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Rawlins Cross - Anthology

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Release Date: 
November 25th, 2008

Tracks

Look Ahead
2:59

Hello again my friends
Good to know you're still around
The long cold winter's end
A new road to go down
Look ahead
Look ahead, look ahead, look ahead
Look ahead
As long as you can see
Travel to tomorrow
With only faith and trust
Following the future
The past is in the dust
Living for the children
Those that went before
Living for each other
Every day that’s left in store
There's no taking life for granted
In the struggle to survive
Cast off the spell of disenchantment
It is good to be alive
Look ahead
Look ahead, look ahead, look ahead
Look ahead
As long as you can see

(Dave Panting)
New for this recording

Make the Change
3:39

Rain fallin' from cloudless skies
Your heart come callin' from behind your eyes

And 'though the news is strange it's right up to the minute and
In spite of all the pain it causes to begin it
The road leads on again and for reasons I can't explain
Today's the day and it's time to make the change

Snow driftin' down a mountainside
A ship gone sailin' 'cross the far and wide

And 'though there are no words to help the situation and
The price is hard, I can't change my inclination
The road leads on again and for reasons I can't explain
Today's the day and it's time to make a change

A change in who we are to each other
A change of mind, a change of heart
And no good time to start

The road leads on again and for reasons I can't explain
Today's the day, it's time to make the change
it's time to make the change, time to make the change

Rain fallin' from cloudless skies

(Geoff Panting)
New for this recording

The Story
2:58

Hear the chimes / Hours in your mind
Voices telling you you've got to find the time life stole away from you?
I think it's a crime
But that's how the story goes / That's how the story goes
Now and then I stop / And take a look around
Stare at the broken road I cannot go back down
Thinkin' that if only I knew then what I know now
That's how the story goes / That's how the story goes
And I wish that all our absent friends could be with us today
To reminisce and laugh and cry and sing and dance and play
With one more chance to get it right before we slip away
With all the sadness we must do the best we can
Through all the madness / Following the plan
Love living every day / Try to understand
That's how the story goes / That's how the story goes
Hear the chimes / Hours in your mind
Voices telling you you've got to find the time life stole away from you?
I think it's a crime
That's how the story goes / That's how the story goes
That's how the story goes / That's how the story goes

(Dave Panting)
New for this recording

My Eliza/Rawlins' Return/Old Friends/Lt. McGuire's
7:43

(Slow Air by Ian McKinnon) / (Hornpipe by Geoff Panting) / (Jig by Ian McKinnon) / (Jig - Traditional)
New for this recording

Colleen
3:54

Bring down on a bar stool / 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 sure look good to me
Let us raise a glass now to future memories
Colleen! Where ya been?
Colleen! Where ya been?

(Dave Panting)
From the CD Reel ‘n’ Roll (1993)

When My Ship Comes In
4:31

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 can you say?
One of these days I'm gonna come to my senses and stop wasting time
I'll be tearin' 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 comin' round
In the sweet decay of the afternoon
The comfortable strains of a favorite 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 comin' 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 comin' round
When my ship comes in
When my ship comes in

(Geoff Panting)
From the CD Living River (1996)

Where Would I Be
3:13

All I want to do is talk to you
And get a line of reference on the state of our affair
Wake up to an empty room
The silence draws me in and plays with my head

Paint a portrait of a poor boy
In a gilded palace of loneliness
You get a pretty fair picture of your lover man
And woman he's in an awful mess

Where would I be without your lovin' arms around to hold me close
Nothin'll take the place of time with you when you're so far away
Where would I be without your laughing eyes looking back at me
Nothin'll take the place of how I'll feel when you come back to stay

I know you get the same feeling
When all you really need's a little company
Telephones and a letter make you feel better
But nothing like the touch of you on me

All I want to do is talk to you
And get a line of reference on the state of our affair
Telephones and a letter make you feel a little better
But nothing like the touch of your hair

(Brian Bourne)
From the CD Make It On Time (1998)

Long Night
5:15

Long night / So this what it all comes to
Long night / This what we all go through
Long night / Another friend is gone
Long night / Leavin' 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!
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

(Dave Panting)
From the CD Reel ‘n’ Roll (1993)

You Will Always Have My Love
2:54

You will always have my love
You will always have my love
You have my constant dedication
My feelings for you, you may not be aware of
You have been my inspiration
You will always have my love
We may face indecision
Situations that we have no control of
Let division come between us
You will always have my love
I am an ember in the ashes of your fire of hope
Inside darkness inside doubt
And when you're sinking underneath a tide of tears
Remember I will not burn out
You will always have my love
You will always have my love
You will always have my love
Everlasting adoration
This is something that you can be certain of
Just as surely as the sunrise in the morning girl
You will always have my love
You will always have my love
Just as surely as the sunrise in the morning girl
You will always have my love
You will always have my love
You will always have my love
You will always have my love

(Dave Panting)
From the CD Make It On Time (1998)

Wild Rose
2:36

Sunrise in the morning / Birds singin' on every tree
A greeting and a warning / The song that they're singin' is be free
Young rambler on the roadside / All around the world he goes
Never knowing where he will 'bide
In his search 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
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 shore

(Dave Panting)
From the CD Living River (1996)

The Long Way Home
3:51

Stolen moments and 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 all right
Life's an open book / The turning pages
Speak of ancient lies / The truth of ages
The open doors and the 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 it's 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 / A rumour of glory

(Geoff Panting)
From the CD Living River (1996)

A Matter Of The Heart
5:12

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 the 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)
From the CD Living River (1996)

Reel 'n' Roll
5:01

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
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

(Dave Panting)
From the CD Reel ‘n’ Roll (1993)

Some People
4:22

Some people think they've got time to kill
Some people think they've got it goin'
Some people got a way with a will
Some people got a line worth towin'
Beatin' all the raps / Avoidin' all the traps
Some people got the magic potion
They've got the way to be
They're makin' history
Some people get that big promotion
Read that headline / Pass that test
Let's bring on our special guest
In confusion / Feelin' vexed
Learn the password / What comes next
Uptown / Downtown / Hurry up! Slow down!
Think real quick and win that showdown
You've been beaten to the punch
Arrivederci! / let's do lunch
Well..
Some people / Some people
Some people / Some people
Some people think they've got it all sown up
Some people have no cause to doubt it
Some people claim to know the ways of love
Some people learn to live without it
Leave me be
Don't say no to me
I'll be free
Momentarily
Livin' on the need to know
Up above and down below
Forward! Backward! Forward! Halt!
Take it with a grain of salt
Ways and means and plans and schemes
Livin' out there land of dreams
Grown accustomed to your station
Learn to live on information
Some people / Some people
Some people / Some people
Some people say it's gettin' better all the time
Some people really wanna go there
Some people think there's nothin' better on your mind
Some people think you're goin nowhere...
So there!
Some people....

(Geoff Panting)
From the CD Make It On Time (1998)

The Nearly Dearly Departed
3:17

In a world of changes we live and so
The tide will turn and the cold wind blow
Friends and lovers that we’ve come to know
So swiftly have departed
But I’ve lived to learn that this much is true
The days we have are a precious few
And we all become the things we do
I will not be downhearted

Changes come and change has come again
With the rising sun and the passing of a friend
Through the wiles of nature and the hand of fate
We finish what we started
You take your chances and you leave behind
The near dearly departed

World of wonders on the silver screen
On a starry night in a childhood dream
No use dwelling on what might have been
Or otherwise pretending
Claiming as a victim of circumstance
On a wayward trek in a loner’s trance
You can’t give living a second glance
Waiting for the ending

Changes come and change has come again
With the rising sun and the passing of a friend
We live the mystery right to the end
To see if we’ve been outsmarted
Or if hope lies waiting on the other side
For the near dearly departed
The near dearly departed

(Geoff Panting)
From the CD Make It On Time (1998)

Forever Dancing
3:11

Tip the hourglass over / Listen to the chimes
The meter's runnin' and the pressure's risin'
Watch the numbers climb
Step out on the hometown stage
Tell the story / Turn the page
Hear the drummer coming near
Forever dancing 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 it's 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 dancing through the years
Now the story's come of age
Close the chapter / Turn the page
Begin again the way is clear
Forever dancing through the years
Forever dancing through the years
Forever dancing through the years
Forever dancing through the years

(Dave Panting)
From the CD Living River (1996)

Production Notes: 

Rawlins Cross is:
Dave Panting (guitars, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, backing vocals)
Geoff Panting (piano and button accordions, keyboards)
Ian McKinnon (highland bagpipe, tin whistles, bodhran, percussion, trumpet)
Joey Kitson (lead vocals, harmonica)
Brian Bourne (Chapman Stick, bass, backing vocals, tabla, dobro)
Howie Southwood (drums, percussion)

Cover art: ‘Hearts Content’ by Jean Claude Roy (www.jcroy.com)
CD Design & Layout: Cheryl Smith, OutFront Productions Inc. (www.outfrontproductions.com)
Photography: Jeff Hornby, Carol Kennedy, Don Shorock

For the new material (tracks 1-4):

Recording engineer: Mark Neary
Recording studio: Great Big Studio, St. John’s, NL
Additional engineering by Geoff Panting, Spencer Crewe and Kevin Pinhorn at Record Time Productions
Additional percussion: Curtis Andrews
Mixed by: Geoff Panting
Mixing and mastering studio: Inception Sound Studio, Toronto, ON

Producers: Dave Panting and Geoff Panting
Executive Producers: Ian McKinnon and Sandy MacDonald

*All songs and arrangements registered SOCAN.

Our Thanks

We are fortunate to have such faithful and supportive fans. Thank-you for coming to our concerts and buying our music.  We also sincerely appreciate the public and private radio stations that have shown us support over the years.  We hope you like the new music. Thank-you to FACTOR for the funding support. Thanks to Steve Kane, John Poirier and all our friends at Warner Music Canada for renewing our partnership.  Thank-you to Jean Claude Roy for the generous loan of his lovely painting, Hearts Content. Thanks also to two St. John’s musical institutions: O’Brien’s Music Store on Water Street and Great Big Sea.

Personal Thanks

Brian Bourne: A few brief words of thanks to family and friends, close and far away. Sandy Aube for love, music and tasty veggies. Her wonderful family in Bathurst: Pauline, Ross and Ryan (Go Bruins!). My Gang of Bournes - Charlie and Wyndham in Halifax (my two greatest achievements), Gwynneth (Mum) and Tony in Kingston, Peter and crew in Fredericton, Sheila and team Dunn in British Columbia, Vicky and the Merrick mob in Barbados - I love you all forever. Also all of my musical mates in mayhem; the cast and crew of DRUM!, Taho!!, SQUID-Labourday!!!, Morgan Davis, and the serious business of playing the blues..., Rasta Gumbo - keeping the faith in the groove, Ron Hynes -  the man of a thousand songs, and The Metric System - kilos of funk! Finally, sincere and otherwise thanks to Frontera, from Chile.
 
Joey Kitson: Thanks to my wife Nancy, our children Gabrielle, Annie, Julien, and the rest of our extended families. A big thanks to Stahl MacIntyre and his family. Thanks to my colleagues at ITSS and the Government of PEI for their support. A shout out to my musician friends in Big City, Vintage, The Dogs, and a special thanks to the staff, cast, and crew of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Thanks to the folks at Music PEI for all their great work. Thanks to Gus Hillstrom of Anthems Atlantic. Thanks to John Likely, Liam Dolan and all the folks with the Peakes Wharf Summer Concert series. Thanks to Corey and Julie Doucette at St. James Gate, and Steve Barber at Hunter's Alehouse. And I almost forgot... thanks to Max The Dog. Collar! Collar! Shamon!

Ian McKinnon: Thanks to my beloved wife Catherine Craig, our terrific children Aiden and Mairi.  Thanks also to the extended McKinnon clan - especially my dad Alex, mom Geraldine, and wonderful sisters Margaret, MaryAnne, Christine, Catherine and their fabulous families.  Thanks to the Craig and Sheppard clans in St. John’s for the regular and superb hospitality.  Man, that crowd can cook!  Thanks also to John Poirier of Warner Music Canada for ongoing support (and gentle nudge), Jamie Davison of Modern Media, Louis Thomas and Wendy Phillips. A huge thanks to Sandy MacDonald for all his work on the re-launch. Thanks finally to George Emerson, Jim Donnellan and Terry Frost for their friendship.

Dave Panting: Love first of all to my mother (now passed on but never forgotten).
Love also to Helene, to my children: Brian, Maggie, Jessie and Sara and all our ever extending family including Sydney and Allan, The Lehr Clan. Thanks to Tom Boland (for extra recording gear, his Martin acoustic, computer support and transportation), Wallace Hammond, Hugh Scott (for covering my ass), Sandy Morris (the Dobro).

Geoff Panting:
Nora Mulrooney for her constant care and support, my daughter Lynn for lighting up my life, Kellie Hadden for pointing me in the right direction.  Ken Goudie, O'Brien's Music and Spencer Crewe for their help with things instrumental and technical.  Everybody at Inception Sound (always a pleasure), the hard working lads at Ground Swell, and all my friends and family for their love and support through fair times and foul.


Howie Southwood:
My thanks to Marilyn and Katie for your love and support.  I’m also grateful to Dave Thompson, Mark Heine, Kevin Breit, Randall Coryell and Jeff Bird for helping to sustain my musical life during the past six years. And thanks to my hometown gang, the Village Idiots.