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Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)

17 Apr 98 - 08:36 AM (#25918)
Subject: Lyr Add: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER (Ron Kavana)
From: aldus

I think these are the words''

MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER

I never thought much/of that fancy dancin,
With my two left feet and my rovin eye.
But when the band plays so well/in that 3/4 time,
I could dance with my darlin/until mornin' comes.
Play me a fiddle tune, sing me a song.
anish misfortune, my time is not long.
Midnight on the water/so steady and slow.
Stay up til the mornin/one more for the road.
Midnight on the water/so steady and slow.
let's have another drink and set em up Joe.
Chorus
Well, I've done all my dancin/ down in those barrooms.
Dancin and drinkin go hand in glove.
So Give a beer to the fiddler, play all the old tunes
So I can dance closer to the one that I love.

Chorus

Midnight on the water so steady and slow.
Lets have another drink and set em up Joe.

Hope this is it.

Click to play


18 Apr 98 - 01:38 AM (#25949)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From:

Thanks Aldus

That's the words I have heard. I will copy them and show them to the woman I know and see what she says. What a nice little song, especially when it goes straight into the Midnight on the Water tune.

Helen


18 Apr 98 - 02:50 AM (#25954)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: JB

Martin Carthy credits Ron Kavana with writing the (above-mentioned) "song around the Texas waltz Midnight on the Water" in his liner notes for the c.d. Waterson/Carthy.


20 Apr 98 - 08:15 AM (#26005)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: aldus

Regardless of Martin Carthy"s claim as to who actually wrote the words, huge chunks of these lyrics appear in many other songs..especially Banish misfortune, my time it ain't long... other parts are found in a lot of other songs of this vintage. As for the tune, it is a great "kitchen fiddle tune" ,isn't it ?


18 Dec 99 - 01:23 PM (#151234)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: Terry Allan Hall

"Midnight On The Water" is an old Texas waltz.


18 Dec 99 - 07:14 PM (#151312)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: Susanne (skw)

IIRR, Martin Carthy DOES say that Ron Kavana was one of several people who'd tried their hand supplying words to this old tune - or something to this effect. I can't look it up just now. - Susanne


05 Feb 01 - 09:02 AM (#390304)
Subject: Lyr Add: MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER (Thomasson, Croizat
From: georgetownboy

The best version of this song I've heard is by THE MILL RUN DULCIMER BAND, Annandale, Virginia. They credit the music to Benny Thomasson, words to John Croizat.

There are times when I am blue, thinking of you and me.
Midnight on the water and how it used to be.
There are stars among the trees and some old memories I know.
Midnight on the water, not so long ago.

CHO: Though they are gone like falling leaves,
Those dreams are clear as in a mirror,
Made by the moon on the water.
And our love was never stronger,
But the picture was broken by the waves we left behind.
Midnight on the water once upon a time.

There are times when I am blue thinking of you and me,
Midnight on the water and how it used to be.
In the stillness of the lake where my thoughts turn back again.
Midnight on the water, do you remember when?

Though they are gone like floating leaves.
Those dreams are clear 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.
Midnight on the water once upon a time.

Repeat last verse.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 14-Jul-02.


16 Apr 03 - 09:18 AM (#934679)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: GUEST


16 Apr 03 - 01:06 PM (#934819)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: Stewart

What a great song! I just picked up a copy of the CD Waterson:Carthy, on which this is the last track. See this web page CLICK HERE and scroll down to the bottom for notes on this song.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


16 Apr 03 - 01:32 PM (#934840)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: McGrath of Harlow

That's one good way to make songs, pick up bits from other songs and stick them together, like a collage.


16 Apr 03 - 01:43 PM (#934852)
Subject: Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: Les from Hull

Certainly Ron Kavana wrote the words. Perhaps some of the words have been used before. Isn't that the point? It would be really difficult to write a song using words that hadn't been used before!

The song appears on Ron's 1989 CD 'Think like a hero'. Ron Kavana is an excellent songwriter, singer and musician and deserves the credit for this and the other fine songs he has written.

The (correct) words that he wrote are:

MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER (original lyrics)
(Ron Kavana)

Well I never was one for musch fancy dancin,
My two big left feet follow my wanderin' eye
But when I hear that slow air played in 3/4 time
I could waltz with my darling until morning light

(chorus)
Play me a fiddle tune sing me a song
Banish misfortune our 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
Pour me one last drink, set 'em up Joe

Now most of my waltzing has been done in barrooms
'Cos drinkin' and dancin' go hand in glove
Buy a beer for the fiddler and request that slow song
So I can dance closely with the one that I love

(chorus)


16 Apr 03 - 02:03 PM (#934865)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: GUEST,Q

The Fiddle tune, "Midnight on the Water," was composed by the Thomasson Family (date?).

An excellent performance in on the Mark O'Connor cd, "Midnight on the Water. Mark O'Connor learned it from Benny Thomasson. On the track listing, a clip of the O'Connor recasting of the tune is available in Real Audio. Midnight on the Water


16 Apr 03 - 02:23 PM (#934879)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: sharyn

I have heard that there is another set of words to this tune, nothing like the Ron Kavana words. Does anyone know?


16 Apr 03 - 02:34 PM (#934885)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: GUEST,Q

Luke Thomasson, waltz "Midnight on the Water." Tab and notes by John Holman at Midnight on the Water
This may differ quite a bit from the Luke Thomasson original. A tab by Bryan Kimsey is at Midnight on the Water

Chords and brief sheet music at wildfiddle: Midnight on the Water


16 Apr 03 - 02:42 PM (#934891)
Subject: RE: lyrics to Midnight on the Water
From: GUEST,Q

I have heard that words were set to the waltz, but I have no idea who or what. The tune is treated as an instrumental in all the recordings that I can find. I woud like to find them too.


16 Apr 03 - 06:59 PM (#935037)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: GUEST,Q

Crozat words to Tomasson's Midnight On the Water in thread 30387, 05 Feb 01. Apparently this has all been posted before. Midnight on the Water lyrics


29 Oct 03 - 02:26 AM (#1043608)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: GUEST,Guest

Judith Edelman has recorded this tune on her "Only Sun" CD and set different words to it. 1998 Compass Records.


26 Sep 04 - 03:39 PM (#1281606)
Subject: Add: Midnight on the Water (John Croizat)
From: GUEST,Rosie Mundy

I have a recording of the late Kate Wolf singing Midnight on the Water. The words are entirely different for those of Ron Kavana.

MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
(John Croizat - as sung by Kate Wolf)

There are times when I am blue thinking of you and me
At midnight on the water and how it used to be.
The 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.


I only have the recording on a tape, so I don't know who wrote these words.


Rosie Mundy.


27 Sep 04 - 01:50 AM (#1281989)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: open mike

the one that kate sang is by John Croizat.
this has been discussed many timie before here..
follow the bouncing blue clicky..


22 Mar 09 - 09:39 PM (#2594993)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: GUEST

According to Kate's site, John Croizat wrote they lyrics. The music is traditional. You might enjoy hearing Caroline Herring's version of this song. http://www.myspace.com/carolineherring


28 Dec 10 - 07:43 AM (#3062460)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: GUEST,mqharris

Yes, Caroline Herring's version of this will knock your socks off. Not only does she do a beautiful instrumental on the guitar, her voice will will make you swoon.


28 Dec 10 - 08:20 AM (#3062476)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: BanjoRay

Yup - Caroline Herring's version is gorgeous.


28 Dec 10 - 10:53 AM (#3062547)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: Tootler

I much prefer the Ron Kavana lyrics with the fiddle tune references in the chorus.

I was somewhat underwhelmed by Caroline Herring's version, but that's a matter of personal taste.

I have heard Steve Dawes do the Ron Kavana version a few times with Midnight on the Water tune played on Harmonica which I much prefer.


29 Dec 10 - 01:07 AM (#3063066)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: PHJim

I played in a group, The Piper's Hut, in the '90s who used John Croizat's lovely lyrics to this song. They manage to capture the mood perfectly.


26 Jan 12 - 02:26 AM (#3296427)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: GUEST,bolddubhglas

I think that it is good that Traditional music is constantly evolving. Its part of the Oral Tradition where songs may be misheard, as like Chinese whispers, over time we end up with several variants of an original song or ballad. Ron Kavana certainly add some words but kept to an old tradition. Who knows how far back this tune goes? It was probably taken to the US by British Emigrants in the 18th or 19th centuries. Its a lovely tune though.


26 Jan 12 - 03:07 AM (#3296437)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: GUEST,FloraG

Warning. Its a great tune and song but you need the voice to go with it. Mine just isn't good enough. I can sing all the words in the right order and in tune but I know its not a good listen.
FloraG.


26 Jan 12 - 07:10 AM (#3296516)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: Peter C

Guest, Q is correct. The tune is by the Thomasson family from Texas, not traditional - 1950's?


19 Mar 12 - 04:43 PM (#3325348)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Midnight on the Water (Ron Kavana)
From: GUEST,blazerD

sounds a lot like like "old paint" to me