Neil Diamond Lyrics

Neil Diamond - Lyrics

  • ALL I REALLY NEED IS YOU
  • AMERICA
  • BEAUTIFUL NOISE
  • BROTHER LOVE'S TRAVELING SALVATION SHOW
  • BROOKLYN ROADS
  • CHERRY CHERRY
  • CRACKLIN' ROSIE
  • CRUNCHY GRANOLA SUITE
  • DESIREE
  • FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS
  • GIRL YOU'LL BE A WOMAN SOON
  • HEADED FOR THE FUTURE
  • HEARTLIGHT
  • HELLO AGAIN
  • HOLLY HOLY
  • I'M A BELIEVER
  • I AM I SAID
  • IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
  • I GOT THE FEELIN' (OH NO, NO)
  • JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL
  • KENTUCKY WOMAN
  • LONGFELLOW SERENADE
  • LOVE ON THE ROCKS
  • MORNINGSIDE
  • PLAY ME
  • SEPTEMBER MORN
  • SHILO
  • SOLITARY MAN
  • SONG SUNG BLUE
  • SOOLAIMON
  • SWEET CAROLINE
  • THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME
  • 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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)

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