The Band - Ophelia - Live at Winterland Ballroom 1976

The Band - Ophelia - Live at Winterland Ballroom 1976




Levon Helm is so good as the lead singer and of course drummer on this wonderful track. The horn section includes some stellar players like Jerry Hey, but it's the solid five dudes in The Band who are the focus.


You can see what a genuine and gracious person Levon Helm was by what he does at the end of the song after he has sung has ass off, as he turns to the horn section to let them know how good they had just played.




Check out the Eagle Rock Entertainment site for this and the whole Last Waltz concert.


Rich Cooper -- trumpet, flugelhorn

James Gordon -- flute, tenor saxophone, clarinet

Jerry Hey -- trumpet, flugelhorn

Howard Johnson -- tuba, baritone saxophone, flugelhorn, bass clarinet

Charlie Keagle -- clarinet, flute, alto, tenor and soprano saxophones

Tom Malone -- trombone, euphonium, alto flute, bass trombone

Larry Packer -- electric violin

Horns arranged by Henry Glover, Garth Hudson, Howard Johnson, Tom Malone, John Simon and Allen Toussaint





Lyrics


Boards on the window, mail by the door

What would anybody leave so quickly for?

Ophelia - Where have you gone?


The old neighborhood just ain't the same

Nobody knows just what became of

Ophelia - tell me, what went wrong?


Was it somethin' that somebody said?

Mama, I know we broke the rules

Was somebody up against the law?

Honey, you know I'd die for you


Ashes of laughter, the coast is clear

Why do the best things always disappear

Like Ophelia - please darken my door


Was it somethin' that somebody said?

Honey, you know we broke the rules

Was somebody up against the law?

Honey, you know I'd die for you


They got your number, scared and runnin'

But I'm still waitin' for the second comin'

Of Ophelia - come back home







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