We Took On The Town

by donnie joe's American Swing

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It doesn’t matter If life is getting us down The World’s on a platter When we take on the town Don’t need my best pressed Don’t need no ermine or gown Still the best dressed When we take on the town No one here can top us Dancing down the street Oh, even with our 6 left feet If there’s no brass ring No reason for us to frown Still out hearts sing When we take on the town Goodbye to humble pie You make me walk on air OH you make me feel like Fred Astaire You take your millions Don’t need no fame or renown We got zillions When we take on the town When we take on the town!
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It is only a paper moon Sailing over a cardboard sea But it wouldn't be make believe If you believed in me Yes, it's only a canvas sky Hangin' over a muslin tree But it wouldn't be make believe If you believed in me Without your love It's a honky tonk parade Without your love It's a melody played in a penny arcade It's a Barnum and Bailey world Just as phony as it can be But it wouldn't be make believe If you believed in me
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I want to be a sideman Just an ordinary sideman A go along for the ride man Responsibility free I want to fill behind the vocal Double on flute and Jam on the blues I want to go and join the local Buy a dark suit and start payin’ dues I want to maintain my book in neatly numbered order I want to listen to Lester Young on my recorder I want to play while the people dance I want to press my own coat and pants I want to ask for an advance I want to be a sideman I want to be a sideman Just a highly qualified man A real professional pride man Old indispensable me Now I can cut whatever comes up Fake and transpose and I won’t make a fuss I want to set the vibes and drums up Sightread the shows and Sleep on the bus I want to spend all my time with music and musicians I want to go out and grab a smoke on intermissions I want to sleep in the afternoons And let the leader call all the tunes I want to be young I want to have fun I want to be a sideman I want to work for a superstar I want to hang in the hotel bar I want to be young I want to have fun I want to be a sideman
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Don't mind the rain drops Wait till the rain stops You’ll find the sun, laughing at life No road is lonely, If you will only Lose all your blues. laughing at life Just live for tomorrow, and be happy today Laugh all your sorrows away Start now and cheer up The skies will clear up Lose all your blues, laughing at life
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Splanky 04:38
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Do you know what it means To miss New Orleans And miss it each night and day I know I’m not wrong And this feeling's gettin' stronger The longer I stay away Miss them moss covered vines The tall sugar pines Where mocking birds used to sing And I'd like to see That lazy Mississippi Hurryin' into spring The moonlight on the bayou A creole tune that fills the air I dream about magnolias in bloom And I'm wishin' I was there Do you know what it means To miss New Orleans When that's where you left your heart And there's one thing more I miss the one I care for More than I miss New Orleans The Mardi Gras and the memories Of creole tunes that filled the air I dream of oleanders in June And soon I'm wishing that I was there Do you know what it means To miss New Orleans When that's where you left your heart And there's one thing more I miss the one I care for More than I miss New Orleans
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That old black magic has me in its spell That old black magic that you weave so well Those icy fingers up and down my spine The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine I get the same, I get the same I get the same old tingle that I feel inside And then that elevator starts its ride And down and down I go Round and round I go Like a leaf that's caught in a tide I should stay away but what can I do I hear your name, and I'm aflame A flame with such a burning desire That only your kiss can put out the fire For you’re the lover that I've waited for And your the mate that fate had me created for And every time your lips meet mine Baby down and down I go Round and round I go In a spin Loving the spin that I'm in Under that old black magic called love
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I've flown around the world in a plane I've settled revolutions in Spain The North Pole I have charted, but I can't get started with you Around the golf course I'm under par And all the movies want me to star I've got a house, a show case But I can’t get no place with you You're so supreme Lyrics I write of you Scheme, Just for a sight of you I Dream Both day and night of you But what good does it do? In 2008 I sold short Now in England they want to take me to court But you've got me downhearted Cause I can't get started with you
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Centerpiece 03:06
The more I'm with you pretty baby The more I feel my love increase I'm building all my dreams around you Our happiness will never cease But nothing's any good without you Cause baby you're my centerpiece I buy a house and garden somewhere Along a country road a piece A little cottage on the outskirts Where we can really find release But nothing's any good without you Cause baby you're my centerpiece
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Heaven, I'm in heaven And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak But I seem to find the happiness I seek When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek Heaven, I'm in heaven And the cares that hung around me through the week Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek Oh I love to climb a mountain And reach the highest peak But it doesn't thrill me half as much As dancing cheek to cheek Oh I love to go out fishing In a river or a creek But it wouldn't thrill me half as much As dancing cheek to cheek Oh won't you come dance with me I want my arms about you Those charms about you Will carry me through... To heaven, I'm in heaven And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak And I seem to find the happiness I seek When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek

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donnie joe's American Swing
We Took On The Town

Recorded Live At JunkYard Studios, Newport, Wales, UK
10 April & 14 May 2016

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released October 31, 2020

Don ‘donnie joe’Sweeney - Guitar & Vocals
Heulwen Thomas - Fiddle & Vocals
Tamasin Reardon - Alto Saxophone
Gareth Hall - Piano & Vocals
Ashley-John Long - Upright Bass
Greg Evans - Drums & Vocals

All songs arranged by Don ‘donnie joe’ Sweeney

Produced by FeelGood Music & Don ‘donnie joe’ Sweeney
Executive Producers - Jamie Young & Gareth Hall
Engineering and Mastering - Jamie Young

CD cover design: Don ‘donnie joe’ Sweeney
painting 'the town' by Amber Mae Sweeney
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Swinging jazz, Witty tunes, Infectious rhythms, and Poignant songs; donnie joe's American Swing brings them all together for the best of the 30s, 40s, 50s, & 60s. Music with a beat that will surely put a smile on your face, get your toes tapping, and make you feel like dancing. ... more

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