♫ Just The Two Of Us ♫

There seems to be a steady stream of songs that run through my head these days.  I no sooner banish one ear worm than another pops in.  No wonder there isn’t room in my head for coherent thoughts … it is filled up with tunes!  Ah well, they are all good tunes, old friends as it were.  Last night, when I was in search of a good version of Pastime Paradise, Google recommended another … Just the Two of Us … released in 1980 by Grover Washington and Bill Withers.

Grover Washington was a very respected Jazz saxophone player who died of a heart attack in 1999. Bill Withers is a songwriter and vocalist responsible for songs like Lean On Me and Ain’t No Sunshine. Withers sang lead on this, but it was credited to Washington and appeared on his album.

According to Withers …

“I’m a little snobbish about words, so they sent me this song and said ‘We want to do this with Grover, would you consider singing it?’ I said, ‘Yeah, if you’ll let me go in and try to dress these words up a little bit.’ Everybody that knows me is kind of used to me that way. I probably threw in the stuff like the crystal raindrops. The ‘Just The Two Of Us’ thing was already written. It was trying to put a tuxedo on it. I didn’t like what was said leading up to ‘Just The Two Of Us.'”

When Withers went in to record his vocals, it was the first time he met Washington. They were rarely together when they recorded this, and they never got to know each other very well. Withers admired Washington because Grover did the first cover version of any song he’d written – an instrumental version of Ain’t No Sunshine that appeared on his first album.

Just the Two of Us
Grover Washington Jr.

I see the crystal raindrops fall
And the beauty of it all
Is when the sun comes shining through
To make those rainbows in my mind
When I think of you sometime
And I wanna spend some time with you

Just the two of us
We can make it if we try
Just the two of us
(Just the two of us)
Just the two of us
Building castles in the sky
Just the two of us
You and I

We look for love, no time for tears
Wasted water’s all that is
And it don’t make no flowers grow
Good things might come to those who wait
Not for those who wait too late
We gotta go for all we know

Just the two of us
We can make it if we try
Just the two of us
(Just the two of us)
Just the two of us
Building them castles in the sky
Just the two of us
You and I

I hear the crystal raindrops fall
On the window down the hall
And it becomes the morning dew
And darling when the morning comes
And I see the morning sun
I wanna be the one with you

Just the two of us
We can make it if we try
Just the two of us, just
(Just the two of us)
Just the two of us
Building big castles way up high
Just the two of us
You and I

(Just the two of us)
(We can make it, just the two of us)
(Just the two of us)

Songwriters: Ralph Mac Donald / William Salter / William Harrison Withers Jr.
Medley: Just the Two of Us lyrics © Bleunig Music, BMG Rights Management

14 thoughts on “♫ Just The Two Of Us ♫

  1. Bill Withers was from my area, Beckley, WV. He was well gone by the time that I was there, but you know how it is with home town heroes. Whenever he did something, it’d be in our newspapers and television shows. Love the song, of course.

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    • Oh yes … how well I know the hometown hero syndrome … everyone wants their little bit of claim to fame, y’know. 😉 Beckley, WV, eh? I’ve been through there a time or two. Lived in Wise, Virginia, just across the KY border, for about 15 years.

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    • This one sometimes just pops into my head for no reason, but this time I blame it on Google for planting the seed. Yep, it’s no wonder there’s room for little else in a head so filled with worms, eh? 😉
      Cwtch

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  2. I love this one, but could not have told you who had done it–thanks for the reminder. The voice does sound like Bill Withers to me now, and yet somehow I forgot and recalled the female voices in the background somehow–

    I think I told you I often listen to dustydiscsradio.com lately, billed as the best Canadian hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s–and they dig up things I haven’t heard in decades, and things that never made it to the US or UK, so i have been really enjoying them. You might too.

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