Feb 202005
 

From I GOT THE MELODY
Written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Allee Willis

David Foster and Jay Graydon originally recorded this wonderful ballad in 1980 on their seminal album, Airplay. Like many other tracks included in that masterpiece, a group named Odyssey immediately covered “It Will Be Alright.” Odyssey was a good soul/disco act that enjoyed some success on the r&b charts with songs like “Native New Yorker,” “Weekend Lover,” “Going Back To My Roots” and “Inside Out.” In 1981 they released an album entitled “I Got The Melody” that saw them somehow changing their style in favor of more sophisticated rhythms. This record is split between up-tempo soul numbers and ballads. It features really good tunes written by the likes of Leon Ware, Tom Snow, Bob Wilson of Seawind, and Patti Austin who wrote the great title track (originally sung by Kenny Loggins on “Celebrate Me Home”). “It Will Be Alright” was one of the singles from the record. Even if Odyssey’s version can’t really compete with Airplay’s definitive take, it is quite good and faithful to the original arrangement. The cream of NY session guys played on the album; John Tropea, Bob Mann, Mike and Randy Brecker, Neil Jason, Hugh McCracken and David Letterman’s Paul Shaffer. Their precise and tight playing was a plus. Although a bit dated, “I Got The Melody” is still a fine listening choice.


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Vocals: Lillian Lopez, Louise Lopez & Billy McEachern
Acoustic & Electric Guitars: Bob Mann
Keyboards: Paul Shaffer
Bass: Neil Jason
Drums: Allan Schwartzberg
Vocal arrangements by Steve Tyrell
Arranged by Chris Dedrick
Produced by Steve Tyrell


Lyrics

“I’m not in love with you…” you said to me
“…You’ll always be my friend
but that’s where my story ends…”
So I think that no one can love me
I swear to keep to myself and never need anyone else oh,no
and now you want to be loved by me again

I know love can come and go,one day it’s “yes” then one day “no”
I know second chances don’t fall from the sky
“But I love you,stay with me tonight,and it will be alright”Indecision sure can drive you wild
my heart’s staring me in the face pain can never be erased
it scares me into running like a child
now I can hear your eyes – they say you have lied
now I want to be loved by you againI know love can come and go,one day it’s “yes” then one day “no”
I know second chances don’t fall from the sky
“But I love you,stay with me tonight,and it will be alright””Stay with me tonight…stay with me and it will be alright…”come and go,come and go
first it’s “yes” and then it’s “no”Do you want me?
if you don’t want me let me know

I know love can come and go,one day it’s “yes” then one day “no”
I know second chances don’t fall from the sky
“But I love you,stay with me tonight,and it will be alright”