#02969
St Olav's Gate (Tom Russell) videos
#2463: YouTube video by Bow Valley Music Club
©2014 ~ Used with permission ~

Drinking black market vodka
in the back of the Scotsman's saloon,
And then it's red meat and whiskey
like a coyote drunk on the moon;
But outside in Oslo,
the buskers all sing the same tune,
Well, it's Waltzing Matilda
while the bagpipes play Au Clair De Lune.

But she was a lady,
she came down from Bergen, she said,
She spoke a little English,
we laughed and drank whiskey instead;
But in the mornin' I found it,
the rose and the note on my plate,
It said, meet me at midnight
on the corner near St Olav's Gate.

So, here's to the ladies you love
and you don't see again,
The night is warm whiskey,
the morning the cold bitter wind;
Though the blue-eyed Madonna leaves town
while the drunken man waits,
He's been standing alone
in the shadows of St Olav's Gate.

Here's to the ladies you love
and you don't see again,
The night is warm whiskey,
the morning the cold bitter wind;
The blue-eyed Madonna left town
while the drunken man waits,
He's been standing alone
in the shadows of St Olav's Gate.
He's been standing alone
in the shadows of St Olav's Gate.

####.... Tom Russell [b.1953 in Los Angeles, California] c.1981 ....####
Recorded by Tom Russell (Heart On A Sleeve, Vinyl LP, trk#6, 1984, End Of The Trail Music); and (The Long Way Around, trk#1, with Nanci Griffith, ©1997, Hightone Records, Oakland, California).

The video above features Tom Russell, accompanied by Thad Beckman on guitar, performing Tom's song St Olav's Gate at The Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary, Alberta, on March 14th, 2014. A variant was recorded by Chris Hennessy (Sail Away To The Sea, trk#7, 2000, Ballyhoura Productions, Torbay, NL).

The video below features a variant by Sláinte (pronounced sa-LON-cha), a six-piece band centered in Clarenville, NL, playing a few tunes on a Tuesday night back in 2008.


#1488: YouTube video by dougslainte
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

From Wikipedia:
Bergen - second largest city in Norway, located in the county of Hordaland on the south-western coast of Norway.

General notes gleaned from the Mudcat Café:
St Olav's Gate ranks as one of Oslo's more non-descript streets, and the Scotsman's Saloon is a busy pub on the main pedestrian Karl Johans Gate about half a mile away.



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