Grey County

by Tim Harrison

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DON QUIXOTE’S DREAM ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs I have fought with giants in the wind And I have taken on the devil’s sin I have tried to heal myself in the inns of the nation I have seen the truth of this country’s situation Chorus: Sancho Panza sing your song We’ve been traveling all night long Rocinante’s stumbled and has fallen to the ground How is it these miseries have taken over town Sancho help me up so I can battle more round I have trod the fields searching for my love I have seen Dulcinea lit from above I will protect her from the wind and the rain Even though she does not know my name Sancho Panza sing your song We’ve been traveling all night long Rocinante’s stumbled and has fallen to the ground How is it these miseries have taken over town Sancho help me up so I can battle more round And I will travel all this country o’er To try to right the wrongs we’ve all seen before But there are always swords and always shields There are always black crows flying in the fields Sancho Panza sing your song We’ve been traveling all night long Rocinante’s stumbled and has fallen to the ground How is it these miseries have taken over town Sancho help me up so I can battle more round
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CANADA GANDER’S LAMENT ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 2004 Where is it you’ve gone my dear The only love of mine You know we must spread our wings And leave for warm sunshine For now snowstorms gather I rest my head under a wing And I dream of you and all our young And our revels of the spring Our young ones grew through summer Strong as you showed them our ways Running through the marshy grass Paddling in the bay But snow is on November fields And still you do not come I fear the worst but still I wait For this family can be my only one Where is it you’ve gone my dear The only love of mine You know we must spread our wings And leave for warm sunshine For now snowstorms gather I rest my head under a wing And I dream of you and all our young And our revels of the spring Now finally in December As the water starts to freeze I can wait no longer love And open wings to leave Still I seek ‘cross empty fields And streams I fly above But the empty sky it draws me And I must leave my love The empty sky it draws me And I must leave my love
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Your Love Brings Me Around ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1985 It doesn't matter how far down I go It doesn't matter if I fall It doesn't matter if they cast their stones When I'm up against the wall ‘cause you found me in the darkness You found me all alone You found me with no story And then you took me home And it's your love that brings me around, It’s your love brings me around, It’s your love brings me around. You heard me screaming through the long nights I thought for sure you'd put me down But instead you held me closer Then took me to a higher ground And when hot tears came to my eyes And all my worlds did collide It's then I knew that you were with me Always upright by my side And it's your love that brings me around... Bridge: I thought for sure that I was stranded in the night That I would never see the day I thought for sure that I should just give up the fight I nearly threw it all away
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We Believed ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1992 I remember in my home town A few of us would drive around We hit the back roads in our youth Driving with the holiest excuse And all our friends at the local school They would point toward the fools They bought the home-town decree You'll never get out, you'll never get free CHORUS: But we believed Yes we believed Yes we believed We believed And in the darkness we would drive To keep the sacred flame alive Dylan on the 8 track screamed The quick or dead both live in their own dream And then it was Blood, Sweat and Tears, The radio blared all our fears The broken toil, the shallow jeers, The laws, the laughter all the empty years CHORUS And who can say what a life might be Or where it finds its destiny How or when or even why A man can choose to live or a man can choose to die CHORUS
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DAN’S SONG ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 2004 In the town named for Captain William F. Owen It was a tough life from the start Built with the blood of working men And women who were filled with heart They made it safe and they made it strong As they toiled their lives away There were churches built all around the square As they learned in the good old way, boys They learned in the good old way Now Billy McCoy was a workin’ man And strong as any that come And he raised his sons to do the right thing And he kept them under his thumb But the youngest son Dan was not like the rest He preferred his books to the work But Billy made sure Dan toed the line And used the fist if Dan would shirk, boys Used the fist if Dan would shirk Dan would run to the woods and sit With his books and his art as his flame He’d revel in the joy of his desires And the love that could bear no name But when he’d get back home the stares were fierce And the air was thick with threat And one dark night all he loved was burned Billy’d teach that young Dan yet, boys Billy’d teach that young Dan yet Then one day as he limbed a tree Billy got a call from his boss He said “Bill, you’d better come along with me I fear you’ve suffered a loss They went to the woods where Dan used to go And there were policemen all around Dan was hangin’ from an old maple tree In drag was how we was found, boys In drag was how he was found But they were safe and they were strong As they toiled their lives away And churches were built all around the square And they learned in the good old way And Dan he was never spoken about His story never told And the folks go about their business still With the sweet hope of glory in their soul, boys The sweet hope of glory in their soul
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Never Bound By Time ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 2004 It’s not for the beauty of your breast my love When I bury my head there And it’s not for the beauty of your face my love Where I am bound to stare It’s not for the beauty of your arms my love As with each other we entwine And it’s not for the beauty of your hands my love When they’re gently held in mine And it’s not for the flowing of your hair my love As it ripples down your skin And it’s not for the oceans of your eyes my love That I always drown within {Chorus} But it’s for the beauty of your soul my love For your grace and heart and mind It’s what’s outside the senses love That is never bound by time And it’s not for the beauty of your thighs my love So sweet and warm and tender And it’s not for the sounds of your sighs my love When together we surrender Chorus
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Born In The Mirror ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1990 The thing is baby I think I see it You can have it You don't believe it And it's been so long Since you felt your heartbeat Since you felt you blood run Since you felt like someone And how can you know If it all really matters When even the Saints’ clothes Get torn and in tatters But dreams must live on See what you make of what you try You may be born in the mirror But you have to seek the light I know it's so hard When you try your living And you feel like winning There's only losing Well there's no answer And there's no reason There's just something It's called believing
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Pack Up Your Sorrows ©Richard Farina Chorus: If somehow you could pack up your sorrows, And give them all to me You would lose them, I know how to use them Give them all to me No use crying, talking to a stranger Naming the sorrows that you see To many bad times, too many sad times Nobody knows what you mean No use ramblin’, walking in the shadows Trailing a wandering star No one beside you, no one to guide you And nobody knows where you are No use gambling, running in the darkness Looking for a spirit that is free Too many wrong times, too many long times Nobody knows what you see No use roaming, lying by the roadside Seeking a satisfied mind Too many highway, to many byways And nobody’s walking behind
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So Long Dr. Seuss ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 2004 So long Dr. Seuss We loved what you had to say, Although they tried to take your voice away, It’s still clear today Dr. Seuss So long Dr. Seuss We know important things were always said, Though Tinsel Town would take them now you’re dead, They always missed the point Dr. Seuss Trinkets and baubles never caught your eye, And those who know you know that’s no surprise, You did your work without commercial eyes, But with all of your heart, your soul and your mind So long Dr. Seuss Your wisdom stays although you had to go, Change and forgiveness in your verses flow, So we know you’re OK Dr. Seuss We know you’re OK Dr. Seuss With love in your heart Dr. Seuss With care in your mind Dr. Seuss
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GREY COUNTY WINTER ©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 2004 When Orion spins in the southern skies And the autumn leaves go rolling by Then trees stand naked to the wind And the winter time comes rolling in It’s then our souls must stand the wait For the new days that they will create And try once more to find some love In the darkness we must rise above The Winter Solstice rolls on through The New Year marks new things to do Forgiving all our guilt and sins With another chance to start again When Orion spins in the autumn skies And the autumn leaves go rolling by Then trees stand naked to the wind And the winter time comes rolling in

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Most of the songs on this album include those which directly, or indirectly, relate to the area in which I was raised - Grey County, Ontario. I was born in the city of Owen Sound which, just like it's name, is at the bottom of a "sound" of water, at the southern end of sparkling and beautiful Georgian Bay. Life was rich there, and despite its size, or maybe because of it, we were not immune to the errs of living, nor did we fail in finding its great beauty. It's all there: From the societal ill of hatred of "difference" which culminates in the death of a Grey County local ("Dan's Song"); my restless nature and dreams of a hometown youth ("We Believed"); the tale of the lone gander from the pond by my childhood home ("The Canada Gander's Lament"); to "Grey County Winter" one of my "Season Songs" in dropped D tuning. I really enjoyed recording this one mostly solo on 6 & 12-string guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro and banjo. On every recording I try to put a song written by one of my writer heroes...this one is by Richard Farina. His tune, "Pack Up Your Sorrows" I heard sung by Mimi Farina at Grey County's first Summerfolk Festival where I was founding artistic director.

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released January 1, 2006

I did most everything on this one and was joined by Paul Mills, lead acoustic guitar on "Born In The Mirror" and Beverly Kreller, background vocals and Bodhran on several cuts.

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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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