The Nearness Of You (Red Garland)

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The Nearness Of You (Red Garland)
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Stars are working overtime, the full moon is on fire
Miles swings at taxis with a huckleberry briar
John Coltrane is laughing and Philly Joe is too
And Red Garland’s playing Stardust on a piano painted blue

Pack of Viceroys, orange peel, empty birdcage swinging
On any day in Harlem Lady Day just might be singing
Bird is playing crazy fast, his sax fresh out of hock
And Red’s at the piano like the inside of a clock

CHORUS:
And the sun is lemon soda But the bebop moon is blue
And Red Garland’s at the piano Play-ing the Nearness of You
Playing the Nearness of You

Born in Dallas Texas in the midst of prohibition
His daddy worked on elevators his mama on a mission
To educate her only son, to shine his only shoes
And Red’s at the piano discovering the blues

Fire engine, Hershey Bar, big radio bringing
Big band jazz from Hollywood, the sound of Ella singing.
Once he was a welterweight, a boxer in the ring
He got knocked out by Sugar Ray before he learned to swing

CHORUS:
And the sun is lemon soda But the bebop moon is blue
And Red Garland’s at the piano Play-ing the Nearness of You
Playing the Nearness of You

Instrumental Verse

So take your sorry mittens off and let your hands be chilly
With Bird and Fats Navarro at the Downbeat down in Philly
Miles said play sparse and quiet, like Ahmad Jamal
Ain’t no need for a riot, Red, leave your work boots in the hall

CHORUS:
And the sun is lemon soda But the bebop moon is blue
And Red Garland’s at the piano Play-ing the Nearness of You
Playing the Nearness of You

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from Still The Birds, released May 6, 2016

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Darryl Purpose Nederland, Colorado

www.darrylpurpose.com/bio

Darryl went to Las Vegas when he was 19 and became a professional card player, which he still calls the 'only real job I've ever had'.

He has toured extensively and released 7 albums. His second album produced by Billy Crockett at Blue Rock Studios will come out in 2016.

The sometimes social activist always has a compelling story to tell, in words and in song.
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