P​.​T. Barnum

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I remember reading Hilary' Gardner's first draft of PT BARNUM for the first time on the subway heading to Brooklyn – besides the lyric being brilliant, it quickly gave me visions of an imaginary drunken one-night Coney Island fling, along with carousel harmonies. I completed the song as a jazz waltz, and this version is a playful duet with Daniel Mintseris.

lyrics

Dizzy and faded from whiskey and wine
This carnival spins inside of my mind
On a carousel of ne'er do well
You and me and P.T. Barnum

Wanting you nearer then wishing you'd go
Accepting deception as part of the show
On a tilt-a-whirl of boy and girl
You and me and P.T. Barnum

Every minute of every day
A sucker's born, that's what they say
But it’s freak fascination, can't look away
Can't pull away
Can't look away

From sequins and sugar and canvas on sticks
The net breaks our fall and we all get our kicks
In this two-bit show of touch and go
You and me and P.T. Barnum
You and me and P.T. Barnum

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from Sailor's Daughter, released July 1, 2007

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Celia Chavez California

The tiny but mighty Celia Chavez has spent the past several years traveling the world as a 20-Feet-From-Stardom style backup singer to stars such as P!nk, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham. She is currently a featured vocalist and duet partner in the touring band for Enrique Iglesias.
As a solo artist, Celia makes records in the tradition of 1970's Laurel Canyon; real musicians making real music.
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