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Lyr Req: Loving Arms (from Livingston Taylor)

mvanhouten@albion.edu 09 Oct 98 - 02:29 PM
northfolk 09 Oct 98 - 07:23 PM
John M 10 Oct 98 - 09:35 AM
mvanhouten 14 Oct 98 - 08:04 PM
John M. 14 Oct 98 - 10:00 PM
GUEST 30 Oct 10 - 12:58 PM
Genie 30 Oct 10 - 01:45 PM
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Subject: Livingston Taylor song
From: mvanhouten@albion.edu
Date: 09 Oct 98 - 02:29 PM

My sister-in-law would like to find the title and lyrics of a song which she says is by Livingston Taylor. One refrain has the phrase..."too long in the rain" ...or "too long in the wind"...

Thanks for any help!

Mike


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Subject: RE: Livingston Taylor song
From: northfolk
Date: 09 Oct 98 - 07:23 PM

I recall James Taylor singing a song that had those lyrics on an album I think was called sweet baby James, if I am right you got the wrong Taylor


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Subject: RE: Livingston Taylor song
From: John M
Date: 10 Oct 98 - 09:35 AM

If it's the song I think it is, its called" Lovin Arms" Dobie Grey did it also. Too long in the wind, too long in the rain. taking any comfort that I can, --------------------------lookin back and trying to find the freedom from my chains, and lying in your Lovin Arms again ! Something like that


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Subject: RE: Livingston Taylor song
From: mvanhouten
Date: 14 Oct 98 - 08:04 PM

Thanks to John M. - you were right, it was the song "Loving Arms". Thanks for the help!

MVH


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Subject: RE: Livingston Taylor song
From: John M.
Date: 14 Oct 98 - 10:00 PM

Thank-you MVH, I can't tell you how many times I thought about that song since you asked for it. A Great song that brings back lots of memories for me, and it was never overplayed ! Glad to help .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (Livingston Taylor)
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 12:58 PM

I heard it yesterday while I was in a Walgreens in Memphis. I must admit that I shed a few tears. It was so beautiful. but who was the lady singing as well? Thanks. Another John M.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LOVING ARMS (Tom Jans)
From: Genie
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 01:45 PM

I first heard this song sung by Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, and I've sung it a number of times myself, though not very recently. These are the lyrics as I remember them.
I know the first verse, chorus, and are correct (at least as Kris and Rita sang them); the only part I"m not sure about is the " I could make you mine" part of the first line of the second verse. I'm also not sure there isn't another verse.

LOVING ARMS
(Tom Jans)

If you could see me now, one who said that he'd* rather roam.
One who said he'd rather be alone,
If you could only see me now.

Cho:
I've been too long in the wind, too long in the rain,
Taking any comfort that I can,
Looking back and longing for the freedom of my chains
Lying In your loving arms again.

If I could hold you now, if for a moment I could make you mine,
Just for a while turn back the hands of time,
If I could only hold you now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (Livingston Taylor)
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 01:49 PM

Livingston wrote many songs that his brother James recorded. I'm seeing Livingston tonight and now wonder if he'll sing this song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LOVING ARMS (Tom Jans)
From: Genie
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 01:56 PM

Here is a You Tube of Kris and Rita singing this song:
"Loving Arms" - Kris and Rita


And here are the full lyrics (I couldn't recall the 3rd verse):


LOVING ARMS
(Tom Jans)

If you could see me now, one who said that he'd* rather roam.
One who said he'd rather be alone,
If you could only see me now.

If I could hold you now, just for a moment if I could make you mine,
Just for a while turn back the hands of time,
If I could only hold you now.

Cho:
I've been too long in the wind, too long in the rain,
Taking any comfort that I can,
Looking back and longing for the freedom of my chains
Lying In your loving arms again.

If you could hear me now singing somewhere through the lonely night,
Dreaming of the arms that held me tight,
If you could only hear me now.

(Cho.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (Livingston Taylor)
From: GUEST,patriot1314
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 02:13 PM

Best version by far is Millie Jackson

Find it here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (Livingston Taylor)
From: Genie
Date: 30 Oct 10 - 03:47 PM

To each her/his own, I guess. I think Jackson's rendition is too OTT and loud for the feelings I think the lyrics convey. I'm also not a fan of people 'tweaking' the melody so much (for no reason that's apparent to me.)

I like both Kris and Rita's version and The Dixie Chicks' recording better. Partly it's because I like the harmonies better than just a solo voice.   And partly it's because these artists allowed Livingston Taylor's original tune to be heard (at least in most places thru the recordings) instead of needing to "make it their own" by changing the melody.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (Livingston Taylor)
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jan 11 - 10:31 AM

Wikipedia and Youtube say the song was written by Tom Jans. Millie Jackson still the best version, though


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (from Livingston Taylor)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Jan 11 - 06:47 PM

Right you are, GUEST. There are several songs called LOVING ARMS (or LOVIN' ARMS). The one written by Tom Jans is the best known. It was first recorded by Dobie Gray. A whole slew of others have recorded it: Anne Murray, The Dixie Chicks, Elvis Presley, Etta James, Kelly Wilde, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Livingston Taylor, Millie Jackson, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton-John, Petula Clark, Rita Coolidge, Tom T. Hall, and many others.

Cindy Walker also wrote a country song called LOVING ARMS which was recorded by Hank Locklin.

Lightnin' Hopkins also wrote a blues song called LOVIN' ARMS.

There are lots more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (from Livingston Taylor)
From: GUEST,Vicki Kelsey
Date: 18 Jan 11 - 09:38 PM

I only heard the Livingston Taylor version when it was popular, not any of the others listed. It's on You Tube, and he sang it with Leah Kunkel. Loved the song-still do for that matter.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (from Livingston Taylor)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 06:24 PM

Tom Jans and the lovely Mimi Farina once opened for Cat Stevens at the Opera House in Manchester. They surpassed Cat Stevens (and his string orchestra)too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (from Livingston Taylor)
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 12:14 AM

The version you heard in WalMart (of Walgreens), I guarantee you, is sung by Livingston Taylor & Leah Kunkel.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Loving Arms (from Livingston Taylor)
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Mar 11 - 02:54 PM

I just heard it in Walgreens yesterday myself, and you are right...it's Livingston Taylor and Leah Kunkel.


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