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Michael Johnson - THEN & NOW Lyrics


Almost Like Being in Love
By Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe

What a night this has been
What a rare mood I'm in
Why it's almost like being in love

There's a smile on my face
For the whole human race
I could swear that I'm falling in love

And the music of life seems to be
Like a bell that is ringing for me

From the way that I feel
Can't believe this is real
And it's almost like being in love

And the music of life seems to be
Like a bell that is ringing for me

From the way that I feel
Can't believe this is real
And it's almost like being in love

What a night, what a rare mood

Falling in love
Like I'm falling in love



Happier Days
By Michael Johnson

Well I could sing you a song about the happier days
But the happier days ain't here
String you along in a million ways
Only the lies would be clear
You need something to believe in, right or wrong
You would sell your soul tomorrow for a song

Does it seem so very strange
That I can't feel like you
Or do you feel so only
That you cannot see me too

Mama, the man you see may not be
The man you saw in the boy of me
Mama's uptight when she sees me free
Well I may not be the man she sees
I need something, right or wrong
I would sell my soul tomorrow for a song

Nice to think you would give up the ship
And come a runnin' to me when I'm lonely

Sing you a song about the happier days
The happier days ain't here
String you along in a million ways
Only the lies would be clear
You need something to believe in, right or wrong
You would sell your soul tomorrow for a song

You need something to believe in, right or wrong
You would sell your soul tomorrow for a song



Whenever I Call You Friend
By Kenny Loggins and Melissa Manchester

Whenever I call you friend
I begin to think I understand
Anything we are, you and I have always been
Ever and ever

I see myself within your eyes
And that's all I need to show me why
Everything I do always takes me home to you
Ever and ever

Now I know my life has given me more than memories
Day by day, we can see
In every moment there's a reason to carry on

Sweet love's showin us a heavenly light
I've never seen such a beautiful sight
See love glowin on us every night
I know forever we'll be doin it right

Whenever I call you friend
I believe I've come to understand
Everywhere we are, you and I were meant to be
Ever and ever

I think about the times to come
Knowing I will be the lucky one
Ever our love will last
I always want to call you friend

Sweet love's showin us a heavenly light
I've never seen such a beautiful sight
See love glowin on us every night
I know forever we'll be doin it right



This Night Won't Last Forever
By Bill LaBounty & R. Freeland

Everybody likes a celebration
Happy music and conversation
But I'd be lying if I said I didn't have the blues

In the corner there's a couple dancing
From the kitchen I can hear her laughing
Oh I wish I was celebrating, too

(Chorus)
I know this night won't last forever
And I know the sun is gonna shine sometime
And I need some hope for a bright tomorrow
To show this heart is gonna mend just fine

So pardon me for my disposition
Wish I didn't have to sit and listen
She's playing the same old songs on the stereo

She's been lying since the day I met her
I'd be better off to just forget her
Oh I would rather be lonesome all alone

Chorus

Such a ridiculous situation
Pretending there's nothing wrong
She's coming on with the invitation
I wonder who is taking her home

Chorus



The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder
By Hugh Prestwood

She is fixed in his mind like the picture
He's kept in his wallet for years
And the image has never been tarnished
By the blood, sweat and tears
And to him it appears

That the moon is still over her shoulder
And the ribbon is still in her hair
And he can still see her dancing
And the music is still in the air

Sometimes he finds it's amazing
That all of his children are wed
When their mother, she is still turning eighteen
And turning his head
She still turns his head

And the moon is still over her shoulder
And the stars are still falling above
And she never gets one minute older
And he is still falling in love

And the moon is still over her shoulder
And the stars are still falling above
And she never gets one minute older
And he is still falling in love



That's That
By Hugh Prestwood


There's a quarter moon that's laying up on the ridge
And he's making up his mind to rise or to set
There's a lot of water flowing under this bridge
There's a voice inside me saying "Get your feet wet"

'Cause that's that, I can scream, I can shout
I can cry my eyes out but she's not coming back
And that's that, I can hope, I can pray
But she's still gone away
And she's not coming back and that's that

There's a weeping willow on the outskirts of town
Where I took a pocket knife and carved out our names
In the morning I am gonna cut that tree down
Gonna build a fire and watch us go up in flames

And that's that, I can scream, I can shout
I can tear my hair out but she's not coming back
And that's that, I can hope, I can pray
But she's still gone away
And she's not coming back and that's that

Ooh there's a lonesome whisper in the wind
Ooh don't you hate to see the season end
But then

That's that, I can scream, I can shout
I can cry my eyes out but she's not coming back
And that's that, I can hope, I can pray
But she's still gone away
And she's not coming back and that's that



Bluer Than Blue
By Randy Goodrum

After you go, I can catch up on my reading
After you go, I'll have a lot more time for sleeping
And when you're gone, looks like things are gonna be a lot easier
Life will be a breeze, you know
I really should be glad

But I'm bluer than blue, sadder than sad
You're the only light this empty room has ever had
Life without you is gonna be bluer than blue

After you go, I'll have a lot more room in my closet
After you go, I'll stay out all night long if I feel like it
And when you're gone, I can run through the house screaming
And no one will ever hear me
I really should be glad

But I'm bluer than blue, sadder than sad
You're the only light this empty room has ever had
And life without you is gonna be bluer than blue

I don't have to miss no TV show
I can start my whole life over
Change the numbers on my telephone
But the nights will sure be colder

And I'm bluer than blue, sadder than sad
You're the only light this empty room has ever had
And life without you is gonna be bluer than blue
Bluer than blue
Bluer than blue



Cryin' Shame
By Michael Johnson, Don Schlitz & Brent Maher

Baby said she's leaving and you know she didn't even tell me why, why, why
She really broke my heart when she loaded up the car and said goodbye, bye, bye
All alone in this blues cafe, wondering how we got this way

When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame

Baby said she's sorry and she never really meant to make me cry, cry, cry
She promised me forever but you know that she could never live a lie, lie, lie
All alone in this corner booth, wondering if I'll ever know the truth

When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame
When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame

When love takes the blame, only the tears remain
And no one's there to hear you call when you need them most of all

Baby said by morning that she'd probably be a thousand miles away, way, way
She asked me to forgive her but I said it didn't matter anyway, way, way
All alone with my head bowed down, wondering if she'll ever turn around

When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame
When love takes the blame, it's a crying shame



Give Me Wings
By Rhonda Fleming & Don Schlitz

He asked her, what gifts can I bring you
To prove that my love for you is true
I want to make you mine forever
There's nothing on this earth I would not do
She said, anything I've wanted
You have given willingly
So now there's only one more thing I need

If you love me, give me wings
And don't be afraid if I fly
A bird in a cage will forget how to sing
If you love me, give me wings

He walked over to the window
He silently stared into space
Then he said, well I just want to protect you
'Cause this world is a dangerous place
She put her arms around him
She said, I know you mean well
But there are lessons I must learn for myself

So if you love me, give me wings
And don't be afraid if I fly
A bird in a cage will forget how to sing
And you can trust me, so give me wings

She said, up above the clouds, you can see forever
And I know you and I can learn to fly together

If you love me, give me wings
Don't be afraid if I fly
A bird in a cage will forget how to sing
And you can trust me, so give me wings

If you really love me
Give me wings



I'll Always Love You
By Tom Snow & Eric Kaz

Standing by my window, listening for your call
Seems I really miss you after all
Time won't let me keep these sad thoughts to myself
I'd just like to let you know, I wish I'd never let you go

And I'll always love you
Deep inside this heart of mine
I do love you
And I'll always need you
And if you ever change your mind
I'll still, I will love you

I wish you'd never left me but love's a mystery
You can break a heart so easily
Oh the days and nights reveal how much I feel for you
Time has come for me to see how much your love has meant to me

And I'll always love you
And if you ever change your mind
I'll still, I will love you

Time like a river keeps on rolling right on by
Nothing left for me to do
So I watch the river rise

And I'll always love you
Deep inside this heart of mine
I do love you
And I'll always need you
And if you ever change your mind
I'll still, I will
And I'll still, I will love you



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