AL BASILE: WORDS & MUSIc
RED BREATH - LYRICS

Are You My Love?
(Richard Rodgers and Lorentz Hart)
 
 
This Could Be the Year
  (Al Basile)

The pitchers and the catchers
went south a week ago
and spring is going to come again
forget about the snow
the first pitch will be thrown out
the game will get in gear
this could be the year

All the true believers
have waited for so long
they've managed to stay faithful
as hopes have come and gone
they hang on to a vision
the dream is ever clear
this could be the year

     Winners and losers
     overs and friends
     there's a brand new beginning
     if you stay past the end

There's better teams on paper
but that's not where it's played
and anything can happen
once a new start has been made
every record's even
and the moment's finally here
this could be the year

The odds might be against us
we've tried and failed before
we've come as close as you can come
and still been shown the door
when you've been just a strike away
there's nothing left to fear
this could be the year



Although this refers specifically to being a Red Sox fan, it's designed to evoke other connections to hope and loss in our lives. The plunger sounded particularly good in my basement while I was recording this.



 Could It Be You?

(Al Basile)

Who is waiting, just for me to come along?
Who is listening, just to hear my distant song?
Who is patient, who is true?
Who could it be - could it be you?

Who is watching, just to see me glance her way?
Who is hoping that her life might change today?
Who is out there, alone in the blue?
Who could it be - could it be you?

     For every legend a hero
     for every lock a key
     could your partner for this dance by chance be me?

Who is ready to drop those chains around her heart?
Who is willing to let me be her counterpart?
Who is able to start anew?
Who could it be - could it be you?



You Took Me By Surprise
(Vernon Duke and John LaTouche)

 
I Didn't Know About You

(Duke Ellington/Bob Russell)


I went around with the same little crowd
the usual laughs, not often, but loud
and in the world that I knew
I didn't know about you

Chasing after the ring on a merry go round
just taking my fun where it could be found
but then what else could I do?
I didn't know about you

     Darling, now I know
     I had the loneliest yesterdays, every day
     in your arms I find for once in my life
     I'm living

Had a good time every time I went out
romance was a thing that I kidded about
what could I know about love,
when I didn't know about you?
What could I know about love,
when I didn't know about you


Four Kisses

(Al Basile)


Facing the Winter Alone
 (Al Basile)


Facing the winter alone
I have to wonder how I'll feel
when February wheels its way around
I'm better off on my own
and if you hadn't left that day
I would have dropped you anyway
at least that's what I'll say from now on

     I could call that other girl
     she's got that face, and grace, and style
     how glad she'd be to hear from me
     guess I'd better put her off for a while

I'll spend my evenings at home
I'll sit out on the patio
and watch the yard fill up with snow
there's nothing left to do since you're gone

     I could call that other girl
     she's got that face, and grace, and style
     how glad she'd be to hear from me
     guess I'd better put her off for a while

I'll spend my evenings at home
I'll sit out on the patio
and watch the yard fill up with snow
there's no one else like you
that's all I want to know
there's nothing left to do since you're gone


  Love Moves On
(Al Basile)


In the night, lovers touch
lovers cling, lovers clutch
lovers need much too much,
and love moves on

In their dreams, lovers care
love is sure, love is fair
then they wake, it's not there
and love moves on

     You get tired of tough breaks
     you get sick of the same mistakes
     you get used by fools and fakes
     you get cruel and cold   

     Start to think you're a hot shot
     only want the ones you haven't got
     make believe it's real when it's not
     you get old

          But love isn't listening to what you say
          it lasts for a life, or a year, or a day
          you don't get to tell love what to do
          it tells you

All their lives, lovers wait
trust to luck, trust to fate
then love comes, but too late
and love moves on

Heart and soul, lovers try
watch love grow, see it die
don't ask them where their love has gone
nobody knows why love moves on

Nobody knows why love moves on
nobody, nobody knows why love moves on
nobody, nobody, nobody... nobody...


 No More Sad Songs
(Al Basile)


I used to wallow in despair - it never got me anywhere
but it seemed like the thing to do
I would meander through the day, my mood would fade from black to grey
while I thought of all I went through
     Maybe it was me, maybe it was you
     maybe it was just that the time was right -
     but whatever were the reasons, my seasons turned overnight

No more sad songs, I've put them away
those "I've been had" songs can wait for a rainy day
those tunes that moon and groan, I've thrown them out the door
I'm singing sad songs no more

No more blue days. they're all in the past
I'm in a new phase, and I'm gonna make it last
those tunes that moan and whine, I find are not for me
no more sad songs you see

     What's the use of anticipating, waiting for things to go wrong?
     Life's tough enough as it is - why let it ruin your song?

That frustration, it's all in the past
I'm on vacation, and I'm gonna make it last
not gonna make the same mistake I made before
I'm singing sad songs no more

I'm singing sad songs,
those things-are-bound-to-go-bad songs
I'm singing sad songs no more


  Stray Thoughts
(Al Basile)


  B.D.
 (Al Basile)


  Love Turned the Light Out
(Vernon Duke and John LaTouche)


  Born To Swing

(Al Basile)


Now we can play a number based on a rhumba
that'll really get you on the floor
or a rock and roll beat that'll move your feet
and leave you yelling out for more
or get you in trouble, lost in a shuffle
shouting the blues out loud
or a swampland stomp going bompity bomp
will make you lose your mind in the crowd

But I got a rhythm in my heart and soul
that I can play all night and day
it takes educated feet to dance to this beat
but I'm gonna play it anyway -
cause baby, I was born to swing
you better get ready, cause I was born to swing

Down in N'Orleans town they can really get around
a rhythm with a Spanish tinge
and on a New York street a straight backbeat
will put the people in a state of sin
the Chicago scene can be lean and mean
and the Texas sound is tough
while the Southern soul out of Muscle Shoals
will surely make you strut your stuff

But Kansas City's sweet with a Basie beat
that I can play all day and night
long as I can score that good straight four
I know I'm gonna be all right -
cause baby, I was born to swing
you better get ready, cause I was born to swing

 


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