Ravan

Ravan

BandPopAdult Contemporary

Imagine a combination of Brook Benton and Kate Bush, playing the music of The Fugees, Roger Whitaker and The Eagles, with the grittiness of Tom Waits and the songwriting of David Bowie. This will give you some idea of what to expect from Ravan.

Biography

Ravan is not a "tribute" to any group or singer. Ravan is an original performer, who cut his teeth in the demanding ghetto soul clubs of Boston and New York in the mid sixties. Beginning as a Blues/Folk singer, playing guitar and singing during the early 60s East Coast American folk revival, Ravan moved on to singing and playing with many Rock and Soul/R&B groups over the next 25 years, until being recruited to join one of the legendary "Drifters" groups in 1991.That gig brought with it a permanent move to Europe and even when he decided to leave the group, he remained on the continent, between England and the sunny island of Mallorca and has worked as a soloist around Europe and North Africa in a sort of semi-retirement. After reuniting with a few of the "old group" and forming “Driftwood", Ravan began touring extensively again, with the group and still as a solo artist.

Lyrics

Bring Back That Way

Written By: R.S. Dessalines

WHEN WE DANCED ALL NIGHT UNDER THE BOARDWALK
AND DOWN BY THE SEA,
WE USED TO KISS IN THE BACK ROW
REMEMBER SATURDAY NIGHTS WITH ME
THE WAY WE SWAYED TO THE MELODIES
UNDER THE STARS ABOVE,
BRING BACK THAT WAY OF MAKING LOVE

I CARRIED YOUR BOOKS FROM SCHOOL
WALKED YOU HOME EVERYDAY
WE HAD TO DO OUR HOMEWORK FIRST
BEFORE WE COULD OUT TO PLAY
I GAVE YOU YOUR FIRST KISS, REMEMBER
UNDER THE MOON ABOVE
BRING BACK THAT WAY OF MAKING LOVE

WE WERE JUST LEARNING WHAT WE SAW IN THE MOVIES
UP ON THE SILVER SCREEN
FOLLOWING GABLE, BACALL AND BOGEY
BRANDO AND JAMES DEAN

IDEAL TEENS YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
TO BE 16 AND ON THE WAY
TO A LIFE-LONG LOVE AFFAIR
TAKING IT DAY BY DAY
DREAMING NIGHTS BY THE HARBOR LIGHTS
WHAT WERE WE THINKING OF
BRING BACK THAT WAY OF MAKING LOVE
SAX SOLO------
-----CHORUS-------

TROUBLED TIMES CAME LATER ON
EVERYONE HAD THEIR SHARE
BUT THROUGH IT ALL WE STAYED TOGETHER
YOU SHOWED ME HOW YOU CARED
NOW WHEN WE SIT AND WATCH OLD MOVIES
WE PRAY TO THE STARS ABOVE
THEY’LL BRING BACK THAT WAY OF MAKING LOVE
BRING BACK THAT WAY OF MAKING LOVE
BRING BACK THOSE DAYS OF MAKING LOVE
YEAH……

Dahomey Song

Written By: R.S.Dessalines

DAHOMEY SONG

UNDERNEATH A BLOOD RED MOON, STARING DOWN IN VOICELESS ADMIRATION AT THE SCENE,
OF ALL THE VILLAGE ELDERS THERE, GATHERED ROUND THE TOWER SINGING UP A CHANTED PRAYER,
OH PLLASE DON’T TAKE HIM FROM US NOW, NOT WHEN ALL THE PEOPLE NEED HIS STRENGTH NEED HIS VOICE,
THE GODS CAN’T BE SO CRUELLTO US, TO LEAVE DAHOMEY WARRIORLESS JUST WOMEN AND BOYS.

-CHORUS-

LEGBA DON’T ABANDON US YOUR PPOPLE IN DESPAIR,
XANGO LOOK UPON US NOW HEAR OUR SCENTED PRAYER
WE’VE MADE ALL THE OFFERINGS OUR ANCESTORS ARE PROUD,
ARE YOU LISTENING HAVE YOU HEARD OUR VOICES RAISED OUT LOUD.

THE WOODEN SHIPS ARE OFF OUR SHORES, THEIR THUNDERSTICKS HAVE KILLED OUR MEN AND BURNED OUR CROPS.
THE KING LIES WOUNDED DYING FAST AND WE DON’T THINK OUR FOOD SUPPLIES ARE GONNA LAST

CHORUS

Pirates Of Pleasure

Written By: R.S.Dessalines

Pirates Of Pleasure

COME ABOARD OUR SHIP
WE’LL TAKE YOU ON A TRIP
COME ON AND TAKE YOUR LEISURE
WE’LL ROB A LITTLE FUN
CATCH OUR LOVIN ON THE RUN
AND STEAL A LITTLE PLEASURE
-CORO-
WE WON’T BE GONE FOR TOO LONG
SO DON’T WORRY
I’LL SATISFY YOU SLOWLY,
THERE’S NO HURRY
ECSTACY WITHOUT MEASURE
YOU’RE SUCH A GENTLE GIRL
YOU’RE A FINE ONE
I’LL SHOW YOU ALL ABOUT LOVE
LET YOU HOLD MY LOVE GUN
WE’RE PIRATES OF PLEASURE, PIRATES OF PLEASURE,
HEY HEY

WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT TO KNOW
I KNOW YOU WANT TO GO
LOVING FOR EVER
I’LL HOLD YOU OH SO TIGHT
MAKE SURE YOU’RE FEELING RIGHT
THEN STEAL YOUR LITTLE TREASURE
-CORO-
2ND VERSE

Discography

A new, as yet unamed CD due out in August on CDBaby, with several MP3's online in advance.

Set List

Ravan has several different shows and sets, depending on the venue, but he generally plays a mix of original music and cover tunes, in his own style.