Honey Don't Leave L.A.

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"Honey Don't Leave L. A." is a song written by Danny Kortchmar. It was first recorded by Attitudes, a band consisting of Kortchmar, Paul Stallworth, Jim Keltner and David Foster, who met while backing George Harrison on his album Extra Texture (Read All About It). It was released on Attitudes' self-titled debut album in 1976. It was also released as a promotional single on Harrison's Dark Horse Records label. The lyrics of "Honey Don't Leave L. A." are a plea to an "errant paramour. " Following a live solo performance in 2013, Kortchmar noted that he "was trying to be sensitive. We were all trying to be sensitive back then.""Honey Don't Leave L. A." was later covered by James Taylor, for whom it became a minor hit. Taylor included his version of "Honey Don't Leave L. A." on his 1977 album JT. David Sanborn played saxophone on the track. It was also released as the third single from the album, following "Handy Man" and "Your Smiling Face," which both reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. Released more than six months after "Your Smiling Face" in February 1978. the "Honey Don't Leave L. A." single did not perform as well, peaking at #61. It also reached #63 in Canada. Kortchmar, who played guitar on Taylor's JT album encouraged Taylor to record "Honey Don't Leave L. A." Kortchmar later told Musician that he regretted having encouraged Taylor to record "more rock 'n' roll songs like 'Honey Don't Leave L. A.'" because that was not Taylor's forte. However, Taylor enjoyed recording the song, and his recording received praise from critics. Taylor biographer Timothy White described it as "humorous" and as "one of JT's best uptempo tracks." Billboard described it as the "funkiest" of JT's three singles. Billboard particularly praised Sanborn's saxophone for adding to the track's "enthusiasm" and the "playful" way Taylor sang some French phrases, comparing his approach to the way Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder incorporated French phrases into contemporary recordings. Rolling Stone critic Peter Herbst describes the song as "seething" and praises Taylor as "a pretty convincing rock singer" on the track. Herbst particularly praises Taylor's "rough" and "authoritative" singing on the line "They don't know nothing down in St. Tropez." Authors Don and Jeff Breithaupt described it as "chunky, soulful rock." Seattle Post-Intelligencer critic James Arellano described it as a "fun and unexpected selection" from the compilation album The Essential James Taylor."Honey Don't Leave L. A." became a popular song in Taylor's live concerts, often with Sanborn playing saxophone. Taylor played the song as part of his set for the No Nukes concert at Madison Square Garden in September 1979, and it was included in the 1980 live album of the concert. Juan Rodriguez of The Montreal Gazette called the song one of the highlights of the album. Allmusic critic William Ruhlmann lamented the exclusion of "Honey Don't Leave L. A." from Taylor's 2000 compilation album Greatest Hits Volume 2, but the song was included on the 2013 compilation album The Essential James Taylor. 


Year:
1980
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That limousine in which you made the scene suits you to a 'T'
If all you want to be is somebody that don't never walk.
That big chateau where you want to go in the south of France,
Gonna end our big romance. Don't you do it.

Honey, don't leave L. A., that Riviera is so far away.
Begging you s'il vous plait, they don't know nothing down in St. Tropez.
Baby don't leave L. A.

I heard it said that you had it made with you movie star, but, oh, how right you are.
If that's really 'bout the best you can do,
You moved my soul so I played the role of your back door man.
Yes and now I can't really complain cause I love you.

Honey, don't leave L. A., that Riviera is so far away.
Begging you sil vous plait, they don't know nothing down in St. Tropez.
Baby don't leave L. A.

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James Taylor

James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. more »

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