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Recording and sharing this album is a great source of happiness. Over many years I composed instrumentals for guitar and recorder. Then I got to play them with close friends and wonderfully talented musicians. From there Anne Lederman rendered them suitable for fiddle. The arrangements and lyrics evolved from there to give an original sound and style. Share in this joyful process. Au plaisir.


L'enregistrement et le partage de cet album est une grande source de bonheur. Pendant de nombreuses années j'ai composé des instrumentaux pour guitare et flûte à bec. Ensuite, j'ai pu les jouer avec des amis proches et des musiciens merveilleusement talentueux. De là, Anne Lederman les a rendus aptes au violon. Les arrangements et les paroles ont évolué à partir de là pour donner un son et un style originaux. Partagez ce joyeux processus. Au plaisir.

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released January 8, 2020

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Chris Rawlings Toronto, Ontario

Chris Rawlings is a honey-baritone singer, nimble-fingered guitar picker and gifted song-writer noted for his originality.

Rawlings embraces quick and complex chords and intricate harmonic and rhythmic structures. He adds authenticity to Celtic jigs and reels with a masterful touch on the recorder.
He charms with an easy voice that goes right to the heart.
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Track Name: Dancing With Cleo
The depanneur sign was all very clear
Sorry we're closed, it's for the new year
Come join us, we're going to see the new band
"Dancing With Cleo", best in the land

I shuffled my feet along through the snow
Heard of their music and knew where to go
Twas just down the street, easy to see
Dancing with Cleo, on the marquee

Chorus:
Come and dance till midnight and dance till dawn
Dance on the rooftop and dance on the lawn
Dance and sweep the old year out the door
And start all over again
You can dance to Venus and dance to Mars
Circle the Sun and reach out to the stars
Drink from the Dipper and lasso El Toro
And roll a leg over the Moon

The band started playing music sublime
Enter Cleopatra in cotton so fine
She moved like the trees that bend in the breeze
Moved like the waves rolling in from the seas

Everyone of us in that fine clientelle
Followed her footsteps fell under her spell
Our feet started moving and we couldn't tell
A wave of her hand and we're off in the air

Chorus:
Come and dance till midnight and dance till dawn
Dance on the rooftop and dance on the lawn
Dance and sweep the old year out the door
And start all over again
You can dance to Venus and dance to Mars
Circle the Sun and reach out to the stars
Drink from the Dipper and lasso El Toro
And roll a leg over the Moon

The Rockies below us at dawn of the day
The Eifel Tower and Champs Elysee
The Great Wall of China, the Pyramids too
Passed in a moment as onward we flew

We must have been gone a couple of days
Off in the distance Earth in a haze
If you think this song is doggarole jive
Try dancing with Cleo, come alive as you

Chorus:
Come and dance till midnight and dance till dawn
Dance on the rooftop and dance on the lawn
Dance and sweep the old year out the door
And start all over again
You can dance to Venus and dance to Mars
Circle the Sun and reach out to the stars
Drink from the Dipper and lasso El Toro
And roll a leg over the Moon
Track Name: Apple Blossom Time
Chorus
Oh Cherie, come a little closer in the moonlight
Don't you love apple blossom time
Oh Cherie, come a little closer will you kiss me
One more time, tell me that you're mine

Out on the tractor in the afternoon
Juicing apples by the light of the moon
Play a little guitar drink a little wine'
Got to tell you 'bout a plan of mine

Chorus
Oh Cherie, come a little closer in the moonlight
Don't you love apple blossom time
Oh Cherie, come a little closer will you kiss me
One more time, tell me that you're mine

Can't count on the sun, can't count on the rain
Never know when pain is gain
How 'm I gonna prove my love is true
When I'm stuck here in the kitchen with the apple jack blues

Chorus
Oh Cherie, come a little closer in the moonlight
Don't you love apple blossom time
Oh Cherie, come a little closer will you kiss me
One more time, tell me that you're mine
Track Name: Jam, Jam, Jam
If I were summoned to tea with her majesty
What would I give her, gift her or sing her
A sword in the stone, the complete game of thrones
She's already got them in her home

I'm from the colonies, not good with homilies
Etiquette's not really my thing
But Mom loved her royalty and hoypolality
So she told me what I must bring

Crumpets and Jam, jam, jam
Crumpets and Jam, jam, jam
Tea with crumpets and jam
Crumpets and Blackberry Jam
Wild, Blackberry, blackberry jam
Tea with crumpets and blackberry jam
Tea with Regina is finer with crumpets and blackberry jam

If I were sommoned to tea with his holiness
What would I give him, gift him or sing him
Something I grew, something I drew
Nothing is permanent what shall I do

Born in the boondocks, sandals and socks
Etiquette's not really my thing
But Mom was a spiritualist, meditated this
Then she told me what I must bring


Crumpets and Jam, jam, jam
Crumpets and Jam, jam, jam
Tea with crumpets and jam
Crumpets and Blackberry Jam
Wild, Blackberry, blackberry jam
Tea with crumpets and blackberry jam
Tea, with Dalai Lama is grander with crumpets and blackberry jam.
Track Name: I Want to Hear You Sing
I WANT TO HEAR YOU SING

Chorus: I want to hear you sing with the wolf on a moonlight shore
When your heart cries out I want to hear you sing
When your spirit laughs with the joy of a mountain spring
Raise your voice, I want to hear you sing

Verse 1. Bent by the rains that never were so strong
Blinded by the sun you’ve loved so long
Robbed by the wind that swept away your song
Still you say, still you say, I heard you say you will find your way

2. Truth, love and beauty share sorrow’s den
The gifts of living surrender when
Fear and hatred gain control
And take their toll, they take their toll, and leave your heart shipwrecked on that shoal

Chorus: I want to hear you sing with the wolf on a moonlight shore
When your heart cries out I want to hear you sing
When your spirit laughs with the joy of a mountain spring
Raise your voice, I want to hear you sing

3. The primal roar of the ocean deep
The yielding Earth that never sleeps
A secret song that the forest keeps
When will we hear, when will we hear, when will we hear her song so clear

Chorus: I want to hear you sing with the wolf on a moonlight shore
When your heart cries out I want to hear you sing
When your spirit laughs with the joy of a mountain spring
Raise your voice, I want to hear you sing
Track Name: Mr. Almajujlauseoc
There was once a girl in Montreal who wished to know the answer
How to win the love of the one she held so dear
She was on the bus to school, looking at her transfer
Mr. Almajujlauseoc suddenly appeared

Mr. Almajujlauseoc the genie of the transfer
Was giving her the answer to help with her affair
He explained the magic formula, she wrote it in her notebook
He was gone before she thanked him, but his song was in the air

Chorus:
You can twist your apple stems and count your crows
And pluck your daisy petals till they tell you what you want to hear
Mr. Almajujlauseoc never will deceive you
His formula is fool proof and the answer's always clear

Take the numbers on the transfer, add all six together
The answer will be anything from 1 to 54
Now A is 2, B is 3, Z is 27
Start again at 28, go through the alphabet once more

Once you have all the transfers that can spell the name
Of the one you love, then you know it won't take long
So, just for fun she tried it, soon they were together
Mr. Al's magic formula is written in this song

Chorus:
You can twist your apple stems and count your crows
And pluck your daisy petals till they tell you what you want to hear
Mr. Almajujlauseoc never will deceive you
His formula is fool proof and the answer's always clear

Chorus melody:
If you're wondering 'bout numbers 1 and 54
They're used for any letters that you need to win the game
Mr. Almajujlauseoc never will deceive you
His formula will work as long as you can spell the name
Track Name: Cindy Cindy 2.0 (AKA Pshaw)
Oh I live in a tree house won't you come see me
Saturday afternoon, we could dance, play the spoons
Till all you of scratchins of the heart
Tied up in a ticklish grin
Cindy, Cindy, don't you ever let that river run dry

Now the rush and the rail and waitin for the mail
At the edge of time, lookin in, start to love start to sing
Off in the morning on a new trail,
Dancing on a slippery pin
Cindy, Cindy, don't you ever let that river run dry

And the marble head keg tops laugh with the rap of the
knuckles on a countertop, lemonaid for the cop
Movie on the outside, dancing in the mirror
To the two step, Bourbon Street Blues

All the juice heads , mouth harps, where y'at, soda narks
Up and down, down and out, for your thoughts a penny down
Quarter in the lousiana pinball gumbo game
I still got the Bourbon Stree Blues
Cindy, Cindy, don't you ever let that river run dry

Oh I know that you lie, know that you cry
Little do little are, searchin for a lucky star
Tossin out your raincoat in a thunderstorm
When the rain makes you catch fear
Cindy, Cindy, don't you ever let that river run dry

And waitin for an old friend, do you understand
You are never more, never less, what you are you should guess
Standin by the river at the edge of the levy
In the evening with your heart at rest
Track Name: Chris Rawlings and Anne Lederman - An Apple A Day
Chorus
An Apple a Day, An Apple a Day keeps the doctor away 2x
Summer Red, Paula Red, Ida Red, Astrichan
Red Prince, Spies, Transparent, Lady
Maiden's Blush, Duchess of Oldenberg
Jazz, Pizzazz, La Belle de Boscop

Wealthy, St. Laurent, La Fameuse Wellington
Beverly Hills, Dolgos, Cameo
MacIntosh, Empire, Ben Davis, Liberty
Westfield Seek No Further, Sunrise

An Apple a Day, An Apple a Day keeps the doctor away 2x
Une Pomme par jour Éloigne le médecin 2x

Jona Gold, Jona Mac, Jonathon, Jersey Mac
Golden Russett, Cortland, Honey Gold
Lobo, Lawfam, Harralson, Honey Crisp
Baldwin, Bancoft, Arkansas Black

Peach, Melba, Pearmain, Strawberry
Quinte, Vista Bella, Rome Beauty,
Spartan Grannies, Wild, Sweet Tango
Joyce, Wolf River, Yarlington Mills

Une Pomme par jour Éloigne le médecin 2x
An Apple a Day, An Apple a Day keeps the doctor away 2x