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Time Travel

Pulled a ticket from the wheel upon the wall
And I waited for my number to be called
Read a science magazine left on chair
There’s a ripple in the universe out there

We don’t know much and we know less every day
About time and how it moves and slips away
About how we are connected, yet apart
About distance and the journey of a heart

Time is the answer and the question 
How we use it, forever on our minds 
Last night with you, I learned what I knew 
You’re the one I want to travel with through time

We are fragile, yet stronger than we know
So afraid to trust our wings and just let go
Always waiting for someone to call our name
And if they don’t we look for someone else to blame

Time is the answer and the question 
How we use it is forever on our minds 
Last night with you, I learned what I knew 
You’re the one I want to travel with through time 
….time ….time…..time

Pulled a ticket from the wheel upon the wall
And I waited for my number to be called

Time is the answer and the question 
How we use it, forever on our minds 
Last night with you, I learned what I knew 
You’re the one I want to travel with through time

Nothing Makes Sense

Truth is stranger than fiction now
Fiction must make sense somehow
Things are happening that you
Couldn’t make up in your dreams
Heroes fall and crooks arise
Men of God are telling lies
People get their soul food
From the checkout magazines

Nothing makes sense to me no more 
Time is a revolving door
The universe expands
And yet gets smaller everyday

Nothing makes sense to me no more 
Kids with guns and drones at war 
Text me when you wake up
And we’ll dance the dark away

Jerry can’t live without her touch
She just couldn’t take that much
His modus operandi was in digitizing genes
He put her in a program file
Coded till he made her smile
When he wears a headset now
She occupies his dreams

Chorus

Truth is stranger than fiction now
Fiction must make sense somehow

What Are You Waiting For

Strange beautiful the autumn sky
The day we tried to say goodbye
But I couldn’t make out just what you said
The words would not go in my head

So I took your hand, and we walked the shore
With sand between my toes and yours
And the gulls and the herons and the ospreys flew
Over our heads as if they knew

That time is just, a breath of air
A memory here, a snapshot there
It’s out of the window and on the breeze 
Like a kiss that brought you to your knees 
Time is here in this song,
The time was right here, all along
So what are you waiting for
What are you waiting for

I want to strip right down, shed my doubts
Burn the sweet grass around the house
Send these ghosts off on a trip
With a one way ticket on a burning ship
I want to feel the rain fall on my tongue
Dance with you till the daylight comes
Lie with you then for a while
On a raft on a river of a thousand miles

Chorus x2

Sequoia

Touch me like a new born brook
Or a leaf pressed in a book
Let me offer you this nest
Lay your head down here to rest

From here we can see the moon
Where the owl sleeps at noon
From here we can feel the world
Far below watch it unfurl

Sequoia… Sequoia

All we have to do is breathe
And in this red wood believe
Another ring another year
We can build a love up here

Sequoia

And no fire can burn it down 
And no wind can break it
Send the roots far in the ground 
So no storm can shake it

Sequoia

Bitter cold and biting frost
Nothing’s worth what doesn’t cost
Let the snow fall on the limbs
Shake it off and grow again

Chorus

They may stare in wonder
They may even try to climb
But lightning and thunder
They can’t touch what’s yours and mine 
Yours and mine….Sequoia

Chorus

All we have to do is breathe
And in this red wood believe
Another ring another year
We could save the world from here….Sequoia

Ghosts In This Town

There must be a lotta ghosts in this town
I can feel them all around
Cries and whispers in my ears
Things that I don’t want to hear
Every time I walk past this house
I feel a chill in the air
I cross my heart, there must be a ghost in there

There must be a lotta ghosts in this town
There’s one in her wedding gown
She gets upset when I walk by
If I say hello, she starts to cry
Last night I heard the church bells
Ringing in the midnight air
But the church was dark
There must be a ghost in there

Oooh ohhh ooohh oooohhhh…

There must be a lotta ghosts in this town
Streets are haunted up and down
Phantom wounds where once were hearts
Bits of love songs torn apart
Last night I tried to touch her
She looked through me and stared
Then I heard her say
There must be a ghost in here

Oooh ohhh ooohh oooohhhh…

Selkie

Took a walk under a blood moon late at night
Barefoot at the edge of an ocean that shone so bright
Thought I heard a song drift in on the rolling sea
A voice that sweetly sang like a lost selkie

I need you tonight, like a magic skin 
Let your hair fall down by the water 
Baby let me in
I need you tonight,
I just can’t wait for the changing tide, …no…no

Send me a sign to show me where you sleep
Give me the key to secrets that you keep
How long must I search this rocky shore
It’s just the taste of you I’m dying for

I need you tonight, like a magic skin 
Let your hair fall down by the water 
Baby let me in
I need you tonight,
I just can’t wait for the changing tide

À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
Cha robh mi m’ ònar a-raoir

Took a walk under a blood moon late at night
Thought I heard a selkie cry

I need you tonight, like a magic skin 
Let your hair fall down by the water 
Baby let me in
I need you tonight,
I just can’t wait for the changing tide, no.. no

À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
Cha robh mi m’ ònar a-raoir

 

Gaelic translation:
From the sea, from the sea I came,
From the sea, from the sea I came, myself,
From the sea, from the sea I came,
From the sea, from the sea I came, myself,
From the sea, from the sea I came,
From the sea, from the sea I came, myself,
I was not alone last night

[Bridge lyric translated into Gaelic and sung by Mary Jane Lamond]

There’s A Storm Comin’

There’s a storm comin, it’s on the news
They say you better stock up on provisions and booze
They say it’s gonna be the worst we’ve ever seen
And we’ve seen a lotta bad ones, you know what I mean

There’s a storm comin’ you better prepare
The radio said it’s picking up out there
I hope you got wood and the fire is bright
I drove eleven hours to be here tonight

Baby I’m standin’ outside your door
I can’t feel my fingers and toes anymore
My tears are freezing, my heart is turning blue 
I can’t stop coughing but I need to say
The thing that’s been on my mind all day 
Driving me through the snowdrifts back to you

There’s a storm comin’, look at them clouds
Like somethin from a scene in Apocalypse Now
It’s gonna hit hard, it’s gonna hit fast
Better say your prayers, that it won’t last

Chorus

Bridge:
       It’s time to put it all out there
       And deal with what we didn’t dare
       Deal with when we said that we were through
       If we face the music and the howling gale
       We’ll find out why we let it fail
       Maybe we’d find some peace inside there too

There’s a storm comin’, look at them clouds
Like somethin from a scene in Apocalypse Now
I hope you got wood and the fire is bright
I drove eleven hours to be here tonight

Chorus

The Weight of My Guitar

Picked up my guitar and passed it to the kid
He said he found it heavy, I hadn’t thought about it
He must have struck a chord, in the back of my mind
Maybe from another time…
It was light when I was young and set out on the road
Hit the bars and taverns, every watering hole
The colour of it darkened before my eyes
As another world fell inside

Late night tales, hanging from the moon 
Broken strings, stories out of tune 
Cracked from ache I drove into the wood 
You’d never guess it from afar…
The weight of my guitar

Ghosts from the past are hiding in there
Skeletons from closets in need of repair
Best kept secrets, whispered in a bar
Under the bridge of my guitar
Don’t tell she said, unless you do
In a song that makes me a little less blue
I’m a sucker for a punch line, that’s no joke
And then I watched her go

Chorus

Bridge:
       From a block of wood he cut out from a living tree
       To Robert Johnson, Joni, Jimmy down on his knees
       It’s a key to your emotions, it’s unlocking your heart
       Betraying every secret, till your falling apart
       Let it out in love and anger, let it cry let it breathe
       Take six strings and tie it down to what you believe
       It holds a thousand stories and a million tears
       Releasing all the regret, destroying your fears
       Finger pick it, strum it like a gentle wind
       Attack it with a fury of a bomb comin’ in
       Listen to it crying in the dark all alone
       Or screamin’ from rooftop like a rolling stone

Chorus

Blood And Salt Water

What is this thing that pulls me,
Like I’m on a turning tide
I drift so far away,
Then I’m drawn back to your side
A weary voice, a breath of wind,
A freezing on my skin
That moment when the ice cracks
Just enough to let you in

Blood and salt water 
Spirits of old 
Something familiar 
Stirs in my soul 
Blood and salt water 
I can still hear
The song you were singing 
Bout’ why we are here

I thought about it all night
And I still can’t figure out
Why I can’t forgive
And why I can’t just shut my mouth
I look into your eyes
And I can see the chains on me
They’re on you too, but maybe
We could set each other free

Chorus

Bridge:
       Now you take the wheel
       Bring us all home
       And we’ll have a drink
       Over grandfather’s bones

Chorus

We Want Contact

We sent an R S V P to the stars
We sent a record out there in a jar
This is more or less who we are
We want contact

We are from a small blue and pretty place
And on this planet, we’re the human race
We’re workin’ the kinks out, in any case
We want contact

And if you do come around
I hope you won’t let us down
Is there a master plan
We need to understand
Are you out there listening now 
We want contact

Can you teach us how to turn the page
Give us hope and give us aid
Will you come as friend or to invade
We want contact

Can you save the ocean and the bees
Show us how to share and disagree
Raise us up from on our knees
We want contact

Chorus /instrumental

And if you do come around
I hope we won’t let you down 
Is there a master plan
We need to understand
Are you out there listening now 
We want contact

We sent an R S V P to the stars
We sent a record out there in a jar
This is more or less who we are
We want contact

When I Heard You Sing

When I heard you sing
It seemed that everything
Around me disappeared
Into the dark
Innocence and pain
A violin in the rain
A voice that beckoned me
To where you are

Take me to somewhere I can dream
I can feel my heart opening
I want to know the beauty of your song 
Tell me a tale of mystery
Show me the way to be set free
I have been waiting for you for so long

There was a nightingale
In an old Persian tale
That fell in love and sang
To a white rose
When the night was o’er
It fell upon a thorn
The blood turned petals red
Forever more

Chorus

When I heard you sing
It seemed that everything
Around me disappeared
Into the dark

If These Walls Could Talk

If these walls could talk
They’d tell a thousand stories
Every one would bend your ear
And maybe change your mind
If these walls could talk
They’d tell you tales of courage
And maybe make you change the way
You think of time

If these walls could talk
They’d sound just like this young girl
Sitting at her father’s bed, singing quietly
If these walls could talk
They’d pray in many voices
Begging for some mercy
From the same God, differently

       Cause this is where we learn our lesson 
       This is where we fall
       And fight to get back on our feet
       And love hardest of all
       This is where we find out
       Who our family truly is
       And this is where one story ends 
       And a new one begins

If these walls could talk
They’d tell you about beauty
About a single drop of time
Where love is pure and clear
If these walls could talk
They’d tell you about brothers
Sisters and their mothers
And the bonds they grew in here

       Chorus

If these walls could talk
They’d tell you tales of courage
And maybe make you change the way
You think of time

A hospital/hospice song written by Lennie Gallant, inspired by the sculpture The Barnacle Tides Wellness Wall, created by Miro Davis, for people touched by cancer. Dedicated to those who work in our hospitals and give so much to those in need.

Saying Goodbye to Ron

I been walking around St. John’s tonight
Like I’ve been under a spell
Cause I feel like a part of him is still here
Making his last farewell
I can hear his voice all over town
In every shop and bar
In every phone call from away
No matter how near or far
We’re saying goodbye to Ron

       There’s a melody down on George Street
       Dancing on the wind
       It twists and turns like a candle
       Fighting with the fog bank rolling in
       And everybody’s singing Sonny
       Don’t go, don’t go away
       You took the words right outa my mouth
       Told me what I meant to say
       Saying goodbye to Ron

They’re tearing up streets all over town
Change is rolling in
There’s boys from the bay with a tin can
Begging for way to feed the mess they’re in
There’s no love for the fallen
When you’re all alone and dry,
And you’d sell your guitar for a sliver of peace
Never mind asking why
Saying goodbye to Ron

       Goodbye goodbye, goodbye goodbye, goodbye goodbye,
       Sonny, don’t go away, we’re here all alone,
       And your daddy’s a sailor…coming home…

The cabbie glanced in the backseat
Cause he thought he heard something there
Then he drove to the top of Signal Hill
Like he had a ghost for a fare
And the radio played ‘No Kathleen’
And ‘The Story Of My Life’
And the wind carried ‘Atlantic Blue’
To the lost souls in the night
All saying goodbye to Ron

And everybody singing Sonny
Don’t go, don’t go away
You took the words right outa my mouth
Told me what I meant to say
Saying goodbye to Ron

This song was written in St. John’s, NFLD in the early morning, November 24th, 2015.

Time Travel

Pulled a ticket from the wheel upon the wall
And I waited for my number to be called
Read a science magazine left on chair
There’s a ripple in the universe out there

We don’t know much and we know less every day
About time and how it moves and slips away
About how we are connected, yet apart
About distance and the journey of a heart

Time is the answer and the question
How we use it, forever on our minds
Last night with you, I learned what I knew
You’re the one I want to travel with through time

We are fragile, yet stronger than we know
So afraid to trust our wings and just let go
Always waiting for someone to call our name
And if they don’t we look for someone else to blame

Time is the answer and the question
How we use it is forever on our minds
Last night with you, I learned what I knew
You’re the one I want to travel with through time
….time ….time…..time

Pulled a ticket from the wheel upon the wall
And I waited for my number to be called

Time is the answer and the question
How we use it, forever on our minds
Last night with you, I learned what I knew
You’re the one I want to travel with through time

Nothing Makes Sense

Truth is stranger than fiction now
Fiction must make sense somehow
Things are happening that you
Couldn’t make up in your dreams
Heroes fall and crooks arise
Men of God are telling lies
People get their soul food
From the checkout magazines

Nothing makes sense to me no more
Time is a revolving door
The universe expands
And yet gets smaller everyday

Nothing makes sense to me no more
Kids with guns and drones at war
Text me when you wake up
And we’ll dance the dark away

Jerry can’t live without her touch
She just couldn’t take that much
His modus operandi was in digitizing genes
He put her in a program file
Coded till he made her smile
When he wears a headset now
She occupies his dreams

Chorus

Truth is stranger than fiction now
Fiction must make sense somehow

What Are You Waiting For

Strange beautiful the autumn sky
The day we tried to say goodbye
But I couldn’t make out just what you said
The words would not go in my head

So I took your hand, and we walked the shore
With sand between my toes and yours
And the gulls and the herons and the ospreys flew
Over our heads as if they knew

That time is just, a breath of air
A memory here, a snapshot there
It’s out of the window and on the breeze
Like a kiss that brought you to your knees
Time is here in this song,
The time was right here, all along
So what are you waiting for
What are you waiting for

I want to strip right down, shed my doubts
Burn the sweet grass around the house
Send these ghosts off on a trip
With a one way ticket on a burning ship
I want to feel the rain fall on my tongue
Dance with you till the daylight comes
Lie with you then for a while
On a raft on a river of a thousand miles

Chorus x2

Sequoia

Touch me like a new born brook
Or a leaf pressed in a book
Let me offer you this nest
Lay your head down here to rest

From here we can see the moon
Where the owl sleeps at noon
From here we can feel the world
Far below watch it unfurl

Sequoia… Sequoia

All we have to do is breathe
And in this red wood believe
Another ring another year
We can build a love up here

Sequoia

And no fire can burn it down
And no wind can break it
Send the roots far in the ground
So no storm can shake it

Sequoia

Bitter cold and biting frost
Nothing’s worth what doesn’t cost
Let the snow fall on the limbs
Shake it off and grow again

Chorus

They may stare in wonder
They may even try to climb
But lightning and thunder
They can’t touch what’s yours and mine
Yours and mine….Sequoia

Chorus

All we have to do is breathe
And in this red wood believe
Another ring another year
We could save the world from here….Sequoia

Ghosts In This Town

There must be a lotta ghosts in this town
I can feel them all around
Cries and whispers in my ears
Things that I don’t want to hear
Every time I walk past this house
I feel a chill in the air
I cross my heart, there must be a ghost in there

There must be a lotta ghosts in this town
There’s one in her wedding gown
She gets upset when I walk by
If I say hello, she starts to cry
Last night I heard the church bells
Ringing in the midnight air
But the church was dark
There must be a ghost in there

Oooh ohhh ooohh oooohhhh…

There must be a lotta ghosts in this town
Streets are haunted up and down
Phantom wounds where once were hearts
Bits of love songs torn apart
Last night I tried to touch her
She looked through me and stared
Then I heard her say
There must be a ghost in here

Oooh ohhh ooohh oooohhhh…

Selkie

Took a walk under a blood moon late at night
Barefoot at the edge of an ocean that shone so bright
Thought I heard a song drift in on the rolling sea
A voice that sweetly sang like a lost selkie

I need you tonight, like a magic skin
Let your hair fall down by the water
Baby let me in
I need you tonight,
I just can’t wait for the changing tide, …no…no

Send me a sign to show me where you sleep
Give me the key to secrets that you keep
How long must I search this rocky shore
It’s just the taste of you I’m dying for

I need you tonight, like a magic skin
Let your hair fall down by the water
Baby let me in
I need you tonight,
I just can’t wait for the changing tide

À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
Cha robh mi m’ ònar a-raoir

Took a walk under a blood moon late at night
Thought I heard a selkie cry

I need you tonight, like a magic skin
Let your hair fall down by the water
Baby let me in
I need you tonight,
I just can’t wait for the changing tide, no.. no

À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi,
À ‘s a’ mhuir, a thàinig mi-fhín
Cha robh mi m’ ònar a-raoir

 

Gaelic translation:
From the sea, from the sea I came,
From the sea, from the sea I came, myself,
From the sea, from the sea I came,
From the sea, from the sea I came, myself,
From the sea, from the sea I came,
From the sea, from the sea I came, myself,
I was not alone last night

[Bridge lyric translated into Gaelic and sung by Mary Jane Lamond]

There’s A Storm Comin’

There’s a storm comin, it’s on the news
They say you better stock up on provisions and booze
They say it’s gonna be the worst we’ve ever seen
And we’ve seen a lotta bad ones, you know what I mean

There’s a storm comin’ you better prepare
The radio said it’s picking up out there
I hope you got wood and the fire is bright
I drove eleven hours to be here tonight

Baby I’m standin’ outside your door
I can’t feel my fingers and toes anymore
My tears are freezing, my heart is turning blue
I can’t stop coughing but I need to say
The thing that’s been on my mind all day
Driving me through the snowdrifts back to you

There’s a storm comin’, look at them clouds
Like somethin from a scene in Apocalypse Now
It’s gonna hit hard, it’s gonna hit fast
Better say your prayers, that it won’t last

Chorus

Bridge:
       It’s time to put it all out there
       And deal with what we didn’t dare
       Deal with when we said that we were through
       If we face the music and the howling gale
       We’ll find out why we let it fail
       Maybe we’d find some peace inside there too

There’s a storm comin’, look at them clouds
Like somethin from a scene in Apocalypse Now
I hope you got wood and the fire is bright
I drove eleven hours to be here tonight

Chorus

The Weight of My Guitar

Picked up my guitar and passed it to the kid
He said he found it heavy, I hadn’t thought about it
He must have struck a chord, in the back of my mind
Maybe from another time…
It was light when I was young and set out on the road
Hit the bars and taverns, every watering hole
The colour of it darkened before my eyes
As another world fell inside

Late night tales, hanging from the moon
Broken strings, stories out of tune
Cracked from ache I drove into the wood
You’d never guess it from afar…
The weight of my guitar

Ghosts from the past are hiding in there
Skeletons from closets in need of repair
Best kept secrets, whispered in a bar
Under the bridge of my guitar
Don’t tell she said, unless you do
In a song that makes me a little less blue
I’m a sucker for a punch line, that’s no joke
And then I watched her go

Chorus

Bridge:
       From a block of wood he cut out from a living tree
       To Robert Johnson, Joni, Jimmy down on his knees
       It’s a key to your emotions, it’s unlocking your heart
       Betraying every secret, till your falling apart
       Let it out in love and anger, let it cry let it breathe
       Take six strings and tie it down to what you believe
       It holds a thousand stories and a million tears
       Releasing all the regret, destroying your fears
       Finger pick it, strum it like a gentle wind
       Attack it with a fury of a bomb comin’ in
       Listen to it crying in the dark all alone
       Or screamin’ from rooftop like a rolling stone

Chorus

Blood And Salt Water

What is this thing that pulls me,
Like I’m on a turning tide
I drift so far away,
Then I’m drawn back to your side
A weary voice, a breath of wind,
A freezing on my skin
That moment when the ice cracks
Just enough to let you in

Blood and salt water
Spirits of old
Something familiar
Stirs in my soul
Blood and salt water
I can still hear
The song you were singing
Bout’ why we are here

I thought about it all night
And I still can’t figure out
Why I can’t forgive
And why I can’t just shut my mouth
I look into your eyes
And I can see the chains on me
They’re on you too, but maybe
We could set each other free

Chorus

Bridge:
       Now you take the wheel
       Bring us all home
       And we’ll have a drink
       Over grandfather’s bones

Chorus

We Want Contact

We sent an R S V P to the stars
We sent a record out there in a jar
This is more or less who we are
We want contact

We are from a small blue and pretty place
And on this planet, we’re the human race
We’re workin’ the kinks out, in any case
We want contact

And if you do come around
I hope you won’t let us down
Is there a master plan
We need to understand
Are you out there listening now
We want contact

Can you teach us how to turn the page
Give us hope and give us aid
Will you come as friend or to invade
We want contact

Can you save the ocean and the bees
Show us how to share and disagree
Raise us up from on our knees
We want contact

Chorus /instrumental

And if you do come around
I hope we won’t let you down
Is there a master plan
We need to understand
Are you out there listening now
We want contact

We sent an R S V P to the stars
We sent a record out there in a jar
This is more or less who we are
We want contact

When I Heard You Sing

When I heard you sing
It seemed that everything
Around me disappeared
Into the dark
Innocence and pain
A violin in the rain
A voice that beckoned me
To where you are

Take me to somewhere I can dream
I can feel my heart opening
I want to know the beauty of your song
Tell me a tale of mystery
Show me the way to be set free
I have been waiting for you for so long

There was a nightingale
In an old Persian tale
That fell in love and sang
To a white rose
When the night was o’er
It fell upon a thorn
The blood turned petals red
Forever more

Chorus

When I heard you sing
It seemed that everything
Around me disappeared
Into the dark

If These Walls Could Talk

If these walls could talk
They’d tell a thousand stories
Every one would bend your ear
And maybe change your mind
If these walls could talk
They’d tell you tales of courage
And maybe make you change the way
You think of time

If these walls could talk
They’d sound just like this young girl
Sitting at her father’s bed, singing quietly
If these walls could talk
They’d pray in many voices
Begging for some mercy
From the same God, differently

       Cause this is where we learn our lesson
       This is where we fall
       And fight to get back on our feet
       And love hardest of all
       This is where we find out
       Who our family truly is
       And this is where one story ends
       And a new one begins

If these walls could talk
They’d tell you about beauty
About a single drop of time
Where love is pure and clear
If these walls could talk
They’d tell you about brothers
Sisters and their mothers
And the bonds they grew in here

       Chorus

If these walls could talk
They’d tell you tales of courage
And maybe make you change the way
You think of time

A hospital/hospice song written by Lennie Gallant, inspired by the sculpture The Barnacle Tides Wellness Wall, created by Miro Davis, for people touched by cancer. Dedicated to those who work in our hospitals and give so much to those in need.

Saying Goodbye to Ron

I been walking around St. John’s tonight
Like I’ve been under a spell
Cause I feel like a part of him is still here
Making his last farewell
I can hear his voice all over town
In every shop and bar
In every phone call from away
No matter how near or far
We’re saying goodbye to Ron

       There’s a melody down on George Street
       Dancing on the wind
       It twists and turns like a candle
       Fighting with the fog bank rolling in
       And everybody’s singing Sonny
       Don’t go, don’t go away
       You took the words right outa my mouth
       Told me what I meant to say
       Saying goodbye to Ron

They’re tearing up streets all over town
Change is rolling in
There’s boys from the bay with a tin can
Begging for way to feed the mess they’re in
There’s no love for the fallen
When you’re all alone and dry,
And you’d sell your guitar for a sliver of peace
Never mind asking why
Saying goodbye to Ron

       Goodbye goodbye, goodbye goodbye, goodbye goodbye,
       Sonny, don’t go away, we’re here all alone,
       And your daddy’s a sailor…coming home…

The cabbie glanced in the backseat
Cause he thought he heard something there
Then he drove to the top of Signal Hill
Like he had a ghost for a fare
And the radio played ‘No Kathleen’
And ‘The Story Of My Life’
And the wind carried ‘Atlantic Blue’
To the lost souls in the night
All saying goodbye to Ron

And everybody singing Sonny
Don’t go, don’t go away
You took the words right outa my mouth
Told me what I meant to say
Saying goodbye to Ron

This song was written in St. John’s, NFLD in the early morning, November 24th, 2015.

Lennie Gallant

One of Canada's foremost performing songwriters, with ten albums and numerous awards and nominations from the JUNOs and East Coast Music Awards to his credit.