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#1159415 - 12/08/19 10:25 AM "Over The River Tonight" Copyright 1979  
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Over The River Tonight 2:49 You can hear it at www.garyeandrews.com
1. Over The River Tonight
January 11, 1979 by Gary E. Andrews
All Rights Reserved for the Globe

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(Verse I)
Put on a hat! Take off your coat!
Babe let's you and I rent a boat!
I'll row us, To the Kentucky si-hi-hide.
We'll wait for the sun to desert us!
We'll burn a bit but it won't hurt us!
We'll wait for the silver moon to ri-hise,
(Chorus Refrain)
Over The River Toni-hi-hi-i-i-i-ight.

(Verse II)
We'll build up the fire, Put on a log!
We'll take along your spaniel dog!
He will keep us company tonight!
If I'm a bit slow movin' in,
Won't you invite me with a grin?
Spread your blanket.
Show me where to li-hie,
Over The River Tonight.

Beneath the trees, The stars, The hills,
Jumpin' fish and whip-poor-wills!
Have you ever seen the river, In moonli-ight?
I hope everything goes alright,
My boat floats and we don't fight.
I guess I'll let my conscience be my guide,
Over The River Toni-hi-hi--i--i--i-ight.

(Instrumental Bridge, about four bars)

I said, I hope everything goes alright.
My boat floats and we don't fight!
I guess I'll let my conscience be my guide,
Over The River Toni-hi-hi--i--i--i-ight!

(Verse 3)
You can wear my coat, Lay in my lap!
I suppose your momma would make a flap,
If she knew what you were gonna do to-ni-hi-a-hight!
We'll philosophize, sit and chat,
About what makes a ring around the moon like that!
We'll be talkin' 'til the first twili-hight,

Lettin' the time turn the page.
Lettin' the moon set the sta-age,
Over the river, Over The River Toni-hi-hi--i--i-a--i--i-i--i-i--i-ight.
Hi-hi-hi-i--i-i-a-i-i-i-ight (doop doop doop doo)
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"Over The River Tonight" Copyright January 11, 1979
All Rights Reserved For The Globe

If I had been in the music business in 1979 when I wrote this, this would have been the Song I would be known for. It's an uptempo love Song, and those are rare.

Songwriter Laura Wood called it "the perfect country song."

I carried a guitar in the car, even in the cold Ohio winter in those days, and sat in my car by the Ohio River. This Song came to me there in York Park, 'neath the majestic sycamores. Those old trees, Mother Nature's own, with lines only she could think of, textures, colors, shades of color. In winter they ice up in the winds coming off the river. May they live forever and a day. May I be smart enough to go and enjoy them.
This is one of the Songs you can hear on my website, one of only two I ad libbed for the fluke recording session I had that were in my first "Out of the Woodwork" copyright collection.

What were we talking about? Oh yeah. This is my 'Signature Song,' "Over The River Tonight."'

It could be the Song that takes YOU to the top of the market if you're the one to introduce it to the public. Contact me at: garyeandrews@yahoo.com Or through the Contact link on my website.

Last edited by Gary E. Andrews; 01/14/20 10:07 AM.

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? www.garyeandrews.com
#1159450 - 12/09/19 02:36 PM Re: "Over The River Tonight" Copyright 1979 [Re: Gary E. Andrews]  
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I would have to actually hear the melody in order to give an honest opinion. But I have a few signature lyrics of my own that hopefully one day will be on charts somewhere. But production of music is very expensive, and if you don't have, in Woody Guthrie's words, the do-re-mi to make it happen, you are pretty much SOL, or so it seems. Even as one who prefers to be blunt and say what's on my mind, I don't really see anything that I could critique either pro or con here.

While we're at it, I am wondering who Laura Wood is. Is she a part of this forum?

Last edited by beechnut79; 12/09/19 02:39 PM.
#1159510 - 12/10/19 04:55 PM Re: "Over The River Tonight" Copyright 1979 [Re: Gary E. Andrews]  
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I love the song Gary. The melody I sang it to was fast also. Very nice and workable. Could easily be a hit.

#1159521 - 12/11/19 07:31 AM Re: "Over The River Tonight" Copyright 1979 [Re: Gary E. Andrews]  
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Thanks for looking folks.
CTthomas, you can hear my version at www.garyeandrews.com
It might be interesting for you to see how differently two people can come up with a Melody for a Lyric.
In "The Making of Aja"DVD by Steely Dan they give several different guitarists' takes on lead work for a Song, and then the one they used in the final cut. I found it fascinating how different they were and how superior the final was.

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? www.garyeandrews.com

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