Friday, December 22, 2017

Stealing a Kiss in the Middle of the Night in Barra with Marc Pettigrew

photo © Teresa Puente 2011
An invitation to dance the night away in Barra with Marc Pettigrew.

Stealing a kiss in the moonlight
The music that's playing is just right
And all I wanna do is dance with you
In the middle of the street
In the middle of the night in Barra

One wink of this eye and I'm alright
You offer your hand and I feel light
because all I wanna do is dance with you
In the middle of the street
In the middle of the night in Barra

We'll dance to the Pony and we'll dance to the Twist
We'll dance to old Chubby when he goes like this
We'll do the watusi and the funky monkey too
because all I wanna do is dance with you
In the middle of the street
In the middle of the night in Barra

As the years pass by in our twilight
We'll remember way back to that fine night
When all I had to do was dance with you
In the middle of the street
In the middle of the night in Barra

In the middle of the street
In the middle of the night in Barra


— Marc Pettigrew


We first visited Marc Pettigrew in the early days of this website when he was work-shopping songs about Barra de Navidad. The song we featured, Meet Me at Ramon's was on our list of the The Eight Most Popular Poems and More from 2010. In 2013 we interviewed Marc as part of our Barra Songbook series and the release of his Second Wind disc. Since then, Marc has released a new EP of songs, Honest Hearts from 2016.

Middle of the Night in Barra (Dance With You in Barra) is from Second Wind and appears here with the songwriter's permission. The song is also featured in Last Call: Poem, Stories and Art from the Costalegre.

If you happen to be in Barra de Navidad and are in the mood to dance in the middle of the street or the middle of the night, Marc will be playing select gigs in and around the Costalegre. "I'm gigging quite a bit," he says. "La vida es buena!"