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The Carpenters - B'wana She No Home [1977]

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Uploaded on Dec 25, 2011

Words and Music: Michael Franks
Piano: Pete Jolly
Electric Piano: Larry Muhoberac
Bass: Joe Osborn
Drums: Ron Tutt
Percussion: Wally Snow, Tommy Vig
Conga: Jerry Steinholtz
Electric Guitar: Tony Peluso
Tenor Sax & Alto Flute: Tom Scott
Vocal Arrangement: Gene Perling

From "Little Girl Blue" by Randy L. Schmidt

Passage opened with the daring "B'wana She No Home," a Michael Franks tune with a vocal arrangement by jazz great Gene Puerling, the sound architect of vocal groups including the Hi-Lo's and the Singers Unlimited. "B'wana" was one of several songs on the album that were essentially live recordings. "When recording, we usually begin with bass, drums, piano, and build from there," Richard explained in the album's liner notes. "But on several of these tracks, almost the whole thing was recorded live all at once. Certain pieces call for that."


Lyrics:

Don't you ever invite your boyfriend here
I like to be here alone
You just answer the door and feed the deer
And fight the telephone
Got to learn these words and I know you will
Or I'll send you right back to Guayaquil

Say b'wana she no home, say b'wana she no home
Say b'wana she no home, say b'wana she no home

Got to peel your eyes for the heat my dear
You got to froth and foam
Got to send away the mad puppeteer
Who seems to think this is home
I want you to speak the English right
I want you to smile and be polite

Say b'wana she no home, say b'wana she no home
Say b'wana she no home, say b'wana she no home

I don't care if you drive my 350 honey
Don't let'em steal my chrome
I don't care if you spend all my money honey
Long as you leave me alone
I just want you to try and remember one thing
If somebody knocks or the telephone rings

Say b'wana she no home, say b'wana she no home
Say b'wana she no home, say b'wana she no home

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