Sara And The Sea

by Tim Harrison

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Sara And The Sea is a collection of tunes written during an eventful and rich period. Some close friends and family had died, and therefore reflection on the past, and where the next path would lead, was in the forefront. A grant from the Ontario Arts Council freed me up for some writing time and I was very grateful. This album is also my first attempt at at engineering as well as producing, and I believe it has a "unique" sound as a result. The album was mastered by Joao Carvalho and the cover painting was by Graham Fish.

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released January 1, 2001

Tim Harrison, vocals, guitars; Zeke Mazurek was on fiddle; Lian de Lotbinere on background vocals; Paul Mills on mandolin; Dennis Pendrith on bass; and Chris Whiteley on harmonica.

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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: Sara and The Sea
Sara And The Sea
© Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1999

Sara goes down to the seaside
Picks a pebble to throw in the brine
Looks to the red sky and wonders
If her heart can be true as the tide
True as the tide

Chorus:

And the sea gives up
What is in each soul
The mountains and sky do the same
And whatever we lose
As the shoreline moves
Can never be found again

A love was lost on a starry night
A love that was strong as the oak
A love that departed too early
A love that cannot now be known
Cannot now be known

Chorus

For the sea gives up
What is in each soul
The mountains and sky do the same
And whatever we lose
As the shoreline moves
Can never be found again

Red sunset at the close of day
Is as red as the reddest rose
A new day comes with the morning sun
New paths she’s never known
Paths she’s never known
Track Name: This Song's For You (Hugh's Song)
This Song Is For You (Hugh’s Song)
Tim Harrison And Second Avenue Songs 1999

Everything is broken
But the clouds in the sky
The universe collapsed
Into the mind’s eye
Nothing is the same
Since you left us that day
And nothing’s felt right
Since it turned out that way

Chorus:

And there’s not much left now that you’re gone
There’s not much to say except we’re trying to move on
And all we can do is to sing another song
The world spins and we must travel on

Another too long month
With too little pay
A head full of words
With nothing to say
But you could charm unruly spirits
With a story or two
I could feel the effect
But I never saw the moves

Now you’re flying with angels
And given the devil what’s true
I bet you rocked Chiron’s boat
Just to see what he would do
And here’s to the times
That we all sang along
We wanted one for you
So we wrote down this song
Track Name: One Woman
ONE WOMAN
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1975



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

CH
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

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 her to go
I could never say she was mine

CH

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
Track Name: When I'm Gone
When I’m Gone
©Phil Ochs, 1968 Barricade Music

There’s no place in this world where I’ll belong when I’m gone
And I won’t know the right from the wrong when I’m gone
And you won’t find me singin on this song when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

And I won’t feel the flowing of the time when I’m gone
And the pleasures of love will not be mine when I’m gone
My pen won’t pour the lyric line when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

And I won’t breathe the brandy air when I’m gone
And I can’t even worry ‘bout my cares when I’m gone
Won’t be asked to do my share when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

And I won’t be running from the rain when I’m gone
And I can’t even suffer from the pain when I’m gone
There’s nothing I can lose or I can gain when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

Won’t see the golden of the sun when I’m gone
And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I’m gone
Can’t sing louder than the guns when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

All my days won’t be dances of delight when I’m gone
And the sands will be shifting from my sight when I’m gone
Can’t add my name into the fight when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

And I won’t be laughing at the lies when I’m gone
Can’t question how or when or why when I’m gone
Can’t live proud enough to die when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here

There’s no place in this world where I’ll belong when I’m gone
And I won’t know the right from the wrong when I’m gone
And you won’t find me singin on this song when I’m gone
So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here
Track Name: Gonna Ride That Train
Gonna Ride That Train
© Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1999

We’re gonna ride that train
We’re not coming back
Gonna move out of here
On a two lane track
No more time to waste
No more time to hesitate
We’re just lookin for a break
And it better come pretty fast

The train pulls from the station
And grumbles down the track
In coach seats people dream of
Someday coming back
But foreign trawlers got the cod
Hollywood got the seals
It’s always been tough but it’s tougher now
So a man can’t even feel

And from the dim light smoker
We see another town
Where there’s no work left for the likes of us
Or a chance to settle down
There’s no work left in Calgary
Toronto ate us up
We pray with changing landscapes
There may be changing luck

Bridge:

And the churning discs go ‘round and ’round
Gaining speed to the clicking sound
The whistle howls through frozen air
Winter snows can’t stop the stare
Of the big eye of the engine light
As it cuts through the cold New Brunswick night
And in the cars the people ride
Looking for another life

It seems that if you’re broke these days
You’re safer back at home
But just when you’re back
You hear wheels on the track
And wonder when you have to go
Track Name: Ghosts On PEI
Ghosts On PEI
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 2001

Winter winds blow snow
Across cut down barley stalks
Cold cuts through the clothes and skin
And heads straight for the heart

I remember desperate times
When love could not be caught
When all my need was reigning
And love was just a thought

Only ghosts go fleeting by
When you do not choose to live
There are only alibis
And no love can you give

And I could only really cling
As you kept your heart whole
You were the nearest living thing
I nearly stole your soul

You were a young man’s mystery
Far too true to share
And when I’d reach my arms for you
It’s like I grasped at air

For you lived in the moment
And I dwelled in a dream
You held your strength and kept it true
While I drove lies between - us

Only ghosts go fleeting by
When you do not choose to live
There are only alibis
And no love can you give

And I could only really cling
As you kept your heart whole
You were the nearest living thing
I nearly stole your soul

You were my lover and my foe
It wasn’t easy to let go
Across the barley fields
The cold winds blow
Track Name: No Percentage In Bitter
No Percentage In Bitter
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1999

Walked out this morning
Barefoot on the dew
Saw the flowers blooming
Something driving their green fuse
The force that moves us onward
Is nothing you can name
The world is always spinning
Nothing stays the same

CHORUS:

There’s no percentage in bitter
You just got to let it go
There’s nothing you can do
Nothing you can say
There’s a drive to the status quo
The only place to dwell in
Is that place only you can see
Just move on
Be what you can be

Down along the boardwalks
People come and go
Talking about poetry
And Michelangelo
Sunlight on sunglasses
Filters for the soul
Protection fully guaranteed
There’s nothing new to know

CHORUS:

There’s no percentage in bitter
You just got to let it go
There’s nothing you can do
Nothing you can say
There’s a drive to the status quo
The only place to dwell in
Is that place only you can see
Just move on
Be what you can be

Bridge:
Along the streets and avenues
You choose where you will be
You can duck inside an alley
Or head out for high street

CHORUS:
Track Name: Prayer Watching
Prayer Watching
© Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1998



I hear the prayers you breathe before you sleep
As you ask God for your soul to keep
And I wonder how in young years
You’ve found the things you say
And how you’ve brought to focus things
that could be far away
VERSE:
You ask for peace and hope
Across the oceans wide
And tell how all the war news
Makes you scared and want to hide
You ask how it could be
That someone takes another's life
Just because the other’s different
You ask God to make it right
CHORUS:
I hear the prayers you breathe before you sleep
As you ask God for your soul to keep
And I wonder how in young years
You’ve found the things you say
And how you’ve brought to focus things
that could be far away
And now you speak of friends and family
And say thankyou for the day
You ask that we don’t argue
Or get in each other’s way
That we use the gifts we’re given
In the wisest way we can
And decisions that we make
Will all rest easy in God’s hand
You ask for homes for the homeless
For their warmth on colder nights
And you’re thankful for your food
And hope that others eat alright
You mention friends departed
And hope that God has made a place
Where they can all be happy
And our sorrows here replaced
I hear the prayers you breathe before you sleep
As you ask God for your soul to keep
And I wonder how in young years
You’ve found the things you say
And how you’ve brought to focus things
that could be far away
And in your eyes the universe unfolds
As you look up when your story’s told
To make sure that someone’s listening
To what you have to say
To send your feelings outward
And to see them on their way
Hold them close and keep them for another day