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  1. Sylvia
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Words & Music by Kevin Michael Thompson

Additional Musicians:
Steve Giddings: steel
Toby Wilson: guitars

Notes: This was written while we were staying in the mountains of Arizona. The original had a bit more of a circus, gypsy-jazz influence. As the lyrics took shape it began to move in a different direction.

When I was writing it I was thinking of how mental illness and depression can often cause a person to withdraw from their family and friends. The lyrics began to take on new meaning to me watching my father wrestle with Parkinson's.

In the last verse the snare drum, percussion and one of the guitars begin to play backwards to give a sense that perhaps this was more than a conversation about going out for the evening.

Lyrics

Chorus
There's a band playing downtown tonight
Do you wanna go?
There's a band playing downtown tonight
Do you wanna go?

Verse One
It might be nice to get out of the house for awhile
Just get out and walk around
And all your old friends say they miss you
And how they wish you'd come around
There's a band playing downtown tonight
Do you wanna go?

Chorus
There's a band playing downtown tonight
Do you wanna go?
There's a band playing downtown tonight
Show starts about an hour or so

Verse Two
The guitar player does a mean Django
I mean, he really makes it sing
And it'll do your poor self good now
Just to hear 'em kick that Minor Swing

Verse Three
Your prescriptions on the table
And your drinking glass is full
And I'll be there in the back row
Should you decide to go
There's a band playing downtown tonight
Do you wanna go?