"Goin' Back" as written by General N. Johnson, Gregory S. Perry, Barney Perkins, Camille Douglas, Stephen Muttoo and Raymond Rasul....
I think I'm goin' back
To the things I learned so well in my youth,
I think I'm returning to
The days when I was young enough to know the truth

Now there are no games
To only pass the time
No more coloring books,
No Christmas bells to chime
But thinking young and growing older is no sin
And I can play the game of life to win

I can recall a time,
When I wasn't afraid to reach out to a friend
And now I think I've got
A lot more than a skipping rope to lift

Now there's more to do
Than watch my sailboat glide
Then everyday can be my magic carpet ride
And I can play hide and seek with my fears,
And live my life instead of counting my years

Let everyone debate the true reality,
I'd rather see the world the way it used to be
A little bit of freedom, all we're left
So catch me if you can
I'm goin' back

I can recall,
I can remember

I can recall,
I can remember

I can recall,
I can remember


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"Goin' Back" as written by Gerry Goffin Carole King

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    General CommentI really love this song, another Carole King classic. The lyrics are so poignant: recapturing the innocence and simple but true values of youth, and applying these to adulthood. The Byrds' ethereal treatment of this song makes the effect even more meaningful to me, and I start thinking back, trying to remember how I thought, how I felt, who I was in those long-ago times. There is another old song, sung by Patsy Cline, that goes, "If I could see through the eyes of a child, what a wonderful world this would be." Exactly.
    Bluewaveson November 21, 2010   Link

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