Gonna Be A Dry July

by Sean MacPherson

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This song was written to promote the cancer charity, "Dry July".

The chorus is an invitation to participate in a big, month-long, booze-free party. The verses are about real patients and how good it feels to see them doing well years after treatment. It is a privilege to be part of their care no matter what happens.

The musicians in this recording are all either staff, students, patients or former patients from Canterbury District Health Board and the University of Otago Medical School, Christchurch (with the exception of Jay Arthur on Drums and Rocky on bass - 2 excellent professional musicians who provided their services for free).
Funding was from the CDHB.

lyrics

Saw you here for the first time
In ten years today
There's some folk you never forget
No matter how far away
You look the picture of health
I guess that means you just look like yourself
The future looks good
Just the way that it should
Not the way it did

It's gonna be a Dry July
Won't you raise an empty glass to the sky?
Uisge Beatha just pass me by
And I won't cry
It's gonna be a Dry July
I'm not surprised you asked me why
Sobriety, abstemious me
D'ya hear me sigh?
Gonna be a Dry July
A Dry July

Do you remember the days
You turned up in a sweet, happy haze?
You took your own time
Never cared about mine
Knew I couldn't be mad
You wore your wig to my wedding
You didn't look half bad
Now the wig's on a shelf
In a box by itself
And I can't say that I'm sad

It's gonna be a Dry July
Won't you raise an empty glass to the sky?
Uisge Beatha just pass me by
And I won't cry
It's gonna be a Dry July
I'm not surprised you asked me why
Sobriety, abstemious me
D'ya hear me sigh?
Gonna be a Dry July
A Dry July

And some of you come so far
And some of us forget just how lucky we are
I'd like to say this
To the folks I still miss
It was a privilege

It's gonna be a Dry July....

credits

released January 7, 2014
Vocals, Piano, Trombone - Sean MacPherson
Acoustic Guitar - Ben Wilkinson
Violin & Viola - Dan Park
Drums - Jay Arthur (with additional drums by Rick Harvie)
Bass - Rocky
Trumpet - Haley O'Neill
Alto Saxophone - Juno Pyun
Tenor Saxophone - Ben Thompson
Choir - Cath Balfour, Viv Daley, Edna Byron, Rose Davidson, Cheryl Ferris, Charlotte Gander, Les Snape, Adam Gilshnan, Jane Haines, Linda Kerr, Iain Ward
Pool Shark - Joshua Komen

Sound Engineer & Producer - Thom O'Connor
Quicksand Recording Studios, Christchurch

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Sean MacPherson Christchurch, New Zealand

Consultant Haematologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Otago, Christchurch, and Canterbury District Health Board.
Former member of the Dad Band, "Biscuit Thief". A Dad Band is like a Boy Band but older, much more tired and more likely to sustain an injury shifting musical equipment.
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