1. All I See Is You (3:21) - The opening by the horns makes this sound like a classical piece at first. The tempo is slow, in 12/8 time, with the drums playing mostly on second and fourth quarter beats. A piano and some string instruments also play here. The narrator tries not to think of her ex-boyfriend, but when she closes her eyes, he is all she sees. She hopes he will someday love her again.
2. Wishin' And Hopin' (2:50) - This is the song by Dusty I like best. Horns also open this song, which is slightly faster than moderate. A tambourine plays in some parts. The horns play at the end as the tempo slows down. The narrator tells her friend how to win a man's heart. Hoping, praying, dreaming, etc., won't accomplish anything; the narrator's friend should instead wear a nice hairdo and hug and kiss the man.
3. In The Middle Of Nowhere (2:49) - Here's a third song that opens with horns. This time the tempo is fast. I also hear a piano and, in some parts, finger-snapping. The narrator loves the man, who keeps telling her that he needs her love. But he acts in such a way that the narrator wonders what she's supposed to do; she tells the man to show her the way to true love.
4. All Cried Out (3:02) - This slow song features clicking drums and a piano. The night before the setting of this song, the narrator's boyfriend told her they were through; as a result she is "all cried out." The volume goes down in the middle, so when I first heard this song I thought it was gonna fade out. But the next time the chorus is sung, the normal volume resumes. When the song actually ends, the tempo decelerates to a stop.
5. Stay Awhile (1:56) - This song, slightly faster than moderate, features horns and bells. The narrator begs the man to stay with her as long as the night is young; she wants to embrace him and tell him how she feels about him.
6. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (2:47) - Like "All I See Is You," this song opens with horns, also includes string instruments and a piano, and has a 12/8 tempo. However, this song is slightly faster than "All I See." The narrator feels lonely after her boyfriend left her. She begs him to come home, telling him he doesn't have to say he loves her.
7. I Only Want To Be With You (2:34) - Another song opened by horns, this one is moderately fast. In the middle instrumental, string instruments play lead. Ever since the night the man asked the narrator to dance, she has loved him a lot. Now, no matter what he does, she wants only to be with him.
8. Little By Little (2:24) - This song, slightly faster than the previous one, opens with a few bass notes. Because of the way the man is treating her, the narrator is gradually losing her pride and going crazy.
9. Losing You (2:59) - The tempo is difficult to follow at first, but later I find it to be 12/8. Instruments include horns, violins, and a piano. The narrator realizes that she is losing her man, but he will always be a part of her.
10. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (3:02) - This moderately slow song starts with the soft playing of a guitar and horns. Now that the narrator's boyfriend has left her, she doesn't know how to spend her time. She tells him that in case his new girlfriend ever leaves him, the narrator will be waiting for him to come back.
This album was originally released in 1969. The CD version contains three additional songs, which were released as singles at about the same time.
1. Just A Little Lovin' (2:16) - This song has a 3/4 tempo slightly slower than moderate. Instruments include violins and bells. The narrator believes that if everyone could have "just a little lovin'," the world would be better and happier.
2. So Much Love (3:28) - The tempo here is moderately slow; the drums accent every second and fourth beat. As in the previous song, the lead instruments are violins. The narrator's world was dark and empty until the man came into her life.
3. Son Of A Preacher Man (2:26) - This song was the reason I bought this album. From reading the notes to the album, I learned that Aretha Franklin, herself a preacher's daughter, declined to record this song after hearing Dusty sing it. The song has a similar tempo to the previous one. The opening contains guitar licks; horns appear later. Initially the key is E, but after the "irregular verse," the chorus is in the key of A. Whenever the preacher and his son visited the narrator, the younger man would take her walking and talk sweetly to her. He is the only man with whom she has ever been in love.
4. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore (3:08) - For the first 11 seconds we hear only the piano and Dusty's voice. Then the other instruments enter--drums, string instruments, and an oboe. The tempo here is slightly slower than in the previous song; it temporarily decelerates just before the fading sequence. The narrator always hears rumors about her boyfriend; she confirms the rumors when she sees him with another woman. Once I even hear the backup singers acting as the people telling the rumors to one another.
5. Don't Forget About Me (2:49) - This moderate-tempoed song opens with a guitar and a piano; horns enter later. In the verses, the drum that plays on every fourth beat sounds remotely like a single tick of a clock. The narrator realizes that she and the man aren't right for each other, but she encourages him to keep her in his memory forever.
6. Breakfast In Bed (2:54) - This slow song opens with the soft playing of a guitar, cymbal drums, and a piano. Later, string instruments, horns, and regular drums enter. The narrator can tell that the man has been hurt by his previous girlfriend. The narrator offers him breakfast in bed, hoping it will cheer him up.
7. Just One Smile (2:40) - This moderately slow song opens with a guitar solo. Other instruments include violins, a tick-tock drum, and a flute. Now that the man has left the narrator, she cries when nobody's around to notice; she hopes he'll come back to her and give her "just one smile."
8. The Windmills Of Your Mind (3:49) - For the first 49 seconds, the tempo is slow and I hear only the string instruments and Dusty's voice. Then the tempo becomes moderately fast; a guitar, cymbal drums, and a clicking drum enter. Near the 3-minute mark I hear a flute, then regular drums enter and play for the rest of the song. The narrator compares the mind to such things as a spinning carousel, a ticking clock, and ripples in a river going outward from a thrown pebble.
9. In The Land Of Make Believe (2:30) - The tempo here is moderate. Are those guitar licks I hear in the opening and middle instrumentals? In real life, the narrator and the man are no longer together, but in her imaginary world they continue to kiss and embrace each other.
10. No Easy Way Down (3:09) - During most of this slow, 12/8 song, the drums accent every second and fourth quarter beat. Other instruments include a piano, horns, and a flute. First, a person rises to the mountaintops of love via a balloon. Then, the balloon disappears into the sky. Now, the person is stranded and can't get down--at least not easily.
11. I Can't Make It Alone (3:53) - This moderately slow song starts with the soft playing of a piano and drums. String instruments and cymbal drums are also included. The narrator walked out on her boyfriend some time ago; now she's feeling lonely without him. She fears that he will hurt her back, yet she begs him to welcome her back.
12. Willie And Laura Mae Jones (2:46) - This song and the final two are the three that weren't on the original album. The tempo is moderately slow. A few bass notes fill the first second; the rest of the opening is dominated by horns. A tambourine is also featured, but those guitar licks are VERY impressive. The narrator, who is white, grew up farming with the Joneses, who are black. The narrator's family and the Joneses never persecuted each other over skin color because they always kept busy at their farming chores. Also in 1969, Waylon Jennings recorded a version of this song but did not release it until 1972.
13. That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho) (2:56) - This song itself is an "old sweet roll" with its slow swing tempo. Instruments include a piano, a tambourine, and horns; during the middle instrumental, I hear awesome guitar licks. The narrator says she will find "a piece of the sky" and sing "hi-de-ho." Apparently she means that when she dies she will go to heaven.
14. What Do You Do When Love Dies (2:36) - The tempo is moderately fast during the verses but slightly slower than moderate during the chorus. A guitar is the featured instrument; during the verses, cymbal drums also play. The narrator is losing her mind, so she pleads for someone to help her. Otherwise, the title speaks for itself.
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