Last Night at the Ha​-​Ra

by Bill Magill

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1.
Daisy 02:19
daisy we're getting soft and lazy growing old and sleepy by the tv just lounging around bored with ourselves outside the night life people like the street lamps twinkle oh they dazzle walking somewhere we're sitting here tonight dress up put on your shine and kiss me pick out a tie and tie me when you're ready give me your arm baby we're gone daisy am I looking grand cause you're dazzling and we're gonna shine in the bar light at the ha-ra leading the cheer out with the crowd singing our song out in the night tonight
2.
I'm sailing on a sea of dreams every day and every night every time I think of you come and sail away with me sail with me upon that sea of dreams think of things to do together things to do in sunny weather things to do in rainy weather I'm sailing on a sea of dreams every day and every night every time I think of you come and sail away with me sail with me upon this sea of dreams swaying to an easy rhythm tremolo and underdriven corporeal and gentle motion I saw you in this smokey bar it was a pulsing hopping club and across the court our eyes locked and time stopped it was just a moment that lingered and it lingered and it lingered I'm sailing on a sea of dreams every day and every night every time I think of you come and sail away with me sail with me upon this sea of dreams out upon this sea of dreams
3.
Strange 03:21
if I say hello tomorrow, tomorrow to a face that I don't know tomorrow, tomorrow put a needle in my arm let it drip and I'll be gone in a fog of summer holidays then plant your kiss upon my head lay me back upon our bed and when I'm dead the love you see will never be strange if I don't recognize tomorrow, tomorrow the lips I've kissed a million times tomorrow, tomorrow bring me roses full in bloom with photographs around our room play some Tony Bennett, promise me hold my hand while I slip away then call the paramedics say he's gone but it was all on me I couldn't bear to be strange make me laugh until I cry remember all the reasons why I drove you mad, my crazy ways remember me in blazing shades of indigo and vivid red not grey I never want to fade to grey I don't want to fade away don't want to be strange
4.
pull me in cause I'm ready to swim out to the edge and over that wall and into the falls with you try me now cause I'm ready to go under your spell just a snap or a bell will get me to tell that I think that we will be just fine if we hold on tight when we’re falling tell me now are we fooling ourselves lost in a dream dreamers vicariously selfish and free well lets be Wallendas it's suicide in the barrel ride alone at the edge but I’ll tumble and bruise together with you cause I know that we will be just fine if we hold on tight when we’re falling and if we fall together I fall with you
5.
How Hard 01:17
how hard do you think I am just how hard do you think I am lift me up don't let me break don't let me lose this life of faith 'cause I'm tough now tough ain't enough how tough I got to be just how tough you want me to be tough enough to take the pain and still believe in our lying game just how hard is hard enough how hard do you think I am how hard I got to be do you think I am
6.
you shot me with your bullet made of gold your little lies, your kisses got it sold your pirate eyes and a little bit on show and your bullet made of gold dead eye you laid me out dead cold my oh my, you knew so well that role just a hint of blue, a little dash soul and a bullet made of gold you caught me staring at the sun I was paralyzed and my trigger finger numb I had nowhere to hide, no time to run from your bullet made of gold now I’m done, I’m laid out in the dust and in my heart there’s a bullet made of gold I gotta dig it out, my heart won’t let it go your bullet made of gold, gold I gotta dig it out but my heart won’t let it go your bullet made of gold
7.
I Can't Wait 03:15
another night is ending but this ain't just another night and I'm pretending things might turn out the way they might the queen of my dreams just kissed me goodnight tonight I can't wait to see her again this million dollar evening her million dollar smile leaves me believing that I would drive a million miles a billion or more if they led me right to her door I can't wait to see her again I want to see her again the moon above is beaming it softly lights the earth below soon I'll be dreaming but just one prayer before I go what can I say god quick bring me a brand new day I can't wait to see her again I can't wait to see her again I can't wait to see her again
8.
Paralyzed 02:48
stand and stare up at the sun take its full embrace stare up at the sun let it wash upon your face you know that isn't wise but you can't look away just stare up at the sun even though you know you'll pay it leaves me paralyzed I can't look away I hold my hands up to my eyes but I'm blind and it's too late it leaves me powerless from the brilliant blazing high the way she moves that summer dress it leaves me paralyzed you’re an educated man with a firm belief in god a warm and loving family and you know your rights and your wrongs you know what you should do there's nothing left to say there's no argument at all it's as clear as night and day tonight you'll hold her and you'll dance mariachis play kneel to smell her skin feel her body sway your head spins round and round you struggle with a way to say mi corazón, mi corazón mi corazón mi pay it leaves me paralyzed I can't look away I hold my hands up to my eyes but I'm blind and it's too late It leaves me powerless from the brilliant blazing high the way she moves that summer dress it leaves me paralyzed
9.
linger with me after the show all that thunder and holy rolling linger with me stay close to me don't let go fingers gently whispers softly so close to me after the climax and midnight sparklers linger with me linger with me mon amour I'll be gainsbourg and you well you’re jane birkin linger with me I'll be gainsbourg and you jane birkin linger with me give me thunder and holy rollin’ and linger with me - reste, reste encore près de moi abandonne toi - mon amour, viens reste là gentle fingers, whispers softly linger with me - caresse moi, caresse moi - chuchote-moi des mots d’amour - embrasse moi our slow crescendos and midnight sparkle linger with me - je suis au paradis - caresse moi encore, encore, encore I’ll be gainsbourg and you jane birkin - oh oui, tu es mon gainsbourg - je suis ta birkin I'll be gainsbourg and you, je suis jane birkin linger with me
10.
how hard do you think I am how hard do you think I am lift me up don't let me break don't let me lose this life of faith 'cause I'm tough now tough ain't enough how tough do you I got to be how tough I got to be tough enough to take the pain and still believe in our lying game just how hard is hard enough
11.
Mad 03:58
I would give away my family my home all I've come to know love and adore I'd turn away I'd close that door on all before open yours show me what you need spend my final dime tell me you need more and I'll gladly turn to crime live my live by your design your wish is mine soon you'll find that I'm madly in love I can hear the bells ringing out this morning the temple of our love is my new religion born I sacrifice my love and life for those of we who long to be so madly in love I'm madly in love with you what can I do so mad for you yeah it's true I'm madly in love madly in love
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13.
adam took the apple red lifted it to his lips and said lord I love your garden green but Eve is my baby she’s my baby, she’s my babe she’s my baby, she’s my babe riff said man you’re gonna die chino’s got a 45 dancing with that PR rose I'm going to find you dead but she’s my baby, she’s my babe she’s my baby, she’s my babe the jets are cool, but she’s my babe the world is cruel, but she’s my babe swinging hips and pouty lips howard loved her fingertips anna loved his vein of gold he played the happy fool cause she’s his baby, she’s his babe she’s his baby, she’s his babe you play the fool, when she’s your babe fuck all the rules, when she’s your babe walking on a bed of coals I dive into the falls below I handle snakes and sell my soul anything for you cause you’re my baby, you’re my babe you’re my baby, you’re my babe I walk the line, cause you’re my babe when you're mine, when you’re my babe adam took the apple red held it to his lips and said lord I love your garden green but eve is my baby she’s my baby, she’s my babe she’s my baby, she’s my babe I love the dream, but she's my babe there is no sin, when she's my babe she’s my baby riff, she’s my babe she’s my baby, she’s my babe the jets are cool, maria is my babe the world is cruel, but she's my babe
14.
hello my friends so good to see you again and hear how your day has been and tell you my good news and some bad some days are happy and some are sad it’s okay when I have all you around so many reasons to smile ciao ciao au revoir to memories with you au revoir ciao ciao and how they leave me blue to friends who leave and friends already gone ciao ciao au revoir here’s to our last hurrah to us santé if memories never fade and holidays never end will we treasure the times to laugh and to sing to us and memories sure to sting our eyes but I have you all around and a reason to smile ciao ciao au revoir to memories with you au revoir ciao ciao to never feeling blue from les beaux moments and thoughts of losing you ciao ciao au revoir here’s to our last hurrah

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The music review blog Klef Notes writes "Not since Rodgers and Hammerstein and Elton John have we been graced with dramatic music like this." Last Night at the Ha-Ra is a rock drama centered on a neighborhood bar in San Francisco and the vivid loves and lives of the friends who take up the stools therein. These 14 songs range widely, from bluesy rock to melancholy ballads and even a spirited mariachi selection, with a story thread that connects one couple in particular - Daisy and Lou - from their initial tumble of love to seductive temptations and through to their final moments of devotion. Please enjoy.

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released September 12, 2018

Last Night at the Ha-Ra was recorded in 2018 with The Vivid Stage, a group Bill founded with Russell Cottier (production), David Dower (keyboards and musical direction), and Jon Fellowes (guitars). Last Night was recorded at La Buissonne studios in Provence, France, with additional sessions at Parr Street Studios (Liverpool), and Megasonic Sound (Oakland, California). Numerous guests contributed, including Pete Thomas (drummer for Elvis Costello and the Attractions), Daniel Mille (award winning French accordionist), Rie Sinclair (LA-based recording artist and chanteuse sublime), and Mariachi Neuva Generacion of San Francisco.

All songs were produced by Russell Cottier.
Paralyzed was engineered and co-produced by Gary Mankin.

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Bill Magill Aix En Provence, France

Bill began joining rock bands in the mid 1970s as a teen in Pennsylvania. He played on various EPs with the garage punk quartet Tina Peel and his first full-length LP – Eskimo in the Sun – was recorded in San Francisco and released in 1996. His latest LP – Last Night at the Ha-Ra – was recorded principally at La Buissonne in France and released in 2018. ... more

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