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One More Chance

[Sandy Denny]

This song was the standout of the Rising for the Moon album: featuring a good tune, strong words, an unexpected mode change for the middle-8, an excellent guitar solo by Jerry Donahue and a piano solo by Sandy. Dave Mattacks plays drums on this song. It was recorded at Olympic Studios in Spring 1975. Given the fact that Rising for the Moon was not a marvellous album, I cannot help but wonder whether there was a hidden message in putting this song last on the album; maybe Fairport were asking for “one more chance.”

  1. This version was reissued on the Who Knows Where the Time Goes box set and on the double CD compilation Meet On the Ledge: The Classic Years 1967-1975.
  2. The original demo of this song was recorded at home in Byfield in December 1974 and can be found on the cassette Together Again - The Attic Tracks Vol. 4, on The Attic Tracks CD and on the Sandy Denny anthologies No More Sad Refrains and A Boxful of Treasures. The last album's edit has a few seconds of chat before the song starts and at about 2:35 into the song.
  3. A earlier live recording with Fairport Convention at Ebbets Field, Denver, Colorado from May 1974 was released on Before the Moon.
  4. Another Fairport Convention live recording probably from October 31, 1975 at Brunel University, Uxbridge is on the CD Who Knows? The Woodworm Archives Vol. 1.
  5. A live recording of this song from Sandy's last concert can be found on The Attic Tracks Vol. 3 and on Gold Dust - Live at the Royalty.

Cover Versions

  1. Karen Matheson on her album The Dreaming Sea (1996)
  2. Keiko Walker on her album Both Sides Now (2004)

Joan Armatrading's One More Chance of 1986 is not a cover version but a completely different song with just the same name.

Lyrics

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