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We are gathered here today to say goodbye
I didn’t think this day would ever come so soon, goodnight moon
And that fly up on the wall is just a fly
Nothing happens here that anyone would ever want to talk about;
tall tales, half-truths and lies

Jimmy built this pool hall then silently he documents the rise and fall
Of every boy who grew up way too soon
beneath the shadow of that moon
But now the cranes are hanging high...

Brick by brick they build it up, then all at once it’s blocking out the sky
And you can call me what you will,
but I’m not a glass-half-empty sorta guy
She whispers “you’ve been paralyzed,”
but that’s not true, I just can’t move
Fill my glass up one more time and say goodbye to Jimmy and the moon

This past winter took a toll and there were nights
I couldn’t make it down here from the second floor,
my fire escape encased in ice
And the day was coming soon, and so I cried
and prayed and cursed and put my fist right Through the kitchen wall; wonder if anybody made it there tonight?

But Jimmy kept the lights on still,
if I could get there I would be there on that corner stool
But conversation would be scarce; am I the only one who cares?
They’re putting cranes up in the sky

They dig a hole four stories deep and the cement trucks idle down Gerrard
Call me a sentimental fool,
but for sixty years I’ve called this corner my back yard
And should I fight to keep things as they are, cuz my time is coming soon
So fill my glass up one more time
and say goodbye to Jimmy and the moon

Jimmy and the moon, Jimmy and the moon...

Take one last look up to the sky
My glass half-empty, watch it die...


from Live Static Roots Oberhausen, Germany, track released July 10, 2020


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The Stephen Stanley Band Toronto, Ontario

Stephen came up through the Canadian music scene with The Lowest of the Low. After years of touring, a gold record for 'Shakespeare My Butt' and some hard knocks, he thought of walking away from music. He never did quit though then his friends and fellow musicians urged him to form The new Band.

New record coming Fall 2017

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