Album: All That Is

1. Next Turn of the Wheel 7:50 (lyrics | buy song)
2. All That Is 3:44 (lyrics | buy song)
3. Night Drive 9:51 (lyrics | buy song)
4. Cricket Dance 1:17 (buy song)
5. Small Victory 4:12 (lyrics | buy song)
6. Under the Summer Moonlight 4:32 (lyrics | buy song)
7. Sparrow’s Wing 5:13 (lyrics | buy song)
8. Frankie & Johnny 8:17 (lyrics | buy song)
9. Summer Lightning 5:14 (lyrics | buy song)
10. Seeds of Hope 4:27 (lyrics | buy song)

©2002 Red House Records



Next Turn of the Wheel

It could break your heart to watch the sun
Strike gold along this shore
where the little boats still bump and spin
As they did long years before

The harbour lights burn dim tonight
They’ve closed these boats all down
And the men all stand in silence
on the corners of the stand

And they stand and smoke by empty stores
And they watch the cars roll by
they stare into the distance
with hard and angry eyes

So it’s farewell to the harbour
farewell to the fields
farewell to deep salt water
that swells beneath your keel
What’s gone is lost forever
I pray someday we’re healed
and that we’ll meet again some brighter day
next turn of the wheel

And the houses here look much the same
well perhaps a bit more worn
and the shingles gleam like silver
as they did when we were born
and the scent of pine and moss and vine
yes and rose and bayleaf too
still spice the warm and fragrant air as they did back in my youth

So it’s farewell to the harbour
farewell to the fields
farewell to deep salt water
that swells beneath your keel
What’s gone is lost forever
I pray someday we’re healed
and that we’ll meet again some brighter day
next turn of the wheel

I dipped my hand into the sea
and raised it to my mouth
and a sudden warm breeze stirred the air and
blew up from the south
and the air was sweet with blossoms
and the sea was salt with tears
and the sun danced on the water
I was swept back through the years

I climbed the hill and I paused for breath
yes and one last backward glance
down by the green and emeralds hill
where the fragile cornflowers dance

and I stood once more and I crossed the ridge
of that dear familiar hill
and the beating of the waves was lost
like a heart forever stilled.

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All That Is

Who can tell when in love you’ll finally fall?
Some live in vain and never love at all
but as lightning strikes
or as a small insistent voice
if we are blessed
we will hear and heed the call

Give your love and never count the cost
Lose your heart and never call it lost
May your love be your shelter
to the ending of your days
love is all that is, all that ever was

May your love grow strong and always kind
May your hearts grow forever more entwined
In the brightest day or the stillness of the night
May it be each others hand you seek and find

Never more to be alone
Ever closer you have grown
Forever now may no distance come between
And in each other’s loving hearts you find a home

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Night Drive
Yellowhead highway

How bright the stars
How dark the night
How long have I been sleeping?
Sleep overtook me on my westward flight
Held me in its keeping
I had a dream; it seemed so real
Its passing left me shaking
I saw you’re here behind the wheel
On this very road I’m taking

Hurtling westward through the prairie night
Under the spell of motion
Your eyes were clear and bright in the dashboard light
Dreaming of the western ocean
The dusty towns left far behind
Mountains drawing ever nearer
Your face was then as it was tonight
Ever young
Ever clearer

I know this road
And its every curve
Where the hills commence their climbing
We rested here
If my memory serves
The northern lights were shining
You lit a smoke
We shared some wine
We watched the sky in wonder
Your laughter echoes after all this time
In that high and wild blue yonder

I don’t know why I write these lines
It’s not like I could send you the letter
It’s that I love your more after all this time
It’s that I wish I’d shown you better
Years have slipped
Beneath my wheels
Dwindling in my rear view mirror
As time has passed
Your life has seemed less real
But these night drives bring you nearer

So tonight I’ll wish upon these stars
As they rise upward to guide me
That I’ll see you here just as you are
Now, as then, beside me
Scares me how the years have flown
Like the leaves drift in September
They’ve lost sight of you as your legacy’s grown
But this road and I
We remember

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Small Victory

You’ve no business buying a mare like that, but buy her if you must.”
He bit the end off his cigar and spat it in the dust.
“She’s old and lame and barren, too
She’s not worth feed and hay
But I’ll give you this,” – he blew smoke at me –
“She was something in her day.”
“I recall her well ten years ago; she was a winner in her prime.
She was fast and lean and willing, but they raced her past her time.
And though she had the heart, her legs were gone,
And it wasn’t hard to see, they kept her at it
In the hopes of just one more small victory.”

“She was shunted Œround from track to track, from Kentucky up to Maine.
They’d run her in cheap claimers, all doped up to mask her pain.
And it it’s my advice you ant I’d say, the poor thing’s had her day
You’d be throwing good cash after bad. It’s best you turn away.”

Well they led her Œround the auction shed, and the bidding started low.
“She’ll go for dog food,” someone said, “the market’s been that slow.”
But she raised her head and pricked her ears, and before the hammer fell,
She was mine.

My friend turned Œround to me “You’re soft-headed I can tell.”
But she’s been shoved from pillar to post,” said I, “And always done her best.
They used her up, they wrung her dry; you’d think she’d earned a rest.
So if she does not naught but end her days beneath some shady tree,
I’ll have saved her from the knacker’s yard, and that’s enough for me.”

Well, that was near two years ago, she’s filled out some since then.
The more so since she’s been in foal, she eats enough for ten.
And this morn as I crept to the barn around Œbout half past three,
There stood nursing on still trembling legs, one more small victory.

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Under the Summer Moonlight

Well Dougie was a soldier
he brought home a bride
Cicely crossed the ocean wide
All these years now at his side
through the good and the bad times together

and they had a little house
made it a home
both worked hard till the kids were grown
Finally now they’re on their own
though it seemed like it took forever

Cause when the sun beats low and the day is through
Hurry through dinner no time to lose
Time to polish up their dancing shoes
and head to the hall together

So start up the fiddle and watch them go
High stepping on the dance floor
heel and toe
eyes so bright, faces aglow
Under the Summer moonlight

Well some days are good and some days are fair
and some days make you want to tear your hair
but tonight she’s Ginger and he’s Fred Astaire
Cheek to cheek on the floor so lightly

So here’s to the moonlight
Here’s to the band
here’s to the fiddler who plays so grand
here’s to the couple dancing hand and hand
Under the summer moonlight

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Sparrow’s Wing

Talk to me
Touch my face
Can it be
We’ve lost our place
Listen, closely
hear my heart
So long parted yet not apart

We wait so long
You and I
Hold me close
So strangely shy
Reaffirming what we always knew
Hearts together
Forever True

Shadows Fall
Lights burn low
Branches dance outside
as the night winds blow
and we touch softly
like a sparrow’s wing
this breath moment
is everything

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Summer Lightning

I was driving west
through the Bighorn Mountains
The hills were heavy with new-fallen snow
And the sun-bright hills
were dappled like a pony
I was driving hard, I had miles to go

And a magpie flew
across the mountain highway
It flashed and tumbled
through the golden trees
And I thought of you
and my heart was lifted
and floated with that magpie, on the morning breeze

For where I go
You go with me
Thought the miles keep us apart
Your kiss is on my lips and your face before me
And your gentle hand, always on my heart

We are brief as a summer lightning
We are swift as swallow’s flight
We are sparks that spiral upward in the darkness in the night
We are frost upon a window
We won’t pass this way again
In the end only love remains

Tonight the harvest moon
hangs across the valley
I see the hills shine in its silvery light
It’s the same old moon
That shines upon you
It’ll light my way until I’m by your side
Well, who scattered these diamonds
Through the vault of heaven?
Who drew the curve of the magpie’s wing?
Who shaped your face?
What made you love me?
Where is the spark of every living thing?

Well, I guess I don’t know
Don’t care either
I know you love me
How could I not see?
And I am yours, now and forever
’til my lips fall silent and my eyes can’t see

We are brief as a summer lightning
We are swift as swallow’s flight
We are sparks that spiral upward in the darkness in the night
We are frost upon a window
We won’t pass this way again
In the end , dear, only love remains

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Frankie and Johnny

Me and Johnny we were brothers
Though we did not look the same
We had not much in common
We shared little but out last name

He was big and bright and handsome
I was quiet, pale and shy
He could talk a streak
I could barely speak
Where I’d stumble, he would fly

So much so easily came to him
Me, I had to work so much
Where I struggled on with everything
Johnny had the Midas touch
He was quick to anger, quick to laugh, quick to fight
Quick to forgive
He lived each day as though it was his last
Me, I merely lived
He left home when I was eighteen
I still recall his face
We waited vainly for his letters
As he moved from place to place
Me I settled down and married
I got a mortgage and two kids
And if I envied him his freedom
I soon learned to keep it hid

chorus:
If you love someone
Can you let it show?
Hold them close to you and tell them
So they know
It’s too late
By the grave
Give them all the love you have everyday

Johnny died when I was 30
It was a senseless, random death
I got the news, put down the Œphone
I could not get my breath
My parents took it worse than me
For I had lost a brother
But they had lost their prodigal son
They took their pain out on each other
I tried hard to make up for Johnny
I tried to be a better son
It nearly killed me, trying to live for two
I could only live for one

chorus

And so it fell to me to be the one
To sort through his effects
I have no words to say how hard it was to search his desk
He seemed so real, so near to me
This man I barely knew
Whose freedom I’d so resented
With each turning of the screw

And then I found the package
It was all tied up with string
I cut the knot, and opened it
And it revealed so many things
There were the letters
That he had never sent
He mostly wrote to me
They revealed the prisoner upon each page
The man I’d thought so free
He wrote “Frank
You think I have so much
Indeed there’s little I’ve not done
But you are loved and can give love back
You’re the lucky one
You’re the lucky one Frankie
You have family, friends, your wife
and all they’ll say when I’m gone
is, “he had a busy life”
He wrote, “Frank I just can’t say those words
We’re so different we two
And if you’re reading this then I’m long gone
So Frank, I love you”

chorus

It was late next day
When I got home
My wife had gone to bed
She stretched and stirred and made some room
“Are you okay?” she said
And I lay down and I held her close
And I kissed her on the head
Then reaching out to take her hand
“I love you.” I said

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Summer Lightning

I was driving west
through the Bighorn Mountains
The hills were heavy with new-fallen snow
And the sun-bright hills
were dappled like a pony
I was driving hard, I had miles to go

And a magpie flew
across the mountain highway
It flashed and tumbled
through the golden trees
And I thought of you
and my heart was lifted
and floated with that magpie, on the morning breeze

For where I go
You go with me
Thought the miles keep us apart
Your kiss is on my lips and your face before me
And your gentle hand, always on my heart

We are brief as a summer lightning
We are swift as swallow’s flight
We are sparks that spiral upward in the darkness in the night
We are frost upon a window
We won’t pass this way again
In the end only love remains

Tonight the harvest moon
hangs across the valley
I see the hills shine in its silvery light
It’s the same old moon
That shines upon you
It’ll light my way until I’m by your side
Well, who scattered these diamonds
Through the vault of heaven?
Who drew the curve of the magpie’s wing?
Who shaped your face?
What made you love me?
Where is the spark of every living thing?

Well, I guess I don’t know
Don’t care either
I know you love me
How could I not see?
And I am yours, now and forever
Œtil my lips fall silent and my eyes can’t see

We are brief as a summer lightning
We are swift as swallow’s flight
We are sparks that spiral upward in the darkness in the night
We are frost upon a window
We won’t pass this way again
In the end , dear, only love remains

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Seeds of Hope
Music: David Tamulevich, Lyrics: Garnet Rogers

Take my hand and we will walk together
Take my hand you will not walk alone
Take my hand, this night won’t last forever
We’ll harvest seeds of hope we’ve sown

In your eyes I see you feel uncertain
In your eyes I see you feel alone
In your eyes I see your heart is hurting
You long for rest and hope and home

Dry your eyes there is an end to sorrow
Dry your eyes there is an end to night
Dry your eyes and we will shake this sorrow
The dark will run before the light

And so as season follows season
There is no love no prayer in vain
The hardest heart still looks for reason
As the driest earth still welcomes rain

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