JT Album

Artist(s): James Taylor

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Tracklist

Your Smiling Face

length: 2:46
producer: Peter Asher
conductor: David Campbell
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
strings arranger: David Campbell
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor

Whenever I see your smiling face,
I have to smile myself
Because I love you, yes, I do.
And when you give me that pretty little pout,
It turns me inside out.
There's something about you, baby,
I don't know.

Isn't it amazing a man like me
Can feel this way,
Tell me how much longer,
It could grow stronger every day.
Oh, how much longer?

I thought I was in love a couple of times
Before with the girl next door,
But that was long before I met you,
Now I'm sure that I won't forget you.
And I thank my lucky stars
That you are who you are,
And not just another lovely lady
Set out to break my heart.

Isn't it amazing a man like me
Can feel this way,
Tell me how much longer,
It could grow stronger every day.

No one can tell me that I'm doing wrong today, whenever I see you smile at me.
No one can tell me that I'm doing wrong today
Whenever I see your smiling face my way.
No one can tell me that I'm doing it wrong today.
No one can tell me that I'm doing it wrong today.

There We Are

length: 3:01
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
viola: David Campbell
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
steel guitar: Dan Dugmore
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Listen to me and I’ll sing you a song
And the time will go by
’til you never know where it’s gone
Talk to me and I’ll tell you my life story
Walk with me and I’ll tell you my dreams of glory

There we are
Walking hand in hand
Somewhere on the sand
At the end of the land
And the edge of the shining sea

Drifting through time and space
On the face of a little blue ball
Falling around the sun
One in a million, billion, twinkling lights
Shining out for no one
In the middle of the night

Here we are
Sparks in the darkness
Speaking of our love
Burning down forever and forever

Oh I don’t know if I told you
But you hold my heart in your hand
And I found out something about you
Baby, without you
I’m a lonely man

So though I never say that I love you
I love you
Darling I do
Carly, I do love you
And though we are as nothing
To the stars that shine above
You are my universe
You are my love

Here we are
Like children forever
Taking care of one another
While the world goes on without us
All around us

Honey Don’t Leave L.A.

length: 3:06
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
saxophone: David Sanborn
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
cowbell: Peter Asher
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: Danny Kortchmar
lyricist: Danny Kortchmar
That limousine in which you made the scene suits you to a 'T'
If all you want to be is somebody that don't never walk.
That big chateau where you want to go in the south of France,
Gonna end our big romance. Don't you do it.

Honey, don't leave L. A., that Riviera is so far away.
Begging you s'il vous plait, they don't know nothing down in St. Tropez.
Baby don't leave L. A.

I heard it said that you had it made with you movie star, but, oh, how right you are.
If that's really 'bout the best you can do,
You moved my soul so I played the role of your back door man.
Yes and now I can't really complain cause I love you.

Honey, don't leave L. A., that Riviera is so far away.
Begging you sil vous plait, they don't know nothing down in St. Tropez.
Baby don't leave L. A.

Another Grey Morning

length: 2:45
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
When I feel as though my love is sinking down
The sun doesn’t want to shine
When it feels like she won’t face another day
Life is unkind
She’s frozen in time

And here comes another grey morning
A not so good morning after all
She says "well, what am I to do today
With too much time and so much sorrow"

She hears the baby waking up downstairs
She hears the foghorn calling out across the sound
Repetition in the morning air
Is just too much to bear
And no one seems to care
If another day goes creeping by
Empty and ashamed
Like an old unwanted memory
That no one will claim
The clouds with their heads on the ground
She’s gonna have to come down

She said "move me, move me
I’m locked up inside"
Well, I didn’t understand her
Though God knows I tried
She said "make me angry
But just make me cry
But no more grey morning
I think I’d rather die"

Bartender’s Blues

length: 4:12
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
vocal: Linda Ronstadt
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
steel guitar: Dan Dugmore
strings arranger: David Campbell
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Now I'm just a bartender
And I don't like my work
But I don't mind the money at all
I see lots of sad faces
And lots of bad cases
Of folks with their backs to the wall

Chorus:
But I need four walls around me to hold my life
To keep me from going a-stray
And a honky-tonk angel to hold me tight
To keep me from slipping away

I can light up your smokes
I can laugh at your jokes
I can watch you fall down on your knees
I can close down this bar
I can gas up my car
I can pack up and mail in my key

Chorus:

Now, the smoke fills the air
In this honky-tonk bar
And I'm thinking 'bout where I'd rather be
But I burned all my bridges
I sank all my ships
And I'm stranded at the edge of the sea

Chorus:

Secret o’ Life

length: 3:35
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time
Any fool can do it
There ain't nothing to it
Nobody knows how we got to
The top of the hill
But since we're on our way down
We might as well enjoy the ride

The secret of love is in opening up your heart
It's okay to feel afraid
But don't let that stand in your way
'Cause anyone knows that love is the only road
And since we're only here for a while
Might as well show some style
Give us a smile

Isn't it a lovely ride
Sliding down
Gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It's just a lovely ride

Now the thing about time is that time
Isn't really real
It's just your point of view
How does it feel for you
Einstein said he could never understand it all
Planets spinning through space
The smile upon your face
Welcome to the human race

Some kind of lovely ride
I'll be sliding down
I'll be gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It's just a lovely ride

Isn't it a lovely ride
Sliding down
Gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It's just a lovely ride

Now the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time

Handy Man

length: 3:18
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: Leah Kunkel and James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
cabasa & tambourine: Peter Asher
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
writer: Otis Blackwell, Jimmy Jones
Hey girls, gather round
Because of what I'm puttin' down
Oh, baby, I'm your handy man
I'm not the kind that uses pencil or rule
I'm handy with the love and I'm no fool
I fix broken hearts, I know I really can

If your broken heart needs repair
I'm the man to see. I whisper sweet things
You tell all your friends, and they'll come running to me
Here is the main thing I want to say
I'm busy twenty four hours a day
I fix broken hearts, I know I really can

Hey girls, gather round
Because of what I'm puttin' down
Oh, baby, I'm your handy man
I'm not the kind that uses pencil or rule
I'm handy with the love and I'm no fool
I fix broken hearts, I know I really can

If your broken heart needs repair
I'm the man to see. I whisper sweet things
You tell all your friends, and they'll come running to me
Here is the main thing I want to say
I'm busy twenty four hours a day

I Was Only Telling a Lie

length: 3:25
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Got a lovely view
Classic shot of the parking lot
An off ramp of route 72

Half flat six pack of lukewarm beer
So lay down by my side
Like to whisper sweet nothings in my filthy ear
'Til I'm satisfied

Baby-bootie, juicy-fruity, truck-stop cutie, roadside-beauty
I'm in love with you
Hope it don't last too long

You got the mackerel eyes
Brought the side of fries
You got me hypnotized
I'm in love again

Now baby when I told you that
I love you
I was only telling a lie
I'll be long gone come the crack of dawn
And I believe the word is
Good-bye, bye baby, bye, bye

I was only telling a lie
There ain't no need to act like I
Shot your dog, no
I was only telling a lie
Lie, lie, lie, lie...



Looking for Love on Broadway

length: 2:22
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
wood block & castanets: Russ Kunkel and Peter Asher
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Need a reason to be here
Hoping to find it tonight
Walking alone on broadway
Watching the people
Watching the town go down
Broadway’s a river to me
Fat fish in the big city sea
Taxi cabs, limousines, submarines

Got my mind on a sweet dream
Keeping an eye on this street scene
’cause I’m open for love
In the middle of town tonight
Had my fill of self-pity
I brought all my blues to the city
Guess I’m pressing my lucky
In the middle of town tonight
See me waiting on you to smile back on me
Child

It looks like tomorrow
It seems like the end of a dream
Dawning on me on broadway
In the morning light it’s a dream
And I’m just a fool
Looking for love on broadway

Terra Nova

length: 4:33
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
vocal: Carly Simon
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
handclaps & tambourine: Russ Kunkel and Peter Asher
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
writer: James Taylor, Carly Simon
Oh end this day show me the ocean
When shall I see the sea

May this day set me in emotion
I ought to be on my way

We were there
We were sailing on the terra nova
Sailing for the setting sun
Sailing for the new horizon

May this day show me an ocean
I ought to be on my way

Ought to be on my way right now
Stepping on the boat
With a lump in my throat
On my way right now

I got a letter from a dear friend of mine
The story of a spiritual awakening
She spoke of her love
Returning in kind
She let me know that
She’d be waiting

And I should be on my way by now
Walking across the floor
Reaching for the door
On my way by now

But here I sit country fool that I am
My elbow on my knee
And my chin in my hand
My mind in the gutter
And my eye on the street
Holed up in a cave of concrete

And I ought to be on my way right now
Packing my things
While the telephone rings
On my way right now

I miss my lovely mother
And I love my lonely father
I know I owe my brothers
One thing and another
I hear my sister singing

And I ought to be on my way right now
Moving across the land
With my heart in my hand
On my way by now
Ought to be on my way by now

Oh end this day set me in motion
Ought to be on my way

Out of the west of lambert’s cove
There’s a sail out in the sun
And I’m on board though very small
I’ve come home to stop yearning

Burn off the haze around the shore
Turn off the crazy way I feel
I’ll stay away from you no more
I’ve come home to stop yearning

Traffic Jam

length: 1:59
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
(chorus)
Damn this traffic jam
How I hate to be late
It hurts my motor to go so slow
Damn this traffic jam
Time I get home my supper’ll be cold
Damn this traffic jam

Well I left my job about 5 o’clock
It took fifteen minutes go three blocks
Just in time to stand in line
With a freeway looking like a parking lot

- chorus -

Now I almost had a heart attack
Looking in my rear view mirror
I saw myself the next car back
Looking in the rear view mirror
’bout to have a heart attack
I said

- chorus -

Now when I die I don’t want no coffin
I thought about it all too often
Just strap me in behind the wheel
And bury me with my automobile

- chorus -

Damn...

Now I used to think that I was cool
Running around on fossil fuel
Until I saw what I was doing
Was driving down the road to ruin

If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight

length: 2:56
producer: Peter Asher
lead vocals: James Taylor
mixer: Val Garay
recording engineer: Val Garay
background vocals: James Taylor
keyboard: Clarence McDonald
acoustic guitar: James Taylor
percussion: Russ Kunkel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
If I keep on talking now
I’ll only start repeating myself
And all I can say is
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you

If I slip and tip my hand
I’m certain to scare you away
Then what would I say
I’d be hurting I’m certain
I’d be uncool to let you know that you’re the one
The fool who jumped the gun

’cause I’ve been advised by other guys
You’ve left behind
Your goodbyes are somewhat unrefined
But if I play my role just right
Tonight could be my lucky night
And you could be mine

If I present it to you
With a flower in the moonlight
Shiny and new
Well, you couldn’t say no tonight
If I keep my heart out of sight

If I play my role just right
Then tonight could be my lucky night
And you could be mine

If I present it to you
With a flower in the moonlight
Oh, shiny and new
Well, you couldn’t say no tonight
If I keep my heart out of sight