Midnight At The OasisWords & Music by David Nichtern
Recorded by Maria Muldaur, 1974
DM7 G7 C7/9 Am7 Midnight at the o - a - sis -- DM7 G7 C7/9 Bb9 Send your camel to bed DM7 G7 C7/9 Shadows paintin' our fa -ces, F7 Bb9 Em7 G/B A7 Tra - ces of romance in our heads. DM7 G7 C7/9 Am7 Heaven's holdin' a half-moon DM7 G7 C7/9 Bb9 Shinin' just for us; DM7 G7 C7/9 F7 Bb9 Let's slip off to a sand dune, real soon Em7 G/B A7 And kick up a little dust. Refrain: Cm7 F7 G#7 Gm7 Come on, Cactus is our friend; Cm7 F7 G#7 Gm7 He'll point us out the way. Cm7 F7 G#7 Gm7 Come on, till the evenin' ends, C7/9 Bb9 DM7 Till the evenin' ends. DM7 G7 C7/9 Am7 You don't have to an - swer -- DM7 G7 C7/9 Bb9 There's no need to speak DM7 G7 C7/9 F7 Bb9 I'll be your belly dan - cer, pran - cer, Em7 G/B A7 And you can be my sheik. (Instrumental Interlude - 1 Verse & 1 Refrain) DM7 G7 C7/9 Am7 I know your Daddy's a sul -tan, DM7 G7 C7/9 Bb9 A nomad known to all, DM7 G7 C7/9 F7 Bb9 With fifty girls to attend him, they all send him, Em7 G/B A7 Jump at his beck and call. DM7 G7 C7/9 Am7 But you won't need no harem, honey, DM7 G7 C7/9 Bb9 When I am by your side; DM7 G7 C7/9 F7 Bb9 And you won't need no cam - el, no no, Em7 G/B A7 When I take you for a ride. Repeat Refrain: DM7 G7 C7/9 Am7 Midnight at the o - a - sis -- DM7 G7 C7/9 Bb9 Send your camel to bed; DM7 G7 C7/9 Got shadows paintin' our fa - ces, F7 Bb9 Em7 G/B A7 And tra - ces of romance in our heads.
I probably have taken more liberties with the chording of this song than any other transcription I've done to date -- but overall, I'm quite satisfied with the result. There's a "standard" tab of this on the net in a variety of places, all derived from a version done by the late, great Andrew Rogers. There's also one, purportedly by author David Nictern and intended to "simplify" the progression-- but for my money, it is about as close to the original as it is to "Moon River." And of course, I'll never be Amos Garrett (the guitarist on Muldaur's recording.) For clarity, I'm using the G7 symbol to mean 32300x and the C7/6 is 032330.