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Living River

by Rawlins Cross

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The lovely follow-up to the band's breakthrough Reel 'n' Roll CD. Band member's favorite.

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released March 19, 1996

RAWLINS CROSS is...
Ian McKinnon (highland bagpipe, tin whistles, bodhran)
Brian Bourne (bass, Chapman Stick, backing vocals)
Geoff Panting (piano accordion with midi interface, Hammond organ, piano)
Joey Kitson (lead vocals)
Dave Panting (guitars, mandolin, backing vocals)
Howie Southwood (drums)

PRODUCED BY RAWLINS CROSS & CHAD IRSCHICK
ENGINEERED AND MIXED BY CHAD IRSCHICK
SECOND ENGINEERS: MIKE ROPER AND JACQUES POIRIER
RECORDED AND MIXED AT INCEPTION SOUND STUDIOS, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
MASTERED BY BOB LUDWIG AT GATEWAY MASTERING STUDIOS INC., PORTLAND, MAINE, USA

GUEST MUSICIANS:
NATALIE MACMASTER (FIDDLE ON MAIRI NIGHEAN ALASDAIR), BRIAN LEONARD (PERCUSSION THROUGHOUT)
COVER ART BY FRANCOIS GAUDET
BAND PHOTO BY CAROL KENNEDY
ART DIRECTION AND DESIGN BY DOUG AUCOIN

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Track Name: Forever Dancing
Tip the hourglass over
Listen to the chime
The meter's runnin' and the pressure's risin'
Watch the numbers climb
Step out on a hometown stage
Tell the story, turn the page
Feel the drummer coming near
Forever dancin' through the years

Back then! That's when!
We sowed the seed
I want to be around to see the tree
Natural magic, tragicomic force
This living river runs its course
Share the laughter shed the tears
Forever dancing through the years

Thunder on the Babylon skyline
Sophisticated savages sniff the wind
Cling to clocks and calendars
We'll still be everything we've been
We are the shouts that ebb away
Echoes of our yesterday
Asking the answer to appear
Forever dancin' through the years

Now the story's come of age
Close the chapter turn the page
Begin again the way is clear
Forever dancin' through the years
Forever dancin' through the years
Forever dancin' through the years
Forever dancin' through the years
Track Name: A Matter of the Heart
Down a passage through the deep in the restless arms of sleep
From a fire in the mind a vision is divined
With a message to impart on a matter of the heart

In a locked and silent room strange disguises truth assumes
In a pool a stone is cast
Shattered midnight looking-glass
Every facet plays a part in a matter of the heart

Tell me when the right time comes
Tell me where the right time goes
Underground a river runs
All around the water flows

Long ago and far away in a patient yesterday
Lie the seeds of who we are
Mystic beauty, hidden scars
So we end up where we start in a matter of the heart
In the living lies the art
It's a matter of the heart
A matter of the heart

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: The Morning After
Rain driving through the cold and dark
The wind is howling fit to raise the rafters
Foundation's shakin' but I'm doing alright
My heart is set on waking up the morning after

Taking chances is a part of the game
Do what you can do, do what you haveta
Even if you're never gonna be the same
Picking up the pieces on the morning after

Somewhere at the bottom
Somewhere way down deep
Something we can borrow
Something we can keep
Something we can hope for
Something we can try
Something for tomorrow
Something we can't buy... bye-bye... bye-bye... bye-bye... bye-bye

A life of waiting and the fog won't lift
Down under the weight of some personal disaster
Don't waste a lifetime with a soul gone cold
Let your heart awaken, on the morning after

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: Wild Rose
Sunrise in the morning
Birds singing on every tree
A greeting and a warning
The song that they're singing is “Be free!”

Young rambler on the roadside
All around the world he goes
Never knowing what he will find in his quest for the great unknown

Wild rose in the forest
Wild rose on the moor
Dawn mist on the mountain
Combers crashing on the shore

We rejoin our hero as he wanders from door to door
A heart full of legend
Dreams of love on a foreign shore

Wild rose in the forest
Wild rose on the moor
Dawn mist on the mountain
Combers crashing on the...

Wild rose in the forest
Wild rose on the moor
Dawn mist on the mountain
Combers crashing on the shore

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: When My Ship Comes In
Winter wind and evening showers
The turning hands, the passing hours
Time's slow river, rolling onward carries us away

A lonely victim of circumstance in a world of our own making
A world of chance
One more step in the cosmic dance
Well what can you say?

One of these days I'm gonna come to my senses and stop wasting time
I'll be tearing down walls and mending fences, happy with the things that can be mine

When my ship comes in riding on the water
I'll be outward bound o'er the earth's cool daughter
I'll begin again on a tide of change
I'll be coming 'round

In the sweet decay of the afternoon
In the comfortable strains of a favourite tune
Rolling along the familiar sound
My heart's at peace as the world spins 'round

When my ship comes in riding on the water
I'll be outward bound o'er the earth's cool daughter
I'll begin again on a tide of change
I'll be coming 'round

When my ship comes in riding on the water
I'll be outward bound o'er the earth's cool daughter
I'll begin again on a tide of change
I'll be coming 'round

When my ship comes in
When my ship comes in

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: A Sad Story
Here's a little story 'bout a young man's dream
A minor variation on a well known theme
Stars in his eyes and visions of fame and fortune, happiness and love

Well he's off to the city with the small town blues
Gunnin' for a headline in the Daily News
Not afraid of dancing on the edge of the knife
Of rolling up his sleeves and taking on life

A maverick ego on a one way ride
Contentious issues on a turning tide
A jumped up notion and a burning pride
An un-named yearning for the world inside

He can feel his success falling into place
Scoutin' out the scene, pickin' up the pace
Opportunity knocks, best make haste
An open window and a fall from grace

It's a question of men and mice
Dive into the game and don't think twice
Win your freedom on a toss of the dice
Win a soft eyed angel with a heart of ice

He took a wrong turn, goin' with the flow
A losing streak, that's the way things go
Just another victim of the undertow
But you reap what you sow as the old folks know

Here we go around the bend again
A lonely soul on a runaway train
The whistle wailing out a sad refrain
About a wasted lifetime or a love in vain

(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 be just as good as free
I think it's time you hit the open road

Open road, carry me
Take me where I can be free
Lead me where I've got to go
To the end of the open road

The future sits beside you, whisperin' in your ear
Telling you that now it's time to go
But I don't know how far you'll get before sunset
I just know it's time you hit the open road

Open road, carry me
Take me where I can be free
Lead me where I've got to go
To the end of 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 here for you but the memories and the blues
I think it's time to hit the open road

Open road, carry me
Take me where I can be free
Lead me where I've got to go
To the end of the open road

Open road, carry me
Take me where I can be free
Lead me where I've got to go
To the end of the open road

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: A Little of Your Lovin' (Goes a Long Long Way)
Roll me down the runway
Release me and I'm ready to fly
Right to paradise
Rise into the sky
Well, I'm a very lucky boy
I'll be in your arms today
A little of your lovin' goes a long, long way

Somethin' in your eyes makes it hard to say goodbye
Don't ask me to explain even now I couldn't say why
Wheels in my heart keep returnin’ home to stay
Well, a little of your lovin' goes a long, long way

A little of your love goes a long, long way
It's something we can feel when there are no words to say
A vision I can hold along the road I ride each day
A little of your lovin' goes a long, long way

A little of your love goes a long, long way
It's something we can feel when there are no words to say

Roll me down the runway
Release me and I'm ready to fly
Right to paradise
Footsteps on the sky
Wheels in my heart keep returnin’ home to stay
A little of your lovin' goes a long way
A little of your lovin' goes a long, long way
A little of your lovin' goes a long, long way

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: Through It All
earching the seasons / Circling slow
Back to the reason we've always known
Ongoing adventure through the long haul
History sister
I've loved you through it all

Depths of frustration / Steep stairs to climb
Trust and temptation / Distance and time
From the horizon hear my heart call
I've seen the future
I've loved you through it all

Seconds seem so precious
I've got to let you know
I've loved you through it all

Searching the seasons / Circling slow
Back to the reason we've always known
Ongoing endeavour through the long haul
Here's my conclusion
I've loved you through it all
I've loved you through it all
I've loved you through it all

(Dave Panting)
Track Name: The Long Way Home
Stolen moments, stolen glances
Bitter memories and true romances
You've paid your dues, you can take your chances
On the long way home tonight

Restless hearts and sneaky feelings
Poison darts and truthful dealings
And my, how the past can be so revealing
It's a long way home alright

Life's an open book
The turning pages speak of ancient lies, the truth of ages
The open doors and self-built cages of the winners and the losers
The sinners and the sages

There's hungry sharks anticipating
Easy marks and ruthless trading
And who knows what might be out there waiting
On the long way home tonight?

Deep despair or a sense of wonder
Riding high or going under
The human heart and its hidden dangers
The givers and the takers
The lovers and the strangers

Read the news
Believe it or not
Sometimes an opinion may be all you've got
Love may be gone but it's not forgotten on the long way home tonight

A ship of dreams on a sea of plastic
The fiery depths and the light fantastic
Another telling of an old, old story
A question of freedom and rumour of glory

(Geoff Panting)
Track Name: Baby - Oh
Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?
Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?
Near and dear in fear and doubt
One more bush to beat about
Let's not shut each other out
Baby-oh
Let's unveil that master plan
Do you love another man?
Can you tell me where I stand?
Baby-oh

Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?
Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?

On the lonesome sea of destiny with half a ring you took from me
Just a sad dove sailin' free
Baby-oh
Or is it in some desert land?
Nomad minstrel caravan
Love lost in the wind and sand
Baby-oh

Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?
Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?

One white witch, one black knight
Watch while two wrongs make a right
Two new lovers in the light
Baby-oh
After all that we've been through
You love me and I still love you
What do you think we should do?
Baby-oh

Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?
Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?
Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?
Where is your heart, where is your heart, baby-oh?

(Dave Panting)