This Great Compromise – Lyrics

All My Life

A song about the first moment in love when you know that all the patience it took to get there was worth it and each passing year is a reminder that all the love is still there.

All my life
I waited for you to arrive
One fall night
You kissed me under the stars aligned
And I kissed you too
That’s when I knew
I loved you

All the time
It takes to wait for love so kind
At two years gone by
You kissed me down by the seaside
And I kissed you too
That’s when I knew
I loved you

And now love appears
Now love appears
Now love appears
To be here

You kissed me down by the fireside
And I kissed you too
And I still knew
I love you

(Winter, 2011. Sturgeon, PEI)


Deep Down In The River
(co-written with David Francey)

There is only one pain as unbearable as losing love, and that is the pain of a love that will never fruit.

Deep down in the river
Even though I knew
I chased the reflection
Of you

Deep down in the river
Even though I knew
I chased the reflection
Of you

Deep down in the river
The sunken moon
A circle of silver
In depths of blue
I cast my net in
To the waters still
But I never caught her
And I never will

Deep down in the river
Even though I knew
I chased the reflection
Of you

Deep down in the river
Even though I knew
I chased the reflection
Of you

Deep down in the river
The rising sun
A circle of fire
Burning on
Me, I’m no Icarus

Brave wings to fill
So I never touched her
And I never will

Deep down in the river
The sky of blue
I see you rising and reach for you
I put my hand in
To the waters, still
But I never held her
And I never will

Deep down in the river
Even though I knew
I chased the reflection
Of you

Deep down in the river
Even though I knew
I chased the reflection
Of you

(November, 2012. Elphin, ON)


Your Love Is Beautiful

I believe that, when we can find a love that is unconditional, we have found that thing that we’ve been looking for all along.

Of all the pebbles in the sand
You are the one that fell into my hand
Of all the places you could land
Here you are and here I am

Oh your love is beautiful
There is nothing I could wish for more
Not the mountains or miles of shore
Your love is beautiful

Of all the seeds that I have sown
You are the one that’s grown
Of all the breezes that have blown
You are the sweetest one I’ve ever known

Oh your love is beautiful
There is nothing I could wish for more
Not the mountains or miles of shore

Oh your love is beautiful
There is nothing I could wish for more
Not the mountains or miles of shore
And even though you don’t always know
Your love is beautiful

(June, 2012. Green Bay, NS)


This Great Compromise

I chose this as the title track of the record because it sums up the last few years of my life. I am learning to give more, take less and know when I’m bending too far in either direction. My partner went away to work in Alberta for six months. The time apart was a great teacher.

There you go into the sunrise
You’re flying high above a blue sky
To a place that you don’t recognize
Although you’ve been there a thousand times

There you go into the sunrise
You’re flying high above a grey sky
And it’s funny how slow times goes by
In this great compromise
In this great compromise

There you go into the sunrise
You’re flying high above a purple sky
And I’ve been missing you more each time
In this great compromise
When you come home it’s nearly midnight
You’re tired and quiet on the drive
And I hope that we’ll be alright
In this great compromise
In this great compromise
In this great compromise
In this great compromise

(August 6, 2012. Sturgeon, PE)


Toronto

I often travel the highway stretch between Toronto and the Maritimes. This particular fall, the leaves were incredibly vibrant through New Brunswick and I had the sense that they were welcoming me back home.

I just got in from Toronto
It was a long, long ride
Down through the cities
And across the country side

And the leaves were like lightning
In red, and orange and green
And the leaves were on fire
They burned my soul clean

I just got in from Toronto
It was a long ride
I missed the east coast
And the seaside

And the leaves were like lightning
In red, and orange and green
And the leaves were on fire
They burned my soul clean

And the leaves were like lightning
In red, and orange and green
And the leaves were on fire
They burned my soul clean

I just got in from Toronto
It was long ride

(October, 2010. Halifax, NS)


Going To The Country

I wrote this song a few months before we moved into our new country home in PEI. It was a huge transition for both of us and one of the most joyful experiences of my life.

Everything is changing
Life is rearranging
I’m going to the country
Maybe have me a baby
It’s funny how I never knew
What it would look like till I met you
Now we’re going to the country
To start anew

We can have a garden
A little place to put our hands in
I’ll start pickling
Like my grandma did
And I’ll take up baking
You can start a’ making
All of those things
That you keep saying
Cuz

Everything is changing
Life is rearranging
I’m going to the country
Maybe have me a baby
It’s funny how I never knew
What it would look like till I met you
Now we’re going to the country
To start anew

You can have a wood pile
I’ll have a clothesline
And we’ll have a fire every night
Down by the riverside
And all through the evening
We’ll be a’ singing
Hallelujah
To our home

So baby when I’m lonely
I know that you’ll hold me
And tell me a story
Of how we’ll be fine
Then you can take me
Down to the sea
And we’ll stand hand in hand
Silently
Cuz

Everything is changing
Life is rearranging
I’m going to the country
Maybe have me a baby
It’s funny how I never knew
What it would look like till I met you
Now we’re going to the country
To start anew

It’s funny how I never knew
What it would look like till I met you
Now we’re going to the country
To start anew

(Fall, 2010. Halifax, NS)


Sea and Land
(co-written with David Francey)

Relationships are hard. At the end of the day what matters most is the willingness of both partners to keep on dancing back to love.

My love won’t you take me
Down this old dirt road
Down to the shoreline
And around the cove
My love won’t you dance me
All over the sand
Cuz nobody’s watching
But the sea and land

The sea and land
The sea and land
Cuz nobody’s watchin’
But the sea and land

My love won’t you show me
The place we can go
When the storm clouds are gatherin’
And the north wind blows
My love won’t you dance me
Won’t you dance me again
Cuz nobody’s watchin’
But the wind and the rain

The sea and land
The sea and land
Cuz nobody’s watchin’
But the sea and land

My love won’t you fold me
Into your arms
And quietly comfort
Under the stars
Then lets keep on dancin’
Into the night
Cuz nobody’s watcin’
But the dawn’s early light

The sea and land
The sea and land
Cuz nobody’s watchin’
But the sea and land

The sea and land
The sea and land
Cuz nobody’s watchin’
But the sea and land

(November, 2012. Elphin, ON)


Gentle Man

I meet many beautiful people on my journeys. This song was inspired by one of them.

Gentle man in the city tonight
He plays his guitar till the morning light
He takes my hand and asks
Is this alright?
Gentle man tonight

Gentle man in the morning light
He tells me his heart is open wide
Then he asks me
About mine
Gentle man in the light

Gentle man in distant sight
He fades into the sunrise
He looks back at me with the saddest eyes
Gentle man
Goodbye

(July, 2011. Sturgeon, PEI)


We’ve Got Love

You can never have too many happy love songs.

I’ve got love, love for you
You’ve got love for me too
We’ve got love
That is true
We’ve got love
Ooo ooo

I love your face
And your precious ways
I love the sound that your voice makes
I love the way you don’t hesitate
To be my quiet place
Cuz

I’ve got love, love for you
You’ve got love for me too
We’ve got love
That is true
We’ve got love
Ooo ooo

I love your style
And your crooked smile
The way your body feels next to mine
And if all the stars went out tonight
You would be my guiding light
Cuz

I’ve got love, love for you
You’ve got love for me too
We’ve got love
That is true
We’ve got love
Ooo ooo

Our love, our love is like an ocean
And I’ll swim right through
The changing tides with you
And our love is bigger than we know it
And I’ll sit right through
This mystery with you
Cuz

I’ve got love, love for you
You’ve got love for me too
We’ve got love
That is true
We’ve got love
Ooo ooo

I’ve got love, love for you
You’ve got love for me too
We’ve got love
That is true
We’ve got love
Ooo ooo

(November, 2007. Guelph, ON)


Betty’s Song

My mother was one of the very first women in the east end of Prince Edward Island to captain her own lobster fishing fleet. She was a really special lady, full of spirit and humor. I wrote this song to honor her because, as I get older, I understand more and more of what she must have went through raising me as a single mom in rural PEI. My mother passed away on Nov. 6th 2002.

My momma knew the roads like the back of her hand
In her old green ford she’d ride like the wind
Up and down and back again
My momma worked hard with her hands
On a boat ten miles from land
She’d work those days that most people can’t

But I wanted things that the other kids had
Like a brother or a sister and a dad
I was just too young to really understand

My momma fought for everything she had
For fifteen years and thirty grand
She owned her home and all of her land
My momma never really found romance
They’d come and go like a passing glance
Here, then gone and never back again

But I wanted things that the other kids had
Like a brother or a sister and a dad
I was just too young to really understand
That my momma did the best that she can
Making me the woman that I am
And I think that I may finally, I think that I may finally…
Understand

(Jan 17, 2012. Sturgeon, PEI)


Eastbound Train

Sometimes we stay in relationships because we are afraid of change. Everything is always in flux and at the end of one era of our lives is an exciting opening to a new one.

It’s been a long time
Since we’ve been happy
Since we’ve been kissing
The way we used to
And when I go back
To the day we met
I just feel so bad
To be doing what I gotta do

And I’m leaving on an eastbound train
I’m going to the ocean
To love again

It’s been a hard time
Dodging these firing lines
And although we’ve been tryin’
It just ain’t right
And when I go back
To the day we met
I just feel so sad
To be leaving tonight

And I’m leaving on an eastbound train
I’m going to the ocean
To love again

And I’m leaving on an eastbound train
I’m going to the ocean
To love again

(July 2012. Sturgeon, PEI)


I’m Going Home, Amen

I call this one my non-denominational gospel song about moving back to Prince Edward Island.

I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen

I’m going to the Island, amen
Gonna put my feet in, amen
The red dirt soil, amen
With my Nova Scotian boy, amen

I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen

We’re gonna have a garden, amen
With lots of room to run in, amen
Down to the river, amen
And out to the sea, amen

I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen

I’m gonna knit a sweater, amen
For all kinds of weather, amen
I’m a gonna find, amen
A little piece of mind, amen

I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen

I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen

I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen
I’m a going home, amen

(Fall, 2010. Halifax, NS)