When the Curtain Falls

from by Ray Cooper

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Based on an old Swedish polska. All parties have to come to an end, eventually. Written on the way back from the Tønder Festival in southern Denmark.


When The Curtain Falls
(Ray Cooper - based on Grinds Hans' jässpödspolska från Rättvik efter Börjes Olle)

When time divides a point is passed
Never can unsay those words
A mood can change from light to dark
When the curtain falls
I saw my friend so happy there
His tears were tears of laughter
The candle burned it's brightest flame
As we watched the dancer

So I guess I'll take you home
Then you're on your own
I'll say it again
It's for the last time
Come on and take a bow
We'll get you back somehow
When the curtain falls

They say that sometimes drunk man's words
Are thoughts he has when sober
The hell hound's never far away
His muzzle's on your shoulder
And sure we had a good time here
Until the dark clouds gathered
The parting glass is empty now
It never really mattered

So I'll take you home again
My special friend
I'll say it again it's for the last time
The demons of the day
All come back to bay
When the curtain falls

And now we're floating down the street
The music's getting fainter
The hardest part of every day
Is knowing when it's over

And thank you beer, thank you wine
For all of our times together
Everybody stand
Raise a glass in hand
A toast to better weather


from Palace of Tears, released August 29, 2014



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Ray Cooper is a singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist currently residing in the depths of Sweden where he moved in 2000. He left Oysterband in 2013 after a year in which they picked up 3 BBC2 Folk Awards and appeared live on the "Later..with Jools Holland' show. Since then he has carved out a successful solo career. ... more

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