it, so it shall 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 very difficult, I will do right now;
The impossible will take a little while...

And I say I'll care forever, and I really will care forever,
Even if I, even if I, even if I have to hold up the sky...
Crazy, he calls me... well, maybe, baby, maybe, I'm crazy;
Sure, crazy in love am I...
Crazy in love am I...
And I will move the mountains...

Bring It On Home to Me

length: 3:44
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
drums (drum set): Bruno Carr
bass: Ron Carter
guitar: Kenny Burrell
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
alto saxophone: Frank Wess and George Dorsey
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
conductor: Arif Mardin
electric piano: Joe Zawinul
piano: Junior Mance
trombone: Benny Powell, Thomas Mitchell, Urbie Green and Jimmy Cleveland
trumpet: Ernie Royal, Richard Williams, Snookie Young, Bernie Glow and Joe Newman
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
composer: Sam Cooke
lyricist: Sam Cooke
If you ever change your mind
About leavin', leavin' me behind
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin'
Bring it on home to me, oh yeah

You know I laughed (ha ha) when you left
But now I know I've only hurt myself
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin'
Bring it on home to me, yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)

I'll give you jewellery, money too
And that's not all, all I'll do for you
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin'
Bring it on home to me, yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Yeah

You know I'll always be your slave
Till I'm dead and buried in my grave
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin'
Bring it on home to me, yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)

If you ever change your mind
About leavin', leavin' me behind
Oh, oh, bring it to me
Bring your sweet lovin'
Bring it on home to me, yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
Yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)

Tracks of My Tears

length: 2:55
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
piano: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
trumpet: Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Snookie Young, Joe Newman and Richard Williams
drums (drum set): Roger Hawkins
alto saxophone: George Dorsey and Frank Wess
bass: Jerry Jemmott
conductor: Arif Mardin
guitar: Tommy Cogbill and Jimmy Johnson
organ: Spooner Oldham
trombone: Thomas Mitchell, Benny Powell, Urbie Green and Jimmy Cleveland
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
writer: Marvin Tarplin, Warren “Pete” Moore, Smokey Robinson
People say I'm the life of the party
Because I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I'm blue
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place

If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears
I need you, need you
Since you left me if you see me with another girl
Seeming like I'm having fun
Although she may be cute

She's just a substitute
Because you're the permanent one
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

I need you, need you
Outside I'm masquerading
Inside my hope is fading
Just a clown oh yeah
Since you put me down
My smile is my make up

I wear since my break up with you
So take a good look at my face
You'll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it's easy to trace
The tracks of my tears

If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody

length: 3:09
producer: Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
conductor: Arif Mardin
bass: Ron Carter
drums (drum set): Bruno Carr
piano: Junior Mance
alto saxophone: Frank Wess and George Dorsey
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
guitar: Kenny Burrell
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
trombone: Urbie Green, Benny Powell, Thomas Mitchell and Jimmy Cleveland
trumpet: Snookie Young, Ernie Royal, Richard Williams, Joe Newman and Bernie Glow
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
lyricist: Rudy Clark
composer: Rudy Clark
If you gotta make a fool of somebody
If you gotta make a fool of someone
Do you really have to hurt me
I'm the one that'll worry about you

If you gotta make a fool of somebody
If you gotta to make a fool of someone
Do you really have to hurt me
I'm the one that loves you, always true

Daytime, nighttime, anytime you call
I'll rush to your side, anytime you call
Just to be near you, you know
Anywhere I go, how could you hurt me so
Oh

If you gotta make a fool of somebody
If you gotta make a fool of someone
Do you really have to hurt me
I'm the one that'll worry about you

If you gotta make a fool of somebody
If you gotta make a fool of someone
If you gotta make a fool of somebody
And If you gotta make a fool of someone
If you got to make a fool of somebody
If you got to make a fool of someone

Gentle on My Mind

length: 2:29
producer: Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
conductor: Arif Mardin
trumpet: Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Snookie Young, Richard Williams and Joe Newman
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
alto saxophone: Frank Wess and George Dorsey
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
trombone: Jimmy Cleveland, Thomas Mitchell, Urbie Green and Benny Powell
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
composer: John Hartford
lyricist: John Hartford
It's knowin' that your door is always open
And your path is free to walk
That makes me tend to leave my sleepin' bag
Rolled up and stashed behind your couch
And it's knowin' I'm not shackled
By forgotten words and bonds
And the ink stains that have dried upon some line
That keeps you in the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
That keeps you ever gentle on my mind

It's not clingin' to the rocks and ivy
Planted on their columns now that bind me
Or something that somebody said because
They thought we fit together walkin'
It's just knowing that the world
Will not be cursing or forgiving
When I walk along some railroad track and find
That you're movin' on the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
And for hours you're just gentle on my mind

Though the wheat fields and the clothes lines
And the junkyards and the highways come between us
And some other woman's cryin' to her mother
'cause she turned and I was gone
I still might run in silence
Tears of joy might stain my face
And the summer sun might burn me till I'm blind
But not to where I cannot see
You walkin' on the back roads
By the rivers flowin' gentle on my mind

I dip my cup of soup back from a gurglin' cracklin' cauldron
In some train yard
My beard a rustlin' coal pile
And a dirty hat pulled low across my face
Through cupped hands 'round a tin can
I pretend to hold you to my breast and find
That you're waitin' from the back roads
By the rivers of my memory
Ever smilin', ever gentle on my mind

So Long

length: 4:37
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
alto saxophone: George Dorsey and Frank Wess
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
drums (drum set): Grady Tate
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
trombone: Thomas Mitchell, Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green and Benny Powell
trumpet: Joe Newman, Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Richard Williams and Snookie Young
conductor: Arif Mardin
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
writer: Russ Morgan, Irving Melsher, Remus Harris
So long I hope we'll meet again
One day
And I'm hoping maybe then you'll say
Darling I found out I was wrong
So long
You leave me here to cry
It will never be goodbye
Because you been mine so long
All alone
With my memories of you
I can dream that you're lonely like me too
You're my home
Even though we're far apart
I'm gonna keep you in my heart
So long, so long baby
Gee, I really hate to see you go
Because you are all and everything in my world and you know
That you been mine all mine so long
But baby I gotta say so long

I’ll Never Be Free

length: 4:16
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
alto saxophone: George Dorsey and Frank Wess
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
drums (drum set): Grady Tate
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
trombone: Benny Powell, Jimmy Cleveland, Thomas Mitchell and Urbie Green
trumpet: Snookie Young, Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow, Joe Newman and Richard Williams
conductor: Arif Mardin
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
writer: George David Weiss, Bennie Benjamin
Each time I hold someone new
My arms grow cold aching for you
No one can take your place
Darling in my embrace
I'll never be free

And when my lips burn with desire
No other kiss puts out the fire
Though I may try and try
No one can satisfy this longing in me

I'll never be free from your smile so tender
The sweet surrender in your eyes
How can I be free when I still remember
How you could thrill me with a sigh

Just like a chain bound to my heart
Your love remains when we're apart
Each kiss I gave to you
Made me a slave to you
I'll never be free

Elusive Butterfly

length: 2:46
producer: Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
recording engineer: Tom Dowd
arranger: Arif Mardin
alto saxophone: Frank Wess and George Dorsey
baritone saxophone: Pepper Adams
bass: Ron Carter
conductor: Arif Mardin
drums (drum set): Bruno Carr
tenor saxophone: King Curtis and Seldon Powell
trombone: Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Benny Powell and Thomas Mitchell
trumpet: Snookie Young, Richard Williams, Bernie Glow, Joe Newman and Ernie Royal
vibraphone: Jack Jennings
woodwind: David “Fathead” Newman
electric piano: Joe Zawinul
composer: Bob Lind
lyricist: Bob Lind
You might wake up some mornin'
To the sound of something moving past your window in the wind
And if you're quick enough to rise
You'll catch a fleeting glimpse of someone's fading shadow
Out on the new horizon
You may see the floating motion of a distant pair of wings
And if the sleep has left your ears
You might hear footsteps running through an open meadow

Don't be concerned, it will not harm you
It's only me pursuing somethin' I'm not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love

You might have heard my footsteps
Echo softly in the distance through the canyons of your mind
I might have even called your name
As I ran searching after something to believe in
You might have seen me runnin'
Through the long-abandoned ruins of the dreams you left behind
If you remember something there
That glided past you followed close by heavy breathin'

Don't be concerned, it will not harm you
It's only me pursuing somethin' I'm not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love

Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love