The Neil Diamond Lyrics Page

  • ALL I REALLY NEED IS YOU
  • AMERICA
  • AND THE GRASS WON’T PAY NO MIND
  • AND THE SINGER SINGS HIS SONG
  • AS IF
  • BEAUTIFUL NOISE
  • BLUE DESTINY
  • BLUE HIGHWAY
  • THE BOAT THAT I ROW
  • BROTHER LOVE'S TRAVELING SALVATION SHOW
  • BROOKLYN ROADS
  • CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME?
  • CANTA LIBRE
  • CAPTAIN SUNSHINE
  • CHERRY CHERRY
  • CHILDSONG
  • COLDWATER MORNING
  • CRACKLIN' ROSIE
  • CRUNCHY GRANOLA SUITE
  • DEEP INSIDE OF YOU
  • DESIREE
  • DONE TOO SOON
  • DON’T THINK...FEEL
  • DRY YOUR EYES
  • EVERYBODY
  • FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS
  • FORTUNE OF THE NIGHT
  • FREE LIFE
  • THE GIFT OF SONG
  • GIRL YOU'LL BE A WOMAN SOON
  • GITCHY GOOMY
  • GOLD DON'T RUST
  • HEADED FOR THE FUTURE
  • HEARTLIGHT
  • HELLO AGAIN
  • HIGH ROLLING MAN
  • HOLLY HOLY
  • HOME IS A WOUNDED HEART
  • HOOKED ON THE MEMORY OF YOU
  • IF I LOST MY WAY
  • I'M A BELIEVER
  • I AM I SAID
  • IF THERE WERE NO DREAMS
  • IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
  • I GOT THE FEELIN' (OH NO, NO)
  • I’VE BEEN THIS WAY BEFORE
  • JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL
  • JUNGLETIME
  • KENTUCKY WOMAN
  • LADY MAGDELENE
  • LADY-OH
  • LIKE YOU DO
  • LONELY LADY #17
  • LONGFELLOW SERENADE
  • LOVE ON THE ROCKS
  • MARRY ME
  • A MATTER OF LOVE
  • MORNINGSIDE
  • MOUNTAINS OF LOVE
  • NO LIMIT
  • OPEN WIDE THESE PRISON DOORS
  • ONE GOOD LOVE
  • PLAY ME
  • PORCUPINE PIE
  • REMINISCE FOR A WHILE
  • ROSEMARY’S WINE
  • SAVE ME
  • SEPTEMBER MORN
  • SHAME
  • SHILO
  • SIGNS
  • SOLITARY MAN
  • SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN YOU
  • SONG SUNG BLUE
  • SOOLAIMON
  • STARGAZER
  • STREET LIFE
  • SURVIVING THE LIFE
  • SWEET CAROLINE
  • SWEET LA DAYS
  • THE LAST PICASSO
  • THE STORY OF MY LIFE
  • THE WAY
  • TALKIN OPTIMIST BLUES
  • TENNESSEE MOON
  • THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME
  • WALK ON WATER
  • WIN THE WORLD
  • WISH EVERYTHING WAS ALRIGHT
  • YES I WILL
  • YESTERDAY'S SONGS
  • YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS
  • YOU GOT TO ME

    ALL I REALLY NEED IS YOU

    Written by Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley and Alan Lindgren

    After all these years
    After all these tears between us
    Still I couldn't find
    Someone half as right as you
    And each time I stop to think
    What it is I really need
    Here's what I conclude
    All I really need is you

    Just say what you want to say
    You don't have a chance in the world
    Can I, knowing how I've tried
    Still come close to losing you, girl
    When you are my world
    Have I spent so many years
    Trying but in vain to tell you
    Don't you know it's true
    All I really need is you

    How was I to know
    We'd have ended here
    Where we finally did
    You tied you life to mine Once upon a starry night
    And when someone asks of me
    What it is that I believe
    Say, I believe it's true
    All I really need is you

    Just say what you want to say
    We don't have a chance in the world
    Can I, knowin' how I've tried
    Still come close to losing you, girl
    When you are my world

    Have I spent so many years
    Tryin' but in vain to tell you
    Feelings come and go
    Me, I'm never gonna ever let you go
    Promise you I'm gonna always love you so
    'Cause all I really need is you

    1991 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    AMERICA

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Far
    We've been traveling far
    Without a home
    But not without a star

    Free
    Only want to be free
    We huddle close
    Hang on to a dream

    On the boats and on the planes
    They're coming to America
    Never looking back again
    They're coming to America

    Home, don't it seem so far away
    Oh, we're traveling light today
    In the eye of the storm
    In the eye of the storm

    Home, to a new and a shiny place
    Make our bed, and we'll say our grace
    Freedom's light burning warm
    Freedom's light burning warm

    Everywhere around the world
    They're coming to America
    Every time that flag's unfurled
    They're coming to America

    Got a dream to take them there
    They're coming to America
    Got a dream they've come to share
    They're coming to America

    They're coming to America
    They're coming to America
    They're coming to America
    They're coming to America
    Today, today, today, today, today

    My country 'tis of thee
    Today
    Sweet land of liberty
    Today
    Of thee I sing
    Today
    Of thee I sing
    Today

    1980 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    AND THE GRASS WON’T PAY NO MIND

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Listen easy
    You can hear God callin’
    Walking barefoot by a stream
    Come unto me
    Your hair softly fallin’
    On my face as in a dream

    And the time will be our time
    And the grass won’t pay no mind

    Sayin’ nothin’
    Lyin’ where the sun is
    Bakin’ down upon our sighs
    My lips touch you
    With their soft wet kisses
    Your hands gentle in reply

    And the time will be our time
    And the grass won’t pay no mind

    Child, touch my soul with your cries
    And the music will know what we found
    I hear a hundred goodbyes
    But today I hear only one sound
    The moment we’re living is now
    Na, na, na, na, na, na

    Young bird flyin’
    And a soft wind blowin’
    Cools the sweat inside my palms
    Close my eyes and see the flowers growin’
    As you lay sleeping in my arms

    And the time will be our time
    And the grass won’t pay no mind

    1970 Stonebridge Music


    AND THE SINGER SINGS HIS SONG

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Young it was, true it was, Days without wond’ring, Fall with a special thing, Laugh, if I could laugh, And I did. And the singer sings his song, And the children dance along, And the singer sings his song, And we dance along. Good it was when it was, We chased the flowers, Warm summer showers. Once, it was once long ago. And the singer sings his song, And the children dance along, And the singer sings his song, And we dance along. Once, it was once long ago. And the singer sings his song, And the children dance along, And the singer sings his song, And we dance along. And the singer sings his song and we dance along. 1969 Prophet Music, Inc.


    AS IF

    Written by Neil Diamond

    
    It was more than a matter of knowing
    All the words that were finally said.
    It was more than the coming or going
    Or the things that remain in your head.
    It was more than a matter of wanting
    Or needing the foolish games we played. 
     
    As if I ever cared to make you cry!
    Coulda been right; you know that it was,
    And yet you knew I was sorry.
    I dared to make you cry.
    As if I would, as if I could, as if I tried.
    
    But the words that were finally spoken,
    Like the thoughts that were made in my soul,
    And the hearts that were finally broken,
    An embrace that would never be whole.
    And the words that I never told you,
    Could have told you the foolish things I’ve said?
    
    As if I ever cared to make you cry!
    I coulda been right; you know that I was,
    And yet you knew I was sorry.
    I dared to make you cry.
    As if I would, as if I could, as if I tried.
    
    As if I ever cared to make you cry!
    Coulda been right; you know that I was,
    And yet you knew I was sorry.
    I dared to make you cry.
    Coulda been strong, but the words didn’t rhyme;
    All the things that would come between us.
    1977 Stonebridge Music
    

    BEAUTIFUL NOISE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    What a beautiful noise
    Comin' up from the street
    Got a beautiful sound
    It's got a beautiful beat

    It's a beautiful noise
    Goin' on everywhere
    Like the clickety-clack
    Of a train on a track
    It's got a rhytm to spare

    It's a beautiful noise
    And it's a sound that I love
    And it fits me as well
    As a hand in a glove
    Yes it does, yes it does

    What a beautiful noise
    Comin' up from the park
    It's the song of this kids
    And it plays until dark

    It's the song of the cars
    On their furious flights
    But there's even romance
    In the way that they dance
    To the beat of the lights

    It's a beautiful noise
    And it's a sound that I love
    And ist makes me feel good
    Like a hand in a glove
    Yes it does, yes it does
    What a beautiful noise

    It's a beautiful noise
    Made of joy and of strife
    Like a symphony played
    By the passing parade
    It's the music of life

    What a beautiful noise
    Comin' into my room
    And it's beggin' for me
    Just to give it a tune

    1976 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    BLUE DESTINY

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Once you were mine, and you wanted the whole world to know.
    Now ev’rytime I’m around, you’ve got somewhere to go.
    I ask my heart ev’ry day,
    “Can there be some other way?”
    Tell me, what can I do to change my blue destiny?
    
    First, you decide that our love will always be true.
    Next thing I know, you’re running with somebody new.
    Once you were mine alone.
    Now you’re just someone I’ve known.
    Tell me, what can I do to change my blue destiny?
    
    And there were times when love was new
    And both our hearts were gay.
    But now the signs say we’re through and
    Bound for separate ways.
    And how can you love when your love doesn’t want you at all?
    Girl, when you turn me away, got my back to the wall.
    
    Still, I forgive all your lies, ‘cause darlin’, I realize
    That it’s you, only you, can change my blue destiny.
    Baby, you, only you, can change my blue destiny.
    
    1962 Stonebridge Music
    
    
    

    BLUE HIGHWAY

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Harlan Howard

    So long, big city; it's time to say goodbye.
    I'm longing for those country roads;
    I need to see the sky.
    Think I'll take a swing down south, visit Tennessee.
    See if that girl Annie still remembers me.
    
    Gonna take that blue highway and leave this sorry town.
    Stayed too long, but now I'm gone, and I know where I'm bound.
    I don't wanna take the interstate; it represents all the things I hate.
    I'm rollin' down that blue highway.
    
    So long, confusion; it's time to slow things down.
    Say goodbye to my old friends, ease on out of town.
    I made me some money here but paid for ev'ry day.
    And ev'ry mile just makes me smile, 'cause I made my getaway.
    
    Gonna take that blue highway and leave this sorry town.
    I've stayed too long, but now I'm gone, and I know where I'm bound.
    I've had it up to here with worry.
    From now on, I'm in no hurry, rollin' down that blue highway.
    
    I'll be ridin' that blue highway and leave this sorry town.
    I've stayed too long, but now I'm gone, and I know where I'm bound.
    I've had it up to here with worry.
    From now on, I'm in no hurry, rollin' down that blue highway.
    I'll be rollin' down that blue highway.
    You can find me on that blue highway.

    THE BOAT THAT I ROW

    Written by Neil Diamond

    I don’t have a lot but with me that’s fine,
    Whatever I got, well, I know it’s mine.
    I don’t go around with the local crowd.
    I don’t dig what’s in, so I guess I’m out.
    I’m sayin’ these things so you know me, baby.
    So you understand what I’m all about.
    
    The boat that I row won’t cross no ocean;
    The boat that I row won’t get me there soon.
    But I got the love and if you got the notion,
    The boat that I row’s big enough for two,
    Just me and you.
    
    There ain’t a man alive can tell me what to say.
    I choose my own side and I like it that way.
    I don’t worry about all the things that I’m not.
    There’s only one thing that I want I ain’t got.
    You know that I’m talkin’ about you, baby.
    But you better know before you come along.
    
    The boat that I row won’t cross no ocean;
    The boat that I row won’t get me there soon.
    But I got the love and if you got the notion,
    The boat that I row’s big enough for two,
    Just me and you.
    
    I’m sayin’ these things so you know me, baby.
    So you understand what I’m all about.
    The boat that I row won’t cross no ocean;
    The boat that I row won’t get me there soon.
    But I got the love and if you got the notion,
    The boat that I row’s big enough for two,
    Just me and you.
    
    1966 Tallyrand Music, Inc.
    
    

    BROTHER LOVE'S TRAVELING SALVATION SHOW

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Hot August night
    And the leaves hanging down
    And the grass on the ground smelling sweet
    Move up the road
    To the outside of town
    And the sound of that good gospel beat

    Sits a ragged tent
    Where there ain't no trees
    And that gospel group
    Telling you and me

    It's Love
    Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
    Pack up the babies
    Grab the old ladies
    Everyone goes
    Everyone knows
    Brother Love's show

    Room gets suddenly still
    And when you'd almost bet
    You could hear yourself sweat, he walks in
    Eyes black as coal
    And when he lifts his face
    Every ear in the place is on him

    Starting soft and slow
    Like a small earthquake
    And when he lets go
    Half the valley shakes

    It's Love, Love
    Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
    Pack up the babies
    Grab the old ladies
    Everyone goes
    Everyone knows
    Brother Love's show

    Sermon

    Take my hand in yours
    Walk with me this day
    In my heart, I know
    I will never stray
    Halle, halle, halle, halle, halle, halle, halle


    It's Love, Love
    Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
    Pack up the babies
    Grab the old ladies
    Everyone goes
    Everyone knows
    Brother Love's show
    Amen

    1969 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    BROOKLYN ROADS

    Written by Neil Diamond

    If I close my eyes
    I can almost hear my mother
    Callin', "Neil, go find your brother
    Daddy's home, and it's time for supper
    Hurry on"

    And I see two boys
    Racin' up two flights of staircase
    Squirmin' into Papa's embrace
    And his whiskers warm on their face
    Where's it gone
    Oh, where's it gone

    Two floors above the butcher
    First door on the right
    Life filled to the brim
    As I stood by my window
    And I looked out of those
    Brooklyn roads

    I can still recall
    The smells of cookin' in the hallways
    Rubbers drying in the doorways
    And report cards I was always
    Afraid to show

    Mama'd come to school
    And as I'd sit there softly crying
    Teacher'd say, "He's just not trying
    He's got a good head if he'd apply it"
    But you know yourself
    It's always somewhere else

    I built me a castle
    With dragons and kings
    And I'd ride off with them
    As I stood by my window
    And looked out on those
    Brooklyn roads

    Thought of going back
    But all I'd see are stranger's faces
    And all the scars that love erases
    But as my mind walks through thoses places
    I'm wonderin'
    What's come of them

    Does some other young boy
    Come home to my room
    Does he dream what I did
    As he stands by my window
    And looks out on those
    Brooklyn roads

    1970 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME


    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Bill LaBounty


    You got to take your time now, 
    If love is gonna take you by the hand.
    You need to take your time, though, 
    'Cause love is not a thing you can command.
    There's got to be a reason, got to be a closeness.
    It's got to have a fellin' only you can know.
    And when you find love, hold on tight.
    Don't ever waste another night.
    You're gonna make it through in spite of your fears.
    Can anybody hear me?
    Is anybody out there?
    
    I listen to the river and hear the river callin' out her name.
    I'm tryin' to forgive her, but nothin's ever gonna be the same.
    There's got to be a reason, got to be a closeness.
    It's got to have a fellin' only you can know.
    And when you find love, hold on tight.
    Don't ever waste another night.
    You're gonna make it through in spite of your fears.
    Can anybody hear me?
    Is anybody out there?
    
    There's got to be a reason, got to be a closeness.
    It's got to have a fellin' only you can know.
    And when you find love, hold on tight.
    Don't ever waste another night.
    You're gonna make it through in spite of your fears.
    Can anybody hear me?
    Is anybody out there?
    Can anybody hear me?
    Is anybody out there?
    

    Canta Libre

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    Canta libre, Canta vida, de mi madre, y mi padre, 
    Canta mi corazon, Para los ninos, y sus ninos, canta libre.
    
    I got music runnin' in my head, 
    Makes me feel like a young bird flyin',
    'Cross my mind and layin' in my bed, 
    Keeps me away from the thought of dyin'.
    Canta libre, Canta vida, de mi madre y mi padre.
    
    I got music runnin' in my brain, 
    Ev'ry song with it's own kind of meaning, 
    Cleanse the soul and wash away the pain, 
    Baptized by the song that you're singing. 
    Canta libre, Canta la vida, 
    siempre conmigo, canta libre.
    
    Canta libre, canta la vida.
    
    Canta mi corazon, Paralos ninos, y sus ninos, canta libre,
    de mi madre, y mi padre, canta libre, canta libre. 
    
    

    Captain Sunshine

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    
    
    Captain Sunshine, make me drink wine, 
    Make me feel fine when I'm feelin' wrongly down.
    He don't take much, he don't make much,
    But ah, to be such a man as he,
    and walk so pure between the earth and the sea. 
    
    Captain Sunshine, he do me fine, 
    Make the words rhyme when he knows the tune is sad. 
    He don't take much, he don't make much,
    But ah, to be such a man as he,
    and walk so pure between the earth and the sea.
    
    He don't take much, he don't make much,
    But ah, to be such a man as he, 
    and walk so pure between the earth and the sea.
    
    

    CHERRY, CHERRY

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Baby loves me
    Yes, yes she does
    Ah, the girl's outta sight, yeah
    Says she loves me
    Yes, yes she does
    Gonna show me tonight, yeah

    She got the way to move me, Cherry
    She got the way to groove me
    She got the way to move me
    She got the way to groove me

    Tell your mamma, girl, I can't stay long
    We got things we gotta catch up on
    Mmmm, you know
    You know what I'm sayin'
    Can't stand still while the music is playin'

    Y'ain't got no right
    No, no you don't
    Ah, to be so exciting
    Won't need bright lights
    No, no we won't
    Gonna make our own lighting

    She got the way to move me, Cherry
    She got the way to groove me
    She got the way to move me
    She got the way to groove me

    No, we won't tell a soul where we gone to
    Girl, we do whatever we want to
    Ah, I love the way that you do me
    Cherry, babe, you really get to me

    She got the way to move me, Cherry
    She got the way to groove me
    She got the way to move me
    She got the way to groove me

    1966 Tallyrand Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    CHILDSONG

    Written by Neil Diamond

    
    Weeping sky
    We bring the sun
    To make you glad
    And fill you with the day.
    
    Quiet tree
    We have the wind
    To make you dance
    And fill you with our play.
    
    And you shall be glad
    And you shall dance
    And you shall come
    To hear our song
    And learn its tune
    Before it fades away.
    
    1970 Prophet Music, Inc.
    
    

    COLDWATER MORNING

    Written by Neil Diamond

    One, knowing I’m one, hearing of two,
    And like a child believing dreams,
    Always a dream to take you home.
    
    Day, after the day, there comes the night,
    There comes the knowing when you laugh.
    If you should laugh, the night alone will hear,
    And the night don’t care.
    
    Coldwater morning,
    Take off your nighttime shoes.
    Coldwater morning,
    I been waiting so long for you.
    
    One, knowing I’m one, hearing of two,
    Hearing of things that I once had,
    That you once had.
    And when the night would come
    We’d sleep like one.
    
    Coldwater morning,
    Take off your nighttime shoes.
    Coldwater morning,
    I been waiting so long for you.
    
    I been waiting so long for you.
    
    1970 Prophet Music, Inc.
    
    

    Common Ground

    written by Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley, and Alan Lindgren

    
    If you love me,
    say you love me.
    These are words we find hard to share.
    Would you trust me?
    Could I trust you?
    Will you always want me there?
    Or is this just some game called 'nothin' goes right'?
    Is this just me to blame
    for making these endless nights?
    And who do we think we are,
    some kind of cosmic shooting stars?
    No we're not.
    haven't got all that time.
    Got to find a common ground,
    not the other way around
    for you and I.
    We need to walk on common ground.
    We need to make a lovin' sound.
    While we got time,
    we got to try.
    
    Were you loving?
    Was I caring?
    These are feelings too hard to  measure.
    I'll be loving.
    You be caring.
    Will it always feel this way?
    Or will we find the way to make it alright?
    Will that sun come someday
    to wake up this endless night?
    And who do we think we are,
    some kind of cosmic shooting stars?
    No, we're not.
    Haven't got all that time.
    Looking for a common ground,
    not the other way around
    for you and I.
    Got to find a common ground.
    Need to make a lovin' sound
    while we got time,
    you and I.
    
    And we still have the time to make it work right,
    make that sun come to shine
    and wake up this endless night.
    And who do we think we are,
    some kind of cosmic shooting stars?
    No we're not.
    Haven't got all that time.
    Got to find a common ground,
    not the other way around,
    you and I.
    Got to walk on common ground.
    Got to make some lovin' sounds.
    We got time to look for some common ground,
    find a lovin' sound,
    you and I.
    Lookin' for a common ground,
    not the other way around
    for you and I.
    Got to walk on common ground,
    you and I.
    

    CRACKLIN' ROSIE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Cracklin' Rosie, get on board
    We're gonna ride till there ain't no more to go
    Taking it slow
    Lord, don't you know
    Have me a time with a poor man's lady

    Hitchin' on a twilight train
    Ain't nothing there that I care to take along
    Maybe a song
    To sing when I want
    Don't need to say please to no man for a happy tune

    Oh, I love my Rosie child
    She got the way to make me happy
    You and me, we go in style
    Cracklin' Rosie you're a store-bought woman
    You make me sing like a guitar hummin'
    So hang on to me, girl
    Our song keeps runnin' on

    Play it now
    Play it now
    Play it now, my baby

    Cracklin' Rosie, make me a smile
    God if it lasts for an hour, that's all right
    We got all night
    To set the world right
    Find us a dream that don't asks no questions, yeah

    Oh, I love my Rosie child
    You got the way to make me happy
    You and me, we go in style
    Cracklin' Rosie, you're a store-bought woman
    You make me sing like a guitar hummin'
    So hang on to me, girl
    Our song keeps runnin' on

    Play it now
    Play it now
    Play it now, my baby

    Cracklin' Rosie, make me a smile
    God if it lasts for an hour, that's all right
    We got all night
    To set the world right
    Find us a dream that don't asks no questions, yeah

    1970 Prophet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    CRUNCHY GRANOLA SUITE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    I got a song been on my mind
    And the tune can be sung and the words all rhyme
    Deedle-ee deet deet deet deet deet deet deet dee dee

    Though it don't say much and it won't offend
    If you sing it in school then they're liable to send you home
    Never knowing what you're showin'
    Think you're growin' your own tea
    Good lord!

    Drop your shrink and stop your drinkin'
    Crunchy granola's neat
    Sing it out
    Alright
    Da da da da
    Da da da da da
    Dee dee dee dum

    I know a man was outta touch
    And he'd hide in a house and he didn't say much
    Deedle-ee deet deet deet deet deet deet deet dee doo

    And like a man with a tiger outside his gate
    Not only couldn't relax but he couldn't relate
    Now he can
    Family man
    Tried my brand
    Dig

    Drop your shrink and stop your drinkin'
    Crunchy granola's neat
    Sing it out
    Alright
    Da da da da
    Da da da da da
    Dee dee dee do
    Deedle-ee dum dum
    I'll have a double, please

    1972 Prophet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    DEEP INSIDE OF YOU

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Beth Nielsen Chapman

    Good morning. I love you.
    Now that you're here where you belong, 
    I want to be the man you need.
    Just tell me you love me, 
    Because I need to hear it, too.
    Just let me be the one you carry deep inside of you.
    
    I need you beside me; the road is so long.
    You run through my heart like the words of a bitter-sweet song.
    I'd travel the whole world, across the earth, around the sun
    if I could be the one you carry deep inside of you. 
    
    Without you beside me, the road is so long.
    You live in my heart, and it hurts when I think of you gone. 
    I need you in my way.
    I have no right to love so true.
    But let me be the one, the one who lives inside of you.
    Just let me be the one you carry deep inside of you.
    
    

    DESIREE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    It was the third of June
    On that younger day
    Well I became a man
    At the hands of a girl
    Almost twice my age
    And she came to me
    Just like a morning sun
    And it wasn't so much
    Her words as such
    As the way they were sung
    It was the way they were sung

    Desiree
    Oh, Desiree
    There I was found
    By the sweet passion sound
    Of you loving song
    Time was right, the night was long
    Remember, Desiree
    Oh Desiree
    Somehow I knew
    I could only have you
    'Til the morning light
    If only for that single night
    Sweet Desiree, you made it right.

    Then came the fourth of June
    On that sleepless night
    Well I tossed and I turned
    While the thought of her burned
    Up and down my mind
    For she was there and gone
    Without one regret
    But she continues on
    Like the words of a song
    I could not forget
    I could not forget

    Desiree
    Oh, Desiree
    There I was found
    By the sweet passion sound
    Of your loving song
    Time was right, the night was long
    Remember, Desiree
    Oh, Desiree
    And though somehow I knew
    I could only have you
    'Til the morning light
    The night was long, the time was right
    Do you remember, Desiree

    1977 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    DONE TOO SOON

    Written by Neil Diamond

    
    Jesus Christ, Fanny Brice,
    Wolfie Mozart and Humphrey Bogart and
    Genghis Khan and
    On to H. G. Wells.
    
    Ho Chi Minh, Gunga Din
    Henry Luce and John Wilkes Booth
    And Alexanders
    King and Graham Bell.
    
    Ramar Krishna, Mama Whistler,
    Patrice Lumumba and Russ Colombo,
    Karl and Chico Marx,
    Albert Camus.
    
    E. A. Poe, Henri Rousseau,
    Sholom Aleichem and Caryl Chessman,
    Alan Freed and
    Buster Keaton too
    
    And each one there
    Has one thing shared:
    They have sweated beneath the same sun,
    Looked up in wonder at the same moon,
    And wept when it was all done
    
    For bein’ done too soon,
    For bein’ done too soon.
    For bein’ done.
    
    1970 Prophet Music, Inc.
    
    

    Don't Think...Feel

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    Sleepy old sun, sleepy old day, 
    sleepy old tree gonna make me some shade.
    Sleepy old time on my side of town, 
    I'm feelin' fine, I'll explain to you now.
    
    Don't think, feel; ain't no big deal.
    Just make it real and don't think, feel.
    It don't take plans to clap your hands,
    when it feels nice just don't think twice. 
    
    Some worry all day 'bout who they can trust, 
    some worry all night 'bout money and lust.
    Worry they do and worried they die--
    and after they're gone just the bankers cry.
    
    Don't think, feel; ain't no big deal.
    Just make it real and don't think, feel.
    It don't take plans to clap your hands,
    when it feels nice just don't think twice.
    
    Life is a card, you take what you get.
    You do what you can to feel no regret.
    You do what you can, forget about words, 
    just go with the feelin' it usually works.
    
    Don't think, feel; ain't no big deal.
    Just make it real and don't think, feel.
    It don't take plans to clap your hands,
    when it feels nice you don't think twice.
    
    Don't think, feel; ain't no big deal.
    Just make it real and don't think, feel.
    It don't take plans to clap your hands,
    when it feels nice you don't think twice.
    
    Don't think, feel; ain't no big deal.
    Just make it real and don't think, feel.

    Dry Your Eyes

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and J.R. Robertson

    
    Dry your eyes and take your song out, it's a newborn afternoon.
    And if you can't recall the singer you can still recall the tune.
    Dry your eyes and play it slowly like you're marching off to war;
    sing it like you know he'd want it, like we sang it once before.
    And from the center of the circle to the midst of the waiting crowd,
    if it ever be forgotten sing it long and sing it loud and come dry your eyes.
    
    And he taught us more about giving than we ever cared to know, 
    but we came to find the secret and we never let it go.
    And it was more than being holy and it was less than being free,
    and if you can't recall the reason can you hear the people sing.
    Right through the lightning and the thunder to the dark side of the moon,
    to that distant falling angel that descended much too soon
    and come dry your eyes.
    

    Come dry your eyes.


    EVERYBODY

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Jesse Diamond

    Ev'rybody needs someone that they're gonna believe in. 
    Ev'rybody's the same around the world.
    If you wanna find someone, then you only have to show it.
    Nothin's sadder than love that's left unheard.
    
    Me, how I tried to deny that it pointed to you.
    Too many roads up ahead lookin' shiny and new.
    Ev'rybody needs someone, but it's gotta mean something.
    Giving up a piece of you's the hardest part.
    If you wanna have someone, then you really got to know it.
    Doesn't take very much to break a heart. 
    May I get lost in your eyes for a lifetime or two?
    Something about you and I leads me right to the truth.
    
    Some people always got something they got left to say.
    Some need to keep it inside; they just wanna hide away.
    
    And I'm glad I have you there, 'cause I would've been nowhere.
    Bein' here all alone's a lonely sound.
    
    Ev'rybody needs someone that they're gonna believe in.
    Ev'rybody's the same around the world.
    

    FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS

    Written by Neil Diamond and Richard Bennett

    Money talks
    But it don't sing and dance
    And it don't walk
    And long as I can have you here with me
    I'd much rather be
    Forever in blue jeans

    Honey's sweet
    But it ain't nothin' next to baby's treat
    And if you pardon me
    I'd like to say
    We'll do okay
    Forever in blue jeans

    Maybe tonight
    Maybe tonight, you and I
    All alone by the fire
    Nothing around
    But the sound of my heart
    And your sighs

    Money talks
    But it don't sing and dance
    And it don't walk
    And long as I can have you here with me
    I'd much rather be
    Forever in blue jeans, babe

    1979 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)

    Fortune Of The Night

    written by Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley, and Alan Lindgren

    
    Fortune of the night,
    callin' out my name and saying she'll be mine tonight,
    fortune of the night.
    
    Oh, my heart is tellin' me,
    oh, I better put a move on.
    If she got away,
    then not a day would go by without some blue song.
    
    All my life,
    I've waited for just tonight
    to say that I love her.
    And all this time,
    I've wanted to call her mine
    and how her I love her.
    
    Fortune of the night,
    callin' out my name and saying
    I will find her.
    Fortune of the night,
    is there any doubt I'll need to have her by my side,
    fortune of the night?
    
    Fortune of the night.
    And oh, I'm really movin' now 'cause,
    oh, I would feel like a fool, yeah,
    if she got away.
    They'd only say the rumors would truly be true, yeah,
    that all  this time
    I waited to call you mine.
    And you got to know it.
    
    Fortune of the night,
    callin' out my name and saying I will find her.
    Fortune of the night,
    isn't any doubt I'll need to have you by my side,
    fortune of the night.
    
    To want her,
    to love her,
    oh, I do.
    And now's my time.
    I've waited, but now's my time to show that I love her.
    Fortune of the night,
    callin' out to me and saying I was chosen.
    Fortune of the night,
    tellin' me that we'll be there
    until the morning light,
    fortune of the night.
    ah ah ah ah ah
    Fortune of the night,
    I hear you call.
    ah ah ah ah ah
    Are you gonna keep an eye on me tonight?
    ah ah ah ah ah Fortune of the night, I hear you call.
    ah ah ah ah ah are you gonna sing your song with me sometime?
    ah ah ah ah ah Fortune of the night, I hear you call.
    ah ah ah ah ah are you gonna shine your light on me and make her mine?
    

    FREE LIFE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Free life.
    Scratch on my head.
    Pick me a tune.
    Sing it like a black man,
    Oh, oh, oh, mm, mm, mm.
    
    Free life.
    You know my name.
    I’ll leave on a light
    And burn it in the window,
    Oh, oh, oh, mm, mm, mm.
    
    Talking ‘bout ‘round, brown ladies
    And maybe some wine.
    All be fine.
    If she ain’t no belle, hell, it’s OK;
    I won’t pay no mind.
    We’ll just have us a time.
    
    Free life.
    I’ll wait right here,
    But I ain’t no kid
    Believin’ in the Bible,
    Oh, oh, oh, mm, mm, mm.
    
    Ah, free life.
    
    1970 Prophet Music, Inc.
    
    

    GIRL, YOU'LL BE A WOMAN SOON

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Love you so much can't count all the ways
    I'd die for you girl and all they can say is
    "He's not your kind"

    They never get tired of puttin' me down and
    I never know when I come around
    What I'm gonna find
    Don't let them make up your mind
    Don't you know

    Girl, you'll be a woman soon
    Please come take my hand
    Girl, you'll be a woman soon
    Soon, you'll need a man

    I've been misunderstood for all of my life
    But what they're sayin', girl, just cuts like a knife
    "The boy's no good"

    Well, I finally found what I've been lookin' for
    But if they get a chance they'll end it for sure
    Sure they would
    Baby I've done all I could
    it's up to you

    Girl, you'll be a woman soon
    Please come take my hand
    Girl, you'll be a woman soon
    Soon, you'll need a man

    1967 Tallyrand Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    Gitchy Goomy

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    Gitchy Goomy, gitchy gaddy, sit you laddie down on your daddy's knee,
    And ain't it a nice place to be?
    Goggin noggin, papa's rockin' like a mockin' bird in a windy tree,
    and that ain't no place for me. 
    Been there one time, been there two times, 
    been there three times more than I care to be, 
    But we're gonna make it through, Gitchy Goomy.
    
    Life is good, life is fine, life is warm, 
    life is kind, can you see it?
    Love is great, love is right, 
    keeps you warm late at night when you need it. 
    Baby boy, daddy's joy, life's a toy, 
    but you don't wanna break it. 
    Like a sweet symphony, all you need is the key, you can play it. 
    
    Gitchy Goomy, gitchy gaddy, sit you laddie down while I have my say,
    Now don't be runnin' away.
    Goggin Noggin, papa's talkin' 
    don't go walkin' off like you mean to play, 
    Well, you can have it your way.
    Been there one time, been there two times, 
    been there three times more than I care to say,
    But you're gonna be O.K. Gitchy Goomy.
    
    Life is good, life is fine, life is warm, 
    life is kind, can you see it?
    Love is great, love is right,
    keeps you warm late at night when you need it. 
    Baby boy, daddy's joy, life's a toy,
    but you don't wanna break it. 
    Like a sweet symphony, all you need is the key, you can play it. 
    
    Been there one time, been there two times,
    been there three times more than I care to be, 
    Seen it one time, seen it two times, 
    Seen it three times, Lord 'n' it's plain to see.
    Ah, you gonna make it through Gitchy Goomy.
    You 'n' me gonna make it through Gitchy Goomy.
    Ah, you gonna make it through Gitchy Goomy.
    
    

    HEADED FOR THE FUTURE

    Written by Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley and Alan Lindgren


    Hey, we're headed for the future
    Give us some room
    We're gonna build a new world

    Say, we're headed for the future
    Give us some time
    We're gonna make it work right

    Yeah, we're gonna build a new dream
    We've got to make it stand tall
    It's got to last a long time

    Lean on me
    And I'm gonna lean on you
    We're headed for the future
    And the future's now
    Show you how

    Yeah, we're headed for a new place
    A step at a time
    We're gonna take a long ride

    Time don't wait around forever
    We've got to do it right now
    Let's do it all together

    Lean on me
    And I'm gonna lean on you
    We're headed for the future
    And the future's now
    Show you how
    Lean on me
    'Cause I'm gonna lean on you

    We're headed for the future
    Come on, lean on me
    And I'm gonna lean on you
    We're headed for the future
    And the future's ours

    Come on, come on
    Come on, come on
    Come on, come on
    Yeah

    1986 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    HEARTLIGHT

    Written by Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager

    Come back again
    I want you to stay next time
    'Cause sometimes the world ain't kind
    When people get lost like you and me

    I just made a friend
    A friend is someone you need
    But now that he had to go away
    I still feel the words that he might say

    Turn on your heartlight
    Let it shine whereever you go
    Let it make a happy glow
    For all the world to see

    Turn on your heartlight
    In the middle of a young boy's dream
    Don't wake me up too soon
    Gonna take a ride across the moon
    You and me

    He's lookin' for home
    'Cause everyone needs a place
    And home's the most excellent place of all
    And I'll be right here if you should call me

    Turn on your heartlight
    Let it shine whereever you go
    Let it make a happy glow
    For all the world to see

    Turn on your heartlight
    In the middle of a young boy's dream
    Don't wake me up too soon
    Gonna take a ride across the moon
    You and me

    Turn on you heartlight now
    Turn on you heartlight now

    Stonebridge Music (ASCAP), New Hidden Valley Music (ASCAP) & Carole= Bayer Sager Music (BMI)


    HELLO AGAIN

    Written by Neil Diamond and Alan Lindgren

    Hello again, hello
    Just called to say 'hello'
    I couldn't sleep at all tonight
    And I know it's late
    But I couldn't wait

    Hello, my friend, hello
    Just called to let you know
    I think about you every night
    When I'm here alone
    And you're there at home
    Hello

    Maybe it's been crazy
    And maybe I'm to blame
    But I put my heart above my head
    We've been through it all
    And you loved me just the same
    And when you're not there
    I just need to hear

    Hello, my friend, hello
    It's good to need you so
    It's good to love you like I do
    And to feel this way
    When I hear you say
    Hello

    Hello, my friend, hello
    Just called to let you know
    I think about you every night
    And I know it's late
    But I couldn't wait
    Hello

    1980 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    High Rolling Man

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    
    Roll 'em in the morning, roll without no warning, 
    Hot damn, hot damn, hot damn, you know that he could and he would, 
    He's a high rollin' man in a high rollin' neighborhood.
    
    Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em.
    Don't do much good, but good Lord, he could roll 'em.
    Lord, he was a dreamer, hardly worth redeeming,
    Hot damn, hot damn, hot damn, you know that he was, Lord, he was,
    But when it comes to his thumbs, ain't a man who can do what he does.
    
    Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll'em, 
    Don't do much good, but good Lord, he could roll 'em.
    Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, 
    Don't do much good, but good Lord, he could roll 'em.
    Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em,
    Don't do much good, but good Lord, he could roll 'em.
    

    HOLLY HOLY

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Holly holy eyes
    Dream of only you
    Where I am, what I am
    What I believe in
    Holly holy

    Holly holy dream
    Wanting only you
    And she comes
    And I run just like the wind will
    Holly holy

    Sing a song
    Sing a song of songs
    Sing it out
    Sing it strong

    Call the sun in the dead of the night
    And the sun's gonna rise in the sky
    Touch a man who can't walk upright
    And that lame man, he's gonna fly
    And I fly
    And I fly

    Holly holy love
    Take the lonely child
    And the seed
    Let it be filled with tomorrow
    Holly holy

    Sing a song
    Sing a song of songs
    Sing it out
    Sing it strong

    Call the sun in the dead of the night
    And the sun's gonna rise in the sky
    Touch a man who can't walk upright
    And that lame man, he's gonna fly
    And I fly, yeah
    And I fly

    Holly holy dream
    Dream of only you
    Holly holy love
    Holly holy love

    1969 Prophet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    Home Is A Wounded Heart

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    
    Home is a wounded heart, haven't you heard the story?
    He's out for love and for glory and she's waitin' home by the fire.
    And wasn't it yesterday, wasn't it me who said it?
    I swore that you'd never regret it.
    Now home is a wounded heart.
    
    It's a complicated thing, not an ordinary thing
    and my heart just breaks in two 
    'cause I can see you standing there. 
    You know that I can't bear your wounded heart.
    
    Paint me a red balloon; give me a string and baby I'll tie it,
    give me a ring and baby I'll buy it and bring it on home to you.
    Home is a wounded heart.
    

    IF I LOST MY WAY

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Gary Burr

    If I lost my way, would you stand with me,
    would you love me still and care for what I need if I lost my way?
    If I lost the faith to face up to the test, would I let you down?
    Would you love me less if I lost my way?
    
    Tell me I'm afraid without good reason.
    Say that I'm a fool to feel this way.
    Could it be the me that you believed in
    is all you really need to make you stay?
    If I lost my way, if I lost my way.
    If I lost my dreams, could I keep your trust?
    Promise that our love would not turn to dust if I lost my way.
    
    Tell me I'm afraid without good reason.
    Say that I'm a fool to feel this way.
    Could it be the me that you believed in
    is all you really need to make you stay?
    If I lost my way, would you stand with me,
    would you love me still and care for what I need if I lost my way?
    If I lost my way, if I lost my way, if I lost my way.
    

    I


    THE GIFT OF SONG

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Songs to make you free
    And songs to take you to another time
    Forgotten reasons that are made of rhyme
    For you and me
    The songs of life
    That somehow make us free

    Songs to fill the heart
    Like quiet candles on a winter’s night
    They touch the space that lies between you and I
    And I will sing
    The songs of love
    That speak to you and me

    Then wake the sleeping child
    And let me sing to you of other times
    And let me make your dreams as sweet as mine
    For I will bring
    The gift of song
    That only makes us free

    1975 Stonebridge Music


    GOLD DON'T RUST

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond, Gary Burr and Bob DiPiero

    I know you worry ev'ry time I go away.
    You wonder will these sweet, sweet feelings shine or fade.
    Well, that's a question you don't have to ask.
    What heaven makes, it always makes to last.
    
    Gold don't rust. Love don't lie.
    I'll be true 'til the day that I die.
    Trust in me; you will find, baby, you're the gold in this heart of mine,
    and that gold will shine for a long, long time. 
    
    I wish that I could give you what you need from me.
    But what good is a promise or a guarantee?
    Love is still a simple act of faith.
    And a faithful heart is always worth the wait.
    
    Gold don't rust. Love don't lie.
    I'll be true 'til the day that I die.
    Trust in me; you will find, baby, you're the gold in this heart of mine,
    and that gold will shine for a long, long time. 
    
    Love is still a simple act of faith.
    And a faithful heart is always worth the wait.
    
    Gold don't rust. Love don't lie.
    I'll be true 'til the day that I die. 
    Trust in me; you will find, baby, you're the gold in this heart of mine,
    and that gold will shine for a long, long time. 
    Baby you're the gold in this heart of mine,
    and that gold will shine for a long, long, long time, yeah.
    
    

    Hooked On The Memory Of You

    written by Neil Diamond

    Stay with me, here with me.
    I want you near with me.
    I'm a man that's hooked on the mem'ry of you
    and I. Who knows why?
    I only know that I'm sure I am
    hooked on the mem'ry of you.
    
    Time, time standing still.
    I know it's you.
    I always will
    need you to
    lay with me; lie with me.
    Spend your desire with me
    if you can.
    I'm hooked on the mem'ry of you
    and I. Who knows why?
    I guess I wanted for you to be
    hooked on the mem'ry of me.
    
    Time, time standing still.
    I know it's you.
    I always will
    want you to be
    here wit me.
    I want you to stay right here with me.
    I need you to love with me;
    laugh with me.
    Forgive the past with me.
    I know you can.
    I'm hooked on the mem'ry of
    you and I. Who knows why?
    Guess I just wanted for you to be
    hooked on the mem'ry of me.
    
    Oh, you know that it's true.
    Not a thing I can do.
    I'm hooked on the mem'ry of you.
    


    I'M A BELIEVER

    Written by Neil Diamond

    I thought love was only true in fairy tales
    Meant for someone else but not for me
    Love was out to get me
    That's the way it seemed
    Disappointment haunted all my dreams

    Then I saw her face
    Now I'm a believer
    Not a trace of doubt in my mind
    I'm in love
    I'm a believer
    I couldn't leave her if I tried

    I thought love was more or less a giving thing
    Seems the more I gave, the less I got
    What's the use in trying
    All you get is pain
    When I needed sunshine, I got rain

    Then I saw her face
    Now I'm a believer
    Not a trace of doubt in my mind
    I'm in love
    I'm a believer
    I couldn't leave her if I tried

    1966 Colgems-EMI Music Inc. (ASCAP) and Stonebridge Music= (ASCAP)


    I AM... I SAID

    Written by Neil Diamond

    L.A.'s fine, the sun shines most the time
    And the feeling is 'lay back'
    Palm trees grow, and rents are low
    But you know I keep thinkin' about
    Making my way back

    Well I'm New York City born and raised
    But nowadays, I'm lost between two shores
    L.A.'s fine, but it ain't home
    New York's home, but it ain't mine no more

    "I am," I said
    To no one there
    An no one heard at all
    Not even the chair
    "I am," I cried
    "I am," said I
    And I am lost, and I can't even say why
    Leavin' me lonely still

    Did you ever read about a frog who dreamed of bein' a king
    And then became one
    Well except for the names and a few other changes
    I you talk about me, the story's the same one

    But I got an emptiness deep inside
    And I've tried, but it won't let me go
    And I'm not a man who likes to swear
    But I never cared for the sound of being alone

    "I am," I said
    To no one there
    An no one heard at all
    Not even the chair
    "I am," I cried
    "I am," said I
    And I am lost, and I can't even say why
    Leavin' me lonely still

    1971 Prophet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN

    Written by Neil Diamond

    When the night returns just like a friend
    When the evening comes to set me free
    When the quiet house that wait beyond the day
    Make peaceful sounds in me

    Took a drag from my last cigarette
    Took a drink from a glass of old wine
    I closed my eyes, and I could make it real
    And feel it one more time

    Can you hear it, babe
    Can you hear it, babe
    From another time
    From another place
    Do you remember it, babe

    And the radio played like a carnival tune
    As we lay in our bed in the other room
    When we gave it away for the sake of a dream
    In a penny arcade, if you know what I mean

    Here's to the songs we used to sing
    And here's to the times we used to know
    It's hard to hold them in our arms again
    But hard to let them go

    Do you hear it, babe
    Do you hear it, babe
    It was another time
    It was another place
    Do you remember it, babe

    And the radio played like a carnival tune
    As we lay in our bed in the other room
    When we gave it away for the sake of a dream
    In a penny arcade, if you know what I mean

    1976 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    If There Were No Dreams

    written by Neil Diamond and Michel Legrand

    If there were no dreams
    and there were no dreamers,
    then how could I dream you up?
    You're still a mystery to me.
    The way that we love,
    the life that we're leading,
    I don't want to give you up.
    Whatever I have to do, I'll do.
    
    Put a mountain there, and I'll tear it down.
    If it's much too high, then I'll go around.
    I won't stop for anyone or anything.
    And I'd love you even if
    there were no dreams.
    
    If there were no dreams,
    how could we be lovers?
    And how could I need you so?
    The reason's clear to even me.
    I'll know that it's right.
    You don't need to wonder.
    If you're up against that wall,
    I'm gonna be up against it, too.
    
    If a mountain's there,
    we can tear it down.
    If it's much too high,
    then we'll go around.
    We won't stop for anyone or anything.
    We'd be lovers even if
    there were no dreams.
    Yes, we would:
    lovers even if there were no dreams.
    

    I GOT THE FEELIN' (OH NO, NO)

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Oh no, no, no, no
    Baby, something's wrong
    Oh no, no, no, no
    That old time fire is gone
    It's not so much the things you say, love
    It's what you don't say I'm afraid of

    I got the feeling'
    I'm hearin' goodbye
    Don't have to say it
    It's there in your eyes
    Oh why, oh my

    Oh no, no, no, no
    You don't smile the same
    Oh no, no, no, no
    Like you been hidin' pain
    I love you so much, I could taste it
    But girl, your eyes tell me it's wasted

    I got the feelin'
    I'm hearin' goodbye
    Don't have to say it
    It's there in your eyes
    Oh why, oh my

    Oh no, oh no
    Oh no, baby

    I got the feelin'
    I'm hearin' goodbye
    I got the feelin'
    That I'm gonna die

    1966 Tallyrand Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    I’VE BEEN THIS WAY BEFORE


    Written by Neil Diamond


    I’ve seen the light
    And I’ve seen the flame
    And I’ve been this way before
    And I’m sure to be this way again

    For I’ve been refused
    And I’ve been regained
    And I’ve seen your eyes before
    And I’m sure to see your eyes again

    For I’ve been released
    And I’ve been regained
    And I’ve sung my song before
    And I’m sure to sing my song again

    Some people got to laugh
    Some people got to cry
    Some people got to make it through
    By never wondering why

    Some people got to sing
    Some people got to sigh
    Some people never see the light
    Until the day they die

    But I’ve been released
    And I’ve been regained
    And I’ve been this way before
    And I’m sure to be this way again

    One more time again
    Just one more time

    1975 Stonebridge Music


    JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL

    Written by Neil Diamond

    BE

    Lost
    On a painted sky
    Where the clouds are hung
    For the poet's eye
    You may find him
    If you may find him

    There
    On a distant shore
    By the wings of dreams
    Through an open door
    You may know him
    If you may

    Be
    As a page that aches for a word
    Which speaks on a theme that is timeless
    While the Sun God will make for your day
    Sing
    As a song in search of a voice that is silent
    And the one God will make for your way

    And we dance
    To a whispered voice
    Overheard by the soul
    Undertook by the heart
    And you may know it
    If you may know it

    While the sand
    Would become the stone
    Which begat the spark
    Turned to living bone
    Holy, holy
    Sanctus, sanctus

    Be
    As a page that aches for a word
    Which speaks on a theme that is timeless
    While the Sun God will make for your day
    Sing
    As a song in search of a voice that is silent
    And the one God will make for your way

    LONELY LOOKING SKY

    Lonely looking sky
    Lonely sky, lonely looking sky
    And bein' lonely
    Makes you wonder why
    Makes you wonder why
    Lonely looking sky
    Lonely looking sky
    Lonely looking sky

    Lonely looking night
    Lonely night, lonely looking night
    And bein' lonely
    Never made it right
    Never made it right
    Lonely looking night
    Lonely looking night
    Lonely looking night

    Sleep we sleep
    For we may dream
    While we may
    Dream we dream
    for we may wake
    One more day
    One more day

    Glory looking day
    Glory day, glory looking day
    And all it's glory
    Told a simple way
    Behold it if you may
    Glory looking day
    Glory looking day
    Lonely looking night

    SKYBIRD

    Skybird
    Make your sail
    And every heart will know
    Of the tale

    Songbird
    Make you tune
    For none may sing it
    Just as you do

    Look at the way I glide
    Caught on the wind's lazy tide
    Sweetly how it sings
    Rally each heart at the sight
    Of you silver wings

    Skybird, skybird

    Nightbird
    Find your way
    For none may know it
    just as you may

    ANTHEM

    Sanctus
    Kyrie
    Sanctus
    Kyrie
    Kyrie Gloria
    Gloria Holy
    Holy, Holy
    Gloria

    Sanctus
    Kyrie
    Sanctus
    Kyrie
    Kyrie Gloria
    Gloria Holy
    Holy, Holy
    Gloria

    DEAR FATHER

    Dear Farther
    We dream
    We dream
    We dream
    While we may

    Who are we to need
    We need
    We need
    While we wait
    While we wait

    1973 Stonebrige Music (ASCAP)


    Jungletime

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    Jungle time, time for the fight and it's time for the fury.
    Jungle time, settin' it right and then takin' the glory,
    Jungle time, rumble time, 
    baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby.
    
    Strut your stuff, lay it all out like you don't care who knows it.
    Strut your stuff, you keep your cool while the other guy blows it. 
    Strut your stuff, hangin' tough. 
    Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby.
    Jungle time, rumble time, tumble time.
    
    Hey, I'm walkin' proud, me and the boys got a date with the angels.
    Walkin' proud, we and them boys ain't exactly like strangers.
    Walkin' proud, talkin' proud. 
    Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby.
    Jungle time, rumble time, tumble time.
    
    Hey, I'm checkin' out, this ain't my style it it ain't my persuasion.
    Checkin' out, guess I ain't built for this kind of occasion.
    Checkin' out, steppin' out.
    Mama, mama, mama, mama, mama, mama, mama, mama.
    
    Jungle time, rough, tough, tumble time.
    Jungle time rough, tough, tumble time.
    
    

    KENTUCKY WOMAN

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Kentucky woman
    She shines with her own kind of light
    She'd look at you once
    And a day that's all wrong
    looks all right
    And I love her
    God knows, I love her

    Kentucky woman
    If she get to know you
    She goin' to own you
    Kentucky woman

    Well, she ain't the kind
    Makes heads turn at the drop of her name
    But something inside
    That she's got turn you on just the same
    And she loves me
    God knows, she loves me

    Kentucky woman
    If she get to know you
    She goin' to own you
    Kentucky woman

    I don't want much
    The good Lord's earth beneath my feet
    A gentle touch
    From that one girl, and life is
    Sweet and good
    Ain't no doubt
    I'm talkin' about

    Kentucky woman
    If she get to know you
    She goin' to own you
    Kentucky woman

    1967 Tallyrand Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    LIKE YOU DO


    Words and Music by Sandy Knox and Steve Rosen


    
    Love never doubts or suffers or cries
    Love shows no fear, love tells no lies.
    And love would never leave me in the dark.
    No, love never breaks my heart like you do, like you do.
    
    Love doesn't have unapproachable walls
    or a heart that becons and then withdraws.
    And love would never steal my dignity.
    Love has never made a fool of me like you do, like you do, like you do.
    
    Oh, and I have know times when love seems unsure.
    But when love is unkind, it is not love anymore.
    
    Love never threatens or frightens me.
    It's not held together with apologies.
    Love never screams my name.
    No, and love never turns away like you do, like you do.
    Oh, and I have know times when love seems unsure.
    But where love may be unkind, love never turns away like you do, 
    like you do, like you do, like you do.
    

    LONGFELLOW SERENADE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Lonfellow Serenade
    Such were the plans I'd made
    For she was a lady
    And I was a dreamer
    With only words to trade

    You know that I was born for a night like this
    Warmed by a stolen kiss
    For I was lonely
    And she was lonely

    Ride, come on baby, ride
    Let me make your dreams come true
    I'll sing my song
    Let me make it warm for you

    I'll weave his web of rhyme
    Upon the summer night
    We'll leave this worldly time
    On his winged flight

    Then come, and as we lay
    Beside this sleepy glade
    There I will sing to you
    My Longfellow serenade

    Longfellow serenade
    Such were the plans I made
    But she was a lady
    As deep as a river
    And through the night, we stayed

    And in my way, I loved her as none before
    Loved her with words and more
    For she was lonely
    And I was lonely

    Ride, come on baby, ride
    Let me make you dreams come true
    I'll sing my song
    Let me sing my song
    Let me make it warm for you

    I'll weave this web of rhyme
    Upon the summer night
    We'll leave this worldly time
    On his winged flight

    Then come, and as we lay
    Beside this sleepy glade
    There I will sing to you
    My Longfellow serenade

    1974 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    LADY MAGDELENE

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    The man on the right is a man undone
    he'd give you his soul if you asked him for some.
    A child in his way for he needs to believe
    that love is a song for each man to sing.
    
    The man on the left is a prize unwon
    a candle unlit and a song unsung.
    Believing that love is a dreamer's dream,
    the man on the left the me in between.
    
    Lady Magdelene, I can hear your distant trumpet
    calling from the morning mountain, 
    singing to the passing river. 
    Take me home, show me peaceful days before my youth has gone.
    
    The man in between waits between the two
    not hearing the lie and not seeing the true.
    Unknowing what is and denying what seems
    and there he will sleep the man in between.
    
    Lady Magdelene, I can hear your distant trumpet
    calling from the morning mountain,
    singing to the passing river.
    Take me home, show me peaceful days before my youth has gone.
    
    Lady Magdelene, make the sound of silent thunder
    calling from the lips of Abraham
    make a sound that we may wonder, where we are.
    Take us to you soul for we have wandered far.
    
    The man on the right was a man undone
    the man on the left like a prize unwon.
    And God only knows what their time will bring
    or what will become of the man in between.
    
    



    Lady-Oh

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    Lady-oh, Lady-oh, I walked the streets again last night. 
    I saw you in the city light like a vision, Lady-oh.
    Lady I, Lady I, I've been waitin' around such a long long time
    believin' I could make you mine, just wanting you Lady-oh. 
    
    But here I am and there you are, much too far to even hear me.
    Hurts a lot, you know it does, it hurts a lot.
    Oh, Lady-oh, am I gonna ever learn what I never learned before?
    
    City lights, city lights burn so warm and they burn so bright,
    but me, I walk the city night to forget you, Lady-oh. 
    
    But here I am and there you are, much too far to even hear me.
    Hurts a lot, you know it does, it hurts a lot. 
    Oh, Lady-oh, am I gonna ever learn what I never learned before?

    Lonely Lady #17

    written by Neil Diamond, Vince Charles, and King Erisson

    
    Lonely lady one, she run away.
    And number two, she do the same.
    Lady number three walk out on me
    like number four.
    Who's keeping score?
    Lady five, oh how she lied.
    She made me pay some dues.
    Six and seven, eight, nine, ten,
    they really were bad news.
    
    Oh no, they'd only break my heart.
    That's how it seems.
    And then I finally came upon
    a lady seventeen.
    
    Lonely lady number seventeen,
    she stayed a while.
    She had the style.
    Lonely lady number seventeen,
    she got to be with lonely me.
    Lonely, lonely lady number seventeen, yeah.
    Lonely lady!
    
    Ladies eleven, twelve and thirteen,
    they came and went.
    "Baby," I still can hear them sayin'
    "It's time to repent."
    I turned around,
    and there she was
    with such a sweet surprise:
    a lovin' face,
    lovin' smile,
    and love lights in her eyes.
    
    Lonely lady number seventeen,
    you stayed a while.
    You had the style.
    Lonely lady number seventeen,
    come on and be
    with lonely me
    Oh no, when lady fourteen walked out,
    that's when I screamed.
    No luck with lady fifteen
    or sweet sixteen.
    
    But lonely lady number seventeen,
    you stayed a while.
    You had the style.
    Lonely lady number seventeen,
    come on an be
    with lonely me.
    Lonely, lonely lady
    number seventeen, yeah!
    Lonely lady!
    She makes me feel so sociable
    

    LOVE ON THE ROCKS

    Written by Neil Diamond and Gilbert Becaud

    Love on the rocks
    Ain't no surprise
    Pour me a drink
    And I'll tell you some lies
    Got nothin' to lose
    So you just sing the blues all the time

    Gave you my heart
    Gave you my soul
    You left me alone here
    With nothing to hold
    Yesterday's gone
    Now all I want is a smile

    First, they say they want you
    How they really need you
    Suddenly you find you're out there
    Walking in a storm
    When they know they have you
    Then they really have you
    Nothing you can do or say
    You've got to leave, just get away
    We all know the song

    You need what you need
    You can say what you want
    Not much you can do
    When the feeling is gone
    May be blue skies above
    But it's cold when you love's on the rocks

    First, they say they want you
    How they really need you
    Suddenly you find you're out there
    Walking in a storm
    When they know they have you
    Then they really have you
    Nothing you can do or say
    You've got to leave, just get away
    We all know the song

    Love on the rocks
    Ain't no surprise
    Pour me a drink
    And I'll tell you some lies
    Yesterday's gone
    And now all I want is a smile

    1980 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    MARRY ME

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Tom Shapiro

    
    
    
    Say that you'll marry me, 
    Sometimes carry me.
    And I will be there forever more for you.
    And if you marry me, 
    I will give ev'ry thing.
    And I will do anything that you need me to.
    You'll know by the love in my eyes 
    And the beat of my heart I'll be there.
    You'll know 'cause you'll never be lonely 
    Again, anytime, anywhere.
    This I promise if you marry me. 
    
    Promise you'll stay with me. 
    We'll make some memories, 
    And maybe a dream or two will come true.
    Who knows?
    This I can say for sure: 
    All that I have is yours.
    You'll never wonder where I stand; it shows.
    You'll know by the love in my eyes
    And the beat of my heart. I'll be there.
    You'll know 'cause you'll never be lonely 
    Again, anytime, anywhere.
    All I promise you I will be 
    If you'll only say you'll marry me.
    I won't ever forget these words,
    and I'll love you for all I'm worth
    If you say you will marry me. 
    Won't you marry me?
    Marry me.
    

    A MATTER OF LOVE

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Tom Shapiro

    If you've been feelin' blue, 
    Hey, it's been the same for me.
    Now I'm here with you, 
    And you're exactly what I need.
    Put your defenses down. 
    Let me show you now 
    This heart to heart was meant to be.
    
    And ev'ry thing about you feels so right.
    I only want to have you in my life.
    All I really had to see was somebody there for me.
    And if we stay right here all night,
    don't you know it's a matter of love.
    Don't you know it's a matter of trust.
    The connection between you and me, 
    can't you see it's a matter trust, 
    Matter of us, 
    Matter of love. 
    
    We got magic here; 
    It's the power of love, I know.
    It's dancin' in the air, 
    And I can feel the feelin' grow.
    Put your defenses down.
    Let me hold you now, 
    And I won't ever let you go. 
    
    And ev'ry thing about you feels so right.
    I only want to have you in my life.
    All I really had to see was somebody there for me.
    And if we stay right here all night,
    don't you know it's a matter of love.
    Don't you know it's a matter of trust.
    Nothin's ever gonna separate us.
    You and me, it's a matter of trust, 
    Matter of us, 
    Matter of love.
    
    Put your defenses down.
    Let me hold you now, and I won't ever let you go. 
    And ev'ry thing about you feels so right.
    I only want to have you in my life.
    All I really had to see was somebody there for me.
    And if we stay right here all night,
    don't you know it's a matter of love.
    Don't you know it's a matter of trust.
    The connection between you and me, 
    can't you see it's a matter of trust, 
    Matter of us,
    Matter of love.
    It's a matter of love.

    MORNINGSIDE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Morningside
    The old man died
    And no one cried
    They simply turned away
    And when he died
    He left a table made of nails and pride
    And with his hands, he carved these words inside
    'For my childen'

    Morning light
    Morning bright
    I spent the night
    With dreams that make you weep
    Morning time
    Wash away the sadness from these eyes of mine
    For I recall the words an old man signed
    'For my children'

    And the legs were shaped with his hands
    And the top made of oaken wood
    And the children that sat around his table
    Touched it with their laughter
    Ah, and that was good

    Morningside
    An old man died
    And no one cried
    He surely died alone
    And truth is sad
    For not a children would claim
    the gift he had
    The words he carved
    became his epitaph
    'For my children'

    1972 Prophet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

    Mountains Of Love

    Someday, make your way down the coast of South Africa.
    There you will say
    they're in need of a mountain of love.
    Sail away, and you reach all the way down to China.
    Don't look away.
    They're in need of what we've plenty of.
    Got enough to surround every living thing we see.
    There's enough to include even you and me.
    
    So just keep on tryin',
    climbin' to the top.
    Check out that view from above.
    At the top,
    there's mountains of love.
    In the end,
    Love is what I'm talkin' of.
    'Round the bend,
    there's mountains of love,
    mountains of love.
    
    I know from the glow that I see in the smallest child
    that we can go higher still than we ever dreamed of.
    Don't you know
    there are magical places inside the heart?
    Come on, let's go.
    We got room on that mountain of love,
    room enough to surround every living thing we seel
    room enough to include even you and me.
    
    So just keep on tryin',
    climbin' to the top.
    Check out that view from above.
    At the top, there's mountains of love.
    In the end,
    love always seems to shine through.
    'Round the bend
    for me and for you,
    there's mountains of
    (Love's all right, mountains made of love.
    Love's all right, mountains of love.)
    (Love's all right, mountains made of love.
    Love's all right, mountains of love.)
    To the top,
    let's check out that view from above.
    It never stops.
    There's mountains of love.
    
    In the end, love always seems to shine through,
    'round the bend for me and for you.
    At the top, top of those mountains of love...
    At the top,
    got more than enough.
    


    NO LIMIT

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Richard Bennett

    Some things got to be known.
    Some don't need to be said.
    Which way we gonna go?
    Stayin' home is just making me mad.

    Me, I got to get out.
    Me, I got to feel right.
    Don't need to worry or doubt 'cause I'm gonna be rockin' tonight.

    Get on board, check it out, look around.
    Ain't no limit to what love allows.
    You and me, let it be, be just fine.
    No limit to it any time.

    Me, I'm telling you true; say it right in a crowd.
    Any chance with you, hey, you know I'm gonna be 'round.
    Get on board, check it out, look around.
    Ain't no limit to what love allows.

    If we don't make it, we don't make it, and I won't cry.
    But I been thinkin' and I know one thing:
    we're never gonna make it if we don't try.

    Me, I'm fellin' it good.
    Ain't no foolin' around.
    I've been misunderstood, but I know what I'm talkin' about.

    Get on board, check it out, look around.
    Ain't no limit to what love allows.
    You and me got to fly, set it free.
    No limit if you just know how.
    Ain't no limit to what love allows.


    OPEN WIDE THESE PRISON DOORS

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Stewart Harris

    Tied by love to you, but I was tied too strong.
    Still, I'm afraid of knowin' what leavin' means.
    I know I lived for you in all I tried to do. 
    You were the keeper of my dreams.
    
    Open wide these prison doors.
    Take these chains from 'round my heart.
    Make believe that I'm no more.
    Pay no mind when I depart.
    Need to find another place where love is not just tossed away.
    If you really care for me, open wide these prison doors and set me free.
    
    You were always caring, always warm and kind.
    But that was long ago when love was blind.
    And I don't want to hurt you the way that I've been hurt.
    But if I stay, I'll lose my mind.
    
    Open wide these prison doors.
    Take these chains from 'round my heart.
    Make believe that I'm no more.
    Pay no mind when I depart.
    Need to find another place where love is not just tossed away.
    And if you really care for me, open wide these prison doors and set me free.
    
    Time is always moving while we're here standing still.
    I'll love you even though I'm leaving.
    And maybe I always will.
    
    Open wide these prison doors.
    Take these chains from 'round my heart.
    Make believe that I'm no more.
    Pay no mind when I depart.
    Need to find another place where love is not just tossed away.
    And if you really care for me, open wide these prison doors and set me free.
    If you really care for me, open wide these prison doors and set me free.
    Set me free. Set me free. Set me free.
    

    ONE GOOD LOVE

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Gary Nicholson

    It took a while for me to know 
    What I was looking for.
    And ev'ry heart I've ever known 
    Just left me wanting more.
    One good love can turn it all around,
    Take hold of a restless heart 
    And lead it back to solid ground.
    You can search the world for happiness 
    And never get enough, 
    When all you really need to find 
    Is one good love.
    
    I followed all life's pleasures 
    Wherever they would lead.
    But someone I can treasure 
    Is all I really need.
    One good love can turn it all around, 
    take hold of a restless heart 
    And lead it back to solid ground.
    One good love can take you to the light.
    With just one touch you can forget 
    A thousand empty nights.
    
    You can search the world for happiness 
    And never get enough, 
    When all you really need to find 
    Is one good love. 
    You can search the world for happiness 
    And never get enough,    
    When all you really need to find 
    Is one good love, one good love. 

    PLAY ME

    Written by Neil Diamond

    She was moring
    And I was night time
    I one day woke up
    To find her lying
    Beside my bed
    I softly said
    "Come take me"

    For I've been lonely
    In need of someone
    As though I'd done
    Someone wrong somewhere
    I don't know where
    Come lately

    You are the sun
    I am the moon
    You are the words
    I am the tune
    Play me

    Song she sang to me
    Song she brang to me
    Words that rang in me
    Rhyme that sprang from me
    Warmed the night
    And what was right
    Became me

    You are the sun
    I am the moon
    You are the words
    I am the tune
    Play me

    And so it was
    That I came to travel
    Upon a road
    That was thorned and narrow
    Another place
    Another grace
    Would save me

    You are the sun
    I am the moon
    You are the word
    I am the tune
    Play me

    1972 Prophet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    Porcupine Pie

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    
    Porcupine pie, porcupine pie, porcupine pie,
    Vanilla soup, a double scoop please. 
    No, maybe I want, maybe I won't, maybe I will.
    The titti fruit, with fruity blue cheese. 
    
    Ah, but porcupine pie, porcupine pie, porcupine pie,
    Don't let it get on your jeans, I know it sounds a little strange, 
    but you got to eat it with gloves--or your hands will turn green. 
    
    Ah, but porcupine pie, porcupine pie, porcupine pie,
    It weaves its way through my dreams,
    And I do believe I'm gonna have one and leave enough room for dessert,
    chicken ripple ice cream.
    

    REMINISCE FOR A WHILE

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Raul Malo

    Being here is being where I want to be.
    I don't suppose you'll ever know how much you mean.
    And for all the heartaches we've been through, 
    I know that I could not forget my time with you.
    
    I'd much rather stay, but I'll be on my way and never again see you smile.
    For all that it's worth, I'd move heaven and earth
    to just reminisce for a while. 
    
    There was a time I had the will to carry on, 
    but I let go even though you're what I want.
    "Could have beens" to keep you warm when I was gone,
    I never knew that near to you's where I belong.
    
    I'd much rather stay, but I'll be on my way and never again see you smile.
    For all that it's worth, I'd move heaven and earth
    to just reminisce for a while. 
    
    I'd much rather stay, but I'll be on my way and never again see you smile.
    For all that it's worth, I'd move heaven and earth
    to just reminisce for a while.
    We'll just reminisce for a while.

    ROSEMARY’S WINE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    And her eyes
    Hurt the way they do
    Almost like they’d seen
    Almost like they knew

    And her words
    Soft as they could be
    Tied me to her soul
    And couldn’t set me free

    And the night
    That held us in its arms
    It held us once again
    But even then
    I knew this time
    That I would decline
    Sweet Rosemary’s Wine

    Lately I
    Seem to be inclined
    More to being cold
    Less to being kind
    And I suppose
    That I’ve been less than true
    Being what I am
    What was I to do?

    So I drink
    The sweetness of her soul
    And drink it once again
    But even then
    I guess I’d known
    That I would decline
    Sweet Rosemary’s wine

    1975 Stonebridge Music


    SAVE ME

    Words and music by Neil Diamond

    Yeah, I know
    When the wind comes blowing across the meadow
    It sings your name
    And I've seen the starry nights
    Fall across the ghetto
    It seems the same
    
    And I feel the light in your eyes
    And it's calling me stay just a little longer
    It burns like a fiery star in the midst of the night
    It's putting me under
    
    Can  anybody save me
    Save me, save me from the storm
    Save me, save me
    Save me 'fore I'm gone
    I'm only a man
    And a man's gotta break
    There's a lot I can stand
    But not a lot I can take
    Save me, something is taking me over
    And there's no place that I can hide
    
    Sweet dreams,
    My love and I, by the edge of the river
    We're feeling that glow
    And we drink, making love in the sand
    And I love being with her
    But I got to go slow
    'Cause I know
    Just as sure as the waves come beat on the sand
    I'm a man that's divided
    And one night, burning hot with a kiss
    And I try to resist, but there's no way to fight it
    
    Hey, can anybody save me,
    Save me, save me from the storm
    Save me, save me
    Save me 'fore I'm gone
    I'm only a man
    And a man's gotta break
    There's a lot I can stand
    But not a lot I can take
    Save me, something is taking me over
    and there's nowhere that I can hide
    Won't you save me
    Someone is making me love her
    It's breaking me up inside
    
    Save me now...

    SEPTEMBER MORN

    Written by Neil Diamond and Gilbert Becaud

    Stay for just a while
    Stay, and let me look at you
    It's been so long, I hardly knew you
    Standing in the door
    Stay with me a while
    I only wanna talk to you
    We've traveled halfway 'round the world
    To find ourselves again

    September morn
    We danced until the night became a brand new day
    Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play
    September morning still can make me feel that way

    Look at what you've done
    Why, you've become a grown-up girl
    I still can hear you crying
    In a corner of your room
    And look how far we've come
    So far from where we used to be
    But not so far that we've forgotten
    How it was before

    September morn
    Do you remember how we danced that night away
    Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play
    September morning still can make me feel that way

    1979 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    SHAME

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Hal Ketchum

    (Spoken)  Check it out now. I'm a little man, 
    but you're my woman, 
    and together we're strong.
    
    The end of the road is lonesome and cold;
    ain't no place for makin' a stand.
    I got too much of you on my mind, 
    too much time on my hands.
    Some people say there just ain't no way 
    we can hold on
    and see this thing through.
    I don't care what they say; 
    ]they never loved one like you.
    
    Shame: it comes in ev'ry size, 
    touches many lives, knocks on many doors.
    Shame: I've seen it in your eyes.
    They hurt you with their lies, 
    but words don't count at all.    
    'Cause I don't care what they say; 
    there ain't no shame in loving you.
    
    I remember the day that I drove you away;
    Lord, that whistle gave a lonesome moan.
    That train that took you away, 
    it's gonna bring you back home.
    And I'll be standing right there 
    in the cold morning air
    when that train comes a rollin' in.
    Lorene, once you're back in my arms, 
    you won't be leaving again. 
    
    Shame: it comes in ev'ry size, 
    touches many lives, knocks on many doors.
    Shame: I've seen it in your eyes.
    They hurt you with their lies; 
    their words don't count at all. 
    And I don't care what they say;
     there ain't no shame in loving you.
    No, I don't care what they say; 
    there ain't no shame in loving you.
    Me, I don't care what they say; 
    there ain't no shame loving you.  
    

    SHILO

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Young child with dreams
    Dream ev'ry dream on your own
    When children play
    seems like you end up alone

    Papa says he'd love to be with you
    If he had the time
    So you turn on the only friend you can find
    There in your mind

    Shilo, when I was young
    I used to call you name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo, you always came
    And we'd play

    Young girl with fire
    Something said she understood
    I wanted to fly
    She made me feel like I could

    Held my hand out, and I let her take me
    Blind as a child
    All I saw was the way that she made me smile
    She made me smile

    Shilo, when I was young
    I used to call you name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo, you always came
    And you'd stay

    Had a dream, and it filled me with wonder
    She had other plans
    "Got to go, and I know that you'll understand"
    I understand

    Shilo, when I was young
    I used to call you name
    When no one else would come
    Shilo, you always came
    Come today

    1970 Tallyrand Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    Signs

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    Signs that burn like shooting stars
    that pass across the nighttime skies,
    they reach out in their mystic language
    for us to read between the lines.
    Some are born who would defy them,
    others still who would deny them, signs.
    
    Signs like moments hung suspended, 
    echoes just beneath the heart
    speak in voices half remembered
    and half forgotten play their part.
    Signs that come as we lay sleeping
    left behind for our keeping, signs.
    
    Sail along, sail along the reefs and the coves inside your soul.
    Sail along, sail along in search of a star that you can hold.
    And we journey far to where that star may lead to (lead to).
    
    Signs that whisper in the dreams of sailors
    and of river queens of paupers and of men with means, 
    it all depends on how it reads.
    Some are born who never need them,
    others still who never read them, signs. 
    
    Sail along, sail along the reefs and the coves inside your soul.
    Sail along, sail along in search of a star that you can hold.
    And we journey far to where that star may lead to (lead to).
    Signs, signs.
    
    Some are born who never need them, 
    others still who never read them, signs.

    SOLITARY MAN

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Melinda was mine
    'Til the time
    That I found her
    Holding Jim
    Loving Him

    Then Sue came along
    Loved me strong
    That's what I thought
    Me and Sue
    But that died too

    Don't know that I will
    But until I can find me
    The girl who'll stay
    And won't play games behind me
    I'll be what I am
    A solitary man
    Solitary man

    I've had it to here
    Bein' where
    Love's a small word
    Part-time thing
    Paper ring

    I know it's been done
    Havin' one
    Girl who'll love me
    Right or wrong
    Weak or strong

    Don't know that I will
    But until I can find me
    The girl who'll stay
    And won't play games behind me
    I'll be what I am
    A solitary man
    Solitary man

    1966 Tallyrand Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

    Someone Who Believes In You

    written by Neil Diamond

    
    Believe me;
    I'm someone who believes in you.
    Say you really had a million dollars
    and a car for ev'ry day of the week,
    so what?
    You know what?
    It wouldn't mean not a single thing
    without that someone who believes it, too.
    Yeah, you gotta have someone who believes in you.
    
    Say you really had a Hollywood contract
    and your face upon a big billboard,
    big car, big star.
    You'd move a lot, but you wouldn't get far
    without that someone who believes it, too.
    You better have someone who believes in you.
    
    You are the truest part of me,
    that quiet place
    where I can be strong.
    You come to fill my deepest need.
    You call my name,
    and I hear your song.
    
    Believe me;
    there's someone who believes in you.
    So you really got the hots for stardom.
    All you need is some big guitar to take you
    and make you into an overnight star,
    and then you'll find that stars get lonesome, too.
    And you better have someone who believes in you.
    
    You are the truest part of me,
    that tender place
    where I can be strong.
    You come to fill my deepest need.
    You speak my name,
    and I hear your song.
    
    So you really want a job in the circus.
    Paint your face and make the people smile.
    Hey clown, come on down.
    You've been too long walkin' that high wire.
    When you're falling, you'll be calling, too,
    callin' out to someone who believes you,
    someone who's there when nobody needs you,
    callin' out to someone who
    believes in you.
    


    SONG SUNG BLUE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Song sung blue
    Everybody knows one
    Song sung blue
    Every garden grows one

    Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
    But when you take the blues and make a song
    You sing them out again
    Sing them out again

    Song sung blue
    Weeping like a willow
    Song sung blue
    Sleeping on my pillow

    Funny thing, but you can sing it with a cry in your voice
    And before you know, start to feeling good
    You simply got no choice

    Song sung blue
    Everybody knows one
    Song sung blue
    Every garden grows one

    1972 Prophet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    SOOLAIMON

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Come she come say
    Ride on the night
    Sun becomes day
    Day shall provide

    Soo, soolaimon
    Soolai, soolai, soolaimon
    Soo, soolaimon
    Soolai, soolai, soolaimon
    Soo, soolaimon
    Soolai, soolai, soolaimon

    God of my want, want, want
    Lord of my need, need, need
    Leading me on, on, on
    On to the woman, she dance for the sun
    God of my day, day, day
    Lord of my night, night, night
    Seek for the way, way, way
    Taking me home

    She callin'
    Bring home my name
    On the wings of a flea
    Wind in the plains
    Dance once for me

    Soo, soolaimon
    Soolai, soolai, soolaimon
    Soo, soolaimon
    Soolai, soolai, soolaimon
    Soo, soolaimon
    Soolai, soolai, soolaimon

    1970 Prophet Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    Stargazer

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    
    Stargazer, you with your head in the heavens, 
    you'll never get by walkin' that high off the ground.
    Moon dreamer, I've been around and I've seen it;
    the higher you get--the harder they let you down.
    You pay your dues, it seems forever.
    And if you're clever you may be in for a while, 
    then you're out of style.
    
    Stargazer, probably think I'm crazy, 
    and haven't you heard one single word I've said?
    Now, I don't want to burst your bubble, but you got trouble.
    Don't you know the higher the top the longer the drop.
    Hey, Stargazer.
    
    Now, I don't want to burst your bubble, but you got trouble. 
    Don't you know the higher the top the longer the drop.
    Hey, Stargazer
    

    THE LAST PICASSO

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    The last Picasso, the last Picasso was just acquired by some old museum, and Don Quixote, Well Don Quixote the old man's rhyme has lost its reason; which only reminds me have I remembered to say that without you this life of plenty, would seem so empty, the last Picasso. Oh me and you--me oh me oh me oh me and you-- We, we can sigh--me oh me oh me oh me oh we can sigh. The last Picasso, the last Picasso may gather dust amid the ruins, and Don Quixote, Well Don Quixote may no longer make his wishful tunes; but I still have you and I will have you when ev'rything else is gone and done with. We'll be like one with the last Picasso. Oh me and you--me oh me oh me oh me oh me and you-- We, we can sigh--me oh me oh me oh me oh we can sigh. Oh, me and you--me oh me oh me oh me oh me and you-- We, we can sigh--me oh me oh me oh me oh we can sigh. Oh, me and you--we we can sigh me oh me oh me oh we can sign. Oh, me and you.


    THE STORY OF MY LIFE

    Words and music by Neil Diamond

    
    The story of my life is very plain to read
    It starts the day you came
    And ends the day you leave
    The story of my life begins and ends with you
    The names are still the same
    And the story's still the truth
    
    I was alone.
    You found me waiting and made me your own
    I was afraid
    That somehow I never could be a man that you wanted of me
    
    You're the story of my life, and every word is true
    Each chapter sings your name
    Each page begins with you
    It's the story of our times and never letting go
    If I die today, I wannted yo to know
    
    Stay with me here
    Share with me, care with me
    Stay and be near
    and when it began I'd lie awake every night
    Just knowing somewhere deep inside
    That our affair just might write
    
    The story of my life is very plain to read
    It starts the day you came
    It ends the day you leave
    

    The Way

    written by Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley, and Alan Lindgren

    
    The way,
    as far as I can see it,
    I need to find the way to make you mine.
    And someday,
    when you least expect it,
    I hope you find the way
    to love me in kind.
    
    The way
    leading to your heart
    can never go wrong.
    Leading to your soul,
    no road is too long.
    And now,
    having said I love you,
    I've got to find the way to say that I care.
    And the way,
    having been decided,
    is for me to stay
    and always be there.
    
    The way
    leading to your heart
    can never go wrong.
    Leading to your soul,
    no road is too long.
    
    Be a part of me;
    that's all I can say.
    I may not know the words,
    but I know the way to you.
    
    The way leading to your heart
    can never go wrong.
    Leading to your soul,
    no road is too long.
    Be a part of me;
    that's all I can say.
    I'm a part of you,
    and I know that you are the way.
    
    Just need the way to find you.
    I need to find, I need to find, I need to find, I need to find the way to you.
    
    You are the way. You are the way. You are the way. You are the way,
    the way for me.
    


    Street Life

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    Hey, let me show you the street life.
    Hey, let me show you the finks, the punks, the judge, the junkie.
    Stay close to me for a while, for a while, for a while.
    Say boy, you got to get street wise.
    Hey, little boy, you're a babe in arms, stay out of harm's way
    right here with me for a while, for a while, for a while.
    
    Street life, hell in the city.
    You got to really watch out for that street life.
    Say, it ain't pretty, you got to know your way around
    or somehow you might get hurt, get hurt, get hurt.
    
    Say, let me show you the night life. 
    Say, let me show you the queens, the dudes, 
    the class, the crudes, the folks that inhabit the night.
    Let me set it right.
    I'm gonna give you my warning, 
    I'm gonna tell you the street's alive the sound of jive,
    you've just arrived.
    Try it for size for a while, for a while.
    
    Street life, hell in the city.
    You got to really watch out for that street life.
    Say, it ain't pretty, you got to know your way around
    or somehow you might get hurt, get hurt, get hurt.
    

    Surviving the Life

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    
    Surviving the life, got some highs, got some lows,
    but the wise man, he knows what it's really about.
    When you're doin' without, surviving the life.
    
    Providing the soul, it ain't easy to do 
    when you got to get through any way that you can.
    Join the fam'ly of man providing the soul.
    
    Pass the plate that serves it, 
    ev'ry heart deserves it; you and me, we do.
    Life ain't easy, but it ain't that bad.
    Sing the song that tells it, praise the man that sells it;
    you're alive, you might as well be glad.
    
    Revealing the heart, you know that some people try
    but it's hard to get by without giving a thing.
    You only get what you bring, revealing the heart.
    
    Pass the plate that serves it, 
    ev'ry heart deserves it'; you and me, we do.
    Life ain't easy, but it ain't that bad.
    Sing the song that tell it, praise the man that sells it;
    you're alive, you might as well be glad. 
    
    Providing the soul, revealing the heart, surviving the life.

    SWEET CAROLINE

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Where it began
    I can't begin to knowin'
    But then I know it's growing strong

    Was in the spring
    And spring became the summer
    Who'd have believed you'd come along

    Hands, touchin' hands
    Reachin' out
    Touchin' me
    Touchin' you

    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    I've been inclined
    To believe they never would

    But now I
    Look at the night
    And it don't seem so lonely
    We fill it up with only two
    And when I hurt
    Hurtin' runs off my shoulders
    How can I hurt when I'm with you

    Warm, touchin' warm
    Reachin' out
    Touchin' me
    Touchin' you

    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    I've been inclined
    To believe they never would
    Oh, no, no

    Sweet Caroline
    Good times never seemed so good
    I've been inclined
    To believe they never would
    Sweet Caroline

    1969 Stonebridge Music (ASCAP)


    Sweet L.A. Days

    written by Neil Diamond and Doug Rhone

    
    I can see it all now.
    I will never forget
    what you meant to me.
    Don't have a single regret.
    And I was feelin' alright
    when it was just me and you.
    
    We loved with all of our might.
    That's all we wanted to do.
    There ain't a lot we had to know
    except that I wanted you
    to be wherever I'd go.
    Will anything ever be sweeter than those days?
    Nobody's gonna replace
    all that we shared with each other in those days,
    back in those sweet L.A. days,
    sweet L.A. days.
    
    No one could ever replace
    how on a Saturday night
    we would jump in your car
    and how we'd drive through the night
    and maybe not get that far.
    There wasn't much we had to learn
    except that we knew the road would take us through every turn.
    
    Will anything ever be sweeter than those days?
    Nobody's gonna replace all that we shared
    with each other in those days,
    back in those sweet L.A. days, sweet L.A. days.
    
    Ooee baby it's takin' me back,
    back to those L.A. days,
    sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet L.A. days.
    They can't be taken away,
    not those L.A. days, no,
    those L.A. days,
    sweet L.A. days.
    

    TALKING OPTIMIST BLUES (GOOD DAY TODAY)

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Gretchen Peters

    I got worries by the ton; gettin' cancer's only one.
    Overtaxed and alimonied, tired of eatin' fried baloney.
    I got burdens on my shoulders, dying young or growin' older.
    There's some brain cells I'm missin',
    but despite it all, I'd like to say--
    
    I'm gonna have a good day today.
    Gonna have a good time anyway.
    Put it all behind me, lay it all away.
    Gonna be a good day today.
    
    Bills and pills and former wives, 
    past mistakes and former lives.
    Bank account is overdrawn,
    out of Prozac, hairline's gone.
    Hearing voices in my head;
    say I should've stayed in bed.
    Dog just died, but what the heck;
    nothing worse can happen anyway.
    
    So, I'm gonna have a good day today.
    Me, I'm gonna have a good time anyway.
    Put it all behind me, lay it all away.
    Gonna be a good day today.
    
    Pulled my back and wrecked my car.
    Girl-friend stole my V.C.R.
    Letter came from Sixty Minutes;
    say they wanna put me in it.
    Tell me my career just died.
    Years ago I might've cried.
    Now I'm just too old to do it. 
    May be true, but screw it anyway.
    
    Me, I'm gonna have a good day today.
    And I'm gonna have a good time anyway.
    Put it all behind me, lay it all away.
    Gonna be a good day today.
    
    Hey, I'm gonna have a good day today.
    Me, I'm gonna have a good time anyway.
    Put it all behind me, lay it all away.
    Gonna be a good day today.
    
    

    TENNESSEE MOON

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Dennis Morgan


    Hollywood don't do what it once could do.
    I used to wake up and write me a song before noon.
    So I packed my dusty bags one night, grabbed an old guitar,
    and I caught a red-eye flight.

    In search of a dream underneath the Tennessee moon,
    I fell in love to an old Hank Williams tune.
    Makes me wonder: is it the same moon Hank played under?

    Touched down and she stole my heart right away.
    Began to think for the first time I might stay.
    And when I heard that lonesome whistle moan,
    knew I'd fin'lly found my way back home.

    In search of a dream underneath the Tennessee moon,
    I fell in love to an old Hank Williams tune.
    And I wonder: is it the same moon Hank stood under
    when he sang about jambalaya and bein' lonesome enough to cry?
    And I can hear the echos in the sounds of his guitar.
    And his words still paint a picture in my heart.

    Yeah, in search of a dream underneath the Tennessee moon,
    I fell in love to an old Hank Williams tune.
    I was in search of a dream underneath the Tennessee moon,
    yes, I fell in love to an old Hank Williams tune.


    THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Daytime turns me off, and I don't mean maybe
    Nine-to-five ain't takin' me where I'm bound
    When it's done, I run out to see my baby
    We got groovin' when the sun goes down

    I thank the Lord for the night time
    To forget the day
    A day of up-, uptight time
    Baby, chase it away
    I get relexation
    It's a time to groove

    I thank the Lord for the night time
    I thank the Lord for you

    I'll talk about plans now Baby, I got plenty
    Nothing ever seems to turn out the way it should
    Talk about money, girl, I ain't got any
    Seems like just one time I'm feeling good

    I thank the Lord for the night time
    To forget the day
    A day of up-, uptight time
    Baby, chase it away
    I get relexation
    It's a time to groove

    I thank the Lord for the night time
    I thank the Lord for you

    1967 Tallyrand Music, Inc. (ASCAP)


    Walk On Water

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond

    Walk on water, ain't it like her, 
    She leads the children,
    Ain't it right, ain't it right, ain't it right!
    
    And ain't it wond'rous, the way she does it, 
    Gives love and loves it, 
    Ain't it right, ain't it right, ain't it right!
    
    Light de light, we got mornin', mornin' makes another day,
    Glory sight, got de dawnin',  
    Lordy, light the night away!
    
    Light de light, we got mornin', mornin' makes another day,
    Glory sight, got de dawnin'
    Lordy, light the night away!
    
    Light de light, we got mornin', mornin' makes another day,
    Glory sight, got de dawnin'
    Lordy, light the night away!
    
    She walks on water, ain't it like her,
    She leads the children, 
    Ain't it right, ain't it right, ain't it right!
    
    
    
    
    
    

    WIN THE WORLD

    Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Susan Longacre

    I never noticed when you changed your hair,
    just another of those moments I was only half there.
    When you wore that red dress that was cut up to here,
    I never noticed you were wearing a tear.
    
    I was always try'n' to win the world.
    What on earth was I thinking of?
    One time too often I didn't hold you enough.
    I was always try'n' to win the world,
    but somewhere I lost you.
    ('Cause)I never saw you only try'n' to win my love.
    
    It should have been me there for all of those times.
    It would have been me there if I knew the signs.
    When you wore that red dress, 
    how could I know then you'd wear it for me once 
    and never wear it again?
    
    I was always try'n' to win the world.
    What on earth was I thinking of?
    One time too often I didn't hold you enough.
    I was always try'n' to win the world,
    but somewhere I lost you.
    ('Cause) I never saw you only try'n' to win my love.
    Somewhere I lost you, 'cause I never saw you 
    only try'n' to win my love.
    

    Wish Everything Was Alright

    written by Neil Diamond, Doug Rhone, and Hadley Hockensmith

    
    The more you explain,
    the less I feel assured.
    The closer I come,
    the more you'd hide.
    And here's what I think:
    we better get in touch.
    Wish I could tell you ev'ry thing was alright;
    wish ev'rything was alright.
    
    The bigger the thrill,
    the more we're gonna pay.
    You figure the bill,
    it's gonna bite.
    The higher we get,
    the more we're hangin' on.
    Wish I could tell you ev'ry thing was alright;
    wish ev'rything was alright.
    
    And I know, I know, I know I love you.
    We can make it what we want it to be.
    You know, you know, you know you love me.
    So ask yourself:  where does it lead?
    
    The more we expect,
    the less we're gonna find.
    Whatever we get
    is gonna go.
    And here's what I think:
    we better stay in touch.
    Wish I could tell you ev'ry thing was alright;
    wish ev'ry thing was alright.
    Wish I could tell you ev'ry thing was alright,
    wish ev'rything was alright.
    

    YES I WILL

    Words And Music By Neil Diamond

    Yes I will, 'deed I will.
    If I may, if I might, if I can.
    
    Once upon a passing night dream
    he beheld a mystic image bathed in blue reflection.
    Then he stood and made his song,
    closed his eyes to feel the thunder
    echo like a wave around him; 
    love was in this strange house,
    and he knew he did belong, yes he did belong.
    Yes I will, 'deed I will. If I can.
    
    And cold it was within the marrow, 
    waiting like a wounded sparrow, 
    helpless and forgotten while the radio played on.
    Sing your song you fool, you dreamer;
    'cross the space that lies between us;
    cast the stones of fortune,
    for the journey has begun, yes it has begun.
    
    So you do, so you want to be giving.
    Say it out loud if you need to be holy.
    So you do, so you want to be loving;
    say it out now if you need to be holier still. 
    
    So it seems or so it may be, 
    I can't know for sure but lately seems I'm on a journey
    to a place I've never been.
    And baby if I had the answers I would lay them all before you;
    plainly it's a circle, one that ends and then begins, and begins again. 
    Yes I will, 'deed I will. If I can.
    
    



    YESTERDAY'S SONGS

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Yesterday's songs
    Don't stay around long
    Not much anymore

    Yesterday's words
    Don't make themselves heard
    Like they did before

    Baby, yesterday's blues
    May be yesterday's news
    But the truth always stays the same
    And the good things will never change
    Like sayin' 'I love you'
    Sayin' 'I love you'

    Yesterday's songs
    Don't seem to belong
    They're here and they're gone

    Yesterday's moves
    Don't stay in the grooves
    They keep moving on

    Maybe yesterday's rhyme
    Was for yesterday's time
    And the future's not ours to see
    But there's some things that always will be
    Like sayin' 'I love you'
    Sayin' 'I love you'

    1981 Stongebridge Music (ASCAP)


    YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS

    Written by Neil Diamond, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman

    You don't bring me flowers
    You don't sing me love songs
    You hardly talk to me anymore
    When you come through the door
    At the end of the day

    I remember when
    You couldn't wait to love me
    Used to hate to leave me
    Now after lovin' me late at night
    When it's good for you
    And you're feeling alright
    Well you just roll over
    And you turn out the light
    And you don't bring me flowers anymore

    It used to be so natural
    To talk about forever
    But 'used to be's' don't count anymore
    They just lay on the floor
    'Til we sweep them away

    And baby, I remember
    All the things you taught me
    I learned how to laugh
    And I learned how to cry
    Well I learned how to love
    Even learned how to lie
    You'd think I could learn
    How to tell you goodbye
    'Cause you don't bring me flowers anymore

    1978 Stonebrige Music (ASCAP) & Threesome Music (ASCAP)


    YOU GOT TO ME

    Written by Neil Diamond

    Mama told me that some day it would happen
    But she never said that it would happen like this
    Papa said, "Look out, some girl'll catch you nappin'
    Some little girl will get to you with her kiss"

    You got to me
    You brought me to may knees
    Never thought I'd say please, girl
    You got to my soul
    You got control
    You got to me, you got to be mine

    Used to slip though every girl's hand like water
    There never was one who could ever tie me down
    Straight ahead and steady as Gibraltar
    'Til you brought me tumblin' to the ground

    You got to me
    You brought me to may knees
    Never thought I'd say please, girl
    You got to my soul
    You got control
    You got to me, you got to be mine

    1967 Tallyrand Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

    Thanks to Arne Koehler, Linda Pollard, and Iris Gerhardt for all their help with these lyrics.
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