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 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

The film THE SPECIALIST has this love theme titled "Did You Call Me?". I was wondering if there were any lyrics to this theme and if anyone knows where I can find them?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

I don't really know about the lyrics (but remember that JB often used to derive track titles from the movie quotes) but I thought it was worth mentioning that I just finished playing The Specialist CD some 20 minutes ago (haven't heard it for over a year)! What a coincidence!

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

Yeah, I just recently bought it. I have been wanting it for awhile but kept seeing the other soundtrack with songs from the film which I did not want. However, I found this one on eBay for a few dollars. I really like this score in so many ways.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

For me it was one of earliest JB's purchases along with Mercury Rising and some 007 scores. I've also always been very fond of The Specialist. Always avoided the song compilation which next to the songs has a longer instrumental version of Did You Call Me (also available on JB compilation Moviola II).

 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I've never been aware of any lyric to that melody. When I hear some like 'Places' and 'Here's To The Heroes', it may be for the best.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Very pretty ballad that would have made a nice song.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

The Specialist is my favorite John Barry score and Did You Call Me? is a big reason as to why. ANd I agree, it would have made a GREAT song.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2014 - 11:39 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Specialist remains my favourite film score of the 1990s but I have no desire to hear a vocal rendition of this marvellous melody. Unless written as a song such adaptions usually sound strained, struggling to match words to the existing tune.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 2:38 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

The Specialist remains my favourite film score of the 1990s but I have no desire to hear a vocal rendition of this marvellous melody. Unless written as a song such adaptions usually sound strained, struggling to match words to the existing tune.

Mitch



Agree 100%. Although I do wonder how many times the lyricist would try to use the words "Did you call me".

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I don't think there were any lyrics.

It wouldn't surprise me if JB wrote the piece with a possible song in mind. That would be fitting with JB's form.

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Sorry to bring the negatives to such a positive party, but I've never been able to play The Specialist CD all the way through.
The recording sounds quite low or muted for starters, but my main problem is the actual music and themes.
Now, while I wouldn't call myself a die-hard John Barry fan, I have long admired his style and music and would list many of his scores and themes as big favourites (Lion In Winter, Walkabout, King Kong, High Road To China, Somewhere In Time and Dances With Wolves just to name some).
But I can't find anything in The Specialist that grabs me in any way, shape or form. It just comes at me like a ponderous, dull, slow-moving, dare I say turgid, dirge.
And what about those tracks titles!!
I know Horner can be a bit long-winded and pretentious with some of his cue titles and Giacchino recently came under fire for 'aping' around with his wink but those 'sections of script' ones are ridiculous (Get the hell outta here you bastard...How do you feel?...Better...Did you call me?...No...Oh, must have been those friggin cold callers again....I've told them not to call while I'm havin me tea). Just no need.
I didn't pay big for it (quite the opposite) so it's no biggie. I must move it on to a more caring home.
Anyway, sorry for my intrusion, glad to see it has much love. Do carry on smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Sorry to bring the negatives to such a positive party, but I've never been able to play The Specialist CD all the way through.



No need to apologise, Kev. We can't all be culturally sophisticated.

(Love the track title riff, by the way.)

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2014 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

I've always considered 'Get to Hell Out of Here' Barry having a laugh at Stallone's expense (it does kinda sound like he says that at the end).

Never crossed my mind that this was intended to be a song, but the score works beautifully without it. Very underrated.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

You can sing “Did You Call Me?” to the opening few notes. Perhaps this gives us an insight into how the theme was composed, much like how Mark Snow has said his X-Files them came from riffing on “The X-Files is a show/With music by Mark Snow.”

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

Ok, I spent the early part of my morning writing lyrics to this song. I will only say this, I am not very good at writing music let alone lyrics, but I felt inspired and besides it's John Barry and I have been a fan of his since age 2. Please feel free to comment or criticize. I don't think I will ever compete with the likes of Don Black but I'm a big boy and can take it on the chin, even from this tough crowd. So here is my one time shot at writing lyrics for:

THE SPECIALIST "DID YOU CALL ME" (Unofficial fan based lyrics)
Use track 15 from the score album

Did you call me?
Do you hear me somehow?
Will you call me?
So I can feel your voice now.
Did you call me?
Will you call me?
Will you say to my soul all your unspeakable woes

Did you call me?
Do you need me tonight?
Will you call me?
To take the pain from your sight.
Did you call me?
Will you call me?
Will you speak to my ear so I can kill all your fears?

I will take you.
Not forsake you.
I'll protect you.
Not forget you.

Will you let me
set your mind free?
Will you open your heart
and whisper your need?

Did you call me?
Do you want me somehow?
Will you call me?
To hear the love in you now.
Did you call me?
Will you call me?
Will you say to my soul all your unspeakable woes throughout the night?

I will take you.
Not forsake you.
I'll protect you.
Not forget your love.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Nice, Doctor S - having listened to the track suggested with the lyrics in front of me it would certainly work. The languid John Barry phrasing really does lend itself to that kind of sentiment.

Which got me thinking...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

There WERE lyrics to this tune. The lyricist tried to call Barry to read them over the phone, but Barry missed the call.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I also heard a lot of swearing was involved.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

There WERE lyrics to this tune. The lyricist tried to call Barry to read them over the phone, but Barry missed the call.

Can you elaborate more on this story? Who was the lyricist? Or are you pulling my leg?

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2014 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

I also heard a lot of swearing was involved.

Can you also elaborate more on this?

 
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