Maria Muldaur Midnight at the Oasis

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Maria Muldaur Midnight at the Oasis

Maria Muldaur Midnight at the Oasis

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The song was written by songwriter and composer David Nichtern in 1973. Maria Muldaur was then pursuing a solo career after being with the Even Dozen and Jim Kweskin jug band with her then-husband Geoff Muldaur. She released the song on her 1973 album Maria Muldaur as well as a single in 1974, backed with “Any Old Time.” It charted at #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #2 in Canada, #10 in Australia and #21 in the U.K.

Nichtern, who in addition to his many musical credits, wrote the song before he began working with Maria. He says, “the details are a little bit intimate, but let’s just say there was a girl, a waterbed, feta cheese and grape leaves, and Martin 00-18 nearby.” The seductive qualities of the song, no doubt, added to its success.

Maria Muldaur was born Maria Grazie Rosa Domenica D’Amto in the Greenwich Village part of New York City. She has been on the music scene for many decades as a folk and blues singer. Her daughter Jenni Muldaur is also a singer and songwriter. Maria Muldaur continues to tour and perform.

Here are the lyrics to “Midnight at the Oasis” by 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

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