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"Floodgates" - full band version - sample

(Tony Chapman)
September 8, 2010
Tony Chapman ©

I originally wrote the chorus of this song 30 years ago in an improvised music session with some Brazilian women - we were doing an impromptu madi-gras! in the south west of England - all dancing round a field play every instrument we could find, including pots and pans - well the chorus stayed with me for 25 years - I had ideas for the verses -they were going to star: famous people from every age of time, Cleopatra, Moses, Bob Dylan, Einstein, etc...   

 

Eventually, a few years ago I was teaching a young student: music and I thought this would be a great song for him to play and sing if it was about a "circus!" the rest fell into place...

 

The boy went onto much musical success - he was/is amazingly talented and he was videoed playing/singing, this song like a 7 year old Elvis Presley. unfortunaltely I never got a copy of the video - such a shame - it was brilliant! .... there you go... such is the circus of life....

Flood gates.  

Words and Music by Tony Chapman. Copyrighted.

F    Bb  Ab         F    Bb  Ab         F    Bb  Ab    F     

CHORUS:

F      Ab         G4    Bb                    F                Cm  Bb

Open ………………. open up the floodgates 

Bb2            

push wide the windows 

Dbmj7  Eb         F         Cm     Bb

let the barriers down 

F       Ab         G4    Bb              F                Cm  Bb

Open, ……………….. open up floodgates 

Db7                                       C7                        F         (Bb  Ab F)

Put on your dancing shoes. The circus is in town.

__________________________ 

C                                     Gm

Eleplahants, acrobats, flame eater, strong man acts 

C

Applause 

C                                  Gm

Trapeze artist on air. So high up we all stare  

C

Crowd roars 

Db                Bbm            Ab

Lion tamer cracks his whip, 

B                       Abm                 Eb         C

sad eyed clowns tumble and trip

CHORUS:

 

Drum and cymbol crashing,coloured lights are flashing,

Thunder

Double jointed girl twists, see the contortionists,

Wonder

Tumbler jumps through hoops of fire,

Tight rope walker balances on the wire

CHORUS:

 

               Eb                                                        Bb

In every country, in every city, village and street

               Eb                                                             Bb

In every mountain, in every forest, desert and sea

E

Open your eyes, open your ears, 

F#

open your heart to the laughter and tears

G                                                               C

Inside (and) outside you and me, the circus is life and its free...

Instrumental over:  F, Eb, Bb, Db     (repeat)   C

Ballerina dances on a horse who prances 

round the ring

Juggler juggles sharp knives, magic laughter dust lies

On everything

Human cannonball takes aim, lady who was cut in two takes a bow

She's in one piece again                CHORUS.

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