Rescued You

by The Rory Cummings Band

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New songs and new versions of old favourites. 40 years of songwriting, the album rocks, waltzes, is sad and fun and tells many stories.

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released October 20, 2017

Rory Cummings - vocals, guitars, harmonica, mandolin
Jim Bird - bass, harmonies
Wayne Allison - drums
Graham Saywell - guitars, keyboards
Bart Nameth - piano on Twenty Years and When the Dream is Gone
Mary Stewart - harmony on This is Just Alright
Recorded and mixed at Oak Recording Studio in Toronto, Ontario

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Track Name: This is Just Alright
This is Just Alright

You woke up one morning, rolled over to say
The exuberance of youth no longer held sway
As I stared at the truth in the mirror that day
At the gray hairs and laugh lines etched there to stay

CHORUS:
I thought: We still like to hold hands when we walk through the park
And I still love the feel of your skin in the dark
We can still share a beer on a warm summer night
If this is a good as it gets this is just all right

We don’t live in the past or in our memories
But the kids love to laugh at our old stories
And we probably won’t learn all of life’s mysteries
But we could teach a few things to the birds and the bees

And I know sometimes that you feel kind of sad
I drive you nuts, and you drive me mad
We both realize our dreams can’t all come true
But you still love me babe and I - I still love you
Track Name: Rescued You
Rescued You

Small town kid
Big kid now
Desperate to get out
Not sure how

Tuning in late at night
Listening feels all right
Transistor on with the volume low
That DJ just seemed to know
Played those songs on the radio
And it rescued you
Yeah it rescued you

Dead end job
Low rent wage
Killing time, late night shift
A desperate age

Tuning in late at night
Listening feels all right
Transistor on with the volume low
That DJ just seemed to know
Played those songs on the radio
And it rescued you
Yeah it rescued you

Tuning in late at night
Listening feels all right
Transistor on with the volume low
That DJ just seemed to know
Played those songs on the radio
And it rescued you
Yeah it rescued you
Hey it rescued you
Track Name: On Beausoleil
On Beausoleil

In the muddled years of my early teens
Immature and insecure and sometimes mean
We went camping out
All bravado mixed with doubt

I saw you with your friends out by the rocks
You were sitting near the crumbling wooden docks
A radio was on
You and your friends all sang along

CHORUS
Miles from where we had always run, the city, the noise, the cars
We all spent our nights by the fireside singing to the stars
While summer gently rolled away
With the lazy surf of Georgian Bay
On Beausoleil

One day you gave me your picture with a kiss
And we shared a secret adolescent wish
That we’d remember it
Times we never would forget

BRIDGE
And I know what I will say should we ever meet again
Thank you for all the kindness that you showed me way back then
Track Name: Time Flies
Time Flies

The prodigal son wandered in from the wilderness
I had squandered my potential, thought idle fun was happiness
Crawled home hoping they’d forgotten all my lies
A quarter moon drifted past the stars and whispered time flies

Hey I used to look good - at least that’s what the grown ups said
But I let all those easy choices go straight to my head
What does the life of the party do after the party dies
A half-moon drifted past the stars and whispered time flies

It’s so easy for the kids ‘cause they think they’re never going to age
That long road stretches out before them and all the world’s their stage
They wear sunglasses at night and dance under the diamond skies
A full moon drifted past the stars and whispered time flies

I don’t look ahead so much, I tend to look behind me now
Hey who is that in the mirror, I can hardly even find me now
But the head always knows what the heart often denies
And a quarter moon drifted past the stars and whispered time flies

Was just a moment, a heartbeat, feels like only yesterday
We were picking up our tools, learning how to work and play
Then suddenly it seemed in the time it took to blink our eyes
The moon disappeared and the stars whispered time flies
Yeah the moon disappears and the stars whisper time flies
Track Name: The Moon and the Stars
The Moon and the Stars

I hope someday you’ll know I’m not the kind
To say one thing and then to change his mind
You don’t believe that now, but I’ll give you time

For you I know that love must seem absurd
How can you take another at his word
In spite of what you know, in spite of what you’ve heard

I will call you my baby
Dry your eyes, talk and hold you tight
I will call you my angel
And wait here with you
Till the moon and the stars meet the night

We watched the lightning flash across the lake
How many different forms does beauty take
Hang on to me now, don’t let this moment break

For you I know that love can’t be the same
That once upon a time can’t come again
But take my hand now, walk with me through this rain

And I will call you my baby
Dry your eyes, talk and hold you tight
And I will call you my angel
Wait here with you
Till the moon and the stars meet the night

Until the moon and the stars meet the night
Track Name: It's Friday Night
It's Friday Night

It’s Friday night so David’s in the bar
Lays twenty dollars down on the hockey pool
Says, “How you doin’ ‘Mare”, sips on a beer
Takes his seat at the piano stool

CHORUS
He plays for his supper and he plays for his friends
» 1/ Those Tin Pan Alley songs
» 2/ Those great old country songs
» 3/ Those great old Mowtown songs
And he loves what he sees when he looks at the crowd
And everybody sings along
‘Cause it’s Friday night
Yeah, it’s Friday night

David’s wife Marie takes her table at the front
Orders suicide wings and a cold white wine
Listens and sings and chats between tunes
And laughs at all of his old lines

BRIDGE
Marie laughs and whispers, “For goodness sake,
Dave aren’t you ever going to take a break”
Track Name: The Great Lakes Surfer
The Great Lakes Surfer

The loneliness of the great lakes surfer
Learning to catch a wave on a cold grey day
Hopes the cold water helps him to forget her
Gliding into the beach on Ashbridges Bay

The loneliness of the great lakes surfer
Pretending that he’s not the only one
Lying on the lake in early October
Northern boy searching for some southern fun

He sits and waits so patiently
Looks for a wave that breaks perfectly

The loneliness of the great lakes surfer
Daydreaming that he’s safe and warm
Determined that he’s going to ride a little further
Paddling out to the edge of a storm

He sits and waits so patiently
Waits for a wave that breaks him free

The loneliness of the great lakes surfer
A girl watches from the boardwalk and wonders why
Why he’s working so hard to impress her
Chasing dirty brown waves under cloudy skies
Track Name: More Than I Can Bear
More Than I Can Bear

Remember that Easter when the temperature soared
We settled in close like a warm seventh chord
Didn’t know what song we were heading towards
Happy just playing together

Sometimes I miss it more than I can bear
Sometimes I miss you more than I can bear

We were sparkling and young – free as the air
Unbreakable, fearless – we’d take any dare
‘Cause we’d never been hurt, so what did we care
And we thought we’d stay that way forever

Sometimes I miss it more than I can bear
Sometimes I miss you more than I can bear

But even then we knew soon autumn would come
And maybe we’d strayed too close to the sun
I knew sometime you’d leave to go where somewhere I’d never go
But how much I loved you – that’s what I didn’t know

Sometimes I miss it more than I can bear
The warmth of your kisses, the scent of your long blonde hair
Sometimes I miss you more than I can bear
I live for those nights when my dreams take me back there

Whoo hoo hoo ooh ooh
Track Name: Speed of Light
Speed of Light

She was riding on the subway reading Einstein
Looked up from her book, caught me as I stared
We were moving really fast along the east – west line
I asked her didn’t E equal MC squared
When she broke into a smile my heart broke into flight
Were we moving twice as fast as the speed of light

There was energy between us and magic in the air
I stumbled in towards her on a sharp left curve
Felt electrostatic shocks when my fingers brushed her hair
Felt a chemical imbalance, man she must have touched a nerve
As the train rumbled on through a long hard right
We were moving twice as fast as the speed of light

In a world of science we live with hope and danger
Take a ride, take a chance, take a fall in the hands of a stranger

That electric train went dark and the place began to shake
We looked out of the window but we could have been on Mars
We roared into a tunnel – didn’t even break
I took another look and I was staring at the stars
From the middle of the universe the earth’s a pretty sight
When you’re moving twice as fast as the speed of light

In a world of science we live with hope and danger
Take a ride, take a chance, take a fall in the hands of a stranger
Track Name: Hey Yeah
Hey Yeah

You and me walking down that street
Through all the colours, the bright lights and the noise
You could have danced with any of the boys but you’ll always be my girl

Drinking beer in that street café
Missing the movie at the second run
Or watching TV, just waiting for the sun to come shining down on us

Hey yeah – you make me feel fine
Hey yeah – living this love and it’s got no design
Hey yeah – you’ll always be mine and I’ll always be your guy

We took some shots in that dirty arcade
I knocked you down but you just blew me away
And hey we can sit around without a thing to say and we never worry about it

Hey yeah – you make me feel fine
Hey yeah – living this love and it’s got no design
Hey yeah – you’ll always be mine and I’ll always be your guy

I used to think about love and destiny
Is it really a one in a million chance
I’m so happy to be a victim of circumstance here in the big city

And I was an old man before I met you
Take no chances, take no risks, feel no pain
Now I’m walking out in this cool summer rain and holding hands with you

Hey yeah – you make me feel fine
Hey yeah – living this love and it’s got no design
Hey yeah – you’ll always be mine and I’ll always be your guy
Track Name: Simple Life
Simple Life

Let’s quit this traffic and take a drive to the simple life
This city’s too quick, we’ve got to strive for a simple life
Take the low road, leave the high
Let the fast lane pass us by
For the simple life

Let’s make some coffee, we share a taste for the simple life
This rushing madly, it’s just a waste of a simple life
We’ll take long walks, walking nowhere
Long talks in the clearer air
Of a simple life
Hey simple life

Sha laa laa, sha laa laaa hey
Shangri-la, Shangri-laaa hey (yeah, yeah)

Let’s sell the mortgage and we’ll invest in a simple life
Forget this road rage, we’ll find what’s best in a simple life
Clean living, without stress
We’re pioneers in this wilderness
Of a simple life
Yeah, a simple life
Track Name: Dreaming of a New World
Dreaming of a New World

I’m working, I cut and stack this steel
Not thinking and trying not to feel

I’m dreaming
Dreaming through the day
Dreaming of the night
When we’ll walk away
Walk right out of sight
Walk right out to stay
Stay inside the light
In the light of day
I’m dreaming
Dreaming of a new world

I’m moving across the factory floor
In rhythm, feel that blast furnace roar

I can feel through the window the night air
I don’t know what you do to get out there

Sleepwalking through a maze of machines
I’m working inside this waking dream
Track Name: Get Home by Myself
Get Home by Myself

It’s late, I’m tired, aren’t we ever going home
But unh uh, you’ve got one cornered
You’ve got one you want to keep talking to
That’s all right, why should tonight be different from any other night (hey hey)
It’s okay, yeah, ‘cause I can get home by myself

Here am I, I’m talking to someone – I don’t even know her name
But I’m so wired up – I’m thinking about taking her home tonight
So where are you when I need you – you’re no place to be found
But that’s all right , yeah, ‘cause I can get home by myself

Then you say what’s the matter with me
Say I take it all too seriously
Say I don’t even give you the room to breathe

Well I hate it when we talk – ‘cause it’s always the same damn thing
Are you ever going to see me again – how we ever going to work this out
But this’ll never work out, and no, it’s never going to be okay
If I have to say, yeah, I can get home by myself
Track Name: Twenty Years
Twenty Years

They were twenty when they met
College pub on Thursday night
Danced right through the second set
Never let her out of sight
Later on in the café
Talked of hopes and dreams and fears
They both had so much to say
They talked until the next day
Of the last twenty years

Chorus
Now each day is just a daze
His job, her job and the kids
They both wonder if it pays
To try to live their lives like this
Never time to think or feel
Wasted words that no one hears
They both worry time will steal
The next twenty years

Now some nights they feel the truth
On those nights they long for change
Miss the passions of their youth
And the feel of someone strange
How can forty seem so cold
All this work for these careers
Where's the hope they tried to hold
Sometimes they feel they grown old
In the last twenty years

Bridge
But the kids will grow
Leave their home behind
Jobs come and go
He and she may find
In their hearts they know
They did not waste time
And they'll talk the night away
Sitting in a small café
(Remembering when...)
Track Name: Now It's Just Fun Fun Fun
Now It's Just Fun Fun Fun

Used to play in a band
Now I just write code
I was a travelling man
Now I’m off the road
Used to dream about touring the States
Becoming a star

My best friend played drums
Now his life’s a wreck
Jim played the bass
Now he’s an ad exec
But once in awhile
We blow the dust off these old guitars

CHORUS
And sing Oh Pretty Woman, Who’ll Stop the Rain
Devil in a Blue Dress, Maybelline
Gloria, One of These Nights, You’re Still the One
Satisfaction, She Loves You, Like a Rolling Stone
Crazy, Helpless, Bad to the Bone
House of the Rising Sun
Just give me Money
Now it’s just Fun Fun Fun

The band owned a van
Now my van’s a mini
Ate and drank what we liked
We were all so skinny
Now we jog through the burbs
Or just sit by our swimming pool

Used to drive all night
Now I work all day
Was on the road for weeks
Now I’m never away
But once in awhile
After the kids have all gone off to school

BRIDGE
Hey it’s a young man’s game » Learning all those tunes
It’s a young man’s game » Got to work the room
It’s a young man’s game » But you sleep all afternoon
It’s a young man’s game

Instrumental

Bridge
It’s a young man’s game » Learning all those tunes
It’s a young man’s game » Got to work the room
It’s a young man’s game » But you sleep all afternoon
It’s a young man’s game
Track Name: Boomtown
Boomtown

The sound of the windshield wipers
A gentle rhythm as the rain pours down
Two years on my own, now I’m driving home
I’ve been working in the boomtown

Went west hoping to hit the big time
But my big break never came around
I just played and I worked, worked down in the dirt
In the trenches of the boomtown

Spent all my hard earned money
On those sorrows I needed to drown
Yeah, I used to think I could hold my drink
Till I landed in the boomtown

Thought I could avoid temptation
But I still heard that siren sound
I didn’t know the score when I washed ashore
A small fish in the big town

Then one day I took on the foreman
Pretty even going pound for pound
But I left my blood in the dark black mud
Bottomed out in the Boomtown

The sound of the windshield wipers
Heading east as the rain slows down
I’m driving alone, on my way back home
Happy to get out of the boomtown

I’m out of that town
Track Name: Honey Harbour
Honey Harbour

He seems profoundly disillusioned as he cuts the young boy's hair
Can't understand his own confusion when it somehow finds him there
And as he works he feels his back ache – he is standing all day long
Some days he feels his heart break and he isn't sure what's wrong

CHORUS
How did the boy from Honey Harbour
Who loved to play upon the water
Wind up working as a barber
In the first town that he found
He used to sail out on his dad's boat
He remembers when they bought her
He remembers how they would float
For hours and hours, ‘round and ‘round Honey Harbour

The radio is softly playing some old pop song from the past
A drunken customer is saying not to cut his hair too fast
So he makes idle conversation “How's the weather, what a team”
Never risks a confrontation but some days he’d like to scream

BRIDGE
Look at that ghost town to the northwest
The factory stood there by the bay
The company sold its interest
Said they couldn't make it pay
And people slowly moved away

He used to play out on the water
He loved to sail out the water
‘Round and 'round Honey Harbour
Track Name: When the Dream is Gone
When the Dream is Gone

Disappeared without a trace
A little luck, a nicer place
Might have made a mark back then
Got tired of the vacant eyes
Broken promises and the lies
Playing for drinks and the drunk young men

What do you dream when the dream is gone...

So I was driving just to feel alive
The back roads off of Southdown Drive
An old car and a case of beer
Loud noise from the radio
Quick curves that the lights don’t show
Drinking and trying to steer

CHORUS
What do you dream when the dream is gone
Where do you go when you can’t go on
You’ve been a dreamer for so long
How can you touch when you can’t be strong
Who do you trust when the whole world’s wrong
You’ve been a dreamer for too long

Ronnie joined a band out west
All the hits, any request
Working hard to get a break
So I signed on for a while
Change of image, change of style
Working hard to get a break

I used to sing like I understood
I had the strength once to make it good
I’d use the beat from an angry heart
But now it’s just one more time
One more place, one more bad rhyme
One more bullet from the billboard chart

CHORUS
What do you dream when the dream is gone
Where do you go when you can’t go on
You’ve been a dreamer for so long
How can you touch when you can’t be strong
Who do you trust when the whole world’s wrong
You’ve been a dreamer for too long
Too long

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