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Between The Lines
Between The Lines

1975

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The Basics: Produced by Brooks Arthur, recorded at 914 Studios summer 1974, released February 1975 (Columbia). 5 Grammy nominations (most to that date for any female artist, a record broken only by Whitney Houston years later) and two Grammys: "Album of the Year - Between the Lines," "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female - At Seventeen" (Grammy), "Song of the Year - At Seventeen," "Record of the Year - At Seventeen," "Best Engineered Recording, non-classical - Between the Lines" (Grammy). Platinum in the US, Australia, UK; gold in Holland, Belgium, South Africa, Israel. "At Seventeen" #1 single US; top twenty single UK, Australia, Holland, Israel.

Personnel: Musicians: Larry Alexander, Seymour Barab, Seymour Berman, Eddie Bert, Phil Bodner, Arianna Bronne, George Brown, James Buffington, Harry Burbont, Lewis Cley, Burt Collins, Ray Crisara, Richard Davis, Eugenie Dengel, Peter Dimitriades, Sal De Troia, George Devens, George DuVivier, Ron Frangipane, Dickie Frank, Russell George, Al Gorgoni, Mickey Gravine, Joe Grimm, Marie Hence, Max Hollander, Janis Ian, Artie Kaplan, Kathy Kionke, Ezra Klinger, Harold Kohon, Patty Kopec, Ken Kosak, Gloria Lanzarone, Beverly Laurelson, Barry Lazarowitz, Jesse Levy, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Richard Maximoff, Charles McCracken, Eugene Orloff, Bill Payne, Don Payne, Romeo Penque, Dennis Pereca, Seldon Powell, Alan Raph, George Ricci, David Sackson, Julius Schacter, Jimmy Sedlar, Joe Shelpley, Ora Shiram, David Snider, Manny Vardi, Bill Watrous, Masako Yanagita. Vocalists: Claire Bay, Janis Ian,Dennis Pereca.

Inside Scoop: Janis began making more aggressive decisions in the studio, thanks to Brooks' and arranger Ron Frangipane's generousity in teaching her about recording and arranging. In fact, she threw a member of her management team out of the studio during the recording of "At Seventeen" because they kept saying "You're blowing a hit!" She had gone completely broke making Stars and had to move into her mother's New York apartment for six months; she wrote "At 17" sitting at the dining room table, reading a New York Times Magazine article about debutantes that began "I learned the truth at eighteen." She sang it onstage with her eyes closed for a year, because she was convinced the audience would laugh at her.

Lyrics

When The Party's Over

Janis Ian

Would you like to learn to sing?
Would you like to sing my song?
Would you like to learn
to love me best of all
Anyone can learn the words
and the melody's so plain
This is my song
to bring you back again

I'll teach you how to sing and dance
with a song and dance routine,
and when the party's over,
you can fall in love with me

Would you like to learn to tango?
Do you dance the light fandango?
I'll teach you how
before we're done
Anyone can make it two
Any two can turn to one
and the melody's lost
before the song's begun

We sound so good together
and so poorly sung alone
Your harmony's an open breeze
into my sheltered home

I can teach you how to sing and dance
with a song and dance routine,
and when the party's over,
you can fall in love with me

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At Seventeen

Janis Ian

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
and high school girls with clear skinned smiles
who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth

And those of us with ravaged faces
lacking in the social graces
desperately remained at home
inventing lovers on the phone
who called to say - come dance with me
and murmured vague obscenities
It isn't all it seems at seventeen

A brown eyed girl in hand me downs
whose name I never could pronounce
said - Pity please the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve
The rich relationed hometown queen
marries into what she needs
with a guarantee of company
and haven for the elderly

Remember those who win the game
lose the love they sought to gain
in debentures of quality and dubious integrity
Their small-town eyes will gape at you
in dull surprise when payment due
exceeds accounts received at seventeen

To those of us who knew the pain
of valentines that never came
and those whose names were never called
when choosing sides for basketball
It was long ago and far away
The world was younger than today
when dreams were all they gave for free
to ugly duckling girls like me

We all play the game, and when we dare
we cheat ourselves at solitaire
Inventing lovers on the phone
Repenting other lives unknown
that call and say - Come dance with me
and murmur vague obscenities
at ugly girls like me, at seventeen

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From Me To You

Janis Ian

I'm leaving by night, I'm leaving alone
Leaving it lie, when you waken I'll be gone
I would not beg for me as I would not beg for you
though I'd like to be the one to see you through

Every step you have take disappears with the tide
You're torn up and shaken with changing your mind
You haven't got the grace to say you'll finally decide
and you haven't got the strength to stay to fight

Those people who surround you
only want to see you weak enough to crawl
They'll lie for you, decide for you
and buy up all your rights and all your wrongs
And they'll try to stop your singing
in the middle of your song
for they do not want you free
and they will not make you strong
but only drag you down in the hole they're coming from

They say you are foolish for wanting the sun
They call you selfish for learning to run
They'll tell you that the darkness is a blessing in disguise
You never have to notice if you're sighted or you're blind
and they'll do their best to keep you from the light

You're more than beginning, you're learning to fly
Feels like you're falling, but it passes in time
and I hate to see a friend go down in flames without a song
so I'm waiting by the doorway - I will not linger long

I'm leaving by night, I'm leaving alone
Leaving you lie. When you waken I'll be gone
I would not beg for me as I will not beg for you
but I'd like to be the one to see you through

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Bright Lights And Promises

Janis Ian

Bright lights and promises, a pocket full of dreams
That's what they pay me to be
Gold lame and diamonds - I am a hometown queen
Honey, would you sing it just for me?

When I was good... then I was bad
I never thought i'd end up this way
with no dreams to hide me - bright lights to guide me
How long does it take to make the grade?

Everywhere I hear a ringing in my ears
Drummer, let the music play
Small-town blues, make it loud, make it do
Listen to the music sway

Bar rails and cocktails - have you got a light?
That's all it pays to keep in sight
Overused and much abused promises of delight
Honey, would you care to spend the night?

Take a little time - some memories and wine
Loosen up the sucker by the bar
And if he wants to hold you, if he wants to know you
Honey, that's what you're here for

Until all I see is them reaching out for me
Drummer, play that old-time melody

Bright lights and promises, that's all it's for
Leave and enter by the service door
Now I'm gold lame and diamonds, even if my gold is worn
Honey, who could ask for more?

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In The Winter

Janis Ian

* Also recorded by Dusty Springfield, and Barbi Benton

The days are okay
I watch the TV in the afternoons
If I get lonely,
the sound of other voices,
other rooms are near to me
I'm not afraid

The operator,
She tells the time,
It's good for a laugh
There's always radio,
and for a dime I can
talk to God - Dial-a-Prayer
Are you there?
Do you care?
Are you there?

And in the winter,
extra blankets for the cold
Fix the heater, getting old
I am wiser now, you know
and still as big a fool concerning you

I met your friend
She's very nice, what can I say?
It was an accident
I never dreamed we'd meet again this way
You're looking well
I'm not afraid

You have a lovely home
Just like a picture.
No, I live alone
I found it easier
You must remember how
I never liked the party life
Up all night
Lovely wife
You have a lovely wife

And in the winter
Extra blankets for the cold
Fix the heater, getting old
You are with her now, I know
I'll live alone forever
Not together now

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Watercolors

Janis Ian

I remember photographs
Watercolors of the past
He turned and said - You ask much of me
Then, when we'd made our peace,
we lay between the sheets
He turned and said - I set you free

Go on, be a hero, be a photograph
Make your own myths
Christ, I hope they last
longer than mine
Wider than the sky we measure time by
Go on, be a hero, I set you free
Your stagehand lovers have conquered me
They'll send you carnations,
while smiling faces look on and applaud
Go on, go on, go 'way from me

I said - Do you wish me dead?
Lip service to books you've read
Articles on how to bed a bird in flight
You called it love - I called it greed
You say - You take what you want
I say - You get what you need

Go on, be a hero, be a man
Make your own destiny if you can
Go find a fence, locate a shell
and hide yourself
Go on, go to hell, go away from me
I need no charity

He said - Come unto me
I am beauty
I am the light
Come unto me
Hold the darkness and stay the night
for I am wonder, I am the heart's delight
Tomorrow we'll fight

Come on come on, come near to me
Come be my fantasy
We'll talk it over again sometime
I'll send you some flowers
to change your mind,
but for tonight, turn out the light
Hold me -
Come on, come on and set me free
Lend me your charity

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Between The Lines

Janis Ian

There's never much to say between
the moments of our games and repartée
There's never much to read between
the lines of what we need and what we'll take
There's never much to talk about or say aloud
but say it anyway
Of holidays and yesterdays
and broken dreams that somehow slipped away

In books and magazines of how to be
and what to see while you are being
Before and after photographs
teach how to pass from reaching to believing
We live beyond our means on other peoples' dreams
and that's succeeding
Between the lines of photographs, I've seen the past
It isn't pleasing

So strike another match
We'll have another cup of wine
and dance until the evening's dead
of too much song and time
There's never much to talk about,
or read between the lines
of what we dream about when we're apart
snd no one's looking on to say "You're mine"

It was a good year then. It was a good year then
We all remember
the time you threw the looking glass and seemed a fool,
or very clever
Don't spoil it all. I can't recall
a time when you were stuck without an answer
We'll live a quiet peaceful time between the lines
and go together

And I'm striking up the band
to play our last hurrah
We'll dance until we've killed another evening off
Don't think of anyone but me
I'll have no lovers on the side
Tonight is all we ever dreamed about
For once, let's get it right
We'll go down flying in the end
Throw another bottle in between the lines
We'll go down like a ship of state
Let's be gracious now, between the lines

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The Come On

Janis Ian

I haven't been loved by a man in quite a while
You know it ain't easy making me smile
Friends have their lovers
Men on a string
There must be something terribly wrong with me
Sometimes I feel like I haven't learned anything

How do you do?
Would you like to be friends?
No, I just want a bed for the night
Someone to tell me they care
You can fake it, that's all right
In the morning I won't be here

It's a sacrificial altar
and I'm laying down my head
and I'm telling you up front --
I haven't much to give

Is that how it's done,
or shall I sing and dance?
Give me a chance

How do you do?
Do you want to be friends?
Yes, that might be very nice
Maybe we'll fall in love
Every body has its price
Mine is yours for free
if you'll be in love with me

I haven't been loved by a man in quite a while
You know it ain't easy making me smile
Friends have their lovers
Men on a string
There must be something terribly wrong with me...

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Light A Light

Janis Ian

I hear your voice in every corridor
See your face in every picture frame
I feel your eyes in every starry sky
Lover, am I coming home again

Now am I humble, who once was proud
Now am I silent, who once was loud
Now am I waiting for the sound of your saying --
Lover, am I coming home again

When you're gone, the sun don't shine
Light a light, light a light for me
Bring me back home again

And how we loved, 'til the years were days
How we laughed all our tears away
and now the time begins to fade
Lover, am i coming home again

There's a wisdom in the teachings
of the old familiar songs,
and a sorrow in repeating
all the old familiar wrongs,
and a lesson to be learned,
though I've known all along
Lover, am I coming home again

Light a light, light a light for me
Light a light, light a light for me
Light a light, light a light for me
Bring me back home again
Bring me back home again

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Tea And Sympathy

Janis Ian

I don't want to ride the milk train any more
I'll go to bed at nine, and waken with the dawn
and lunch at half past noon
Dinner prompt at five
The comfort of a few old friends long past their prime

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days long gone
Let's drink a toast to those who most
believe in what they've won
It's a long long time 'til morning
plays wasted on the dawn
I'll not write another line,
for my true love is gone

And when the guests have done
I'll tidy up the room
I'll turn the covers down
and gazing at the moon
will pray to go quite mad
and live in long ago
when you and I were one, so very long ago

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days long gone
Let's drink a toast to those who most
believe in what they've won
It's a long long time 'til morning
plays wasted on the dawn
I'll not write another line,
for my true love is gone

And when I have no dreams
to give you any more,
I'll light a blazing fire
and wait within the door,
and throw my life away
"I wonder why?" they all will say
And now I lay me down to sleep,
forever and a day

Pass the tea & sympathy
for the good old days are dead
Let's drink a toast to those who best
survived the life they've led
It's a long long time 'til morning,
so build your fires high
Now I lay me down to sleep,
forever by your side

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Lover's Lullaby

Janis Ian

Lay down and slumber
Mama's boy is torn asunder
All the fields have gone grey
All the leaves are gone brown
Let me tell you a story
Lay down, I know you're weary
While the star's in the sky
While the moon's on the rise

Lay down and don't you wake 'til morning
Close your eyes and helpless through the night
Lay down and dream of love and glory
This is a lover's lullaby

Once was a magician
Fair he was, and handsome
and he brought to the table
all the fool's gold and wine
He promised us three favors
Said he was the Savior
We drank all his glory
and we borrowed all his time

Lay down and don't you wake 'til morning
Close your eyes and helpless through the night
Lay down and dream of love and glory
This is a lover's lulla--

'bye, my love - sleep tight my love
and softly fade away
The moon was made of old green cheese
to keep the night at bay

Softly now, close your eyes
Lightly will you fade
The moon was made for wakeful boys
to keep the night away

Lay down and don't wake 'til morning
Close your eyes all through the night
Lay down and dream of your glory
This is a lullabye

Lay down and don't wake 'til morning
Close your eyes all through the night
Lay down and dream of your glory
This is a lullabye
This is a lullabye

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