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Fancy (And Maybe Nevermore) 2:51
1. Over The River Tonight
November 10, 1995 by Gary E. Andrews
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Chords
Am XO221O
F X33211
G 32OOO3
G7 32OOO1

(Verse 1)
There's nothin' on the ocean.
There's nothin' on the shore.
So she shutters up the windows,
And battens down the door.
She leaves a candle burnin'
On the windowsill for sure,
For he may be sailin' home tonight,
(Refrain Chorus)
And Maybe Nevermore.

(Verse 2)
There's many a mile of Irish coast.
England has much more,
Rocks, cliffs, riptide grips
To dash you on the shore.
There's many a wreck
That pays respect
Upon the ocean floor,
And he may be sailin' home tonight,
And Maybe Nevermore.

(Bridge)
Fan-cy! Will ya come a' dancin'?
No! Gene, I've got to keep the light.
Fan-cy! Will ya take a chance then
And dance your fancy Irish jig
Right here for me tonight?
Oh, Dance your fancy Irish jig
Right here for me tonight.

(Verse 3)
Old Gene, he takes her promised hand
And holds it in his own.
Fancy strikes a stance to dance.
The fiddle heeds the bow.
And if her lover saw her
He would come to be forlorn.
He wouldn't let her see him
Turn away and go to mourn.
No he wouldn't let her see him
Turn away and go to mourn.

(Repeat Bridge)

(Verse 4)
There's nothin' on the ocean.
There's nothin' on the shore.
She opens up the windows.
She opens up the door.
She blows the candle out,
Upon the windowsill for sure,
To save the light to light tonight,
And Maybe Nevermore.
Oh! To save the light to light tonight,
And Maybe Nevermore!

(Repeat Bridge)

More Info...
Fancy (And Maybe Nevermore) 1998 by Gary E. Andrews
All Rights Reserved For the Globe

This song was in my 34-song "Out of the Woodwork II" copyright collection.

I see it's been thirteen years since I heard Keith Newman on his Sunday (WOSU) Public Radio show, 'Below The Salt' interview Pete Morten, touring America in support of his CD, "Courage, Love, and Grace," Pete was to play O'hooley's, a micro-brew pub (Jackie O's in 2008) in Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University. Well, the images and feel of his CD were so moving I was inspired to write this tune.

I was searching for an old-world name and "Com'on Eileen" was still in my ears from then-recent airplay. But then I met a girl named Fancy, and thought that was the perfect name.

In the song Fancy awaits her seafaring beau who promised to return and make a life with her, and so she sets a candle for him. She acknowledges the unpredictability of life asea, and that "...he may be sailin' home tonight," but, too, that he may not survive it or keep his promise, "...And Maybe Nevermore.".

Then along comes Gene (my middle name, Eugene), who is taken with her, and invites her at least to dance. She resists, but by the end of the song she's considering lighting the candle one more night, "...And Maybe Nevermore," but for a different reason, Old Gene's charm.

This could be a nice addition to your band's repertoire. Email: garyeandrews@yahoo.com