Body And Soul Lyrics

Don't you know, he was the king of saxophones?
Yes, indeed he was
Talkin' 'bout the guy that made it sound so good
Some people knew him by the Bean
But Hawkins was his name

He sure could swing and play pretty too
Sounds good to me, should sound good to you
I love to hear him playing Body and Soul
Very pleasing to the ear

When I first heard it on the record
I just stopped right there
Sounded like a band of angels in the sky
And I have never ever heard a sweeter tone

In fact I payed no attention to the saxophone
Till Coleman Hawkins came along
And spoke to everyone
Saying better listen, won't you hear me
While I play for you?

Sometimes it's hot, then again it's blue
My soul just seems to wander
Pleasing each and everyone
It's what I've long been craving for

The doors have not been always open
But I am trying to please you
Please don't stop me
Hope you like it folks

And then he started cookin'
Every time he played
Some melodic melody fast or slow
You could tell that it was Hawkins

No other one ever has quite captured his tone
Just he alone has the sound that penetrates
It will sure go right through you, yes it will
And every chorus gives you just another thrill

Then along came Eddie Jefferson
He sang the melody like Hawkins played it
He sang it true, he sang it blue
Made words for it too

All his fans in New York loved him
There's no one above him
Here in the U.S.A
I've heard 'em say old Eddie was the man

Oh how he could sing
Man did he swing
Sang on the wing, did his own thing
Yes he did

Throughout the country
Music lovers are still wiggin' on Eddie's singin'
All around the world, he is known
Rhythm was his special joy, he swung it like a horn

He must have been born to be a singer
'Cause his lyrics were so sincere and true
Funny sad or blue, oh yeah!
And we've got to remind you, many years it took him
Singing every day to achieve his first claim to fame

He was twenty years ahead of his time
And he knew it but he kept right on a singing
He went all around the world making rhythm
'Cause music sure was in him and he knew it was

Sang with Moody and Richie Cole
He could sing it just like Bird
But his forte was the words he wrote to
Music that he sang

So he sang, and he sang
And he sang his words so clever
And I know they'll silence him never
'Cause he cut this masterpiece

And now we're trying to sing it for you
Hope the Bean and Eddie both would still approve
There we go, we didn't mean to reminisce
You can surely bet that we won't forget
'Cause we hear them yet, goodbye

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Songwriter(s): Frank Eyton, Robert Sour, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Frank Eyton John
Publisher(s): Chappell & Co. Ltd. (London), Quartet Music, Range Road Music Inc., Druropetal-music, Warner Bros. Inc., Quartet Music Inc., WB Music Corp.
Record Label(s): 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation
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