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Cedric Smith- guitar, mandola, vocals
Terry Jones- guitar, vocals
David Woodhead- bass, banjo, guitars, autoharp, mandola, vocals
Dorit Learned- psaltry, vocals
Dita Paabo- piano, accordion, vocals
Jerome Jarvis- percussion, jaw harp, vocals
Paul Gellman- violin
Recorded 1976 at Thunder Sound with Ringo Hrycyna, engineer,
“Pour the Gold” and “Several Hundred Seasons” recorded at Enactron.
CD version 2002 by David Woodhead.
Thanks to: CAPAC, Thunder Sound, Moses, Harry.
Front cover photo- Glenbow Alberta Archives
1. Never Looked Back (Smith) 2:00 Unaltered text from Barry broadfott’s oral history “Ten Lost Years 1929-1939” put to music, the poetry coming out naturally. Human lyrics with a melody to match.
2. Other Places (Smith) 2:00 Jim Reilly, a “farmering” neighbour at RR #2, Brussels, Ont, talks a fragment of his own thirties history..the plaintive urge of a long whistle- for a young prairie woman, the dream of escape from the dead-end feeling of a Saskatchewan farm...
3. Bennett Buggy (Smith) 1:06 As the relief line lengthened, an inspired Prime Minister, from his grand suite in the Chateau Laurier Hotel issued statements that there were lots of jobs for those who were not lazy- “the people are not pulling their share of the load”.
4. Auction Sale (Smith) 1:47 Farmhouses deserted but for the ghosts of ancestors..the trees moan for them. Memory stains the pages/ calling out the ages/ Time will not leave us alone.
5. Eaton’s/Fantasy Radio (Smith) 1:43 All through the depression, Eaton’s carried large, expensive Shirley Temple dolls for hungry children to look at. Fred Allen, Amos’n’Andy, and Joe Louis in the ring...families gather about the squawking box...thus began the CBC.
6. Mama Said (Jones) 2:50 Please never let this old place come to harm/ John, keep the land, son/ for Lord’s sake keep the farm.
7. Grasshoppers/Back in the Thirties (Smith/Jones) 1:47 To a Bible-raised people, the sweep of disasters seemed the plagues of an angered God. Prohibition, movie goddesses (don’t forget about the news from Spain)..save me a dance.
8. Come On Boys, Join the Army (Smith) 0:57 “Down great George Street, up to the station;/ The skirl of the pipes, the very thrill of your nerves/ with the pipemaster (only man who has the Gaelic)/ ahead with his great baton, his strut and toss proud as any man who ever walked./ This is where we came in... “- Milton Acorn, from “The Second World War”
9. Lining Up to Go (Smith) 2:12
10. Memories, Reprise 0:50 Jim Reilly remembers, sure.
1. Pour the Gold (Smith) 1:56 Written for Filmwest of Edmonton for the film “Following the Plough”: the traveller (Cedric) becomes more aware of the complex coordination of events required to feed the world, and Canada’s crucial role as provider.
2. Behind the Stable (Smith) 2:40 A strong feeling brought to music... with a sense of autobiography- it is still probably about Ed Bartlett, PhD (Professional Horse Dealer).
3. Samuel Lount (Acorn/Smith) 0:54 A fragment of poet/historian Milton Acorn’s work. Unearthing peices of Canada’s repressed history reminds us that Canada has no need to look to other countries for her heroes.
4. Several Hundred Seasons (Smith) 2:01The figure on the landscape made the landscape.
5. Harvey’s Song (Smith) 3:09 a Perth County portrait...across the road he lived surrounded by well-worn implements- oil lamp and collie. A rural master.
6. Pentagon Squares (Smith) 1:53 Commemorating a very unique military victory wherein “gooks” in pyjamas defeated the mighty U.S. and all her dollars in a war of liberation. A powerful sign.
7. American Flyer (Smith/Jones) 1:00 A restricted war movie (accompanied by a consenting adult) in which our hero finds himself the object of infamous seductions in the sensual sway and quiver of Saigon Sally, dripping desire in the effervescent moon-drenched lagoon. She stops at nothing, fondling his dogtags relentlessly, aided by squat-cheekd nubian fusiliers of mixed extraction and metaphor...our hero remains firm, even hard, revealing nothing but his name, rank, and the exact postion of his unit...
8. Feelings Running (Jones) 3:56 These sentences comprise a progression, as do the chords, and this hopeful song in “D” becomes a bridge in “E” flat, to assure the listener that I am, in fact, there, inside the song, trying to be clever and say the right thing.
9. Spirit of 1837 (Smith) 2:45 (What do you think keeps us going?) to Riel, Lount, Mackenzie, Dumont, Big Bear, all our rebels- their timely vision with love.
10. Love’s the Spine (Acorn/Smith) 0:38 “I shout love in a land muttering slack damnation as I would in a blizzard’s blow, staggering stung by snowfire in the numbing tongues of cold...” -Milton Acorn, from “I Shout Love”
notes by Cedric and Terry