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Halfway up the Stairs

by Lorne Warr

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Back to the Island Again by Lorne Warr I've traveled this highway from sea onto sea Asked the wise about wisdom, they asked it of me The one truth that I hold is my soul longs to be Back on the island again Chorus: Home, goin' home To arms around me and a place of my own Where the sound of stillness sinks into the bone Back to the island again In the dark mystic forest my footsteps will wind Along crystal rivers that wash away time Down to an ocean where waves sing in rhyme And call back to the island again Chorus I've watched the sea rise and I've watched the stars fall I've gazed out in wonder at the beauty of all But nothing compels like the hearts quiet call To come back to the island again Chorus I've chased a slow sunset through a prairie of red Crossed cold crooked mountains where the moon laid it's head I'll take no more rest till I'm warm in my bed Back on the island again Chorus (x2)
East Side West Side by Lorne Warr The letter arrived a hot day in July From his brother who lived in the States It said, " Frankie close up your house in the cove Come down where the living is great Brooklyn and Queens are like nothing you've seen They're so big that they hardly seem real And the buildings rise high as the clouds in the sky And they're looking for men for the steel Oh, there's work to be done for a back that is strong And a heart that beats without fear And up there on the beam, its like living a dream And you step like you're walking on air So Frankie take Bessie and Billy too Get the steamer and make a new start Cause the boys from Twillingate Island are here And we're dancin' the Streets of New York" Singing East side west side all around the town East side west side Where their feet don't touch the ground So Frankie and Bessie and Billy too Stepped out on that long Brooklyn pier And the boys from the Island all gathered around them And they laughed like they hadn't a care They taught him about rails, and rivets and nails And how to walk like a cat on a beam And he watched from his mountain as the city grew round him And they built the American dream Singing East side west side all around the town East side west side Where their feet don't touch the ground Bessie made them a home in a building of stone With 2 baths and a broad Brooklyn view And after Sunday dinner the boys would all gather And they'd talk about Newfoundland news When fall came along his daughter was born The first time he held her he cried And the boys raised a glass to all that had passed And all that was coming besides And they sang east side west side all around the town East side west side Where their feet don't touch the ground He fell like a sparrow on a cold winter day An angel whose wings had been broken And the boys from the Island, all gathered around him And barely a word was spoken Then Bessie and Billy and Marion too They put on the steamer back home And Bessie went back to her house in the cove To raise up her children alone Some of the boys stayed, some went back home And some went off to the war And time slipped along until they were gone Like the countless who been there before But their children had dreams And their children too Of a life that was lived without care Where their footsteps were light as an angel in flight And they stepped like they were walking on air. East side west side all around the town East side west side Who knows where they'll come down
Edge of the Ocean by Lorne Warr Just a little note to say I thought of you the other day Nothing special really, just a flicker of your face Just a memory Of a day we spent beside the sea When life was light and bright and every star was in it's place On a Sunday afternoon Through the window of our room The music drifted softly and woke us gently from our sleep Without a word, without a plan Through narrow streets, hand in hand We followed til we found a crowd around him on the quay Chorus: Round and round on the edge of the ocean The old man played the button box for the children on the quay Round and round by the sea in the summer We danced round the dock while the accordion played Squeezebox jumping on his knee He played a tune for you and me "For love," he said, and music soared like the seagulls in the sun With children dancing on the pier And a blush of sunlight in your hair You laughed as I took your hand and gently spun you round Chorus The music swirled as we twirled in dance The children laughed, the seagulls pranced And a breeze bobbed the white sails behind us on the bay And an old couple on the pier smiled and joined us dancing there As you put you arms around my neck and we began to sway Chorus Time goes by, we get older Sundays seem a little colder That's alright, things are just the way they have to be And we all know from the start That people change and lovers part It's just now and then I think about that Sunday by the sea Chorus (x2)
Joy 05:25
Liliana 04:44


Nominated for the 2014 East Coast Music Association's Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year.


released July 22, 2013


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Lorne Warr Trepassey, Newfoundland and Labrador

ECMA and MusicNL nominated singer/songwriter Lorne Warr sings stories about the human experience-- drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as Newfoundland folklore, life on the road, the birth of a daughter, and his own families history of schooners and working the high steel in New York. ... more

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