Songwriter, Author & Master Coach
Helping people to write their own tickets to success...

    
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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

  "This was just the second of my lyrics that Aznavour recorded........
and I remember going to see him perform it live for the first time, and being totally mesmerised!

Charles in performance is an actor, even as a singer. The lyrics, the character, are the most important things to him..... in fact he told me very early on in our relationship that when he composes the music for a song, it's only in order to have something on which to hang the words!

The brilliant thing about Charles in performance is his stillness........... so when he does move, it has even more dramatic impact.

And this was certainly the case with 'Take Me Along' - every small movement of his head, each flick of a finger, told the audience exactly who the character was, and his story...... and then, at the end, his sudden whirling, spinning, round the stage, on the repeated instrumental crescendo of the song was completely hypnotic, Charles at his best, expressing the song with every part of him - with words and music, with voice and body.

It was the ultimate compliment to me as a writer ......... and absolute magic! "

 

 

 


Take Me Along
(Dee Shipman / Charles Aznavour)

On the docks where the boredom of life
Is all that I own
I see boats coming in with the fruits
Of places unknown

I watch as they come 
From a world in the sun
That I see in my mind
But then it's farewell 
To this cold northern hell
They can leave far behind

Let me go where they go
Let me fly the winds that they fly
For to stay in this place
Will destroy a man such as I..........

Take me along.....
A long way from here
Take me along 
To a faraway shore
When you are poor
It's easy to bear
With sunshine and soft summer air!

At the end of the day in a bar
With sailors I stand
And I talk about girls, about love
A glass in my hand

But then in my dreams
I can travel, it seems
On a thought, southern-bound
And there I can hold 
All the magic and gold
Of the love I have found

When the bars on the quayside are closed
Alone I remain
I continue to dream
And each night the dream is the same

Take me along.......
A long way from here
Take me along 
To a faraway shore
When you are poor
It's easy to bear
With sunshine and soft summer air

Very soon I will take any job 
Or chance that I can
Though I dream like a child, for my dreams 
I'll work like a man

Work, and with pride
For my to ticket to ride
Where the sun shines for me
Survive any storm
To be wild, to be warm
That's the way I must be

I'll be leaving behind no regrets
And all of my past
And I'll call to the sea as I sail 
To freedom at last

Take me along......
A long way from here
Take me along 
To a faraway shore
When you are poor
It's easy to bear
With sunshine and soft summer air

Take me along...
A long way from here
Take me along 
To a faraway shore
When you are poor 
It's easy to bear
With sunshine and soft summer air...............!

 










MULTIMEDIA

 
ABOVE: Aznavour performs 'Take Me Along' at Carnegie Hall (1995)


RECORDINGS

 

ESQUIRE - Charles Aznavour (1978 - MAM)

SHE - 20 GREAT SONGS IN ENGLISH - Charles Aznavour (1996 - EMI)

 


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