Tim Harrison

by Tim Harrison



This was a follow-up CD to "Bridges," a CD which got some attention and a lot of critical acceptance...there was some pressure on this one... Diann Haist again provided the beautiful cover art. www.diannhaist.com


released January 1, 1999

Tim Harrison, vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin; Dennis Pendrith, bass; Al Cross; drums and percussion; Gary Craig, drums on Tracks 2, 4 and 5; Joao Carvalho, mandola; Chris Quinn, banjo; Kim Deschamps, dobro; Zeke Mazurek, fiddle; Rick Fielding, mandolin; Rick Whitelaw, acoustic guitar; Loretto Reid, whistles, flutes, concertina; Chris Whiteley, trumpet; Chris Gale, saxes; Liane de Lotbinere, background vocals; Dee Potter, background vocals on "Maguire;" Beverly Kreller, background vocals; Mose Scarlett, background vocals; Jack Breakfast, piano; Kevin Gould, organ, accordion and background vocals.


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Tim Harrison Nanaimo, British Columbia

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: Maguire
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1999

I can still see crowded nights
As you moved towards the mikes
A cheshire cat in black beret
You came to sing your poetry - and we did listen

You sang with pride and grace
Of trials that we face
And ballads that would stir
The son of the Clydeside carpenter - with holy vision


You sang “Hillhead Friday Night”
and “Rocking the Boat”
and “I Believed I Could Float Beneath A White Moon”
“Beneath A White Moon”

You would talk of celtic bards
And histories so hard
You held the giants of the past
In your palm against the blast - of our deaf time


I believe the only way
To take stock and celebrate
Is to double what we do
When we lose the ones like you - are you really gone?

Track Name: In Dark Irish Kitchens
In Dark Irish Kitchens
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1995

In Dark Irish kitchens
Upon Grandfather’s knee
She heard the reels go ‘round and felt
The lilt and the melody
There were stories from the darker side
Of famine and of war
Black Kilkenny stones and peat-kept bones
Bards from Sligo gone before

And the whistles sang and the fiddles flew
And the pipers piped in the morning dew
And the more she heard the more she grew
In dark Irish kitchens

Then one day out walking
A fire was in her head
She heard a whistle sound so clear
Angel choirs upon a thread
Hot breath into the whistle
She played to the moon and the sun
She played until the sounds inside
And the sounds outside were one


Now each day her fingers dance
She breathes her joy and her pain
In the new mown hay or the winter's fray
She finds her own refrain….
Track Name: Two Hearts Beat In Galena
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs

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 may stay to the end.

CH x 2

In the hills of Galena
Two hearts beat as one
Track Name: 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


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


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
Track Name: 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
Track Name: 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

It’s like a train goin’ east
Like a beggar at the feast
Like a 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 down my was
Cause there’s moving to do but not much time

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
Track Name: Healing Power
Healing Power
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs

Get back to the healing power
Back to the healing power
Back to the power in your soul
You've been twisting in a black wind
'Cause you got heard somewhere in the past
You've made a script to live by
Something you believe will last
It's the story for a lifetime
There's always someone you can blame
It's well rehearsed and gotten so slick
Day after day it's always the same
Get back to the healing power
Back to the healing power
Back to the power in your soul
One day you'll forget to remember
What your old plot was all about
You'll be caught up in a spotlight
And there will be no way out
Someone sailed a deep oceam
Where they'd never been before
Someone climbed a big mountain
And never ever looked back anymore
You are a child of your god
It doesn't serve if you stay small
Don't be afraid to let your light shine
Don't be afraid to stand up tall
Get back to the healing power
Back to the healing power
Back to the power in your soul
Track Name: Philosopher's Dreams
Philosophers’ Dreams
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1999

On a plane across the ocean
Philosophers’ dreams don’t fly at home
You get caught by those who know you
Mystery sinks like a stone

We all work for common wages
Of our most secret heart
Life goes on and some will see it
Maybe heed the craft or art

But if you care they treat you like a fool
Like you’re not wise to all of the games known
And you seek towards a vision
Maybe more than bread alone

Here’s to those who keep the lamp lit
Trying to find some other truth
And here’s to all the ones in garrets
Who pass them on to me and you

When we move on some music may remain here
Something of use perhaps may be revealed
On giant shoulders we are standing
Now Titan hearts must take the field

On giant shoulders we are standing
Now Titan hearts must take the field
Track Name: Inside This Song
©Tim Harrison and Second Avenue Songs 1983

You have opened up the door
Your bag in hand and we embrace
But you won’t live here anymore
Or even want to leave a trace

You did not find the things you seek
Your shadow puppets did not play
I can’t find the words to speak
Or even ask if you could stay

It’s funny how a passion’s fire
Can make flames that burn as ice
And how love makes us a liar
An alchemy to sacrifice

You can see inside this song
We once embraced as lovers do
And the pictures that went wrong
Are mirrors inside me and you

The years go by the story ends
And we start all over new
And if you ever ask a friend
Yes sometimes I think of you
Track Name: In The Barroom Light
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


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

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

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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