Background to the songs

 

Tracks featured :

1. Lament for Zito


Lament Linda Rankin
Zito the Bubble man
Gordon Duncan
Music can take us from the bittersweet lows to hair raising highs with the simple change of a tune

 

2. Sand, Reels and Scones


Sandworms Laura Risk
Cot'in Reel Linda Rankin
Ernie's Scones
Linda Rankin
To great players, a sense of humour and great food to share

 

3. Don't You Love Me Anymore?

Music and Lyrics by Linda Rankin
For all of us who have stayed and toughed it out even though we wonder why sometimes


Silently the sunrise in my head disappears
Once again I wake up with you
Light dances off the ceiling giving me a clue
Ripped paper wait 'til later
Keep me hanging on
The time, slipping away
I jump through hoops
Turning somersaults and loops
Still you don't hear what I say, and I say

Chorus
Don't you love me anymore?
Or is it time to say goodbye again?
Don't you need me anymore?
Or is it time to part t make a new, a new start?

I braved he dark and walked outside
Looked up with reflecting eyes
I saw the Universe in a blink
And in that moment it made me think
What is all this fighting for?
What is the meaning the meaning of it all
And what can I do to make you want to stay
Instead of walking, walking away?
Ripped paper wait 'til later
Keep me hanging on
The time, slipping away
I jump through hoops
Turning somersaults and loops
Still you don't hear what I say, and I say

Chorus (twice)

Don't walk away, don't you walk, walk away
Don't walk away, please don't walk, don't walk away
Don't walk away, don't you walk, walk away
Don't walk away, please don't walk, don't walk away
Don't walk away, don't you walk, walk away
Don't walk away, please don't walk, don't walk away

4. Arms Dealer's Daughter

Angus Grant
A great tune to play and listen to, just had to add it to the mix

 

5. Waves of Rush

Aidan O'Rourke
Music makes global harmony sound easy

 

6. All at Sea

Music and Lyrics by Linda Rankin
From the fountain of Universal Hope deep within us all, sometimes we forget to listen


All at sea, floating on the tide
Doing all you can
With nowhere to hide
Keeping your head 'bove the water
Fear locked inside
Doing all you can
With nowhere to hide

Don't loose sight of your dreams
Don't let go
No matter how hard it seems
Don't loose sight of your dreams
Don't let go, please don't drown

Still you find yourself swimming
Treading water again
Always back where it all began
Keeping your head 'bove the water
Fear locked inside
Doing all you can
With nowhere to hide

Don't loose sight of your dreams
Don't let go
No matter how hard it seems
Don't loose sight of your dreams
Don't let go, please don't drown

Don't loose sight of your dreams
Don't let go
No matter how hard it seems
Don't loose sight of your dreams
Don't let go,
Don't let go,
Don't let go,
Please don't drown


7. The Lurgy

Linda Rankin
"Oh" to the playing of Stephan and Django! We who can only dream of greatness

 

8. Little One

Music and Lyrics by Linda Rankin
This is for Mum
Your love is beyond comparison and your patience even greater


Sunlight shines the rain away
Colours move trough shades of grey
Mixed with all my yesterdays
Into a clear blue day

This is where I want to be
In my deepest memories
My soul alight, free
Holding you close to me

Chorus
Little one don't worry don't you cry
Spread your wings, learn to fly
Little one don't worry don't you fear
'Cos you know I, will always be here

See the green and amber
Sunlight shines on the water
Taking all my cares away
This is where I wanna stay

As the days pass the years
I'll drink your laughter
Breathe your tears
Life's lessons they make you strong
I am there for ev'ry one

Chorus

Take the plunge now take that step
This journey you'll never regret
I hold your hand in my heart
You know we'll never be apart

Chorus

Little one don't worry don't you cry
Spread your wings, learn to fly
Little one don't worry don't you fear
'Cos you know I, will always be here
Cos you know I, will always be here
Cos you know I, will always be here

9. Mountain Mist to Shimmering Heat


Mrs McPherson of Gibson William Marshall
I can only dream of misty mountains but have experienced the vastness of the Outback with its tense shimmering heat, what astounding beauty!


 

10. Slipping Away

Music and Lyrics by Linda Rankin
Sometimes the immensity of our lack of care for this world and our constant selfishly driven obsessions with the pointless and vane, hang wearily on my shoulders, I worry for my kids

Sitting by the fire watch the embers burn
Watch them flare and die away
Makes me think as I sit and stare
We're all letting it slip away

As the trees fall and burn
Credit cycle, yeah it turns
People stuck in endless ruts
Ambivalence at every turn

Chorus
It's slipping away
Slipping away
Slipping away, slipping away
Slipping away, slipping away
Just outside it's slipping away

Join in the endless rush
A better house, buy more stuff
Our children lost in TV lives
While just outside, it's slipping away

Tell me again why you think
It's OK to take us to the brink
We'll all make money so you say
What's good money?
What's good money?
What's good money?
When we have no say?

No one likes the talking bad
We're not interested in feeling sad
Happiness bottled in ev'ry shop
But one day soon, it's gotta stop
Cos it's.

Chorus (twice)

Sitting by the fire watch the embers burn
Watch them flare and die away
Makes me think as I sit and stare
We're all letting it slip away

11. The Session


Hut on Staffin Island Phil Cunningham
The Mortgage Burn
Gordon MacLean
Where would we travel weary musicians be without a place to play, drink and be merry?

 

12. Ernie Meets Gordon


Piobraireachd Linda Rankin
Red Ken's/Rory Gallagher's Gordon Duncan
The Tourist F Martin
The High Drive Gordon Duncan
To great piping and two great pipers, your inspirational musical threads will live on forever

 

13. Place We're In

Music and Lyrics by Linda Rankin
There's just no getting around the adage that you are where you are. We may as well relax and enjoy the moment as best we can because whose to say there will be a next time?

Look at this place we're in
Feels so different in my skin
All the clouds, have blown right away
I know it's going to be OK

It takes time to change your mind
It's not easy
Riding the waves the knocks each day
Never easy
Just sit down, take a rest
Just breathe, release that stress.

Look at this place we're in
Feels so different in my skin
All the clouds, have blown right away
I know it's going to be OK

But when the dark clouds
Come again
And you feel it's the end
Hold my hand, hold on tight
Cos I know it's gonna be alright

But at the end of the line
We all know kindness pays off each time
So let the light of friendship
Shine it's light on you
And be there for all you do

Look at this place we're in
Feels so different in my skin
All the clouds, have blown right away
I know it's going to be OK
All the clouds, have blown right away
I know it's going to be OK
Its gonna be okay

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