Dancer and the Moon

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Candice says: “We find that the ‘Dancer And The Moon’ is visually and emotionally representative of how we feel about our music. We have always had a very strong pull to the mystery of the Moon. Her magic, her power, her legend… She affects us so deeply that we have named many CDs after her and she is almost always represented in our songs. The dancer gives herself completely, unabashedly and whole heartedly moved by the intensity of the music she feels within her soul.
info taken from http://www.kronosmortus.com/hirek/hot-news-blackmores-night-new-album-dancer-and-the-moon-due-out-in-june-on-frontiers-records/

Album Information – with tracks & CD Covers

1. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today
2. Troika
3. The Last Leaf
4. Lady In Black
5. Minstrels In The Hall
6. The Temple Of The King
7. Dancer And The Moon
8. Galliard
9. The Ashgrove
10. Somewhere Over The Sea (The Moon Is Shining)
11. The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)
12. The Spinner’s Tale
13. Carry On… Jon

Disc: 2 – Deluxe Version
1. All Access: Dancer and the Moon (Interview)
2. The Spinner’s Tale (Bonus Acoustic Version)
3. Somewhere Over the Sea/Moon Was Shining (Bonus Acoustic Version)
4. The Ashgrove (Bonus Acoustic Version)
5. Queen for a Day (Bonus Acoustic Version)

New Album Dancer And The Moon” released on June 11 in North America on Frontiers Records. The album will be released in two editions — as a CD and a digipak deluxe edition with a bonus DVD that includes music videos of “Dancer And The Moon” and of “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)”, plus an extensive interview with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night.

DANCER AND THE MOON follows the band’s eclectic/jam/folk rock/new age/neo-Celtic/neo-Medieval/progressive rock/chamber pop/world beat styling. Take your pick from the song writing team of Candice and Ritchie: the acoustic “Somewhere Over the Sea (The Moon Is Shining), the rocking track “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea),” which you can dance to, along with the title track “Dancer and the Moon,” the nature-inspired “The Last Leaf” and the Russian-influenced “Troika.”

Blackmore’s Night own their versions of classic rock chestnuts: Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” Uriah Heep’s “Lady In Black,” and “The Temple of the King” that Ritchie and the late Ronnie James Dio collaborated on originally for their band Rainbow. The album is made complete with its inspiring instrumentals, including the waltzy “Galliard” and the Deep Purpleesque “Carry On… Jon,” that Ritchie wrote as a heartfelt tribute to his former band mate, the late Jon Lord.
DANCER AND THE MOON is a distinctive album, that is both melodic, rhythmic, and full of classic influences led by the dynamic and signature alto vocals of Candice Night and the phenomenal fret work of Ritchie Blackmore.

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I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today

Written by Randy Newman

This is a song that we originally discovered on the soundtrack of the film Beaches with Bette Midler singing it. We used to do in concert on very special occasions but in a very different form. We would play it with a very intimate application. But when we tried to capture that magic and intimacy that we carted on stage with it, it didn’t seem to work. So we gave it an upbeat backing and felt it worked much better for the CD.

Broken windows and empty hallways
A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with grey
Human kindness overflowing
And I think it’s gonna rain
Yes I think it’s gonna rain
Oh I think it’s gonna rain, rain today

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
Frozen smiles to chase love away
Human kindness overflowing
And I think it’s gonna rain, rain today

Lonely, lonely
Tin can at my feet, I think I’ll kick it down the street
And that’s the way to treat a friend

Bright before me, the stars implore me
Help the needy and show them the way
Human kindness overflowing
And I think it’s gonna rain, rain today

Broken windows and empty hallways
A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with grey
Human kindness, it’s overflowing
And I think it’s gonna rain
Yeah I think it’s gonna rain
Mmm I think it’s gonna rain, rain today

Rain today
Rain down
Rain down on me
Rain down
Rain down on me
Rain, rain
Rain today

Randy Newman version

Blackmore’s Night Versions
Old version

New Dancer & the Moon Version

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Troika

Music Composed by R Blackmore & Lyrics by Candice Night

We heard a dong on a Ukrainian soap opera that inspired this song. Lyrically it was inspired by visuals of Russia and the freedom of horses running and letting spirits escape.

There’s a place in my heart
The shadows call their home
Cold as the winds, through Siberia
Where the snow lies so deep
You can’t even see the sun
Run, my Troika, run
Run, my Troika, run

Let the horses run free
So dark against the white
Over the field, till they’re out of sight
And I am swept away
The journey has begun
Run, my Troika, run

Oh, my mother Russia
Land of fairytales
Captured like the wind
In her silken sails

And the time rushes by
A thief in the night
Stealing my memory
Fading out the light
But I cannot forget where it is, that I come from
Run, my Troika, run

Oh, my mother Russia
Land of fairytales
Captured like the wind
In her silken sails

I can still see your face
The years have been kind
Dust on the pictures
Clouding up my mind
But remember me now, not for what I may become
Run, my Troika, run

There’s a place, in my heart
The shadows call their home
Cold as the winds, through Siberia
Where the snow lies so deep
You can’t even see the sun
Run, my Troika, run

Lalala lalala
Lalalalalalalala
La lalalala la lalalala
Lalala lalala
Lalalalalalalala
Run, my Troika, run
Run, my Troika, run

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The Last Leaf

Music Composed by R Blackmore & Lyrics by Candice Night

Originally it was a song about our daughter, but we thought it was too personal, s we changed the lyrics to the Last Leaf. We wanted to keep a very basic renaissance feel. Lyrically is a parallel between the lives of the leaves on the trees and we as humans fearing change.

There’s a tree in an open field
Branches reach for the sun
With the green of a thousand leaves
And a world that has just begun

For the springtime is here again
Buds and blossoms abound
Promises of the future days
And new life that is all around

See the last leaf shivering
As the winds did blow
Holding tight to what she knew
For fear of the unknown

Soon the spring turned to summertime
She could never deny
How she loved her home up there
In between the earth and sky

Still to drift on a summer breeze
Was to taste paradise
But that summer would turn to fall
And the autumn would turn to ice

See the last leaf shivering
As the winds did blow
Holding tight to what she knew
For fear of the unknown

In the harvest of golden days
Leaves were turning to fire
Dancing upon the autumn breeze
Like a princess on the high wire

One by one though the dancers dove
Spiralling to the ground
Carried off on a winter wind
Disappearing without a sound

See the last leaf shivering
As the winds did blow
Holding tight to what she knew
For fear of the unknown

So the last leaf took to flight
As the winds did blow
Holding tight to what could be
Finally letting go

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Lady In Black

Written by Ken Hensley

We first heard in a castle on the radio in Germany. I had no idea who it was but I thought is was very appealing though very understated. I hummed it to some fans and they told me who recorded it. It was a song we would sometimes play when we were just with our friends and I always like the way Candice sang it. Again, a very simply structured song but very effective.

She came to me one morning
One lonely Sunday morning
Her long hair flowing in the midwinter wind

I know not how she found me
When in darkness I was walking
Destruction lay around me from the fight I could not win

Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha
Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha

She asked me name my foe then
I said the need within some men
To fight and kill their brothers without thought of man or God

And I begged her give me horses
To trample down my enemies
So eager was my passion to devour this waste of life

Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha
Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha

But she wouldn’t think of battle that
Reduces men to animals
So easy to begin and yet impossible to end

For she’s the mother of all men
Who counselled me so wisely then
I feared to walk alone again and asked if she would stay

Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha
Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha

Oh, lady, lend your hand outright
And let me rest here at your side
“Have faith and trust in me” she said, and filled my heart with life

“There is no strength in numbers
I know of such misconceptions
But when you need me be assured, I won’t be far away”

Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha
Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha

Thus, having spoke, she turned away
And though I found no words to say
I stood and watched until I saw her black coat disappear

My labour is no easier
But now I know I’m not alone
I’ll find new heart each time I think upon that windy day

Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha
Ah haha haha haha
Ah haha haha

She came to me one morning
One lonely Sunday morning
Her long hair flowing in the midwinter wind

And if one day she comes to you
Drink deeply from her words so wise
Take courage from her as your prize and say “Hello” for me

Original Uriah Heep version

Blackmore’s Night Version

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Minstrels in the Hall

Composed and arranged by R Blackmore

Instrumental

It is so filled because the progression and first few notes are similar to a song called Minstrel Hall and the overall visual is created within that instrumental is about minstrels playing in a large banquet hall and the people dancing to the melody. Dancing was very important back in the 1500s, so the whole instrumental is played at a tempo which was very danceable back in those days.

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Temple of the King

Music by Ritchie Blackmore & Ronnie Dio

I wrote this one way back in ’76 . I played it on an old acoustic guitar and I had a riff and a chord progression but really no idea what it was about. Ronnie had a hang up about foxes. He loved the way they looked. So consequently “in the year of the fox” is his way of talking about his hobby of keeping foxes.

One day in the year of the fox
Came a time remembered well
When the strong young man of the rising sun
Heard the tolling of the great black bell

One day in the year of the fox
When the bell began to ring
It meant the time had come
For one to go to the temple of the king

There in the middle of the circle he stands
Searching, seeking
With just one touch of his trembling hand
The answer will be found

Daylight waits while the old man sings,
“Heaven help me.”
And then like the rush of a thousand wings
It shines upon the one
And the day had just begun

The day had just begun

La lalalala lala la
La lalalala lala la

One day in the year of the fox
Came a time remembered well
When the strong young man of the rising sun
Heard the tolling of the great black bell

One day in the year of the fox
The bell began to ring
It meant the time had come
For the one to go to the temple of the king

Far from the circle at the edge of the world
He’s hoping, wondering
Thinking back on the stories he’s heard
Of what he’s gonna see

Back with the people in the circle he stands
Giving, feeling
With just one touch of a strong right hand
They know of the temple and the king
Temple and the king

La lalalala lala la
La lalalala lala la

One day in the year of the fox
Came a time remembered well
When the strong young man of the rising sun
Heard the tolling of the great black bell

Original Rainbow version

Blackmore’s Night Version

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Dancer and the Moon

Music Composed by R Blackmore & Lyrics by Candice Night

Here in the twilight, under the moonlight
I feel your hungry eyes
Drums in the distance, echoes of madness
Around the firelight

In the heartbeat of the night

Hey, hey, hey, till the break of day
La lala lalalala lala lala lala
Hey, hey, hey, dance the whole night through
Nothing gets between
The dancer and the moon
Nothing gets between
The dancer and the moon

Follow me closely, arms wrapped around me
Life is a sweet, sweet wine
Glittering gold as stories unfold
Those secrets are lost in time

To the heartbeat of the night

Hey, hey, hey, till the break of day
La lala lalalala lala lala lala
Hey, hey, hey, dance the whole night through
Nothing gets between
The dancer and the moon

Hey, hey, hey, till the break of day
La lala lalalala lala lala lala
Hey, hey, hey, dance the whole night through
Nothing gets between
The dancer and the moon

Master of fate, how you captivate me
Filling my one desire
Two of a kind, with one state of mind
You’ve set my whole world on fire

In the heartbeat of the night

Hey, hey, hey, till the break of day
La lala lalalala lala lala lala
Hey, hey, hey, dance the whole night through
Nothing gets between
The dancer and the moon

Hey, hey, hey, till the break of day
La lala lalalala lala lala lala
Hey, hey, hey, dance the whole night through
Nothing gets between
The dancer and the moon

Official Video

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Galliard

Composed and arranged by R Blackmore

Instrumental

Was an instrumental I played on another recording that I always felt it should have been played more up tempo that it was, so we went in and recorded it again and gave it a more 6/8 tempo.

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The Ashgrove

Traditional arranged by Ritchie Blackmore / Candice Night

This was an old Welsh folk tune that I used to sing at school when I was growing up. I always liked the melody. Plus I used to live in a street called Ash Grove, so I thought it was a providence that we should record the song.

The ash grove, how graceful, how plainly ‘tis speaking
The harp wind through it playing has language for me
Whenever the light through its branches is breaking
A host of kind faces is gazing on me

The friends of my childhood again are before me
Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam
With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o’er me
The ash grove, the ash grove again is my home

Down yonder green valley where streamlets meander
When twilight is fading I pensively rove
Or at the bright noon tide in solitude wander
Amid the dark shades of the lonely ash grove

‘twas there while the blackbird was cheerfully singing
I first met that dear one, the joy of my heart
Around us for gladness the bluebells were springing
The ash grove, the ash grove, that sheltered my home

With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o’er me
The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home

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Somewhere Over The Sea (The Moon Is Shining)

Music Composed by R Blackmore & Lyrics by Candice Night

We did a haunting ballad rearranging the song below.

Oh, the moon was shining
Somewhere over the sea
Oh, the moon was waiting
For you to return to me

I haven’t seen the day
Since you went away
Oh, the moon was shining
Somewhere over the sea

There’s been no light of day
Since you went away
Oh, the moon was shining
Somewhere over the sea

Oh, the snow was falling
Colder than winters I’ve known
Oh, the snow was falling
Icicles turning to stone

Still I wish on a star
Come back wherever you are
Oh, the snow was falling
Colder since I’ve been alone

Oh, the stars stopped glowing
On the night that you left
Oh, the wind stopped blowing
All I could hold was my breath

Still I have to believe
You will return to me
Oh, the stars stopped glowing
On the night that you left

Still I have to believe
You will return to me
Oh, the stars stopped glowing
On the night that you left

Still I have to believe
You will return to me
Oh, the snow was falling
Colder than winters I’ve known

Oh, the stars have stopped glowing
As my heart turned into stone
Somewhere over the sea
You will return to me

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The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over The Sea)

Music Composed by R Blackmore & Lyrics by Candice Night

Based on an old Czech melody which Candice and I thought were very melodic and haunting, we adapted and arranged to suit more of a rock structure. We also played it as a ballad, as it was originally intended. We asked several of our Czech friends what it was called, but they couldn’t, so it remains a mystery.

Oh, the moon was shining
Somewhere over the sea
Oh, the moon was waiting
For you to return to me

I haven’t seen the day
Since you went away
Oh, the moon was shining
Somewhere over the sea

There’s been no light of day
Since you went away
Oh, the moon was shining
Somewhere over the sea

Oh, the snow was falling
Colder than any winters I’ve known
Oh, the snow was falling
Icicles turning to stone

Still I wish on a star
Come back wherever you are
Oh, the snow was falling
So much colder since I’ve been alone

Oh, the stars stopped glowing
On the night that you left
Oh, the wind stopped blowing
All I could hold was my breath

Still I have to believe
You will return to me
Oh, the stars stopped glowing
On the night that you left

Still I have to believe
You will return to me
Oh, the snow was falling
Colder than winters I’ve known

Oh, the stars have stopped glowing
As my heart turned into stone
Somewhere over the sea
You will return to me

Official Video

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The Spinners Tale

Music Composed by R Blackmore & Lyrics by Candice Night

A friend of ours Owain Phyfe, who has since passed away used to sing a song called lament. It was written by Richard 3rd. I always liked the melody, so we went about recording it and Candice wrote different lyrics to it.

Somewhere the leaves on the trees look like lace
Falling in shadows across your face
Sunshine and darkness in perfect harmony
Shadows now live where light used to be

A spinning wheel where our memories were spun
Weaving our way through the fabric of time
Winding the wheel back to where we had begun
Spinning away to when you once were mine

Here in my chamber waiting for the dawn
I turn away the curtains are drawn
Somewhere in time when the night began to fall
Just for that moment we had it all

A spinning wheel where our memories were spun
Weaving our way through the fabric of time
Winding the wheel back to where we had begun
Spinning away to when you once were mine

We choose our path never knowing right or wrong
Ribbons get tangled within the storm
Just like the widow was weaving her web
The spinner’s wheel holds tight to the thread

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Carry On . . . Jon

Composed and arranged by R Blackmore

Instrumental

We had a blizzard in New York and we were totally marooned at the house. For days we had nothing to do. So I said to the producer I have an idea for an instrumental, and as I recorded it it gave off a melancholy feel. I thought it would be a good way to saying goodbye to Jon and putting an organ solo reminiscent of his style. It was a tip of the hat to Jon Lord.

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Various Promo / Collectible Versions of this album

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