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    The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel

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      About "The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel"

      Lyrics for John Denver - "The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel"

      This song was first released on the Autograph album. It is the only album it has been released on.

      He was stranded in some tiny town
      On fair Prince Edward Isle
      Awaitin' for a ship to come and find him
      A one-horse place, a friendly face
      Some coffee and a tiny trace
      Of fiddlin' in the distance far behind him

      A dime across the counter then
      A shy hello, a brand new friend
      A walk along the street in the wintry weather
      A yellow light, an open door
      And a welcome friend, there's room for more
      And then they're standing there inside together

      He said I've heard that tune before somewhere
      But I can't remember when
      Was it on some other friendly shore
      Or did I hear it on the wind
      Was it written on the sky above
      I think I heard it from someone I loved
      But I never heard it sound so sweet since then

      Now his feet begin to tap
      A little boy says I'll take your hat
      He's caught up in the magic of her smile
      And leap the heart inside him went
      And off across the floor he sent
      His clumsy body graceful as a child

      He said there's magic in the fiddler's arm
      There's magic in this town
      There's magic in the dancers' feet
      And the way they put them down
      People smilin' everywhere
      Boots and ribbons, locks of hair
      And laughter and old blue suits and easter gowns

      Now the sailors' gone, the room is bare
      The old piano settin' there
      Someone's hat's left hanging on the rack
      And empty chairs, the wooden floor
      That feels the touch of shoes no more
      Awaitin' for the dancers to come back

      And the fiddle's in the closet
      Of some daughter of the town
      The strings are broke and the bow is gone
      And the cover's buttoned down
      But sometimes on December nights
      When the air is cold and the wind is right
      There's a melody that passes through this town

      Words and Music by David Mallett

      SONGWRITERS:
      DAVID MALLETT
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