Joanne Shaw

Joanne Shaw

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For anyone who enjoys well crafted and finely honed songwriting performed with warmth and sincerity, Joanne Shaw is a delight.

Biography

Joanne Shaw starting writing poetry and playing guitar at the age of seventeen. Although it is over forty years later and she now writes songs with a maturity that befits her experience, her music still retains the enthusiasm and freshness of those early years. With a warm and sincere vocal style, her songs run a course from folk to country with hints of jazz and blues.

While "Cobblestone & Coloured Glass" is her first solo CD she has spent many years playing throughout Durham Region and Southern Ontario building a loyal and enthusiastic following.

Lyrics

Ray and Opelia

Written By: Joanne Shaw

Ray and Ophelia –

Her name was Ophelia, he called her “Beeta” His name was Raymond, she called him “Baby”

And they lived in a duplex with ducks on the wall, they had this “Hamm’s” flashing neon bar sign in their hall.

Now Ray was a cowboy, he’d moved out of Texas – His hands could build and they could fix anything

Ophelia was an “Okie”, raised near Muskgoie – I never heard a country song that lady could not sing

Refrain-come Friday night in some honky tonk bar, they’d slide a few of them shuffleboard stones –

In southern-style romance they’d two-step and slow dance, content in an unfettered life of their own –

They loved to go out fihsin’ and drive that old green pick up – They let me tag along to the rivers streams and bays –

And they always found the plenty while livin’ on a shoestring, they never felt in need and there was wisdom in their ways.

As Ophelia fried the day’s catch, baked the cornbread and the beans, Ray took out his old flat top and played his favorite songs-

He liked “Riding down the Canyon” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, and from the kitchen on the harmony Ophelia sang along –

Refrain – Come Friday night in some honky tonk bar, they’d slide a few of them shuffleboard stones-

In southern-style romance they’d two-step and slow dance, content in an unfettered life of their own-

As tears from a jukebox poured out in the night on the strains of some heartbroken country tune –

Life from a simple cup, I watched them as they drank it up, dancin’ around underneath that neon moon –

Her name was Ophelia, he called her “Beeta”. His name was Raymond, she called him “Baby” –

They lived in a duplex with ducks on the wall, they had this “Hamm’s” flashing neon bar sign in their hall.

Ray and Ophelia

Written By: Joanne Shaw

Her name was Ophelia, He called her "Beeta"
His name was Raymond, She called him "Baby",
and they lived in a duplex with ducks on the wall-
They had this "Hamm's" flashing neon bar sign in their hall.

Now Ray was a cowboy, he moved out of Texas -
His hands could build and they could fix anything -
Ophelia was an "Okie", raised near Muskogie,
I never heard a country song that lady could not sing.

Come Friday night in some honky tonk bar, they'd slide a few of them shuffleboard stones -
In southern style romance they'd two-step and slow dance,
content in an unfettered life of their own.

They loved to go out fishin' and drive that old green pick up
They'd let me tag along to the rivers streams and bays -
They always found the plenty while living on a shoestring-
They never felt in need and there was wisdom in their ways.

As Ophelia fried the day's catch, baked the cornbread and the beans,
Ray took out his old flat top and played his favorite songs -
He liked "Ridin' down the canyon" and "Your Cheatin' Heart" and from the kitchen on the harmony Ophelia sang along.

Come Friday night in some honky tonk bar, they'd slide a few of them shuffleboard stones -
In southern style romance they'd two step and slow dance, content in an unfettered life of their own -
As tears from a jukebox poured out in the night on the strains of some heartbroken country tune -
Life from a simple cup, I watched them as they drank it up,
Dancing around underneath that neon moon -

Return to first verse to the end

Discography

"Cobblestones & Coloured Glass"

Set List

I like playing a variety of music, for the benefit of Audience enjoyment. During the Thomas Foster Memorial concert, an hour's set will include some pre-1900 traditional music, a bit of gospel, some 40's and 50's standards, some folk and country, sprinkled with a couple of originals. The artists I enjoy covering span Joan Baez, Hank Williams, Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, Fred Eaglesmith, to name a few. I hope to present a little bit of something everyone can relate to and enjoy.