MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER

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  • MIDNIGHT ON THE WATER
    “Midnight on the Water” was a fiddle tune long before anyone wrote words for it, and it is
    still often recorded as such. It is often assumed to be traditional but Luke Thomasson
    probably wrote it. His son, Benny Thomasson, recorded it in 1970. John Kroziat wrote
    one set of lyrics, and Kate Wolf recorded them in 1977. Several sources have noted this
    tune’s resemblance to an Oklahoma-collected tune called “Old Paint,” and there is an
    ongoing debate about whether “Midnight” is derivative of “Paint” (or vice versa). The
    Library of Congress recording “Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls from Texas”,
    collected by John A. Lomax and edited by Duncan Emrich, has a version of the “Paint”
    song by Jess Morris which has quite similar melodic material with “Midnight on the
    Water.” The liner notes to the album point out that Morris was born in 1878 and would
    perhaps have been contemporary with the Thomassons, who, like Morris, lived in the
    Texas panhandle.
    There are times that I am blue
    thinking of you and me
    At Midnight on the Water
    And how it used to be
    There are stars among the trees
    In some old memories I know
    At Midnight on the Water
    Not so long ago
    Though they’re gone like floating dreams
    The scenes were there as in a mirror
    Made by the moon upon the water
    And our love was never stronger
    But the picture was broken
    by the waves we left behind
    At Midnight on the Water
    Once upon a time
    There are times when I am blue
    Thinking of you and me
    At Midnight on the Water
    And how it used to be
    In the stillness of the lake
    Where these thoughts take me again
    At Midnight on the Water
    Do you remember when?
    Though they’re gone like floating dreams
    The scenes were there as in a mirror
    Made by the moon upon the water
    And our love was never stronger
    But the picture was broken
    by the waves we left behind
  • At Midnight on the Water
    Once upon a time