Drifters And Dreamers

by Naming The Twins

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COME ALL YE WISE OR SIMPLE MEN - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS TO MAN THE CARGO SHIPS AGAIN - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS WE PLACE NO STOCK IN RANK NOR NAME - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS TO THE ROLLIN’ SEAS YOU’RE ALL THE SAME - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS ALL YE HALE AND HEARTY SAILORS – HOIST THE SAILS ONCE MORE THERE’S PLENTY OF FOOD FOR THE MEN THAT WORK - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS AND MOLDY BREAD FOR THOSE THAT SHIRK - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS NOW COINS ARE SCARCE, I’M SURE YOU KNOW - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS SO SIGN ABOARD AND GET BELOW - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS LEAVE BEHIND ALL YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS SET THE COURSE FOR FOREIGN WATERS – SAIL ME HEARTIES, SAIL WAVE GOOD-BYE TO YOUR WIVES AND LOVERS CUT THE ROPES AND CLEAR THE SCUPPERS – SAIL ME HEARTIES, SAIL SET THE COURSE FOR FOREIGN WATERS – SAIL ME HEARTIES, SAIL WAVE GOOD-BYE TO YOUR WIVES AND LOVERS CUT THE ROPES AND CLEAR THE SCUPPERS – SAIL ME HEARTIES, SAIL   THERE’LL BE NO JOKING WITH YOUR FRIENDS - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS THERE’S DECKS TO WASH AND SAILS TO MEND - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS YOU’LL GET NO REST AROUND THE HORN - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS YOU’LL WISH, BY GUM, YOU’D NEVER BEEN BORN - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS LEAVE BEHIND ALL YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS SET THE COURSE FOR FOREIGN WATERS – SAIL ME HEARTIES, SAIL WAVE GOOD-BYE TO YOUR WIVES AND LOVERS CUT THE ROPES AND CLEAR THE SCUPPERS – SAIL ME HEARTIES, SAIL AND WHEN AT LAST YOU’RE BACK ON SHORE - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS YOU’LL SWEAR TO GOD YOU’LL SAIL NO MORE - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS YOU’LL PLEDGE AN OATH TO NEVER LEAVE HOME - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS TILL YOU HEAR THE CALL FROM THE BRINY FOAM - SKIPPERS & MATES & DECKHANDS ALL YE RUGGED SALTY SAILORS – HOIST THE SAILS ONCE MORE HOIST THE SAILS ONCE MORE – WE’RE BOUND TO LEAVE THIS SHORE HOIST THE SAILS ONCE MORE
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Sweetly Weak 05:08
Nestle close to me – It’s you I want to hold Sink into my dreams – Where you’ll feel no cold Oh the miles I’ve logged – I’ve been on overload Didn’t see much countryside – Only saw the road If you’d like a tune – whisper your request Maybe just a lullabye – to give the weary rest If you want my love – it’s yours without a word And if you just want sleep – let love remain unstirred Let me wish away (wish away wish away) All remaining fear (wish away wish away) All those stubborn hurts – let them disappear I felt a surging urge when we were worlds apart To be a breath away – right by your heart Can you breathe new life – into a road worn song Give it just a little harmony – to help the song along Ohhh to feel your lips – softly brush my cheek Let my tender strength make you sweetly weak….. Make you sweetly weak Cactus silhouettes – near a desert plain Watching as we wake - making love again Don’t you wish this night (don’t you wish, don’t you wish) Could just drift on and on (don’t you wish, don’t you wish Long enough to find (long enough to find) – where two hearts belong I felt a surging urge when we were worlds apart To be a breath away – right by your heart No more thoughts to think – no more words to speak Just a tender strength – that makes us sweetly weak…Oh that makes us sweetly weak
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Adventuring, adventuring – Come join in our adventuring We serve no Prince nor Queen nor King But serve the muses beckoning Come join in our “Adventure Ring” Come circle round we’ve songs to sing Come join in our adventuring New fables to this table bring – come join in our adventuring Come join in our “Adventure Ring”
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Gullwind 04:20
FIND THE GULLWIND IN THE HARBOUR TRACE THE TIDELINE ON THE WATER - READ THE SIGNS CATCH THE FISH WITH LURE AND LINE BAMBOO POLE AND GOLDEN TWINE SEE THE STARFISH SHINE PADDLE LIGHTLY THROUGH THE NARROWS OUT BEYOND THE SHOALS AND SHALLOWS… DRIFTING FREE OUT TO WHERE THE FLOATS ARE STRUNG ALL AROUND MY NETS ARE HUNG DEEP WITH PLENTY LADEN DEEP WITH PLENTY SEE THE RICHES THAT HAVE BEEN SENT ME… FROM THE SEA AND A PELLICAN CRIES AS THE DOLPHINS RISE INTO THE CLEAR BLUE SKIES SEE THE MINNOWS GENTLY SPLASHING SCALES BELOW THE SURFACE FLASHING… SILVER WHITE SOON THE LARGER FISH WILL COME ‘NEATH MY BOAT THE SCHOOLS WILL RUN… SLEEK AND SLENDER OH, SO SLEEK AND SLENDER AS THE SOOTHING SUN SURRENDERS TO THE NIGHT INSTRUMENTAL PASSAGE HEAR THE WAVELETS SOFTLY LAPPING SAILS UNFURLED AND SLOWLY FLAPPING IN THE WIND OH, MY BOAT UPON THE CURRENTS RIDE CARRIED ON THE RESTLESS TIDE TO THE MAINLAND OVER TO THE MAINLAND THERE TO TOUCH UPON THE WARM SAND… ONCE AGAIN
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OH, SAY A PRAYER FOR ME I'M OUT IN THE HOT SUN WORKIN' IN THE QUARRY I FEEL AS LOW AS A MAN CAN BE DOWN IN THE LONESOME VALLEY PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR ME - SIMPLE AND SWEET TAKE THESE SHACKLES FROM MY HANDS AND FEET I MISS MY WIFE AND MY FAMILY DOWN IN THE LONESOME VA-A-LLEY OH, PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR ME - SIMPLE AND SWEET TAKE THESE SHACKLES FROM MY HANDS AND FEET I MISS MY WIFE AND MY FAMILY DOWN IN THE LONESOME VA-A-LLEY OH, IF ONLY I'D STAYED IN MEMPHIS LORD, IF ONLY I'D STAYED IN MEMPHIS I COULD BE EARNING MY PAY - A DOLLAR A DAY - JUST WORKING AND MINDING MY BUSINESS BUT I'M TIRED AND LONESOME - WHY DID I EVER COME DOWN TO THE LONESOME VALLEY? TIRED AND LONESOME - IT GETS SO WORRISOME DOWN IN THE LONESOME VALLEY... OH WO-WOE, LORD HAVE MERCY ON ME. PLEASE COME AND SET ME FREE I'M OUT IN THE HOT SUN WORKIN' IN THE QUARRY I'D RATHER BE BURIED IN TENNESSEE THAN DOWN IN THE LONESOME VALLEY OH, PLEASE COME AND SET ME FREE - I'M BROKEN AND I'M WEAK LORD, THE SUMMER'S DYING AND THE NIGHTS ARE BLEAK AND ALL I AM IS A MEMORY DOWN IN THE LONESOME VA-A-LLEY ALL I AM IS A MEMO-O-RY... A-WAY-WAY DOWN IN THE LONESOME VA-A-LLEY
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OH, WON’T YOU TAKE ME DOWN THAT WARM WINDING RIVER WHERE THE WATER WIDENS OUT TO FIND NEW ADVENTURE I HOPE THAT YOU’LL COME AWAY WITH ME DOWN THE OLD MISSOURI RIVER TO WHERE THE AIR IS SO FRESH AND FREE JUST DRIFTIN’ ON DOWN THAT RIVER WELL, IT’S A SUN’S UP BRIGHTEN UP BUTTERCUP MORNING AND I’M GOING OUT TO SEEK MY GOOD FORTUNE I HOPE THAT YOU’LL COME AND SHARE THE VIEW DOWN THE OLD MISSOURI RIVER I KNOW THAT YOU’LL HEAR THE MUSIC TOO JUST DRIFTIN’ ON DOWN THAT RIVER SING ANOTHER RIVER SONG SING IT JUST LIKE IT WAS MEANT TO BE SUNG SING ANOTHER RIVER SONG – LIKE THEY USED TO WHEN HUCKLEBERRY FINN WAS YOUNG WELL I’M MIGHTY GRATEFUL TO MY LORD AND MAKER TO MARK TWAIN AND TO MOTHER NATURE AND FOR THE BREEZE THAT IS GUIDING ME DOWN THE OLD MISSOURI RIVER TO SOME SWEET SIMPLE DESTINY JUST DRIFTIN’ ON DOWN THAT RIVER NOW, THAT RUSTY OLD HARMONICA NEVER SOUNDED BETTER AS WE PADDLE OUT SINGIN’ OUT “OH SHENENDOAH” WE DIP THE OARS IN BETWEEN EACH RHYME DOWN THE OLD MISSOURI RIVER UPON A RAFT GOING BACK IN TIME JUST DRIFTIN’ ON DOWN THAT RIVER
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Adventuring, adventuring – Come join in our adventuring Lift high your glasses welcoming And bid our guests assembling To join in our “Adventure Ring” With travellers’ tales unravelling – Come join in our adventuring The mists of time enveloping The silhouettes all listening Come join in our “Adventure Ring” Adventuring, adventuring – Come join in our adventuring So beat the drums and sound the strings In harmony - ring in the Spring Come join in our “Adventure Ring”
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The artist parades at his lowly charade – through the streets he sweeps neatly With purpose that captures the work of the masters – his brush moves and so proves That the Street sweeper knows that new metal is soon to rust The Street sweeper knows that the ending for all is dust He renders his beauty with brush strokes of duty – in laneways with dirt grays And frames with his being a sight beyond seeing – so tender, remember The Street sweeper knows that new metal is soon to rust The Street sweeper knows that the ending for all is dust All furtive and stooped low he blends in the shadow – as graceless and faceless THE street scene is done with the turn of the sun – while forgiving the living Chorus 3 For the Street sweeper knows that new metal is soon to rust The Street sweeper knows that the ending for all……………………….. is dust
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Tall Ships 02:40
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Where are you bound to my sad soldier boy? Your eyes look so dark, have they never known joy? There are sorrows a-plenty for soldiers to bear But surely they know when a man’s had his share Far more than his share Sad soldier boy, I’ve clean sheets to unfold And warm winter lodgings to soften the cold And a night’s worth of love both to have and to hold To keep long in your heart should you ever grow old If they let you grow old Oh, soldier boy come and rest in my arms Let a sad woman’s love gently keep you from harm There are tears in our hearts even love cannot dry But so long as there’s love, ah, we mortals must try And so shall we try Sad soldier boy, can you manage a small With burdens and woes cast aside for a while Til the fighting resumes and you’re called to the fray By high men in hiding whom you must obey For they’ll not let you stay Oh soldier boy you’re a long way from home And though you are tired I know you must roam For there’s orders to follow and muskets to load And a foe to confront ‘round the bend of the road So far down that road Oh soldier boy if you’d marry me now I would love you as much as these times would allow Will you ever be free from your duty and pride? Keeping all of your pain and your troubles inside With so few to confide Sad soldier boy may you safely return For this flame once alit shall constantly burn To ne’er be extinguished by distance or death To glow on and on for as long as I’ve breath - For as long as I’ve breath
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Come look to the lee...Out there in the rising mist It's land that I see - hold your course boys and we'll drift 1783 the coming of the loyalists who founded Shelburne town They landed on the shore and they settled in the wilderness Allegiance they swore to uphold the royal interests And so forever more they became the loyalists who founded Shelburne town They brought their dreams and their strength and talent Far across the wind-swept foam Their hopes were high and their hearts were gallant, and at last they had found a home Those first years were long with hardships and loneliness But they carried on with courage and willingness Until good fortune shone - shone down on the loyalists, who founded Shelburne town They brought their dreams and their strength and talent Far across the wind-swept foam their hopes were high and their hearts were gallant and at last they had found a home Look back through the years historians and journalists Pay tribute to them here - the builders and the blacksmiths The true pioneers - the ones called the loyalists who founded Shelburne town... The millers and the carpenters the woodsmen and the weavers, Shelburne town The farmers and the fishermen the tradesmen and the teachers, Shelburne town The merchants the soldiers the drifters and the dreamers Yes, they founded Shelburne town Come look to the lee
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Truly Home 02:54
NO MORE DARKNESS TO CLOUD MY VISION TO MAKE ME BLIND TO THE LIGHT I SEEK NO MORE CHAINS NOW TO KEEP ME IN PRISON TO MAKE MY HEART GROW WEAK NO MORE TRIALS NOW TO TRY MY COURAGE TO ROB ME OF MY STRENGTH TO SPEAK NO MORE FAILURES TO HURT OR DISCOURAGE I’VE SCALED THAT MOUNTAIN PEAK OH, I’M GONNA FOLLOW MY FATHER HOME HEY, FOLLOW MY FATHER HOME NO MORE WEAKNESS TO DROWN MY SPIRIT TO WEIGH ME DOWN IN A SEA OF GRIEF JUST SWEET MUSIC ALL AROUND CAN’T YOU HEAR IT TO BRING MY SOUL RELIEF OH, I’M GONNA FOLLOW MY MOTHER HOME HEY, FOLLOW MY MOTHER HOME OH, I’M GONNA FOLLOW MY BROTHER HOME HEY, FOLLOW MY BROTHER HOME THOUGH IT SEEMS TO SOME THAT I’M ONLY A MEM’RY TO HAUNT THOSE PLACES I USED TO ROAM DON’T LET YOUR DAYS GET DARK AND EMPTY CAUSE NOW I’M TRULY HOME OH, I’M GONNA FOLLOW MY SISTER HOME HEY, FOLLOW MY SISTER HOME OH, I’M GONNA FOLLOW MY FAMILY HOME FOLLOW MY FAMILY HOME FOLLOW MY FAMILY HOME MY JOURNEY’S OVER AND I’M HOME
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Adventuring, adventuring – Come join in our adventuring Imagination is our King All hail him now with strength we sing Come join in our “Adventure Ring” Come circle round we’ve tales to spin Come join in our adventuring the webbing growing string by string the plot-threads intermingling Come join in our “Adventure Ring”

about

Drifters and Dreamers will take you on a time-travelling, story unraveling journey that you’ll never forget [even with therapy]. But seriously, come join us as we go adventuring on a musical raft going back in time. If you want a tender love song, we got it, if you want a rousing sea-faring number, we got it, if you want something new to sing along with – you’ve landed on the right page. Our harmonies are our specialty but we have a full folky ensemble joining us on 6-string, 12-string and 4 string guitars, cello, dulcimer, banjo, violin, mandolin, upright bass, flutes, whistles, accordion, percussion, etc. No synths, no drum machines – all instruments on this album are ACOUSTIC 'cause that’s what we love. Some of the songs were literally years in the writing and, after 5 months of practically living in a recording studio – we hope you’ll enjoy the results of our efforts.

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released July 6, 2013

All words and music by Robbie Smith except "Hampden Whaler" and "Tall Ships", words: Anne Smith and Robbie Smith and "The Streetsweeper", words: Robert S. Smith.

Robbie Smith: vocals, guitars, violin, banjo, mandolin, percussion.
Kathleen Glauser: vocals, guitar, cabassa.

A special thanks goes to the musicians who added their layers of joy to the music:
Jude Pelley: dulcimer, mandolin, six and four string guitar, percussion, bass on "Sweetly Weak"
Charlie Wilson: wooden flute
Alex Buchanan: accordion and piano
Alyssa Wright: cello on "Sad Soldier Boy"
Chris Churchill: bass
Ryan Perry: drums
Pat Melanson: bodhran on "Hampden Whaler"
Group vocalists: Shelly, Roli, Nigel, George, Jude and Alex

Co-produced with the Twins by Alex Buchanan at HarbourTone Productions.
Engineered by Alex Buchanan with assistance by Jude Pelley of Alone Stone Productions.

Photography by Lisa Buchanan.
Graphic design by Alex Buchanan.

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Naming The Twins Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Naming the Twins is the Nova Scotia based guy gal duo of Robbie Smith & Kath Glauser who sound a little bit like Peter, Paul and Mary if one of the fellows took the night off, a bit like Simon & Garfunkel if Art was a girl, a bit like Gordon Lightfoot or Stan Rogers if either had a girl harmonizer.
Not twins by birth, but twins at heart, they share a sibling like sense of humour and harmony.
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