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Die Songs

Chicago 12
CHICAGO XII (Hot Streets)
1978

Alive Again

The Greatest Love On Earth

Little Miss Lovin'

Hot Streets

Take A Chance

Gone Long Gone

Ain't It Time

Love Was New

No Tell Lover

Show Me The Way


Produced by Phil Ramone and Chicago

James Pankow / Trombone

Engineer / Jim Boyer with thanks for their help

Don Gehman and Lee DeCarlo

Assistant Engineers / Dave Martone Kevin Ryan Peter Lewis

Robert Lamm / Keyboards and Vocals

Production Associate to Mr. Ramone / Carol Peters

Co-orination for Chicago / Jerry Vaccarino Hank Steiger

Kenny Jones Don Johnson Mike Stahl

Steve Jensen

Lee Loughnane / Trumpet and Vocals

Our thanks to / the staffs of Criteria Record Plant

A&R Recording

Mansions & Cusine by / Home at Last Miami Florida

Recorded at / Criteria Studios Miami, Florida

Laudir De Oliviera / Percussion

Fixes / The Record Plant Los Angeles, California

and Mixes / A&R Recording Inc. New York City

Danny Seraphine / Drums

Remixed by / Jim Boyer and Phil Ramone

Donnie Dacus / Guitar and Vocals

Mastered by / Ted Jensen SterlingSound New York City

Personal Management / Wald-Nanas Associates Beverly Hills, CA

Jeff S. Wald Herbert S. Nanas

Jack E. Goudie

Design & Photography / Norman Seeff

Chicago Logo / Jim Evans

Walter Parazaider / Woodwinds

Typography / Phil Shima

Brass Arrangements / James Pankow except "When Love Was New" arranged by Lee Loughnane

Peter Cetera / Bass and Vocals


1) Alive Again -James Pankow-

Yesterday I would not have believed

That tomorrow the sun would shine

Then one day you came into my life

I am alive again I am alive again

All the empty yesterdays have disappeared

Now that you have filled my life with love

No one else could ever mean so much to me

Every day my high lasts longer

As our love grows ever stronger


Yesterday I would not have believed

That tomorrow the sun would shine

Then one day you came into my life

I am alive again I am alive again


When you gave your love to me you changed my life

Dreams that once seemd hopeless come with ease

Thank you girl for being just the way you are

I would never try to change you

All I live for is to love you

I'm feeling alive again

I'm feeling alive again


Lead vocals: Peter Cetera & Donnie Dacus

Background vocals: Peter Cetera & Donnie Dacus & Bobby Lamm

Guitar Solo: Donnie Dacus

(C) 1978 Make Me Smile Music (ASCAP)

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.


2) The Greatest Love On Earth -Danny Seraphine + David "Hawk" Wolinski-

It's a long distance love affair

Tender are the moments that they rarely share

They hope their time will come someday

When together with the fraulein they'll steal away


It's the greatest love on earth

He's come from so far away to see

Is this his lifelong dream or just a fantasy


He's dying inside dying of frustration reaching out in hope

And he wants so hard to hide inside of her soul

'Cause that's what he needs to cope


It's the greatest love on earth

Her lovin' eyes are all he wants to see

And he knows that in her heart there lies his destiny


When she holds him in her arms he can feel the warmth

Of her gentle ways

And when she kissed him it was just like making music

That no one else will ever play


It's the greatest love on earth

He's come from so far away to see

Is this his lifelong dream or just a fantasy


It's the greatest love on earth

He's come from so far away to see

Is this his lifelong dream or just another fantasy


Lead vocal: Peter Cetera

Background vocals: Peter Cetera & Donnie Dacus

(c)1978 Street Sense Music (ASCAP)

Used By Permission. All rights reserved.


3) Little Miss Lovin' -Peter Cetera-

Oo wee

Skinny mama look good to me

Yesiree

Little miss lovin'


Down upon my knees

I want to tell you that I'm beggin please

Yes indeed

Little miss lovin' little miss lovin'


Sweet sixteen

Mighty fine in your tight blue jeans

Come on come on to me

Little miss lovin'


Baby you tear me up

And you kill me when you strut that stuff

Mighty tuff

Little miss lovin' little miss lovin'


Just because I need you

I sing my song

Even though I'm gone tomorrow

If you don't believe me

Then come along

I will always love you so

Love you little mama

And I can't let go


Oo wee pretty baby look good to me

Yesiree

Little miss loviness

I'm down upon my knees

I'm a fool for the younger squeeze

Yes indeed little miss lovin' little miss lovin'


Just because I need you

I sing my song

Even though I'm gone tomorrow

If you don't believe me

Then come along

I will always love you so

Love you pretty mama and I can't let go


Sweet sixteen mighty fine in your blue jeans

Come to me little miss lovin'

Baby you're lookin' fine and mama I can read your mind

Come on anytime little miss lovin' little miss lovin'


Lead vocal: Peter Cetera

Background vocals: Peter Cetera, Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

(appear courtesy of RSO Records)

(c)1978 Polish Prince Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


4) Hot Streets -Robert Lamm-

Hot streets down below me

All the people moving slowly

As they search each other's faces

For a trace of hope

Concealed beneath their laughter

And it's only love they're after


Mountains lie before me

Skies ahead are looking stormy

As the highway driver braces

For a race with time

To reach a destination

Of his own imagination


A child of the sky

A rider on the wind

I can fly

A prisoner of time

A dimensional crime

Lost am I


Winter stars above me

With a woman who can love me

And moonlight swept embraces

Fill my space with joy and peace

The sweet vibrations

Of a lover's celebration


Lead vocal: Bobby Lamm

Background vocals: Bobby Lamm & Donnie Dacus & Lee Loughnane

Guitar solo: Donnie Dacus

Flute solo: Walter Parazaider


5) Take A Chance -Lee Loughnane + Stash Wagner-

Take a chance dream a dream

Lay a bet down on me

I will see you with my heart

Raise you with honesty


All the love I share with you

Is too priceless to lose

For your loving I will gamble

And I'm gambling on you


All the odds are on our side

And I know you're worth it

Gonna take it

Go for it


Can I play, deal me in

I'm a man who likes to win

Though I can't foresee the future

With you I don't fear a thing


All the odds are on our side

And I know you're worth it gonna take it

Go for it


Lead vocal: Donnie Dacus

Background vocals: Donnie Dacus & Lee Loughnane

Guitar solo: Donnie Dacus

(c)1978 Com Music(ASCAP) and Wagner Music(BMI)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


6) Gone Long Gone -Peter Cetera-

I thought for the rest of my life

You'd see me through it

Guess all along I knew it

Nothing mattered everything was all right

When you saw to it

Before I knew it you were gone long gone


You said you would always be there

Well I believed you

I was a fool to need you

Gave my love then I gave you my heart

And then you flew it

Before I knew it

You were gone long gone


Hard facing another day

Just crying the night away

Said more than I meant to say

When I knew that you were gone


I thought for the rest of my life

You'd see me through it

Yes all along I knew it

Didn't matter and it didn't seem right

And then you flew it

Before I knew it you were gone long gone.

You were gone long gone


Lead vocal: Peter Cetera

Background vocal: Peter Cetera

(c)1978 Polish Prince Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


7) Ain't It Time -Donny Dacus + Danny Seraphine + W. Schebke-

Oh what a lucky day

Things are going my way

Sun is arising mesmerizing everything I say

People all around this uptight town

Someone's gonna recoginze me


Ain't it time


Dues I've been paying for so long only making me stronger

Lady luck won't you please come to me I can't wait any longer

I spend all my time writing notes and rhyme

Tryin' to find new dimensions


Ain't it time


Time for movin' on

Time enough to grow

Time enough to find myself

Everything's okay

What a lucky day

Time enough to play my guitar


Competition everywhere is getting all of us down

I've been makin' all the rounds I feel like a train on the wrong track


Don't get lost 'cause you might get caught going out

The wrong door now


Ain't it time


Time for movin' on

Time enough to grow

Time enough to find myself

Everything's okay

What a lucky day

Time enough to play my guitar


Lead vocal: Donnie Dacus

Background vocals: Donnie Dacus & Peter Cetera

(c)1978 Donnie Dacus Music(BMI) and Street Sense Music(ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


8) Love Was New -Robert Lamm-

Remember when we were first falling in love

How we planned all the things we would do

Beautiful days and the nights all ablaze

Hoping our dreams would come true

Love was new


Remember the house at the top of the hill

How the sunlight caressed all the trees

I played all my music I sang you my love

The chiming church bells rode the breeze

Love was new


Time has a way of obscuring our memories

And good times are hard to recall

Basic survival and day to day living

Leaves no time for romance at all

I just wanted to say I'm still falling in love

Every day with you, every day


Remember that Christmas with just a few friends

And the whole town was covered with snow

We laughed and we loved as we skied in the sun

It seems such a long time ago

Love was new


Something you said one night started me thinking

How sweet love is as it begins

Taken for granted it slips through your fingers

And leaves you on needles and pins

But there ain't no way baby that we'd let that happen

Our love will always be new

I just wanted to say I'm still faling in love

Every day with you,falling in love every day with you


Lead Vocal: Bobby Lamm

(c)1978 Little Sacha Songs(ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


9) No Tell Lover -Lee Loughnane + Danny Seraphine + Peter Cetera-

Pretty smile lovely face and a warm breeze now I need you lady

You're my no tell lover

Every night in a different place I'll meet you tender lady

You're my no tell lover


Everyone keeps tellin' me that this affair's not meant to be

Even though I need you night and day

Walk away if you see me coming, even if it's you I'm lovin'


Every minute is an hour every day's a lonely lifetime

You're my no tell lover

The little time that we spend together just can't last forever

You're my no tell lover


Everyone keeps tellin' me that this affair's not meant to be

Even though I need you night and day

Walk away if you see me coming even though it's you I'm lovin'

I want her

I can't leave her

I won't live without her

There's nothing left to say

I want her

I can't leave her


Pretty smile, lovely face and a warm breeze now I need you lady

You're my no tell lover

Every night in a different place I'll need you tender lady

You're my no tell lover


Everyone keeps tellin' me this affair's not meant to be

Even though I need you night and day

Walk away if you see me coming even though it's you I'm lovin'


I want her

I can't leave her

I won't live without her

She's my no tell lover


Lead vocal: Peter Cetera

Background vocals: Peter Cetera, Donnie Dacus, Bobby Lamm & Lee Loughnane

Synthesizer strings: Blue Weaver

(c)1978 Com Music, Street Sense Music and Polish Prince Music(ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


10) Show Me The Way -Danny Seraphine + David "Hawk" Wolinski-

Flying so high

Feeling so low

Fill my empty heart

Don't say no

Can I get through this night, with some lovin' to show

Won't you show me the way to go--I don't know


Won't you open your eyes

I know you really care

You see these games you play

They're just not fair

After all the good times and secrets we've shared

Won't you show me the way to go--I don't know


I wanna take my place

I wanna take my place

I wanna take my place with the loved ones

Well I still can't see how things were meant to be

Love me even for one day I'll treat you like a lady

In my heart you'll stay forever you know

Won't you show me the way to go--I don't know


Marching into your heart

Marching into your heart


Lead vocal: Bobby Lamm

Background vocals: Peter Cetera & Donnie Dacus

C.S. 80 Synthesizer: Bobby Lamm

Fender Rhodes: David "Hawk" Wolinski

Choral group: Unkown

(c)1978 Street Sense Music(ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.





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