Song of the Day, February 18: Midnight Feast by Lal Waterson & Oliver Knight

Today’s song is Midnight Feast by Lal Waterson & Oliver Knight. This track is from their 1996 collaboration Once In a Blue Moon. It’s an amazing album, Lal’s second collection of original songs after Bright Phoebus with her brother, Mike. It’s a powerful song like the best of her compositions, at once proclaiming independence for a life not easy and gratefully acknowledging the strength drawn from a partner. It’s also a remarkably lusty song, sung with great charm and vigor.

Come away with me, or leave me.
Come nearer me or go away.
Just the sound of your breathing,
Come a feeling worth feeling.
Come a summer evening at the close of day.

Aren’t you just ravenous for a midnight feast.
Old drooling moon is shining down on us
At the end of the street.
Damned if I do my love, damned if I don’t my sweet.
Dare I declare this morning love turned evening deep.

Lal was born on Feb. 15, 1943 (making her my birthday buddy) and died tragically young of cancer on Sept. 8, 1998. Remember her great talent and amazing musical legacy today with this, one of her finest songs.

BONUS: The incomparable Christine Collister included a stunning interpretation on her album Blue Aconite.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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