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ADD:Midnight on the Water(sung by Waterson/Carthy)

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Lyr Req: Midnight on the Water (16)
Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana) (28)
Tune Req: Midnight on the Water (22)
Lyr Req/Add: Midnight on the Water (John Croziat) (26)
Waltz Tune: Midnight on the Water (Luke Thomasson) (7)
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Lyr Req: Midnight on the Water (4) (closed)


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Midnight on the Water [attributed to Texas fiddler Luke Thomasson]


Sooz 05 Nov 01 - 02:01 PM
GUEST,Justa Picker 05 Nov 01 - 02:06 PM
GUEST,Justa Picker 05 Nov 01 - 02:09 PM
Sooz 05 Nov 01 - 03:00 PM
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Charley Noble 05 Nov 01 - 06:47 PM
Malcolm Douglas 05 Nov 01 - 08:46 PM
Charley Noble 06 Nov 01 - 08:51 AM
GUEST,simon wells 20 Jul 03 - 01:28 AM
Sorcha 20 Jul 03 - 01:37 AM
masato sakurai 20 Jul 03 - 02:51 AM
Sorcha 20 Jul 03 - 02:52 AM
GUEST,Simon Wells 20 Jul 03 - 05:43 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Aug 03 - 08:37 AM
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masato sakurai 03 Aug 03 - 09:49 AM
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GUEST,Midchuck in Montana 05 Aug 03 - 01:16 PM
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Subject: Midnight on the water
From: Sooz
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 02:01 PM

I have a recording of Norma Waterson singing this great song by Ron Kavanagh but I can't make out all the words. Help please.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the water
From: GUEST,Justa Picker
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 02:06 PM

Here.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER (Ron Kavana)
From: GUEST,Justa Picker
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 02:09 PM

Midnight On The Water
(Ron Kavana)

I never thought much of that fancy dancing
With my two left feet and my roving eye.
But when the band plays that slow air in 3/4 time,
I could dance with my darling until morning comes.
Play me a fiddle tune, sing me a song!
Banish misfortune, my time is not long!
Midnight on the water, so steady and slow.
The lark in the morning, one more for the road.
Midnight on the water, so steady and slow.
Let's have another drink and set them up Joe.

Well, I've done all my dancing down in those bar-rooms.
Dancing and drinking they go hand in glove.
So give a beer to the fiddler, and play all the old tunes
So I can dance closer to the one that I love!

Play me a fiddle tune, sing me a song!
Banish misfortune, my time is not long!
Midnight on the water, so steady and slow.
The lark in the morning, one more for the road.
Midnight on the water, so steady and slow.
Let's have another drink and set them up Joe.

So play me a fiddle tune, sing me a song!
Banish misfortune, my time is not long!
Midnight on the water, so steady and slow.
The lark in the morning, one more for the road.
Midnight on the water, so steady and slow.
Let's have another drink and set em up Joe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the water
From: Sooz
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 03:00 PM

Thanks a lot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the water
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 05:20 PM

set em up Joe

should surely be "set them up slow"

Irish stout etc


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the water
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 06:47 PM

Wow - a completely different set of lyrics to the ones I know for this favorite contradance tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the water
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 08:46 PM

See also this list of links to 6 previous postings of Midnight on the Water lyrics (John Croizat x4, Ron Kavanagh x2):

Midnight on the Water

That thread itself contains (sigh) a 5th posting of the Croizat words.  The only thing we didn't have until now was a posting of the tune, so thanks for that, Lin!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the water
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 08:51 AM

And to think I was just about to paste in John Croizat's fine lyrics again. Well, Maalcolm, I'm sure someone else will when they pick up this thread tomorrow.


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Subject: Lyr Req: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: GUEST,simon wells
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 01:28 AM

Need the lyrics for this song as recorded by Waterson carthy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 01:37 AM

Please read this thread and then get back to us. Unfortunately, the clickie to Gary Galliard's page doesn't work any more. Let us know, OK?


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Subject: Lyr Add: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER (Ron Kavana)
From: masato sakurai
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 02:51 AM

Garry Gillard's new link is Midnight on the Water.

Midnight on the Water

I never thought much of that fancy dancing
With my two left feet and my roving eye.
But when the band plays that slow air in three-four time,
I could dance with my darling until morning comes.

Chorus:
Play me a fiddle tune, sing me a song!
Banish misfortune, my time is not long!
Midnight on the water, so steady and slow.
The lark in the morning, one more for the road.
Midnight on the water, so steady and slow.
Let's have another drink and set them up Joe.

Well, I've done all my dancing down in those bar-rooms.
Dancing and drinking they go hand in glove.
So give a beer to the fiddler, and play all the old tunes
So I can dance closer to the one that I love!

2* Chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 02:52 AM

Thanks, Masato.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: GUEST,Simon Wells
Date: 20 Jul 03 - 05:43 AM

Ditto - thanks very much Masato. I remember the song and the tune, just don't have the recording to take down the text.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 08:37 AM

The lyrics Masato posted were written and recorded by Ron Kavana. They have been posted here, here, and here.

The tune was a fiddle tune long before anyone wrote words for it. It is often assumed to be traditional but Luke Thomasson probably wrote it. (Click here for more information.)

John Kroziat wrote different lyrics to go with the same tune, and Kate Wolf recorded them. These have been posted here, here, here, and here.


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Subject: RE: Attribution added: DT authors PermaThread
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 09:35 AM

OK, "Midnight on the Water" isn't in DT yet, but on the assumption that it will be, maybe this will head off confusion.

"Midnight on the Water" was a fiddle tune long before anyone wrote words for it, and it is still often recorded as such. It is often assumed to be traditional but Luke Thomasson probably wrote it. His son, Benny Thomasson, recorded it in 1970. (Click here for more information.)

John Croziat wrote one set of lyrics, and Kate Wolf recorded them in 1977. These have been posted here, here, here, and here.

Ron Kavana wrote and recorded different lyrics in 1989. They have been posted here, here, here, and here.

Many people have recorded one version or another, but I haven't taken the time to sort them all out.^^
I moved this message here from another thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Tune Add: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: masato sakurai
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 09:49 AM

Entry at The Fiddler's Companion:
MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER. Old-Time, Waltz. USA, Texas. D Major. DDAD. AABB (Spandaro): AA'BB' (Brody, Matthiesen, Reiner & Anick). This popular composition is usually credited to Texas fiddler Luke Thomasson, although it has been published that Luke's son Benny (a famous Texas-style fiddler who popularized the melody) long remembered the night he heard both his father and uncle composing the tune on the family porch (c. 1900?). Several sources have noted this tune's resemblance to an Oklahoma-collected tune called "Old Paint," and there is an ongoing debate about whether "Midnight" is derivative of "Paint" (or vice versa). The Library of Congress recording "Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls from Texas" (LOC lp L28), collected by John A. Lomax and edited by Duncan Emrich, has a version of the "Paint" song by Jess Morris which has quite similar melodic material with "Midnight on the Water." The liner notes to the album point out that Morris was born in 1878 and would perhaps have been contemporary with the Thomassons, who, like Morris, lived in the Texas panhandle. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; pg. 187. Matthiesen (The Waltz Book), 1992; pg. 35. Reiner & Anick (Old Time Fiddling Across America), 1989; pg. 137. Spandaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; pg. 21. CCF2, Cape Cod Fiddlers - "Concert Collection II" (1999). Columbia C 33397, Dave Bromberg - "Midnight on the Water" (1975). County 724, Benny Thomasson (Texas) - "Country Fiddling from the Big State." County CD2712, Art Stamper (Ky.) - "The Lost Fiddler" (c. 1982). Front Hall 01, Fennigs All Stars (New York) - "The Hammered Dulcimer." Green Linnet GLCD 3105, Aly Bain - "Lonely Bird" (1996. Learned from Jay Ungar). Philo 1023, Jay Ungar and Lyn Hardy (New York) - "Songs, Ballads and Fiddle Tunes" (1975. Learned from the playing of Fennig's All Stars). Revonah RS-932, The West Orrtanna Stringband (Pa.) - "An Orrtanna Home Companion" (1978). Rounder 0068, Mark O'Conner- "Pickin' in the Wind."

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: Cruiser
Date: 03 Aug 03 - 02:06 PM

Wedding lyrics to such an beautiful fiddle tune seems a musical violation of some sort. Many instrumentals are meant to be just that, instrumental.

Now if the lyrics are part of the original melody, then OK. Words can help one learn a fiddle tune, but Midnight on the Water! No!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: musicmick
Date: 04 Aug 03 - 01:08 AM

Dear Cruiser, I beg to disagree. I am a folk "purist", as my readers well know. But there is a considerable tradition of lyricists using traditional tunes to great advantage. Thomas Moore's "Bendemere Stream" and "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms" use traditional melodies as do Robert Burns' "Dainty Davie" and "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton". It might well be that there has not yet been a lyric written that is sufficient to the beauty of "Midnight On The Water". I was not impressed with the one I saw on this thread. Maybe, I'll give it a try. It is such a lovely air and it would make a wonderful song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
From: Hamish
Date: 04 Aug 03 - 07:32 AM

Well yes, except that the melody for the song insn't exactly the same as that for the tune. Similar, yes: but different enough to be, er, different...


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Subject: Lyr Add: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER (Judith Edelman)
From: GUEST,Midchuck in Montana
Date: 05 Aug 03 - 01:16 PM

This kind of messes up my head, but I like it.

P.

*********************************************

Midnight on the Water
Lyrics: Judith Edelman

No one was out in hour eleven
No one was watching one last moon rise
In the town they all slept undisturbed by my engines
Though I tore through the still of their midnight sky

Twenty-one years, I lied about my age.
They taught me to fly, they gave me a plane
And with my country as my witness
And my orders to obey
It was midnight on the water
When I blew that town away.

CHO:

Midnight on the water
Moon, town, sky
Midnight on the water
Goodbye.

I know that town and another just liket
I have brothers and sisters and a mother still there
In my dream they are sleeping down by the water
It's a beautiful picture from high in the air

Then I'm down in the town, calling everybody's name
No one can hear me, no one can hear the plane.
Then I wake up in a cold sweat
Every night it is the same
Midnight on the water, and I can't go home again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the Water
From: GUEST,Goldie
Date: 25 Apr 12 - 07:54 AM

I've enjoyed singing this song, learned from the singing of Norma Waterson, though I've known little about it. Am I right in thinking that each of the lines refers to a fiddle tune? so not only "Midnight on the Water" (which Is a different tune from that used for the song), "The Lark in the Morning" (which I also know as a song), and "One More For the Road" too? If so, it's so cleverly constructed - as well as being a delight to sing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the Water
From: GUEST,Jacob B
Date: 25 Apr 12 - 09:52 AM

I don't know about "One More For the Road", but "Banish Misfortune" is an Irish fiddle tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the Water
From: GUEST,stew
Date: 25 Apr 12 - 10:16 AM

Midnight On The Water
words: John Croziat, 1976, tune: traditional

There are times when I am blue
Thinking of you and me
At midnight on the water
And how it used to be
There are stars among the trees
In some old memories I know
At midnight on the water,
Not so long ago.
Though they're gone like floating dreams
The scenes were there as in a mirror
Made by the moon upon the water
And our love was never stronger
But the picture was broken
by the waves we left behind
At midnight on the water
Once upon a time.

There are times when I am blue
Thinking of you and me
At midnight on the water
And how it used to be
In the stillness of the lake
Where these thoughts take me again
At midnight on the water
Do you remember when?
Though they're gone like floating dreams
The scenes were there as in a mirror
Made by the moon upon the water
And our love was never stronger
But the picture was broken
By the waves we left behind
At midnight on the water
Once upon a time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Midnight on the Water
From: Acorn4
Date: 25 Apr 12 - 10:28 AM

The excellent Judith Edelman track referred to above is now on Youtube - well worth a watch:-

Midnight on the Water


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