More Than I Do

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about

Two classic songs were a huge influence on this one. ‘Just the Way You Are’ by Billy Joel is all over the introduction, the structure, the sentiment. Lyrically, I’ve always been fascinated by what I call ‘list songs’ – songs which are basically lists. One of my favourites is Stevie Wonder’s ‘As’, which gave me the impetus to have a go at something in the same genre.

I think my favourite line is the one I always have most trouble singing: “I couldn’t love you better, just like water can’t get wetter.” For some reason I always hesitate over how to pronounce ‘better’ and ‘wetter’.

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MORE THAN I DO
Joe Craig

If I loved you any more than I do
Skies would be below us
Crops would stop to grow us
If I loved you any more than I do
Trees would fly like eagles
Who'd live inland with seagulls
If I loved you any more than I do

If I loved you any more than I do
Memories would all be real
Thieves would be employed to steal
Every contradiction would have to be true
If opposites were possible
And the fictional were actual
If I loved you any more than I do

If someone stole Niagra and put it in Berlin
If someone put the desert in the sea
My heart could grow from bursting point
To let some more love in
But loving you is all there is of me

I couldn't feel stronger about you
If my head became my shoulders
And heat could make me colder
If I loved you any more than I do
I couldn't love you better
Just like water can't get wetter
If I loved you any more than I do

The day I see the moon come down to live in old Paris
The minute there's a smile I can ignore
That's the day I'll know you're not the one for me
But it's never going to happen, thank the lord

I couldn't feel stronger about you
If my head became my shoulders
And heat could make me colder
If I loved you any more than I do
I couldn't love you better
Just like water can't get wetter
If I loved you any more than I do

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from The Songman & Me, vol 1, released December 15, 2010

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Joe Craig Islington, UK

"The Songman & Me, vol. 1 is a collection of beautifully crafted songs in the classic tradition of Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb and James Taylor. At the keyboard and with his intimate vocals, Joe Craig performs with a raw emotion that cuts to the heart of the characters and stories in the songs. He may be a virtuoso storyteller, but on this evidence, he's very much a gifted songman too." ... more

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