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CARUSO In the Face: 35th Anniversary Deluxe - Liner Notes

LISTENING BACK TO CARUSO

Part 1: The End?
Part 2: Recapturing an Image of Youth
Part 3: Song by Song
Part 4: Lyrics
Part 5: Where Are They Now?

PART 4: LYRICS

1. LONDON

2. CAN'T STOP DREAMING

3. SHE'S A SENSATION

4. YOUNG AND TENDER

5. GET TOGETHER

6. GOING PLACES

7. FIREWORKS

8. ANOTHER GIRL

9. HEAVEN MINUS LOVE

10. I NEED A WOMAN

11. IíM ONLY THINKING

12. IT'S A POPGUN CULTURE

13. BRING ME DOWN

14. YOUNG AND TENDER (Live)

15. THE LONG-HAIRED GIRL

 

1. LONDON

Words and music ©1986, 1987 by Dave Caruso

 

Carbonated sounds, effervescent tunes
Sugar-free & no caffeine
Yeah, sometimes it gets me down, it's givin' me the blues
Get your hammer off my dreams

England swings, why can't we?  What is so wrong with me?

Sing with me: Ooh, London leaves me undone, Oh, yeah

Heard somebody said, ďRadio is dead.  Watch your music on TVĒ
Yeah, you see it all the time and I don't really mind
Except when music takes the back seat

England swings, why can't we? I'm hearing things I don't believe
 

Sing with me: Ooh, London leaves me undone, oh, yeah

Listen with your head, music isn't dead
Everywhere the grass is green
Open up and see, all you hear is free
And you'll be hearing what I mean

England swings, why can't we?  I'm hearing things I don't believe

Ooh, London leaves me undone, Oh, yeah

Better things are on the way, you can find them any day

 

 

2. CAN'T STOP DREAMING
Words and music ©1986, 1987, 2003 by Dave Caruso

Well I'm walkin' behind a girl so pretty
Wonderin' what it's like to belong to her
Since the day I saw her face I can't keep my pace
She's not so fast but I drag my feet

And I can't stop dreamin' about her now
I'd do anything but I don't know how
It's a mystery what she gives to me
And I'm dreamin' about her now

Can't stop dreamin' about her now

Well I don't even know her name
I don't know her age or what I'm getting myself into
But my timing's always off
I see her every day and still I haven't talked to her

But I can't stop dreamin' about her now
I'd do anything but I don't know how
It's a mystery what she is to me
And I'm dreamin' about her now

Can't stop dreamin' about her now

And I can't stop dreamin' about her now
I'd do anything but I don't know how
It's a mystery what she's givin' me
And I'm dreamin', I'm dreamin'

 

3. SHE'S A SENSATION

Words and music ©1987, 2003 by Dave Caruso

Can't close your eyes
No way to hide

Lookin' at a calendar, lookin' at a car
Lookin' at pictures in paint
Open any magazine, when I start to daydream
I don't have any restraint

All of these scenes play in my head
See how they run, here's what you get

You can't close your eyes -- she's a sensation
There's no way to hide your temptation
She's a sensation (sensation)
Sensation (sensation) whoa

Pinups in a gallery, posters on a wall
Billboards and window displays
Motion picture glamour girl, leading role or cameo
She's been all over the place

All of these scenes play in my head
See how they run, here's what you get

You can't close your eyes -- she's a sensation
There's no way to hide your temptation
You can't close your eyes -- she's a sensation
There's no way to hide your temptation
She's a sensation (sensation)
Sensation (sensation) whoa

All the beauty in one girl

And youíd give anything to be alone with her

 

4. YOUNG AND TENDER

Words and music ©1986, 1987, 2000 by Dave Caruso

An image of youth shattered on the floor
You're standing in the mirror but there's no reflection
The glass is cold and to look is painful
Afraid of what you see and your heart's reaction

Love is the tie that blinds, and you'll see what you want to see
But if you open up your eyes you'll see that there's more to being

Young and tender and you're fighting in the face of surrender
You keep losing track of you, but I'm in there somewhere, too
You're young and tender and you struggle in the grip of surrender
Growing up is aging you
And the lesson's bitter when you're young and tender

All of your life you've been in control
Then came seventeen--Every day a question
An image of youth shattered on the floor
You'll find that dancing is the only thing that's easy

Love is the tie that blinds and you'll see what you want to see
But if you open up your eyes you'll see that there's more to being

Young and tender and you're fighting in the face of surrender
You keep losing track of you but I'm in there somewhere, too
You're young and tender and you're drowning in the sea of surrender
Growing up is aging you
And the lesson's bitter when you're young and tender

Making love is easy but the loving is hard
And it hurts you sometimes that's the loneliest part
Don't be afraid (You feel you can't recover)
Dry your tears away (But you always do)
Take one day at a time (You wanna grow up faster)
Take it slow and easy (I will wait for you)

 

5. GET TOGETHER

Words and music ©1966 by Chet Powers

 

C'mon, people now

Smile on your brother

Everybody get together

Try to love one another right now

 

 

6. GOING PLACES

Words and music ©1987 by Rob Caruso, Dave Caruso

 

You've been through it all before

Every time that she walks through the door

You're starting to feel okay

But you don't like feeling that way

Are you afraid to find

The things that go on in your mind?

You're only in love so long

As you can appear to be strong

 

But I'm going places

Getting somewhere next to you

But I'm going places

Getting somewhere next to you

To you, ooh

To you, to you, ooh

 

Are you afraid to fall

Though it's out of the picture and all

Just wanna get into your head

Cause I don't believe what you said

Are you ashamed to find

You're starting to run out of time

Open your arms and see

That there's nobody to fill them but me

 

But I'm going places

Getting somewhere next to you

But I'm going places

Getting somewhere next to you

To you, ooh

To you, to you, ooh

To you, to you, ooh

To you, to you, ooh

 

 

7. FIREWORKS

Words and music ©1986 by Dave Caruso

 

I tried everything to make her perk

I tried to move her but I couldn't shake the shirks

Then I tried fire and fire works, fireworks

 

I bought new clothes to look my best

I opened up the door for her

I complimented how she dressed

I wanna raise her temperature

 

I've been a perfect gentleman

But that won't get me where I ain't already been

 

I tried everything to make her perk

I tried to move her but I couldn't shake the shirks

Then I tried fire and fire works, fireworks

 

I tried so hard to make her hot

I warmed her up, but that was all

I took advice, said, 'thanks a lot'

To John & Ringo, George & Paul

 

I knew she had an itch to scratch

And all I had to do was strike a match

Then something happened -- she went berserk

I got the upper hand on all the other jerks

When I tried fire -- fire works, fireworks

 

I got the upper hand on all the other jerks

When I tried fire -- fire works, fireworks

 

 

8. ANOTHER GIRL

Words and music ©1984 by Rob Caruso

 

I took the time to read your notes

And see the picture beneath the quotes

I think of all the fun we had

The good and bad, it only makes me mad, because

 

I found another girl

It's like another world for me

I found another girl today

 

It's not smart to dwell on the past

You knew our love wasn't gonna last

Why don't you hang up the phone

And try to find another guy of your own, because

 

I found another girl

It's like another world for me

I found another girl today

I found another girl

It's like another world for me

I found another girl today

 

And she says "Walk don't run" and I fall behind

"You're no fun," you're not my kind

"You lie and cheat" What can I do?
I got a front row seat with a terrible view and then

She came in "Was it something I said?"
Now we're fallin' in.  I'm with her instead

Now the show is through and so are we

And it's up to you to forget about me, because

 

I found another girl

It's like another world for me

I found another girl today

I found another girl

It's like another world for me

I found another girl today
I found another girl today

 

 

9. HEAVEN MINUS LOVE

Words and music ©1985, 2020 by Dave Caruso

 

I was young & foolish and you were ripening

We never expected much -- only everything

But it never came; Then we realized

That all we'd ever have to share was in each other's eyes

 

Now in a rock garden where flowers used to be

It's heaven minus love and rain against the weed

And nothing really grows here though we planted every seed

It's heaven minus love for you and me

 

We started out with nothing, left everything behind

Uncertain what we wanted, unsure of what we'd find

We laid out our heaven; we planned each passing day

We sat with plans and folded hands while years just passed away

 

Now in a rock garden where flowers used to be

It's heaven minus love and rain against the weeds

And nothing really grows here though love has gone to seed

It's heaven minus love for you and me

 

Nothing wrong with what we had but we wanted more than fun

We gave it all we had, but we were both too young

We blamed each other and heaven seemed worth fighting for

We're still together but there's no feeling anymore

 

Now in a rock garden where flowers used to be

Stones planted in the earth, dreams buried in the weeds

And nothing here is really what heaven's supposed to be

It's heaven minus love; it's hell for you and me

 

Now in a rock... garden where flowers used to be

It's heaven minus love; it's hell for you and me

And nothing really grows here; the weeds can barely breathe

It's heaven minus love for you and me

 

 

10. I NEED A WOMAN

(c) 1986 By Dave Caruso

 

Ever since you dropped down on me

I've been watching the fallout linger

And with a single stroke of your hand

You had me wrapped around your finger

 

And I need love, so let me go

You've gotta feed love before it'll grow

And I need love, you know I do

That's why I keep on turning to you

 

I need a woman who gives me love when I need it

I need a woman who gives me love and I feel it

I need a woman who gives me back what I give her

I need a woman, you're almost the woman I need

 

I've been a passion slave for too long

I've been living in your eye shadow

You can't build a love on what you meant to say

But never got around to

 

And I need love, so let me go

You've gotta feed love before it'll grow

And I need love, you know I do

That's why I keep on turning to you

 

I need a woman who gives me love when I need it

I need a woman who gives me love and I feel it

 

With just a little more understanding

And a little more time at home

You might be the one who saves me

From the togetherness of being alone (all alone)

 

Ever since you dropped down on me

I've been watching the fallout linger

And with a single stroke of your hand

You had me wrapped around your finger

 

And I need love, so let me go

You've gotta feed love before it'll grow

And I need love, you know I do

That's why I keep on turning to you

 

I need a woman who gives me love when I need it

I need a woman who gives me love and I feel it

I need a woman who gives me back what I give her

I need a woman, you're almost the woman I need (I need a woman)

You're almost the woman I need

You're almost the woman I need

 

 

11. IíM ONLY THINKING

Words and music ©1986 by Dave Caruso

 

Iím only thinking of you

When I say watch what you say and what you do

Iím only thinking of what you are to me

 

As I get closer to you

I wonder what this is leading me to

Iím only thinking of what this love could be

 

And Iíll make you see

That Iím only thinking today / Tomorrow can bring what it may

And if you ainít been feeliní this way / Remember Iím only thinking

 

Iím only saying that I get torn to pieces when I see you cry

Iím only thinking of what you do to me

 

Itís only natural for me to want you wherever Iím gonna be

Iím only thinking of what you are to me

 

And Iíll make you see

That Iím only thinking today / Tomorrow can bring what it may

And if you ainít been feeliní this way / Remember Iím only thinking

Of you

 

[SOLO]

 

Iím only thinking of you

When I say watch what you say and what you do

Iím only thinking of what you are to me

 

And Iíll make you see

That Iím only thinking today / Tomorrow can bring what it may

And if you ainít been feeliní this way / Remember Iím only thinking

Of you

Thinking of you

Iím only thinking of you

Thinking of you

 

 

12. IT'S A POPGUN CULTURE

Words and music ©1986 by Dave Caruso

 

When the good good girls are gone

And the married ones are taken

When you've finally found you're wrong

And the realization sets in

You think you'll never be young again

And your life defines confusion

That's your only real fault

And it's a curable delusion

 

It's a popgun culture where cool is king

Youth and beauty are everything

Sex and money are the card and key

To the members club of society

 

I'm too old to do what I'm told

I'm too young to listen to reason

So profound it's sound advice

So profane it could be treason

 

It's a popgun culture where cruel is king

Youth and beauty are everything

Sex and money are the card and key

To the members club of society

 

You'd better listen to your heart

You'd better learn to be a dancer

Because they'll keep you on your toes

And there are no easy answers

So the only thing to do

Is forget about the Joneses

And let the world keep up with you

In the rat race for the roses

 

It's a popgun culture where crap is king

Youth and beauty are almost everything

Sex and money are the card and key

To the users group of hypocrisy

 

 

13. BRING ME DOWN

Words and music ©1984 by Dave Caruso

 

I guess you understood me wrong this time

You argue like your life is on the line

I donít believe the things you say

Do you stay up late thinkiní up this shit

So the hurt wonít go away?

 

Your smile fell off your face and rolled away

That hole beneath your nose makes noise all day

You can touch but you canít feel

Everyoneís entitled to your opinion

And nothing else is real

 

But you canít bring me down, bring me down to you

You know youíll never bring me down, bring me down to you

Cause I know you and itís something you canít do

Quit before youíre through

Iím over you so you canít bring me down

 

It must be nice to never once think twice

What makes you think the world needs your advice

Youíve got a way with ugly words

You act like youíre on ďAll My ChildrenĒ

And when you talk it hurts

 

But you canít bring me down, bring me down to you

Thereís no way you can bring me down

Bring me down to you

Cause Iíve seen you and Iíll never be like you

Quit before youíre through

Iím over you so you canít bring me down

 

OhÖ

 

Oh you canít bring me down, bring me down to you

No, youíll never bring me down, bring me down, bring me down to you

--Down, --down, --down to you

You canít bring me down, bring me down to you

 

 

14. YOUNG AND TENDER (Live)

Words and music ©1986, 1987, 2000 by Dave Caruso

 

An image of youth shattered on the floor
You're standing in the mirror but there's no reflection
The glass is whole and to look is painful
Afraid of what you see and your heart's reaction

 

Love is the tie that blinds, and you'll see what you want to see
But if you open up your eyes you'll see that there's more to being

 

Young and tender and you're fighting in the face of surrender
You keep losing track of you, but I'm in there somewhere, too
You're young and tender and you struggle in the grip of surrender
Growing up is aging you
And the lesson's bitter when you're young and tender

 

All of your life you've been in control
Then came seventeen--Every day a question
An image of youth shattered on the floor
You'll find that dancing is the only thing that's easy

 

Love is the tie that blinds and you'll see what you want to see
But if you open up your eyes you'll see that there's more to being

 

Young and tender and you're fighting in the face of surrender
You keep losing track of you but I'm in there somewhere, too
You're young and tender and you're drowning in the sea of surrender
Growing up is aging you
And the lesson's bitter when you're young and tender

 

 

15. THE LONG-HAIRED GIRL

Words and music ©1983 by Dave Caruso

 

Well I'm walking behind a girl so pretty

Wondering what it's like to belong to her

She's got hair that leads your eyes down to her

Tightly fit shorts and legs that never end

 

She's alone, so are you

But you don't know what you want her to do

I know, but it's the same every time a long-haired girl

Takes a look at me and I'm in another whirl

 

She's the long-haired girl, she's alone and she could be mine

But I'm wasting my time

She's the long-haired girl and she don't even know that I'm

Alive and hoping to find

A love to make my life complete

I've seen the love, she looks so sweet

And it's not that she walks so fast, I'm just dragging my feet

 

Well, I don't even know her name, I don't know her age

Or what I'm getting myself into

But my timing's always off

I see her every day and still I haven't talked to her

 

She's alone, so are you

But you don't know what you want her to do

I know, but it's the same every time a long-haired girl

Takes a look at me and I'm in another whirl

 

She's the long-haired girl, she's alone and she could be mine

But I'm wasting my time

She's the long-haired girl and she don't even know that I'm

Alive and hoping to find

A love to make my life complete

I've seen the love, she looks so sweet

And it's not that she walks so fast, I'm just dragging my feet

 

She needs someone, you need one too

You both need love, you know you do

So take some time, take her somewhere

Where you'll find love -- it's everywhere