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Total Eclipse of the Moon

from Last Man Standing by Jim Love

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If you listened to my last album, there is a track called "Play With You" which was inspired by the first time Linda and I played together. She was just learning the cello and she asked if I'd like to play a tune with her. I didn't know she'd been practicing a tune I had just recorded for the first time which I did with a solo guitar at a friend's studio. You can find it on this site.

So when we did this album I wanted to rerecord that tune - and it is astonishingly beautiful to hear Linda's cello with Steve O'Connor's haunting piano.

The pizz of the cello is the stars twinkling. The bowing is the longing that is in my heart as this memory comes back to me.

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Total Eclipse of the Moon

Music and Lyrics by Jim Love

Tonight is a night like no other has been
With a cold that can cut like a knife
As I walk down the road, silent, alone
In the beautiful still of the night
My heart is singing, my life’s just beginning
I'm rushing – I'm high as a kite...
A lone wolf calls and darkness falls
And I'm born in the loss of the light

And the shadow creeps over the white shining glow
The darkness will fall on us soon
It’s a cold winter night, and we’re losing the light
In a total eclipse of the moon

There's a billion stars that have all been revealed
And they cover the black velvet sky
There's a light that's so white and as cold as the night
And you feel like it’s piercing your eyes
My mind is reeling, I’m caught in a feeling
The feeling that time has stood still
I can almost believe that my soul has been freed,
I can feel it rise up from that hill

Interlude

Was a long time ago, I stood out in the snow
As a child looking up at the sky
And a sweet mystery, unfolded for me
As the moon bid its silent goodbye
Through all of the years, I'm am still moved to tears
By that moment that touched my heart so
It won't go away, I'm still haunted today
By a music that plays in my soul..

Now the shadow creeps over the white shining glow
The darkness will fall on me soon
It's a cold winter night, and we’re losing the light
In a total eclipse of the moon
It's a cold winter night, and I'm losing the light,
In a total eclipse of the moon

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from Last Man Standing, released April 1, 2022
Featuring Linda Love on cello

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Jim Love Ontario

I wrote my first song when I was about 14 with the line "write me, box nothing, Trans Canada Highway". A few months later, I ran away to Vancouver. The songs never stopped.

In my 20's a Juno nomination and gold album as a writer for a kid's band. A couple of musicals live and on CBC and a series of songs.

After 40 years I'm back with some of my best songs. Never too late.
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