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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

IN THIS HOTEL - lyrics - and comments




I wrote this song when we drove into Mexico one time... Didn't see many road signs... saw a bar, a Hotel with a cantina called "THE CRYSTAL MOON SALOON"...and just  downstairs from this small 3-story  white hotel  is a big patio and bar/ cantina on the sea...  Then this song takes over... Vocals by W.G  Milne, lyrical lead guitar by Peter Rowland. This is one of my favorite songs, period! Even if I did write it, I love Peter's playing on this one.as his solos drift in between the verses (C) 1996-2016 by W.G.Milne. Peter Rowland did most of the musical production in the song.
          
         Now we enter the song musically, with our ears we drift into a different landscape, that place where songs live - in the imagination and the unconscious heart...
                    

                          "And in the cantina
                             Music plays
                        And laughing signorina knows
                                No other place."




"In this hotel
The night is quite interesting
The doorman has lost the keys
I can't get no relief

And I, I've lost the travel map
The driver's drunk
He takes a nap
Under the trees

Ah, the walls are white
Outside... is no light
We can keep"

The song unfolds like a dream... the intervals in which
the lead guitar is soaring, singing, is the music of a dream.

And the spaces between verses are not equal in length....
      The verses, themselves, vary in  length and the number
of the lines... drifting in and out of consciousness, like the sound of the sea just below the cantina.

      The song enters and leaves the mind with the feeling of a dream... or the feel of being on the nod on a very good drug... where the land of sleep and dreams is never far off - the twilight world is here - that lives between sleeping and waking... the dream land, the land of origins, the land of the soul... the land of hot music.







"As I lie here...
Oh, I had such dreams -
Of what you are and what you were to me...
And the music plays... ...
              In the cantina
                       That is like no other place."


"In the dawn the birds are signing
And I hear you gently breathe
In the walls the steeple bells are ringing
Now there's no need to leave"

long instru

"In this hotel, 
whose name I can't recall
I lost the keys, I lost them all
I had with me

I've lost my travel map
My driver's drunk
He takes a nap
Under the trees



And signorina...
Comes to lie with me,
Just as your daughter leaves
Around midnight

In this hotel..."

Instru

"As I lie here
Oh, I have such dreams...
What you are and what you were to me
And the music plays..."

"In the cantina...
That is like no other place..."

Instru    (short vocal wail)

In this hotel
Whose name I can't recall
I lost the keys, I lost it all
I had with me

I've lost my travel map
My driver's drunk, he takes a nap
Under the trees


In the dawn the birds are singing
And I hear you gently breathe
In the walls the steeple bells are ringing
Now there's no need to leave

instru

The night is quite interesting...

The doorman has lost the keys
 Can't get no relief




Oh in the cantina...
Music plays
And laughing signorina
She knows no other place

In this hotel
Whose name I can't recall
I lost the keys
I lost it all
I had with me"

(Vocal drift-wail...refrain, no words)

And signorina
Comes to lie with me
Just as your daughter leaves

As the waves go,
Oh as the waves go..."

(Song slowly rides into the sunset
on the waves of this
soaring lead guitar...)

Song sends up being a beautiful wave and blend
of vocal and lead guitar virtuosity.

You must understand - we hadn't rehearsed this song, not even once... so when a chord change jumped up suddenly, I had to adapt instantly and change the tenure of each word. If we had rehearsed it, we probably wouldn't have done it this well. Sometimes it's best to let the Graces take you blindfolded into the fray.
                                              
I'm gonna pretend I planned the whole performance this way!

(Song cut a bit short).


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