Deborah Pearl Writer/Director/Lyricist/Singer

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"Souvenir of You - New Lyrics to Benny Carter Classics"
Singing
 a jazz legend's
masterpieces - with Benny Carter & his Big Band!
  
                            

Lyrics 

...Time takes our verses away, but melodies live on... Forever playing your song... At heaven's door and here, a souvenir... of you.  
                                    From Souvenir of You, Music: Benny Carter Lyrics: Deborah Pearl

Here are the lyrics from "SOUVENIR OF YOU"...  some of them flowed out like water - like a dam had suddenly broken.  Perhaps, creatively, that's just what these songs have been to me...  With others, I labored - some for weeks, some for months until they felt right, sounded right, and most importantly - sang right.  Even the smallest of changes made a very big difference.   There were times I would "talk" to Benny - in my mind, of course - and ask him what to do.  The truth is, I never know where my writing comes from - it often feels as though I'm taking dictation.   The trick is being quiet and listening... and knowing when the right thing falls into place.  
 

Happy Feet (At the Savoy)

Music by Benny Carter  ASCAP        Lyrics by Deborah Pearl  ASCAP

 

Dancin’ to the beat that’s on the street  --

Kickin’ to the beat with happy feet

 

One two three four, go for some more –

Five six seven eight - Jump in the air and gravitate –

Dancin’ to the beat with happy feet

 

****

Ya’ jus’ dance to the music

Ya hold back ‘n ya lose it

To groove to the beat jus’ follow your happy feet - then-

Ya’ tap to the rhythm

And make the decis’n

To open your heart ‘n follow your happy feet

 

All day all night – Feet never stop ya’

All they’ll say is - Bop ‘til we drop ya‘

 

Keep rockin’ in rhythm

High step then, ya spin ‘em

Get up from your seat ‘n follow your happy feet

 

****

Can’t stay mad when feet are romancin’

Keep world peace by keepin’ ‘em dancin’

 

When you’re jumpin’ ‘n jivin’

You got to be smilin’

Get up from your seat ‘n follow your happy feet

 

Jus’ kick to the music

Hold back ‘n ya lose it

Groove on to the beat ‘n follow your happy feet - then –

Ya’ tap to the rhythm

And make the decis’n

To open your heart ‘n follow your happy feet

 

All day all night – Feet never stop ya’

All they’ll say is - Bop ‘til we drop ya‘

 

When ya dance to the music –

Ya can’t ever lose it -

Get up from your seat –

Dancin’ to the beat – happy feet

  

 

Wonderland (Isle of Love)

Music by Benny Carter  ASCAP  Lyrics by Deborah Pearl  ASCAP

 

What a stumble, happy tumbling in love with you

You’re a wonder and a spell that I fell under too

Every time I lose a smile, think of you and I’m beguiled

Fate has finally forced my hand, stranded me in wonderland

 

I fell faster for you after you just said hello

Now and after, only laughter, your love’s all I know

Knowing love will make you smile, and change your style

It’s wonderland with you on love’s romantic isle

 

You’re a fantasy that landed me in happiness

Everywhere, you’re always there, I never see the rest

Only you in wonderland, silly grin the master plan

I am love’s most happy fan, everything is so damn grand.

 

What a stumble happy tumbling in love with you

You’re a wonder and a spell and I fell under you

Every time I lose a smile, you change my style

It’s wonderland with you on love’s romantic -

Happy castaways with hearts gigantic

Wonderland with you on love’s romantic isle.

 

 

People Time (Forever Mine)                                                         

Music by Benny Carter, ASCAP     Lyric by Deborah Pearl ASCAP

 

Lonely nights my mind spins toward the dawn

Time has stopped, because, love, you are gone

 

Lovers rendezvous-ing out of time

Out of place

Yet, never once

Out of mind

 

You’re my ray of sunshine through the rain

You’re the laughter underneath my pain.

 

I reach for your memory

And dream you back to me

Magically, you’re always mine

In people time

 

Like the scent of spring you linger on     

Angels have no wings without your song

 

Can’t tell dreams from what is really mine

I don’t care

Love is real

In people time

 

One day when this one way trip is through

I’ll reminisce in heaven with you

 

And I’ll bless each night sublime

You’re forever mine

If it’s only in my mind

In people time

In people time

You’re never out of mind in people time

 

 

Doozy Blues

Music by Benny Carter   ASCAP           Lyrics by Deborah Pearl   ASCAP     

 

I’m blue without you - call me my baby, afterall, really love your smile

Don’t keep me hangin’, my heart’s a-bangin’ for you, babe, won’t you stay awhile

I’ll make your passion ring ding-a-ling a swingin’ ringtone that your heart can sing

 

Pick up your text and text me the rest because I just got to know you’re there

I’m callin’ you from here, need you near, I need to know just how much you care

I gotta hear your ring ding-a-ling, cause it’s a real doozy blues to sing

 

Just don’t hang up, don’t hang up – movin’ on to a better spot

I can’t hear ya, can’t get through –  are you gonna be mine or not?

 

I never slumber - I got your number, baby, you are the one for me

I can’t be quiet, this ring’s a riot, cause it sings only harmony

I’m blue without your ring ding-a-ling and it’s a real doozy blues to sing 

 

 

Sunday Morning Comes

Music by Benny Carter  ASCAP            Lyrics by Deborah Pearl ASCAP

 

I don’t mind when I’m feelin’ blue

I don’t mind troubles I’m goin’ through

I wait to be set free

Always patiently

Sunday Morning comes and rescues me

 

Don’t care what a new day may bring

As long as I’ve got one single thing

My one day break from time

Work and all the grind

Sunday morning comes easing my weary mind

 

Breakfast in bed at noon time

With you in my arms

A lazy stroll - no worry - no hurry

It’s Sunday – that’s its charm

 

I know that all my dreams will come true

Cause every night I’m here loving you

So bring on Monday blues,

Your love pulls me through

Sunday morning comes each moment I’m with you

(Sunday morning comes whenever I’m with you)

 

  

Scattin’ Back to Harlem  (Sugar Hill Slow Drag)

Music by Benny Carter  ASCAP  Lyrics by Deborah Pearl ASCAP

 

Sugar Hill’s in Harlem

Where all the swinging cats play

Scattin’ back to Harlem

The music blows you away

Harlem’s callin’

Go there and you’ll wanna stay

 

Follow me to Harlem

Get out your horn and let’s blow

Find your heart in Harlem

The one inside you don’t know

Music’s in you

It blows your mind - time to blow, man, blow

 

Anywhere is Harlem

It’s just a cool state of mind

Everywhere is Harlem

Tunes are the ties that will bind

Harlem’s in you

And you can go any time

 

Harlem’s in you

Music’s in you

Hear it – ba dooba da dweeya dootin do’ey bow

And you can go anytime

 

 

Again and Again (I Try To Pretend)                  

Music by Benny Carter, ASCAP  Lyric by Deborah Pearl  ASCAP

 

Again and again I try to pretend
And I ask myself when your memories will end
In other arms the morning still whispers your name

Again and again

I just pray I can find some antidote to you
Stop haunting my mind and set my heart free
You're a story with no happy ending –

Do you even remember me?

Each song life sings never fails - to bring you right back to me
Winter fall and spring are like a summer fling
On the wings of a phoenix that won’t fly away

Again and again I leave you behind

Only to find – each corner is you

A sublime and cruel kind of rapture

Captures me all over again… and again and again

 

Each song I sing never fails - to bring you right back to me
Winter fall and spring are like a summer fling
On the wings of a phoenix that will not fly away

 

Again and again I leave you behind  

Only to find – each moment is you

A sublime and cruel kind of rapture

Captures me all over again


Truth be told I’d give the world to hold you…. again



Anniversary Dance (Song of Long Ago)

Music by Benny Carter  ASCAP    Lyrics by Deborah Pearl  ASCAP

 

It was here long ago

That we danced, oh, so slow

On the evening we first met

 

Under shimmering stars

Every bright one was ours

Waltzing here so long ago

 

Spin me round and round

Hold me close, I drown

In the music in your eyes

 

Twirl again, spin and sway

It’s my heart’s way to say

I love you more each day.

 

We still feel young and free

As we dreamed we would be

Dancing in each other’s arms

 

Now tonight, on this floor

We’ll waltz on ever more

Like that night so long ago

 

Spin me round and round

Hold me close, I drown

In the music in your eyes

 

Our love rights any wrong

Love’s a dance that lives on

You and me together

Hap-pi-ly forever

In love’s ever after song


 

Johnny True

Music by Benny Carter ASCAP     Lyric by Deborah Pearl ASCAP

 

Over I fall over

Never over loving you

I don’t know your name yet

Call you Johnny, you’re my Johnny True

 

Watching, I stand watching

While you’re chatting by the door

She won’t ever love you

True as I do, my Johnny True

 

Each place I go I still see you

In every soldier I see

I’d give my life to embrace you

Oh, please Johnny come home to me

 

War time makes you heroes

You’re my hero anyway

I pray for you Johnny

Come back Johnny, from so far away

Come home Johnny, safe to stay

 

Each place I go I still see you

In every soldier I see

I’d give my life to embrace you

Oh, please Johnny come home to me    

 

Over I fall over

Never over loving you

I don’t know your name yet

Call you Johnny, like my Johnny True

Come home Johnny, I wait for you

 

 

Sail Away With Me (Sirius Samba from Cosmic Eye Suite)

Music by Benny Carter, ASCAP, Lyric by Deborah Pearl, ASCAP

 

Come and sail away

Where skies of grey are always blue

And all your dreams are coming true

And all that palm trees do is sway

 

Wave bye to everyday

From your cabana with a view

Say adios to balance due

Where joy’s a thought away

 

Come and sail away

We’ll run together on the sand

And build great castles with our hands

Your reservation’s on its way

 

Sail with me my love

Let’s find exactly what we need

The best in life is always free

Under the skies above

 

Set your heart free

Break through drudgery

Live your fantasy

Sail with me

 

Wind in your hair

No where a care

Romance in the air

Sail with me


 

An Elegy in Blue

Music by Benny Carter ASCAP  Lyric by Deborah Pearl ASCAP

 

I’ve got a real bad case of sorrow

If you were here you’d be surprised

We’d drink like there was no tomorrow

Cause losing love has put these tears in my eyes

You’d raise your glass and say 

Be sad another day

Play me an elegy in blue

 

I’m inconsolable without love

Need to commiserate real bad

Converse on things you’d talk me out of

You’d smile and say “what good is good without bad”?

I need your crazy way

To chase these blues away

Play me an elegy in blue

 

But sometimes life throws a curve, some you keep trying to duck

Some you can’t win, it’s fate or luck                                                          

I feel so lost and marooned

Now that I know you’re not here

I wanna fly straight to my doom to see you.

 

I’m inconsolable without you

Need to commiserate, my friend

You’d do whatever I would ask you

Forgot to ask you not to die in the end

No good in this bad news

The love I lost is you

Play me an elegy in blue

 

I’ve got a real bad case of sorrow

That only you would understand

I’ll drink like there is no tomorrow

You’d raise your glass and say just carry on, man

Can’t fight it any way 

Gonna be sad today

Play me an elegy in blue

 

So here’s to you my friend

We loved until the end

Play me an elegy in blue

 

 

Sky Dance For Two

Music by Benny Carter, ASCAP,   Lyric by Deborah Pearl ASCAP

 

Swing it high, swing it low, off we go

Dancing in the sky, forever high

Jus’ close your eyes and realize –

That love puts wings on your shoes –

In a sky dance for two

 

Anywhere, you are there, can’t compare

Waltzin’ near the sun, for anyone

Is so much fun, who grabs their hon

When love puts wings on your shoes –

Say bye bye the blues

 

Love delivers welcome shivers

I’m a shooting star 

I see your face then know my place

Is just where you are

 

Everyone’s fantasy jublilee

Dancing in the sky above the trees

We’re flying free, just you and me

It must be wings on our shoes 

Gotta sing out the news

 

Sun will shine, grapes make wine, you are mine

Dancing in the sky, forever high

Jus’ close your eyes and realize 

That love puts wings on your shoes –

 

I just love loving you –

In a sky dance for two

Bye-bye blues…

 

 

Souvenir of You

Music by Benny Carter, ASCAP  Lyric by Deborah Pearl, ASCAP

 

Love comes and goes – of those - I still remember you –

Pulling me through all of those years of tears and laughter

A treasure forever to me

Gone and yet magically

Touching me, lovingly - with your song

 

Your inspiration - notes of pure elation

Rhythm and rhyme, one of a kind, end of the line.

Now guardian at heaven’s door

Leaving me wanting more

Still hear your joy come through

Your song sung happy or blue

It stays forever here

A souvenir of you

 

It’s old lang syne - it’s time to let you go, I know

On with the show - we must face the music, my friend

It’s all that’s left in the end  

Time takes our verses away

But melodies live on

Forever playing your song

At heaven’s door, and here

A souvenir - of you

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