Who Sang Long as You're Living? Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln Abbey Is Blue cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1987
length: 2:34
producer: Orrin Keepnews
engineer: Jack Higgins
vocal: Abbey Lincoln
double bass: Bob Boswell
trumpet: Tommy Turrentine
tenor saxophone: Stanley Turrentine
trombone: Julian Priester
drums (drum set): Max Roach
composer: Oscar Brown Jr., Julian Priester, Tommy Turrentine
(I)
forgive me if i seem to preach - but there is something that i want to say
a message that i hope will reach - people who are throwing life away
i call it my philosophy - that is why i pass it on to you
because it works so well for me - it helps me get away from strife
i hope you listen carefully - they say the truth will make you free
and that's the way you want to be - 'cause brother this is your life
(ii)
long as you're livin' - always remember
time is for spendin' - but there's an ending
while you are sleepin' - lifetime is creepin'
wake up and taste it - foolish to waste it
sample and savor - all of it's flavor
long as you're livin'......
(iii)
long as you're livin' - always remember
folks who are lazy - are playing crazy
better keep movin' - keep on improvin'
you won't be hurried - after you're buried
live every minute - put yourself in it
long as you're livin'.......
(iv)
long as you're livin' - always remember
you'll never beat life - don't try to cheat life
all in are brothers - do unto others
love's for enjoying -hate's for destroying
never forget it - or you'll regret it
long as your livin...
(v)
forgive me if i seem to preach - but there is something that i want to say
a message that i hope will reach - people who are throwing life away
i call it my philosophy - that is why i pass it on to you
because it works so well for me - it helps me get away from strife
i hope you listen carefully - they say the truth will make you free
and that's the way you want to be - 'cause brother this is your life

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Afro-Blue
  • 2 Lonely House
  • 3 Let Up
  • 4 Thursday's Child
  • 5 Brother, Where Are You?
  • 6 Laugh, Clown, Laugh
  • 7 Come Sunday
  • 8 Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
  • 9 Lost in the Stars
  • 10 Long as You're Living