Sara And The Sea

by Tim Harrison

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:
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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

about

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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