Mason Williams | Saturday Night at the World

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Saturday Night at the World

by Mason Williams

Instrumental classical guitar and orchestra version of a song.
Genre: Easy Listening: Orchestral Pop
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This version of Saturday Night at the World is an instrumental recording of what was originally a song. I adapted the melody into a piece for Classical guitar.

I wrote it in 1965. I was going thru a romantic period, writing lots of love poetry & love songs.

This arrangement is one I recorded in 2003 for my Alfred Music Book: Classical Gas The Music of Mason Williams.

It’s a love song about the two almost schizophrenic aspects of romance. There are two tempos. The 1st tempo is slower & marked, reflecting the reality of how slowly time passes when you’re not with the one you love, when you’re lonely. The 2nd tempo is lilting & waltz like, reflecting the dreamy, exhilarating side of love, the anticipation of how it will be when you’re together.

Here’s the lyric: male / female
(slow tempo in 3)
Refrain: It’s a Saturday night at the world
I am thinking / about a girl / it’s over girl
And how useless to search it becomes
When you seek all the answers in one

(lilting tempo in 1)
Verse 1: But her/his voice seemed to answer the echoing silence
From yesterday’s asking
And waiting and listening
For something resembling a song
To be sung back to me

(slow tempo in 3)

(lilting tempo in 1)
Verse 2: And her/his eyes seemed quicksilver
Reflecting the prisms I kindled
Uneclipsed by the darkness of loving’s mirages
That swindle the heart
With the shadows of we.

(lilting tempo in 1)
Verse 3: And her/his love seemed to offer a sojourn
From the endless beginnings
So I went spinning into her/him
To love her/him, but found her/him
One answer for loving and losing the same

It’s a Saturday night at the world
I am thinking / about a girl / it’s over girl
And how useless to search it becomes
When you seek all the answers in one

(slow tempo in 3)

© 1967 © Renewal 1996 Weems Music Co.

I recorded it as a song on my Warner Bros album The MW Ear Show with band & orchestra backing. It was also recorded by Jennifer Warnes, Dick Smothers, John Gary, Esther Ofarim, Cliff Richard, Stephen Mann & possibly others; most recently classical guitar master performer, arranger, and recording artist Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

As an instrumental, I recorded it on my 4th Warner Bros. album “Handmade” with solo Classical Guitar + strings (Al Capps arrangement) & also on my American Gramaphone album with Chip Davis & Mannheim Steamroller (Chip Davis arrangement).

It was sung in concert & gigs by several European Chanteuses, such as Esther & Lulu.



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