Last Night at the Ha​-​Ra

by Bill Magill

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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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Track Name: Daisy
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
Track Name: Sea of Dreams
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
Track Name: Strange
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
Track Name: Into the Falls
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
Track Name: How Hard
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
Track Name: Bullet Made of Gold
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
Track Name: I Can't Wait
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
Track Name: Paralyzed
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
Track Name: Linger With Me
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
Track Name: How Hard Reprise
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
Track Name: Mad
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
Track Name: She's My Babe
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
Track Name: Ciao Ciao Au Revoir
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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