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Last Updated 8th January 2003

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A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE

A LITTLE MORE LIKE YOU

A LITTLE ON THE WINDY SIDE

A PERFECT LOVE

AFTER ALL

ALL IN ALL

AN OLD FASHIONED LOVE SONG

ANSWER ME


A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams/Ken Ascher)

She's the kind who says goodbye to houses
When she's leaving them for good
Thinks about the beauty of the forest
When she burns a piece of wood
Says hello to strangers
And every hungry stray weighs on her mind
Sees good in everybody
That few of us would take the time to find
She says every act of kindness
Is a little bit of love we leave behind

She's the kind who lays awake and worries
When the headline tensions grow
Thinks about the unborn generations
And a time she'll never know
Seems it's always after midnight
When we talk it out and slowly both unwind
She says every act of kindness
Is a little bit of love we leave behind

Every summer sun
That has passed our way
Serves to light every day
And in time will stay
Like a golden ghost in our mind
So when we have gone
What we do lives on
You know every act of kindness
Is a little bit of love we leave behind

Link To Paul's Recordings Of This Song


A LITTLE MORE LIKE YOU

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams and Kenneth Lee Ascher )

Though I've not told you
By now you should know
I'm warmed by your smile
And your own special glow
Given just one wish
I thought might come true
I'd like to be a little more like you

Have you forgotten
The time and the thought
Traditions and lessons
So lovingly taught
I never told you
'Cause I thought you knew
I'd like to be a little more like you

Yours is a magic
That touches my soul
Yours is a laugh
That makes old jokes sound new
Yours is the patience
The whole world has tried
I'd like to be a little more like you

If some sad morning
You find we must part
Carry this one thought
Alive in your heart
I never told you
But I swear it's true
I'd like to be a little more like you

I never told you
But I swear it's true
I'd like to be a little more like you

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A LITTLE ON THE WINDY SIDE

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams)

You gotta stay loose in the city
Keep your wits about you, that's our style
You gotta think fast in the city
A sense of humor and an easy smile
Let your mind blow in the city
Grab your lover and enjoy the ride
Doctor Feelgood lives in the city
A little on the windy side

What a dream on a winnin' team
Well I can't help thinkin this will last forever
Stick by my side
Ten to five this just gets better, yeah
A little on the windy side

When it gets cold in the city
Love can warm your toes and tan your hide
Cuddle up close to someone pretty
You learn to love life on the windy side

What a dream on a winnin' team
Well I can't help hoping this will last forever
Stick by my side
Ten to five this just gets better, yeah
A little on the windy side

When it gets cold in the city
Love can warm your toes and tan your hide
So cuddle up close to someone pretty
You learn to love life on the windy side

A little on the windy side
A little on the windy side
A little on the windy side

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A PERFECT LOVE

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams)

Old enough to know when I've been wrong
Yes and fool enough to think I still might change
I've been out of place
But right on time
And still I've let you down
We've been lovers
And we've fought
It would help me if I thought you might remember me
Not for what I've done
But for the other things I'd always meant to do
'Cause like a child who's learned the ways of life
You've opened up my eyes
With a love that's always new
Yes I owe it all to you

'Cause when the world outside was sure that I was only chasing rainbows
You could find the words to make me strong
Holding on to me and whispering
"There's nothing wrong with rainbows"
You heard my song

And so remember me as one who came to love
And found a perfect love to help along the way
And if tomorrow you should find
That I'm no longer by your side
Then it was time for me to go
And it would help me just to know that you'd remember me
As one who came to love
And found a perfect love to help along the way

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AFTER ALL

(Lyrics Paul Williams:Music Roger Nichols)

After all the lonely nights
That I've been through
You'd think that I'd be over you
But I miss you girl
Like I never dreamed I could
Miss you girl
And a lovin' feeling
I can't help recall
I guess I love you after all

After all the livin' hell
You put me through
You'd think I'd want no part of you
But it's harder now
Then it's ever been before
Harder now
When I hear your name
My tears begin to fall
I guess I love you after all

I never will get over you
Only foolin' myself
If I think that I can
Got to find you girl
Got to bring you back to me
Find you girl
'Cause I've never known
My world to feel so small
I guess I love you after all

I never will get over you
Only foolin' myself
If I think that I can
Got to find you girl
Got to bring you back to me
Find you girl
'Cause I've never known
My world to feel so small
I guess I love you after all

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ALL IN ALL

(Lyrics Paul Williams: Music Michel Colombier )

Love is the warmth
That I've felt deep inside you
Sharing the silence of the dawn
Love is the tenderness
Of lying here beside you
Wondering where the night has gone

All in all I've had a taste
Of the good and the bad
Times spent in love
Were the best that I've had

Love is the taste
Of your tears on my pillow
Happiness always makes you cry
And when your tiny back
Is bending like a willow

My dreams are chased across the sky All in all I've had a taste
Of the good and the bad
Times spent in love
Were the best that I've had

Listen, got into it
Did it up in thunder and light'ning
Wide open, ran for the sun
And if it didn't last forever
Say what you will my friend
In the end it was good
God, it was good

You are the song
That the world should be singing
Voices could rise and fill the air
You are the happiness
We all might end up bringing
If we could only learn to share

All in all I've had a taste
Of the good and the bad
Times spent in love
Were the best that I've had

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AN OLD FASHIONED LOVE SONG

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams)

Just an old fashioned love song playing on the radio
And wrapped around the music is the sound of someone promising they'll never go
You'll swear you've heard it before as it slowly rambles on and on
No need in bringing 'em back 'cause they've never really gone

Just an old fashioned love song
Coming down in three part harmony
Just an old fashioned love song
One I'm sure they wrote for you and me

To weave our dream upon and listen to each evening when the lights are low

To underscore our love affair with tenderness and feelings that we've come to know
You'll swear you've heard it before as it slowly rambles on and on
No need in bringing 'em back 'cause they've never really gone

Just an old fashioned love song
Coming down in three part harmony
Just an old fashioned love song
One I'm sure they wrote for you and me

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ANSWER ME

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams/Barbara Streisand/Kenny Ascher)

Do you wake up very slowly?
Does it take a while before you smile?
Are your dreams like premonitions?
Have you lived them through?
Some people do

I hope you'll answer me with patient eyes
No hurried words, foolish or wise
Answer me

Answer me with soft, silent touches
They'll tell me as much as I'll need to know
Answer me with deep and restful sleeping
And if you dream in sleep
They're yours to keep

No, you need not answer me if we must part
Should someone ask who's touched your heart
Perhaps you'll answer me

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B

BACK TO LOVE AGAIN

BAD GUYS

BITTER HONEY

BLESS THIS DAY

BORN TO FLY

BRAND NEW SONG

BUGSY MALONE


BACK TO LOVE AGAIN

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams/Kenny Hirsch)

There you are
the answer to my prayer
and unlikely as it seems
my sweetest dream
is finally coming true
my faith in love restored by you
cause you found me with the broken hearted
you promised we would finish what our kiss had started
you took me in your arms
held me close and then
loved me back to life
you brought me back to love again

and here am I
as breathless as a child
I survived my troubled past
found love at last
and everything feels new
it's magic to be touched by you

cause you showed me nights of endless pleasure
you spoke to me of future love we'd make and treasure
you built my heart a nest
made it safe and then
loved me back to life
you brought me back to love again

And I believe we've loved before
in lives gone by, we're old souls back for more

cause you found me with the broken hearted
you promised we would finish what our kiss had started
you took me in your arms
held me close and then
loved me back to life
you brought me back to love again

Link To Paul's Recordings Of This Song


BAD GUYS

(FROM THE PARAMOUNT MOTION PICTURE "BUGSY MALONE")
(FROM THE NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE STAGE SHOW "BUGSY MALONE")

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams)

We could've been anything we wanted to be
But don't it make your heart glad
That we decided, a fact we take pride in
We became the best at being bad

We could've been anything we wanted to be
With all the talent we had
No doubt about it, we whine and we pout it
We're the very best at being guys

We're rotten to the core

And my congratulations no one likes you any more

Bad guys, we're the very worst

Each of us contemptible, we're criticised and cursed

We made the big time, malicious and mad
We're the very best at being bad

We could've been anything we wanted to be
We took the easy way out
With little training, we mastered complaining
Manners seemed unnecessary
We're so rude, it's almost scary

We could've been anything that we wanted to be
With all the talent we had
With little practice, we made every black list
We're the very best at being bad
We're the very best at being bad
We're the very best at being bad

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BITTER HONEY

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams & Roger Nichols)

I should have known that you would treat me this way
I should have known I should have stayed alone
If I just used my head I'd have sent you away
If only somehow I knew what I know now

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You love is bitter honey, sweet and sour
Bitter honey, you sometime thing
Bitter honey I know your power
I've asked you to leave but never let you
I learned to forgive but not forget you

It must be love that has kept me this way
It made me your slave, it made me behave
It's not love at its best but could have been some day
I'll wait and I'll see, you're worth it to me

I love you, bitter honey, sweet and sour
Bitter honey, you sometime thing
Bitter honey I know your power
I've asked you to leave but never let you
I learned to forgive but not forget you

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Bitter honey, sweet and sour
Bitter honey, you sometime thing
Bitter honey, I know your power
Bitter honey, I've felt your sting

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BLESS THIS DAY

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams)

Bless this day with open hearts
Kindness, caring, thatís where it starts
Give peace a chance
Wisemen sing, wisemen say
And when you believe, you bless this day.

Bless this day with songs and prayers,
Daybreak, angels, hurry downstairs
Downstairs itís Christmas
All presents and play
So give them the meaning , Bless This Day

Down comes Christmas, over so fast
With love in our hearts
The joy will last
Bless this day and after itís gone
With love in our hearts
The joy lives on
This is the way to Bless This Day

Instrumental of verse

Down comes Christmas, over so fast
With love in our hearts
The joy will last
Bless this day and after itís gone
With love in our hearts
The joy lives on
This is the way to Bless This Day

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BORN TO FLY

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams)

Is it wrong to say
I love you right away
To somebody new
Even though you know you do
You decide what's right for you and I'll decide for me
You know where you're comin' from and where you'd like to be
All of us are different as the snow flakes from the sky
Snow was born to fall
We were born to fly

Is it best to hide
The things you feel inside
And never let them show
Don't let anybody know
Think about the rich ol' man who never learned to smile
Doesn't know that sometimes laughin' makes it all worthwhile
I believe the strongest people aren't afraid to cry
Tears were born to fall
We were born to fly

Follow your heart like the path of an arrow
That looks for a home in the morning sky
Out of the nest like a small summer sparrow
He knows in his heart he was born to fly
Knows in his heart he was born to fly

When it's time old friend
For a worn out love to end
If what you shared has gone
But you feel like holdin' on
Realize that long goodbyes are bound to make you sad
Look around for something new
And treasure what you had
It isn't always easy but we're still supposed to try
Even if we fall
We were born to fly
Even when we fall
We were born to fly

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BRAND NEW SONG

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams and Jeff Barry)

Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
A brand new song

Some days it don't pay
To get up out of bed
Seems like the whole world
Is overworked and underfed
But life is loaded with sweet surprises
Never know what it will do
And just when you're planning
On another rainy day
The sun comes shining through

And somebody's singing a brand new song
There's something in the words
You know you never heard before
Somebody's singing a brand new song
Well, it isn't a symphony
It's a simple melody
But it's a song about love
And we can always use one more

Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
A brand new song

Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
A brand new song

Sundown, you're run-down
Alone without a friend
Day breaks, your mind aches
You're on your own again
You know you love her but you think you've lost her
Not much more you can do
And just when you're planning
On another lonely night
She comes on back to you

And somebody's singing a brand new song
There's something in the words
You know you never heard before
Somebody's singing a brand new song
Well, it isn't a symphony
It's a simple melody
But it's a song about love
And we can always use one more

Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
A brand new song

Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
A brand new song

I'll be loving you always
With a love that's true, always

Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
Somebody's singing
A brand new song

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BUGSY MALONE

(FROM THE PARAMOUNT MOTION PICTURE "BUGSY MALONE")
(FROM THE NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE STAGE SHOW "BUGSY MALONE")

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams)

He's a sinner
Candy-coated
For all his friends
He always seems to be alone
But they love him
Bugsy Malone

A city slicker
He can charm you
With a smile and a style all his own
Everybody loves that man
Bugsy Malone

Hot-headed Bugsy makes his mind up
Don't mess with Bugsy or you'll wind up
Wishing you'd left well enough alone
He's a man, a mountain
He's a rolling stone
And when he' II leave you
Sad and lonely, crying
I couldn't say, but it's known
That everybody wants that man
Bugsy Malone

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C

CALIFORNIA ROSES

CLOSE ENOUGH FOR LOVE

CRAZY LOVIN' YOU

CRIED LIKE A BABY


CALIFORNIA ROSES

(Lyrics & Music Paul Williams)

I will bring you roses
California roses
If you need it you can have my soul
Gonna keep you dancin'
Laughin' and a--dancin'
Like it's Louisiana rock and roll

We'll build a house and we'll not put a lock on the door
Keep an open heart and we won't be alone anymore

I will bring you roses
California roses
If you need it you can have my soul
Gonna keep you dancin'
Laughin' and a--dancin'
Like it's Louisiana rock and roll

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CLOSE ENOUGH FOR LOVE

(FROM THE MOTION PICTURE "AGATHA")

(Lyrics Paul Williams: Music Johnny Mandel)

You and I, an unmatched pair
Took the time to touch, to share
Worlds apart the night we met
We braved the odds and won the bet
Not perfect yet
But close enough for love

How old-fashioned, pure romance
Shared a kiss and shared the dance
Shared the body and bouquet
We'll taste the wine another day
When you and I
Are close enough for love

Not just lovers, more than friends
Who knows where one starts, one ends?
Tracing lights through sleepless nights
That I'll remember always
Always long goodbyes and tearful looks
Hold up well in poems and books
But you and I have life to hold
The greatest story never told
Not perfect yet
But close enough for love

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CRAZY LOVIN' YOU

(Lyrics Paul Williams: Music Melissa Manchester)

You refused to stop and ask directions
It was almost guaranteed we'd end up lost
Dressing up in hand me down perfection
Couldn't pay the bill so never mind the cost

Look at you, you could dance right through an earthquake
Look at you, you brought an new swimsuit for the flood
Look at you, planting flowers in the quicksand, like a hero
bouncing back is in your blood
Its crazy loving you, Its crazy loving you

You and your Houdini explanations
You're twisting situations down from bad to worse
You're convinced that I need the same sensations
Loving you is a blessing, loving you is a curse

Look at you, you could dance right through an earthquake
Look at you, you brought an new swimsuit for the flood
Look at you, planting flowers in the quicksand, like a hero
bouncing back is in your blood
Its crazy loving you, Its crazy loving you

Look at you, you could dance right through an earthquake
Look at you, you brought an new swimsuit for the flood
Look at you, planting flowers in the quicksand, like a hero
bouncing back is in your blood
Its crazy loving you, Its crazy loving you

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CRIED LIKE A BABY

(Lyrics Paul Williams: Music Craig Doerge)

Always had the best of ev'rything
Anything money could buy
I go first class
And I'll live like a king 'til I die

I surround myself with treasure
And devote each day to pleasure
Until late at night
The king begins to cry

In the comfort of my castle
I have lived my life in style
Let the troubled world
Just up and pass me by

I surround myself with treasure
And devote each day to pleasure
Until late at night
The king begins to cry

And I have cried like a baby
In the darkness of my room
With nobody there
To hold my trembling hand

And I have cried like a baby
In the darkness of my room
With nobody there
To love or understand

In the hollow of the empire
I've become a warrior king
Hunting golden deals
And million dollar schemes

When our fate has been decided
And my soul been subdivided
I will cry alone
For half forgotten dreams

And I have cried like a baby
In the darkness of my room
With nobody there
To hold my trembling hand

I have cried like a baby
In the darkness of my room
With nobody there
To love or understand

Cried like a baby
In the darkness of my room
With nobody there
To hold my trembling hand

I have cried like a baby
In the darkness of my room
With nobody there
To love or understand
Ah, ah

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