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'Ask Rufus'
{1977 ABC/MCA}
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***1977 Grammy Nominee***
"Ask Rufus"

1.At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)
Written by Tony Maiden and Lalomie Washburn

You said you won't
I bet my neck, I bet you will
I'm gonna check my love
You I'm gonna thrill
Can't imagine what you've missed
Can't go on
Meet me at midnight in the light that starts the love

(CHORUS):
Since there's was you
I changed my mind about it all
Instead of goin' on
I'm gonna settle for a fall
My love, my love will lift you up, up, up

You came into my life and now I realize
Today we love, we might, but it is for sure at midnight

(CHORUS)

You came into my life and now I realize
Today we love, we might, but it is for sure at midnight
At midnight, at midnight, at midnight


2.Close The Door
Written by David Wolinski, Bobby Watson, Chaka Khan and Andre Fischer

I'll ask you once
Look in my eyes
Is it gonna work
Is my advice

Have a little trust in me
I love you
Baby, can?t you see?
It?s a lie and I don?t care

Have a little faith
It?s only fair
That you trust in me
I love you

And you?ll always be here
A piece of my heart
My peace of mind
That?s for sure

'Til you close the door to giving
To giving
Don?t call it quits
It would be a shame

Our little fits
Would be to blame
I?d give all of me
And my precious time

I'm not afraid to give
And what?s mine is mine
I'll ask you once
Look in my eyes

Is it gonna work
Is my advice
Have a little trust in me
I love you

And you?ll always be ?
A piece of my heart
My peace of mind
That?s for sure

'Til you close the door to giving
To giving
'Til you close the door to giving

(repeat)
3.Medley: (Instrumental Interlude)
a. Slow Screw Against The Wall

Written by David Wolinski
b. A# Fry

Written by Rufus and David Wolinski


4.Earth Song
Written by Tony Maiden, Traude Sapik, Chaka Khan

Sun...
How can I thank you
You?ve warmed my heart and soul
You?ve made my body brown and smooth
Washed away the cold
Moon...
You?ve made a dreamer out of me
I can see, and I think I can feel it when you
Change your face
Please forgive me if I turn away
I?m just a sleeper
I know that you watch my dreams
You?re my heavenly keeper

Heavenly keeper
Heavenly keeper
Just a sleeper
Heavenly keeper, oh '

Stars...
What a mystical woman that you made me
I?ve seen of times before the human race
As long as I?m breathing
As long as I can move
I?ll be strong
Cause I know you?ve always been in the place
Please forgive me if I turn away
I?m just a sleeper
I know that you watch my dreams
You?re my heavenly keeper

Heavenly keeper
Heavenly keeper
Just a sleeper
Heavenly keeper

Never, never, never, never
(repeat)

5.Everlasting Love
Written by Kevin Murphy, David Wolinski and Dennis Belfield

When I feel you dreaming
I think of sunsets
How high my high gets

(CHORUS):
I wanna give to you an everlasting love
I fill your life with a satisfying love
All you need is an everlasting love
All you want is a satisfying (mystifying) love

Sun breezes, moonlight teases
Friendly invasion
Late night persuasion

(CHORUS)

Each time you pass me by
You saw me fade away
I'll give you more each day
6.Hollywood
Written by David Wolinski and Andre Fischer

He's on his way
He's goin' to Hollywood
He's bussin' it to Hollywood
Show him the way
He's movin' to Hollywood
He's hoppin' it to Hollywood

(where you goin' child?)
(where you goin' now)

He's waited at bus stops all his life
He's been in and out of those spaces
Seein' eyes that spoke to him
From sad and gifted places
Sad and gifted places

He's on his way
He's goin' to Hollywood
He's bussin' it to Hollywood
Show him the way
He's movin' to Hollywood
He's hoppin' it to Hollywood

(where you goin' now)
(what'cha doin' child?)
(where you goin' now?)

You know he's gonna be dressed to kill
He's gonna find some brand new thrills
Whatever he's been looking for
Tell him that there's so much more
In Hollywood, Hollywood

He's on his way
He's goin' to Hollywood
He's bussin' it to Hollywood
Show him the way
He's movin' to Hollywood
He's hoppin' it to Hollywood

(where you goin' now)
(what'cha doin' child?)
(where you goin' yeah)

Painted faces, sunburnt skin
Fixed expressions, smiles worn thin
Caught in the blink of neon of Hollywood
Bending battles, maneuvering schemes
False expressions, washed up dreams
Everybody makes believe
In Hollywood, Hollywood

(oh child what'cha doin'?)
(what'cha doin' now?)
(what'cha been' doin'?)

I say, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Uh huh, I say, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Hollywood, uh huh, uh, in Hollywood
Uh huh, Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood yeah yeah
Uh huh, Hollywood, Hollywood, yeah yeah yeah yeah
Oh oh, that boy say,
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yea, yeah
7.Magic In Your Eyes
Written by Chaka Khan and Tony Maiden

Say there is magic in his mind
Reflecting in his eyes
It's that mystery draws me to you
This kind of voodoo's hard to find

I detect a little gypsy in his smile
I think I'll stay for awhile
I need some lovin' it's my turn and
I got a little fire left to burn

Oh if he would just remain
I'd show him how I could love him
or I get the feeling that he knows me
From some other time before
Wonder how he could forget me
Can't explain why I'm comin' back for more


8.Better Days
Written by Richard Holland

It's not the way you smile that makes me realize
I think I love you
It just might be that all my life I've been searchin? for
Someone just like you

Takin' my time
Everything's fine
I call you by the phone
Nobody's home

We?ve got better days
There'll be better days
We've got better days
Yeah

I don't know why but I wanna cry
Every time you touch me
I?ve givin' up, just can't help it
In your arms is where I'd rather be

I just can't hide it
So I decided to give
Stored away, I've got the strength to live

There'll be better days
We've got better days
There?ll be better days
Yeah

Better days, better days
(repeat)


9.Egyptian Song
Written by David Wolinski and Chaka Khan

Sweet song singin' take me back (I wanna go)
Sweet song singin' take me back (I wanna go)
Sweet song singin' take me back (I wanna go)
Sweet song singin' take me back (I wanna go)

Here's to, to a long forgotten dream
Enshrouded by, by a history so clean
In a place still the same, so rich with time
I remain in my heart, my soul, my mind

So clear is the mystery to me
So majestic, yet electric, dose of age I see
There remains a sparkle in the sand
Can't restrain these feelings of my ancient land

Here is a melody for you
Sky of white and nylon blue
Let me hurry home to you
To sing, to dance, to laugh

Embrace
So vague is this picture I am seeing
Yet so clear, and so dear my soul is singin'
To belong is this feelin? I am missin?

To embrace this memory I been kissin'
So clear is this mystery to me
So majestic, yet electric, guest of age I see
There remains a sparkle in the sand

Can?t restrain these feelings of my ancient land
Here is a melody for you
Sky of white and nylon blue
Let me hurry home to you

To sing, to dance, to laugh
Embrace
I wanna go
Sweet song singin' take me back

I wanna go
Sweet song singin' take me back


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