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"Every song I have translated is well translated, the one who works on the very difficult songs with me is Dee Shipman. I know her telephone number by heart, and her fax. It goes back and forth - 'No! I don't like this word!' And she comes back and says 'Because you don't understand English!' So I have to convince her and she has to convince me, and the rapport is fantastic." 

- Charles Aznavour

Someone Like You - The Major's Ballad
(Dee Shipman / Petula Clark)

Oh Abigail Smith....
I haven't felt anything
Or wanted to
Not for a long time
Not 'til right now.............
I guess I didn't think I'd have the chance
Or the need.......

To live again
To give
To share again
I always hid
I didn't have a prayer
I never thought I'd ever dare
To care again

When you've been down
It isn't safe to fly around
When you've been down
You're only safe flat on the ground

I have been so low
So cold inside
It seemed each sense in me must have died
I never knew 
'Til I saw you
I'd feel again.......
Be real again............!

But here with you
So near someone like you
I feel as though life's only just begun
As if a dream had now become
Someone like you

From here I leave the past
And start anew 
For here I've found at last
Someone like you!


Someone Like You (Act II Reprise)
(Dee Shipman / Petula Clark)

To live again
To give to share again
I always hid
I didn't even dare
To think there'd be some time
Somewhere
To care again

In every death
Another death deep down inside
In every prayer
Another prayer to be denied

Horror in the heart that numbs the brain
I had to fight myself to keep sane
What can you do 
When there's just you
You must resist.......... 
Or just exist.............

When hope was gone
I'd cope, and carry on
In dull despair
I barely made it through
Convinced I stood alone 'til you
You proved me wrong

When I was down
It wasn't safe to fly around
When you've been down
You're only safe flat on the ground

I have been so low
So cold inside
It seemed each sense in me must have died
I never knew
Til I saw you
I'd feel again..........
Be real again...........

How strange to see
The change you've made in me
You've turned me round
And now I'm strong and sure
I can heal the scars of war
If you're with me

For you can share my mind
And what I do
I never thought I'd find
Someone like you.............!

 


Someone Like You (Duet)
(Dee Shipman / Petula Clark)

THE MAJOR
You're the best thing that's ever happened to Green Hill, and to me. Abby, I had a wife. I loved her; and loving, with her, made anything possible. I had ambitions, hopes, dreams, plans, nothing could hold me down. I could fly! That's how love felt. And since then, no - one has ever made me feel that way. Not 'til you.... Abby, I can fly again with you. I love you.! Your voice,......! Your smile..........!

ABBY
A voice, a smile

THE MAJOR
Your eyes

ABBY
They're only eyes

THE MAJOR
Your hands, your hair

ABBY
Just hands, just hair
Unfair, unfair!
You look
But you don't see...........
Those things aren't ME!

What makes me laugh?
What makes me cry?
What do I fear?
How do I feel 
When I'm alone?
When you are near?

Oh, you don't really know me
Only 
What you think I am
Not what I was before
Or more to the point
Inside, am still...!

Until you learn to read me
Need me
Not just some ideal
How can you fly again?
And men such as you deserve the sky

THE MAJOR
But you've taken me higher
Higher than I've ever been before
You've opened up the door
To heights that I had never imagined 
Or desired...
Not until I knew..........

ABBY
I'm too uncertain, too unsure

(THE MAJOR
Someone like you
Someone as right as you
Now I don't hide 
Inside each lonely night
What did it take to see the light.......?
One sight of you!

ABBY
Someone like you
Deserves much more
I'm not right for you
I won't hide the fact that 
I'm attracted to you
And make no mistake
I am flattered too

Even so
It's all too soon
It's all too fast 
To comprehed
I'm too confused
Why can't you wait?
Just be my friend

THE MAJOR
I love your voice
Your smile
Your eyes
Your hands
Your hair
I love you..........!

ABBY
But I don't really know you!
Though you 
Talk to me of love
I'm still too unprepared
Too scared 
Of myself
As well as you!

How do you love a stranger
Major?
Surely that must grow
Attraction's not enough
True love 
Needs more time
And so do I....

THE MAJOR
But you've taken me higher
Higher than I've ever been before
You've opened up the door
To joys that I had never imagined 
Or desired
All I want is you..........!

ABBY
I'm not ready....!

TOGETHER
To care for you
To share
To come to you
Give all of me
And freely from now on
To let my life
My world, become
Someone like you

THE MAJOR
To cherish and adore
My whole like through.........!

ABBY
I'm just not ready for...

TOGETHER
Someone like you............










RECORDINGS

  • Paul Jones - Demo Recording (1985)

  • Steve Barton - Demo Recording (1986 - released 2009 on Stage Door Records ONLY FOR A WHILE) CLICK TO LISTEN»

  • Petula Clark, Steve Barton - Demo Recording (1986 - released 2007 on Sepia Records IN HER OWN WRITE)

  • Petula Clark, Dave Willetts (1990 First Night Records)
    Andrew Derbyshire - Someone Like You (2007 Sepia)


 
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