Steve Winwood: Roll With It

Steve Winwood Jun 21, 1988 Virgin Records
# Title Duration
1 Play Roll with It (Winwood, Jennings)
When life is too much, roll with it, baby
Don't stop and lose your touch, oh no, baby
Hard times knocking on your door, I'll tell them you ain't there no more

Get on through it, roll with it, baby
Luck'll come and then slip away, you've gotta move, bring it back to stay

You just roll with it, baby, come on and just roll with it, baby
You and me, roll with it, baby, hang on and just roll with it, baby

The way that you love is good as money
I swear by stars above, sweet as honey
People think you're down and out, you show them what it's all about
You can make it, roll with it, baby
When this world turns its back on you, hang in and do that sweet thing you do

You just roll with it, baby, you just roll with it, baby
Come on and just roll with it, baby, you and me, just roll with it, baby

Now there'll be a day you'll get there, baby, you'll hear the music play, you'll dance, baby
You'll leave bad times way behind, nothing but good times on your mind
You can do it, roll with it, baby
Then you'll see life will be so nice, it's just a step up to paradise
You just roll with it, baby, you just roll with it, baby
You and me, just roll with it, baby, Come on and just roll with it, baby
05:20
2 Play Holding On (Winwood, Jennings)
Used to live in the danger zone, any day it could get too rough
Now I'm glad I kept holding on, now I'm glad I had soul enough
You turned night into day and showed me how my soul could sing

You took my hurt away and showed me love conquers anything
When two hearts both feel the same, there's a way to beat the game

Holding on, now I'm standing in the light
Holding on, and this time I've got it right
Holding on, every day and every night
Holding on.

Fall asleep in your lover's arms and it's just like it ought to be
Just be thankful she keeps you warm in a world where there's nothing free
Give her love every day and pay attention when she dreams
And she'll be good to you 'cause sometimes love is just what it seems
When two hearts both feel the same, there's a way to beat the game

See the mountain water running down into streams
How it holds on forever, we'll be holding on forever

People soul-searching all night long for a reason to help them live
And I do hope they hear this song, get through take and you get to give
It can be in a smile, it can be there in a touch
It warms the world awhile, when it's love it can't be too much
06:15
3 Play The Morning Side (Winwood, Jennings)
You meet every kind of person moving toward the morning side
You see the good and the bad, the eyes are sad
You play every midnight gambler before you see the light
On the morning side, the morning side

You feel every heat and passion moving towards the morning side

To earn one more second chance, you learn the dance
When you finally climb the mountain, you see the other side
It's the morning side, the morning side

Now my life has changed and now my eyes can see
Now I'm living on the morning side
Now I'm letting all the sunlight into me
Now I'm free

And I know I'll never pass that way again
That dark journey to the morning side
On the morning side I feel my life begin
Let's begin
05:14
4 Play Put on Your Dancing Shoes (Winwood, Jennings)
So much going on out there, leaves us hanging in the air
And it's all that we can do to face each day and see it though
Life's a dance, put on your dancing shoes, take a chance

You can't shut your eyes to pain, faces crying in the rain
You can't keep it all inside, you need some way to let it ride
Life's a dance, put on your dancing shoes, take a chance

When you're all over, when you know you've done all that you can do
Put on your dancing shoes, it'll see you through

Voices shouting in the street, life lived to a ragged beat
Someone's world is tumbling down, and who's the saint and where's the clown?
Life's a dance, put on your dancing shoes, take a chance

When you're all over, when you know you've done all that you can do
Put on your dancing shoes, it'll see you through
When time is flying, when you know there's no end to these modern blues
Put on your dancing shoes, it'll see you through
05:11
5 Play Don't You Know What the Night Can Do? (Winwood, Jennings)
Hear the night music playing? Don't you know what it's saying?
We should feel it together forever
Feel the beat and just hold on to the sweet midnight flowing
Feel the music inside you, I'll be there too
Now's the time that our dreams are finally coming true
Feels so good we're crying
Now's the time when it's down to me and you
Spread these wings - we'll be flying

Don't you know what the night can do?
Don't you know when it's touching you?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Time to show all your feeling, all the night is revealing
Let the rhythm enfold you, let me hold you
And we turn into music, now we never will lose it
When the rhythm and night ride, no heart can hide
There are times that never ever come again, memories there for making
When the night comes, we better let it in, all this love for the taking

Don't you know what the night can do?
Don't you know when it's touching you?
Won't you help me to let it through?
Don't you know what the night can do?
06:54
6 Play Hearts on Fire (Winwood, Jim Capaldi)
Night was falling and my chances were low
Nothing was happening, I was ready to go
Then I saw her walking through that door
And I knew right then I had to get me some more

Moved up close, up next to the bar
There she sat, lookin' like a movie star
Went up and asked her, 'Do you mind if I sit?'
She said, 'No, but if you see a chance, you'd better take it.'
Just the two of us sat talking together
The music and people all drifting away

Hearts on fire, burning with love
We were written in the stars above
Take us higher to the things that we know
There's no other place we can go

Told her everything that happened to me
A thousand limousines and the women for free
She said, 'That's when these words'll ring true -
You ain't nobody 'till somebody loves you.'
Love came to me the minute I saw her
I wanted to make her part of my life

Just the two of us sat talking together
I wanted to make her part of my life
05:15
7 Play One More Morning (Winwood, Jennings)
In the sky, light is coming, so glad we all have this day
We all want one more morning just to know the night won't stay
Lift my eyes to the dawning to see the life start again
Just to see one more morning, just to feel it all begin
Just to have this day and life starting all over, for all it may bring

A blessing on everything and one more song I can sing

One more day, one more memory, one more link in the chain
We all want one more morning just to feel it all again
Just to have this day and life starting all over, for all it may bring

A blessing on everything and one more song I can sing
In the arms we were born in, in the arms that will take us home
We all want one more morning, then we'll take the night to come
04:58
8 Play Shining Song (Winwood, Jennings)
Baby's eyes - feel them looking at me
Realize what I would have her see
Realize how dark this world can be
That's why I better keep shining, shining, keep shining right down the line

Love's a light - it keeps leading us on
When it's right, it'll shine till we're gone
keep it bright out there in the unknown
You know we better keep shining, shining, keep shining right down the line

Here's my shining song, I hope you can see it
Here's my shining song, from the heart
Here's my shining song, and I know you need it
If we keep shining on, we'll never shine alone

Love the night, 'cause that's when I hold you
Feel the might of all the things we do
Oh, the sight when we're both coming through
I love you 'cause you keep shining, shining
Keep shining right down the line

So shine - just show the world how bright the world can be
Let it shine - so every heart can see

Shining star - lead us on through our lives
You're so far, but your light still arrives
Shining star, shine for all who still cry
It helps to know you're still shining, shining
You're shining right down the line
05:28

PLAYERS:

Steve Winwood: Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Organ (Hammond), Programming, Moog Synthesizer, Producer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff: Art Direction
Jimmy Brawlower: Percussion, Drum Machine
Lee Charteris: Production Coordinator
John Clarke: Executive Producer
Mick Haggerty: Art Direction, Design
Wayne Jackson: Trombone, Trumpet
Ted Jensen: Mastering
Bashiri Johnson: Percussion
Mary Kettle: Assistant Engineer
Jeff Lord-Alge: Assistant Engineer
Tom Lord-Alge: Tambourine, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Andrew Love: Tenor Sax
Tessa Niles: Vocals (bckgr)
Paul Pesco: Guitar
Herb Ritts: Photography
John “J.R.” Robinson: Drums
Paul Shubat: Assistant Engineer
Mark Williamson: Vocals (bckgr)

NOTES: Debut date: 07/09/88, Peak Position: 1, Weeks on Chart: 45
Non-album tracks: “Always” (instrumental), “In the Light of Day” (instrumental version). "Always" was the b-side to "One and Only Man", while the instrumental version of "In the Light of Day" was the b-side to "I Will Be Here". The instrumental version, an edit of the album version's backing track, runs for about 6 minutes and contains some improvisational work at the end which is not on the album version. In 1990, cassette singles were popular, and both of this album's singles were released in cassette single format. There were also CD singles with these b-sides.
These non-album tracks are notable because Steve Winwood rarely produced non-album songs.
Roll with It is Steve Winwood’s fifth solo album. It topped the album charts in the United States, and has sold over three million copies. The single "Roll with It" topped the pop singles and the album rock singles charts, while "Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?", which reached #6 on the U.S. Pop chart, and #1 on the Album Rock chart, and "Holding On", which reached #11 on the U.S. Pop Chart, and #2 on the Album Rock chart, were also big hits. "Hearts on Fire" and "Put on Your Dancing Shoes" also saw radio airplay.

AWARDS:

Best Engineered Album, Non Classical, 1988 Grammy Awards
RIAA Certified 2x Multi-Platinum
BPI Certified Gold

SINGLES:

Roll With It - Debut date: 06/11/88, Peak Position: 1, Weeks on Chart: 18
Don't You Know What the Night Can Do? - Debut date: 08/20/88, Peak Position: 6, Weeks on Chart: 17
Holding On - Debut date: 11/26/88, Peak Position: 11, Weeks on Chart: 17
Hearts on Fire - Debut date: 03/18/89, Peak Position: 53, Weeks on Chart: 9