Grey County

by Tim Harrison

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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

Biography
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: Don Quixote's Dream
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
Track Name: Canada Gander's Lament
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
Track Name: Your Love Brings Me Around
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
Track Name: We Believed
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
Track Name: Dan's Song
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
Track Name: Never Bound By Time
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
Track Name: Born In The Mirror
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
Track Name: Pack Up Your Sorrows
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
Track Name: So Long Dr. Seuss
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
Track Name: Grey County Winter
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