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A complicated story behind this one, involving losing two family members and a musical colleague. The short story is that we celebrate their memories both with sadness and joy for having them in our lives. This is an expression of the joyful side, As my old friend Paul Lauzon wrote-ah well, you should find his beautiful song Start Again.
PS A Depanneur (Quebecois) is the corner store where you can buy what you need in a hurry.

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The depanneur sign was all very clear
Sorry we're closed, it's for the new year
Come join us, we're going to see the new band
"Dancing With Cleo", best in the land

I shuffled my feet along through the snow
Heard of their music and knew where to go
Twas just down the street, easy to see
Dancing with Cleo, on the marquee

Chorus:
Come and dance till midnight and dance till dawn
Dance on the rooftop and dance on the lawn
Dance and sweep the old year out the door
And start all over again
You can dance to Venus and dance to Mars
Circle the Sun and reach out to the stars
Drink from the Dipper and lasso El Toro
And roll a leg over the Moon

The band started playing music sublime
Enter Cleopatra in cotton so fine
She moved like the trees that bend in the breeze
Moved like the waves rolling in from the seas

Everyone of us in that fine clientelle
Followed her footsteps fell under her spell
Our feet started moving and we couldn't tell
A wave of her hand and we're off in the air

Chorus:
Come and dance till midnight and dance till dawn
Dance on the rooftop and dance on the lawn
Dance and sweep the old year out the door
And start all over again
You can dance to Venus and dance to Mars
Circle the Sun and reach out to the stars
Drink from the Dipper and lasso El Toro
And roll a leg over the Moon

The Rockies below us at dawn of the day
The Eifel Tower and Champs Elysee
The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids too
Passed in a moment as onward we flew

We must have been gone a couple of days
Off in the distance Earth in a haze
If you think this song is doggarole jive
Try dancing with Cleo, come alive as you

Chorus:
Come and dance till midnight and dance till dawn
Dance on the rooftop and dance on the lawn
Dance and sweep the old year out the door
And start all over again
You can dance to Venus and dance to Mars
Circle the Sun and reach out to the stars
Drink from the Dipper and lasso El Toro
And roll a leg over the Moon

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from A Whistle, a Tune, a Song and a Dance, released January 8, 2020
Chris: Guitar lead and rhythm and vocal; Anne: Fiddle and vocal

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Chris Rawlings Toronto, Ontario

Chris Rawlings is a honey-baritone singer, nimble-fingered guitar picker and gifted song-writer noted for his originality.

Rawlings embraces quick and complex chords and intricate harmonic and rhythmic structures. He adds authenticity to Celtic jigs and reels with a masterful touch on the recorder.
He charms with an easy voice that goes right to the heart.
See YouTube: Song of the Old Bush Pilot
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