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I'VE NEVER BEEN TO ME (Ken Hirsh / Ron Miller) Charlene = 1976 Randy Crawford - 1976 Walter Jackson - 1977 Mary MacGregor - 1978 The Temptations - 1982 Also recorded by: Nancy Wilson; Howard Keel; Lori Donato; Loretta Holloway; Rachelle Spring; Paola; Rainbow Nation; Vivian Chow; S.H.E.; Teresa Teng; Kikki Danielsson; As One; Primero; Yuki Koyanagi; Tracy Huang Ying Ying. Hey lady, you lady, cursin' at your life You're a discontented mother and a regimented wife I've no doubt you dream about the things you never do But I wish someone had'a talked to me like I wanna talk to you Ooooh, I've been to Georgia and California And anywhere I could run Took the hand of a preacher man And we made love in the sun But I ran out of places and friendly faces Because I had to be free I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me Please lady, please lady, don't just walk away 'Cause I have this need to tell you why I'm all alone today I can see so much of me still living in your eyes Won't you share a part of a weary heart that has lived a million lies Ooh, I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece While I sipped champagne on a yacht I moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo And showed 'em what I've got I've been undressed by kings And I've seen some things That a woman ain't s'pose to see I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me SPOKEN: Hey, you know what paradise is? It's a lie A fantasy we create about people and places as we'd like them to be But you know what truth is? It's that little baby you're holding And it's that man you fought with this morning The same one you're going to make love with tonight That's truth, that's love Sometimes I've been to crying for unborn children That might have made me complete But I, I took the sweet life I never knew I'd be bitter from the sweet I spent my life exploring the subtle whoreing That cost too much to be free Hey lady, I've been to paradise But I've never been to meeeeeeeeeeeeee.... I've been to paradise, never been to me Been to Georgia and California and anywhere I could run I've been to paradise, never been to me Been to Nice and the isle of Greece While I sipped champagne on a yacht I've been to paradise.........FADE ****** As recorded by HOWARD KEEL: Hey mister, hey mister, I just want a dime 'Cause I need a cup of coffee And a moment of your time I can see you're raisin' hell the way I used to do But I wish someone had'a talked to me Like I wanna talk to you Ooooh, been to Georgia, California Any place I could run Stole a woman in Tennessee And we made love in the sun But I ran out of places with friendly faces Because I had to be free I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me Thank you mister, thank you kindly Please don't walk away 'Cause I have this need to tell you Why I'm all alone today I can see so much of me Still livin' in your eyes Won't you share a part of an old man's heart On the day before he dies Oooh, I've been to China and Asia Minor On any ship that could sail Made some noise with some good old boys And we wrecked the county jail I've seen the best men crawl and some teardrops fall There ain't nothing I didn't see I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me (Orchestral Break) I've even been to marriage Had children cryin' for someone they couldn't find Never knowin' that I was searchin' For things I left behind I thought my heart could wait But I learned too late Only love can make people free I've been to paradise But I've never been to me I've been to paradise But I've never been to me I've been to paradise But I've never been to me I've been to paradise But I've never been........FADE (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - November 2008)

    


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