Menagerie Album

Artist(s): Bill Withers

Cover Art

Bill Withers Menagerie Cover Art

Tracklist

Lovely Day

length: 4:11
producer: Bill Withers and Clarence McDonald
arranger: Clarence McDonald
vocal: Bill Withers
bass guitar: Jerry Knight
guitar: Ray Parker Jr.
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
shakers & drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
concertmaster: Charles Veal Jr.
writer: Skip Scarborough, Bill Withers

When I wake up in the morning, love
And the sunlight hurts my eyes
And something without warning, love
Bears heavy on my mind

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it's gonna be
A lovely day
Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day

When the day that lies ahead of me
Seems impossible to face
When someone else instead of me
Always seems to know the way

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it's gonna be
A lovely day

When the day that lies ahead of me
Seems impossible to face
When someone else instead of me
Always seems to know the way

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it's gonna be
A lovely day

I Want to Spend the Night

length: 3:41
producer: Bill Withers and Keni Burke
vocal: Bill Withers
guitar: Bill Withers
keyboard: Dean Gant
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Keni Burke
concertmaster: Charles Veal Jr.
brass arranger & strings arranger: Paul Riser
composer: Bill Withers
lyricist: Bill Withers
I want to spend the night
With you
Forever

Every time we wind up spending the night
Together
Do you ever feel it?

I want to share my life
With you
Forever

Ever time we wind sharing a night
Together
Do you ever feel it?

And when I stay away from you
I never get to sleep
I try to hug my pillow
And pretend that you're with me
But I can't feel it

Then when we are together
It's right there for me to see
I can't keep looking at loneliness
And trying to call it freedom
Do you ever feel it?

I want to spend the night
With you
Forever

Every time we wind up spending the night
Together
Do you ever feel it?

[Repeat x6]
Do you ever want to spend the night?

Lovely Night for Dancing

length: 5:50
producer: Bill Withers and Keni Burke
vocal: Bill Withers
keyboard: Bill Withers
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
drums (drum set): Alvin Taylor
bass guitar: Keni Burke
concertmaster: Charles Veal Jr.
strings arranger & brass arranger: Paul Riser
composer: Bill Withers
lyricist: Bill Withers
Such a lovely night for dancin'
And I get this feelin' [full of] song (note 1)
Love, sunset to sunrise
And I feel that the music turns me on
Love twilight [under] blue skies (note 2)
And I feel like dancin'
All night long

Such a lovely night for dancin'
And I get this feelin' [full of] song
Love, sunset to sunrise
And I feel that the music really turns me on
Love twilight [under] blue skies
And I feel like dancin'
All night long

Get up and dance with me
(Get up and dance)
Get up and dance with me
(Won't you dance with me)
Get up and dance with me
(Get up and dance)
Get up and dance with me
(Won't you dance with me)
Get up and dance with me
(Get up and dance)
Get up and dance with me
(Won't you dance with me)
Get up and dance with me
(Get up and dance)
Get up and dance with me
(Won't you dance with me)

Such a lovely night for dancin'
And I get this feelin' [full of] song
Love, sunset to sunrise
And I feel that the music really turns me on
Love twilight [under] blue skies
And I feel like dancin'
All night long

Get up and dance with me
(Get up and dance)
Get up and dance with me
(Won't you dance with me)
Get up and dance with me
(Get up and dance)
Get up and dance with me
(Won't you dance with me)
Get up and dance with me
(Get up and dance)
Get up and dance with me
(Won't you dance with me)
Get up and dance with me
(Get up and dance)
Get up and dance with me
(Won't you dance with me)

Then You Smile at Me

length: 4:54
producer: Bill Withers and Clarence McDonald
vocal: Bill Withers
guitar: Ray Parker Jr.
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
drums (drum set): Alvin Taylor
bass guitar: Jerry Knight
concertmaster: Charles Veal Jr.
brass arranger & strings arranger: Paul Riser
composer: Clarence McDonald
lyricist: Bill Withers
Closer to me,
Let that look in your eye
Say that love making love is really on your mind
Then you smile at me
And I know that love is in the makin'

Lovely lady
Looks at me, I get high
And some earthshakin' love is really on my mind
Then you smile at me
And I know it's there for the takin'

Lovely lady loves to smile
And a smile is in her eyes
Lady lets me know
It's time for love by smilin'

Closer to me,
Let that look in your eye
Say that love making love is really on your mind
Then you smile at me
And I know that love is in the makin'

Lovely lady
Looks at me, I get high
And some earth shakin' love is really on my mind
Then you smile at me
And I know it's there for the takin'

Lovely lady loves to smile
And a smile is in her eyes
Lady lets me know
It's time for love by smilin'

She Wants To (Get On Down)

length: 3:15
producer: Bill Withers and Keni Burke
vocal: Bill Withers
background vocals: Jessica Smith, Pat Hodges and Denita James
guitar: Ray Parker Jr.
keyboard: Clifford Coulter
strings arranger: Paul Riser
drums (drum set): Alvin Taylor
bass guitar: Keni Burke
writer: Larry Nash, Bill Withers
She spends the daytime being a lady
But when the nighttime rolls around
She's got some games to play
She wants to get on down

Get down, down
Get down, down
Get down, down, down, down, down

Don't fall in love, love;
Nothin' to say
Won't let your story get off the ground
Don't let your feelin's get in the way
She wants to get on down

Get down, down
Get down, down
Get down, down, down, down, down

Never could stand to be tied to a lover too long
Hurry to play but plan before the day to be gone
Gone, gone, gone, gone

Down, get down
Down, get down,
Down, get down
Down, get down, down, down, down, down

Don't fall in love, love;
Nothin' to say
Won't let your story get off the ground
Don't let your feelin's get in the way
She wants to get on down

It Ain’t Because of Me Baby

length: 3:31
producer: Bill Withers and Clarence McDonald
vocal: Bill Withers
guitar: Ray Parker Jr.
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
synthesizer: Michael Jones
drums (drum set): Alvin Taylor
bass guitar: Jerry Knight
concertmaster: Charles Veal Jr.
brass arranger & strings arranger: Paul Riser
writer: Michael Jones, Bill Withers
It ain't because of me, baby
That you're bein' alone
Nobody's fault but your own
If you've been lonely
Because if only, reach out for me

You'll reach out for me, baby
I'm as close as your phone
Ever since you've been gone
I've been home
And home ain't home

Tender Things

producer: Bill Withers and Clarence McDonald
vocal: Bill Withers
arranger: Clarence McDonald
guitar: Ray Parker Jr.
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Keni Burke
concertmaster: Charles Veal Jr.
composer: Bill Withers
lyricist: Bill Withers
Sweet and tender things
Are so much nicer than silly games
Softness makes it easier to smile

It's better to remember things
That makes the sun shine in your memory
There's clouds enough for you to see
Smile for me and take a look around

And you know that you're in love
When things are better than you thought they'd ever be

Wintertime

length: 3:17
producer: Bill Withers and Clifford Coulter
vocal: Bill Withers
keyboard: Clifford Coulter
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
strings arranger: Clarence McDonald
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Keni Burke
solo synthesizer: Clifford Coulter
concertmaster: Charles Veal Jr.
composer: Clifford Coulter
lyricist: Clifford Coulter
In the wintertime the grass is brown and the sky is gray, the sky is gray
Ah, hah, but that don't mean little brother that you have to feel the same way

Look the sky is cryin' see the tear rollin' down on the ground, down on the ground
Ah, hah but that don't mean little brother that your life can't turn around

Cover up your body but the cold steady rubbin' on your skin, rubbin' on your skin
Ah, hah, you stay alive little brother from the warm fire within

This little brother is what the seasons are tryin' to say
The snow will surely be melted when the sun punches in for the day

See the cold steady rubbin', rubbin' on your skin rubbin' round your skin
Ah hah you're stayin' alive, little brother from the warm fire within

This little brother is what the seasons are tryin' to say
The snow will surely be melted when the sun punches in for the day

See the cold steady rubbin', rubbin' on your skin rubbin' round your skin
Ah hah you're stayin' alive, little brother from the warm fire within

Let Me Be the One You Need

length: 4:45
producer: Clarence McDonald, Bill Withers and Keni Burke
vocal: Bill Withers
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
percussion: Ralph MacDonald
bass guitar: Keni Burke
drums (drum set) & congas: Russ Kunkel
concertmaster: Charles Veal Jr.
brass arranger & strings arranger: Paul Riser
writer: Skip Scarborough, Bill Withers
May not know enough about you, babe
That can only come in time
Only know enough to make you stay
On my mind

Though I met you only yesterday
And only for a moment then
I knew I couldn't let you get away
I just can see you, girl

I can be the one you love
Let me be the one you need
Take a look into your heart
Try to find a place for me

Can't say I can't live without you, babe
That's just some worn out loser's line
May not know enough about you, babe
But you stay on my mind

[Repeat x4]
I can be the one you love
Let me be the one you need
Take a look into your heart
Try to find a place for me