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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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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.
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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

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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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