Steve Winwood: Talking Back to the Night

Steve Winwood Sep 15, 1982 Island Records
# Title Duration
1 Play Valerie (Winwood, Jennings)
So wild, standing there, with her hands in her hair
I can't help remember just where she touched me
There's still no face here in her place
So cool, she was like jazz on a summer's day
Music, high and sweet, then she just blew away
Now she can't be that warm with the wind in her arms

Valerie, call on me-call on me, Valerie
Come and see me-I'm the same boy I used to be

Love songs fill the night, but they don't tell it all
Not how lovers cry out just like they're dying
Her cries hang there in time somewhere
Someday, some good wind may blow her back to me
Some night I may hear her like she used to be
No it can't be that warm with the wind in her arms

So cool, she was like jazz on a summer's day
Music, high and sweet, then she just blew away
Don't tell me you're warm with the wind in your arms
04:05
2 Play Big Girls Walk Away (Winwood, Jennings)
You hold your broken heart out
And you say it just won't stop hurting
Like there's something I can do

The rule is so plain
Party girl play like it's laying
Pack it up-hear what I'm saying
The party's over-better walk away

Turn the page-look, and listen
Somewhere music plays
Planes leave every day
Big girls walk away

You want to play with princes
On a million dollar holiday
But you never met their mothers

You just go so high
Party girl just keep the earrings
Nothing else is worth a damned thing
Just save the party for another day

You know this old world is wide
And you're to catch another ride
You just go till you come out the other side
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Published by 1982 F.S. Music Ltd. for the U.S.A & Canada
controlled by Island Music BMI/Blue Sky Rider Songs
All Blue Sky Rider Songs rights for the world controlled by
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI
03:51
3 Play And I Go (Winwood, Jennings)
My girl white in a yellow light
Looks so good
And it takes me
Love so bright she can love all night
Shows me all she knows

Painter paint the scene
Hold us in a dream
Feel what it means
When she takes me
Oh, she plays her part
Holds me in her hearts
Knows from the start
She can take me
And she takes me
And I go

When I'm bound in the London ground
Play this song
It'll take you
Say her love was a velvet glove
Held my life through

See us in the morning sun
How the colors run
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Published by 1982 F.S. Music Ltd. for the U.S.A
& Canada controlled by Island Music BMI / Blue
Sky Rider Songs
All Blue Sky Rider Songs rights for the world controlled
by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI
04:12
4 Play While There's a Candle Burning (Winwood, Jennings)
You used to come and see me all the time
I gave you everything I had
I brought you up
And I never left you one time feeling bad
They say it's a new age
And I wonder where you've been
You can help me turn a new page
The same door is open-come on in

While there's a candle burning
I'll be reaching for your heart
While there's a wheel still turning
I know how to play my part
So I keep the wheels all turning
And I keep the candles burning
All day through here for you

The world is full of players in the night
They say the words they have to say
They're all so hot
And they never give a damn for yesterday
Don't care if they touch you
Everywhere you saved for me
'Cause I still know how to move you
I still know how to rock you-come and see
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Published by 1982 F.S. Music Ltd. for the U.S.A &
Canada controlled by Island Music BMI/Blue Sky Rider Songs
All Blue Sky Rider Songs rights for the world controlled by
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI
03:11
5 Play Still in the Game (Winwood, Jennings)
Here's to gamblers
Who hold to the game
Through the hard times
They don't lose their aim
And they hope for time on their side
And they keep a ticket to ride

They keep watching for signs in the land
They keep watching for signs in the land
And they stand there watching the sky
And they stand there ready to fly

Here's to never letting go
Though sometimes it does get lonely

I still walk out in the morning light
Just to see what is there
I hear music in silent nights
Searching I find a reason to care
One heart moving still the same
Still in the game

Here's to lovers who reach for it all
Never matching the rise with the fall
And they just can't leave it alone
And they want it all till it's gone
Here's to players who can't leave their song
And it haunts them
Their night is so long
'Cause there's music there in their mind
From a world they're trying to find

Here's to never letting go
Though sometimes it does get lonely
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Published by 1982 F.S. Music Ltd. for the U.S.A &
Canada controlled by Island Music BMI/Blue Sky Rider Songs
All Blue Sky Rider Songs rights for the world controlled by
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI
04:51
6 Play It Was Happiness (Winwood, Jennings)
We had the stars-they kept shining
Where they led us we followed
Two for love-wandering
I look back-here's what I see
We were outside-there was Paris-it was raining
And we felt everything
In a crowded street in london-happiness
And we were so alive
And your soul was a wide and deep blue sea
I would drown, and you'd rescue me
And we lived our life like a story
Clear to the ending

It was happiness-so clear-happiness
Happiness-no tears-happiness

Can't keep time from its running
Soon the best times are over
Photographs-hold me
And I see how good we were
There was that day out in Carmel, California
With no clothes in the sun
In a crowded street in London-happiness
And then it all goes by
So I drink to the past and what still will be
One day I'll be a memory
But I lived my life like a story
Too bad there's an ending
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Published by 1982 F.S. Music Ltd. for the U.S.A &
Canada controlled by Island Music BMI/Blue Sky Rider Songs
All Blue Sky Rider Songs rights for the world controlled by
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI
04:58
7 Play Help Me Angel (Winwood, Jennings)
Help me angel
Plant my feet a little higher
Help me angel
I've been too close to the fire
Help me angel
Make my dream a little brighter
Help me angel
Help me turn on all the lights

You've seen all the sights
You've lived through all the nights
You've got something I have to know
'Cause I've still got far to go

Help me angel
'Cause it's so dark everywhere
Help me angel
Find the magic in the air

When sun's going down
And light leaving town
Something's shining deep in your eyes
Sunday morning, endless sunrise

You've got what I have to find
In the sunshine in your mind
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Published by 1982 F.S. Music Ltd. for the U.S.A &
Canada controlled by Island Music BMI/Blue Sky Rider Songs
All Blue Sky Rider Songs rights for the world controlled by
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI
05:06
8 Play Talking Back to the Night (Winwood, Jennings)
High above the heat of a summer New York street
An out-of-work musician plays a solo saxophone
He's a preacher and a teacher
And he stands up all alone

Stranded in the dark of a vision in the park
A poet in his madness tries to find another line
And he's losing and he's using
And he says he's doing fine

And they look from such a height
That somehow it's all right
They're talking back to the night
It's all that they can do
Talking back to the night
It's how they make it through
If you listen you can hear them
Their voices draw you near them
They're talking back to the night for you

Something seems to take every dime the man can make
His dream is getting smaller and he wonders where to turn
And he's trying hard to make it
And he's trying not to burn

Woman never minds, pulls the shade and draws the blinds
She takes him in the darkness where the loneliest can feed
She gives him all she has to
And it's no more than he needs
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Published by 1982 F.S. Music Ltd. for the U.S.A &
Canada controlled by Island Music BMI/Blue Sky Rider Songs
All Blue Sky Rider Songs rights for the world controlled by
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI
05:44
9 Play There's a River (Winwood, Jennings)
There's a river pouring
From a pure and a crystal stream
And it carries my heart along
Carries me all my life
And I know it will bring me home

There's a choir singing
With a force that can light the sky
I will join with a voice deep inside
Anthems for joys gone by
And for joys I am sure will come

Golden treasure in the evening sky
It's good to be alive
Golden measure, hear the music cry
When my heart sings
Of golden things

There's a dove ascending
Like my thoughts in the summer sky
And she carries my soul along
Clear to eternity
And I know I am not alone
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Published by 1982 F.S. Music Ltd. for the U.S.A &
Canada controlled by Island Music BMI/Blue Sky Rider Songs
All Blue Sky Rider Songs rights for the world controlled by
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. BMI
04:40

 

PLAYERS:

 

Steve Winwood: Synthesizer, Guitar, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals.

Nicole Winwood: Backing Vocals

 

NOTES:

 

Steve Winwood performed all of the instruments on this album.

 

Produced By: Steve Winwood

Co-writer: Will Jennings

Assistant Engineer was Nobby Clarke

Recorded at Netherturkdonic Studios U.K. 11/81-6/82

 

SINGLES:

"Still in the Game" / "Dust" released as US single, 1982. Peaks at #47 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts, spends 1 week on charts. Peaked at #8 on Billboard Album Rock charts.

 

"Valerie" / "Slowdown Sundown" released as US single, 1982. Peaks at #70 on Billboard's Hot 100 charts, spends 4 weeks on charts. Peaked at #8 on Billboard Album Rock charts.

 

Talking Back to the Night is Steve Winwood’s third solo album, released less than two years after the top-3 hit Arc of a Diver. "Valerie" was a minor hit in 1982, but when it was re-recorded and re-released in 1987 for Chronicles, the newer version became a top-10 hit. In addition, the album tracks "Help Me Angel" and "Talking Back to the Night" were also re-recorded for Chronicles. The latter was then released for the first time as a single.