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  • 1. Banks of Marble
    Written by Les Rice, reharmonized and remade by Lau. Arrangement and additional lyrics by Elias Alexander. The tune in the middle is Gravel Walks, which is traditional.

    2. A Million Miles from Home
    Written by Keziah Jones, additional lyrics and arrangement by Elias Alexander and Neil Pearlman with horn lines from Ian Smith, Wes Anderson, and Drew Calhoun. The tune that we intersperse here is The Plagiarist’s Reel by Allan MacDonald.

    3. Carry it On

    Written by Elias Alexander and Neil Pearlman, featuring the Jig for John by Liz Knowles.

    4. A’Ghrian

    Our newest track. The Scots-Gaelic lyrics for this were collected from John MacNeill, cottar, Buaile nam Bodach, Barra, in the 1800s. They are a prayer welcoming the sun upon the dawn of a new day. Check the lyrics tab for translation. We merged this with a New Orleans second line feel, which is also a traditional rhythm of the Ewe people of the Volta region of Ghana. We also threw in Adam Sutherland’s immensely popular reel “Road to Errogie” because it fit so well with the rhythm, and we snuck in a little line we learned from Rebirth Brass Band in there at the end. Arrangement by Elias Alexander. Enjoy!

  • “A’ Ghrian” and “Carry it On”

    Recorded and mixed by Matt Hayes at Wellspring Sound, Acton, MA.
    mastered by Lane Gibson at Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering, Charlotte, VT.

    Nani Agbeli–Percussion
    Elias Alexander–Vocals, Border Pipes, Low Whistle
    Aaron Bellamy–Bass
    Galen Fraser–Fiddle, Backup Vocals
    Pete MacLean–Drums
    Neil Pearlman–Keys, Mandolin, Backup Vocals
    Alex Lee-Clark–Trumpet
    Dylan Sherry–Tenor Sax

    “Banks of Marble” and “A Million Miles from Home”

    Recorded by Jacques Delatour at Fudge Studios in New Orleans, LA;
    John Stuart at Houndog Studios in Gorham, ME;
    and Lane Gibson at Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering, Charlotte, VT.
    Mastered by Lane Gibson.

    Elias Alexander–Vocals, Border Pipes, Guitar
    Wes Anderson–Trombone
    Drew Calhoun–Tenor Sax
    Jams Marotta–Drums
    Lilly Pearlman–Fiddle
    Neil Pearlman–Organ, Mandolin
    Ian Smith–Trumpet

  • 1. Banks of Marble
    original lyrics by Les Rice, additional lyrics and changes by Elias Alexander.

    I’ve travelled ’round this country,
    From shore to shining shore,
    It really made me wonder,
    The things I heard and saw,
     
    I saw the seaman standing,
    Idly by the shore,
    I heard his bosses saying,
    There’s no work for you no more.
     
    I saw the weary farmer,
    Plowing sod and loam,
    I heard the auction hammer,
    Just knocking down his home.
     
    My sisters and my brothers,
    All throughout this land,
    It’s time we get together,
    United make a stand,
     
    The banks are made of marble,
    A guard at every door,
    The vaults are stuffed with silver,
    That we all sweated for.
     
    My people of all nations,
    Whether clothed in black or white,
    It’s time we get together,
    It’s time we stand and fight.
     
    It’s been far too long now,
    That they have tied our hands,
    So come on come on come on come on,
    Let’s take a stand,
     
    The banks are made of marble,
    With a guard at every door,
    The vaults are stuffed with silver
     
    Tune (Gravel Walks-Trad.)
     
    I’ve seen my people working,
    Throughout this mighty land,
    I’ve prayed we’d get together,
    United make a stand,
     
    The banks are made of marble,
    A guard at every door,
    The vaults are stuffed with silver,
    That we all sweated for,
     
    The banks are made of marble,
    A guard at every door,
    The vaults are stuffed with silver,
    That we all sweated for.

     

    2. Million Miles

     

    3. Carry it On

    I want to see people dancing in the streets,
    I want to see people dancing in the streets every night of the week,
    I want to see people making music, being proud of who they are,
    I want to see people shaking hands, being proud of who they are,
    I want to see people listen to each other, really listen,
     
    Way hey hey, we carry it on, make it our own,
    Way hey hey, we pass it on down, through generations.
     
    Tune (Jig for John-Liz Knowles)
     
    And everybody has something they can learn and something they can teach,
    Even the child who smiles shy from the doorway he knows something you don’t know,
    Even the poor man you see on the corner rattling the remnants of his dreams,
    Even the rich man who sits in his mansion searching for something, searching for something,
     
    If you listen you will hear
    You might hear the sound of a friend you’ve never known,
    If you listen you will hear
    You might hear the sound of a revolution,
    If you listen you will hear
    You might hear the sound of a heart breaking open,
    If you listen you will hear
    You just might hear the sound of peace.
     
    Tune (Jig for John-Liz Knowles)
     
    Way hey hey, we carry it on, make it our own,
    Way hey hey, we pass it on down, through generations,

     

    4. A’ Ghrian

    From  Iain Mac Nill, coitear, Buaile nam Bodach, Barraidh 
     
    FÀILTE ort fein, a ghrian nan tràth, 
    ‘S tu siubhal ard nan speur ; 
     
    Do cheumaibh treun air sgeith nan ard, 
    ‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul. 
     
    Thu laighe sios an cuan na dith 
    Gun diobhail is gun sgàth ; 
     
    Thu ‘g eirigh suas air stuagh na sith, 
    Mar rioghainn òg fo bhlàth.
     
    English Translation:
    Hail to thee, thou sun of the seasons, 
    As thou traversest the skies aloft ; 
     
    Thy steps are strong on the wing of the heavens, 
    Thou art the glorious mother of the stars. 
     
    Thou liest down in the destructive ocean 
    Without impairment and without fear ; 
     
    Thou risest up on the peaceful wave-crest 
    Like a queenly maiden in bloom.
     

    Reel: “Road to Errogie” by Adam Sutherland

    Come on down, clap your hands now clap your hands with me,
    We’re gonna dance all day, dance all night, till we all get free.
     
     
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