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Crossing the Border

by Rawlins Cross

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released June 20, 1992

The Band:

DAVE PANTING (guitars/mandolin/lead and backing vocals)
IAN McKINNON (highland bagpipe/trumpet/tin whistles/bodhran/backing vocals)
GEOFF PANTING (keyboards/piano and button accordions/lead and backing vocals)
BRIAN BOURNE (bass/Chapman stick/backing vocals)
TOM ROACH (drums/percussion)
DEREK PELLEY (backing vocals/acoustic guitar on "Open Road')

Produced, engineered and mixed: Howard England
Recorded at Salter Street Films Studio, Halifax
Musical arrangements: Rawlins Cross
Cover art: Derek Caines
Design and layout: Derek Wenaus

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Track Name: Legendary
Underneath the awning of the Netherworld café
Sip a fire and ice libido, watch her do the blue sashay
You can hear the vixen laughter shatter like a magic mirror
Cutting you all over
Sirens in your inner ear

Breathe her touch, so gentle, the feeling is elemental
So beautiful, it's scary, her lovin' is legendary
Legendary

Black roses burning
Perfume of a scarlet spell
Hanging by a heartstring, threadbare in a lover's hell

Breathe her touch, so gentle, the feeling is elemental
So beautiful, it's scary, her lovin' is legendary

She's a wasteland of emotion
She's a phantom gypsy vampire hand
She'll leave you drained and stranded, standing on the shifting sand

Breathe her touch, so gentle, the feeling is elemental
So beautiful, it's scary, her lovin' is legendary
Legendary
Track Name: Chessboard Dancer
Time is turning, burning underground
Wakin' the heartland, shakin' the town
Chaos and order, primitive drive
Crossing the border

Chessboard dancer
Games of skill and chance
Chessboard dancer
Dancin' the chessboard dance

Time is turning cycles of sound
Tangents and orbits inside out and upside down
Oceans and deserts
Drops of water, grains of sand
Like sons and daughters

Chessboard dancer
Games of skill and chance
Chessboard dancer
Dancin' the chessboard dance

Time is turning seasons around
Living and learning where we're bound
You've got to move it, got to fly
You've got to prove it

Chessboard dancer
Games of skill and chance
Chessboard dancer
Dancin' the chessboard dance

Chessboard dancer
Games of skill and chance
Chessboard dancer
Dancin' the chessboard dance

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: Nightfall
There's a silence in the darkened corners on the edge of town
Questions hang in the air, all the earth ties waiting
Nightfall comin' down

Sun hits the horizon and the lights come on
Shadows on the pavement I can feel the call
Something natural stirs in the mental machinery
Waiting for the pieces of the puzzle to fall

Somewhere at the end of the falling night (night falls)
The dawn lies waiting to find us (on the ground)
Cradled in the arms of the fading light (light shines)
Expectant future around us

Something’s pointing to the words were not speaking
Dark and silent frowns
It's so hard to believe we could make a difference in what goes and comes around

Sun hits the horizon and the lights go down
The world rushes headlong at a brand new start
In between the changes and the distance and the differences
We swing into the rhythm and we play our part

Somewhere at the end of the falling night (night falls)
The dawn lies waiting to find us (on the ground)
Cradled in the arms of the fading light (light shines)
Expectant future around us

Somewhere at the end of the falling night (night falls)
The dawn lies waiting to find us (on the ground)
Cradled in the arms of the fading light (light shines)
Expectant future around us

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: Stray Cat
'm a stray cat driftin' through your town
I go the way that the wind'll me blow round
Prowl around downtown
Hear me yowlin', jump up on the ledge
Scratch at your window, sit out on the edge
Watch the sky turn red

Lean and restless, always on the run
I've got nine lives
I want to show you one

Feed me tuna, give me mother's milk
Under the moonlight all through the black silk night cat's eyes are shining bright
I'm a stray cat and about the break of day
I’ll get my breakfast
I’ll be on my way
Can't stay

Lean and restless, always on the run
I've got nine lives, I'd like to give you one

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: Blues For You
Always have the blues for you
Always have the blues for you

Come into my eyes down an endless road
Beneath big skies burning bright blue
There lives a child
He'll never grow old
He will be waiting for news

He'll always have the blues for you
Always have the blues for you

Waltz in the shadows in a room without time
Parallel chords in the gathering night
Laugh in the twilight
Full moon pantomime
Fugitive hearts taking flight

Always have the blues for you
Always have the blues for you

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: Peace on the Inside
Got your drink in your hand and your back to the wall
In the very last bar at the very last call
So sad and so lonely after waiting all night
For some magical stranger who'd make everything alright

But there's peace on the inside or there's no peace at all
There ain't no divine right, no primal fall
No predestined glory, no original sin
No magic outsider gonna make your side win

You got your so called protectors
They're controlling it all
Some secret beehive of rooms off of well guarded halls
All set for Armageddon, got the flags all unfurled
Maybe some magical stranger might save their part of the world

But there's peace on the inside or there's no peace at all
There ain't no divine right, no primal fall
No predestined glory, no original sin
No magic outsider gonna make your side win

Got your drink in your hand and your back to the wall
In the very last bar at the very last call
So sad and so lonely after waiting all night
For some magical stranger who'd make everything alright

But there's peace on the inside or there's no peace at all
There ain't no divine right, no primal fall
No predestined glory, no original sin
No magic outsider
Better let it begin on the inside or we'll have no peace at all
There ain't no divine right, no primal fall

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: Open Road
f you want to you can stay, dream your life away
Counting up old memories you have stowed
But if you could be what you could be
You'd he just as good as free
I think it's time you hit the open road

Future sits beside you, whispering in your ear
Telling you that now it's time to go
I don't know how far you'll get
Before the sun has set
I just know it's time you hit the open road

Your future sits beside you, whispering in your ear
Telling you that now it's time too go
I don't know how far you'll get
Before the sun has set
I just know it's time you hit the open road

Leave the past and let it wait, do not hesitate
Take your time and time will take your load
There’s nothing you can do
There's nothing here for you
I think it's time you hit the open road

But if you want to you can stay, dream your life away
Counting up old memories you have stowed
But if you could be what you could be
You'd be just as good as free
I think it's time you hit the open road
I think it's time you hit the open road

(Dave Panting)