The Ballad of Willie & Millie / Margaret's Waltz

08:41
Dublin Gulch
2016
Walkin' Jim Stoltz/Patrick Shaw

Story

Tom Powers: lead vocals

Jim Schulz: harmony vocals, bouzouki, mandolin

Mick Cavanaugh: guitar

John Joyner: fiddles

Luke Michelson: upright bass

Lyrics

The Ballad of Willie & Millie  

 

The big band was playin’, sweethearts were swayin’  in the light of a Montana moon

There was joy in the air, seemed the whole town was there to step to Your Hit Parade tunes

 I was only eighteen but I felt like a king when I saw you up watchin’ the band

And just on a chance, I asked you to dance and you smiled when you took my hand 

 

CHORUS

Come out tonight Millie, we’ll go dancin’ 

Because tonight is a night for romancin’

Out through the gardens and out o’er the hills

How I wish we could be there still.

 

With the paintbrush in bloom and the help of the moon, I courted you all summer long

And we’d run off at will to the top of the hill while the band kept on playin’ our song

The band kept playin’ on & the years, they rolled along, we had babies to bounce on our knee

But once in awhile, when you’d wink and then smile, I’d sweep you off to the Gardens with me

 

CHORUS

 

Not all years were kind but we would soon find, that our love kept us warm from the chill

And the next thing we’d know, the kids had all grown and gone to dancin’ up on the hill,

Well, the kids, they moved away and it happened one day, the mine said they’d found a new load

And the whole city cried when the company decided that Columbia Gardens must go.

 

CHORUS

 

Well, they brought in their shovels and they blasted away and they stripped her like all of the rest

Sixty-five years all gone down to dust and they still haven’t found that load yet

Now, we are old and the wind, it blows cold where the Gardens and band used to be

But your hand still fits mine and your bright eyes still shine as we go waltzing in our memory

 

CHORUS

Come out tonight Millie, we’ll go dancin’ 

Because tonight is a night for romancin’

Out through the gardens and out o’er the hills

How I wish we could be there still.