Artist: Rob Thomas

Smooth – Santana (Featuring Rob Thomas)

Santana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. The range of these artists has varied greatly. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.

The band was formed in 1967 in San Francisco as the Carlos Santana Blues Band with the help of Tom Fraser. The first established members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums), David Brown (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (Hammond Organ B3). The group’s first audition with this line up was at the Avalon Ball Room in the late summer of 1967. After the audition, Chet Helms the promotor, in concert with The Family Dog, told the band that they would never make it in the San Francisco Music Scene playing Latin fusion and suggested Carlos keep his day job washing dishes at Tick Tock’s Drive-In on 3rd St. Suffice to say that Bill Gram saw a horse of a different psychedelic color and immediately booked the band to open for The Who’s first ever performance at the Original Fillmore Auditorium a month later in October of that same year. In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.

Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.

Smooth

One night in 1997, Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox 20, had a dream he was on the cover of Rolling Stone shouting something into the ear of one of his musical heros, guitar legend, Carlos Santana. A month later, Thomas was invited by R & B compuser Itaal Shur to contribute a song to Santana’s next album. Thomas was thrilled.

They wrote a song (inspired by Thomas’s wife Marisol Maldonado) and sent a rough demo to Santana. Thomas recomended English pop star George Michael for the vocals, but Santana liked what he heard on the demo. “I believe it when he sings.” So Thomas flew to San Francisco to meet his idol and record the song.

“Smooth” was Santana’s first #1 song ever (it was on top for 12 weeks in 1999) was his first to reach the top 10 in 30 years, earned Thomas BMI’s Pop Songwriter of the Year award, and won nine Grammies. (Santana made the cover of the Rolling Stone in March, 2000…without Thomas)

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Man it’s a hot one
Like seven inches from the midday sun
I hear you whispering the words that melt everyone
But you stay so cool
My mun-equita, my Spanish harlem mona lisa
You’re my reason for reason
The step in my groove

BRIDGE:

And if you said this life ain’t good enough
I would give my world to lift you up
I could change my life to better suit your mood
Cause you’re so smooth

CHORUS:

And just like the ocean under the moon
Well it’s the same as the emotion that I get from you
You got the kind of lovin that can be so smooth
Give me your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

I’ll tell you one thing
If you would leave it would be a crying shame
In every breath and every word I hear your name callin’ me out, yeah
Out from the barrio, you hear my rhythm from your radio
You feel the turning of the world so soft and slow
Turning you round and round

BRIDGE:

And if you said this life ain’t good enough
I would give my world to lift you up
I could change my life to better suit your mood
‘Cause your so smooth

CHORUS:

And it’s just like the ocean under the moon
Well it’s the same emotion that I get from you
You got the kinda lovin’ that can be so smooth, yeah
Give me your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

(guitar solo)

CHORUS:

And it’s just like the ocean under the moon
Well, that’s the same emotion that I get from you
You got the kinda lovin’ that can be so smooth, yeah
Gimmie your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it

Or else forget about it…
Or else forget about it…
Or else go and forget about it…
Gimmie your heart, make it real
Or else forget about it, oh oh now let’s go and forget about it…
Or else forget about it, oh oh now let’s go and forget about it…
Now now now, let’s go and forget about it…

(or else forget about it, or else forget about it or else forget about it)

  • Audio from the 1999 album, Supernatural:

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