WATCH: Maria Muldaur – “Midnight at the Oasis” LIVE 1974

Another entry into our “Songs We Love to Hate” files: “Midnight at the Oasis” by Maria Muldaur in 1974.  I remember hating this song at the time, and after listening to it again to create this post (you owe me one) my instincts at 15 were correct: this is an awful song with terrible lyrics that is actually sung well by Muldaur. She even gives it a go here in a LIVE performance, that is somehow MORE annoying than the record version. How is that possible?

“Sing your camel to bed?” What does that even mean? Is that supposed to be romantic? For who, the camel? My understanding from the Internet (where everything you read and see is true) these are nasty animals that will bite and spit on your, given half a chance. No reason to sing to them. Likely the songwriter had a good melody, a good hook for a title, and then just phoned in the rest. Not bad for a song that would go all the way to #6 on the Billboard charts

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