Early Days

by Tim Harrison

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    "Early Days" is a compilation of 14 re-mastered tracks from Tim Harrison's first vinyl album "Train Going East," (5 tracks) produced by Stan Rogers and engineered by Danial Lanois in 1978, and "In The Barroom Light," (9 tracks) initially released by Cole Harbour Music and produced by David Essig in 1985. Musicians on "Train Going East" cuts include Kim Deschamps on dobro; Danial Lanois on guitar; Stan Rogers on 12-string and background vocals; Garnet Rogers on fiddle and background vocals; Jude Johnson on background vocals; Bill Garrett on guitar; Ross Gibbons on drums; Kevin Dandeno on bass; and Ron Sellwood on piano and accordion. Musicians on "In The Barroom Light" include Willie P. Bennett on harp and background vocals; Scott Merritt, guitar and percussion; Gwen Swick on background vocals; Ron Dann, on pedal steel; Paul Mills on acoustic guitar; David Essig on Mandolin; and the incredible rhythm section of David Woodhead on bass, and Al Cross on drums. Some of these songs have been re-recorded over the years. I hope you enjoy these early versions. All songs written by Tim Harrison except where noted. ... more

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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: Train Going East (Early Days)
TRAIN GOING EAST
©
Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1972

Packed my suitcase and I packed my man
Star spangled night and blue clouds that spanned the skies
We weren’t going blind, weren’t looking behind
Some angel was guiding our way

Chorus:
It’s like a train going east’
Like a beggar at the feast
Like friends in the morning
Up off their knees
It’s like dogs in the alley
Like birds in the air
Like when you float down the street
And you haven’t a care

My friend once told me that he’d had a dream
Filled up with visions that were meant to relieve the mind
I said that’s OK, blow' em on down my way
Cause there’s moving to do but not much time

Chorus

Soaring on bridges and rays of the sun
Sweet windy pastures and a soul on the run from me
The morning time came, dawn played some game
And the rest just took voices to sing
Track Name: One Woman (Early Days)
One Woman
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1977

One woman she stands in the cold winds
Another she hides from the storms
But I know one who's gone traveling
To find where it might be warm
She doesn't much care for your talk
She doesn't much care for a home
No she was born of the wild wild wood
Destined to forever roam

CHORUS:
But oh how she dances in the moonlight
Where the stars can look down upon her there
And the earth it surrenders to the touch of her feet
And the four winds they blow back her hair

Now I guess that you could say that we were happy
At least I can say for a time
But the urge it caught it was time for go
I’ll never use that word mine

CHORUS:
And oh how she dances in the moonlight
Where the stars can look down upon her there
And the earth it surrenders to the touch of her feet
And the four winds they blow back her hair

One woman she stands in the cold winds
Another she hides from the storms
But I know one who's gone travelling
To find where it might be warm
Track Name: Boys In The Backroom (Early Days)
Boys In The Backroom
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1978

Well out in front is the crowd with their double delight,
In the fog, they let out their sorrows,
And they wait for the end, ‘cause for nine out of ten,
There are just too many tomorrows.

And out on the street, men in blue pound the beat,
Chasing winos and drug store dependents,
They take a good look around as they lay themselves down,
Numb from their morning refreshments.

CHORUS:

And here’s to the boys in the backroom
Whippin’ up their memories,
The card game’s a mess,
But they’re going on blessed,
And the losers all get in for free

And the people seem few who can look up at you,
With a smile and they just aren’t pretending,
Their children sit by, their clean socks say hi,
But how are you and where are you going?
Track Name: Turnaround (S. Rogers) Early Days
Turnaround
©Stan Rogers and Fogerty’s Cove Music

Bits and pieces you offered
Of your life; I didn’t think they meant a lot,
Or said much for you.
And all the chances to follow
Didn’t make a lot of sense when stacked against
The choices you made.

For yours was the open road,
The bitter song, the heavy load
That I couldn’t share
Though the offer was there
Every time you turned around.

Now, it’s not like you made out
To hang around, although you know I made some sounds
To show that I cared.
And when it looked like you heard the call
I didn’t say a lot, although I could’ve said
Much more, had I dared.

But yours was the open road,
The bitter song, the heavy load
That I couldn’t share
Though the offer was there
Every time you turned around.

And if I had followed
A little ways, because we’re friends you would have made me
Welcome out there.
But we both know it’s just as well,
'Cause some can go, but some are meant to stay behind,
And it’s always that way.

And yours is the open road,
The bitter song, the heavy load
That I’ll never share,
Though the offer’s still there
Every time you turn around.

And yours is the open road,
The bitter song, the heavy load
That I’ll never share,
Though the offer’s still there
Every time you turn around.
Every time you turn around.
Every time you turn around.
Track Name: Not Done Yet (Early Days)
Not Done Yet
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1976

Come on in, the fire’s bright,
Shut the door and light the light
Sit down and listen to an old man’s song,
But who can call 20 years old?

CHORUS:

And we’re not done yet,
There’s more to come you can bet,
There’s a song left to be sung...to someone,
To me.

Travelin’ down an empty road,
You see the signs before they show,
But who can believe what the poet conceives,
Just turn back and move on with the blow.

CHORUS

See the city, shining bright,
On up ahead you can see the light,
Not scared of shadows and you feel no fear,
As you jump inside your favourite atmosphere.
Track Name: Coal Tattoo (B.E. Wheeler) (Early Days)
COAL TATTOO
©Billy Edd Wheeler 1963 (arrangement by Tim Harrison)

I’m goin’ down that coal road leavin’ this town
Hear the rubber tires whine
Good bye buckeye and white sycamore
I’m leavin’ you behind
Cause I’ve been a miner all of my days, layin’ down track in the hole
Got a back like iron wood bent with the wind
And blood veins blue as the coal, boys, blood veins blue as the coal

Somebody said that’s a strange tattoo
That you have on the side of your head
I said that’s the mark of number 9 coal
Any closer I’d have been dead
Still I love the rumble and I love the dark
I love the cool of the slate
But I’m goin’ down a new road lookin’ for a job
It’s this travel and lookin’ I hate, boys, this travel and lookin’ I hate

I stood for the unions and I stood on the line
Worked against the companies
I stood for the UMWA
Now who’s gonna’ stand for me
‘cause I got no money and I got no pay
All I got me is a troubled soul
And this blue tattoo on the side of my head
Made by number 9 coal boys, made by number 9 coal

When I die and I go to heaven
Land of my dreams
I won’t have to worry about losin’ my job
To hard times and big machines
No I'm not gonna pay my money away
On dues and hospital plans,
I'm gonna pick coal where the blue heavens roll
And sing with the Angel Bands boys,
Sing With The Angel Bands.
Track Name: Down To The River
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1979
Down To The River

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

CHORUS

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

CHORUS

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: Two Hearts Beat In Galena
TWO HEARTS BEAT IN GALENA
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1982

CHORUS:

Two hearts beat in Galena
Two hearts burn like the sun
In the hills of Galena
Two hearts beat as one, they beat as one

In a world full of struggle
In a world full of pain
In a world with no glory
I can look to love again

When you think you’ve got nobody
No love can you find
It may help you to remember
That it can all come in time

The stars in the heavens
Can bend to kiss the ground
The moon can shine like silver
Lost souls can be found

You can reach out in the darkness
You can reach out for a friend
You can reach out for a lover
Who will stay to the end.

CHORUS REPEATS

‘cause two hearts beat in Galena
Two hearts burn like the sun
In the hills of Galena
Two hearts beat as one,
Two hearts beat as one,
In the hills of Galena
Two hearts beat as one.
Track Name: Elizabeth's Lament (Early Days)
Elizabeth's Lament
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1982

It was coming on to New England night
She was driving down the Mass. turnpike
The leaves had turned to yellow-brown
The sky was grey, winter was coming down

She thought about the ones at home
A son she loved about to go
A daughter half way out the door
A man who didn't know her anymore

And the skies open up the turnpike slicks with rain
And the rhythm of the wipers on the windshield click her time away
And she holds the thought of security she'd bought
But the days go by and the Time runs out…a spirit is caught...

She thinks of her community
The Ladies to bridge, the Ladies to tea
Forced cocktail parties now and then
Where she cannot call a single soul a friend

And she wonders about the home routine
The daily Chores, the weekly Clean
Soap operas in the afternoon
At night the house gets silent far too soon

So she goes up and turns the bed sheets down
A quick kiss and the husband's gone
The shadows on the ceiling play
She wonders how it came to be this way

And the tires grip the road the rain keeps coming down
And the lights on the highway flicker by as she reaches town
Still she heads for home, her shelter from the storm
But the days go by and the time runs out…a spirit is gone...
Track Name: Night Rider's Lament (M. Burton) (Early Days)
Night Rider’s Lament
By Michael E. Burton
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music

Last night while I was out a riding The grave yard shift, midnight 'til dawn The moon was bright as a reading light For a letter from an old friend back home

And he asked me Why do you ride for your money Tell me why do you rope for short pay You ain't a'gettin' nowhere And you're losin' your share You must have gone crazy out there

He told me last night I run on to Jenny She's married and has a good life And you sure missed the track When you didn’t come back She's the perfect professional's wife

And she asked me Why does he ride for his money And tell me why does he rope for short pay He ain't a'gettin' nowhere And he's losin' his share He must've gone crazy out there

But they've never seen the Northern Lights They've never seen a hawk on the wing They've never spent spring on the Great Divide And they've never heard ole' camp cookie sing

Well I read up the last of my letter And I tore off the stamp for black Jim And when Billy rode up to relieve me He just looked at my letter and grinned

He said now Why do they ride for their money
And why do they rope for short pay
They ain't gettin' nowhere And they're losin' their share
They must've gone crazy out there

But they've never seen the Northern Lights
Never seen a hawk on the wing
And they've never seen spring hit the great divide
And they've never heard old camp cookie sing.
Track Name: Maps Of Paris
MAPS OF PARIS
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1985

Well I thought I'd been traveling
But I've just moved from town to town
Looking for some kind of love
That wouldn't keep me down, that wouldn't put me down
I guess I've been chasing some kind of dream
And I never seem to come out clean
Till you came along and my world has been redeemed

Cause I'm studying maps of Paris
And I'm lookin’ at maps of France
I want to watch you strut down the Rue de Voltaire
And I want to watch you dance
I love to watch you dance
I'd forgotten what love can be
Forgotten what it's like to be complete
I was wondering why it is that people meet at all

Bridge:

I'd put my life upon a shelf
I'd built shrines to the past
I was trying to remember the good times
And thinkin’ bad ones were the only ones that last

But now I'm studying maps of Paris
And I'm lookin’ at maps of France
I want to watch you strut down the Rue de Voltaire
And I want to watch you dance
I love to watch you
We'll sit in some all-night cafe
And listen to the hot club till the break of day
And the rest of the world
Can just go on its way
Track Name: Pride
Pride
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1985

The sun came up over Queensboro Bridge
And I was thinking of you
And the moon and the stars had all disappeared
As the New York day came shining through
And if we knew then, what we know now,
You might be by my side,
But the anger and pain and the tears and the shame,
Have all broken down into pride.

You said, “If I’d only,” I said “I’d rather be lonely,
Than admit that some blame may be mine.”
Besides you’d never respect me and I’d never respect you
If we’d gotten back just to toe lines.
Well some folks know their own mind, for us its taken some time
To find out just who’s at the wheel,
And by the time that we’d learned it, but the time that we’d earned it,
We’d burned all our bridges for real.

And it was pride
That broke us apart
And when we tried,
It just broke our hearts.

Now you’re walkin’ your way, and I’m walkin’ my way,
Separate paths, separate roads, separate lives,
And I may never forget you, and you may never forget me,
‘Cause the only thing wrong was the time.
I may dream of you often, you may dream of me often,
When darkness turns into the light,
Yes in the brightness of the mornings
And the darkness of the evenings,
We’ll dream we hold each other tight.

Still it was pride,
That broke us apart,
When we tried,
It just broke our hearts....

The sun came up over Queensboro Bridge
And I was thinking of you
And the moon and the stars had all disappeared
As the New York day came shining through.
Track Name: What's Already Gone
WHAT’S ALREADY GONE
Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1984

Didn't we plant our rows deep and long
Didn't we tend them when we could
Didn't we try to make the whole thing strong
At least we said that we would

CHORUS:

At this point don't it just get crazy
Dust in our eyes from the days gone wrong
There's not much left and we just get lazy
Giving up on what's already gone, what's already gone

Didn't we walk on summer evenings
Didn't we gaze up at the moon
I guess that hearts that touch in the dawning light
Don't often get to touch past noon

CHORUS

Didn't we try to find a balance
Didn't we try to get along
Didn't we start out singing sweet harmonies
And wind up singing different songs

At this point don't it just get crazy
Dust in our eyes from the days gone wrong
There's nothing left and we just get lazy
Giving up on what's already gone
Track Name: In The Barroom Light
In The Barroom Light
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1980

Well he walks down the street
And the people he meets
See a face with a mask he has gotten
And the man that he hides
Never losing his stride
Cries out please don’t let me be forgotten
So he hits the bar for a while
Driven in by the smile
Of a ghost that he sometimes remembers
With his time measured out
He stops to think about
The life that he may have surrendered

CHORUS:

And it looks alright in the barroom light
Where the world seems to just disappear
You can laugh at it all as you stare at the wall
You think you’ve got nothing to fear

And the smoke rises thick
From the place where he sits
And he dreams of the way it could be
And through distant eyes
He sees beautiful lies
As a shot from the glass brings relief

CHORUS

He turns to leave
With some kind of belief
That he’ll make it by somewhere somehow
He hasn’t the time
To stand and stare down the line
If he’s really got places to go