♫ Midnight At The Oasis ♫

More than likely, this song rings a bell, but not the artist, Maria Muldaur.  This is one of those songs that you say, “Oh yeah … I remember that song!  Who sang it?  Oh … WHO???

This song was written by David Nichtern, a composer who also became a renown teacher of Buddhism.  According to Nichtern …

“I wrote the song before I started working with Maria… the details are a little bit intimate, but let’s just say there was a girl, a waterbed, feta cheese and grape leaves, and a Martin 000-18 near by.

I actually produced the demo (in Woodstock) that got Maria her Warner Bros individual artist deal, so I was on the map already with them to that extent. On that demo was a song I wrote called ‘I Never Did Sing You a Lovesong’ which made it onto the album but was re-recorded. Also we demoed a track that Wendy Waldman wrote called ‘Mad Mad Me (I Love You)’ which made it onto the album as it was so I got producer credit for that track.

My memory is that I came out to LA and got to play rhythm guitar on several tracks. From there I got more and more involved with the record. At a rehearsal, I played ‘Midnight at the Oasis’ for Lenny Waronker and he liked it and wanted to include it on the record.

We recorded it with some great musicians – Jim Gordon on drums (who later went crazy and killed his own mother and went to prison for life I think). Freebo played bass, Mark Jordan on piano and me on acoustic guitar. Later, Famous Amos Garrett added that amazing electric guitar part and solo, which in some circles is as famous as the song itself.

Warner’s released the album and then Midnight as the first single… they hung in there with it for something like nine months until it took off…. that might not happen today… the rest is herstory as they say…”

Maria Muldaur is an Italian singer who was born Maria D’Amato.  She was the wife of musician Geoff Muldaur and is the mother of singer-songwriter Jenni Muldaur.

Midnight at the Oasis peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 in the UK Singles Chart in the spring of 1974.

Midnight at the Oasis
Maria Muldaur

Midnight at the oasis
Send your camel to bed
Shadows painting our faces
Traces of romance in our heads
Heaven’s holding a half-moon
Shining just for us
Let’s slip off to a sand dune, real soon
And kick up a little dust

Come on, Cactus is our friend
He’ll point out the way
Come on, till the evening ends
‘Til the evening ends
You don’t have to answer
There’s no need to speak
I’ll be your belly dancer, prancer
And you can be my sheik

I know your daddy’s a sultan
A nomad known to all
With fifty girls to attend him, they all send him
Jump at his beck and call
But you won’t need no harem, honey
When I’m by your side
And you won’t need no camel, no no
When I take you for a ride
Come on, Cactus is our friend
He’ll point out the way
Come on, till the evening ends
‘Til the evening ends
Midnight at the oasis
Send your camel to bed
Got shadows painting our faces
And traces of romance in our heads

Oh come on, oh come on
Woo hoo hoo, yeah, oh yeah
Oh oh, yeah, yeah

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: David Nichtern
Midnight at the Oasis lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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