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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:19 AM

Our President says this is his Favorite James Taylor song



Live: "Your Smiling Face".

Whenever I see your smiling face,
I have to smile myself
Because I love you, yes, I do.
And when you give me that pretty little pout,
It turns me inside out.
There's something about you, baby,
I don't know.

Isn't it amazing a man like me
Can feel this way,
Tell me how much longer,
It could grow stronger every day.
Oh, how much longer?

I thought I was in love a couple of times
Before with the girl next door,
But that was long before I met you,
Now I'm sure that I won't forget you.
And I thank my lucky stars
That you are who you are,
And not just another lovely lady
Set out to break my heart.

Isn't it amazing a man like me
Can feel this way,
Tell me how much longer,
It could grow stronger every day.

No one can tell me that I'm doing wrong today, whenever I see you smile at me.
No one can tell me that I'm doing wrong today
Whenever I see your smiling face my way.
No one can tell me that I'm doing it wrong today.
No one can tell me that I'm doing it wrong today.

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Reply Our President says this is his Favorite James Taylor song (Original post)
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #1
pacalo Jan 2013 #2
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #4
On the Road Jan 2013 #3
In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #9
Yavin4 Jan 2013 #12
sally5050 Jan 2013 #5
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #7
DreamGypsy Jan 2013 #6
nikto Jan 2013 #8
rtassi Jan 2013 #16
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #10
Yavin4 Jan 2013 #11
In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #13
rtassi Jan 2013 #15
rtassi Jan 2013 #14

Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:31 AM

1. Oh. Well, gotta disagree with Prez O. His best song is "Carolina In My Mind".

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:53 AM

2. If it's the faster-paced '68 version, my number one would be "Carolina In My Mind".

I'd put "Your Smiling Face" way above the slow-paced version of "CIMM", though.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:09 AM

4. I have never heard the faster version, thanks--but I prefer the slower (sadder) one.

I will always remember, as a kid in the 70's, my mom singing it when it came on the radio and telling me that poor James Taylor was messed up on drugs. I barely had a clue what drugs were. Pretty cool that he's alive and well and performing at the inauguration almost 40 years later.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 01:54 AM

3. That's Partly Because the President is a Baby

In musical taste, a lot depends on the year you were born. I would nominate Sweet Baby James, since that album hit when I was a senior in high school.

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Response to On the Road (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:25 AM

9. Sweet Baby James became a hit while I was in college.

I enjoyed listening to it for hours.
Guess it was a good thing that I lived alone.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:18 AM

12. See My Post Below n/t

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:20 AM

5. This is a great song no doubt

 

but James Taylor's ultimate best song is this one...

Handyman..



hey girls gather round
listen to what I"m putting down
hey baby I'm your handyman

i'm not the kind who uses pencil or rule
I'm handy and I'm no fool
I fix broken hearts but I know that I truly can

If your broken heart should need repair
Then I am the man that you should see
I whisper sweet

they'll come running to me

here is the main thing that I want to say
i'm busy 24 hours a day
I fix broken hearts, but i know that I Truly can....

com a com a coma come come
oh they'll come running to me.... meeeeee
here is the main thing I want to say
I'm busy 24 hours a day
I fix broken hearts I"m your handyman

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Response to sally5050 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:50 AM

7. A good cover, definitely, but built on work of Jones and Blackwell,...

...and Del Shannon.

So, James. If you've got a Grammy Winner, and a Billboard #4...you didn't build that. You didn’t get there on your own. You took the lyrics of Otis Blackwell, the tune of Jimmy Jones. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you the line "Come-uh come-uh come-uh come come, Yeagh Yeagh Yeagh". James, you took the song to the top, but you’re not on your own, we’re in this together.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:28 AM

6. Fire and Rain...

...which is not the same as the NRA song "Fire, and Reign",

Or the corporate employment strategy song "Fire and Rein In",

Or the climate change/chaotic weather denial song "Fire? and Rain?",

But a song about the personal experiences of many Americans, of loss, of longing, of a need to return...

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 04:27 AM

8. James Taylor never wrote a more profound song than this one...

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Response to nikto (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:26 AM

16. Very nice ... never heard that one before

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 07:28 AM

10. That is a great tune

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:14 AM

11. You're all wrong. It's Sweet Baby James.

Performed with the Dixie Chicks:

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 08:21 AM

13. Thank you.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:22 AM

15. that was really nice too!

I'm not getting any work done all of a sudden!

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 09:17 AM

14. that was so fun ... thank you for posting this! n/t

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