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Secret of Life - James Taylor

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Uploaded on Nov 24, 2010

Performed by Taylor in HD with stunning sound quality.

In the early '70s, when he appeared with his introspective songs, acoustic guitar, and calm, understated singing style, James Taylor mirrored a generation's emotional exhaustion after tumultuous times.

Just as Bing Crosby's reassuring voice brought the country out of the Depression and through World War II, Taylor's eased the transition from '60s activism and its attendant frustrations into the less political, more inward-looking '70s.

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time
Any fool can do it
There ain't nothing to it
Nobody knows how we got to
The top of the hill
But since we're on our way down
We might as well enjoy the ride.

The secret of love is in opening up your heart
It's okay to feel afraid
But don't let that stand in your way
'cause anyone knows that love is the only road
And since we're only here for a while
Might as well show some style
Give us a smile.

Isn't it a lovely ride
Sliding down
Gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It's just a lovely ride.

Now the thing about time is that time
Isn't really real
It's just your point of view
How does it feel for you
Einstein said he could never understand it all
Planets spinning through space
The smile upon your face
Welcome to the human race.

Some kind of lovely ride
I'll be sliding down
I'll be gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It's just a lovely ride.

Isn't it a lovely ride
Sliding down
Gliding down
Try not to try too hard
It's just a lovely ride.

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