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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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
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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
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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©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
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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

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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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