Rescued You

by The Rory Cummings Band

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1.
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
2.
Rescued You 02:54
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
3.
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
4.
Time Flies 03:08
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
5.
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
6.
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”
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
Hey Yeah 03:16
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
11.
Simple Life 03:25
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
12.
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
13.
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
14.
Twenty Years 04:10
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...)
15.
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
16.
Boomtown 02:36
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
17.
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
18.
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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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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