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Jesus to a Child

length: 6:52
producer: George Michael
vocal: George Michael
performer: George Michael
engineer: Chris Porter
arranger: George Michael
acoustic guitar: Hugh Burns
programming: Pete Gleadall and Dave Clayton
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael

Kindness
In your eyes
I guess
You heard me cry
You smiled at me
Like Jesus to a child

I'm blessed
I know
Heaven sent
And Heaven stole
You smiled at me
Like Jesus to a child

And what have I learned
From all this pain
I thought I'd never feel the same
About anyone
Or anything again

But now I know
When you find love
When you know that it exists
Then the lover that you miss
Will come to you on those cold, cold nights

When you've been loved
When you know it holds such bliss
Then the lover that you kissed
Will comfort you when there's no hope in sight

Sadness
In my eyes
No one guessed
Or no one tried
You smiled at me
Like Jesus to a child

Loveless and cold
With your last breath
You saved my soul
You smiled at me
Like Jesus to a child

And what have I learned
From all these tears
I've waited for you all those years
And just when it began
He took you away

But I still say
When you find love
When you know that it exists
Then the lover that you miss
Will come to you on those cold, cold nights

When you've been loved
When you know it holds such bliss
Then the lover that you kissed
Will comfort you when there's no hope in sight

So the words you could not say
I'll sing them for you
And the love we would have made
I'll make it for two

For every single memory
Has become a part of me
You will always be
My love

Well I've been loved
So I know just what love is
And the lover that I kissed
Is always by my side

Oh the lover I still miss
Was Jesus to a child

Fastlove

length: 5:26
producer: George Michael and Jon Douglas
engineer: Paul Gomersall and Ren Swan
arranger: George Michael
keyboard: Jon Douglas, George Michael and Dave Clews
saxophone: Andy Hamilton
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael
Gotta get up, get down
Ooh ooh, baby baby

Looking for some education
Made my way into the night
All that bullshit, conversation
Baby can't you read the signs?

I won't bore you with the details, baby
I don't even wannna waste your time
Let's just say that maybe
You could help to ease my mind
Baby, I ain't Mr. Right

But if you're looking for fast love
If that's love in your eyes, it's more than enough
Had some bad love
Some fast love, is all that I've got on my mind

(ooh ooh, baby baby)
Ooh, yeah yeah (ooh ooh, baby baby)
What's there to think about baby?
(ooh ooh, baby baby)
Hey baby, oh yeah (ooh ooh, baby baby)

Looking for some affirmation, made my way into the sun
My friends got their ladies, they're all having babies
But I just want to have some fun

I won't bore you with the detail baby
You gotta get there in your own sweet time
Let's just say that maybe, you could help
To ease my mind, baby, I ain't Mr. Right

But if you're looking for fast love
If that's love in your eyes, it's more than enough
Had some bad love
Some fast love, is all that I've got on my mind

So close I can taste it now baby, so close

In the absence of security, I made my way into the night
Stupid Cupid keeps on calling me
And I see lovin' in his eyes
I miss my baby, oh yeah, I miss my baby tonight
So why don't we make a little room
In my BMW, babe, searchin' for some peace of mind
Hey, I'll help you find it
I do believe that we are practicing the same religion

Oh you really oughta get up now, that's right
Oh you really oughta get up

Older

length: 5:34
producer: George Michael
trumpet: Steve Sidwell
performer: George Michael
engineer: Paul Gomersall
arranger: George Michael
keyboard: Chris Cameron
programming: Steve McNichol and George Michael
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael
I should have known
It seemed too easy
You were there
And I was breathing blue

Strange
Don't you think I'm looking older?
But something good has happened to me
Change is a stranger
You have yet to know

Well you're out of time
I'm letting go
You'll be fine
Well that much I know
You're out of time
I'm letting go
I'm not the man you want

I should have known
It seemed so easy
You were there
I thought I needed you

Strange
Don't you think I'm looking older?
But something good has happened to me
Change is a strange
Who never seems to show

Well you're out of time
I'm letting go
You'll be fine
(or maybe you won't)
You're out of time
I'm letting go

I'm not the man that you want

I never should hove looked back in your direction
I know that
Just the same old fights again, baby
These are wasted days without affection
I'm not that foolish anymore

Spinning the Wheel

length: 6:22
producer: Jon Douglas and George Michael
trumpet: John Thirkell
engineer: Paul Gomersall and Ren Swan
arranger: Jon Douglas and George Michael
guitar: Alan Ross
keyboard: Dave Clews, Jon Douglas and George Michael
programming: George Michael and Steve McNichol
saxophone: Phil Smith and Snake Davis
trombone: Fayyaz Virji
flugelhorn: Stuart Brooks
writer: Jon Douglas, George Michael
Five o'clock in the morning
You ain't home
I can't help thinking that's strange
Baby I just want you to know
I won't go through it again
Yes, those clouds are closing in

And I will not accept this as a part of my life
I will not live in fear
Of what may be
And the lessons I have learned
I would rather be alone than watch you
Spinning that wheel for me

You've got a thing about danger
Ain't you getting what you want from me
You've got a thing about strangers
Baby that's what we used to be
You've got a thing about danger baby
I guess the hungry just can't see
One of these days
You're gonna bring some home to me

Six o'clock in the morning
You ain't home
I can't help thinking that's strange
It seems that everybody takes their chances
These days
Oh yeah we're standing in the rain

And I will not accept this as part of my life

How can you love me
When you are playing with my life
You say give me time and I'll do better I swear
Give me time and I'll lead you back to despair
And I don't want to go back there

It Doesn’t Really Matter

length: 4:51
producer: George Michael
performer: George Michael
engineer: Paul Gomersall
arranger: George Michael
programming: Steve McNichol and George Michael
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael
It doesn't really matter that I loved you
How many reasons call
It doesn't really matter at all
It doesn't really matter that I failed to
Break down your father's wall
It doesn't really matter at all

Why tell me you don't understand when you do
I thought I had something to say

But it doesn't really matter at all...
I changed my name to be rid of the things that I want from you
It's strange but the name is a name and the truth is a truth

Oh, there is always, always someone there to remind me
So I learn to live with shame
I tell myself I feel no pain
But I do and if I have to tell you

Then it doesn't really matter at all...
And it's no good looking back
Because time is a thief and I believe that I'm too old for that
We're just saying the things that we have said forever

It doesn't really matter that I loved you
How many reasons fall
It's too bad
It really doesn't matter at all

The Strangest Thing

length: 6:02
producer: George Michael
performer: George Michael
engineer: Chris Porter
arranger: George Michael
programming: Pete Gleadall
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael
Take my life
Time has been twisting the knife
I don't recognize
People I care for

Take my dreams
Childish and weak at the seams
Please don't analyze
Please just be there for me

The things that I know
Nobody told me
The seeds that are sown
They still control me
There's a liar in my head
There's a thief upon my bed
And the strangest thing
Is I cannot seem to get my eyes open

Take my hand
Lead me to some peaceful land
That I cannot find
Inside my head

Wake me with love
It's all I need
But in all this time
Still no one said

If I had not asked
Would you have told me
If you call this love
Why don't you hold me

There's a liar in my head
There's a thief upon my bed
And the strangest thing
Is I cannot seem to get my eyes open

Give me something I can hold
Give me something to believe in
I am frightened for my soul, please, please
Make love to me, send love through me
Heal me with your crime
The only one who ever knew me,
We've wasted so much time
So much time

To Be Forgiven

length: 5:22
producer: George Michael
performer: George Michael
engineer: Paul Gomersall and Charlie Brocco
arranger: George Michael
guitar: Danny Jacobs
programming: Pete Gleadall
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael
I'm going down
Won't you help me
Save me from myself
I hear the sound of the memory
Maybe time will tell

Suddenly my life is like a river
Taking me places I don't want to go
But like all good men who swim too well
It takes all that I have just to cry for help
Then that voice in my head tells me no

I'm going down
Won't you help me
Save me from myself
I hear the sound of the memory
Maybe, who can tell ?

Let me live my life beside the river
Take me to places where a child can grow
And then maybe the boy inside will forsake me
Maybe the child in me will just let me go

I'm going down
The cold, cold water is rushing in
I'm going down
And I would beg to be forgiven

If I knew my sin

Move On

length: 4:46
producer: George Michael
performer: George Michael
engineer: Paul Gomersall
arranger: George Michael
programming: Steve McNichol and George Michael
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael
I've been in and out of favor with lady luck
I gotta tell you
I've seen things I never wanted to see
I've got to get back on my feet
I feel like I've been sleeping
Sweet, sweet time
Has been a real good friend of mine

Waiting for that change of season
Oh the winter's been so long
Searching for that rhyme or reason
You've just got to

[Chorus]
Move on
Hold it together, move on
Life's so short, move on
Only time will set you free
You put your tears behind you
Better get yourself where you want to be
I think of all the days and nights I spent crying
And I move on

I've been in and out of favor with love
Because I gotta tell you
I've been things I never wanted to be
And then some angel called me up
He told me I was sleeping
Said "don't waste time 'cause even angels say goodbye"

Waiting for that change of season
Oh the winter's been so long
Searching for that rhyme or reason
You've just got to

[Chorus]

And oh, there goes another season
Getting hard to find a decent sonng to play
But oh, I guess I got my reasons
Everybody thinks I'm doing a.o.k
They ought to know by now

[Chorus]

I'm gonna be luck in love someday

Star People

length: 5:17
producer: George Michael
performer: George Michael
engineer: Paul Gomersall and Chris Porter
arranger: George Michael
Rhodes piano: Chris Cameron
programming: Steve McNichol and George Michael
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael
Star people
Counting your money till you soul turns green
Star people
Counting the cost of your desire to be seen

I do not count myself among you
I may be living in a dream
It's just seem to many of you
Can't help but hope
There's a difference between, you and me

You're a star
(I'm talking to you)
You're a star

Maybe your mama gave you up boy
(It's the same old same old)
Maybe your daddy didn't love you enough girl

Star people
Never forget your secret safe with me
Just look at all wonderful people
Trying to forget they had to pay for what you see

It's a dream
With a nightmare stuck in the middle
But where would you be
Without all of that attention
You'd die
I'd die
We'd die wouldn't we
(Well wouldn't we)

Big, big star
Should go far

Talk about your mother
Talk about your father
Talk about the people
Who have made you what you are
Talk about your teacher
The bully boy who beat you
Talk about the people who have paid
For that new sports car

Did you get off on a bad foot, baby
Do you have a little tale to tell
Is that why you're a star?
Is that what makes a star?
Nothing comes for nothing, baby
That fame and fortune's heaven sent
And who gives a **** about your problems, darling
When you can pay the rent

How much is enough?

You Have Been Loved

length: 5:29
producer: George Michael
vocal: George Michael
engineer: Paul Gomersall
arranger: George Michael
guitar family: John Themis
keyboard: Chris Cameron and David Austin
programming: Pete Gleadall
drums (drum set): George Michael
bass guitar: George Michael
writer: David Austin, George Michael
She takes the back road and the lane
Past the school that has not changed
In all this time
She thinks of when the boy was young
All the battles she had won
Just to give him life

That man
She loved that man
For all his life
But now we meet to take him flowers
And only god knows why

For what's the use in pressing palms
When children fade in mother's arms
It's a cruel world
We've so much to lose
And what we have to learn, we rarely choose

So if it's god who took her son
He cannot be the one living in her mind

Take care my love, she said
Don't think that god is dead
Take care my love, she said

You have been loved

If I was weak, forgive me
But I was terrified
You brushed my eyes with angels wings, full of love
The kind that makes devils cry

So these days
My life has changed
And I'll be fine
But she just sits and counts the hours
Searching for her crime

For what's the use in pressing palms
If you won't keep such love from harm
It's a cruel world
You've so much to prove

And heaven help the ones who wait for you

Well I've no daughters, I've no sons
Guess I'm the only one
Living in my life

Take care my love, he said
Don't think that God is dead
Take care my love, he said

You have been loved

Free

length: 3:01
producer: George Michael
performer: George Michael
engineer: Paul Gomersall
arranger: George Michael
programming: Steve McNichol and George Michael
strings: Chris Cameron
composer: George Michael
lyricist: George Michael
Freedom '90
George Michael

I won't let you down
I will not give you up
Gotta have some faith in the sound
It's the one good thing that I've got
I won't let you down
So please don't give me up
Because I would really, really love to stick around

Heaven knows I was just a young boy
Didn't know what I wanted to be
I was every little hungry schoolgirl's pride and joy
And I guess it was enough for me
To win the race? A prettier face!
Brand new clothes and a big fat place
On your rock and roll TV
But today the way I play the game is not the same
No way
Think I'm gonna get me some happy

I think there's something you should know
I think it's time I told you so
There's something deep inside of me
There's someone else I've got to be
Take back your picture in a frame
Take back your singing in the rain
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

All we have to do now
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don't belong to you
And you don't belong to me
Freedom
You've gotta give for what you take
Freedom
You've gotta give for what you take

Heaven knows we sure had some fun boy
What a kick just a buddy and me
We had every big shot good-time band on the run boy
We were living in a fantasy
We won the race
Got out of the place
I went back home got a brand new face
For the boys on MTV
But today the way I play the game has got to change
Oh yeah
Now I'm gonna get myself happy

I think there's something you should know
I think it's time I stopped the show
There's something deep inside of me
There's someone I forgot to be
Take back your picture in a frame
Don't think that I'll be back again
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

All we have to do now
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don't belong to you
And you don't belong to me
Freedom
You've gotta give for what you take
Freedom
You've gotta give for what you take

Well it looks like the road to heaven
But it feels like the road to hell
When I knew which side my bread was buttered
I took the knife as well
Posing for another picture
Everybody's got to sell
But when you shake your ***
They notice fast
And some mistakes were built to last

That's what you get

I say that's what you get

That's what you get for changing your mind

And after all this time
I just hope you understand
Sometimes the clothes
Do not make the man

I'll hold on to my freedom
May not be what you want from me
Just the way it's got to be
Lose the face now
I've got to live