The Very Best of Aaron Neville

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2000

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  1. Tell It Like It Is

    Tell It Like It Is

    If you want something to play with
    Go and find yourself a toy
    Baby my time is too expensive
    And I’m not a little boy

    If you are serious
    Don’t play with my heart
    It makes me furious
    But if you want me to love you
    Then a baby I will, girl you know that I will

    Tell it like it is
    Don’t be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide
    But I know deep down inside me
    I believe you love me, forget your foolish pride

    Life is too short to have sorrow
    You may be here today and gone tomorrow
    You might as well get what you want
    So go on and live, baby go on and live

    Tell it like it is
    I’m nothing to play with
    Go and find yourself a toy
    But I… Tell it like it is
    My time is too expensive and I’m not your little boy

  2. Over You

    Over You

    There’ll be some slow walkin’
    Gonna be some sad talkin’
    There’ll be some flowers bringin’
    Gonna be some sad singin’

    Over you, I say over you
    Over you, pretty baby
    If I ever hear you say we’re through

    There’ll be some long black limousines
    People peepin’ from their window screens
    Parade of cars with their headlights on
    All of that will be goin’ on

    Over you, I said over you
    Over you, pretty baby
    If I ever hear you say we’re through

    There’ll be a hole about six feet deep
    For you baby to take your sleep
    Into a pine box and down you’ll go
    Where you will stay, where it’s free of snow

    Over you, I said over you
    Over you, pretty baby
    If I ever hear you say we’re through

    All your folks will be dressed in black
    Ride a long black Cadillac
    Yeah, baby they’ll be puttin’ you away
    The funeral home’ll have the business that day

    Over you, I said over you
    Over you, pretty baby
    If I ever hear you say we’re through

    Said I’m gonna slay you baby, whoa now
    Over you, pretty baby
    If I ever hear you say we’re through

    Say you’ll never leave me
    I said you’ll never leave me
    Say I’m gonna get rid of you , baby
    If I ever hear you say we’re through

    Whoa, I love you
    No, tellin’ what I’d do
    That’s why, baby
    I want to do all these things to you

  3. The Bells

    The Bells

    I’ll never hear the bells if you leave me
    I’ll never hear the bells
    I’ll never hear the bells if you leave me
    I’ll never hear the bells

    Do you hear what I hear
    Your lips are kissing mine
    Can you hear the bells darling
    Can you hear them when I’m kissing you

    What do I have to do to make you feel the tingling too

    Can you hear the bells darling
    Can you hear them when I’m kissing you

    Oh yeah
    Oh, I hear the bells, ringing in my ear
    Tell me do you love me, do you love me, do you love me, do you love me like I love you

    Oh, it’s one thing that I want you to remember
    If you ever leave me I believe I’ll go insane
    And I’ll never hear the bells again
    No, I’ll never hear the bells again
    No, I’ll never hear the bells again

  4. Don’t Take Away My Heaven

    Don’t Take Away My Heaven

    Oh, baby, I found heaven when I found you
    And this heaven is somethin’ I don’t wanna lose
    I only know that if you ever said goodbye, I couldn’t stand the pain
    These eyes would cry, cry, cry like the rain

    And the sun would have nowhere to shine
    And the stars would all fall from the sky
    Baby, please
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh, no

    ‘Cause this world would stop turnin’, I know
    And I’d lose my whole world if you go
    Baby, don’t
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh, no

    Oh, baby, I saw forever when I saw you
    And if you left me, I can’t imagine what I’d do
    Now that I’ve gone and built my world around your love, I couldn’t let you go
    Don’t ever say goodbye, no, don’t, don’t, don’t ever go

    ‘Cause the sun would have nowhere to shine
    And the stars would all fall from the sky
    Baby, please
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh, no

    ‘Cause this world would stop turnin’, I know (Yes, I know)
    And I’d lose my whole world if you go (If you go)
    Baby, please
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh, no

    ‘Cause you might as well take my life from me
    What good would a life without you be anyway (Anyway)
    If you go away

    Well, the sun would have nowhere to shine
    And the stars would all fall from the sky (From the sky)
    Baby, please
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh, no

    ‘Cause this world would stop turnin’, I know (Yes, I know)
    And I’d lose my whole world if you go (If you go)
    Baby, don’t, no
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh, no

    Don’t take away my heaven, don’t take away your love
    Don’t take away my world ’cause baby, I need your touch
    Baby, don’t
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh, no

    Please don’t take away my heaven
    Please
    Baby, don’t, oh, no
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh…

    Don’t take away my heaven, don’t take away your love
    Don’t take away my world ’cause baby, I need your touch
    Baby, don’t, oh
    Don’t take away my heaven, oh, no

  5. Warm Your Heart

    Warm Your Heart

    Well, we’re all searching for peace of mind
    Love in this world is hard to find
    Come close to me, hold my hand
    And warm your heart

    Only a true love, can satisfy
    Open your arms and close your eyes
    Walk with me, hold my hand
    And warm your heart

    Well, you’re the reason, for the way I’m feelin’
    ‘Cause I’ve never felt this way before
    I want to make you, ohh so happy
    That’s all I’m livin’ for, yea

    Just sorrow, yes, you should know
    We need each other when lights are low
    Stay with me, hold my hand
    And warm your heart

    Well, you’re the reason, for the way I’m feelin’
    ‘Cause I’ve never felt this way before
    I want to make you, ohh so happy
    That’s all I’m livin’ for

    So come to me and make things right
    I’ll keep you happy, both day and night
    Stay with me, hold my hand
    And warm your heart

  6. You Never Can Tell

    You Never Can Tell

    It was a teenage wedding, and the old folks wished them well
    You could see that pierre did truly love the mademoiselle
    And now the young monsieur and madame have rung the chapel bell,
    “c’est la vie”, say the old folks, it go to show you never can tell

    They furnished off an apartment with a two room roebuck sale
    The coolerator was crammed with tv dinners and ginger ale,
    But when pierre found work, the little money comin’ worked out well
    “c’est la vie”, say the old folks, it go to show you never can tell

    They had a hi-fi phono, boy, did they let it blast
    Seven hundred little records, all rock, and rhythm and jazz
    But when the sun went down, the rapid tempo of the music fell
    “c’est la vie”, say the old folks, it go to show you never can tell

    They bought a souped-up jitney, was a cherry red ’53,
    Drove down to new orleans to celebrate the anniversary
    It was there where pierre was married to the lovely mademoiselle
    “c’est la vie”, say the old folks, it go to show you never can tell

    They had a teenage wedding, and the old folks wished them well
    You could see that pierre did truly love the mademoiselle
    And now the young monsieur and madame have rung the chapel bell,
    “c’est la vie”, say the old folks, it go to show you never can tell
    “c’est la vie”, say the old folks, it go to show you never can tell
    “c’est la vie”, say the old folks, it go to show you never can tell

  7. Close Your Eyes

    Close Your Eyes

    Close your eyes
    (Close your eyes)
    Take a deep breath
    (Aah)
    Open your heart
    (Open your heart)
    And whisper
    (I love you, I love you)
    Tell me, you love me
    (You love me)
    Tell me, you love me
    (You love me)
    You love me
    (You love me)
    You love me

    Hold me tight
    (Hold me tight)
    Don’t say goodnight
    (Don’t say goodnight)
    We have time
    (Lots of time)
    Everything’s alright
    (Things’ gonna be alright)
    Hold me darling
    (Never let me go)
    Darling and tell me
    (And tell me)
    You love me
    (You love me, you love me)

    No, no, no
    (No, no, no)
    Even though
    (Even though)
    This is not the way I want it to be
    But if you
    (But if you)
    Got to pretend
    (Must pretend)
    That’s alright with me

    Close your eyes
    (Close your eyes)
    Take a deep breath
    (Aah)
    Open your heart
    (Open your heart)
    And whisper
    (I love you, I love you)
    Tell me, you love me
    (You love me)
    Tell me, you love me
    (You love me)
    You love me
    (You love me, you love me)

    Close your eyes
    (Close your eyes)
    Don’t say goodnight
    (Don’t say goodnight)
    We have time
    (Lots of time)
    Everything gonna be alright
    (Things’ gonna be alright)
    Hold me darling
    (Never let me go)
    Darling and tell me
    (Please tell me)
    You love me

    I love you, darling with all my heart and soul

  8. The Grand Tour

    The Grand Tour

    Step right up, come on in, if you’d like to take the grand tour
    Of the lonely house that once was home sweet home
    I have nothing here to sell you, just some things that I will tell you
    Some things I know will chill you to the bone

    Over there, sits the chair where she’d bring the paper to me
    Sit down on my knee and whisper, “Oh, I love you”
    But now she’s gone forever and this old house will never be the same
    Without the love that we once knew

    Straight ahead, that’s the bed, where we’d lie in love together
    And Lord knows we had a good thing going here
    See her picture on the table, don’t it look like she’d be able
    Just to touch me and say, “Good morning dear”

    There’s her ring, all her things and her clothes are in the closet
    Where she left them when she tore my world apart
    As you leave you see the nursery, oh she left me without mercy
    Taking nothing but our baby and my heart

    Step right up, come on in, come on in

  9. Louisiana 1927

    Louisiana 1927

    What has happened down here is the wind have changed
    Clouds rolled in from the north and it started to rain
    It rained real hard and it rained for a real long time
    Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

    The river rose all day, the river rose all night
    Some people got lost in the flood, some people got away alright
    The river had busted through clear down to Plaquemine
    Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

    Louisiana, Louisiana
    They’re trying to wash us away, they’re trying to wash us away
    Oh, Louisiana, Louisiana
    They’re trying to wash us away, they’re trying to wash us away

    President Coolidge come down in a railroad train
    Little fat man with a notepad in his hand
    President say, “Little fat man, oh, isn’t it a shame
    What the river have done to this poor farmer’s land”

    Oh, Louisiana, Louisiana
    You’re trying to wash us away, you’re trying to wash us away
    Oh, Louisiana, oh Lord, oh Louisiana
    They’re trying to wash us away, oh Lord, they’re trying to wash us away
    They’re trying to wash us away, they’re trying to wash us away

  10. Everybody Plays the Fool

    Everybody Plays the Fool

    Ok, so your heart is broken
    You’re sitting around mopin’, cryin’, cryin’
    You say you even think about dying
    Well, before you do anything rash, baby, dig this

    Everybody plays the fool, sometime
    There’s no exception to the rule, listen baby
    It may be factual, it may be cruel, I ain’t lying
    Everybody plays the fool

    Fallin’ in love is such an easy thing to do
    But there’s no guarantee that the one you love, is gonna love you
    Oh, loving eyes they cannot see a certain person could never be
    Love runs deeper than any ocean, it clouds your mind with emotion

    Everybody plays the fool, sometime
    There’s no exception to the rule, listen baby
    It may be factual, it may be cruel, I ain’t lying
    Everybody plays the fool

    How can you help it, when the music starts to play
    And your ability to reason, is swept away
    Oh, heaven on earth is all you see, you’re out of touch with reality
    And now you cry, but when you do, next time around someone cries for you

    Hey, everybody plays the fool, sometime
    Use your heart just like a tool, listen baby
    They never tell you so in school, I wanna say it again,
    Everybody plays the fool

    Everybody plays the fool, sometime
    There’s no exception to the rule, listen baby
    It may be factual, it may be cruel, I ain’t lying
    Everybody plays the fool

    Every plays the fool, sometime
    There’s no exception to the rule, listen baby
    It may be factual, it may be cruel, I wanna say it again
    Everybody plays the fool

  11. Don’t Go, Please Stay

    Don’t Go, Please Stay

    Don’t go, please stay
    Don’t go, please stay

    If I got on my knees and pleaded with you
    Not to go, but to stay in my heart
    Would you walk out the door
    Like you did once before
    But this time be different and please stay
    Don’t go, please stay
    Don’t go

    If I call out your name like a prayer
    Would you leave me alone with my tears
    Knowing i, I need you so
    Would you still turn and go

    But this time be different in some way
    Don’t go, please stay
    Don’t go, please stay

    You took me away from the rest of the world
    When you taught me to love you like this
    Now I hang by a thread in the canyon of doom
    But I still can be saved by your kiss

    If I call out your name like a prayer
    Would you leave me alone with my tears
    Knowing i, I need you so
    Would you still turn and go
    But this time be different and please stay
    Don’t go, please stay
    Don’t go, please stay
    Don’t go, please stay

  12. Angola Bound

    Angola Bound

    Too many mornin’ gotta wake up soon
    Oh Lord and eat my breakfast by the light of the moon
    Oh Lord by the light of the moon
    If you see my Momma, tell her this for me
    Oh I’ve got a mighty long time, Lord knows I’ll never go free
    Oh Lord, I’ll never be free

    Angola bound now
    Angola bound
    Angola bound now
    Angola bound

    I got lucky last summer when I got my time, Angola bound
    Oh my partner got a hundred, I got ninety-nine, Angola bound
    You been a long time coming but you’re welcome home, Angola bound
    And go to Louisiana get your burdens on, Angola bound
    Oh captain, oh captain don’t you be so cruel, Angola bound
    Oh you work me harder than you work that mule, Angola bound

    If it wasn’t for the captain, oh Lord, I’m shaggin’ house
    I’d be with my woman, yeah, before the sun goes down
    You come up here skippin’ and a-jumpin’, oh Lord it won’t last long
    Gonna wish you was a baby boy, in your mother’s arms

    Angola bound now
    Angola bound
    Angola bound now
    Angola bound

    Don’t want no gal, boy lovin’ cause I got my load, Angola bound
    Don’t want no trouble out the boys I know, Angola bound
    Oh they always talkin’ ’bout dangerous blue, Angola bound
    If I had my shank I’d be dangerous too, Angola bound

    Oh captain say walk and the boss say run, Angola bound
    If I had my pistol I would do ‘nere one, Angola bound

    If it wasn’t for the captain, oh Lord, I’m shaggin’ house
    I’d be with my woman, yeah, before the sun goes down
    You come up here skippin’ and a-jumpin’, oh Lord it won’t last long
    Gonna wish you was a baby boy, in your mother’s arms

    Angola bound now
    Angola bound
    Angola bound now
    Angola bound

    If it wasn’t for the captain, oh Lord, I’m shaggin’ house
    I’d be with my woman, yeah, before the sun goes down
    You come up here skippin’ and a-jumpin’, oh Lord it won’t last long
    Gonna wish you was a baby boy, in your mother’s arms

    Angola bound now
    Angola bound
    Angola bound now
    Angola bound

    If I’d always listened to what my Momma said, Angola bound
    I wouldn’t be deep down in the trouble this way, Angola bound
    Oh my Momma, she told me, leave that junk alone, Angola bound
    Got hooked to the habit had to carry on, Angola bound
    The jury found me guilty ’cause they wrote it down, Angola bound
    Judge said, “Junkie boy you’re penitentiary bound,” Angola bound

    Angola bound now
    Angola bound
    Angola bound now
    Angola bound

    Angola bound now
    Angola bound
    Angola bound now

  13. A Change Is Gonna Come

    A Change Is Gonna Come

    I was born by the river
    In a little tent
    And just like the river
    I’ve been running ever since

    It’s been a long
    A long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come
    Oh, yes it will

    It’s been too hard living
    But I’m afraid to die
    ‘Cause I don’t know
    What’s up there beyond the sky

    It’s been a long
    A long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come
    Oh, yes it will

    When I go to my brother, my brother, my brother
    And I say, Brother, help me please?
    But he winds up knockin’ me
    Right down on my, on the knees

    And there been times that I thought
    I couldn’t last for long
    But now I think
    I’m able to carry on

    It’s been a long
    A long, long time coming
    Well, I know, I know change gonna come
    Oh, yes it will

    It’s been a long
    It’s been a long, long time coming
    Well, I know, I know, I know change gonna come
    Oh, yes it will

  14. Betcha by Golly, Wow

    Betcha by Golly, Wow

    There’s a spark of magic in your eyes
    Candyland appears each time you smile
    Never thought that fairy tales come true
    But they come true, when I’m near you

    You’re a genie in disguise
    Full of wonder and surprise, and

    Betcha by golly, wow
    You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for, forever
    And ever will my love for you keep growing strong
    Keep growing strong

    If I could, I’d catch a falling star
    To shine on you So I’ll know where you are
    All the rainbows in your favorite shades
    To show I love you, thinking of you

    Write your name across the sky
    Anything you ask, I’ll try

    ‘Cause betcha by golly, wow
    You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for, forever
    And ever will my love for you, keep growing strong
    Keep growing strong

    Betcha by golly, wow
    You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for, forever
    And ever will my love for you, keep growing strong
    Keep growing strong

    Betcha by golly, wow
    You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for, forever
    And ever will my love for you, keep growing strong
    Keep growing strong

    Betcha by golly, wow
    You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for, forever
    And ever will my love for you, keep growing strong
    Keep growing strong

  15. Stardust

    Stardust

    And now the purple dust of twilight time
    Steals across the meadows of my heart
    High up in the sky, the little stars climb
    Always reminding me that we’re apart
    You wander down the lane and far far away
    Leaving me a song that will not die
    Love is now the stardust of yesterday
    The music of the years gone by.
    gone by.

    Sometimes I wonder why I spend
    The lonely nights
    Dreaming of a song
    That melody haunts my reverie
    And I am once again with you
    When our love was new
    And each kiss an inspiration
    Ah, but that was long ago
    Now my consolation
    Is in the stardust of a song

    Beside a garden wall
    When stars are bright
    You were in my arms
    That nightingale tells his fairy tale
    of paradise where roses bloom
    Though I dream in vain
    In my heart it will remain
    My stardust melody
    The memory of love’s refrain.
    (love’s refrain)

    Beside a garden wall
    When stars are bright
    You are in my arms
    That nightingale tells his fairy tale
    of paradise where roses bloom
    Though I dream in vain
    In my heart it will remain
    My stardust melody
    The memory of love’s refrain.

  16. Use Me

    Use Me

    Well my friends feel it’s their appointed duty
    They keep trying to tell me all you want to do is use me
    Well my answer said all that use me stuff
    Is I-I-I wanna spread the news
    That if it feels this good getting used

    Oh, you just keep on using me
    Until you use me up
    Uh huh, until you use me up

    Well my brother, you know he sit me right down and he talked to me
    Well he told me, that I ought not let you just walk on me
    (Well, you too big for that boy)
    Well I’m sure he meant well
    You know but when our talk was through
    I just said now brother if you only knew
    You’d wish that you were in my shoes

    Oh, you just keep on using me
    Until you use me up
    Uh huh, until you use me up

    Well sometimes, it’s true you really do abuse me
    Well you get me in a crowd of high class people
    And then you act real rude to me

    But oh baby, baby, baby, baby
    When you love me I can’t get enough
    And I-I-I said I wanna spread the news
    That if it feels this good getting used

    Oh, you just keep on using me
    (Come on now, now)
    Until you use me up
    Until you use me up

    Talking ’bout you using me
    Well it all depends on what you do
    It ain’t too bad the way you’re using me
    ‘Cause I’m sure, I’m using you to do the things you do

    Uh huh, until you use me up
    Oh no, oh no, until you use me up
    Until you use me up
    Until you use me up

    Baby, just keep on using
    Oh no no, until you use me up
    Until you use me up
    Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
    Until you use me up
    Funky, funky, funky, funky, funky, funky
    Funky, funky, funky, funky, funky
    Until you use me up

  17. …To Make Me Who I Am

    …To Make Me Who I Am

    I’ve walked through this world sometimes without a friend
    My life has been up and down, been close to an end
    But I’ve been through the mill
    And I’ve paid my dues
    Walked so many miles in different peoples shoes

    But I’ve been through the fire
    And I’ve walked in the rain
    I’ve felt the joy and endured the pain

    Once I was a schemer
    But I always was a dreamer
    But it took me who I was and where I’ve been
    To make me who I am

    I’ve met a lot of lost souls in the bowels of hell
    Traveled some crooked roads, got some stories yet to tell
    I’ve shot up with the junkie, in piss stench halls
    Broken bread with the devil, fallen on my knees to god
    Some days I was blessed, some nights I was damned
    But I always tried to lend a helping hand

    Once I was a deceiver
    Not I am a believer
    But it took me who I was and where I’ve been
    To make me who I am

    Oh, I’ve seen the little children, all strung out on dope
    No one to care about them, living without hope
    But I’ve been lucky that I always had a song
    I’ll sing it with compassion, to try to right the wrong.

    Once my life was wretched
    But why should I regret it
    Cuz, it took me who I was, and where I’ve been
    To make me who I am

    Speech:
    This is dedicated to my friends in jail
    For my brother jake who had to ride the rail
    For my friend roonie and melvin, who were so dear
    They were so misunderstood
    But I wish they were still here
    To hear this song I sing from my heart
    They’re forever in my soul, even though we had to part

    Once I was a deceiver
    Not I am a believer
    But it took me who I was and where I’ve been
    To make me who I am

    God said I forgive you
    Wipe away the scars
    Cause I know it took who you were
    And where you came from
    To make you who you are

    Cause I know it took who you were
    And where you came from
    To make you what you are

  18. Don’t Know Much

    Don’t Know Much

    Look at this face,
    I know the years are showing,
    Look at this life,
    I still don’t know where it’s going.

    Chorus:
    I don’t know much,
    But I know I love you,
    And that may be all I need to know.

    Look at these eyes,
    They’ve never see what matter,
    Look at these dreams,
    So beaten and so battered.

    Chorus:
    I don’t know much,
    But I know I love you,
    And that may be all I need to know.

    So many questions still left unanswered,
    So much I’ve never broken through,
    And when I feel you near me,
    Sometimes I see so clearly,
    The only truth I’ve ever known,
    Is me and you.

    Look at this man,
    So blessed with inspiration,
    Look at this soul,
    Still searching for salvation.

    Chorus x3:
    I don’t know much,
    But I know I love you,
    And that may be all I need to know.