Reel 'n' Roll

by Rawlins Cross

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about

Reel 'n' Roll was the breakthrough recording for Rawlins Cross and went gold in Canada.

credits

released 13 April 1993

Production notes:
RAWLINS CROSS is...
Dave Panting (guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, backing vocals)
Geoff Panting (piano accordion with midi interface, backing vocals)
Ian McKinnon (highland bagpipe, tin whistles, trumpet, bodhran)
Brian Bourne (bass, Chapman Stick, backing vocals)
Howie Southwood (drums)
Joey Kitson (lead and backing vocals, harmonica)

Guest musicians:
Chris Mitchell (saxophone on It'll Have to Wait); Tom Roach (percussion throughout);
Catherine McKinnon (fiddle on MacPherson’s Lament); Allan MacKenzie, John MacLean and Jack MacLean (highland bagpipes on MacPherson’s Lament).

Produced by Hayward Parrott and Rawlins Cross.

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Hayward Parrott.

Second Engineer: Michael Nichols

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Solar Audio Recording Studios, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Digital imaging and design by Doug Aucoin.

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Track Name: Reel 'n' Roll
All day punch a time clock
We get to play when the work is through
Let's meet, take stock
Find a beat
We can feel it too

Take it downtown, get it plugged in
Turn it on, turn it up on ten
Sound the tom-toms, let the big bells toll
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!

Let's think of the future
Try to link both the young and old
In the heart is what could be
Make a start
The story will unfold

Take it downtown, get it plugged in
Turn it on, turn it up on ten
The piper's paid and now it's time to go
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!

All day punch a time clock
We get to play when the work is through
Let's meet, take stock
Find a beat
We can feet it too

Take it downtown, get it plugged in
Turn it on, turn it up on ten
Sound the tom-toms, let the big bells toll

Take it downtown, get it plugged in
Turn it on, turn it up on ten
The piper's paid and now it's time to go
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!
Reel 'n' roll!
Track Name: Don't You Be The One
Busy city full of talk back talk
Let them talk away
Mostly they don't mean no harm
They all got to say their say

I tell my story as it goes along
I got my own load to haul
I know sometimes I will be wrong and when I fall I'll fall
Only please,

Don't you be the one
Don't you be the one
Don't you be the one who brings me down

The thought of having you against me is a thought this man just can't stand
When he's standing tall for the rest of the world he's tremblin' in the palm of your hand

Busy city full of talk back talk
Let them talk away
Mostly they don't mean no harm
They all got to say their say

I tell my story as it goes along
I got my own load to haul
I know sometimes I will be wrong and when I fall I'll fall
Only please,

Don't you be the one
Don't you be the one
Don't you be the one who brings me down

Don't you be the one
Don't you be the one
Don't you be the one who brings me down

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: It'll Have to Wait
Well I know that you've got important feelings to relate
I'd like to help ya, baby, but I've got a lot on my plate
There's a guy here on the TV picking' out a mess o' blues
Gotta watch a fresh disaster on the late night news
Life ain't often easy but sometimes you've got to choose

As soon as I get caught up on what's happenin' again
I'd like to say hello to you and ask you how you've been
We'll chit chat later
It'll be just great
But it'll just have to wait

Well I just can't decide which one appeals more to me
The freedom to be violent or the mental shopping spree
The captivating concept meant to motivate the youth
The hipster detective with the gold-capped tooth
Some confident young glamour boy not tellin' me the truth

I know that talkin' takes some time and we ain't got a lot but everywhere I look something details my train of thought
Later there'll be talkin’and discussion and debate but it'll just have to wait

I'll have to wait, it'll have to wait
I've got important things on my mind
He is lost who hesitates
I can't be wasting precious time

Well I know that I really should communicate with you
I'd like to help you, baby, but I've got a lot to do
The bad guys are escapin' on the eastbound freight
There's a fire breathin' dragon burning down the castle gate
Your little broken heart'll just have to wait
I hate to leave you hangin' like a puppet on a string
I'd just like to remind you of the most important thing
Better late than never, and never's way too late
But it'll just have to wait

It'll have to wait, it'll have to wait
I've got important things on my mind
He is lost who hesitates
I can't be wasting precious time

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: Long Night
Long night
So this is what it all comes to
Long night
This is what we all go through
Long night
Another friend is gone
Long night

Death is a mighty uniter
The defeat that comes to every fighter
Live on! The dawn will be brighter
Live on! Live on! Live on!

Long night
Let me be with you
Long night
I feel you need it too
Long night
Rollin' in each other's arms
Long night
Keep each other safe from harm

Love is a mighty uniter
The night can only make it tighter
Love on! The dawn will be brighter
Love on! Love on! Love on!

Long night
So this is what it all comes to
Long night
This is what we all go through
Long night
Another friend is gone
Long night
Leaving' us to carry on

Death is a mighty uniter
The defeat that comes to every fighter.
Live on! The dawn will be brighter
Live on! Live on! Live on!
Live on! Live on! Live on!
Live on! Live on! Live on!
Long night

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: Pedestrian Again
Walkin' down the street with my eyes wide open just to pass the time
Well I was contemplatin' droppin’ in and visitin' a friend of mine
Around the corner and I missed the turning
Preoccupied I guess with a lack of concentration more or less

Walkin' down the street with my hands in my pockets, shufflin' my shoes
Well I'm broke in the city and there ain't a blessed thing to do
Nothing for it now but to live on through it cause it's only in your mind and it really doesn't matter if the sun don't shine

Sometimes my head wanders
Won't hold the line connected to the feeling
Mind out of time
Mind out of time

Walkin' down the street with my head full of memories, motivations too
And all the mental baggage that makes me do the things I do
Got a healthy dose of imagination, askin' all the reasons why
No use for wings if you ain't gonna learn to fly
Learn to fly

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: Mystery Tonight
here's a mystery in the air tonight
A whispered rumour in the soft porch light
A broken confidence, a hint on the breeze
A shadow in the mirror that no one sees

Friday night and well nigh in the mood
I'm gonna dress to the nines
And sport the attitude
Walk the walk with a heart full of hunger
Spotting the spot that casts the spell I'm under

A nagging feeling in the back of the brain
A smokin' candle, a fire in the rain
Unearthly quiet, un fait de accompli
And trepidation trickles down the street

Rock 'til the breaking of the morning light for fun and profit
It's your heart's delight
Round and round, a fool and his money
Painting the town, so come on honey

In the still night fallin'
Sultry breezes callin'
With the full moon shinin' bright
Lose ourselves in the mystery tonight

There's a mystery in the air tonight
A certain something just not quite right
A picture frame that's ajar by the door
The sinking feeling I've been here before

Freedom on the wind like a siren song
Future flown past, been and gone
We'll find the end, that's in the journey and the solution to the mystery

In the still night fallin'
Sultry breezes callin'
With the full moon shinin' bright
Lose ourselves in the mystery tonight

The still night fallin'
Sultry breezes callin'
With the full moon shinin' bright
Lose ourselves in the mystery tonight

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: Dance Hall
Turn off at the truck stop, rock along the black top
Ride along the road 'til you drive a country mile
Just a little way 'til you finally see the light in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night

Dance hall!
Dance hall do
Dance hall!
All the crazy people do the dance hall do

The place is packed, I'll meet ya out the back
I got us somethin' that is gonna set us back
Walk a little while
Find a quiet place
Walk back in the hall with a smile on your face

Dance hall!
Dance hall do
Dance hall!
All the crazy people do the dance hall do

Turn off at the truck stop
Rock along the black top
Ride along the road 'til you drive a country mile
Just a little way 'til you finally see the light in the middle of the woods in the middle of the night

Dance hall!
Dance hall do
Dance hall!
All the crazy people do the dance hall do

Dance hall!
Dance hall do
Dance hall!
All the crazy people do the dance hall do

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: Ghost of Love
It's time for the loner to pay his dues
It's time for the guitar to play the blues
You've been running now you got no choice but to face what you've been afraid of
It's time to be haunted by the ghost of love

The leaves are falling through my reverie
They waltz like fire on the autumn breeze
I'm walking alone
The wind in the trees up above
Crying with the voice of the ghost of love

The leaves are falling through my reverie
They waltz like fire on the autumn breeze
I'm walking alone
The wind in the trees up above
Crying with the voice of the ghost of love

It's time for the toner to pay his dues
It's time for the guitar to play the blues
You've been running now you got no choice but to face what you've been afraid of
It's time to be haunted by the ghost of love

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: Turn of the Wheel
Alone and lost out on the edge of the wheel and it's turning
Check out the bridges to the way you used to feel and they're burning
Sinking down and rising
Lost in compromising

The bottom drops out and you fall into the space
Left by the things that you were losing while you tried to save face

Another turn of the wheel's gone round leaving something else to rise above
One more emotional deal's gone down
Another trial for the power of love

"I never meant for it to be like this"
We've all heard the story
Just can't remember all the reasons why you're saying that you're sorry
Rational but mindless, self-inflicted blindness

Never realizing it might just be too late
For all the people you were using ‘cause you couldn't think straight

Another turn of the wheel's gone round leaving something else to rise above
One more emotional deal's gone down
Another trial for the power of love

Another turn of the wheel's gone round leaving something else to rise above
One more emotional deal's gone down
Another trial for the power of love

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: Colleen
Bring-down on a barstool
Death of a lonely night
Front door blows open
In walks a welcome sight

Colleen! Where ya been?
Colleen! Where ya been?

It's good to see you
It's been too long a time
I heard that you were uptown commitin' yourself a crime
Well if you're a fallen angel you still look good to me
Let us raise a glass now to future memories

Colleen! Where ya been?
Colleen! Where ya been?
Colleen! Where ya been?
Colleen! Where ya been?

It's good to see you
It's been too long a time
I heard that you were uptown commitin' yourself a crime
Well if you're a fallen angel you still look good to me
Let us raise a glass now to future memories

Colleen! Where ya been?
Colleen! Where ya been?
Colleen! Where ya been?
Colleen! Where ya been?

(Dave Panting)