Songwriters Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw

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Desmond Child & Brett James with Guest Erika Ender

A new, intimate music performance and storytelling series that puts the spotlight on the songwriters of some of music’s biggest hits across pop, rock and country. Songwriters featured in this episode include Desmond Child and Brett James, with special guest Erika Ender.

AIRED: October 16, 2019 | 0:57:18
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♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Hello!

[ Laughs ]

Hello.

[ Applause ]

Oh, go on. Go on!

No, really, go on. No, stop.

Stop it some more.

[ Piano plays "I was here" ]

♪ You will notice me

♪ I'll be leaving my mark

♪ Like initials carved in an old oak tree ♪

♪ You wait and see

♪ Maybe I'll write like Twain wrote ♪

♪ Maybe I'll paint like Van Gogh ♪

♪ Cure the common cold, I don't know ♪

♪ But I'm ready to start

♪ 'Cause I know in my heart

♪ I want to do something that matters ♪

♪ Say something different

♪ Something that sets the whole world on its ear ♪

♪ I want to do something better ♪

♪ With the time I was given

♪ I want to try

♪ To touch a few hearts in this life ♪

♪ Leave nothing less

♪ Than something that says I was here ♪

[ Piano instrumental ]

♪ I will prove you wrong

♪ If you think I'm all talk

♪ You're in for a shock

♪ 'Cause this drink is too strong ♪

♪ And before too long

♪ Maybe I'll compose symphonies ♪

♪ Maybe I'll fight for world peace ♪

♪ 'Cause I know it's my destiny ♪

♪ To leave more than a trace of myself in this place ♪

♪ I want to do something that matters ♪

♪ Say something different

♪ Something that sets the whole world on its ear ♪

♪ I want to do something better ♪

♪ With the time I was given

♪ I want to try

♪ To touch a few hearts in this life ♪

♪ Leave nothing less

♪ Than something that says I was here ♪

♪ I know that I will do more

♪ Than just pass through this life ♪

♪ I'll leave nothing less

♪ Than something that says I was here ♪

♪ I was here

[ Piano instrumental ]

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ] Victoria Shaw, everybody!

Thank you so much!

I'm here. You're here. We're all here!

That makes me so happy.

Welcome to "Songwriters Under the Covers."

It sounds so dirty, but it's

"Songwriters Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw."

I'm your bus driver for the night.

So, thank you for coming.

And for those of you that haven't been here before,

this is basically me inviting my very talented songwriter friends

to sit around and play songs that they've written,

songs that you probably have heard.

Some may be new, some may be hits.

And they'll tell the stories behind the song,

and we just have fun.

There's no rehearsal.

I mean, he literally just got off of a plane.

There's no rehearsal because rehearsals are for suckers.

All right?

You guys want to see us warts and all,

all the mistakes, all the fun,

just three friends sitting around, having fun.

And what friends I have for you tonight.

Oh, my gosh. I don't know where to start.

Let's see. Where should I start? Oh! Start to my left.

This handsome gentleman here has had

26 number-one records...

[ Cheers and applause ]

...and a Grammy

and has had cuts in pop and country and rock.

And he is so incredibly talented

and one of Nashville's very favorite, favorite songwriters.

Please give it up for Mr. Brett James.

[ Cheers and applause ]

And to my right is one of my dearest, oldest friends.

Not oldest -- We're old friends.

We go back a very long time.

He is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He has been on 500 million records,

and I'm not, like, exaggerating.

His songs are on 500 million records.

That's a real thing. That's a real thing.

It happened. He has --

I mean, and billions of streams and so many number ones.

He just -- He's amazing, and I'm just --

But who's counting? But who's counting?

And he's extremely humble. Mr. Desmond Child.

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Guitar strums ]

We're just going to kick it off with you, Brett.

I guess I'll start. Are you guys good tonight?

[ Cheers and applause ] Yeah!

So, we all have a process.

I've been very blessed over my career.

I haven't had Desmond's kind of deal,

but I've had over 500 of my songs recorded, right?

And that sounds like a lot

until you realize how many songs you've written.

And I've written, like, over 3,500 songs,

which means I've spent around 3,000 days making zero dollars.

[ Light laughter ]

But I do -- But I've been lucky

with those songs that I have had recorded.

I've had about half of them recorded by women

over the years, and I have a process.

We all have a songwriting process.

My process for writing songs for women is

I have a little bubble bath thing that I do

and, like, some pinot grigio, you know, and some candles.

That's not true at all.

But I love to write songs for women.

It's really weird to play them for groups of people.

But I'm going to get in touch with my feminine side

a little bit on this one.

We were in touch with our angry feminine side

this particular day.

We wrote this song for Kelly Clarkson a few years back.

It's called "Mr. Know It All."

♪ Mr. Know It All

♪ Well, you, you think you know it all ♪

♪ But you don't know a thing at all ♪

♪ Ain't it something, y'all? ♪

♪ When somebody tells you something about you ♪

♪ Think they know you more than you do ♪

♪ So you take it down, another pill to swallow ♪

♪ Well, Mr. Bring Me Down ♪

♪ Well, you, you like to bring me down, don't you? ♪

♪ But I ain't laying down, no ♪

♪ I ain't going down

♪ Ain't nobody gonna tell me how it's gonna be ♪

♪ Nobody is gonna make a fool out of me ♪

♪ You should know that I lead, not follow ♪

♪ Oh, you think that you know me ♪

♪ Know me

♪ That's why I'm leaving you lonely ♪

♪ Lonely

♪ 'Cause, baby, you don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ You don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ Well, Mr. Play Your Games ♪

♪ Only got yourself to blame ♪

♪ When you, you want me back again ♪

♪ But I ain't coming back again ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm living my truth without your lies ♪

♪ Let's be clear, baby, this is goodbye ♪

♪ I ain't coming back tomorrow ♪

♪ Oh, you think that you know me ♪

♪ Know me

♪ That's why I'm leaving you lonely ♪

♪ Lonely

♪ 'Cause, baby, you don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ You don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ You ain't got the right to tell me ♪

♪ When and where to go, no right to tell me ♪

♪ Acting like you own me lately ♪

♪ 'Cause, baby, you don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ You don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ Well, so what, you've got the world at your feet ♪

♪ Think you know everything about everything ♪

♪ Well, you don't

♪ You don't understand a single thing about me ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah

♪ Oh, you think that you know me ♪

♪ Know me

♪ That's why I'm leaving you lonely ♪

♪ Lonely

♪ 'Cause, baby, you don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ You don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ You ain't got the right to tell me ♪

♪ When and where to go, no right to tell me ♪

♪ Acting like you own me lately ♪

♪ 'Cause, baby, you don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ You don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ Mr. Know It All

♪ Well, you, you think you know it all ♪

♪ But you don't know a thing at all ♪

♪ 'Cause, baby, you don't know a thing about me ♪

♪ You don't know a thing about me ♪

Thank y'all so much.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Wow!

Shaw: I think that was a good one. Oh, you think?

That was amazing.

So, will you do my song request?

Which one? The Aerosmith song.

Aerosmith? Yeah.

Sure. The very first day --

I got, like, pushed into the Aerosmith world

by John Kalodner, their A&R guy.

And I got to Boston, they drove me,

you know, in the limo to this big warehouse.

They were set up like it was Madison Square Garden,

and, I mean, like, mountains of Marshall stacked amps,

and on the floor were like 100 guitars every color,

all in rows like armies.

And they were, like, working in a corner,

and Steven, you know, said, "Hey, you know, we're working on this thing.

Want to listen to it?"

And it went like this, like, "Da-da, da-da."

And then Steven started singing.

♪ Cruising for the ladies ♪

♪ Da-da, da-da

♪ Cruising

And it was, "Cruising for the ladies."

And they said, "Well, what do you think?"

And I said, "I think that's really bad."

And so, then, all of a sudden, Joe is, like, looking at me.

It's, like, I'm lucky

the roadies didn't escort me out at that second.

And so, then Steven said, "Well, you know,

I first started singing. 'Dude looks like lady.'"

But -- And then Joe said, "But we don't know what that means."

And I said, "Well, I know what that means."

[ Laughter ]

And I conned them into this whole story line about this,

like, you know, straight guy that goes into a bar

and then falls in love with this buxom blond on the stage,

goes backstage, and, you know, dude looks like a lady.

And so, the next day, I get there.

No one's there but Steven.

Joe refused to come to the session.

And so, we sat next to each other on a bench,

and he started telling me about his life

and how he had gotten clean and how he had married Teresa

and that she was her angel and all that.

And I said, "Angel."

And I started thinking about, "Remember when

Mick Jagger sang 'Angie'?"

And his mouth was like, "Angie,"

and it was, like, going like this.

I said, "I want to see his mouth do the same thing."

So, we came up with this.

♪ I'm alone

[ Piano plays ]

♪ Yeah, I don't know if I can face the night ♪

♪♪

♪ I'm in tears

♪ And the crying that I do is for you ♪

♪ I want your love

♪ Let's break the walls between us ♪

♪ Don't make it tough

♪ I'll put away my pride ♪

♪ Enough's enough

♪ I've suffered, and I've seen the light ♪

♪ Baby

♪ You're my angel

Both: ♪ Come and save me tonight

♪ Yeah

♪ You're my a-a-a-angel

♪ Come and make it all right ♪

You'll learn it by the second chorus.

Yeah, you'll see that's why we don't rehearse, everybody.

♪ Come and save me

♪ Tonight ♪ Tonight

Okay, right.

♪ Don't know what I'm gonna do ♪

♪ Oh

♪ About this feeling inside ♪

♪ Yes, it's true

♪ Loneliness took me for a ride ♪

♪ Oh

♪ Without your love

♪ I'm nothing but a beggar ♪

♪ Without your love

♪ A dog without a bone ♪

♪ What can I do?

♪ I'm sleeping in this bed alone ♪

♪ Ba-a-by

♪ You're my angel

♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ You're my a-a-a-angel

♪ Come and make it all right ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

♪ You're the reason I live ♪

♪ You're the reason I die ♪

♪ You're the reason I give ♪

♪ When I break down and cry ♪

♪ Don't need no reason why ♪

♪ Baby

♪ Baby

♪ Ba-a-by

♪ You're my angel

♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ You're my a-a-a-angel

♪ Come and make it all right ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

Sing along!

All: ♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

♪ Come and save me tonight

♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

♪ Come and save me tonight

♪ Come and save me tonight ♪

♪ Come and save me tonight

Desmond Child, everybody!

Whoo!

[ Cheers and applause ]

Wow! That's just iconic.

Iconic.

I would like an iconic right now.

Is that a special drink you could make me?

No.

All right. It's my turn.

I was so blown away by that song.

Well, now for something completely different.

Is Garth Brooks here?

No?

Okay, I wrote this song by myself.

[ Piano plays, light laughter ]

That's the Nashville way. Actually, I wrote this with --

I met Garth a long time ago, before he was Garth.

He was just Garth, which I thought was a funny name.

I'd never heard that name before.

And I lived in a little, tiny house in East Nashville,

and he'd come over, and we would write songs.

And before him, you know, nobody had done

what he ended up doing, playing arenas.

Nobody had played rock arenas or big arenas in country music.

And one day, he came over, and we wrote this song.

And afterwards, we recorded it.

We put it on the boom box.

Google that, y'all. Look it up.

[ Light laughter ]

And we put it on the boom box,

and we were playing it over and over and over again.

And he was sitting on the couch. I mean, I was sitting on the couch.

He was sitting on the floor, just playing it over and over.

And Garth said, "Can't you just imagine

a stadium full of people waiving their lighters

and singing this song?"

And I thought, "Oh, my God. This guy is so delusional."

A few years later,

I actually had the pleasure of opening for Garth

in this big historic Central Park concert...

[ Cheers and applause ]

...which was pretty cool.

And, you know, lo and behold, after my show, my part,

I sat back in the audience and watched about a million people

raising their lighters.

This was before iPhones, right? Woman: I was there.

You were there? Yeah!

I looked, like, this big, right, in a crowd of --

you know, on the stage.

You were there, too?

Oh, my gosh. That's amazing!

Well, then you know it was a perfect night.

They raised their lighters, and I was pretty --

pretty darn happy. [ Chuckles ]

[ Piano plays ]

♪♪

♪♪

♪ You know a dream is like a river ♪

♪ Ever changing as it flows [ Applause ]

♪ And a dreamer is just a vessel ♪

♪ That must follow where it goes ♪

♪ Trying to learn from what's behind you ♪

♪ Never knowing what's in store ♪

♪ Makes each day a constant battle ♪

♪ Just to stay between the shores ♪

♪ And I will sail my vessel ♪ ♪ Sail my vessel

Both: ♪ Till the river runs dry

♪ Like a bird upon the wind ♪

♪ These waters are my sky

♪ I'll never reach my destination ♪

♪ If I never try

♪ So I will sail my vessel

♪ Till the river runs dry

[ Piano instrumental ]

♪ Too many times we stood aside ♪

♪ And let the water slip away

♪ Till what we put off till tomorrow ♪

♪ Has now become today

♪ So don't you sit upon the shorelines ♪

♪ And say you're satisfied

♪ Choose to chance the rapids

♪ And dare to dance that tide

All: ♪ And I will sail my vessel

♪ Till the river runs dry

♪ Like a bird upon the wind

♪ These waters are my sky

♪ I'll never reach my destination ♪

♪ If I never try

♪ So I will sail my vessel

♪ Till the river runs dry

♪ And there's bound to be rough waters ♪

♪ And I know I'll take some falls ♪

♪ But with the good Lord as my captain ♪

♪ I can make it through them all ♪

If you know it, sing along!

♪ And I will sail my vessel

[ Rhythmic clapping ] ♪ Till the river runs dry

♪ Like a bird upon the wind

♪ These waters are my sky

♪ I'll never reach my destination ♪

♪ If I never try

♪ So I will sail my vessel

♪ Till the river runs dry

♪ Yes, I will sail my vessel

♪ Till the river runs dry

♪ Until the river runs dry

[ Cheers and applause ] Victoria Shaw, everybody!

Thank you!

Thank you so much.

[ Guitar plays ]

So, she just played a song that inspired people.

You know, as songwriters, we write silly songs, and --

We write a lot of silly songs. We write songs you can dance to.

We write songs that are meant to just make you laugh,

songs that are meant to just make you cruise along in your car.

And we've all had all kinds of those songs,

but the songs that, to me, mean the most

over the years of me doing this

are the songs that actually mean something to people.

And once in a while, we kind of stumble across something, an idea or a thing.

And I've had a few of these over my career where you hit a note

and it means something to people,

and, all of a sudden, you write a little song in a room one day,

and this megaphone called radio, or streaming now,

it goes out into the world,

and, all of a sudden, you start getting e-mails,

and you start -- people are finding you,

and they're writing you letters that, "Hey,

I was at a really hard time in my life

when I heard that song, and it means something to me."

Or, "My child was going through a really hard time

when they heard that song, and it meant something to us."

And that, as a songwriter, to me, is the greatest blessing

of what we do, that, you know,

we can make something kind of crazy up in a room one day

and it means something to people.

And I wrote this song with two of my dearest friends

in the world, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson.

And we were in Hillary's living room one day,

and we just drank coffee, and you throw out ideas.

And Gordie threw out this little title called

"When Jesus Takes the Wheel."

Audience: Oh.

Now -- "Oh," right?

Now that's kind of familiar, right?

At that point, I don't know that anyone had ever heard that,

and I certainly hadn't, and I laughed.

And I thought, "That must be the craziest thing I've ever heard."

So we got Jesus in a robe... driving a car somehow.

You know? And we kind of chuckled about it.

And we went on to 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 more ideas

that we thought we might write that day.

And somehow, we came back to this one,

and it was kind of the universe telling us to do that this day

because we wrote a little song about a girl driving to Cincinnati,

and this song meant something to people,

and so I'm going to play it for you now.

[ Guitar plays ]

♪♪

♪ She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati ♪

♪ On a snow-white Christmas Eve ♪

♪ Going home to see her mama and her daddy ♪

♪ With the baby in the back seat ♪

♪ Fifty miles to go, and she was running low ♪

♪ On faith and gasoline ♪

♪ It'd been a long, hard year ♪

♪ She had a lot on her mind, and she didn't pay attention ♪

♪ She was going way too fast ♪

♪ Before she knew it

♪ She was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass ♪

♪ She saw both their lives flash before her eyes ♪

♪ She didn't even have time to cry ♪

♪ She was so scared

♪ She threw her hands up in the air ♪

Y'all sing it with me if you know it.

♪ Jesus, take the wheel ♪

♪ Take it from my hands

♪ 'Cause I can't do this on my own ♪ ♪ On my own

♪ I'm letting go

♪ So give me one more chance ♪

♪ And save me from this road ♪ ♪ Road I'm on

♪ Jesus, take the wheel ♪

♪ It was still turning colder ♪

♪ When she made it to the shoulder ♪

♪ And the car came to a stop ♪

♪ She cried when she saw that baby in the back seat ♪

♪ Sleeping like a rock

♪ And for the first time in a long time ♪

♪ She bowed her head to pray ♪

♪ She said, "I'm sorry for the way ♪

♪ That I've been living my life" ♪

♪ I know I've got to change ♪

♪ So from now on tonight ♪

Both: ♪ Jesus, take the wheel ♪

♪ Take it from my hands

♪ Because I can't do this ♪

♪ On my own ♪ On my own

♪ I'm letting go ♪ I'm letting go

♪ So give me one more chance ♪

♪ And save me from this road I'm on ♪

♪ From this road I'm on ♪

♪ Jesus, take the whe-e-e-l ♪

♪ Oh, I'm letting go

♪ So give me one more chance ♪

♪ And save me from this road I'm on ♪

♪ From this road I'm on ♪

♪ Jesus, take the wheel ♪

♪♪

♪ Oh, take the wheel

[ Cheers and applause ] Thank y'all.

Thank you so much.

[ Cheers and applause continues ]

Now, that's a perfectly beautiful --

I mean, that's a perfectly written song. It's perfection.

It's perfection. That's perfection.

Yeah. That's a masterpiece.

Oh! [ Cheers and applause ]

You're very kind. Thank you. Brett James, man.

I was so enthralled by that song, I lost my place.

Desmond! Yes, dear?

This has been a night of requests.

He was like, "Well, what should I play,"

because he has so many songs to play from.

But I asked for a song that I just think is lovely and cool.

So, I got asked to write with

this kind of Christian boy band group of brothers called Hanson.

[ Audience cheers ]

And I was on my way to the session --

Well, they were kind of like the Brady Bunch

because I think Isaac was 16, Taylor was 14, and Zac was 9.

And, you know,

so I was driving up there, and I called Diane Warren.

Yes, there were cellphones then.

[ Chuckles ] And I told her I was going to write with them.

She said, "Desmond, you've reached your lowest low.

You're going to write with a 9-year-old?"

[ Light laughter ]

So, six million records later,

she called me for their phone number.

I guess that's when she hit her lowest low, right?

[ Laughter ]

[ Applause ]

And so, I always try to go into a session

with a song title in my back pocket.

And so, kids at that time, everything was weird.

This was weird. That was the cool word.

So we started writing this song "Weird,"

and actually, it's become one of my most favorite songs

because, to me, it became very personal.

I grew up in Miami. My mother was a Cuban immigrant.

I grew up poor

in the same projects where they filmed the movie "Moonlight."

And, you know, poverty is, like, terrible.

And I also was isolated, too, because I was gay,

so I didn't fit in with anything,

and I felt so weird.

And so, this is the song that -- it's one of my most favorite,

and it's very much inspired, also,

by my lyric idol Hal David,

who wrote all those gorgeous songs

with Burt Bacharach.

And you'll see why.

♪♪

♪ Isn't it weird?

♪ Isn't it strange?

♪ Even though we're just two strangers ♪

♪ On this runaway train

♪ We're both trying to find ♪

♪ A place in the sun

♪ We've lived in the shadows ♪

♪ But doesn't everyone?

♪ Isn't it strange

♪ How we all feel a little bit weird ♪

♪ Sometimes?

♪ Isn't it hard standing in the rain? ♪

♪ Yeah, you're on the verge of going crazy ♪

♪ And your heart's in pain ♪

♪ No one can hear

♪ But you're screaming so loud ♪

♪ You feel like you're all alone ♪

♪ In a faceless crowd

♪ Isn't it strange

♪ How we all feel a little bit weird ♪

♪ sometimes?

Both: ♪ Sitting on the side waiting for a sign ♪

♪ Hoping that my luck will change ♪

♪ Reaching for a hand that'll understand ♪

♪ Someone who feels the same ♪

♪ When you live in a cookie-cutter world ♪

♪ Being different is a sin ♪

♪ So you don't stand out ♪

♪ And you don't fit in ♪

♪ Weird

[ Piano instrumental ]

♪♪

♪ Whoa

♪ Sitting on the side waiting for a sign ♪

♪ Hoping that my luck will change ♪

♪ Reaching for a hand that'll understand ♪

♪ Someone who feels the same ♪

♪ When you live in a cookie-cutter world ♪

♪ Being different is a sin ♪

♪ So you don't stand out ♪

♪ And you don't fit in ♪

♪ Isn't it strange

♪ How we all feel a little bit weird? ♪

♪ Strange

♪ How we all get a little bit ♪

♪ Strange

♪ 'Cause we're all just a little bit weird ♪

♪ Sometimes

♪ Oh

♪ Just a little bit weird sometimes ♪

Desmond Child. Desmond Child, everybody!

Beautiful.

[ Cheers and applause ]

During these shows, I always like to have,

maybe if a friend is in town,

for them to pop up and sing one of their hits.

You know, a little special, special guest.

And tonight will not disappoint.

She's a new friend that I met through Desmond, actually,

but we've become -- I think we're sisters now.

And she has had, I think, over 200 songs recorded.

She has had 40 top number ones.

She is the premiere Latin --

you know, female Latin songwriter for the last 10 years from what I've heard.

Absolutely. Absolutely.

She was also the youngest inductee

into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Last year, yes. Yeah.

She's, like, the real thing.

And you are so lucky because she is in town just to do this,

which is a real girlfriend thing to do.

So please welcome the very incredibly beautiful,

talented, incredible songwriter Erika Ender.

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Laughs ]

So, we did this song --

If you want to know a little bit about the story of "Despacito."

Yes, absolutely.

So, I went to Fonsi's house one afternoon, and he tells me,

"You know, I want to start writing for my new material."

And then he tells me, "Since this morning,

I had this idea in my mind."

And he sings to me the first line of the chorus.

He sings, "Despacito."

And I thought it was genius.

And he goes... [ Sings in Spanish ]

Something like that.

Like, the phrasing was very close to what we did,

but then we changed some notes,

and we started writing the whole thing from scratch.

After he tells me, "Why don't we say something like

[speaks Spanish]?"

Do you know what that means?

You better not. [ Laughs ]

You know they get dirty down in the Latin-lyric thing.

A little spicy, yeah.

They know we don't understand it,

so they get a little bit spicy.

A little spicy.

So the thing is that I responded...

[ Speaks Spanish ]

Which you're not going to understand, either.

You're going to Google that later.

But that was the seed of the song,

and it's amazing to see the seed of all of our songs,

because this is what the industry is made of.

It's amazing how you guys can witness something

that doesn't get as real as this.

It's so spontaneous.

It's like going to any house of a songwriter

and sitting down and just sharing our --

the way --

It comes straight from the heart.

It all starts with a song.

[ Piano, guitar plays ]

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Si, sabes que ya llevo

♪ Un rato mirándote

♪ Tengo que bailar contigo hoy

♪ Vi que tu mirada ya estaba llaméndome ♪

♪ Muéstrame el camino que yo voy ♪

♪ Tú eres el imán y yo soy el metal ♪

♪ Me voy acerando y voy armando el plan ♪

♪ Solo con pensarlo se acelera el pulso ♪

♪ Ya, ya me está gustando más de lo normal ♪

♪ Todos mis sentidos van pidiendo más ♪

♪ Esto hay que tomarlo sin ningún apuro ♪

♪ Des...

Audience: ♪ ...Pacito

♪ Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito ♪

♪ Deja que ta diga cosas al oído ♪

♪ Para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo ♪

♪ Despa...

Audience: ♪ ...Cito

♪ Quiero desnudarte a besos despacito ♪

♪ Firmo en las paredes de tu laberinto ♪

♪ Y hacer de tu cuerpo todo un manuscrito ♪

♪ Quiero ver bailar tu pelo

♪ Quiero ser tu ritmo

♪ Que le enseñes a mi boca

♪ Tus lugares favoritos

♪ Déjame sobrepasar tus zonas de peligro ♪

♪ Hasta provocar tus gritos

♪ Y que olvides tu apellido

♪ Despacito

♪ Oh, oh

♪ Oh, oh

♪♪

♪ Ven que tengo toda mi piel esperandote ♪

♪ Pa hacer maravillas contigo

♪ Mm-mm-mm

♪ Tú eres el imán y yo soy el metal ♪

♪ No hay como parar lo que nos va a pasar ♪

♪ Solo con pensarlo se acelera el pulso ♪

♪ Mm-mm-mm

♪ Ya, ya me estás gustando más de lo normal ♪

♪ Todos mis sentidos van pidiendo más ♪

♪ Esto hay que tomarlo sin ningún apuro ♪

♪ Despacito

♪ Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito ♪

♪ Deja que te diga cosas al oído ♪

♪ Para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo ♪

♪ Despa...

Audience: ♪ ...Cito

♪ Quiero desnudarte a besos despacito ♪

♪ Firmo en las paredes de tu laberinto ♪

♪ Y hacer de tu cuerpo todo un manuscrito ♪

♪ Mm

♪ Quiero ver bailar tu pelo

♪ Quiero ser tu ritmo

♪ Que le enseñes a mi boca

♪ Tus lugares favoritos

♪ Déjame sobrepasar tus zonas de peligro ♪

♪ Hasta provocar tus gritos

♪ Y que olvides tu apellido

♪ Despacito

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Speaks Spanish ]

Bravo! Bravo!

Because they did rehearse. They do rehearse, right?

Let's spit that out. Okay.

♪ Pasito a pasito, suave suavecito ♪

♪ Nos vamos pegando, poquito a poquito ♪

♪ Cuando tú me besas con esa destreza ♪

♪ Veo que eres malicia con delicadeza ♪

♪ Pasito a pasito, suave suavecito ♪

♪ Nos vamos pegando, poquito a poquito ♪

♪ Y es que esa belleza es un rompecabezas ♪

♪ Pero pa montarlo aquí tengo la pieza ♪

♪ Despacito

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you. Erika Ender!

Victoria, Desmond, Brett.

Thank you so much.

[ Cheers and applause continues ]

All right. Well, speaking of Spanish, actually.

There's a story. This is good!

This is good because this song I wrote with Desmond

and our friend Gary Burr,

and Desmond was producing Ricky Martin's,

all his incredible hits at the time,

and Ricky was making a new album,

and so, Gary Burr and I wrote with Desmond one day.

We were trying to focus for Ricky.

And what's funny is --

And I remember this because he says

he likes to write from a title.

And I used to do that, but years ago,

I stumbled on that I just kind of like to write

from an interesting first line.

And I don't know. I never worry or panic.

It makes my cowriters a little worried,

like, "Don't you want to know where we're going?"

"No, we'll know. We'll get there."

And we started the song with a verse,

which you don't really like to do, but we did.

And in the middle of writing this song --

I don't know if you remember this --

I stopped, and I said, "You know what this is?

This is the balcony scene of 'Romeo and Juliet.'"

'Cause sometimes I need a movie in my head,

and then, all of a sudden, I can really, really start to write,

and that's what kind of came to mind.

So it became a big worldwide hit.

Twice. Twice. Oh, yes, and that's right!

And then Ricky did a solo version in Spanish,

so I actually have been at the top of the Spanish --

I have a number-one Spanish song!

[ Applause ]

I have!

"Ole" to that!

All right. So I think I'm going to do this.

Will you sing some harmony?

If I remember. Okay.

Never stopped you before. Come on.

Shaw and Child: ♪ Why?

♪ Why?

♪ Why?

♪ Why?

♪ Why?

♪ Why?

♪ There you are

♪ In a darkened room

♪ Feeling all alone

♪ Looking out the window

♪ Your heart is cold

♪ And lost the will to love

♪ Like a broken arrow

♪ Here I stand in the shadows

♪ Come to me, come to me

♪ Can't you see that

Both: ♪ Nobody wants to be lonely

♪ Nobody wants to cry

♪ My body is longing to hold you ♪

♪ So bad, it hurts inside

♪ Time is precious, and it's slipping away ♪

♪ And I've been waiting for you all of my life ♪

♪ Nobody wants to be lonely

♪ So why

♪ Why don't you let me love you? ♪

♪ Why?

Both: ♪ Why?

♪ Why?

♪ Do you hear my voice?

♪ Do you hear my song?

♪ It's a serenade

♪ So your heart can find me

♪ And suddenly, you're flying down the stairs ♪

♪ Into my arms, baby

♪ Before I start going crazy

♪ Run to me, run to me

♪ 'Cause I'm dying

Both: ♪ Nobody wants to be lonely

♪ Nobody wants to cry

♪ My body is longing to hold you ♪

♪ So bad, it hurts inside

♪ Time is precious, and it's slipping away ♪

♪ And I've been waiting for you all of my life ♪

♪ Nobody wants to be lonely

♪ So why

♪ Why don't you let me love you? ♪

♪ I want to feel you need me

♪ Just like the air you're breathing ♪

♪ I need you here in my life

♪ Don't walk away, don't walk away ♪

♪ Don't walk away

Both: ♪ Nobody wants to be lonely

♪ Nobody wants to cry

♪ Nobody wants to be lonely

♪ Nobody wants to cry

♪ My body is longing to hold you ♪

♪ So bad, it hurts inside

♪ Time is precious, and it's slipping away ♪

♪ And I've been waiting for you all of my life ♪

♪ Nobody wants to be lonely

♪ So why

♪ Why don't you let me love you? ♪

♪ Why?

Both: ♪ Why?

♪ Why?

♪ Why don't you let me love you, baby? ♪ ♪ Why?

♪ Love you, baby

♪ Why?

♪ Yeah

♪ Why?

♪ Why don't you let me love you? ♪ ♪ Love you

[ Cheers and applause ]

Victoria Shaw and Desmond Child, everybody!

Thank you!

That was pretty, Desmond.

[ Guitar plays ]

So, I turned 50 earlier this year.

[ Light applause ]

Give it up for the 50-plus group.

And I was...

I was sitting around my house, literally, on my birthday,

and I was like, "You know what?

I haven't made an album in about 25 years."

And I miss making music I like,

because sometimes songwriters don't get to write music we like.

We write songs -- we write music that other people --

it's for other people, sometimes.

And I spent the next three weeks

writing an album that I recorded and will be out later this year

I'm very excited about, by the way.

Whoo!

[ Applause ]

But...

Almost the whole record -- like, it's a big --

It's a soul record. It's horns and soul sisters,

and it's going to be so much fun to tour.

I'll be out there later this year touring this album.

But I'm going to play one song that I can kind of play on acoustic guitar.

Probably -- There are no country songs on the record.

This is sort of a country song,

but I'm going to play it for you anyway.

It's called "Lonely Ain't So Lonely."

[ Guitar plays ]

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Just a neon sign in a parking lot ♪

♪ TV is always on like the coffeepot ♪

♪ Ain't no fancy brands up there on the wall ♪

♪ But the spirits here, hell, they've seen it all ♪

♪ So if you're looking for somewhere to hide ♪

♪ Or just a place to ease your weary mind ♪

♪ Well, come on in and grab yourself a barstool ♪

♪ Chase that shot of whiskey with a beer ♪

♪ Dive on in the conversation ♪

♪ Send your troubles on vacation ♪

♪ 'Cause lonely ain't so lonely in here ♪

♪ An oasis on the edge of town ♪

♪ Where God's children lay their burdens down ♪

♪ Ain't no saints, no strangers to the rain ♪

♪ We're all broken here

♪ Don't you be ashamed

♪ Just come on in and grab yourself a barstool ♪

♪ Chase that shot of whiskey with a beer ♪

♪ Dive on in the conversation ♪

♪ Send your troubles on vacation ♪

♪ 'Cause lonely ain't so lonely in here ♪

♪ And just outside the door, that old wind still blows ♪

♪ And that cruel world keeps looking down ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ But you've got friends in here ♪

♪ With some good, cold beer ♪

♪ Some ice-cold beer

♪ And there's enough to go around ♪

♪ So come on in and grab yourself a barstool ♪

♪ Chase that shot of whiskey with a beer ♪

♪ Dive on in the conversation ♪

♪ Send your troubles on vacation ♪

♪ 'Cause lonely ain't so lonely in here ♪

♪ No, no

♪ Lonely ain't so lonely in here ♪

♪ Not in here

Y'all feel that way tonight?

Thank you all so much for having me.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank y'all.

[ Cheers and applause ]

That's a smash.

[ Piano plays "Livin' on a Prayer" ]

Once upon a time, not so long ago...

...I wrote this song

with these two long-haired dudes from New Jersey...

...Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

Heard of them?

[ Applause ]

[ Piano continues ]

♪ Tommy used to work on the docks ♪

♪ The union's been on strike ♪

♪ He's down on his luck

♪ It's tough

♪ So tough

♪ Gina works the diner all day ♪

♪ Working for her man

♪ She brings home her pay

♪ For love

♪ For love

♪ She says...

All: ♪ "We've got to hold on to what we've got" ♪

♪ 'Cause it doesn't make a difference ♪

♪ If we make it or not

♪ We've got each other

♪ And that's a lot

♪ For love

♪ We'll give it a shot

Come on, now!

♪ Whoa, we're halfway there ♪

♪ Whoa, livin' on a prayer

♪ Take my hand, and we'll make it, I swear ♪

♪ Whoa, livin' on a prayer

♪ Oh-oh-oh-oh

♪ Tommy's got his six-string in hock ♪

♪ Now, he's holding in

♪ What he used to make it talk ♪

♪ So tough

♪ It's tough

♪ Gina dreams of running away ♪

♪ When she cries in the night ♪

♪ Tommy whispers...

♪ "Baby, it's okay" ♪ "Baby, it's okay"

♪ Someday

♪ We've got to hold on to what we've got ♪

♪ 'Cause it doesn't make a difference ♪

♪ If we make it or not

♪ We've got each other

♪ And that's a lot

♪ For love

♪ We'll give it a shot Come on, now!

♪ Whoa, we're halfway there [ Rhythmic clapping ]

♪ Whoa, livin' on a prayer

♪ Take my hand, we'll make it, I swear ♪

♪ Whoa, livin' on a prayer

♪ Whoa, we're halfway there

♪ Whoa, livin' on a prayer

♪ Take my hand

♪ We'll make it, I swear

♪ Whoa, livin' on a prayer

[ Piano notes play ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

Desmond Child, Erika Ender, Brett James.

I'm Victoria Shaw. Thank you so much!

♪ Gina works the diner all day

♪ Working for her man

♪ She brings home the pay

♪ For love

♪ For love

♪ She says, "We've got to hold on to what we've got ♪

♪ 'Cause it doesn't make a difference ♪

♪ If we make it or not

♪ We've got each other

♪ And that's a lot for love

♪ We'll give it a shot

Come on, now!

♪ Whoa, we're halfway there

♪ Whoa, livin' on a prayer

♪ Take my hand, and we'll make it, I swear ♪

♪ Whoa, livin' on a prayer

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