Drifters And Dreamers

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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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Track Name: Skippers and Mates
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
Track Name: Sweetly Weak
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
Track Name: AdventuRing 1
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”
Track Name: Gullwind
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
Track Name: Lonesome Valley
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
Track Name: Huckleberry Finn
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
Track Name: AdventuRing 2
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”
Track Name: The Streetsweeper
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
Track Name: Sad Soldier Boy
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
Track Name: The Coming of the Loyalists
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
Track Name: Truly Home
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
Track Name: AdventuRing 3
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”