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I didn't discover her until the mid-80s, but Joan Armatrading has such a rich and magical voice, I'm not surprised she's still around and peforming. I played this record (cassette tape I think) over and over and it will always remind me of being in Guatemala with my friend Rees who was in the Peace Corp at the time.

I wish I had tickets to this show at Mountain Winery tomorrow night, but I'll be Los Angeles, where I'm spending Thursdays and Fridays for the next few months for work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love and Affection

I am not in love
But I'm open to persuasion
East or West
Where's the best
For romancing

With a friend
I can smile
But with a lover
I could roll my head back
I could really laugh
Really laugh

Thank you
You took me dancing
'Cross the floor
Cheek to cheek
But with a lover
I could really move
Really move
I could really dance
Really dance
Really dance
Really dance
I could really move
Really move
Really move
Really move

Now if I can feel the sun
In my eyes
And the rain on my face
Why can't I
Feel love ?

I can really love
Really love
Really love
Really love
Really love
Love love love love
Love love love love

Now I got all
The friends that I want
I may need more
But I shall just stick to those
That I have got
With friends I still feel
So insecure

Little darling I believe you could
Help me a lot
Just take my hand
And lead me where you will
No conversation
No wave goodnight
Just make love
With affection

Sing me another love song
But this time
With a little dedication
Sing it, sing it
You know that's what I like
Once more with feeling
Give me love
Give me love
Give me love
Love...

Make love with affection

Sing me another love song
But this time
With a little dedication
Sing it, sing it
You know that's what I like

Once more with feeling
Sing me another love song
But this time
With a little dedication
Sing it, sing it
You know that's what I like

With affection
With a little dedication
Once more with feeling
You know that’s what I like
Love…

Down To Zero

Oh the feeling
When you're reeling
You step lightly thinking you're number one
Down to zero with a word
Leaving
For another one

Now you walk with your feet
Back on the ground
Down to the ground
Down to the ground
Down to the ground
Down to the ground

Brand new dandy
First class scene stealer
Walks through the crowd and takes your man
Sends you rushing to the mirror
Brush your eyebrows and say
There's more beauty in you than anyone

Oh remember who walked the warm sands beside you
Moored to your heel
Let the waves come a rushing in
She'll take the worry from your head
But then again
She put trouble in your heart instead
Then you'll fall
Down to the ground
Down to the ground

You'll know heartache
Still more crying
When you're thinking of your mother's only son
Take to your bed
You say there's peace in sleep
But you'll dream of love instead

Oh the heartache you'll find
Can bring more pain than a blistering sun
But oh when you fall
Oh when you fall
Fall at my door...


Originally posted on patty.vox.com