Sally Ford

Sally Ford

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Melbourne’s queen of tex-mex and Cuban son has put down her trademark sax and flute, switched back to English and invited a stellar line-up of musicians to back her collection of 11 original ballads, blues and New Orleans grooves - linked by her candid and at times wryly humorous lyrics.

Biography

Sally Ford has long been synonymous with the very best live music playing in Melbourne, Australia. With the release of her superb new solo CD, Births, Deaths & Marriages, Melbourne’s undisputed queen of irresistible Latin American rhythms has put down her trademark sax and flute, switched back to English and invited a stellar line-up of musicians to back her collection of 11 original ballads, blues and New Orleans grooves.

On this new album, Sally Ford (vocals) is supported by a group of Melbourne’s finest including Bruce Haymes (Paul Kelly band, Renee Geyer band) on piano & keyboards, drummer, Tony Floyd (Black Sorrows, The Revelators), bassist Barry Deenick (Bomba) and guitarist, James Black (Rockwiz band, Black Sorrows, Mondo Rock, The Revelators). Additional guests on the album include Helen Mountfort on cello and a horn section featuring Paul Williamson, Shannon Barnett and Patrick Cronin.

“For a solo album you would be forgiven for resting on your considerably comfy credentials but it's not the case here. Sally Ford has dived into fresh water, creating an album of original songs. Opening with The Saddest Song, Sally's voice is rich dark chocolate sumptuously plaintive, leading us through songs of love, birth, travel and reminiscence. Of a Mind to Love is a pop ballad, Boom Baby Boomer a song of wry reflection, and Left on Flamingo has a catchy reggae groove. Just goes to show you can take a different road and still find your way home”. ***** (Five Stars) Jaslyn Hall - ABC Limelight Magazine August 2008

“Births, Deaths and Marriages sees Ford moving away from her fluent Spanish and delivering her highly-personal song writing with passion and conviction. Great playing from the cream of Melbourne's musical crop creates a seamless sonic in which Ford shines”. Billy Baxter on The Coodabeen Champions. 774ABC Radio June 2008

Musically diverse, the tracks are linked by Sally’s candid and at times, wryly humorous lyrics. Births, Deaths & Marriages is an exciting change of style for this ground-breaking Australian performer who is best known as a singer and songwriter of latin genres: tex-mex, mariachi, cumbia, tango and Cuban son, primarily with her bands Texicali Rose and The Pachuco Playboys. As lead vocalist and sax player with these bands she has been a regular at music and arts festivals around the country and released award-winning albums including World Music Album of the Year in Rhythms Magazine’s Readers’ Poll and Australian Album of the Year at the 2001 Australian World Music Awards.

Before succumbing to the latin bug, Sally worked with many of Australia’s leading acts, including Paul Kelly, The Kevins, Joe Camilleri’s Black Sorrows and Sally’s own funk outfit, Washington Wives. With Births, Deaths & Marriages, she returns to explore her early pop, funk and blues influences in a solo album of original material … and for the first time, she is singing in English!

Lyrics

Mother's Day

Written By: Sally Ford

I light a candle for your memory
Every time it comes around
But it’s not just your anniversary
And lately I’ve found
It could be Mothers’ Day
Or any other day
Birthday, deathday
Wednesday, Saturday
All night and day
I’m missing you

I write some verses and a melody
Whatever comes to mind
And tonight I thought I saw you
walking near the Shrine
It could be Fathers’ Day
Or any other day
Birthday deathday
Friday, Saturday
All night and day
I’m missing you

I take a photo of the ferris wheel
And watch it spinning round
But it’s not exactly how I feel
When my feet are on the ground
It could be Arbor day
Or any New Year’s Day
Tuesday, Thursday
Cup Day, Show Day
Picnic on Labour Day
Remembrance Day, Atonement Day
Daffodils for cancer day
Xmas Day, Boxing Day,
Work day, holiday
Summer’s day, winter’s day
All night and day
I’m missing you

I light a candle
For your memory

The Marriage of Style

Written By: Sally Ford

They married in summer
They married in white
Friends came from the coast towns
Some drove through the night
From over the border for 500 miles
They all came to witness
The marriage of style

White linen and leather
Gardenias and lace
Such luck with the weather
Everything in its place
The parents were gracious
The bridesmaids wore smiles
They’d all come to witness
The marriage of style

Champagne and caviar confetti and rice
This was her first time but he’d married twice
She looked so happy his smile was wry
That’s what they brought to
The marriage of style

The reception was over
We said our goodbyes
They left for the honeymoon
Under grey skies
And as they drove away
As the white rolls flew past
Someone winked and said
That one won’t last

Of a Mind to Love

Written By: Sally Ford

Someone new walks into town
The appearance of a mysterious stranger
Just a simple twist of fate
Is he the one who’s gonna rearrange her?

It could be more trouble than it’s worth
To get mixed up with a mysterious stranger
Diving in too deep
She’s dancing blind into his charming danger

She’s gonna make her move too soon
She should be waiting, giving him time
Where can they go from here
If only one is of a mind to love?

Gotta learn to take it slow
Know when to lead and when to follow
Turn the lights down low
They’re drinking gin and she’ll be sorry tomorrow

Put your cards on the table let’s see what you’ve got
Show me those gems you’re holding
Have you travelled far to be here tonight?
Is your suitcase heavy or light?

He said my bags can be heavy or my bags can be light
It all depends on what you’re intending
I don’t want to be your lover tonight
But I can always use a new friend

She made her move too soon
She should’ve waited and given him time
Where can they go from here
If only one is of a mind to love?

I made my move too soon
Should’ve waited, given him time
where can we go from here
If only one is of a mind to love?

I’ll spend the night without you
I’m better off alone

Left On Flamingo

Written By: Ford/Cronin/Deenick

Turn left on Flamingo, darling
Drive on till the edge of town
A wrong turn at the crossroads
And you’ll regret it, you’ll regret it for years

Turn left on Flamingo, darling
Drive out on the western plains
You’ll see a Las Vegas sunset
Don’t forget or you’ll regret it for years

He never said that he loved you - why don’t you face it?
Always thought you were just fooling around
Love means one thing but soon it means another
Now find your way out of this stupid situation

Turn left on Flamingo, darling
Cool desert wind in your hair
You get stuck in the Lovetown traffic
You’ll regret it, you’ll regret it for years

Drive on, don’t stop
you know you’ll find your own way
Drive on, don’t stop
you know you’re not welcome anyway
Drive on, be strong
don’t need the aggravation
Don’t stop here, there’s danger, domestic situation

A better love is waiting for you up ahead
A better love is waiting round the bend in the road

Take Me Home

Written By: Sally Ford

Come on let’s go out on the harbour
We have to see this city from the water
Forks of lightning without warning
City of light turns to city of spite
Don’t get angry I didn’t come here to fight

Do you remember late December?
I was so jealous when you flew out of town
Forks of lightning without warning
Steamy days turn to stormy nights
Nasty words don’t sound pretty by candlelight

But darling this is not serious
It’s just a ripple on the sea of love
I am still delirious for you
Honestly

I’m getting out of here round midnight
I can’t find a reason to stay
If you drive me to the airport
You can watch while I fly away
I’m out of my town, I’m out of my depth
Take me home

I’m out of my town, I’m out of my head

Take me home
I was so happy there

Discography

Births, Deaths and Marriages (2008)
Sol De Abril with Sally Ford and the Pachuco Playboys (2004)
Ofrenda with Texicali Rose (2000)
Self Titled, Texicali Rose (1997)

Set List

2 x 40 minute sets of original ballads, blues and New Orleans grooves with the occasional tasty intstrumental cover.