The Huntington's Waltz demo

by Peter Lehndorff

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The latest version of my song about Huntington's Disease (HD). It is the disease that took the life of my wife Kathy, her brother Ted and Woody Guthrie. All proceeds will go to the HD Program at UConn Health Center.

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When my dad got sick I guess I was nine.
We walked on eggshells. He was mad all the time
He fell down a lot. Slurred when he talked.
Looked like a drunkard. But never touched a drop.

He went to his doctor. He went to a shrink.
Even that med school didn't know what to think.
But no one brought up his family tree.
How his mom and his grandpa had that strange malady.

If I knew then / what I know now
I couldn't change much / of anything /Anyhow.
It was 50/50 / Life's a coin toss
When you have to dance the Huntington's Waltz
When you have to dance the Huntington's Waltz

They had him committed back in '83
Some brothers and cousins had the same disease
A ticking time bomb began to go off
Then we all started dancing the Huntington's Waltz.
I did gymnastics for my school team
I was never a star, but pretty good on the rings.

When I turned forty, more or less
The Huntington's caught me. My life was a mess
Cobwebs of proteins started killing my brain
I pushed you away. Somehow you remain.

If I knew then / what I know now
I couldn't change much / of anything /Anyhow.
It was 50/50 / Life's a coin toss
When you have to dance the Huntington's Waltz
When you have to dance the Huntington's Waltz

Damned if you're tested. Damned if you won't.
Damned if you have it. Damned if you don't.
Some Sisters and brothers they have it as well.
Their kids and grandkids, only time will tell.
There's hope for the future? I guess there's a chance.
That the youngest of them won't have to do this dance.
I guess I'm pretty lucky to know how this ends
Thanks for sticking with me. Goodbye my good friend.

If I knew then / What I know now
I Wouldn't change much / of anything /Anyhow.
It was 50/50 / But I won the coin toss
When you danced with me at the Huntington's Waltz
When you danced with me at the Huntington's Waltz

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released December 25, 2016
Peter Lehndorff all vocal, guitar and midi bass and drums.

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Peter Lehndorff Hampden, Massachusetts

All proceeds from my bandcamp site will be donated to The Huntington's Disease Program at UConn. Huntington's Disease is the genetic brain disease that took the life of Woody Guthrie and my wife Kathy.

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