July Afternoon (Cape Breton Wedding Song)

 

“I wrote this for my wife and performed it at our wedding reception.  It was a mess – I was a bundle of nerves.  That was in 1997.  In the spring of 2015 I was going through some old tapes – making digital copies of old songs and this one really stuck out.

“My best friend, a guitar player, convinced me to re-record it.  It had been almost twenty years since the original – I like to think I’ve improved.  It took about a week in the studio to really perfect it.

“Now, in 2016, with all this Trump nonsense going on the US, it seems like Americans have acquired a taste for Atlantic Canada, specifically Cape Breton.  This is not a Celtic song, by any stretch – I’m not a big fan of Celtic music – but the influence is undeniable.”

JULY AFTERNOON (Cape Breton Wedding Song) 

[verse]
In a big wooden church
In a small steel town
on the edge of the sea

Dressed in a gown
and pressed in a suit
for all eyes to see

An occasion of hope
the opening scene 
of life-long play

I've made up my mind
No question this time
forever I'll stay

[chorus]
Say you'll marry me, say you will
I'll move mountains to hold you
I'll be yours 'til the end of time
Feel my love all around you

[verse 2]
July afternoon
She's white as the moon
on the lakes of Bras d'Or

I've taken a bride
She's here by my side
I can't want for more

It's taken some time
some laughin' some cryin'
but now I am sure

I look in your eyes
I give you my heart
I give you my soul

[chorus]
Say you'll marry me, say you will
I'll move mountains to hold you
I'll be yours 'til the end of time
Feel my love all around you

[bridge]
In some ancient language
lost and long extinct
in songs of whales
hidden in hieroglyphs, I think
there is a word - love
wrapped up in math and the missing link
there is a word - love 

[chorus]
Say you'll marry me, say you will
I'll move mountains to hold you
I'll be yours 'til the end of time
Feel my love all around you
I'll wed you in my hometown
I'll go to the ends of the earth for you
I'll be with you 'til the end of time
I'll always love you