Soul

Soul

What is soul? As Ben E King once expressed so well in his 1969 hit of the same name.

Soul, naturally means different things to different people. To some, it is Northern Dance Music, which in itself derives its influences from a broad range of other strains of music.

For purists, it has to be the music emanating from the Atlantic, Stax, and Volt labels in the early and middle sixties. Artists like Rufus and Carla Thomas, Wilson Picket and Aretha Franklin. My own personal hero was the late great Otis Redding, who was sadly taken from us at the tender age of only twenty six. I never tire of listening to his music especially his soul ballads. They sound as fresh today as they did when he recorded them with Booker and the Memphis Horn way back then. The subject matter is mostly about tormented love, and the reason Otis still sounds so fresh, is because he sang FROM THE HEART ie from his soul. I think that is probably a good definition of Soul – It is music that comes directly from the Heart & Soul.

We included six of our idea of contemporary soul songs – I hope you like them.

Every time I try to fly

(F Johnson/J Johnson)

EVERY TIME I TRY TO FLY

I know just what I’m looking for
Just enough maybe a little more
I know just where I wanna be
On dry land not all at sea
And I know who I want to be – Anyone else but me.
Anyone else but – Anyone else but

CHORUS:-
JUST AS I REACH SOME WONDERFUL PLACE
SOMETHING ALWAYS BRINGS ME RIGHT BACK TO BASE
EVERY TIME I TRY (Keep thinking)
EVERY TIME I TRY (Keep dreaming)
EVERY TIME I TRY TOO FLY.

I’ve seen the truth with my own eyes
I’ve been around I’m streetwise
I’ve heard enough to feel the shock
Take a chance maybe you’ll take a knock
And I know nothing comes easy
It’s anything else but free
Anything else but – Anything else but

CHORUS:-
JUST AS I REACH TO SOME WONDERFUL PLACE
SOMETHING ALWAYS BRINGS ME RIGHT BACK TO BASE
EVERY TIME I TRY (keep thinking)
EVERY TIME I TRY (Keep dreaming)
EVERY TIME I TRY TO FLY.

CHORUS:-
EVERY TIME I TRY (Keep thinking)
EVERY TIME I TRY (Keep dreaming)
EVERY TIME I TRY TO FLY

Bridge:
If at first you fail and try to no avail
Just don’t walk away there’ll be another day

CHORUS:-
BUT SOMETHING ALWAYS BRINGS ME RIGHT BACK TO BASE
EVERY TIME I TRY (keep thinking)
EVERY TIME I TRY (keep dreaming)
EVERY TIME I TRY TO FLY
EVERY TIME I TRY (keep thinking)
EVERY TIME I TRY (keep dreaming)
SOMEDAY I’M GOING TO FLY
EVERY TIME

Help Me Baby

(F Johnson/J Johnson)

HELP ME BABY

CHORUS:-
HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY NOW
HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY NOW.

Help me baby you look good to me
Help me baby I need sympathy
I need you to soothe my fevered brow
Make me feel alright the way that you know how.

CHORUS:-
HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY NOW
HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY NOW.

Won’t you help me baby I need you tonight
Feels like my head’s filled with dynamite
I can’t handle situations I had
My equilibrium just went from worse to bad.

CHORUS:-
HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY NOW
HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY NOW.

Instrumental Refrain:

Help me baby you make me feel OK
Help me baby listen while I play
Touch me one more time I hear a symphony
We make sweet music perfect harmony.

CHORUS:-
HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY NOW
HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY – HELP ME BABY NOW.
HELP ME – HELP ME – WON’T YOU HELP ME
HELP ME BABY NOW. (Fade)

Hole in my heart

(F Johnson/J Johnson)

HOLE IN MY HEART

Sugar pie look me in the eye
Tell me what what I mean to you
Honey chile you make me smile
But the truth is you make me blue.

Bridge:
I’m such a nice guy but you only go skin deep
So superficial my pretty butterfly
So audio-visual.

CHORUS:-

BUT YOU’VE GOT NO SOUL – YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
I THINK WE’LL HAVE TO PART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART.

Oh pretty one we had such fun
Didn’t we look so good
Little bird then I got the word
That you had a heart of wood.

Bridge:
I’m such a nice guy but you only go skin deep
So superficial my pretty butterfly
So audio-visual.

CHORUS:-

BUT YOU’VE GOT NO SOUL – YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
I THINK WE’LL HAVE TO PART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART.

Refrain:
Sugar pie – Oh honey chile
Oh oh hole in my heart – We’ll have to part
Hole in my heart – Yeah we’ll have to part.

CHORUS:-

YOU’VE GOT NO SOUL – YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
I THINK WE’LL HAVE TO PART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART.

YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART
YOU DIG A HOLE IN MY HEART. (Fade)

It’s you I’m leanin’ on

(F Johnson/J Johnson)

IT’S YOU I’M LEANIN’ ON

Just thinkin’ ’bout you makes me feel warmer
Can’t live without you coz I don’t wanna
You’re the only friend I ever had to keep me hangin’ on
When this crazy world seems hard to bear
It’s you I’m leanin’ on – It’s you I’m leanin’ on
When it seems so right I know it can’t be wrong
It’s you I’m leanin’ on.

First Bridge:-
Talk to me when no-one else will listen
Tell me when your world ain’t going right
I’ll gently whisper words from some sweet love song
The sweetest one of all is ours tonight.

Since I met you life’s been better
Now don’t you leave me coz I won’t let ya
You’re the only one who understands just what it is I need
When everybody else has let me down
It’s you I’m leanin’ on – It’;s you I’m leanin’ on
When it feels so right I know it can’t be wrong
It’s you I’m leanin’ on.

Second Bridge:-
Come to me when you need inspiration
Tell me when your world ain’t going right
I’ll gently whisper words from some sweet love song
But the sweetest one of all is ours tonight

When everybody else has let me down
IT’S YOU THAT I’M LEANIN’ ON – IT’S YOU THAT I’M LEANIN ON
And when it feels so right I know that it can’t be wrong
IT’S YOU I’M LEANIN’ ON – IT’S YOU I’M LEANIN’ ON
IT’S YOU I’M LEANIN’ ON.

Please don’t let our light go out tonight

(J Johnson)

PLEASE DON’T LET OUR LIGHT GO OUT TONIGHT
How do you know when you’re out on your own
Where you’re blazing a trail through the strange and unknown
you think that you’re free coz you’re not there with me
But you’re alone
You’re trying to be what you think you should be
You’re hanging around and you’re waiting to see
But you’re losing your mind coz you’re hurting inside
And it shows.

CHORUS:-
PLEASE DON’T LET OUR LIGHT GO OUT
WHILST THERE’S WARMTH IN OUR HEARTS
THINK OF ALL THAT WE SHARED
BOTH THE GOOD AND THE SAD
LET ME HOLD YOU TONIGHT
I CAN MAKE IT ALL RIGHT
PUT YOUR FAITH IN OUR LOVE
PLEASE DONT LET OUR LIGHT GO OUT TONIGHT.

Refrain:-
Lve is the reason I’m waiting for you
Some things were just mean’t to be
We can do anything we can go antwhere
Let’s open our hearts and be free.E DON’T LET OUR LIGHT GO OUT TONIGHT

You made me the man I am

(F Johnson/J Johnson)

YOU MADE ME THE MAN I AM

You’ve been good for me helping me to forget her
And you let me see there’s sunshine after stormy weather
And you stood by me when the dark clouds were above me
You set me free coz there are no chains when you love me.

CHORUS:-

IF SOMEDAY I’M SOMEBODY
I WON’T SAY I’M A SELF MADE MAN
THERE’S NO WAY I CAN
COZ IT’S YOU THAT MADE ME THE MAN I AM.

How I need you so forever and forever
Please don’t let me go we were mean’t to be together
I was half a man before you rescued me
So let me if you can always be there loving tenderly.

CHORUS:-

IF SOMEDAY I’M SOMEBODY
I WON’T SAY I’M A SELF MADE MAN
THERE’S NO WAY I CAN
COZ IT’S YOU THAT MADE ME THE MAN I AM.

Bridge:
Oh When people see the change in me
They ask me who is she?
I say the only thing I can
YOU MADE ME THE MAN I AM

CHORUS:-

IF SOMEDAY I’M SOMEBODY
I WON’T SAY I’M A SELF MADE MAN
THERE’S NO WAY I CAN
COZ IT’S YOU THAT MADE ME THE MAN I AM
THAT YOU MADE ME THE MAN I AM.