Rita Connolly - TARA 3029
Rita Connolly
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(1) Venezuela
(2) Miracles
(3) a. Factory Girl,
  b. Same Old Man
(4) Stormy Weather
(5) Alice In Jericho
(6) Fanny Hawke
(7) It's Really Pouring
(8) Two Of Us
(9) Amiens
(10) Red Dust
(11) Dreams In The Morning
(12) Close Your Eyes

 
 
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Grainuaile- Shaun Davey
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May We Never Have To Say Goodbye - Shaun Davey

 

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MUSICIANS

Rita Connolly - Vocals
Shaun Davey - Keyboards, vocals.
Davy Spillane - Low whistle
Palle Mikkelborg - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Helen Davies - Harp
Mairtin O'Connor - Button Accordion
Liam O'Flynn - Uilleann Pipes
Ray Lynam - Vocals
The Voice Squad - Vocals
The Wind Machine - Brass
Paul Mc Ateer / Paul Moran , Drums
Eoghan O'Neill / John Drummond / Tony Molloy - Bass
Des Moore / Greg Boland / Gerry O'Beirne / Philip Donnelly / Anthony Drennan - Guitars
James Delaney - Keyboards
Jack Bayle / Sean Fleming -Trombone
William Dowdal - Flute
Inez Connolly / Ursula Connolly / Peter Connolly - Vocals
Members Of The National Philharmonic Choir.

Produced by : Shaun Davey & Rita Connolly.
Engineered & Mixed by : Bill Somerville Large.
Additional Engineering : John Grimes, Brian Masterson.
Engineering Assistants : Sarah McCann , Lorcan Roche, Stephen Rushe.
Recorded at : Westland Studios, Dublin and Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin.

Track Notes

1. VENEZUELA (Trad. Arr. Connolly/Davey)

I met her in Venezuela
With a basket on her head
And if she loved others
Well she didn't say
But I knew she'd do to pass away
To pass away the time in Venezuela
To pass away the time in Venezuela

I bought her a beautiful silken sash of blue
A beautiful sash of blue
Because I knew that she would do
With all the tricks I knew she knew
To pass away the time in Venezuela
To pass away the time in Venezuela

Her lingo was strange
But the thought of her beautiful smile
The thought of her beautiful smile
Will haunt me and taunt me
For many's the mile
For she was my girl and she did the while
To pass away the time in Venezuela
To pass away the time in Venezuela

The wind was out to sea, out to sea
The wind was out to sea
And she was taking leave of me
I said cheer up there'll always be
There'll always be sailors ashore in Venezuela
There'll always be sailors ashore in Venezuela

2. MIRACLES (Shaun Davey)

Blue hazy mountains
swimming in a coral sea
timber Danish houses
the couple who had quarreled in
New York, their faces red
lying in a bed beneath a ceiling fan
and talk about the hurricane

Columbus's footsteps echo
through colonial halls
cannons in the discos and
barricaded walls in the faces in the street
Laughter and pain interfacing like waves on the sand
Oh , like waves on the sand

Trouble in paradise
with too many takers
Hugo blew the roofs away
across the desert acres
now the pavement rumbles
with the high hats and the bass drums
the rum punch get stronger
as the plantation crumbles

Over the ocean
there are caravels
searching in the tropic haze
and the lighthouse shines
down by Gallows Bay
There'll be wonders and signs in a heartbeat
So why not a miracle

Oh when the stars ablaze
lie like stepping stones across the seaways
there'll be wonders and signs in a heartbeat
so why not a miracle

Over the ocean
there'll be meadows silver rivers and a rainbow
there'll be wonders and signs in a heartbeat
so why not a miracle

3. (a) FACTORY GIRL (Trad. Arr. Connolly/Davey)

Well I ain't gonna work in the factory
And greasy-up my clothes
I ain't gonna work in the factory
And splinters in my toes
Pity me my darlin'
Pity me I say
Pity me my darlin'
And carry my blues away

And I ain't gonna hear that old spinnin' wheel
Rollin' round in my head
When other girls is hard at work
I'll be home in bed
Pity me my darlin'
Pity me I say
Pity me my darlin'
And carry my blues away

And I ain't gonna work in the factory
And greasy-up my clothes
I ain't gonna work in the factory
And splinters in my toes
Pity me my darlin'
Pity me I say
Pity me my darlin'
And carry my blues away

3. (b) SAME OLD MAN (Trad. Arr. Connolly/Davey)

Same old man workin' at the mill
Mill turns around of it's own free will
With a hand in the hopper
And the other in the sack
Ladies step forward
And the gents fall back

Down flew an owl with it's head all white
Lonesome day and a lonesome night
Thought I heard a pretty girl say
Work all night and you sleep next day

Same old man….

Well then said the raven as she flew
If I was a young one I'd have two
One for to fetch and the other for to sew
I'd have a string for my bow, bow, bow

Same old man….

My old man's in Kalamazoo
And he don't wear no yes I do
First to the left and then to the right
This old mill grinds day and night

Same old man….

4. STORMY WEATHER Harold Arian & Ted Koehler (Arr. Connolly, Mikkelborg , Moore)

Don't know why,
Ain't no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain't together
Keeps raining all of the time

In despair
Gloom and misery everywhere
Stormy weather
just can't pull my poor self together
So weary all of the time

Day he went away
The blues came in and met me
If he don't come back
Old rocking chair will get me
All I do is pray the Lord above
Will let me
Walk in the sun once more

Can't go on
All I have in life is gone
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain't together
Keeps raining all of the time

5. ALICE IN JERICHO Thom Moore (Arr. Davey)

Now the natural part of a Nazarine man
Is the life he'll give for his own blood band
And there's nothing left over for the Philistines too
Not the land they lost, nor the life they knew
And the Prophet's Peace of a thousand years
Meant nothing but blood, means nothing but tears

Now she's probably gone
Now don't you know
Alice tried to live in Jericho
Didn't care about Hebrew's 'Promised Land'
She said "I'll get by as best I can"

When you get a bad mix in a tiny land
Every few damned years it seems
Things get out of hand
Between bandit Princes and the Holy Wars
Spilling blood in his name is a righteous chore
Alice is innocent in a Levantine town
And that's the first kind of Heroes cut down

Now I don't know if she's really gone
But I'm thinking of the range of an average bomb
Or maybe the knife in a righteous hand
Shortened her life in the Holy Land
But what I hope for her as best of all
Is that she only got shaken in the great downfall

Now she's probably gone
Now don't you know
Alice tried to live in Jericho
Didn't care about Hebrew's 'Promised Land'
She said "I'll get by as best I can"

6. FANNY HAWKE (Words : Sebastian Barry, Music : Shaun Davey)

Fanny Hawke
Leaving
No-one on the pier to wave her away

goodbye to the baskets
In an angle in the breakfast room
Goodbye little brother
With your long face
Small smooth shells on the great strands

Come little Fanny Hawke
Be an outlaw for us
Bring what you own
In a sea-box

Your linens
Your simplest stitchings
Your evening headcloths
Your confident plainness

Look at your elegant son
Squaring up landscapes
And your other son
A captain in a war

All happening as you set out
Oh Fanny

7. IT'S REALLY POURING Rita Connolly (Arr. Davies, Connolly, Davey)

It's really really pouring
Falling from the heavens
Raining outside
Raining inside
Give me an umbrella
I need some protection
From this rain

Our love is like the weather
Changing ever changing
One day sunshine
Next day gale winds
Give me a warm blanket
I need some protection
From these winds

Look at us now
Swings and roundabouts
When I'm in sunshine
You're in a rainstorm

It's really really pouring
Sunshine from the heavens
To my soul
Sunny outside
Sunny inside
Give me an umbrella
I need some protection
From this sun

8. TWO OF US (Words & Music : Lennon & McCartney)

Two of us riding nowhere
Spending someone's hard earned pay
You and me on Sunday driving
Not arriving on our way back home
We're on our way home
We're going home

Two of us sending postcards
Writing letters on my wall
You and me burning matches
Lifting latches on our way back home
We're on our way home
We're going home

You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches
Out ahead

Two of us wearing raincoats
Standing so low in the sun
You and me chasing paper
Getting nowhere on our way back home
We're on our way
We're going home

9. AMIENS Shaun Davey

Mists on the Somme
On the quays
Medieval glass
And princes on their knees

Kings and Queens of France
On the walls of the Cathedral

Who feels the earth move
With the times
And who fell from heaven
Behind the lines

Kings and Queens of France
On the walls of the Cathedral

Amiens it's over
Amiens it's over

Who went the distance
And who tried
And whose children
Were forever left behind

Who flew from Arras
In the wind
Between Lille
St. Omer and Bethune

Mist is on the Somme
On the walls of the Cathedral
Kings and Queens of France
On the walls of the Cathedral

Amiens it's over
Amiens it's over

10. RED DUST Rita Connolly (Arr. Connolly, Drennan , Molloy, Moran , Delaney)

Red dust blew in from the Sahara today
They tell us there's nothing to fear
Margaret she worried about it all
But she didn't live through the year

She didn't live through the dust
You will return to dust
You have returned red dust
You will turn my head

I'm watching the sun falling
Falling from the sky
It's reflected in the pond
And it's reflected in my mind
It reminds me of the dress she wore
When they put her in the ground

When they put her in the dust
You will return to dust
You have returned to red dust
You will turn in my head

Doesn't the pain ever go away
Makes living so much harder
Leave behind your superstitious mind
Start again tomorrow

Red dust blew in from the Sahara today
They tell us there's nothing to fear
Margaret she worried about it all
But she didn't live through the year

11. DREAMS IN THE MORNING Shaun Davey

Dream
Dreaming grown up dreams you can't remember

Gone
All gone out the window with the sunrise

The night speeds away to the West
Leaving the memories of all your dreaming

Fast
Fast asleep and speeding through your slumber

Smile
Smiling in your keep you can't surrender

The night speeds away….

And you try to give a leg up
to your very best of friends
He is calling with his heart to you
We try to make amends
In the morning

Run
Run away with escapades of derring-do

Bend
Bend to pick your hopes up off the floor
once more

And you try to give a leg up

Day
Day begins with shadows in the sunlight

Warm
Heating up the breakfast to revive your soul
And you try to give a leg up….

The night speeds away….

12. CLOSE YOU EYES Rita Connolly (Arr. Davey)

Close your eyes little girl
Let the sandman come and take you
To his sleepy land
And someday maybe you'll understand
Why things can't be the way you want them

Just relax little girl
Let the sandman take the world up
Off your shoulders
And someday when your older
Maybe it won't be quiet so hard

Close your eyes, close your eyes
In the morning there'll be clear blue skies
Close your eyes, Close your eyes
You know I love you
You know I always will
Close your eyes, close your eyes

Close your eyes little girl
Let the dreams come soft and take you
To a different place
Somewhere you can really feel at peace
And things can be the way you want them

You and me little girl
We will always be together
'Til the end of time
Leave your worries and your cares behind
And let the sandman take you dreaming

Close your eyes, close your eyes….

Special Thanks :

Shaun Davey, John Grimes, Helen Davies, Palle Mikkelborg, Des Moore, Noel Eccles, Maryalicia Post, Peter Connolly, Sean Connolly, Denis Woods, Ann Jones, Sebastian Barry, Deirdre Costello, Fiona Whelan, Caroline Kennedy, RTE Library, John Cook, Corina Lundstron, P.J. Curtis, Sandy Hersch, Clare Boland.

Palle Mikkelborg appears courtesy of Sony Music.

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