In 1980, Sha Na Na's Johnny Contardo released a solo album on Becket Records entitled Changeover. It's a rare album to find, but copies do pop up occasionally, so it's definitely worth looking for. Try eBay and online record stores.

This album of soft pop/rock love songs is a perfect showcase for Johnny's vocals, and a real treat for any Contardoholic - the gorgeous, romantic "It's Always Been You" will absolutely make you melt...

Here are the lyrics to the songs - enjoy!

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UNTIL THE NIGHT

I never ask you where you go
After I leave you in the morning.
We go our different ways
To separate situations -
It's not that easy anymore.

Today I do what must be done
I give my time to total strangers
But now it feels as though
The day goes on forever
More than it ever did before

(chorus)
Until the night, until the night,
I just might make it
Until the night, until the night
When I see you again.

Now you're afraid that we have changed
And I'm afraid we're getting older.
So many broken hearts,
So many lonely faces,
So many lovers come and gone.

(chorus)

When the sun goes down
And the day is over
When the last of the light has gone
As they pour into the street
I will be getting closer
As the cars turn their headlights on

As they're closing it down,
I'm gonna open it up.
And while they're going to sleep
We'll just be starting to touch.
I'm just beginning to feel.
I'm just beginning to give.
I'm just beginning to feel.
I'm just beginning to live.

Before I leave you again,
Before the light of the dawn,
Before this evening can end,
I have been waiting so long.

Until the night, until the night
I just might make it.
Until the night, until the night
I'll just keep holding on.
Until the night, until the night
When I see you again

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YOU NEVER GET OVER HEARTBREAK

You never get over hearbreak, heartbreak...

You never get over heartbreak.
If you do, it's a lie.
You never get over heartbreak,
And I'll tell you why.
Every day, in every way.
You are sorry.
Holdin' on, your love is strong,
Don't even worry.

You never get over lovin' so it's time to begin.
You never get over lovin' - if you do, it's a sin.
You never get over heartbreak.
You never get over heartbreak.
You never get over losin' your love.

Every day, in every way,
You are sorry.
Holdin' on, your love is strong,
Don't even worry.

You never get over lovin, so it's time to begin.
You never get over lovin' - if you do it's a sin.
You never get over heartbreak.
You never get over heartbreak.
You never get over, never get over
Losng your love.

You never get over heartbreak.
You never get over heartbreak.
You never get over heartbreak.
You never get over heartbreak.

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QUIT HOLDIN' BACK

Outside you're fine, but I can see
Behind those eyes you're shakin'
You might want a taste of me,
But chances you aren't takin'.
Don't let them get to ya,
Let it run right through ya
And reach out to that - hold on, girl.

(chorus)
You've got to quit holdin' back,
Don't you be so sure that your cards are stacked.
Come on and quit holdin' back
On love.

Dreams are fine for those
Who have no nerve to take their fortune.
Wake up girl and just forget
Those losin' thoughts you're holdin'.

Don't let them get to ya,
Let it run right through ya,
And reach out to that - hold on, girl.

(chorus)

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LONG DISTANCE LOVE AFFAIR

I thought that we were all through, oh yeah,
Oh but then, then I start hearing from you again.
Long distance lover, over and over again.

I find myself foolin' you again.
I can't help myself, long distance love affair.
Love affair.

I, I know that our love won't last forever.
This is our only chance to get together.
Long distance lover, over and over again.

I find myself foolin' you again.
I can't help myself, long distance love affair.
Love affair.

Oh I want you, and I need you today, oh.
Yes I need you right now,
But I don't have you girl, oh.
You're my girl in my L.A.
And I need you today, oh.

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I WANT TO WALK YOU HOME

I want to walk you home
In the moonlight.
Oh, what a night!
The moonbow that you wear in your hair,
It lights up the night for the love
That we shared in our hearts.

It's good to be with you
On a mountain so high.
Oh, what a night!
Sitting beside the waterfall and the fern,
The echoes of silence will never return,
Oh, no more.

I want to walk you home
In the moonlight.
It's good to be with you
On a mountain so high.

I want to walk you home
In the moonlight.
Oh, what a night!
The words that we speak will never be heard.
They'll never be whispered
Or written in words or in rhyme.
The words that we speak will never be heard.
They'll never be whispered
Or written in words or in rhyme.

I want to walk you home
In the moonlight.
Its so good to be with you
On a mountain so high.
I want to walk you home
In the moonlight.
It's so good to be with you
On a mountain so high.

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ARE YOU HAPPY BABY?

Are you happy baby,
After what you put me through?
Oh, hope you're happy baby
'Cause I don't believe you're gonna find anyone
Who loves you better than I do.

Sometimes I wonder if you ever knew
How much you were hurtin' me.
You fell in love with someone else,
And just like that you deserted me.
I haven't seen you for so long,
I wonder, are you happy baby?
Do you miss me at all?

Before you go now,
I just gotta know now -
Are you happy baby?
Is he there to stand by you?
Was it worth it, baby?
Well I don't believe you're gonna find anyone
Who loves you better than I do.

Some friends of yours and mine say
Lately things with you ain't been so good.
I told you I would never take you back again,
But you know I would.
It doesn't matter anymore who's wrong.

I wonder, are you happy baby?
Don't you want to come home?
Don't you need me like I need you?
Are you happy, are you happy?
Baby, are you happy?

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IT'S ALWAYS BEEN YOU

Sittin' in the dark by the radio,
Waitin' for the sun.
You and me talking all night
After the lovin' is done.
We must have known each other
In another life or two,
'Cause it feels so nice and comfortable
Like it's always been you.

(chorus)
It's always been you,
It's always been you.
Before you said "I love you,"
I already knew.
Baby, it may sound peculiar,
But it's all so familar.
It's always been you,
It's always been you.

We've been livin' in this town nearly all our lives
Like strangers all the while.
But when we met, it was the perfect time
After the very first smile.
We must have known each other
In another life or two,
'Cause it feels so nice and comfortable
Like it's always been you.

(chorus)

Let's pretend that it was yesterday somewhere,
Maybe a thousand years ago.
And in our fantasies, I'll take you in my arms.
I want to make love to you
The way we used to do.

Baby, it may sound peculiar,
But it's all so familiar,
It's always been you,
It's always been you.

(chorus)

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LET IT OUT

Lately you've been acting strange,
Gettin' further out of range.
Seems to me there's been a change,
We don't exchange the things we used to.
You say it's nothin', but baby I doubt it.
Can't you see you'd be better without it?
Why don't you just tell me about it?
Come on girl, stand up and shout it.

(chorus)
Baby let it out, tell me what you're upset about.
Let it out, baby, you've got to let it out.

Give me more than what we knew.
Tell me more than "I love you."
Tell me something that I can do
To pull us through. baby, you've got to.

(chorus)

Just give enough to let me inside it.
Can't you see, it's time you confide it?
Can't you see, it's time that you cried it?
Come on girl, don't try to hide it.

Baby let it out, let it out.

(chorus)

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THE TWELFTH OF NEVER

You ask how much I need you,
Must I explain?
I need you, oh my darling,
Like roses need rain.
You ask how long I'll love you,
I'll tell you true.
Until the twelfth of never
I'll still be loving you.

Hold me close, never let me go.
Hold me close, melt my heart like April snow.

I'll love you 'til the bluebells forget to bloom,
I'll love you 'til the clover has lost its perfume.
I'll love you 'til the poets run out of rhyme.
Until the twelfth of never,
And that's a long, long time.

Hold me close, never let me go.
You've got to hold me close,
Melt my heart like April snow.

I'll love you 'til the bluebells forget to bloom.
I'll love you 'til the clover has lost its perfume.
I'll love you 'til the poets run out of rhyme.
Until the twelfth of never,
And that's a long, long time.

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AIN'T THAT PECULIAR

Honey, you do me wrong
But still I'm crazy 'bout you.
You stay away too long
And I can't do without you.
Every chance you get
You seem to hurt me more and more,
But each hurt makes my love
Stronger than before.

I know that flowers grow from rain
But how can love grow to pain?
Ain't that peculiar, a peculiarity?
Ain't that peculiar, honey, peculiar as can be?

You tell me lies
That should be obvious to me,
But I'm so much in love wth you, baby,
That I don't wanna see
That things you do and say
Are designed to make me blue
It's a doggone shame my love for you
Makes all your lies seem true

If the truth makes love last longer
Why do lies make my love stronger?
Ain't that peculiar, baby, peculiar as can be?
Ain't that peculiar, baby, a peculiarity?

I've cried so much
Just like a child that's lost a toy.
Maybe baby you think these tears
I cry are tears of joy.
A child can cry so much
Until you do everything they say.
But unlike a child my tears
Don't help me to get my way

I know that love can last for years,
But how can love last through tears?
Ain't that peculiar, honey, a peculiarity?
Ain't that peculiar, honey, peculiar as can be?

I said I don't understand it, baby -
It's so strange to me.
Ain't that peculiar, baby, a peculiarity?

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