FIRST DANCE/LAST DANCE (SONG FOR DAVID IPPOLITO)

from On My Way To Hooterville


There’s a couple hundred people up on the hill

dozens more strolling by

a sweet teeny tiny little one year old

catches the guitar man’s eye

looks like she learned how to walk last week

she’s babbling her own brand of baby speak

she’s wigging and giggling

bopping up and down

slowly slowly

she turns herself around

Now she’s dancing her very first dance

look at her swing and sway

her helicopter parents are hovering

three feet away

the guitar man mesmerizes her

she loves to watch him sing and play

now she’s dancing her very first dance

in Central Park on a Saturday

Here comes a man in a morning coat

with a woman in a long white dress

they just stepped out of the Boat House

where they both said, “I do,” I guess

now they’ve stumbled upon the guitar man

who instantly becomes their wedding band

the people on the hill join him in song

as the newlyweds dance along

Now they’re dancing their very first dance

as husband and wife today

hundreds of strangers sing an Elvis tune

they don’t know all the words

but that’s OK

You’ve got to admit this is much more fun

than tossing some bouquet

now they’re dancing their very first dance

in Central Park on a Saturday

Saturday afternoon is the only time

that this can happen

you’re in luck if the sun is shining

and it doesn’t rain ‘cause then

people from all over the world are here

they’re laughing and they’re clapping

they come together to sing

with the guitar man

again and again and again and again

[if not for the pandemic this would

have been David’s 28th year]

He brought the Beatles to America

brought the Rolling Stones too

he touched the lives of millions

that’s what visionaries do

now he’s sitting in a wheelchair over there

how he loves the city, the city air

being part of the people on the hill

just look at him, through sheer will

He’s dancing his very last dance

look at him swing and sway

lifted by the power of music

as his friend David plays

oh Sid, you influenced the planet

in a most remarkable way

now he’s dancing his very last dance

in Central Park on a Saturday

Maybe this is your first dance

maybe this is your last

maybe you like a slow fox trot

maybe you like it real fast

when you hear the guitar man playing

that is your cue

the world is calling

she wants to dance with you

Oh everybody let’s dance

let’s swing and let’s sway

music has brought us together

to celebrate the day

oh David you inspire us

we love to watch you sing and play

oh how I love the summer

Central Park and these —

oh how I love the summer

Central Park

and these Saturdays . . .

Credits:

Christine Lavin: voice and guitar

Steve Doyle: bass

David Ippolito: 2nd guitar and harmony

Robin Batteau: violin

updated: 1 month ago