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Monologue/(They Long To Be) Close To You

This song is by Bobby Womack and appears on the album Communication (1971).

Hello, Hello

How are you?
I wonder if I can borrow about 10 minutes of your time?
Ya know how it is when you feel all alone
And you feel like you got to talk to somebody
I want to talk to you
Listen to me a minute

Sittin' here sippin' on a glass of wine
And I'm trying my best, not to lose my mind
Not to lose my mind

You know, thinkin' about the word. huh, "commercial"
It's a funny, funny, funny word!
Ya' know what's funnier than that
You show people usin'
You know what I'm talkin' about,
Like, uh, record companies, presdients
Vice presidents, producers

And a little engineer

But, you know what? I feel, down in my heart
I don't care what it is,
If I can get into it, it's commercial enough for me
But anyway, I remember just a little while back
I walked into a recording studio with just
Me and my guitar

I remember starting out on song
Sort of went something like this,
But other than that, the same melody, anyway
The head man called in, president,
Vice President, and just one of his producers

And an engineer
And an engineer

Anyway, they all sit around
With their heads dropped down
While I was tryin' to get over, Heh
You could hear a pin fall
I know y'all know what I'm talking about
And I'm steady trying to get over

But anyway, after I got through doing my thing
Or should I say, doing the best that I could
I'd never forget what they told me
One of the cats got up and say
"I like ya, and I ain't sayin' that you can't sing"
And as they all began to leave the conference table
They kept saying (beginning to sing)
"But you're not commercial, commercial
Commercial
No, You're not commercial!"
So, I went on out

Or, should I say, I "Souled Out"
Like I've said before

Music is Music, that's how it is
And that's the way it is

Well, I done changed my style
Because I still had the same heart
But, just like the man said
He said "Bobby, It's gotta be funky!"

I came back and said, Now I wanna sing
Something that I wanna sing, a little song that says, uh
It says, Uh, (Going into the song)

Why do birds suddenly appear, ev'ry time you're near?
Just like me, they long to be close to you, yeah
Why do stars fall down from the sky, every time you walk by?
Just like me, can't you see, they just want to be close to you, yeah

Listen to me a minute

Oh the day that you were born the angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So, they sprinkled moon dust in your hair
Of gold, and star-light in your eyes
Of blue! blue!

That is why all the guys in town follow you
Follow you around, follow you around, follow you around
Just like me, they just want to be close to you

Why do stars fall down from the sky, every time you walk by, yeah
Just like me, they just want to be
A little bit closer to you

Oh the day that you were born
-- The angels got together and decided to create a dream come true

So, they sprinkled moon dust in your hair
And I see rainbows when I look at you

That is why all the guys in town
Follow you, you around
Just like me, they long to be, closer to you
I think I got a reason to say
I wanna be closer to you!

Lemme say it one mooorrre time
One more time
I'll go anywhere you want me to go
Buy ya anything that you want me to buy!

And, Oh, baby!
Baby!
I Gotta, I gotta get a little closer to you!
Yes, sir!
Sometimes I wake up all night long--

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