Imitation Of Life

by Billie Ray Martin

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One day i turned on the TV and saw the last 15 minutes or so of the original 'Imitation of Life' film, not the remake with Lana Turner. The dialogues were cutting and profound, in a Hollywood kind of way. I quickly wrote down what i heard. When the film had finished, i looked up what it was, the glow of inspiration on my cheeks. The title stuck and i was sold. A song had to be written with that title! I built in a love story i was going through at the time where one yearns for the loved one, while remembering his smile. And of course, as in most of my songs 'I vont to be alone' and it's all but a dream. It's one of my favourite songs of mine. I have about 6 or 7 favourite songs i've written and 'Imitation' is in the upper region of the list.

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released April 25, 2014

written by Billie Ray Martin/Eric Kupper (Touch Tones Music)
lyrics & melodies by Billie Ray Martin
produced by Brian Transeau for 7PM Management
executive producer: Billie Ray Martin
vocal production, vocal arrangements & additional production by Billie Ray Martin
mixed by Brian Transeau for 7PM Management & Billie Ray Martin at Eden
mix engineer: Paul Gomersall
recorded at Eden Studios
recording engineer: Adrian Scarff

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Track Name: Imitation Of Life (7" Radio Edit)
I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
of my own perfection

passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the days go by (yeah)

I gaze into the night
it's a feeling that I find
the first time that you smiled
is the last thing on my mind, oh yes
sweet salvation
from my weak foundations

all of the time
so many lies
imitation of life
and the days go by
passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

(oh) I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
from my own perfection

passing the time
so many lies (yes)
all of it mine
all of the time
imitation of life
and the days go by

oh I'm passing the time
every night, yes
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

passing the time
so many lies
all of it mine
Track Name: Imitation Of Life (Def Club Mix)
I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
of my own perfection

passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the days go by (yeah)

I gaze into the night
it's a feeling that I find
the first time that you smiled
is the last thing on my mind, oh yes
sweet salvation
from my weak foundations

all of the time
so many lies
imitation of life
and the days go by
passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

(oh) I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
from my own perfection

passing the time
so many lies (yes)
all of it mine
all of the time
imitation of life
and the days go by

oh I'm passing the time
every night, yes
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

passing the time
so many lies
all of it mine
Track Name: Imitation Of Life (Brothers In Rhythm Mix)
I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
of my own perfection

passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the days go by (yeah)

I gaze into the night
it's a feeling that I find
the first time that you smiled
is the last thing on my mind, oh yes
sweet salvation
from my weak foundations

all of the time
so many lies
imitation of life
and the days go by
passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

(oh) I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
from my own perfection

passing the time
so many lies (yes)
all of it mine
all of the time
imitation of life
and the days go by

oh I'm passing the time
every night, yes
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

passing the time
so many lies
all of it mine
Track Name: Imitation Of Life (Brothers In Rhythm Padapella Mix)
I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
of my own perfection

passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the days go by (yeah)

I gaze into the night
it's a feeling that I find
the first time that you smiled
is the last thing on my mind, oh yes
sweet salvation
from my weak foundations

all of the time
so many lies
imitation of life
and the days go by
passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

(oh) I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
from my own perfection

passing the time
so many lies (yes)
all of it mine
all of the time
imitation of life
and the days go by

oh I'm passing the time
every night, yes
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

passing the time
so many lies
all of it mine
Track Name: Imitation Of Life (Def Dub Mix)
I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
of my own perfection

passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the days go by (yeah)

I gaze into the night
it's a feeling that I find
the first time that you smiled
is the last thing on my mind, oh yes
sweet salvation
from my weak foundations

all of the time
so many lies
imitation of life
and the days go by
passing the time
every night
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

(oh) I look into your eyes
it's a shadow on my wall
and shadows of your smile
will be all I can recall
all inventions
from my own perfection

passing the time
so many lies (yes)
all of it mine
all of the time
imitation of life
and the days go by

oh I'm passing the time
every night, yes
imitation of life
and the dreams go by

passing the time
so many lies
all of it mine