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Chicago 11
CHICAGO XI

1977

Mississippi Delta City Blues

Baby, What A Big Surprise

'Till The End Of Time

Policeman

Take Me Back To Chicago

Vote For Me

Takin' It On Uptown

This Time

The Inner Struggles Of A Man

Prelude (Little One)

Little One


Robert Lamm - Keyboards, Vocals, & Percussion

Terry Kath - Guitars, Vocals, & Percussion

James Pankow - Trombone, Vocals, Keyboards, & Percussion

Peter Cetera - Bass & Vocals

Lee Loughnane - Trumpet & Vocals

Walter Parazaider - Woodwinds

Danny Seraphine - Drums & Percussion

Laudir de Oliveira - Percussion

Most of the brass arrangements on this album were written by James Pankow with important compositional contributions by all of the guys.


"Mississippi Delta City Blues"
Terry Kath--Lead vocal
Brass arrangements by James Pankow

"Till The End Of Time"
James Pankow--Lead vocal and Steinway (Sorry Bobby)

"Baby, What A Big Surprise"
Acoustic Guitars & Bass--J.W.G
Electric guitars--Terry Kath
Thank you Tim Cetera and Carl Wilson for helping out with background vocals.
Orchestral conception & Orchestration- Peter Cetera, Dominic Frontiere, J.W.G

"Policeman"
Robert Lamm--Lead vocal
Brass arrangements by James Pankow and Robert Lamm

"Take Me Back To Chicago"
Robert Lamm--Lead vocal
Background vocals and incredible preach at end--CHAKA KHAN
David "Hawk" Wolinski--Arps
Brass arrangements by James Pankow with a little help from Danny.
Special thanks to Hawk for his great contributions to this song.
"This piece of music was written in memory of a friend who never had the good fortune that I've had, God Bless Him..." Danny.

"Vote For Me"
Robert Lamm--Lead vocal
Walter Parazaider--Baritone sax
Brass arrangements by James Pankow
Special thanks to The Voices of Inspiration of Compton, California directed by Alexander Hamilton.

"Takin' It On Uptown"
Terry Kath--Lead vocal
Special Note: This song appears through the courtesy of Cook County Music.
Keep your eyes open.

"This Time"
Lee Loughnane--Lead vocal
Brass arrangements by James Pankow with contributions from Lee Loughnane.

"The Inner Struggles Of A Man"
Orchestration--Dominic Frontiere

"Prelude (Little One)"
Terry Kath--Lead vocal
Flugel solo--Lee Loughnane
Conception by Danny Seraphine

"Little One"
Terry Kath--Lead vocal
Robert Lamm--Steinway
David "Hawk" Wolinski--Fender Rhodes
Brass arrangements by James Pankow
String and Orchestral arrangement by Dominic Frontiere.
Dedicated to Danielle and Christine... My little ones.

Produced by James William Guercio

Recorded and Mixed at Caribou Ranch(R)

Engineered by Wayne Tarnowski

Assistant Engineer - Tom Likes

Strings Engineered by Armin Steiner

Mastering Engineer - Mike Reese

Design: John Berg

Inside Photo: Reid Miles


1) Mississippi Delta City Blues

I've got a smile

That I put on

When I'm not at home

When I'm not alone.

But it is so hard

To make that smile

'Cause I know I'll be at home

And alone in a while

And if I look in a mirror

I see my eyes start to tear

I can't help but cry

Since you said goodbye

I've got to hide

Whhat I'm feelin' inside

Can't let them see

How you're hurtin' me.

So I guess that's what I'll do

Won't let them see through

Won't let them know

That you could hurt me so.

I've got a laugh

That I put on

When I'm not at home

When I'm not alone.

But it is so hard

To fake that laugh

When my insides are cryin'

And my heart's torn in half

And all the music I hear

And things I valued so dear

Make me feel so blue

They all remind me of you.

(Now) What can I do

(Now) That our love is through

And my purpose is gone

Still I got to live on.

I guess that's what I'll do

I won't let them see through

I won't let them know

That you could hurt me so.

Words and music by Terry Kath

(C) 1972 Cook County Music and Big Elk Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


2) Baby, What a big surprise

Right before my very eyes

I thought that you were only fakin' it

And like before my heart was takin' it.

Baby what a big surprise

Right before my very eyes.

Yesterday it seemed to me

My life was nothing more than wasted time

But here today you've softly changed my mind.

Baby what a big surprise

Right before my very eyes.

Just to be alone

Was a little more than I could take

Then you came to stay

Hold me in the morning

Love me in the afternoon

Help me find my way.

Now and then just like before

I think about thhe love I've thrown away

But now it doesn't matter anyway.

Baby, what a big surprise.

Words and music by Peter Cetera

(c)1977 Polish Prince Music (ASCAP)


3) Till The End Of Time

Why...do you love me like you do

Baby you deserve much more

Why...after all I've put you through

Would you stick around for more.

Heaven's at my feet now that I've found you

Life seems so complete when I'm around you

No-one else could touch me quite so deeply

No-one's love could satisfy me so sweetly

Love me till the end of time.

Why...even though you know I'm crazy

Do you still believe in me

Why...does a smile come so easy

Baby, since you set me free.

Free from all the weary wasted hours

Free from all those meaningless encounters

Free to live out lives the way we want to

Free to realize just what we've been through

Love me till the end of time.

Heaven's at my feet now that I've found you

Life seems so complete when I'm around you

No-one else could touch me quite so deeply

No-one's love could satisfy me so sweetly

Love me till the end of time.

Love me...only you can love me like you...

Words and music by James Pankow

(c) 1977 Make Me Smile Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


4) Policeman

Everyday he wakes up

As his bare feet hit the floor

Grabs a cup of coffee

Straps his Magnum on once more

Feeds the cat he lives with

Since his wife walked out the door

In nine years he'll retire with a pension.

Everyday he suffers

'Cause he sees all kinds of pain

Sometimes feels helpless

In a world that's gone insane

Then he wins a battle

It restores his faith again

It's only human kindness he is after.

He is a Policeman, you know

All the years and nothing to show

He is a Policeman, you know.

Every night he comes home

With a sixpack all alone

Feeds the cat he lives with

He picks up the telephone

Needs to talk with someone

But the only love he's known

Was lost forever, he is a Policeman.

He is a Policeman, you know

All the years and nothing to show

He is a Policeman, you know

All the years and nothing to show

Words and music by Robert Lamm

(c) 1977 Sacha Songs and Big Elk Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


5) Take Me Back To Chicago

Take me back to Chicago

Lay my soul to rest

Where my life was free and easy

Remember me at my best.

Take me back to Chicago

Where music was all I had

I tried to be good as I could

And sometimes that made me sad.

Take me back to Chicago, to Chicago

Why don't you take me back

Take me back, take me back

To Chicago.

I still dream of the Lake of peacefulness

The warm summer breeze

'Cause my life was so much simpler then

Street corners and Tastee Freeze.

Take me back to Chicago

'Cause hustlin's not my style

L.A. was just a bit too hard

I wish I could be a child

Livin' back in Chicago, in Chicago

Why don't you take me back

Take me back, take me back

To Chicago.

Take me back to Chicago

Lay my soul to rest

Where my life was free and easy

Remember me at my best.

Take me back to Chicago

'Cause hustlin's not my style

L.A. was just a bit too hard

I wish I could be a child.

Livin' back in Chicago, in Chicago

Why don't you take me back

Take me back, take me back

To Chicago.

Take me back, take me back....

Words and music by Danny Seraphine and David "Hawk" Wolinski

(c) 1977 Balloon Head Music and Big Elk Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


6) Vote For Me

Vote for me, vote for me

I want the nomination for the Presidency

Vote for me, vote for me

If I am elected, this is how it will be.

I'll cut your tax in half

I'll make the Russians laugh

I'll feed the hungry people everywhere.

I'll bring the railroads back

New trains and new track

>From Waikiki to old Deleware.

Vote for me, vote for me

I want the nomination for the Presidency

Vote for me, vote for me

If I am elected, this is how it will be.

I'll give Detroit one year

New cars that run on beer

Or anything except gasoline.

I'm looking to the sun

More power for everyone

And the cleanest sky that you've ever seen.

I'm not going to kid you, there's a lot to do

Little can I promise, it's really up to you

But if we all work together

And I think we can

And if you want some new ideas

Then I'm your man.

Vote for me, vote for me

I want the nomination for the Presidency

Vote for me, vote for me

If I am elected, this is how it will be.

I'll work for global peace

And the sweet release

Of the love and human kindness in us all.

I would give all I've got

You just give me a shot

Somehow, I know that I can win the fall.

Words and music by Robert Lamm

(c)1977 Sacha Songs and Big Elk Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


7) Takin' It On Uptown

Walkin' through the fog on a cold and cloudy night

Lookin' through the smog that surrounds the mornin' light

The shades of brown. It gets me down, exactly like my life

I don't deserve the hand I'm dealt: a flush in spades of strife.

I've grown tired of speeches that are nothing but a bore

So I'm rounding up the broken me and headin' on out the door

Without no lag I'm packin' my bag of discontented frowns

And hopping numer eighty-six, the first train that is freedom bound.

Got my bag of many frowns and I'm takin' it on uptown.

Big city lights

Funkier nights

Happier days

Goin' my way

It should be right

But I'm still uptight

Hey, I better put down

And get movin' on

I'm through with aggravation

Don't deserve the degradation

I'm putting all the negatives down

To hop the train that's feedom bound for uptown.

Got my bag of many frowns and I'm takin' it on uptown.

Lyrics by Fred Kagan

Music by Terry Kath

(c)1977 Uptown Music Inc. and Big Elk Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


8) This Time

This time I've found a love to treasure

One that's impossible to measure

The future looks bright, the moment feels so right

Just being near you brings me pleasure.

This time the both of us can see

How we can love and still feel free

You came into sight, I saw a whole new light

I found out what happiness can be.

'Cause Baby

I'd given up

Ever finding

Someone

To share my life

Forever.

This time we'll make it

Baby, we see

Nothing can take it from you and me

This time I feel it, like never before

Each day I love you more.

This time our search for love has ended

All of our goals in life have blended

And baby tonight, I'll love your body, make you feel right

We'll see all our troubles can all be mended.

This time we'll make it

Baby, we see

Nothing can take it from you and me

This time I feel it, like never before

Each day I love you more and more.

Words and music by Lee Loughnane

(c)1977 Com Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


9) The Inner Struggles Of A Man

10) Prelude (Little One)

Lying here as the morning light shines in

Can't believe the reflections from within

To look at your face takes me to a place

That reminds me of the lovely lady I once loved.

Words and music by Danny Seraphine, David "Hawk" Wolinski, & Dominic Frontiere

(c)1977 Balloon Head Music and Big Elk Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.


11) Little One

Little one it's so nice to have you near me

To feel once again the love you bring here

Ooh my little one, I am sorry for the pain you've felt

Say the word and daddy will make it disappear.

Oh my little one

Bring your love here

Little one

I need you near

Little one

Don't live in fear of the future

'Cause I will always be there.

Oh my little one

Music is my life, I hope you understand

Travelling on the road with me you can see the way we live

Oh my little one

I will always cherish these days with you

As time goes by I hope you see the love I tried to give.

Oh my little one

Let your love flow

My little one

Like a flower you'll grow

Someday you'll have your own little one

And you will always be there.

Little one, it's so nice to have you near me

To feel once again the love you bring here

Ooh my little one, I am sorry for the pain you've felt

Say the word and daddy will make it disappear.

Oh my little one

Bring your love here

Little one

I need you near me

Little one

Don't live in fear of the future

'Cause I will always be there.

Oh my little one

Let your love flow

My little one

Like a flower you'll grow

Someday you'll have your own little one

And you will always be there.

My little one...

Words and music by Danny Seraphine, David "Hawk" Wolinski, & Dominic Frontiere

(c)1977 Balloon Head Music and Big Elk Music (ASCAP)

Used by permission. All rights reserved.





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