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Steve Key: Songs/Lyrics

Sylvia Just Wants to Dance

(Steve Key)
September 26, 2016
Steve Key

Sylvia was a regular at a bar I played in New York. Other than that, mostly fiction, especially the ending.

 

Hammered Dulcimer: Jem Moore
Violin: Heather Hardy
Bass: Dennis Pearne, Percussion: Mark McColl.
Recorded between November 1987 and June 1988 at George Trapani's 
studio in Seaford NY, Slope Sound in Brooklyn (Gary Ciuzio, engineer), 
and Splice of Life, Brighton MA (David Zuckerman, engineer).

Hammered Dulcimer: Jem Moore; Violin: Heather Hardy. Recorded between November 1987 and June 1988 at George Trapani's studio in Seaford NY, Slope Sound in Brooklyn (Gary Ciuzio, engineer), and Splice of Life, Brighton MA (David Zuckerman, engineer).

 

On the day after New Year's at a corner saloon
A dozen odd patrons spread out in the room
Sylvia drinks brandy alone at the bar
And mentions that she'd like to dance
 
Sylvia greets everyone who comes to the door
Especially if she's never seen them before
She gives them a kiss and a hug for the New Year
And tells them that she'd like to dance
 
Well of course I'm the one that Sylvia talks to
I'm up on a stage about ten feet away
She asks me for songs I don't really know
I just smile and continue to play
It doesn't seem to matter what song I'm playing
Sylvia Just Wants to Dance
 
Sylvia says this old bar used to be
Where they had bands playing every night until three
And every man at that bar would turn when she entered
Yeah, they'd line up and ask her to dance
 
So I play her that song about dancing the rhumba
She smiles and sways alone on the floor
Puts a dollar in my jar and asks for another
Sylvia Just Wants to Dance
 
By the end of my night I can see she's still there
Everybody else has passed out or gone home
I see the bartender go up to the jukebox
And this waltz plays soft and slow
He holds out his hand to the lady at the bar
And says "Come on, Sylvia, would you like to dance?"
 
On the day after New Year's at a corner saloon
A dozen odd patrons spread out in the room
Sylvia drinks brandy alone at the bar
And mentions that she'd like to dance