Bridges

by Tim Harrison

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    "Bridges" is the CD that in so many ways kicked off a real performance career for me. It was reviewed in England and the U.S. in highly respected publications (see "reviews" at timharrison.ca) which led to airplay, which led to bookings, and so on. These songs show me finding my own voice in my writing, and, fresh off some some lit studies, show themselves to be chock-a-block with literary allusions. This CD was a struggle to make, was delayed in production twice, but that work has shown the CD to be in the words of one pundit, "a seminal songwriter's CD."

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released January 1, 1997

"Bridges" also saw the beginning of a brief, but very rich, musical partnership with guitarist Nick Naffin, and cellist Alyssa Wright. They both feature prominently on the CD. Nick passed away a few years back, while Alyssa continues to make and produce fine music. The musicians included Dee Potter on Drums; Dennis Pendrith on Bass; Loretto Reid on Penny Whistle and Irish Flute; Ken Skinner on Keyboards; Rick Fielding on Banjo; and Beverly Kreller on Background Vocals, joined by Mose Scarlett and Glenn Maguire on "Ship To Come In." The cover painting "Bridges" is again by my friend, artist Diann Haist.

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Tim Harrison Nanaimo, British Columbia

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Tim Harrison has worked as an artist, songwriter, and as a creator of arts events.. Along with founding the Owen Sound Summerfolk Festival,Tim has been Artistic Director of the Mariposa, Northwind, and Eaglewood Folk Festivals, and the Big Fish Music Fest.
Tim has released eight highly acclaimed recordings of original material and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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Track Name: Not For The Love Of The Money
Not ForThe Love Of The Money
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1996

I watched a dancer
Lift his partner in the air
You could see it on his face
And in the ballerina's stare
Gravity gave up its charm
It was like Jesus in the temple
With an angel
On his arm

I heard a piper
Pipe for change out on the street
Playing airs so long and lonely
To the trampling of the feet
Angel drones they call us
From despair
From the soldiers of fortune
Marching to nowhere

Chorus:

And it's not for the love of the money
Or those things which tear us apart
It's for times that we share and the times we can care
To follow an act of the heart
And it's not for the praise or the glory
Or those things which just fade away
It's for living somehow in the here and the now
And facing it all day by day

Canvas holds the colors
Sunflowers twisting in the wind
Old women at their labor
Bridges rise and fall again
Stars roll over sleeping towns
The painter finds herself once more
A lifetime given to hergod
Has made us care forever more

There may be heroes on the stock exchange
And saviors in the banks
But it's not with these I find my prayers
Or where I give my thanks
It's for all the ones on this planet
Full of pain
For the ones who find the strength
To give back in again
Track Name: Raining Expectations
Raining Expectations
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1994


It's raining expectations
Wishes scattered on the ground
You're drowning in a sea of dreams
Others wish that you had found
So you sit up in all night cafes
And watch the passers by
Your stare into an empty glass
Where oceans have gone dry

And you say
Oh my sister can't you let it be
Oh my brother can't you see
The life you lead is not the one for me
Each one has it’s own destiny

You look to find approval
But you find only disdain
Your hair is tumbling down your face
In rivulets of shame
The path that you have chosen
Is not one that they can share
I hope they see you down the road
And know that you did care

And you say
And oh my mother let it be
And oh my father can't you see
The life you lead is not the one for me
Each one has it’s own destiny

Bridge:
They want you just to fill their shoes
And cannot see the things you do
But you cannot take on that blame
What you call yours is something you must claim
Track Name: Lord Hear Our Prayer
Lord Hear Our Prayer
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1992


Heroes sleeping in the subway
Show us the common ground
Singers slumping on the curbside
Sing songs of homeward bound
And out on Yonge St.
People seek for change
But nothing in this world
Can make them feel quite whole again

O Lord hear our prayer
For the ones who are living
O Lord hear our prayer
For the ones who are giving

And somewhere in the darker streets
Hookers sell their skin
One more night of conscious distance
So their babies eat again
Politicians sell their prejudice
To those who would believe
That the lion sleeps for them alone
And the jungle brings relief

O Lord hear our prayer
For the ones who are trying
O Lord hear our prayer
For the ones who are dying

False gods and corporations
Seek souls of those who'll tell
The story of the bottom line
And the poor ones who just fell
The sun, the moon, the stars above
The showers and the dew
The winds of god they hold you
But what do people do
Track Name: Down To The River
DOWN TO THE RIVER
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1979

Chorus:
Let's go down to the river
You can wash your soul
Sit on the banks and watch it flow by
We all got a reason to go

I went down to the main street
People rushing to and fro
Moving around in a world that keeps them down
They've got no one to turn to
They've got nowhere to go

I saw a woman staring (at nothing at all)
She'd gone away pretty far
Too scared to talk and too stiff to move
Desperation on her face
Fear in her heart

I was talking to some old folks
They say they've got nothing left to give
Swallowed up by some young people's lies
They don't even feel
They have a reason to live
Track Name: All The Goodbyes
All Of The Goodbyes
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Song 1997


Our pleasure's in ruin
You've made for your bed
The fire is burning low
Limbs fall and pray
In hope that they'll stay
For the morning to be and to warm
Glistening tears
Accompany your fears
Of saying some final farewell
And move to the light
And head for the stars
And the story that noone can tell

Chorus:
But all of the goodbyes
We say in our lives
Fall like silence on a dark midnight street
Where in quiet longing
The angels are calling
The ones who are left to their sleep

The earth spins around
She nods to the stars
A traveller who seeks for her sun
She longs for the day
When time fades away
And the universe falls back into one
But day follows day
The moon dogs our way
And follows the mystery train
We rise for our time
Seek for a rhyme
And then disappear once again
Track Name: God Sent Me An Angel
God Sent Me An Angel
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1996

God sent me an angel
She came down from above
When I really wasn’t looking
I had no use for love
And I could not paint a picture
Of what it was like to receive
I'd just been hanging on
To patterns I believed

But then the world was made over
To something I had never seen
And the stars in the heavens
They came shining down on me
Everything looked different
There was no one that I knew
This world will never be the same
Since I met you

You see I thought I knew myself quite well
And I was really satisfied
Because I finally found a path to tread
Which was no longer lies
But then out of a mystery
When I did not seek to find
God sent me an angel
The healing kind


Bridge:
With new love old sorrow is uncovered
Pain you thought you’d left behind
But if it goes on undiscovered
It can rob your soul and steal your mind
But God sent me an angel
Track Name: Carrickfergus
Carrickfergus
Traditional, arranged by Tim Harrison

I wish I had you in Carrickfergus
Only for nights in Bally Grand
I’d swim over the deepest ocean
The deepest ocean to be by your side
But the sea is wide and I can’t swim over
Neither have I the wings to fly
I wish that I could find me a handy boatman
To ferry me over to my love and die

My childhood days bring back sad reflection
On happy times spent long ago
My boyhood friends and my own relations
Have all passed on like melting snow
So I’ve spent my days in endless roving
Soft was the grass and my bed was free
Ah to be home now in Carrickfergus
On the long road down to the salty sea

And in Kilkenny it is reported
On marble stone as black as ink
With gold and silver I did support her
But I’ll sing no more till I get a drink
I’m drunk today and I’m rarely sober
A handy rover from town to town
But I’m sick now and my days are numbered
So come all you young lads and lay me down
Track Name: Ship To Come In
Ship To Come In
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1996


We’re waiting for our ship to come in
Waiting for the tide of healing to begin
We think we see it then it disappears again
Waiting for our ship to come in

We’re standing on a long lonesome shore
Hoping for peace but finding only war
As it was in the beginning and shall be evermore
Standing on a long lonesome shore

And we’re waiting for release from the past
Waiting for the time when we feel free at last
Waiting for the time when the anchor chain is cast
Waiting for release from the past

But don’t wait for your ship to come
Don’t wait for the tide of healing to begin
If you can’t imagine it will disappear again
Don’t wait for your ship to come in

Don’t wait for release from the past
Don’t wait for the time when you feel free at last
Cut the lines that have kept your ship held fast
And don’t wait for release from the past.
Track Name: Vital Spark
VITAL SPARK
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1995


When I walk down the streets and along the avenues
I hear the children shout I think of you
I think of times we’ve had and the times we'll see soon
How we're drawn together like the earth and the moon

And when the lamps light up the falling snow
My footsteps tell me where I need to go
And though the path that's left may wind a time or two
I head straight for the light that leads to you


CH: Because I can feel your vital spark
And sense a soft glow even in the dark
I feel your warmth when I grow cold
And your youth when I feel old

When I'm out on the street in the broad daylight
Shadows cross my path before the night
Well though the sun refuse to shine and the clouds roll in
Whenever I see your face it makes me sing

CH

When I walk down the beach along an empty shore
Grey Mother Sea will roll on evermore
Like a choir the tides run high with their refrain
Like water I return to you again

When I walk down the streets and along the avenues
I hear the children shout and think of you
I think of times we’ve had and the times we'll see soon
How we're drawn together like the earth and the moon