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The following is a love song about a couple in Paris on the day the armistice went into effect ending WWI. It's gotten a good reception at folkie sings and I thought you might like to play it. Guitar chords included. Sherwood Ross


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The Blue Cafe 1995 by Sherwood Ross

G Am

The war to end all wars is over


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The Paris sky is shining bright


Babe and I will play the rover

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Am D7

Drive to the wine country tonight

G Am

Frost gleams on the moonlit vineyards

D7 G

Babe unpins her hair along the way


We find blue gardenias on our table

D7 G

When we reach the Blue Cafe

(chorus) G Am G

Just you and me/Just you and me

Am D7 G

Just you and me, Babe, Babe just you and me

The war to end all wars is over

I threw away my rifle and my spade

Babe plays ragtime on the piano

The hotel owner refuses to be paid.

Champagne kisses in the bedroom

Laughter drifts up to us from the bar

The drunks will sing the Marseilles all evening

Europe beholds the morning star. (chorus)

The world is safe again for lovers

Civilian clothes regain their old appeal

I'm lucky to be among the living

We still can't believe the peace is real.

It's hard remembering the fallen

As we set off to Spain to paint and write

Babe says she wants to have our child now

No our son will never fight. (Chorus)

(Reach Sherwood Ross @ sherwoodross10@gmail.com)

(Note: After the horrors of WWI, millions of adults resolved that their sons would never fight in another war. This song is about one of those couples in France on the day the Armistice was signed.)


Sherwood Ross worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News and contributed a regular "Workplace" column for Reuters. He has contributed to national magazines and hosted a talk show on WOL, Washington, D.C. In the Sixties he was active as public (more...)
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to the music to accompany it???How refreshingly, n... by sometimes blinded on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010 at 7:30:52 AM