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Stars
Stars

1974

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The Basics: Produced by Brooks Arthur; recorded at 914 Studios, Blauvelt NY, summer 1973; released February 1974 (Columbia). "Jesse" was a top 10 single for Roberta Flack in 1973.

Personnel: Musicians: Robert Abernathy, Larry Alexander, Seymour Barab, Ray Beckenstein, Seymour Berman, Phil Bodner, Ariana Bronne, Alfred Brown, James Buffington, Frederick Buldrini, Don Butterfield, Ralph Casale, Earl Chapin, Selwart Clarke, Leon Cohen, Burt Collings, Richard Davis, Joseph DeAngelis, George Devens, Peter Dimitriades, Sal DiTroia, George DuVivier, Paul Faulise, Victor M. Fink, Ron Frangipane, Mickey Gravine, Marie Hence, Janis Ian, Jack Jennings, Wally Kane, Harold Kohon, Bhen Lanzarone, Gloria Lanzarone, Barry Lazarowitz, Archie Levin, Joe Malin, Richard Maximoff, Charles McCraken, Hugh McCraken, Lloyd Michaels, Gene Orloff, Don Payne, Romeo Penque, Alan Raph, George Ricci, Al Rogers, Alan Rubin, David Sackson, Julius Schacter, Alan Schwartzberg, Joe Shepley, John Tropea, Billy Watrous, Eric Weissberg. Vocalists: Janis Ian.

Inside Scoop: After six years away from the music business, Stars gave Janis her career. "I stopped because I was writing rubbish. I went away to find out if I could ever be the kind of writer I wanted to be. I wrote "Stars" one night during 1971, and decided I had a shot." Having finished that, she moved from Philadelphia to California, where she wrote "Jesse," a song she'd begun at the age of thirteen as an elegy to a Vietnam vet. Despite the quality of her writing, Janis couldn't get a recording contract to save her life until Herb Gart convinced Festival Records, Australia, to put up the money for this album. She teamed up with Brooks, who had engineered "Society's Child," and moved from California to Blauvelt to be near Brooks' studio. She got her contract with Columbia when Charles Koppelman took a chance and sent her to Nashville to perform at CBS Records' annual meeting, saying, "If you can get a standing ovation from these guys, you're signed." She did.

Lyrics

Stars

Janis Ian

* Also recorded by Mel Torme

I was never one for singing
what I really feel
except tonight, I'm bringing
everything I know that's real

Stars, they come and go
They come fast or slow
They go like the last light of the sun, all in a blaze
And all you see is glory
Hey, but it gets lonely there,
when there's no one here to share
We can shake it away, if you'll hear a story

People lust for fame.
Like athletes in a game,
we break our collarbones and come up swinging
Some of us are downed.
Some of us are crowned
and some are lost and never found
But most have seen it all
They live their lives in sad cafes and music halls
They always have a story

Some make it when they're young,
before the world has done its dirty job
And later on, someone will say -
“You've had your day. “You must make way”
But they'll never know the pain
in living with a name you never owned,
or the many years forgetting
what you know too well

That the ones who gave the crown
have been let down
You try to make amends,
without defending

Perhaps pretending you never saw the eyes
of grown men of twenty-five,
that followed as you walked, and asked for autographs
or kissed you on the cheek -
and you never could believe they really loved you

Some make it when they're old.
Perhaps they have a soul they're not afraid to bare
or perhaps there's nothing there

Stars, they come and go
They come fast or slow
They go like the last light of the sun, all in a blaze
And all you see is glory
Hey, but it gets lonely there,
when there's no one here to share
We can shake it away, if you'll hear a story

Some women have a body men will want to see
so they put it on display
Some people play a fine guitar.
I could listen to them play all day
Some ladies really move across a stage
and gee, they sure can dance
I guess I could learn how, if I gave it half a chance

But I always feel so funny when my body tries to soar
And I always seem to worry about missing the next chord
I guess there isn't anything to put out on display
except the tunes, and whatever else i say

And anyway, that isn't really what I meant to say...
I meant to tell a story I live from day to day

Stars, they come and go
They come fast or slow
They go like the last light of the sun,
all in a blaze,
and all you see is glory
But those who've seen it all
live out their lives in sad cafes and music halls
We always have a story

So if you don't lose patience
with my fumbling around
I'll come up singing for you
even when I'm down

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The Man You Are In Me

Janis Ian

* Also recorded by Vicki Leandros

I love the light
I love the changing season
I love without much thought to reason
I'd give it all if I could make you see
I love the man that you were meant to be
I love the man you are in me

I love the man who waits beside you
I love the man who hides behind you
I love the shadow
though it disappears
I love its afterglow
reflected through the tears
I love the shadow in my tears

Mmm, I love the dreams you can't remember
Mmm, lost in the early waking hours
I love the season of forever

I'll live without the light of laughter
I'll live without an ever after
I'd give it all if I could make you see
I love the man that you were meant to be
I love the man you are in me

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Sweet Sympathy

Janis Ian

I want to lie by your side
and let the tide run over
Lay your head upon my shoulder
I want to lie by the bed
and send my head out reeling
Honey, lay this feeling down
I'm ready to ride

Oh, sweet sympathy,
won't you pity me tonight?
Yes i got to hurry to the surry
Get the saddle on tight
Honey won't you let me?
Honey just allow me!
Honey won't you pleasure me right?
Sweet sympathy, won't you carry me tonight

I want to lay myself down
and take a sweet, soft shelter
Still my waters here forever
I want to lay my body down
I want to lay my body down
Honey lay me lightly down,
I'm ready to ride

Can we get together, can we get together
Can we get together right now
You give me the music
and you know how to use it
Drive me out of my shoes
I got the blues tonight, I've got sweet titillation
Honey won't you pleasure me right?
Sweet sympathy, won't you carry me tonight

Oh, sweet sympathy,
won't you pity me tonight?
Yes I got to hurry to the surry
Get the saddle on tight
Honey won't you let me?
Honey just allow me!
Honey won't you pleasure me right
Sweet sympathy, won't you carry me tonight
Sweet sympathy, won't you carry me tonight

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Page Nine

Janis Ian

Would you really come and live with me?
We can watch TV when the nights are cold and it's hard to sleep
When I'm hungry, when I'm cold?
When I'm angry, when I'm old?
Honey, I don't know

Would you really come and take my cares away?
Set me down in an easy chair and stay a while?
Child, it's a righteous thing you do
to make somebody just this happy
like you done me to

I can see the years go down
You and me, we'll paint the town
Lord, if my mama and my papa could see me now

I'm great at building castles in the air
and living there for days. You'd be amazed
I live in dreams and when I can
I go to sleep and there I am
and there you are

When I'm hungry for the taste
of loving you and your embrace, it's hard to wait
'cause I've been waiting here so long a time
But if you think it's right,
honey, i don't mind

We got all the years ahead
Time for everything we said
Lord, if my mama and my papa could see me now

I'd be happy living in a shack, all the plumbing in the back
but you might not, you know
Maybe we better have a home
I'd be glad on a farm with a million dogs, or a cave with bats
but you wouldn't like that
We better have a home

Will you really come and live with me?
I'd be so proud In loving you, I'm loving me
I make it funny and I make you laugh
'cause it makes it easy getting past

the being scared
I can see the years go down
You and me, we'll paint the town
Lord, if my mama and my papa could see me now
Oh, Lord, if my mom and my papa could see me now

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Thankyous

Janis Ian

Papa gave me music
Mama gave me soul.
Brother gave me reaching out to hold
Teacher gave me license
Learning set me free
Schooling gave me nothing
Music showed me how to be
Papa gave me want-to-be
Brother gave me empathy
Mama gave me woman, but that isn't all I need

I have lived in houses.
I have lived in homes.
Eaten off of tables made of wood or stone
Through the trials and tribulations,
I've never known
how to say I love you
and let my feelings show

So thank you for the music
Thank you for the song
Bless you for the freedom
in knowing right from wrong
Thank you for the laughter,
The heartaches and the tears
It's a blessing to grow
It's a goodness to be here
You give me want-to-be
You give me sympathy
You give me woman

Thank you for loving me,
and letting it show
It's a pleasure to be here
So bless us, every one

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Dance With Me

Janis Ian

When the war was over,
I went dancing in the streets
with the corpse of my dead brother
to the sacrificial beat
and the boy scouts and the legionnaires
came home from overseas
singing "glory hallelujah"
to the swank gestapo beat

Hallelujah, hallelujah
I've never seen, iIn the whole of my life
an intelligent sacrifice
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Give me a reason to go on believing
and I'm ready to pay the price

I heard of a plan in the president's mansion
high up in the sky
and it called for a sacrifice
and my brother paid the price
Sent him home in a bag, the American flag
was draped around the box
and the coffin lid was locked
and the note said “thanks a lot”

Come and dance with me, come and dance with me
I'm home from overseas
I'm a corpse up to my knees
Celebrate the victory
Would you like to dance and hold me tight
I'm feeling most diseased
and i need your company
Come and dance, come and dance

Come and dance, come and dance
I'm home from overseas
And I need your company
Come and dance, come and dance

Would you like to dance, and hold me tight
I'm feeling most diseased
And I need your company
Come and dance, come and dance

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Without You

Janis Ian

I miss you, jealous lover
Won't you come on over
to my side of town?
I need you
like the city needs
the sound of human voices
I want you
like the winter wants the springtime

Without you
the world stands alone
Without you
the past lingers on
Tomorrow
becoming today
Without you,
it's all the same
without you

Outside my window,
gentle lover,
the birds are singing songs of love
I need you
They are calling for
the sound of laughing children
I want you
They are singing for your pleasure

Lover, without you,
the world stands alone
Without you,
the past lingers on
Tomorrow
becoming today
Without you,
it's all the same

I see you -
a world without end
Then I need you
all over again
Without you
the sun doesn't shine
Tomorrow is blind
without you

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Jesse

Janis Ian

Jesse come home
There's a hole in the bed
where we slept
Now it's growing cold
Hey Jesse, your face
in the place where we lay
by the hearth, all apart
It hangs on my heart

And I'm leaving the light on the stairs
No I'm not scared - I wait for you
Hey Jesse, I'm lonely, come home

Jesse, the floors and the boards,
recalling your step
And I remember, too
All the pictures are fading
and shaded in grey,
but I still set a place
on the table at noon

And I'm leaving a light on the stairs
No I'm not scared - I wait for you
Hey Jesse, I'm lonely, come home

Jesse, the spread on the bed
is like when you left
I've kept it up for you
All the blues and the greens
have been recently cleaned,
and they're seemingly new
Hey Jes, me and you

We'll swallow the light on the stairs
We'll do up my hair
We'll sleep unaware
Hey Jesse, I'm lonely, come home

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You've Got Me On A String

Janis Ian

You've got me on a string
I don't mean a thing to you
I'm holding on to no one
I'm a long time lover,
and my long time love is gone

If my man beats me, robs me blind
Long as he don't leave me, I don't mind
I would beg and I would crawl,
though it does no good at all
My man's been gone so long,
and I keep holding on

And if he needed me, I'd be there
No matter how he mistreated me
I don't care
I would get down on my knees,
though it does no good to please
My man's been gone for so long,
and I keep holding on

Empty pockets, boarded doorways
Choose your prison
When I'm with him
I'm a fool for loving you,
and well I know
how the head says - No
And the heart says -
Go down on your knees, woman,
and keep on holding on

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Applause

Janis Ian

Applause, applause
Give the singer a chance
Treat her right, be polite
Maybe she will dance
Applause, applause
Give the singer a break
How much can you give?
How much can you take?

Give the singer a chance
Give the singer a chance
Anything to buy your soul
and maybe she will dance

Applause, applause
She'll stand upon her head
Applause, applause
She'll take you to her bed
and share with you the memories
of dreams she can't forget
Applause, applause - let's give the prize
to the little lady with the stars in her eyes

I'll sell my soul for a song
Pay the price and carry on
and share with you the memories
of dreams I can't forget
Of lovers I have met
Applause, applause - let's give the prize
to the little lady with the stars in her eyes

Applause, applause
Give the singer a chance
Treat her right, be polite
Maybe she will dance
Applause, applause
Give that singer a break
How much can you give?
How much can you take?

Give the singer a chance
I wanna give the singer a chance
Anything to buy your soul
and maybe she will dance
Maybe she will dance
Maybe she will...

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