No Secrets Album

Artist(s): Carly Simon

Cover Art

Carly Simon No Secrets Cover Art

Tracklist

The Right Thing to Do

producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
strings arranger: Kirby Johnson
lead vocals: Carly Simon
bass: Jimmy Ryan
brass arranger: Kirby Johnson
background vocals: Liza Strike, Carly Simon and Vicki Brown
drums (drum set): Andy Newmark
piano: Carly Simon
congas: Ray Cooper
lyricist: Carly Simon
composer: Carly Simon

There's nothin' you can do to turn me away
Nothin' anyone can say
You're with me now and as long as you stay
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing

I know you've had some bad luck with ladies before
They drove you or you drove them crazy
But more important is I know you're the one and I'm sure
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing

And it used to be for a while
That the river flowed right to my door
Making me just a little too free
But now the river doesn't seem to stop here anymore

Hold me in your hands like a bunch of flowers
Set me movin' to your sweetest song
And I know what I think I've known all along
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Lovin' you's the right thing
Lovin' you's the right thing to do
Is the right thing

Nothing you could ever do would turn me away from you
I love you now and I love you now
Even though you're ten thousand miles away
I'll love you tomorrow as I love you today
I'm in love babe
I'm in love with you babe.

The Carter Family

length: 3:31
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
strings arranger: Kirby Johnson
woodwind arranger: Kirby Johnson
lead vocals: Carly Simon
guitar: Jimmy Ryan
bass: Klaus Voormann
drums (drum set): Andy Newmark
piano: Carly Simon
writer: Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman
The Carter family lived next door for almost 14 years
With Gwen and I inseperatable from rag dolls through brassieres
Then Gwen began to bore me with her giggles and her fears
The day the Carters moved away, I had to fake my tears
I told new friends Gwen Carter had become a silly pest
And then I found I missed her more than I'd ever have guessed

Grandma used to nag at me to straighten up my spine
To act respectful and read good books
To take care of what was mine
I hated being criticized and asking her permission
So what if her advise was wise, It always hurt to listen
I didn't cry when Granny died, she made me so depressed
And then I found I missed her more than I'd ever have guessed

You used to make me moan in bed, but that can't be enough
My friends complained your jokes were crude,
Your manners were too rough
Don't know just what I wanted, but I know I wanted more
Someone smooth, presentable, to blend with my decor
And now at night I think of how you grinned when you undressed
And I find I miss you more than I'd ever have guessed.

You’re So Vain

length: 4:19
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
strings arranger: Carly Simon
orchestrator: Paul Buckmaster
lead vocals: Carly Simon
guitar: Jimmy Ryan
bass: Klaus Voormann
background vocals: Mick Jagger
drums (drum set): Jim Gordon
percussion: Richard Perry
piano: Carly Simon
composer: Carly Simon
lyricist: Carly Simon
You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner
They'd be your partner, and...

You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't You?

You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive
Well you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me
I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and...

You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't You? Don't You?

I had some dreams they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and...

You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't You?

Well I hear you went up to Saratoga and your horse naturally won
Then you flew your lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well you're where you should be all the time
And when you're not you're with
Some underworld spy or the wife from a close friend
Wife from a close friend, and...

You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't You? Don't you?

You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you

His Friends Are More Than Fond of Robin

length: 3:02
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
lead vocals: Carly Simon
acoustic guitar: Jimmy Ryan
synthesizer arranger: Carly Simon
piano: Carly Simon
synthesizer: Dave Henshaw
lyricist: Carly Simon
composer: Carly Simon
His friends are more than fond of Robin
He doesn't need to compliment them
And always as he leaves he leaves them
Feeling proud just to know him

When Robin goes on holiday
There's no-one livin' in our lane
Oh yes, folks still live in our lane
But they're not like Robin

Robin, I've never told you
But I'll be yours until we're old
Please learn to call me in your dreams
The way I'm lookin' at you is just as it seems

He's talked about before he gets there
Though he can never understand it
And I wouldn't like to be his alone
But I'm shy and can't demand it

But when Robin gives his love to others
There's no-one living in my heart
Oh yes, I keep others in my heart
But they're not like Robin

We Have No Secrets

length: 3:59
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
strings arranger: Kirby Johnson
lead vocals: Carly Simon
acoustic guitar: Carly Simon and Paul Keogh
guitar: Jimmy Ryan
bass: Klaus Voormann
drums (drum set): Jim Gordon
conductor: Kirby Johnson
electric piano: Kirby Johnson
lyricist: Carly Simon
composer: Carly Simon
We have no secrets
We tell each other everything
About the lovers in the past
And why they didn't last
We share a cast of characters from A to Z
We know each others fantasies
And though we know each other better when we explore
Sometimes I wish
Often I wish
That I never knew some of those secrets of yours

The water was cold
The beach was empty but for one
Now you were lying in the sun
Wanting and needing no-one
Then some child came, you never asked for her to come
She drank a pint of your Rum
And later when you told me
You aid she was a bore
Sometimes I wish
Often I wish
That I never knew some of those secrets of yours

In the name of honesty, in the name of what is fair
You always answer my questions
But they don't always answer my prayers
And though I know you say that it's me that you adore
Sometimes I wish
Often I wish
That I never, never, never knew
Some of those secrets of yours
Some of those secrets of yours
Some of those secrets of yours
We have no secrets
Telling each other most everything now

Embrace Me, You Child

length: 4:09
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
synthesizer arranger: Paul Buckmaster
orchestrator: Paul Buckmaster
choir vocals arranger: Paul Buckmaster
lead vocals: Carly Simon
acoustic guitar: Carly Simon
bass: Klaus Voormann
drums (drum set): Andy Newmark
piano: J. Peter Robinson
conductor: Paul Buckmaster
electric guitar: Jimmy Ryan
composer: Carly Simon
lyricist: Carly Simon
At night I heard God whisper lullabies
While Daddy next door whistled whisky tunes
And sometimes when I wanted, they would harmonize
There was nothing those two couldn't do

Embrace me you child, you're a child of mine
And I'm leaving everything I am to you
Go chase the wild and nightime streets sang Daddy
And God sang, Pray the devil doesn't get to you

I thought together they must sing the moon away
I thought that they must know each other well
For the magic that they made, when they played
Wasn't lost between their Heaven and their Hell

Then one night Daddy died and went to Heaven
And God came down to earth and slipped away
I pretended not to notice I'd been abandoned
But no-one sang the night into the day
And later night time songs came back again
But the singers don't compare with those I knew
And I never figured out where God and Daddy went
But there was nothing those two couldn't do

Waited So Long

length: 4:29
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
lead vocals: Carly Simon
acoustic guitar: Carly Simon
bass: Klaus Voormann
background vocals: Carly Simon and James Taylor
drums (drum set): Jim Keltner
piano: Nicky Hopkins
electric guitar: Jimmy Ryan
organ: Bill Payne
slide guitar: Lowell George
lyricist: Carly Simon
composer: Carly Simon
Please tell my sweet mother
Go on now tell uncle Paul
Tell all my girlfriends
Not to wait for me
Daddy, I'm no virgin
And I've already waited too long

Raise up your eyebrows
Raise, I said raise your glasses with a song
But don't expect me to be home tonight
Daddy, I'm sorry
But I've already waited too long

I met a boy with eyes of green
The warmest eyes I'd ever seen
He gave his lovin' love to me
The way I've always heard it would be

Daddy, please forgive me
And I've already waited so long

So blow, blow, blow out the candles
make my bed wide and long
Tell all my girlfriends
Not to wait for me
Daddy, I'm no virgin
I said I've already waited too long

Daddy, I'm sorry
But I've already waited so long

It Was So Easy

length: 3:09
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
lead vocals: Carly Simon
acoustic guitar: Paul Keogh and Carly Simon
bass: Klaus Voormann
drums (drum set): Andy Newmark
electric guitar: Jimmy Ryan
writer: Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman
I remember a time, rompin' through the woods
Sun against our skin instead of clothes
When we felt hungry we would eat, whn we felt glad we would dance
And whenever we felt drowsy we would doze

It was so easy then never takin' any stands
It was so easy then, holdin' hands

I remember a time when our fears could be named
And courage meant not refusing dares
I remember when we took such cares to step never on the cracks,
No only on the squares
Or else we'd be abducted by the bears

It was so easy then never makin' any plans
It was so easy then, holdin' hands
It was so easy then never makin' any plans
It was so easy then, holdin' hands

And now we are grown, with debts and regrets
And broken hearts and sentimental schemes
Now every tender failure seems to overthrow old dreams
Love can lead a normal woman to extremes

It was so easy once, holdin' hands without a plan
It was so easy once holdin' hands
Just holdin' hands

Night Owl

length: 3:51
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
lead vocals: Carly Simon
bass: Klaus Voormann
background vocals: Bonnie Bramlett, Linda McCartney, Doris Troy and Paul McCartney
drums (drum set): Jim Keltner
piano: Nicky Hopkins
congas: Ray Cooper
electric guitar: Jimmy Ryan
tenor saxophone: Bobby Keys
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
A catfish he tends to groove on the water
It's just where he's bound to be
And a monkey kinds of flashes on fruits and bananas
So he lives in the top of a tree
But my eyes are made for darkness
And so the nighttime is right for me

Said I'm a night owl, honey
Sleep all day long

Now most folks they like the good day time
They like to see the shining sun
They're up in the morning
Off and running
'Till they're too tired for having fun
But when the sun goes down
And them bright light shine
My daytime has just begun

I'm a night owl, honey
Sleep all day long

Said turn off that bright light, baby
You're just about to drive me blind
Draw them curtains for me, mama
You watch and you'll see
How my love light shines

Now, there's two sides to this
Great big world
And one of them is always night
Hey, if you can take care of
Business in the sunshine, baby
I guess you're gonna be alright
But don't come looking for string bean
To lend you a hand
Because my eyes they can't stand the light

No, I'm a night owl, honey
Sleep all, sleep all day long
I said sleep all day long
I'm a night owl, honey

When You Close Your Eyes

length: 3:08
producer: Richard Perry
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
recording engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
strings arranger: Paul Buckmaster
synthesizer arranger: Paul Buckmaster
woodwind arranger: Paul Buckmaster
lead vocals: Carly Simon
acoustic guitar: Jimmy Ryan
bass: Jimmy Ryan
piano: Carly Simon
conductor: Paul Buckmaster
writer: Carly Simon, Billy Mernit
When you close your eyes do you see
White Lorelei, she's a dream
She's not half as magic as she seems
But she's so much fun to be with

When you close your eyes do you see
Places that you've never seen
Yet you've been there
You've been walking on the edges of a dream
And you're so much fun to be with

Big surprise, you've been informed you're not asleep
Hard as you try you were never really meant to weep

When you close your door with a sign
Do not disturd, are you disturbed to find
That it's just as magic as it feels
And you're so much fun to be with