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I pulled into a gas station to use a pay phone. This was years ago long before I had a cell phone.  I called home to let my family know I would not be home till morning.  We said goodnight.  Then I realized that I couldn’t let the phone receiver go. I was shaking violently.  I felt if I let go of the receiver, I would just crumble into dust and my life would end.  I stood there in the booth for the longest time shaking.  I just didn’t want to let them go.  Driving home I felt I was holding them In my arms.  I began to sing “Keep me close hold me tight.”  By the time I arrived home I had composed this song.

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     Your Lovin' Arms




Keep me close hold me tight...Till this feelin’subsides
For I fear...I may crumble...From joy in the night

Let the seasons collide...Stars fall from the sky

Let eternity run out of time

For I live and I die...At this moment in time
Safe and warm....In the shelter and joy
Of Your Lovin’ Arms

For I live and I die...At this moment in time
Safe and warm....In the shelter and joy
Of Your Lovin’ Arms

Keep me close hold me tight ...Till this feelin’ subsides

For I fear...I may crumble...From joy in the night

Let the seasons collide...Stars fall from the sky

Let eternity run out of time

For I live and I die...At this moment in time
Safe and warm...In the shelter and joy

Of Your Lovin’ Arms

For I live and I die...At this moment in time
Safe and warm...In the shelter and joy
Of Your Lovin’ Arms

Safe and warm...In the shelter and joy
Of Your Lovin’ Arms



Words and Music Max Uballez © 1980 Which Way Music ASCAP

©1980 Max Prosperity—Makz records
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 The year was 1972 I was in Hollywood rehearsing to record a demo for Sergio Mendes.  During a break I walked across the street to a small liquor store to purchase a cool bottle of Sangria.   While exiting the store I stood in the doorway and pondered my future.  I was working with Sergio Mendes, WOW!  A tug at my boot brought me back to reality.  I looked down at a Chihuahua pulling at my boot and snarling.  Holding the dog's leash was this elderly gentleman there was elderly woman at his side.  By the look on their faces it seemed their dog was expressing their opinion of me.  My hair was down to my shoulders I looked like an unemployed hippy and I was holding a bottle of wine.


The look on their faces was hate and disapproval, obviously they felt the world was going down and it was all my fault.  I laughed to myself as I shook the dog loose. I headed for the studio with them on my mind.  As I crossed the street a vision grew in my head. I laughed and thought of that silly angry little dog pulling at my boot. Life can be so strange at times it's a comedy.  I wondered what's going on here anyway and why?.  Is this all a fantasy?  A song began to grow, as a series of silly situations flew through my head.  I thought of some of the stupid things people say and do.  I wondered, what difference does it all make any way.  I envisioned myself as a cartoon character being chased by a dog with two old people holding his leash.     


“Took a walk today around the block.  Two old people chased me with their dog. 

Country's going down and I’m to blame.  I felt sorry for them just the same”.  Why I Don't Know Why

Bobby Hernandez was fooling around with a chord progression when I entered the studio and it fit the melody in my head.  I asked him to continue playing as I grabbed the microphone and began to sing.  The band kicked in and in about 20 minutes I had a new song titled  “Why I Don’t know Why”.  Listen to it here, the lyrics are below. 


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Why I Don’t Know Why” 

by Macondo Atlantic Records 1972




Knew a man that spent his life a drinkn’
Spent his nights and money on wild women
Had a wife and children bought them nothin’
When he died he asked them to forgive him

Why I don’t know Why

Why I don’t know Why

 Met a women said she lived alone
Found that she had two big dogs at home
Two dogs and a cat to be precise
No man breaking in her house no mice

Why I don’t know Why

Why I don’t know Why

 Took a walk today around the block
Two old people chased me with their dog
Country's going down and I’m to blame
I felt sorry for them just the same

Why I don’t know Why

Why I don’t know Why

I don’t know why
I don’t know why

I don’t know why

I don’t know why

 ©1972 Max Uballez & Albert Hernandez
Which Way Music ASCAP
Warner / Chappel Music ASCAP


 

 

 

 

 

"Why I Don't Know Why"

Melissa

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Melissa

Your Lovin' Arms



I stopped in at this club for a drink.  There was a girl sitting on a stool with a guitar her name was Melissa.  She had just completed her set.  There was tumultuous applause.  She put down her guitar and wandered over to the bar.  She stopped along the way to talk to people who seemed to love her.  When she reached the bar to have a cup of tea several fans approached her with complements.  I overheard their conversations.  Tonight was her final performance here.  She was driving up to Pismo beach tonight.  
She finished her tea and headed for the stool for her last set.  The guy sitting next to me was a friend of hers and proud of her.  According to him she was a free spirit, “Yea, Melissa don’t try to tie her down.” I finished my drink and I left the club.  I never heard her sing as that guy's words had placed a song in my head.  "Melissa, don’t, try to tie her down”.

 

 







Melissa, yea she plays her songs and makes music, and the people smile
Hey Melissa you got that magic melody.  Melissa fills the air with happy music.  Cause she lives the way she chooses.
Don’t try to tie her down. You know that she’s the kind that must be free
Not cause she’s cold and hard.  It’s just that that’s the kind of life she needs.  And everybody needs......If you love her set her free

She’s a dreamer born and raised in California.  Where the people smile.
She’s a dreamer with some visions of her own.  And sometimes well she thinks she knows the answers.  To the who’s and whys and wherefores
Don’t try to tie her down.  You know that she’s the kind that must be free
Not cause she’s cold and hard.  Just that that’s the kind of life she needs And everybody needs...If you love her set her free.  Don’t try to tie her down.  You know that she’s the kind that must be free
Don’t try to tie her down.  You know that she’s the kind that must be free

Words and Music Max Uballez © 1980 Which Way Music ASCAP ©1980 Max Prosperity—Makz records



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