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ANNIE DINERMAN: *LISTEN

My Goodness!

(Catherine Russell, Singer)
Music and lyrics by Annie Dinerman and Arlon Bennett

Arlon and I asked if we could write on spec for the first CD by a new blue-eyed soul artist named Ali Hoffman. Ali's label asked for a song in the style of Carla Thomas.  I love doing that kind of research. Arlon is used to writing whatever he wants to write and it was a stretch for him to learn to write in the style of an established artist.  We had some fun with the lyrics. Ali Hoffman did record this song on her EP, "Not Gonna Beg," on Wing Court Records.

Later, I took a vacation in Memphis and went to the Stax Records Museum, where  I saw lots of displays about Carla Thomas and her music.  It was fun to know a bit about her work and to learn more in the city where she first made her mark.

The demo singer here is the wonderful Catherine Russell. Arlon and I really enjoyed the session at Jon Gordon's studio in Manhattan. Catherine Russell is a very talented interpreter of lyrics. I was very happy to have her as the singer of my first Soul demo. Later, I reviewed two of her excellent CDs for Elmore Magazine.

MY GOODNESS!

 

COULD YOU BE THE ONE?

 

SUDDENLY, I SEE YOU’RE

 

MORE THAN FUN.

 

 

 

(CHORUS)

 

MY MY MY GOODNESS!

 

MY MY MY GOODNESS!

 

LOOKS LIKE WE’VE GOT A CHANCE.

 

 

 

MY SHOULD-NESS

 

TELLS ME THIS IS RIGHT

 

WHEN YOU WINK AT ME,

 

MY SHINING KNIGHT.

 

 

 

MY MY MY GOODNESS!

 

MY MY MY GOODNESS

 

YOU READ MY SOUL WITH A GLANCE.

 

 

 

(BRIDGE)

 

BEFORE YOU, I WAS A BAD GIRL.

 

ALWAYS OVERLOOKED THE GOOD GUYS.

 

ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE NEXT PAIR OF EYES.

 

THEN YOU LOOKED BACK. I SAID, “MY, MY, MY!”

 

 

 

MY SWEETNESS,

 

I FEEL LIKE SUCH A PRIZE.

 

NOW, I SEE MY GOODNESS

 

THROUGH YOUR EYES.

 

 

 

WANT TO GIVE YOU

 

MY KINDNESS, COZINESS,

 

MY SOFTNESS, SILLINESS,

 

MY TOUGHNESS, TENDERNESS,

 

MY GLADNESS, GIVINGNESS,

MY GOODNESS!

 

MY GOODNESS!

 

MY MY MY GOODNESS!

©Arlon Bennett and Annie Dinerman all rights reserved

   Mountain Valley Music (BMI)/Bluestocking Music Co. (ASCAP)