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Thread #18166   Message #178916
Posted By: Songster Bob
15-Feb-00 - 03:45 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat Island Folk Festival
Subject: Lyr Add: BEACH COTTAGE WALTZ (Bob Clayton)
Up from the beach comes an older man, guitar in a shoulder bag, puffing from the rowing he's had to do (tide's out and he rowed the length of the causeway, cursing all the way). After getting his bearings and a belt or two, he opens the guitar case and invites the fiddlers to join him (Key of D, 3/4 time, and watch the modal change in that repeating line at the end of each stanza -- that penultimate line).

BEACH COTTAGE WALTZ

Hush, hush, don't you hear it,
The soothing surf sound of the sea?
Down by the beach in the moonlight
Is the place that I'd rather be, be,
Is the place that I'd rather be.

Chorus:

And still, it's a wonderful place to be,
In that little house by the edge of the sea.
The sea and the sand, the breeze and the foam,
'Round my little beach cottage home, home,
'Round my little beach cottage home.


Old, old is the water,
Endlessly moving, the tide.
The bright moon hangs high like a painting,
As the earth takes us all for a ride, ride,
As the earth takes us all for a ride.

Chorus:

The sun and the sand in the summer,
The flight of the goose in the fall,
The drear, icy wind in the winter
Are the signs of time's endless call, call,
Are the signs of time's endless call.

Chorus:

So, hush, hush, don't you hear it,
The soothing surf sound of the sea?
The ocean goes rolling forever
Without taking notice of me, me,
Without taking notice of me.

Chorus:


After the song dies down, he asks, "That fresh bread done yet? And where's more rum?" For the few who don't know him, or who wonder who wrote the song, he says, "Bob Clayton."

Then he settles back with his guitar, to accompany as many of the other songs as he can follow, occasionally resorting to harmonica or banjo (the case was at least a double-case; maybe the mandolin's in there, too).