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Cloud Nine

George Harrison

℗ 1987 Dark Hourse Records WX 123

℗ 1987 Ganga 25643

George Harrison  1987  Cloud Nine

Teaming with legendary Beatles obsessive Jeff Lynne, George Harrison crafted a remarkably consistent and polished comeback effort with Cloud Nine. Lynne adds a glossy production, reminiscent of ELO, but what is even more noticeable is that he's reined in Harrison's indulgences, keeping the focus on a set of 11 snappy pop/rock numbers. The consistency of the songs remains uneven, but the best moments Devil s Radio, Cloud 9, Just for Today, Got My Mind Set on You, and the tongue-in-cheek Beatles pastiche When We Was Fab make Cloud Nine one of his very best albums. Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

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Cloud Nine

(George Harrison)

Have my love, it fits you like a glove
Join my dream, tell me yes
Bail out, should there be a mess
The pieces you don't need are mine
Take my time, I'll show you cloud nine
Take my smile and my heart
They were yours from the start
The pieces to omit are mine
Have my love, use it while it does you good
Share my highs but the times
That it hurts pay no mind
The pieces you don't need are mine
I'll see you there on cloud nine

Take my hope, maybe even share a joke
If there's good to be shown
You may make it all your own
And if you want to quit that's fine
While you're out looking for cloud nine

That's What it Takes

(Gary Wright Jeff Lynne George Harrison)

And now it begins to shine
And you found the eyes to see
Each little drop at dawn of every day
Your smile, it comes back to me
And whatever you may say
Don't let it stop, never fade away
As we got to get out in this world together
Doesn't really matter if we start to make some changes

If that's what it takes
(That's what it takes)
Then I've got to be strong
(That's what it takes)
Don't want to be wrong
If that's what it takes
The closer I get
(That's what it takes)
Into that open door
(What it takes)
I've got to be sure
If that's what it takes

And now that it's shining through
And you can see all this world
Don't let it stop, never fade away
If we got to be in this life forever
Then we'd better be taking all the chances

If that's what it takes
(That's what it takes)
Then I've got to be strong
(That's what it takes)
Don't want to be wrong
If that's what it takes
The closer I get
(That's what it takes)
Into that open door
(What it takes)
I've got to be sure
If that's what it takes

That's what it takes, that's what it takes
That's what it takes, that's what it takes
What it takes, that's what it takes
That's what it takes, what it takes
That's what it takes
That's what it takes
That's what it takes

Fish on the Sand

(George Harrison)

I know you're in the sun
I know you're close to everyone
At times it's like you don't have a hold on me
I see you in the love
I see you in the moon above
But I want to know that you're not lost inside of me

You know I need you
You know I love you
If I'm not with you
I'm not so much of a man
I'm like a fish on the sand

You call me in the night (you call me in the night)
And hide behind the daylight
You're blowing like a wind, you don't let me see
You know I feel a pain (you know I feel a pain)
I'm tired of playing games with you
Though there's nothing else I want that would set me free

You know I love you
You know I need you
If I can't be with you
I'm not so much of a man
I'm a fish on the sand

No use to no one else, they've all dried up
Watching all our lives go by
I can't believe you'd want to see me crying

I hold you in my heart (hold you in my heart)
I know that you're a part of me
But it's a must to know that you love me too
I look you in the eye (look you in the eye)
You're swimming by my teardrops
But I want to know for sure that you'll let me see

You know I want you
You know I need you
If I'm not with you
I'm not so much of a man
I'm like a fish on the sand

You know I need you
You know I love you
If I'm not with you
I'm not so much of a man
I'm a fish on the sand

Not so much of a man
More a fish on the sand

Just for Today

(George Harrison)

Just for today
I could try to live through this day only
Not deal with all life's problems
Just for today

If just for one night
I could feel not sad and lonely
Not be my own life's problem
Just for one night

Just for today
I could try to live through this day only
Not deal with all life's problems
Just for today

If just for one night
I could feel not sad and lonely
Not be my own life's problem
Just for one night

Just for today
I could try to live through this day only
Not deal with all life's problems
Just for today

Just for today

This is Love

(Jeff Lynne George Harrison)

Vicious words drift away from their meanings
And the sun melts the chill from our lives
Helping us all to remember what we came here for

This is love, this is la la la la love
This is love, this is la la la la love

Little things that will change you forever
May appear from way out of the blue
Making fools of everybody who don't understand

This is love, this is la la la la love
This is love, this is la la la la love

Since our problems have been our own creation
They also can be overcome
When we use the power provided free to everyone

This is love, this is la la la la love
This is love, this is la la la la love

When We Was Fab

(George Harrison Jeff Lynne)

Back then long time ago when grass was green
Woke up in a daze
Arrived like strangers in the night
Fab - Long time ago when we was fab
Fab - Back when income tax was all we had

Caresses fleeced you in the morning light
Casualties at dawn
And we did it all
Fab - Long time ago when we was fab
Fab - You are my world you are my only love

And while you're in this world
The fuzz gonna come and claim you
But you mo' better wise
When the buzz gonna come and take you away
Take you away, take you away

The microscopes that magnified the tears
Studied warts and all
Still the life flows on and on
Fab - Long time ago when we was fab
Fab - But its all over now baby blue

Fab - Long time ago when we was fab
Fab - like this pullover you sent to me
Fab - And you've really got a hold me
Fab - Long time ago when we was fab

Devil's Radio

(George Harrison)

Gossip, gossip, gossip, gossip

I heard it in the night, words that thoughtless speak
Like vultures swooping down below on the devil's radio
I hear it through the day, airwaves getting filled
With gossip broadcast to and fro on the devil's radio

Oh yeah, gossip, gossip, oh yeah

He's in the clubs and bars and never turns it down
Talking about what he don't know on the devil's radio
He's in your TV set, won't give it a rest
That soul betraying so and so, the devil's radio

Gossip, gossip, gossip, gossip
Oh yeah, gossip, gossip, oh yeah
Gossip, oh yeah, oh yeah, gossip

It's white and black like industrial waste
Pollution of the highest degree
You wonder why I don't hang out much
I wonder how you can't see
He's in the films and songs and on all your magazines
It's everywhere that you may go, the devil's radio

Oh yeah, gossip, gossip, oh yeah

Runs thick and fast, no one really sees
Quite what bad it can do
As it shapes you into something cold
Like an Eskimo igloo
It's all across our lives like a weed it's spread
Until nothing else has space to grow, the devil's radio
Can creep up in the dark, make us hide behind shades
And buzzing like a dynamo, the devil's radio

Gossip, oh yeah, gossip, oh yeah, gossip
Gossip, gossip, gossip, oh yeah, gossip

I heard you on Satan's wireless, gossip, oh yeah
You know the devil's radio, child, gossip
Gossip, gossip, gossip

Someplace Else

(George Harrison)

Someplace else
You got into my life
I don't know how you found me but you did
It stopped me heading someplace else
Took me a while to say, wish you belong to me
But now I'm saddened like I've never been
Regretting that we'll leave

And for a while you could comfort me
And hold me for some time
I need you now, to be beside me
While all my world is so untidy

Loneliness
Empty faces
Wish I could leave them all
In someplace else
(Someplace else)

I hope you won't let go, maybe you'll let me know
That you'll be saddened like you've never been
Regretting that we'll leave

And for a while I could comfort you
And hold you in my mind
I need you now to be beside me
While all my world is sad and crazy

Loneliness
Empty faces
Wish I could leave them all
In someplace else
(Someplace else)

And for a while you could comfort me
And hold me for some time
I need you now, to be beside me
While all my world is so untidy

Loneliness
Empty faces
Wish I could leave them all
In someplace else
(Someplace else)

Loneliness
Empty faces
Wish I could leave them all
In someplace else
(Someplace else)

I think I'm going to leave them all
In someplace else
(Someplace else)

Wreck of the Hesperus

(George Harrison)

I'm not the wreck of the Hesperus
Feel more like the Wall of China
Getting old as Methuselah
Feel tall as the Eiffel Tower
I'm not a power of attorney
But I can rock as good as Gibraltar
Ain't no more no spring chicken
Been plucked but I'm still kicking
But it's alright, it's alright

Poison penmen sneak, have no nerve to speak
Make up lies then they leak them out
Behind a pseudonym, the rottenness in them
Reaching out trying to touch me
Met some Oscars and Tonys
I slipped on a pavement oyster
Met a snake climbing ladders
Got out of the line of fire
(But it's alright)

Brainless writers gossip nonsenses
To others heads as dense as they is
It's the same old malady
What they see is faulty
I'm not the wreck of the Hesperus
Feel more like Big Bill Broonzy
Getting old as my mother
But I tell you I got some company
(But it's alright)

But it's alright, it's alright
But it's alright, it's alright
It's alright, alright, it's alright

Breath Away from Heaven

(George Harrison)

In another life
I woke up dreaming with a sigh
As the morning light
Was painting whispers of a joy
And I was in the candlelit bedroom
Enchanting beauty shimmering magically
Like an iridescent cloud
Being blown by a westerly wind, ooh
She can move your soul without you knowing
She can take the breath away from heaven, ooh
And I was captured by her loneliness
A wounded tiger on a willowy path
Like an opalescent moon all alone
In the sky of the foreign land

She can take the breath away from heaven
She can move your soul without you knowing
She can take the breath away from heaven
She is like an everlasting blossom
She can take the breath away from heaven

Got My Mind Set on You

(Rudy Clark)

I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you

But it's going to take money
A whole lot of spending money
It's going to take plenty of money
To do it right, child

It's going to take time
A whole lot of precious time
It's going to take patience and time
To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it
To do it right, child

I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you

And this time I know it's for real
The feeling that I feel
I know if I put my mind to it
I know that I really can do it

I got my mind set on you
Set on you
I got my mind set on you
Set on you

But it's going to take money
A whole lot of spending money
It's going to take plenty of money
To do it right, child

It's going to take time
A whole lot of precious time
It's going to take patience and time
To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it
To do it right

I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you

And this time I know it's for real
The feelings that I feel
I know if I put my mind to it
I know that I really can do it

But it's going to take money
A whole lot of spending money
It's going to take plenty of money
To do it right, child

It's going to take time
A whole lot of precious time
It's going to take patience and time
To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it
To do it right

Set on you
Set on you
Set on you
Set on you

I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you
I got my mind set on you

Set on you
Set on you
Set on you Set on you
Set on you Set on you Set on you Set on you

Shanghai Surprise

(George Harrison)

I can't understand how I've gone astray
I should be sailing away on a liner
I was knocked on my back on a dock at Yang-Tse
It's a hell of a way to see China
But I'm ready

You must be crazy
And you got no money
And you're a liar

My straits are dire from the, the wok into the fire
I'd like to trust you but I've broken my rickshaw
Sometimes there's no hope in, in chasing opium
I'd like to love you but I'm not sure what's in your eyes
Mmm, Shanghai Surprise

Whatever you're saying, I want it anyway in
Been hanging 'round like a kid at your back door (Ooh, babe)
You could be kinder, and show me Asia minor
I'll let you love me, let you see what's here in my eyes
Shanghai Surprise

You must be crazy (Crazy)
And you got no money (Money)
And it seems like madness

Back streets so crowded that, no room to swing a cat
I'd like to know you but you're acting so coolie
I'm finding out pursued by, evil looking dudes it's
Getting hot for me like tofu when it deep fries
Oh, Shanghai Surprise

But, baby, you look like any common crook
That's hanging 'round in those real shady places (Ooh, babe)
While you assess me, why not try to impress me?
Step over here, let me see what's there in your eyes
Oh, Shanghai Surprise

I don't understand how I got delayed
I should be sailing today on a liner
Was kicked in the ass on a dock at Yang-Tse
It's no way for a man to see China
But I'm ready

You must be crazy (Crazy)
And you got no money (Money)
But you're a trier

My straits are dire from the, the wok into the fire
I'd like to meet you but I've broken my chopstick
Sometimes there's no hope in, in chasing promises
I wanna love you though it could prove to be unwise
Shanghai Surprise

Whatever you're saying, I want it anyway in
Been hanging 'round for a ride on your rickshaw (Ooh, babe)
You may correct me, now that you've inspected me
Come over here, let me feel you cut down to size
Oh, Shanghai Surprise

My straits are dire from the, the wok into the fire
I'd like to know you but I'm not really social
Sometimes it's no joke, can't cope with opium
I'd like to love you but I'm not sure what's in your eyes
Shanghai Surprise

Shanghai Surprise

And you got no money
But you're a trier

Zig Zag

(George Harrison)

Zig zag
Zig zag
Zig zag

Doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo

Oh, zig zag

Zig zag
Zig zag
Zig zag

Doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo

Oh, zig zag

Zig zag
Zig zag
Zig zag

Oh, zig zag