Closer to You Lyrics - Stephen Stills

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Have you seen
The ladies passing by
They don't seem to notice
That I'm lonesome and I cry
But soon they'll listen
I can tell you, tell you why
Gonna make a record
Gonna go sky high

I just wanna be closer to you
I just wanna see if you can be moved
I don't wanna be a fool for you
Or be alone

Going to the city
All the hustlers in the street
Can't you imagine where
This country boy's head might be
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Bright lights are shining
I can see in front of me
At night clockwork deception
Won't save or set us free

I just wanna be closer to you
I just wanna see if you can be moved
I don't wanna be a fool for you
Or be alone

Gonna tour the country
Gonna play for all my friends
Such a positive action
I've got energy to lend
So come on down, we're cookin'
Let the rhythm get you high
Bring all the ladies
Tell them why, why, why

I just wanna be closer to you
I just wanna see if you can be moved
I don't wanna be a fool for you
Or be alone






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The hit that got away | Reviewer: Shirley P. | 1/16/2008

Everytime that someone tells me that Stephen Stills stopped writing truly great, memorable songs after he broke up his band Manassas (in 1973) THIS is one of first songs I refer them to:"Closer to You". It comes off what I think is surely one of the finest albums he ever did "Illegal Stills" from 1976.

This song is-in every sense of the word-GREAT song writing! It has everything a well-crafted song requires:a good & engaging story, sensitive, evocative and thoughtful lyrics, truly beautiful music and an excellent arrangement, all served up with a vocal performance that I personally consider one of THE BEST that Stephen Stills ever gave!

Here, he was at-IMHO-the PEAK of his vocal prowess:his voice honey-sweet, his delivery sure in its command. The emotion is deeply felt, and sincere without being maudlin. I've always believed that Stills was vastly underrated as a singer, and this song certainly provides a STRONG argument in favor of rating him as among the BEST!

In looking back on Stills' career, I'll always consider this song the "hit" that got away, sadly.

Hopefully, with Stills' recent brush with cancer and the resulting new rush of media attention it brought his way, folks who haven't done a retrospect on his SOLO career(or those who haven't taken a listen to it for SOME years)will get curious and take the time to do so. When they do, it's my hope that they will do themselves a BIG favor and check out "Illegal Stills" and in particular this lovely song. It WON'T disappoint!





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