To Be Alone With You, 1969

By Mike Johnson

Here’s a quick one just for the fun. It began life as a modest little ditty on Nashville Skyline, and in this 2002 version it has morphed into a tearing rocker, 1950s style.

It has no particular lyrical virtues, although if I had my arm twisted I might comment on a certain cunning in the use of everyday sayings and homilies:

It only goes to show, life’s pleasure are few
he only one I know, is to be alone with you..


There are all kinds of echoes from the 1950s here, including Bill Haley, Ray Charles and Little Richard. The band lets loose with some fifties guitar sounds, and, again, fans of Mr D’s percussive piano style will enjoy his stiff-fingered Little Richard imitation.

Nashville Skyline

Nashville Skyline

Actually, listening to it go me dancing, and that got me thinking that the best way to get into Mr D’s music is not to sit around listening to it, but to get up and dance to it. Turn it up and rock and roll!

photo by Stephane Beria.

photo by Stephane Beria.

The lyrics:

To be alone with you
Just you and me
Now won’t you tell me true
Ain’t that the way it oughta be?
To hold each other tight
The whole night through
Ev’rything is always right
When I’m alone with you

To be alone with you
At the close of the day
With only you in view
While evening slips away
It only goes to show
That while life’s pleasures be few
The only one I know
Is when I’m alone with you

They say that nighttime is the right time
To be with the one you love
Too many thoughts get in the way in the day
But you’re always what I’m thinkin’ of
I wish the night were here
Bringin’ me all of your charms
When only you are near
To hold me in your arms

I’ll always thank the Lord
When my working day’s through
I get my sweet reward
To be alone with you