Down the Lane

by Floating Crowbar

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    DOWN THE LANE (2019)
    In making this recording, we decided to prioritize trying to capture the energy we aim for when we play live. It is a studio recording, but the basic tracks of all the instrumental selections were done playing together in the same room, without separation, without headphones, just rolling the tape (or whatever the digital equivalent is) and playing. We generally did three or four takes of each set of tunes and then picked the best. Other instruments, such as bodhrán or pipes, were added to the mix after we did the base recording. Recording the songs is a somewhat different process, as the vocals need to be recorded separately from the instruments. Certain “bits of tarnish” were left for the sake of honesty, as that was the best take we could get. We think the result captures the energy of our group dynamic, and sounds like us on a good night. We hope you enjoy it!

    Below, you’ll find short excerpts from each piece, along with credits and notes about the tunes and songs. For dancers, we have included the tempo (beats per minute) after each of the instrumental tracks.

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I loved a lass and I loved her so well That I hated all others who spoke of her ill. But now for my love she’s rewarded me well , She’s gone to be wed to another. When I saw my young love to the church go And with groom and bridemaidens she made a fine show. I followed behind with my heart full of woe For soon she’d be wed to another. When I saw my young love sit down to dine. I came up beside her and poured her some wine. And I drank to that lassie who should have been mine, But now she is wed to another. Now the men of the forest they ask it of me, “How many strawberries grow in the salt sea?” I answered them with a tear in my eye, “How many ships sail in the forest?” Now go dig me a grave, and dig it so deep And cover me over with flowers so sweet. And lay me down for to take a long sleep, And maybe in time I’ll forget her. So we dug him a grave, and dug it so deep And covered him over with flowers so sweet. And we laid him down for to take a long sleep, And maybe by now he’s forgot her.
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My name, it is John, like my father’s before me Been a working man most of my life. By my family I’ve stood with my toil and my strife, And if you doubt me then just ask my wife. I’m not generally loud yet I’ve always been proud of my family, my country and friends. I remember the smiles but it’s now mostly shrugs Factories shuttered the good times did end. I look around and just don’t understand how our country fell into this state. A few decades ago we all spoke about love now it’s mostly just anger and hate. Well I’m not one to envy, let a man have his due If he earns a good living so what, But to buy out a business just to steal all the funds Now that’s something that I’ll never get. There were families and children who’s need is so great More than them with their houses and planes. When their husbands and fathers came home in distress, The joy turned to nothing but pain. How much does it take just how much is enough, Do the big walls and gates serve you well? Did you smile as we scraped out the door the last time? If you did, well then damn you to hell! You take a man’s wages and leave him in shame then offer his job overseas. Then you tell him he’s selfish and stupid and wrong That it’s business just business you see. Its the way of the world to get kicked to the curb, and be tossed like a cork in the sea, Look up from your counting, you’ve blood on your hands You’ll get your rewards wait and see. There’s strength in numbers, let sleeping dogs lie When they wake they may do more than growl. For the chewing of bones helps to sharpen the teeth When they clamp on your leg you will howl!
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I will not speak unkindly of solder and tin, Of the great traveling craftsmen John Martin and Jim, Not lazy or polished like some settled men, Who envy our freedom our ways and our women. Right Tearnin’, Right Tearnin’, Tearnin’ away! There’s a fair in Belaghy this fine summer’s day Farewell to the Coveys ‘round Westport Mayo, We’ll travel through Shamtown to Ballinasloe, To the walled town of Galway then southward Hooray! We’ll speed through the Banner to Miltown-Malbay. We’ll deal at the Spancil and then we’ll head south To the Kingdom of Kerry, Kilgarvin [Kilorglin] no doubt, We’ll talk of our travels with our own kith and kin Aunts uncles and cousins, there’s hundreds of them Right Tearnin’ full Tearnin’ Tearnin’ away! There’s a fair in Belaghy this fine summer’s day. We’ll make no great hurry North Kerry or Clare, There’s no need to worry we always get there, To fulfill the promise we’re destined to go, To spend the wild winter on the bogs of Mayo. Right Tearnin’ Right Tearnin’ Tearnin’ away! There’s a fair in Belaghy this fine summer’s day.
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We’ve come through the valleys, we’ve come through the fields, We’ve cross over rivers, to find ourselves here. We sang songs of sorrow, we sang songs of love, Let’s sing one more together, to send ourselves off. Safe home, safe home, safe home will you go. May the light of the moon shine down on your road. Safe home, safe home, safe home will you go, Until I next see you, safe home will you go. We’ve laid down our worries, our troubles, our fears, Like shells on the strand washed by laughter and tears. But the tide has returned now, to lift us away, Back to our houses and families we pray. Safe home, safe home, safe home will you go. May the light of the moon shine down on your road. Safe home, safe home, safe home will you go, Until I next see you, safe home will you go. Now the fiddles are quiet, the whistles all still, Only echoes remain from the jigs and the reels. The dance floor is empty, our farewells all said. Now it’s time to be going, till we all meet again. Safe home, safe home, safe home will you go. May the light of the moon smile down on your road. Safe home, safe home, safe home will you go, Until I next see you, safe home will you go.

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DOWN THE LANE (2019)
In making this recording, we decided to prioritize trying to capture the energy we aim for when we play live. It is a studio recording, but the basic tracks of all the instrumental selections were done playing together in the same room, without separation, without headphones, just rolling the tape (or whatever the digital equivalent is) and playing. We generally did three or four takes of each set of tunes and then picked the best. Other instruments, such as bodhrán or pipes, were added to the mix after we did the base recording. Recording the songs is a somewhat different process, as the vocals need to be recorded separately from the instruments. Certain “bits of tarnish” were left for the sake of honesty, as that was the best take we could get. We think the result captures the energy of our group dynamic and sounds like us on a good night. We hope you enjoy it!

Below, you’ll find short excerpts from each piece, along with credits and notes about the tunes and songs. For dancers, we have included the tempo (beats per minute) after each of the instrumental tracks.

credits

released July 1, 2019

Produced and recorded by James Hunter
Mixed and Mastered by Fionn Hunter-Green (fionnhg@gmail.com), New Orleans
Photos by Rick Rubin (Tommy Neilan, Shenaglish, Co. Galway) and Bridget Green (at the Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare)
Layout and design by David Sams (fineartamerica.com/profiles/david-sams.html), James Hunter, and Ceilan Hunter-Green & Harry Jelley

All music traditional, arranged by Floating Crowbar except: John’s Lament (Rick Rubin), The Far Isle & Boys of South Hill (Morgan Andersen), Safe Home (John Smith), Right Tearnin’ (Tony Small), Dympna’s Waltz (Joe Carey), The Phoenix (Dave Hennessey), The Woodcock & Kerfunten (Hammy Hamilton), Fred’s Favourite (Peter Mohan).

See www.floatingcrowbar.com for detailed notes on the tunes & songs.

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Floating Crowbar Spokane, Washington

Floating Crowbar plays a high energy mix of Irish instrumental music and songs drawn from traditional and contemporary sources. Coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical interests, they bring together their common passion for Irish music, good humor, mutual respect and friendship into a show that will be enjoyed by any Celtic music fan. ... more

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