Robert LAMM


Life Is Good In My Neighborhood

(1995)



1. My Neighborhood (version A*) 4'43
(Robert Lamm / Bill Gable)
1988 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / IDLE SPECULATION MUSIC
2. When The Rain Becomes 5'11
(Robert Lamm / Bill Gable)
1990 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / IDLE SPECULATION MUSIC
3. All The Years 4'44
(Robert Lamm / Bruce Gaitsch)
1990 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / EDGE OF FLUKE MUSIC
4. Murder On Me 4'08
(Robert Lamm / Frankie Vinci)
1993 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / DA VINCI MUSIC
5. Jesse
*) 3'49
(Robert Lamm / Steven Tavani)
1988 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / TAVANI MUSIC
6. Ain't No Ordinary Thing 4'15
(Robert Lamm / Gerard McMahon)
1990 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / BAC MAC MUSIC
7. Tabla
* 4'37
(Robert Lamm / Randy Goodrum)
1990 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / CALIFORNIA PHASE MUSIC
8. In This Country
* 4'12
(Robert Lamm / Gerard McMahon)
1993 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / BAC MAC MUSIC
9. When Will The World Be Like Lovers 4'57
(David Foster / Tommy Keane / Robert Lamm)
1990 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / YOUNG MILLIONAIRES CLUB-MCA / FOSTER FREES MUSIC
10. My Neighborhood
(version B) 4'21
(Robert Lamm / Bill Gable)
1988 BLUE INFINITY MUSIC / IDLE SPECULATION MUSIC

Total Time: 44:57


  • Robert Lamm - Keyboards (1, 5, 7, 8), Synthesizer and Drum Programming (1, 5, 7, 8, 10), Vocals, Backimg Vocals (1)
  • Dawayne Bailey - Guitars (1, 5)
  • Michael Landau - Guitars (8)
  • John McCurry - Guitars (2-4, 6, 9, 10), Backimg Vocals (4)
  • John Van Eps - Keyboards (2-4, 6, 9, 10), Synthesizer and Drum Programming (2-4, 6, 9, 10)
  • Bootsey Collins - Bass (6)
  • Jerry Goodman - Electric Violin (3)
  • Randy Goodrum - Synthesizer and Drum Programming (7, 8), Backimg Vocals (7)
  • Carol Steele - Percussion (3, 9, 10)
  • Bill Gable - Backimg Vocals (1)
  • Gerard McMahon - Backimg Vocals (2)
  • Curtis King, Jr. - Backimg Vocals (3)
  • Eddy Ganz - Backimg Vocals (9, 10)
  • Karen Kamon - Backimg Vocals (2, 3, 6, 10)
  • Frankie Vinci - Backimg Vocals (4)
  • Gordon Grody - Backimg Vocals (2, 3, 6, 10)
  • Ray Hernandez - Backimg Vocals (9, 10)
  • Jill Dell'Abate - Backing Vocals (2, 3, 6, 10)
  • Damaris Carbaugh - Backimg Vocals (9, 10)
  • Deborah Resto - Backimg Vocals (9)

    Producer: Phil Ramone
    Co-producer: John Van Eps
    *Producer: Randy Goodrum
    Engineers: John Agnello, Richard Oliver, Jeff Poe, Vittorio T. Zammarano
    Assistants: Scott Canto, Tod d Carpenter Taso Ekonomou, Stephan Gatot, Bill Highley, Jim Kvoriak, Chrystin Nevarez, Terry Phell
    Mixers: Randy Goodrum at
    CALIFORNIA PHASE, L.A. and Mick Guzauski at LIGHTHOUSE RECORDS, L.A.
    Mastering: Bernie Grundman
    Photographer: Hilmar
    Location: Restaurant FLORENT
    Hair: Jason Croy
    Rings: Nancy Fisher for
    DIMENTIONS IN STERLING
    Art Director: Joy Kopko

    BIG Thanks and Wishes of great strong coffee to all.
    Especially: Bill Burns, Bill Gable, Tatsu Hirami, Hideyo Itoh, William Kaplan, Esq., Joy Kopko, Gerard McMahon, Melinda Ramirez and Phil Ramone

    Recorded at CALIFORNIA PHASES, L.A., SMYTHE & Co., N.Y.C., SOUNDTRACK, N.Y.C., WESTLAKE AUDDIO, L.A.





    1. My Neighborhood

      Oh, Lou is a romeo
      Breaks their hearts everywhere he go
      Sees himself as a star on the screen
      Don't you know he just turned seventeen

      Life is good in my neighborhood
      In my neighborhood life is good
      In my neighborhood

      Thelma Rose works in a factory
      Saving up to move from the family
      All she has is a head full of dreams
      Spends her time reading old magazines

      Raul, just a plain working man
      Works as hard as he can
      Keeping the wolf at bay
      Raul, loves his kids and wife
      Wouldn't change much in his life
      Tomorrow will be a better day

      Old man Joe watches the children play
      Minds his business doesn't have much to say
      In his life he's seen 'em all come and go
      He can tell who's all talk or all show

      In my life I've seen 'em all come and go
      I think of them more then they'l ever know

    2. When The Rain Becomes

      Suddenly I
      Felt a keen wind against my back
      And it blew me all the way over here
      On a rainy day
      Holed up in a one room flat
      Waiting for the sun to shine
      Wasting my time
      Alone in this town

      When the rain becomes part of you
      And missing you comes thundering down
      It's the same no matter what you do
      When the rain becomes

      The man on the street
      Is selling soggy papers in the rain
      The headlines turn his fingers black
      It's a dreary world
      Of subway stops and chimney stacks
      Wait'n for the sky to clear
      But nobody's here
      Such a lonely sound

      I've written letters that I know I'll never send
      I'm meeting lots of people here
      I know it's just pretend
      I can make a conversation but I'll never find a friend
      Staring out a dirty window, prayin' for the day to end

      In a crazy way I'd really love to see you again
      Even though we said goodbye
      Maybe we could try
      To turn this around

    3. All The Years

      You ask me what I think
      I tell you, you ignore it
      The reasons for it make me crazy
      You ask me what is right
      Huh, you never hear it
      You're never nowhere near it, baby

      We had a chance to win
      The times, they were a changin'
      We really couldn't get much higher
      So now we're stuck with us
      With you and all your stories
      Who's the fool and who's the liar

      I spent my Jife believing
      It would not end this way

      All the years we gambled
      All the years we tried
      All the restless
      All the times we cried
      All the years we wasted
      All the years you lied
      All the hopeless dreamers
      All the dreams that died

      You ask me what I want
      I got no answer
      I know I'm only dancing faster
      You ask me what I need
      Amazing it's so easy
      It's really only love I'm after

    4. Murder On Me

      Life was like a picture show
      People to see and places to go
      Never expected I would ever know
      Someone like you

      Saw you 'cross the room one night
      Men around you leaning in real tight
      The devil in me wanted to fight
      Before I even knew your name

      Your love is murder on me
      The further we go the dearer I see
      Your love is murder on me
      Murder on me

      Comfortable in my skin
      Too many years I had not been
      I can deal with almost anything
      But lovin' you

      Now I worry 'bout you all the time
      Who you been seein' and are you really mine
      Obsession is the bottom line
      And you're to blame

      If I make you my God
      If I get what I want
      If I set your heart free

    5. Jesse

      Jesse, you gave so much of yourself
      In younger days
      Jesse, you took action
      And you did the things you said

      We have to ask some questions now
      'Bout the direction we are taking
      And will we learn from history
      Or be condemned to repeat

      It's loving
      Any way you check it out
      It's loving
      It's loving
      Love is what it's all about
      It's loving

      Jesse, would you really want
      To save the world today
      Jesse, would you keep your word
      Or trade it all away

      Is there a chance for heroes now
      Or is fear the fatal blow
      When we survive one more time
      Will we finally come to know

    6. Ain't No Ordinary Thing

      Nervous, shaking
      Super natural hold on me
      Fire, burning
      Flames higher than I ever seen

      I feel it go right thru my bones
      I hear it call my name
      I see a big change in my game
      And then my heart stops

      Ain't no ordinary thing
      Not your typical device
      Ain't the greatest story ever told
      Love will never be the same

      Shameless attraction
      Some kind of voodoo love affair
      Thunder, lightning
      Her love power dancing in the air

      I start talking in my sleep
      I feel her in my veins
      I got to know this thing is for real
      And when she looks at me

      Ain't no ordinary thing
      That's what you get for being nice
      This ain't something you might trow away
      This is stuff you got to save

    7. Tabla

      Early morning they broke down the door
      Out in Chittigong Hill the citizens were poor
      Rising conflict
      It was election time
      Opposing blood was spilled

      Tabla, and we all remember
      Tabla, what she did for us
      Tabla, she was the bravest one

      People of conscience gathering in pe:
      Practiced non-violence
      Put down by the police
      Some were leaders
      Most were simply there
      Opposing voices stilled

      She was a simple girl
      But she was pushed too far
      She wouldn't give in
      And the torture could not change her mind
      And when the people heard
      They all rose up in the name of love, singing

    8. In This Country

      Land of the right to be who you are
      A face in this liberty speaks
      Proud as he walks thru his freedom each day
      Proud to be what he is
      The price of his shelter keeps going up
      It costs to keep shoes on his feet
      He weeps and he laughs and he works everyday
      His reality

      In this country to be a survivor is to be respected
      To survive you need to know what's true

      Car's from Detroit keep goin' faster
      Conversations faster and faster
      Relationships keep goin' faster
      What does it mean

      A man who lies down with politics
      Is a man who walks in his sleep
      The power will rise
      And the power will never set you free
      Carpenters, cabbies and scienti
      Workaday heroes who make ends meet
      A move to the right and a voice in the deficit screams

      In this country so divided we need perspective
      In these times that bring us to our knees

      Days just keep goin' faster
      Money goin' faster and faster
      Olympic humans keep runnin' faster
      What does it mean

      New York Times monday faces
      Grapes of Wrath hands that labor
      Modern woman keeps on changing
      Human kind so amazing

    9. When Will The World Be Like Lovers

      When the waiting is over
      When we've opened our eyes
      When the waiting is over
      We'll have love on the rise

      We've been living in the problem, It's so clear
      Spreading wreckage and confusion
      Names and places flash like neon in the air
      That's how it goes, 'til someone says

      When will the world be like lovers
      In a dance, spinning round and round
      When will we know what was lost has been found
      Maybe it starts with us now

      When the reasons for living
      And the will to survive
      Say we've got what were giving
      Then we'll keep love alove

      We've been doggin' it and drifting for so long
      Putting off our evolution
      And it's possible we'll never get it on
      That's how it goes, 'til someone says:

      Heart, where we warrt it to be
      Love, like it's a miracle
      Power, to be like we need to be

      Only the beginning