They Don’t Do That No More 
Dave Gunning, Jim Dorie 

They walked everywhere they went and sailed on the wind 
Wasn’t even that long ago some still remember when 
You could drink the rivers and eat from every shore 
Well the tides come and go they don’t do that no more 

There were dance halls all around there was one on Green Hill, 
Where the good old boys and folks from town and all the women dressed to kill 
Many met their sweethearts wrote letters back and forth 
Now that’s all been changed they don’t do that no more 

They don’t do that no more they don’t do that no more 
They don’t write letters back and forth 
They don’t do that no more 

Every family had a garden somewhere in the yard 
Comforting to know you’d always eat if times got hard 
And homemade bread was common so was being poor 
Now there’s credit cards and big box stores they don’t do that no more 

They don’t do that no more they don’t do that no more 
They spend more than they can afford 
They don’t do that no more 

They used to camp there with their kids they’d play in the water 
The Landing had a fishing fleet she was good as any other 
They’d swim out to Pine Island boil fresh dug clams on shore 
Then the big mill started going they don’t do that no more 

They don’t do that no more they don’t do that no more 
There’s poison on the harbour floor 
They don’t do that no more 
They don’t do that no more 
They don’t do that no more

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A Tractor 
Dave Gunning 

Seems things are getting tougher with every season that comes 
And we’re not getting any younger and our work is never done 
But I just got back from town and I think I made a deal 
Bought a tractor with some money and two horses from the field flesh and bone for steel 
When I’ve ploughed the final row, and you’re waiting home for me 
I’ll be coming down the drive with no blisters on my feet 
And still have time to check the barn before my supper’s cold 
Then get showered cleaned and shaved and take you dancing down the road while the crops start to grow 

So goodbye horses my old friends 
The days gone never come again 
Now one man can do the work of ten 

With the harvest in early long before the colours fall 
We’ll watch the autumn sunsets after we’ve done it all 
This thing will push the winter snow clear out of the drive 
Haul the timbre for wood stove when it’s piled up high right up to the sky 

So goodbye horses my old friends 
The days gone never come again 
Now one man can do the work of ten 

Poor old Chester’s is retired he’s been resting on the hill 
I could harness him again but I don’t think that I will 
Now as long as the rain comes and the sun knows when to shine 
And the hay grows tall and the wind blows it dry we’ll be doing just fine

So goodbye horses my old friends 
The days gone never come again 
Now one man can do the work of ten 
So goodbye horses my old friends 
The days gone never come again 
Now one man can do the work of ten 
Now one man can do the work of ten

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This Changin’ Wind 
Dave Gunning, Ray Stewart 

How will we know when to stay or when to go 
As the poison rises slowly everyday 
Don’t wanna leave it’s gettin’ harder now to breathe 
And harder to believe a word they say 

There’s a long train comin’ 
Gonna get onboard gonna get onboard 
It’s been a long time comin’ 
Now it’s close behind this changin’ wind 
Ya it’s close behind this changin’ wind 

I’m not sure with the all things they ignore 
How much we can endure before we break 
Still not clear if we’ll see any change ’round here 
With all the steps they boldly dare not to take 

There’s a long train comin’ 
Gonna get onboard gonna get onboard 
It’s been a long time comin’ 
Now it’s close behind this changin’ wind 
Ya it’s close behind this changin’ wind 

Can’t explain why the loss outweighs the gain 
Well the answer still remains for us to find 
Can only guess how we’ll deal with all the rest 
As we’re cleaning up the mess they’ve left behind 

There’s a long train comin’ 
Gonna get onboard gonna get onboard 
It’s been a long time comin’ 
Now it’s close behind this changin’ wind 
Ya it’s close behind this changin’ wind

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Sing It Louder 
Dave Gunning, Sally Spring 

I am a soldier but I never had a gun 
I carry songs upon my shoulders hoping we shall overcome 
But on this road I’m not the only one 
Who’s following the thunder of the drum 

I am not rich but I have more than I need 
In the middle of this battlefield full of money driven greed 
And the line’s getting thinner now between right and wrong 
You lift your voice I’ll beat the drum 

Across the valleys and up through these hills there’s a feeling all over this land 
That if we stand and rise together there is change within our power 
I am preaching to the choir to sing it louder 
I am preaching to the choir to sing it louder 

Let’s sing for the living upon the land and in the sea 
Let’s sing out for justice let’s sing what we believe 
As the world spins round and round may we one by one 
All join hands and beat the drum 

Across the valleys and up through these hills there’s a feeling all over this land 
That if we stand and rise together there is change within our power 
I am preaching to the choir to sing it louder 
I am preaching to the choir to sing it louder 

So raise your voices now we can make this work 
Through the eye of the storm we shall be heard 

There’s an echo in the distance that’s played before 
More suffering and hardship more cruelty and war 
But before we stop and rest we must pass it on 
For the young to march and beat the drum 

Across the valleys and up through these hills there’s a feeling all over this land 
As we stand and rise together there is change within our power 
I am preaching to the choir to sing it louder 
I am preaching to the choir to sing it louder 
I am preaching to the choir to sing it louder 
I am preaching to the choir to sing it louder

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Breaker’s Yard 
Dave Gunning, Jamie Robinson
 

Fresh coat and polished brass a sunlit port side 
Dirty boots and shiny shoes for breaking loose 
A cradle on a slipway clear a high new moon tide 
A soul up on a roof with the perfect view 

We danced into night by the ferris-wheel lights 
Another toast to the town there was champagne all around 
And young hearts fresh in love tears of goodbye 
With all hands journey bound then and now 

Memories like mercury flow straight back to me 
Even though the years are miles apart 
She was something yesterday more than a castaway 
Heading for the breakers’ yard heading for the breakers’ yard 

Her rails and silver shone like crystals by a flame 
As I watch her cut the sea and carry me 
But salty wind and passage fare pays a rugged water toll 
And wears through the black and white coat by coat 

Memories like mercury flow straight back to me 
Even though the years are miles apart 
She was something yesterday more than a castaway 
Heading for the breakers’ yard heading for the breakers’ yard 

Silence from the engine room no captain on the bridge 
Hanging wires and rusted bones all there is 
I watched her come undone bit by bit everyday 
The breaker’s yard is empty now haul away 

Memories like mercury flow straight back to me 
Even though the years are miles apart 
She was something yesterday more than a castaway 
Heading for the breakers’ yard heading for the breakers’ yard

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A Halo That Fits 
Dave Gunning 

Reached out far and lost my grip 
Tried a few things I won’t admit 
And nothing changed me 

In any good deed I have done 
An unlikely hero was overcome 
And it sent me drifting 

I left free on the run 
And got to close to the sun 
Landed right here in the ditch 
Can’t find a halo that fits 

Broke this ground ploughed these rows 
Another season and nothing grows 
I know I let you down 

Good intentions solid plans 
The days slipped right through my hands 
And scattered all around 

I tried each one on for size 
There were so many that caught my eye 
I must have launched a thousand ships 
Can’t find a halo that fits 

Some look at us and think we’re broken 
Some look at us and think we’ve got it made 

I’ve flown like the Devil into the sun 
Lost my friends one by one 
But I haven’t lost you 

I’m no angel as you know just hung up as this river flows 
It’s true love with a little twist can’t find a halo that fits 

Ya just the same as everyone that got too close to the sun 
And landed right here in the ditch can’t find a halo that fits

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I Robbed The Co. Store 
Dave Gunning 

There were agents there to greet us they led us through the bush 
Under evergreens and hardwood trees along the running brook 
They brought us to the land that we signed the contracts for 
It was nothing but a forest from the hills to the shore 
Where were all the clearings where were all the paths 
We thought there must be some mistake there was no one there to ask 
Knowing only open space back in the Aird south of Beauly 
We were afraid of all the darkness and the eyes within the trees 

The hills behind us loomed with all the yellows and the reds 
The fall it was upon us and the winter close ahead 
Our children they were starving I knew what I had to do 
I left with Douglas and Mackay like the Devil on the loose 

I robbed the Company Store I robbed the Company Store 
The Garrison knows me now because I robbed the company store 
I robbed the Company Store I robbed the Company Store 
The Garrison knows me now because I robbed the company store 

We crept up on the soldiers we took away their guns 
Tied them to a hardwood tree so they couldn’t run 
And there inside the storehouse taking only what we’d need 
We saluted to the men and left a knife down by their feet 
They sent a messenger to Halifax 100 miles away 
They called it a rebellion and with justice we should pay 
We’d surely be arrested now if only for revenge 
With no choice to do things different I would do the same again 

I robbed the Company Store I robbed the Company Store 
The Garrison knows me now because I robbed the company store 

They ordered the Militia to come from Truro town 
And the Yankee farmers got between and asked them to stand down 
Said we’d only cause them problems if they didn’t treat us fair 
And everything was considered they decided we were square 

I robbed the Company Store I robbed the Company Store 
The Garrison knows me now because I robbed the company store 
I robbed the Company Store I robbed the Company Store 
The Garrison knows me now because I robbed the company store 
I robbed the Company Store I robbed the Company Store 
The Garrison knows me now because I robbed the company store 
The Garrison knows me now because I robbed the company store

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From On Higher Ground 
Dave Gunning, Jim Dorie 

I waited in the moonlight I’d take ’em one by one 
Alone in the silence ’til each bullet left the gun 
Knowing when I fired they might not even hear the sound 
Cause I was looking down from on higher ground 

There’s a point where we break a line that can’t be crossed 
Things that we’ll stand for no matter the cost 
You think it’s me you’re hunting but I’ve turned this around 
I can see you clearly now from on higher ground 

So I’ll be the last man standing when this has gone down 
There’s an old abandoned mine nearby you never will be found 
So come on get me fellas to Hell you’ll be bound 
I’m am drinking with the angels from on higher ground 

My family had no part you chose to make it so 
I warned you when it started I wouldn’t let it go 
You could have gotten out alive to some other restless town 
Looks like your time’s running out from on higher ground 

So forgive me my father for what I have done 
There will be no more silence for the man I’ve become 
Forever circling in a moment where my heart always pounds 
And no way to make it right now from on higher ground 
Forever running with my life now from on higher ground

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Love Fell In 
Dave Gunning, Thom Swift 

We were running around hanging on to each other never looking far ahead 
Down all the roads together when they seemed longer so young and hell bent 

Somewhere back between now and then 
That’s when love fell in 

Just when we were thinking this couldn’t be better we were walking on the moon 
With nothing but a clear sky we climbed for miles and miles ’til we were running out of room 

So we slipped away where the light was dim 
That’s when love fell in 

That’s when love fell in 
That’s when love fell in 
It took us by surprise 

The winds of the season were changing direction you went yours I went mine 
It hit hard and it hit fast with all this leaving but you left but one thing behind 

And the stillness grew and had no end 
That’s when love fell in 

That’s when love fell in 
That’s when love fell in 
It took us by surprise 

And how many times had we walked along that river and never missed a step 
Then it happened when we were walking by the deep end 
That’s when love fell in 
That’s when love fell in 
It took us by surprise 
That’s when love fell in 
That’s when love fell in 
It took us by surprise 
It took us by surprise

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Alberta Gold 
Dave Gunning, Matt Andersen 

We left for Alberta left the East coast 
Followed the clouds running West 
That highway was long worn by other fools 
Fools like us I guess 

I could have worked a job close to home 
But never get far ahead 
Now we’re out here just long enough to pay off debt 
But it hasn’t happened yet 

Alberta gold 
It’s a story we all know 
Alberta gold Alberta gold 
Dark black as coal 

There’s money in the trees cracks in the streets 
The Devil’s out on the town 
He’ll buy you drink and fill your cup 
We’re pulling his blood from the ground 

Alberta gold 
It’s a story we all know 
Alberta gold Alberta gold 
Dark black as coal 

There’s no more boats left in the bay 
No young cowboys home on the range 

We’ve been going flat out on a three week stint 
Working ourselves to the bone 
We’re going take a break just for a little while 
Gonna catch our flights back home 

Alberta gold 
It’s a story we all know 
Alberta gold Alberta gold 
Dark black as coal 

There’s no more boats left in the bay 
And there’s no young cowboys home on the range

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Pasadena 
Dave Gunning, Catherine MacLellan 

All the way from Pasadena maybe you have seen her she sparkles more than all them city lights 
With just place to rest her head in the middle of it all she feels so small she feels so small 

Everyone’s been in a rush trying to get all they want it’s nothing like she thought it would be 
Oh but I would dance her slowly all the way down Young street to feel her breathe just to feel her breathe 

She’s out of reach morning star the city streets only go so far 
Something hit me and left a scar I can’t feel my heart 

It was spinning all around us it felt like circumstance I saw the ghost of morning coming to 
Closed my eyes and listened but only heard sounds passing through passing through 

She’s out of reach morning star the city streets only go so far 
Something hit me and left a scar I can’t feel my heart 

Now the highway has gone and there’s no going back everything slipped beneath the wheels 
But oh the road to Pasadena it twist and it bends and never ends 

She’s out of reach morning star the city streets only go so far 
Something hit me and left a scar I can’t feel my heart 
She’s out of reach morning star the city streets only go so far 
Something hit me and left a scar I can’t feel my heart I can’t feel my heart 
I can’t feel my heart

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The Red Onion 
Dave Gunning, John Meir 

Oh the wooden door is open for the morning pour 
With a “come on in get sheltered from the rain” 
All ye lads and ye sailors lined along the tracks 
Waiting to raise a toast to the train 

There were men of fine up bringing will all their lady loves 
There were others in their dirty rubber boots 
All telling lies and stories crowded at the bar 
In the distance the lonely whistle blew 

Line up boys have this one on me 
For the ladies the first one’s always free 
Lift your glass against the rain 
To the ones gone away 
May the steel rails that take them bring them back again 

There was surrender to the changes new faces in the town 
Some left for the cities and the war 
Some thought the world and heaven was this little harbour town 
But they’d talk about what used to be before 

Line up boys have this one on me 
For the ladies the first one’s always free 
Lift your glass against the rain 
To the ones gone away 
May the steel rails that take them bring them back again 

Post cards in the letter bags came from far away 
As the home fires and new world money burned 
And for the widows and lonely sailors with hearts that couldn’t wait 
The Red Onion was reserved for their return 

Line up boys have this one on me 
For the ladies the first one’s always free 
Lift your glass against the rain 
To the ones gone away 
May the steel rails that take bring them back again 
Lift your glass against the rain 
To the ones gone away 
May the steel rails that take bring them back again

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To Be With You 
Dave Gunning 

All I want is to be with you 
All day long and all night through 
All I want is to be with you 
All I want is to be with you 

When the morning comes and I awake 
I look for you I reach for you 
To know you’re there me near somewhere 
I want to feel your hand in mine 

All I want is to be with you 
All day long and all night through 
All I want is to be with you 
All I want is to be with you 

Butterflies before my eyes 
And clouds of white across the sky 
A soft wind blowing through the trees 
With your perfect voice you sing to me 

All I want is to be with you 
All day long and all night too 
All I want is to be with you 
All I want is to be with you 
All I want is to be with you

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