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Bonnie Raitt ‘savors every moment’ at Alberta Bair Theater

on September 7, 2017 No comments

By Jaci Webb

 

With all her swagger and soul, Bonnie Raitt won over a packed house Wednesday at the Alberta Bair Theater, giving her first performance here in over two decades.

Raitt praised the venue and the fans, who gave her multiple standing ovations, including one when she appeared on stage.

“This is part theater, part club,” Raitt said. “It’s a great house.”

Nobody sings a better heartache song than Raitt. She has a scratch to her voice that brings out the emotion in the lyrics, yet she can croon with sweet tenderness. In between songs, she talked of tolerance and working together. One audience member commented, “She savors every moment.”

Highlights included her stripped-down stylings on John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” and her tender performance of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” off her 1991 album, “Luck of the Draw.”

 

Raitt was engaging and fun, too, sampling a couple of tunes far away from her signature songs, including AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”

At 67, she’s on top of her game, showing her stunning voice and equally fine guitar skills. At one point, Raitt introduced a song, saying “this is an older tune, but I’m an older lady.”

She’s not too old to wow a crowd. Her father, John Raitt, was performing until he was 85.


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On this Memorial Day, I'd like to share the lyrics to my song "A SOLDIER AT WAR", dedicated to all the soldiers from all the wars who DIDN'T die, all those who have been living with the internal scars of their war experience. My heart goes out to you all, and I certainly do appreciate your service to our country. Is this an "anti-war song"...YES! And I dedicate these lyrics to the great Ron Kovic, author of "Born On The Fourth Of July".

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VERSE 1:
I’m a soldier at war.
I know you’ve seen my face before.
I am Red, White, and Blue.
I am black and brown and yellow too.
I have killed and I have died,
All alone and damaged deep inside.
And the child I used to be,
Was sacrificed for some insanity.

VERSE 2:
Left a boy, now half a man,
My innocence was lost in a foreign land.
I fought so hard and I fought so long,
I fought for my country, right or wrong.
In the eye of the slaughter,
No Star Spangled Banner did I see.
There is blood on the water,
It’s flowing like the blood inside of me.

VERSE 3:
In smoke-fill rooms, the Men Of Might
Will send your son somewhere to fight.
And I am one of many more,
Just pawns in a Holy War.

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In a field where the food used to grow,
There’s a murder of crows.

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Now the war is dead and gone,
But the battle goes on and on.
And the dream that used to be
Is buried so deep inside of me.
I believed what I was told,
But all that glitters is not gold.
I still see my brother’s hand…..
Why he died, I’ll never understand.

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I know you’ve seen my face before.
Just a name and a loaded gun,
One more lost, forsaken son.
I’m a soldier at war.
I’m a soldier at war….
Just a soldier at war.
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