Aretha Album

Artist(s): Aretha Franklin with The Ray Bryant Combo

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Tracklist

Won’t Be Long

length: 3:12
producer: John Hammond
arranger: Curtis Lewis
bass: Bill Lee
drums (drum set): Belton Evans
piano: Aretha Franklin and Ray Bryant
composer: J. Leslie McFarland
lyricist: J. Leslie McFarland

Baby, here I am
By the railroad track
Waiting for my baby
He's coming back

Coming back to me
On the 503
And I won't be long
No, I won't be long

I get so lonesome
Since the man has been gone
There ain't a thing worth mentioning
Nothing been going on

And that's why I know
When the whistle blows
Yeah, that I won't be long
No, no, I won't be long

My daddy told me
When he said goodbye, yes, he did
"I'll be back, baby
Baby, bye and bye"

And that's why I waited
So doggone long, yeah
Can't you see how happy I am?
Because the man is coming home

So now, here I be
By the railroad track
Oh, waiting for my baby
He's coming back

Coming back to me
On the 503
Yeah, and I won't be long
No, no, I won't be long

I ain't had no loving
Since you know when
He's a long gone rooster
And I'm a lonesome hen

And that's why I'm sure
When the whistle blows
Yeah, that I won't be long
No, no, I won't be long

I'm so excited
My knees are shaking, yeah
Mr. Engineer
Don't you keep me waiting

Hear me telling you
Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry

Baby, here I am
Oh, by the railroad track
Waiting for my baby
He's coming back

Coming back to me
Lord, on the 503
Yeah and I won't be long
No, I won't be long

Yeah, I know
When the whistle blows
Hey, that I won't be long
No, no, I won't be long

Over the Rainbow

length: 2:40
bass: Bill Lee
piano: Ray Bryant
trombone: Tyree Glenn
drums (drum set): Osie Johnson
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
composer: Harold Arlen
lyricist: Yip Harburg
arranger: Daniel Powers
publishing: Swan's Wing Press
premiere: Judy Garland
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
High above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
High above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?

Love Is the Only Thing

length: 2:43
bass: Bill Lee
piano: Ray Bryant
trombone: Tyree Glenn
drums (drum set): Osie Johnson
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
writer: J. Leslie McFarland
I love and you love
We love
Sweet love
I look and you look
And we found sweet love
And now we know
Love is the only thing
That matters at all
After all

I kiss and you kiss
Each kiss sweet lips
I tease and you squeeze
And we find sweet bliss
That's how we know
Love is the only thing
That matters at all
After all

I'm lucky
And you're lucky too
We're lucky
And we know it's true
Love is so wonderful

I give and you give
We live for love
Each night
Each day
We love sweet love
'Cause ain't it so?
Love is the only thing
That matters at all
After all

Love is the only thing
That matters at all
After all

Sweet Lover

length: 3:23
bass: Bill Lee
drums (drum set): Belton Evans
piano: Ray Bryant
writer: J. Leslie McFarland, Sid Wyche
Say I bet you never thought you'd find
A sweet lover
You'd never find a girl like me
I say
I bet you never thought you'd find
A sweet lover
You'd never find a girl like me

Oh, oh
Oh yeah
Sweet lover, yeah

Ah, no matter how I treat you, baby
You like it
And I know, because you told me so
I said no matter how I treat you, baby
You like it
And I know it, 'cause you told me so

Oh, oh
Oh yeah
Sweet, sweet lover, yeah

Oh yeah!
I've got my hooks in you
Uh huh
Hmm, but I guess you've got me, too

'Cause I never ever thought I'd find
A sweet, sweet lover
I'd never find a man like you
I say I never, never ever thought I'd find
A sweet sweet lover
I'd never find a man like you

Oh, oh
Oh yeah
Mmm, sweet lover, yeah

Oh yeah!
I've got my hooks in you
Uh huh
Mmm, but I guess you've got me, too

Oh, oh, I never
Never ever thought I'd find
A sweet lover
Never find a man like you
I said I never, never thought I'd find
A sweet lover
I'd never find a man like you

Oh, oh
Mmm, oh yeah
Sweet, sweet lover, yeah

Oh, oh
Oh yeah
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet lover, yeah

Oh, oh
Ow, oh yeah!
Sweet lover
Yeah, yeah, yeah...

All Night Long

length: 3:01
producer: John Hammond
arranger: J. Leslie McFarland
bass: Bill Lee
drums (drum set): Sticks Evans
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
piano: Ray Bryant
tenor saxophone: Al Sears
trombone: Quentin Jackson
writer: Curtis Lewis
Yeah, come on and let the good times roll
We're gonna stay here till we soothe our souls
If it take all night long

One more time, come on and let the good times roll
We're gonna stay here till we soothe our souls
If it take all night long

Gotta tell you, evenin' sun is sinkin' low
The clock on the wall say it's time to go
I got my plans I don't know about you
I'll tell you exactly what I'm gonna do

Get in the groove and let the good times roll
I'm gonna stay here till I soothe my soul
If it take all night long
Yeah, everybody let the good times roll
We're gonna stay here till we soothe our souls
If it take all night long

Yeah, it might be one O'clock and it might be three
Time don't mean that much to me
I've felt this good since I don't know when
And I might not feel this good again

So come on and let the good times roll
We're gonna stay here till we soothe our souls
If it take all night long

And all night and all night
(All night, all night)
And all night and all night long
(All night, all night)
Somebody said it might take all night long
And all night and all night
(All night, all night)

So, come on and let the good times roll
We're gonna stay here till we soothe our souls
If it take all night long

Who Needs You?

length: 2:49
producer: John Hammond
arranger: J. Leslie McFarland
bass: Milt Hinton
piano: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Al Sears
drums (drum set): Sticks Evans
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
writer: Billie Holiday, Jeanne Burns
Who needs you,
To drive me out of my mind
Who needs you,
I'd like to know
Who needs you
To give me chills when I'm well
How fast can a helpless heart go

I know dear, I love you more than a lot
But oh! What I've got to go through
And so dear, I guess the answer is simply
Who needs you, I do!

[Chorus]
Each time we kiss goodnight
I find that I get so excited
I can't sleep at night
I've lost my appetite

No appetite, no sleep at night

I know dear, I love you more than a lot
But oh! What I've got to go through
And so dear, I guess the answer is simply
Who needs you, who needs you I do!!

Right Now

length: 2:24
producer: John Hammond
arranger: J. Leslie McFarland
bass: Bill Lee
piano: Ray Bryant
trombone: Tyree Glenn
drums (drum set): Osie Johnson
guitar: Skeeter Best and Chauncey Westbrook
writer: J. Leslie McFarland
Tell me if you love me
Right now
Tell me if you want me
Right now
You make me think you like it
When we kiss
But still you never say so

So if you're only playing
Let´s stop
Cause you're nearly blowing my top
And if you can say you do
But if you don't
Baby tell me right now

You've got a smile I love
And you've a style I love
And your caress
Is all my heart is dreaming of

But if you keep stalling
By the time we click
I'll be turning gray
And you'll be walking
With this trick

So if we're gonna make it
Let's start
Cause you're overworking my heart
I confess that I'm with you
And you with me
But tell me right now

You've got
You've got a smile I love
And God knows you've the style I love
And your caress
Is all my heart is dreaming of

But if you keep stalling
By the time we click
I'll be turning gray
And you'll be walking
With this trick

So if we're gonna make it
We've got to start
Cause you're overworking my heart
And you're the guy that I love
That I can't deny
And all you ever give me
Is just an alibi
And baby I've decided
Now it's do or die
So tell me if you love me
Oh tell me if you love me
I wanna know now
I wanna know now
Yes right now
Hmmm

Are You Sure

length: 2:41
producer: John Hammond
arranger: J. Leslie McFarland
bass: Milt Hinton
piano: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Al Sears
drums (drum set): Sticks Evans
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
writer: Meredith Willson
Are you sure your prayers
Haven't been answered?
Now, think
Sister, think

Are you sure your prayers
Haven't been answered?
Now, think
Brother, think

But don't you dare
Say the good Lord
Didn't stop to hear you
He hears and sees
Everything you do
Stop right now
And take the inventory
You'll come up
With a different story

Because He sees
Every move you make
Every wiggle of your head
Every wink of your eye
He sees
The laugh you're laughing
And hears tears you cry

You may not know
How to pray
But He loves you
When you try
So raise your voices high
And the Lord will hear you
Hear you

He sees every move you make
Every wiggle of your head
Every wink of your eye
He sees
The laugh you're laughing
And hears tears you cry

You may not know
How to pray
But He loves you
When you try
So raise your voices high
And the Lord will hear you
Hear you

Are you sure
You haven't been answered?
Now think
You'd better think

Are you sure
Real sure
You haven't been answered?
Now think
Brother, think

Don't you dare
Say the good Lord
Didn't stop to hear you
He hears and sees
Everything you do
Stop right now
And take the inventory
You'll come up
With a different story

Because He sees
Every move you make
Every wiggle of your head
Every wink of your eye
He sees
The laugh you're laughing
And hears tears you cry

You may not know
How to pray
But He loves you
When you try
So raise your voices high
And the Lord will hear you
Hear you

Oh, raise your voices high
And the Lord will hear you
Hear you

Oh, raise your voices high
And the Lord will hear you

Maybe I’m a Fool

length: 3:18
producer: John Hammond
arranger: J. Leslie McFarland
bass: Milt Hinton
piano: Aretha Franklin
tenor saxophone: Al Sears
drums (drum set): Sticks Evans
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
writer: J. Leslie McFarland
Maybe I'm a fool for loving you so and
Maybe, maybe I'm a fool, I don't, I don't really know
But I can't, I can't stop loving you darling, oh yes
Though I tried, oh yes

And maybe, maybe your goodbye was so mean, so mean and unfair
Though you made me cry, my love's still there
And I know, I know that I'll long for your kisses, oh
Until I die, oh yes until I die

Well, I said all of my friends, all of my friends have told me
They said, "Aretha, why don't you find
You really need to find somebody new", yeah, oh oh yeah
But what they don't know
What they just don't know is in my heart
I'd be wishing, oh, that that someone was you

So, oh, it's all for you to decide
If you should decide to trap me once more
All you got to do, all you got to do is knock on my door
And I'll say, I'll say that I've taken you back

Yeah, taking you back would be foolish
Then maybe, oh, maybe I'm a fool
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

It Ain’t Necessarily So

length: 2:55
producer: John Hammond
arranger: J. Leslie McFarland
vocal: Aretha Franklin
piano: Ray Bryant
bass: Bill Lee
drums (drum set): Belton Evans
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
tenor saxophone: Warren Luckey
composer: George Gershwin
lyricist: Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward
It ain't necessarily so
It ain't necessarily so
The things that you're liable
To read in the Bible,
It ain't necessarily so.

Now David was small but oh my
Little David was small but oh my
He fought big Goliath
Who lay down and dieth
David was small but oh my.

To get into heaven, don't snap for a second
Live clean forget your faults
I take the gospel whenever it's possible
But with a grain of salt

Oh Jonah he lived in a whale
Oh Jonah he lived in a whale
He made his home in
That fishes abdomen
Oh Jonah he lived in a whale

To get into heaven, don't snap for a seven
Live clean forget your faults
I take gospel whenever it's possible
But with a grain of salt

Methuselah lived 900 years
Methuselah lived 900 years
Who calls that livin'
When no gal will give in
To no man what's 900 years

It ain't necessarily so
It ain't necessarily so
The things that you're liable
To read in the Bible,
It ain't necessarily so.

Ain't necessarily so
Ain't necessarily so
Ain't necessarily so

(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

Today I Sing the Blues

length: 2:47
producer: John Hammond
arranger: Curtis Lewis
bass: Bill Lee
piano: Ray Bryant
trombone: Tyree Glenn
drums (drum set): Osie Johnson
guitar: Chauncey Westbrook
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