Chris Clark – “Love’s Gone Bad,’ “I Wanna Go Back There Again,” & “I Like Everything About You!

“Soul Sounds,” is the debut album by soul singer Chris Clark, released in 1967 (catalogue number MOS 664). As a white artist on a label for which artists were predominantly black, the album made Clark a cult heroine. The album is considered one of Motown’s most collectable.

Christine Elizabeth Clark (born February 1, 1946), is an American soul, jazz, and blues singer, who recorded for Motown Records. Clark became known to Northern Soul fans for hit songs such as 1965’s “Do Right Baby Do Right” (by Berry Gordy) and 1966’s “Love’s Gone Bad” (Holland-Dozier-Holland). She later co-wrote the screenplay for the 1972 motion picture Lady Sings the Blues starring Diana Ross, which earned Clark an Academy Award nomination.

Clark was born in Santa Cruz, California. Clark produced a prominent chart hit on Motown’s subsidiary label “V.I.P.” with “Love’s Gone Bad”, which reached #105 pop, and #41 R&B in the U.S. in 1966. In Canada, the song made it to #95 on the RPM 100. In 1967, Clark released her first album entitled Soul Sounds on the Motown label. The album featured twelve songs including a rare Motown ballad called “If You Should Walk Away” (Berry Gordy, Jr.) which was slated for release as a single, but never was. Another notable recording was the 1967 U.K. single “I Want To Go Back There Again” (Berry Gordy, Jr). She recorded one more album for Motown on its newly-created rock label Weed entitled CC Rides Again (1969). The Belgian label Marginal released a CD of “Soul Sounds” made from the original master tapes (with unaltered mixes) and it contains the songs from Soul Sounds, 5 songs from CC Rides Again and 3 unreleased singles. A 50-track double-CD from Universal Music was released in 2005 entitled Chris Clark: The Motown Collection includes Soul Sounds, C.C. Rides Again, and many unreleased Motown recordings. A reissue and remastered version of the Soul Sounds album was released by the Reel Music label in April 2009, the first time the album was issued on CD in the U.S. Clark became famous in England as the “white Negress” (a nickname meant as a compliment), because the six-foot platinum blonde, blue-eyed soul singer toured with fellow Motown artists, who were predominantly black.

Clark co-wrote the screenplay for the 1972 motion picture Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. During the early 1970s, she was an executive with Motown’s Film and Television Production Division in Los Angeles. In 1975 Clark was the Creative Assistant on the motion picture Mahogany. Ultimately Clark served as Head of Creative Affairs for Motown from 1981 to 1989.

Clark performed the song “The Ghosts of San Francisco”, written by R. Christian Anderson and John Thomas Bullock, for the feature film When the World Came to San Francisco in 2015. The music video for the song was winner of the “Mixed Genre Jazz Film Award” at the New York Jazz Film Festival in November 2016. Clark currently lives in Santa Rosa, California and continues to work as a screenwriter, fine art photographer and singer.

Marriage

In 1982 she married Academy Award-winning screenwriter and novelist Ernest Tidyman. She was his fourth wife. He died from complications from a perforated ulcer in 1984 in London.

Song Lyrics –

Ah I feel a pounding in my brain
Ice-cold water runnin' through my veins
Got a bad taste in my mouth from bitter tears
Heart so sad 'cause love's gone bad

I see a rainbow all in black
Must be a sign that you ain't comin' back
Wake up at night callin' your name
I see a face on my window pane
I've been this way since you've been gone
Without your love I can't go on
Look in the mirror, what do I see? 
A cryin' face, kinda looks like me
Now where's the love you promised me? 
Where's he tenderness to comfort me? 

Every time some love I choose
I seem to always be the one to lose
Bad taste in my mouth from bitter tears
Heart fells sad 'cause love's gone bad
Love's gone bad, heart fells bad

Black crows flying up above
It's a sign that I live life without love
signs on the man, signs on the sea
signs everywhere I said I'm destined to be
And this world where nothing's right
Since you've been gone I can't sleep at night
You said you'd be true to me
Instead you made a fool out of me
Heart feels sad, love's gone bad 

Song Lyrics –

[Chorus]
I want to go back there again
I want to go back there again
Go back to the bridge I crossed
Go back to the love I lost
(Go back) like it used to be
(Go back) just you and me

[Verse 3]
I love you
Oh, what can I do?
What can I do?
Oh, what can I do?

Now you left me in a world of my own
Left me to face life alone
And buddy I needn’t explain
That your love shouldn’t mean a thing to me
They ain’t never seen the rainbows and
They ain’t never been to the place we’ve been, yeah

[Chorus]
I want to go back there again
I want to go back there again
Go back to the bridge I crossed
Go back to the love I lost
(Go back) like it used to be
(Go back) just you and me
(I want to go back there again) yes I do
(I want to go back there again) yeah, yeah, yeah
Go back to the bridge I crossed
Go back to the love I lost
(Go back) like it used to be
(Go back) just you and me
(I want to go back there again)
(I want to go back there again)

Song Lyrics –

While looking out my window
I thought how lucky can I be
Of all the girls in the world
You chose me, unworthy me

And as I wipe my happy, crying eyes
Suddenly I realize
I can’t do without you
‘Cause there’s so many things I like about you

I like the way you please me
By telling me you need me
I like it
I like everything about you

I like the way you hold me
I like the tenderness you show me
Matter of fact
I like everything about you

It’s the little things you do, my darling
That make me feel l’m in a better world
It’s hard to explain
Oh right now I’ma do the best I can

I like the way you touch my hair
The way you let me know you understand
I like it
I like everything about you

I like the way you call my name
Soft and sweet and truly plain
I like it
I like everything about you

Whenever loneliness gets hard to bear
I call you ’cause I know you care
That’s why I just can’t help
But like everything about you

I like the way you call my name
I listen now, I like the way you understand
I like the way you
The things you do

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