The Man I Want to Be

by Engelbert Humperdinck

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Iconic careers don’t come any bigger than Engelbert Humperdinck’s. One would be hard pressed to find anyone who isn’t familiar with his multi-platinum selling hits such as “Release Me”, “The Last Waltz” or “After the Lovin'”. These and many other of his hits have contributed greatly to 150 million worldwide album sales by the “King of Romance”, as Engelbert is lovingly nicknamed by his legion of fans. Just having entered a new decade of his life, the very youthful Engelbert is also celebrating his 50th year in showbiz with the release of a brand new album The Man I Want to Be on November 24, 2017 via OK! Good Records. Not content with being a legacy artist, Engelbert demonstrates effortlessly with this album (his first album of original material in over a decade), that he is very much a relevant artist for today’s audiences as he has been over the last five decades of his career.

Doubling as a love letter to his wife Patricia of 53 years who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, The Man I Want To Be presents the singer in a much more contemporary style and introspective mood, covering topics such as self realization (“The Man I Want To Be”, “I Followed My Heart”, “Absolute Beginner”), remorse (“How Can You Live”, “Prodigal Son”), and melancholic nostalgia (“Photograph”, “I’m Glad I Danced With You”). A collection of love songs crafted by stellar array of songwriters like Willie Nelson (“Crazy”), Jon Allen (“The Man I Want To Be”), Richard Scott (“Just Like The First Time”), Steve Mac (“Absolute Beginner”), Richard Marx and Fee Waybill (“How Can You Live”), it also includes two unexpected covers – Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” and Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are”, definite highlights of the album. Much more than simple cover versions Engelbert gives the songs a much deeper reading, lyrically and musically. Another unexpected surprise is a duet with his nine year old granddaughter Olivia, “I’m Glad I Danced With You,” a bittersweet ode dedicated to his wife Patricia.

The Man I Want To Be was produced by Jurgen Korduletsch and will be released on November 24, 2017 via OK! Good Records.

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Track Name: Absolute Beginner
It’s like taking that first breath or taking that first step
Dreaming that first dream finding out my voice can sing
Like a first heartbeat or opening up my eyes
Seeing the sunrise light an impossibly blue sky
It’s like I’m waking up to a new brighter day
And I will never understand how you got me feeling this way

Cause I’ve been around the world
Pulled down a million stars
I’ve seen the dark side of the moon
I’ve been the heartbreaker
I’ve been the heartbroken
So how can it be when I’m with you
I’m an absolute beginner

I’ve held a hand before some kind of love I’ve sworn
Then I slowly watched those words lose their shine
But never felt this kind of wonder never felt it pull me under
And somehow lift me up at the same time
It’s like I’m waking up to a new brighter day
And I will never understand how you got me feeling this way

Cause I’ve been around the world
Pulled down a million stars
I’ve seen the dark side of the moon
I’ve been the heartbreaker
I’ve been the heartbroken
So how can it be when I’m with you
I’m an absolute beginner

It’s like I’m waking up to a new brighter day
And I will never understand how you got me feeling this way

Cause I’ve been around the world
Pulled down a million stars
I’ve seen the dark side of the moon
I’ve been the heartbreaker
I’ve been the heartbroken
So what I say should not be true
I’m an absolute beginner…
With you
Track Name: The Man I Want to Be
Sometimes I feel a shadow fall across my heart
Sometimes the distance and the sadness is too hard
And you try your best to reach me
But I can’t reach back for you
I know that I’m not easy when there’s just no getting through

I’m sorry if I ever made you feel unsure
Made you think I didn’t love you any more
When I don’t know how to show it
When my heart is trying to hide
Darling can’t you see it in my eyes

You are the light, you are the sun
You are the one right thing when my whole world is wrong
And through it all you still love me
For the man I am and the man I want to be

When my troubles weigh me down you take the weight
Your love for me is like a bridge that never breaks
And for all my faults and failings you can see a better man
Somehow you still take me as I am

You are the light, you are the sun
You are the one right thing when my whole world is wrong
And through it all you still love me
For the man I am and the man I want to be

You’re the northern star that guides me
When the shoreline can’t be found
You’re the one that understands me
When the rain is coming down

You are the light, you are the sun
You are the one right thing when my whole world is wrong
And through it all you still love me
For the man I am and the man I want to be

You are the light, you are the sun
You are the spark of inspiration in my song
And through it all you still love me
For the man I am and the man I want to be
For the man I am and the man I want to be
Track Name: Just the Way You Are
Oh, her eyes, her eyes make the stars look like they're not shining
Her hair, her hair falls perfectly without her trying
She's so beautiful
And I tell her every day.

Yeah, I know, I know when I compliment her, she won't believe me
And it's so, it's so sad to think that she doesn't see what I see
But every time she ask me do I look okay?
I say

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are

Her lips, her lips, I could kiss them all day if she'd let me
Her laugh her laugh, she hates but I think it's so sexy
She's so beautiful
And I tell her everyday

Oh, you know, you know, you know I'd never ask you to change
If perfect's what you're searching for, then just stay the same
So don't even bother asking if you look okay
You know I'll say

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are

The way you are
The way you are
Girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are

When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
'Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
'Cause girl, you're amazing
Just the way you are
Track Name: How Can You Live With Yourself
I still remember the girl who lived next door
“Love Me Tender” was on the radio

And I'm sure the road from now to then
Is long and even when it all gets old
The glamour and the gold and lies

The call of fame doesn't sound so loud
Above the vacant crowd

How can you live with yourself
When you're dying to be somebody else
All I could give couldn't shatter the spell
But I'll wait to bid a fond farewell
I don't know why

All we promised and all that disappeared
Even through the darkness survived for all these years

Here we are after all this time
With nothing left to try

How can you live with yourself
When you're dying to be somebody else
All I could give couldn't shatter the spell
But I'll wait to bid a fond farewell
How can you live with yourself
When you wish that you were somebody else

Here we are after all this time
With nothing left to try

How can you live with yourself
When you're dying to be somebody else
All I could give couldn't shatter the spell
But I'll wait to bid a fond farewell
How can you live with yourself
When you wish that you were somebody else

How can you live
How can you live
Track Name: Just Like the First Time
Those places in my mind are never hard to find
And where it all began
Such golden memories
I hope will never change
A face of innocence
The girl I asked to dance
At only seventeen
Though my show was soon undone
I knew you were the one

You don’t know me now
But in some way, somehow
Maybe there’s a moment you are mine
So I hope you fall in love again each day
Just like the first time

I’ll never have too much
Your smile your tender touch
A thousand times a day
But when the morning comes I’ll be the face you see
As tides may ebb and flow
Your thoughts may come and go
But you are not alone
Let’s live the here and now
As long as the fates allow

You don’t know me now
But in some way, somehow
Maybe there’s a moment you are mine
So I hope you fall in love again each day
Just like the first time

I hope you fall in love again each day
I’ll be there for you in every way
So I hope you fall in love again each day
Just like the first time
Track Name: Photograph
Loving can hurt, loving can hurt sometimes
But it's the only thing that I know
When it gets hard, you know it can get hard sometimes
It is the only thing makes us feel alive

We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone, wait for me to come home

Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul
And it's the only thing that I know, know
I swear it will get easier
Remember that with every piece of you
Hm, and it's the only thing we take with us when we die

Hm, we keep this love in this photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts were never broken
And time's forever frozen still

So you can keep me
Inside the pocket of your ripped jeans
Holding me closer 'til our eyes meet
You won't ever be alone

And if you hurt me
That's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home
Wait for me to come home

Oh, you can fit me
Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen
Next to your heartbeat where I should be
Keep it deep within your soul

And if you hurt me
Well, that's okay baby, only words bleed
Inside these pages you just hold me
And I won’t ever let you go

When I'm away, I will remember how you kissed me
Under the lamppost back on Sixth street
Hearing you whisper through the phone
"Wait for me to come home"
Track Name: I’m Glad I Danced With You (with Olivia)
The party’s all over
They’ve turned down the lights
They just gave the last call
But we won’t say goodnight
We’ll be leaving together
Like we always do
Even though we stumbled a time or two
I’m glad I danced with you

I stood beside you
It was your turn to shine
Through seasons of rain
I was there all the time
I grew old in your arms
When others wanted to
And even though we stumbled a time or two
I’m glad I danced with you

And we go ‘round and ‘round
‘round and ‘round, ‘round and ‘round
Like lovers on a carousel
Spinning through time

You’re my Cinderella
And you’ve always been
If I could do it all over
I’d do it again
Even though we’ve stumbled a time or two
And even though the Last Waltz is almost through
I’m glad I danced with you

The party’s all over
The party’s all over
And they’ve turned down the lights

I’m glad I danced with you
Track Name: Prodigal Son
I left in search of fame and fortune
Blinded by the city lights
Heartaches, Lord, I’ve had my portion
In a way it serves me right

Guess I had to learn my lesson
This one thing I do believe
No material possession
Is worth more than Family

Restless souls are prone to wander
Mama leave the porch light on
Cause the grass ain’t greener over yonder
Now the prodigal son is coming home

Let us sit down at the table
Hear my Daddy say the Grace
For these blessings we are so grateful
Light our path show us the way

Restless souls are prone to wander
Mama leave the porch light on
Cause the grass ain’t greener over yonder
Now the prodigal son is coming home

No the grass ain’t greener over yonder
Now the prodigal son is coming home
Track Name: I Followed My Heart
When my song is done
Will I miss the lonely spotlight when it's gone
Will I morn the golden haze of the love you gave
And all that I have been to you

When the curtain falls
And the final chord’s still ringing in the hall
I can look back on my time without regret
To know that this one thing is true

I followed my heart
I followed my heart
Every single part
I felt it all right from the start
And I followed my heart

I’m still a restless soul
With a yearning in my heart that won’t grow old
With a fire that will not fade with the dying sun
A melody that leads me on

There are roads I didn’t take
Love I’ve lost and promises I had to break
Will you forgive all that I did and didn’t do
And please believe if I was wrong

I followed my heart
I followed my heart
Every single part
I felt it all right from the start
And I followed my heart

Sometimes long forgotten moments
Appear like dancing silhouettes
Not even love can last forever
What love remembers time forgets

My life has been a show
It’s taken and it’s given everything I know
But when I look back on the sad and the happy tears
I wouldn’t want to change a thing

Cause’ I followed my heart
I followed my heart
Every single part
I felt it all right from the start
And I followed my heart
Track Name: Songs of Love
Anytime I’m feeling lonely
When time and space keep us apart
When I miss the one who holds the key to my heart
I play a love song, a special love song
To make me feel alright

I will give you all my loving
Never wanna see you cry
And when you hold me in your arms, babe
All through the night

We play a love song
Our special love song
Makes everything alright
Let’s play a love song
A special love song
To get us through the night

‘Cause it’s those songs of love we remember
That take the loneliness away
And it’s those songs of love, sweet and tender
Those old melodies bring back memories
To tell us we will never part

When we’re finally together
And the lights are turned down low
I will sit at my piano and let the feelings flow

I’ll sing a love song
Our special love song
With a love that’s true
I’ll sing a love song
A special love song
To say that I love you

‘Cause it’s those songs of love we remember
That take the loneliness away
And it’s those songs of love, sweet and tender
Those old melodies bring back memories
To tell us we will never part
And keep the love that’s in our hearts
Track Name: Crazy
I'm crazy
Crazy for feeling so lonely
Oh I'm crazy
Crazy for feeling so blue

I know you'd love me as long as you wanted
Then someday leave me for somebody new

Worry, why do I let myself worry?
Wondering what in the world did I do?

I'm crazy
For thinking that my love could hold you
I'm crazy for crying
I'm crazy for trying
I'm crazy for loving you

I know you'd love me as long as you wanted
Then someday leave me for somebody new

Worry, why do I let myself worry?
Wondering what in the world did I do?

Crazy
For thinking that my love could hold you
And I'm crazy for crying
I'm crazy for trying
I'm crazy for loving you

Yeah I said I'm crazy
Oh so crazy
I'm crazy
For loving you
Track Name: On Broadway
They say the neon lights are bright
On Broadway
They say there's always magic in the air
But when you're walkin' down that street
And you ain't have enough to eat
The glitter rubs right off and you're nowhere

They say the girls are something else
On Broadway
But lookin' at them just gives me the blues
How ya gonna make some time
When all you got is one thin dime
And one thin dime won't even shine your shoes

They say that I won't last too long
On Broadway
I'll catch the Greyhound bus for home they all say
But they are wrong, I know they are
'Cause I can play this here guitar

And I won't quit till I'm a star
On Broadway

they are wrong, I know they are
'Cause I can play this here guitar
I won't quit till I'm a star
On Broadway

No I won't quit till I'm a star
On Broadway
No I won't quit till I'm a star
On Broadway
Track Name: Welcome to My World
Welcome to my world,
Won't you come on in
Miracles, I guess
Still happen now and then

Step into my heart
Leave your cares behind
Welcome to my world
Built with you in mind

Knock and the door will open
Seek and you will find
Ask and you'll be given
The key to this world of mine

I'll be waiting here
With my arms unfurled
Waiting just for you
So welcome to my world

Welcome to my world,
Won't you come on in
Miracles, I guess
Still happen now and then

Knock and the door will open
Seek and you will find
Ask and you'll be given
The key to this world of mine

I'll be waiting here
With my arms unfurled
Waiting just for you
So welcome to my world
Track Name: Our England
God bless the green fields of our England
This emerald rising from the sea
Our thanks to her who gave us freedom
Crown of her glorious history

Be true and faithful to our England
And she’ll fulfill our destiny
A brotherhood of love and friendship
Our England proud and free

Though nations there may be
Mightier than we
Together – we’ll be strong forever

And to the heroes of our England
God save their cherished memories
We will remember them for keeping
Our England proud and free

Our England proud and free
Our England proud and free

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