THE ACTRESS
Writer: Melanie Safka

Publisher: EMI April Music Inc (ASCAP)

Words and music to 'Bid You Goodnight ' by the Pindar Family

Original Studio Recording from MADRUGADA (1974)

 

You see she is the actress who plays the part of snow
And when they ask her to play Jesus well she turned down the role
And when they ask her to play sunlight she gave it a try
And when they ask her to play music she'll sing till she dies

Well she wouldn't die of pleasure, she wouldn't die from pain
She wouldn't die of starshine and she'll forgive the rain
And some say she whiles away her life in the lights that change her
She will not live for friends she'll die of strangers
She will not live for friends she's gonna die of strangers

 

And all her young men told her they liked the songs they heard
They loved the melodies but they didn't understand the words
And some say she whiles away her life in the lights that change her
She will not live for friends she's gonna die of strangers
She wouldn't live for friends she'll die of strangers

 

Won't you lay down children, won't you lay and take you rest
Won't you lay your head on you dear Saviourís breast
Well I love you but Jesus loves you best
And I bid you good night, good night, good night
And I bid you good night, good night, good night, good night, good night
They're gonna eat up all the children when they wouldn't be good
Good night, good night, good night

 

You see she was the actress who played the part of snow
And when they ask her to play Jesus well she turned down the role
And when they ask her to play sunlight she gave it a try
And when they ask her to play music, her own sweet music
Now they asked her to play music and she sang till she died

 

Well I love you but Jesus loves you the best
And I bid you good night, good night, good night

 

NOTES

 

The song The Actress first appeared on the double live album MELANIE AT CARNEGIE HALL recorded February 2nd/3rd 1973. The studio version was recorded at 914 Sound Recording Studios as part of the sessions for STONEGROUND WORDS, but did not appear on an album until MADRUGADA in 1974