Sweet Baby James Album

Artist(s): James Taylor

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Tracklist

Sweet Baby James

length: 2:53
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
piano: Carole King
violin: Chris Darrow
bass: Bobby West, Randy Meisner and John London
guitar: Danny Kortchmar, Red Rhodes and James Taylor
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor

There is a young cowboy, he lives on the range,
His horse and his cattle are his only companions.
He works in the saddle and sleeps in the canyons,
Waiting for summer, his pastures to change.
And as the moon rises he sits by his fire,
Thinking about women and glasses of beer,
And closing his eyes as the doggies retire.
He sings out a song which is soft but it's clear,
As if maybe someone could hear.
He says

Goodnight you moonlight ladies,
Rockabye sweet baby James.
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose,
Won't you let me go down in my dreams,
And rockabye sweet baby James.

The first of December was covered with snow
So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go.

There's a song that they sing when they take to the highway,
A song that they sing when they take to the sea,
A song that they sing of their home in the sky,
Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep,
But singing works just fine for me.

Goodnight you moonlight ladies,
Rockabye sweet baby James.
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose,
Won't you let me go down in my dreams,
And rockabye sweet baby James.

Lo and Behold

length: 2:37
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
piano: Carole King
guitar: Red Rhodes, James Taylor and Danny Kortchmar
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Bobby West, Randy Meisner and John London
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Lonely by day, empty and cold,
Only to say lo and behold.
Deep in the night, down in my dreams,
Glorious sight this soul has seen.

There's a well on the hill,
You just can't kill for Jesus,
There's a well on the hill, let it be.
Don't build no heathen temples
Where the Lord has done laid his hand, now,
There's a well on the hill, let it be

Everyone's talking 'bout the gospel story,
Some shall sink and some shall rise.
Everyone's talking 'bout the train to glory.
Long, long time till it gets here to you, baby.

There's a well on the hill,
You just can't kill for Jesus,
There's a well on the hill, let it be.
Don't build no heathen temples
Where the Lord has done laid his hand, now,
There's a well on the hill, let it be

Sunny Skies

length: 2:22
producer: Peter Asher
piano: Carole King
engineer: Bill Lazerus
guitar: James Taylor, Danny Kortchmar and Red Rhodes
bass guitar: John London, Randy Meisner and Bobby West
lead vocals: James Taylor
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Sunny Skies sleeps in the morning
He doesn't know when to rise
He closes his weary eyes upon the day
Look at him yawning
Throwing his morning hours away
He knows how to ease down slowly
Everything is fine in the end
And you will be pleased to know
That Sunny Skies hasn't a friend

Sunny Skies weeps in the evening
It doesn't much matter why
I guess he just has to cry from time to time
Everyone's leaving
And Sunny Skies has to stay behind

Still he knows how to ease down slow
Everything is fine in the end
And you will be pleased to know
That Sunny Skies hasn't a friend

Sunny skies sleeps in the morning
He doesn't know when to rise
He closes his weary eyes upon the day
And throws it all away

Looking at the snow and trees that grow
Outside my window
Looking at the things that passed me by
Wondering if where I've been is worth
The things I've been through
Ending with a friend named Sunny Skies

Steamroller

length: 2:58
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Well, I'm a steamroller, baby
I'm bound to roll all over you
Yes, I'm a steamroller now, baby
I'm bound to roll all over you
I'm gonna inject your soul with some sweet rock 'n roll
And shoot you full of rhythm and blues

Well, I'm a cement mixer
A churning urn of burning funk
Yes, I'm a cement mixer for you, baby
A churning urn of burning funk
Well, I'm a demolition derby (yeah)
A hefty hunk of steaming junk

Now, I'm a napalm bomb, baby
Just guaranteed to blow your mind
Yeah, I'm a napalm bomb for you, baby
Oh, guaranteed, just guaranteed to blow your mind
And if I can't have your love for my own (now)
Sweet child, won't be nothing left behind
It seems how lately, baby
Got a bad case steamroller blues

Country Road

length: 3:24
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Take to the highway won't you lend me your name
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same

Mamma don't understand it
She wants to know where I've been
I'd have to be some kind of natural born fool
To want to pass that way again
But I could feel it
On a country road

Sail on home to Jesus won't you good girls and boys
I'm all in pieces, you can have your own choice
But I can hear a heavenly band full of angels
And they're coming to set me free
I don't know nothing 'bout the why or when
But I can tell that it's bound to be
Because I could feel it, child, yeah
On a country road

I guess my feet know where they want me to go
Walking on a country road

Take to the highway won't you lend me your name
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same, child
Mamma don't understand it
She wants to know where I've been
I'd have to be some kind of natural born fool
To want to pass that way again
But I could feel it
On a country road

Walk on down, walk on down, walk on down
Walk on down, walk on down a country road
Country road
Walking on a country road

Oh, Susannah

length: 2:02
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
composer: Stephen Foster
lyricist: Stephen Foster
Well I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee,
And I'm bound for Louisiana, my own true love for to see.
It did rain all night the day I left, the weather was bone dry.
The sun was so hot I froze myself, Suzanne, don't you go on and cry.
I said, oh, Susannah, now, don't you cry for me,
As I come from Alabama with this banjo on my knee.

Well I had myself a dream the other night when everything was still,
I dreamed that I saw my girl Suzanne, she was coming around the hill.
Now, the buckwheat cake was in her mouth, a tear was in her eye.
I said, that I come from Dixie land, Suzanne, don't you break down and cry.
I said, oh, Susannah, now, don't you cry for me,
As I come from Alabama with this banjo on my knee.

Fire and Rain

length: 3:23
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Susanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to

I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought they never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Won't you look down upon me, jesus
You've got to help me make a stand
You've just got to see me through another day
My body's aching and my time is at hand
And I won't make it any other way

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought they never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again

Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around
Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things
To come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought they never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you, baby, one more time again, now

Thought I'd see you one more time again
There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now

Blossom

length: 2:14
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Blossom, smile some sunshine down my way
Lately, I've been lonesome
Blossom, it's been much too long a day
Seems my dreams have frozen
Melt my cares away
Send the sunshine down my way whenever you call my name
I know what you mean to say to me, girl, it's all the same
Blossom, there's any empty road behind
Sit you down beside me
Blossom, there's a sweet dream on my mind
There's a song inside me
Take these chains away
Now, send the sunshine down my way
Whenever you call my name
I know what you mean to say to me, girl, it's all the same
Blossom, smile some sunshine down my way
Lately, I've been lonesome
Blossom, it's been much too long a day
Seems my dreams have frozen
Melt my cares away

Anywhere Like Heaven

length: 3:28
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
When I walk along your city streets and look into your eyes,
When I see that simple sadness that upon your features lies.
If my spirit starts to sink, it comes as no surprise,
It's been a long way from anywhere like heaven to your town, this town.

There's a pasture in the countryside I used to call my own.
There's a natural pillow for my head, the grass there's overgrown, yes and no.
I think of that place from time to time when I want to be alone,
It's been a long way from anywhere like heaven to your town, this town.

Now, people live from day to day, but they do not count the time.
They don't see the days slipping by and neither do I.

Now, people, they live from day to day, but they do not count the time, no.
They don't see their days slipping by and neither do I.

When I walk along your city streets and look into your eyes,
When I see that simple sadness that upon your features lies, I see lines.
If my spirit starts to sink, it comes as no surprise,
It's been a long way from anywhere like heaven to your town, this town.

Oh Baby, Don’t You Loose Your Lip on Me

length: 1:50
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor

[Verse]
Oh, baby
Don't you loose your lip on me No, no no
Lord, have mercy, baby, now
Don't you loose your lip on poor old loving man JT, wooo
Now, I've tried so hard to be your good boy
Good God almighty, don't you know, mama
Tell me what more, what more
In this world in this whole wide world can one good boy
Just one by himself man be, no, woooo

Suite for 20 G

length: 4:42
producer: Peter Asher
engineer: Bill Lazerus
lead vocals: James Taylor
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor
Slipping away what can I say
Won`t you stay inside me month of May
And hold on to me golden day, slipping away

Sunshine on my wall
To keep my mind on the things I`m saying
Footsteps in the hall
To tell me I`ve been this way before, nevermore

Let it rain sweet Mary Jane
Let it wash your love down all around me
Come inside and put it down
Let it rain

I`ve been trying hard to find a way to let you know
That we can make it shine most all the time
This time `round I`m searching down to where I used to go
And it`s been on my mind to make it shine

You can say I want to be free
I can say someday I will be

You can say I want to be free
I can say someday I will be

When I catch a common cold
want to hear a saxophone
When I let the good times roll, baby
Slide me a bass trombone

Walk me down old Funky Street
Lord knows I feel good enough to eat (now)
Hold my soul. Now, I`m sure enough fond of my rock `n roll

When I go to sleep at night
want to hear a slide guitar
When I`m feeling loose and right
Riding in my automobile
Boney Maroney and Peggy Sue
Got the rocking pneumonia, got the boogey-woogey flu
Baby, hold my soul. Said, I`m sure enough fond of my rock `n roll
Good God