under saturn's wheel

by Chris Rawlings

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    Chris Rawlings has spent enough years fishing for tunes to know when he's caught a good one. His latest release "Under Saturn's Wheel" spans 40 years of folk, jazz, blues and traditional music. Some of the album's 15 tracks are much-loved songs that he's played at festivals from the Maritimes to British Columbia, others are new compositions that remind us just how many musical places he's visited. Since he turned his back on a ticket to medical school in favour of a second hand Gibson guitar and the life of a minstrel, Rawlings' songs have told the sort of stories that rise towards us out of a bustling musical crowd -- they remind us where we've come from, what we can change and where we might be headed. His characters blend their sorrow with a hopeful eye to the future and Rawlings' smooth voice and complex guitar walk us through their tales.

    Rawlings, though, has always been the sort of folk musician that isn't afraid to leave the well-traveled path. He's done simple folk tunes and complex adaptations of traditional music; played his brand of dark-yet-hopeful songs in dimly-lit bars and brightly-lit festivals from Bulgaria to Louisiana to Nunavut; led an ambitious, 30 rock and jazz musician performance of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner in the Bibliotheque National de Quebec; stretched out one hand to lovers in New Orleans with his smoky blends of jazzy blues and another out to our children, educating them with humour and intelligence on the complexities of the water cycle.

    He’s been a busker at Montreal’s Expo '67, a headliner at Vancouver’s Expo’86, a silver medalist at Les Fetes de la Vigne, in Dijon, France 1976, and gold medal recipient on the shores of the Black Sea at a Bulgarian Folklore festival, and he does house concerts too! Along the way, he's worked with the likes of Acadian folk artist Gilles Losier, Quebec fiddler Jean Carignan, Quebec dance troup Les Gens de Mon Pays, the National Film Board, the McGarrigle Sisters, New Orleans Jazz legend Tony “Oulaboula” Bazley, folk icon Daisy DeBolt, Grammy award winner Cathy Fink, Mariposa in the schools and others. He has inspired Penny Lang to start writing songs, crossed swords with Stan Rogers, and shared quiet evenings of stories and songs with Ron Sexsmith, and Tom Jackson among many musical friends.
    True stories can come from many places, and Rawlings has found his muse in tales of social justice, dying love, the lonely road and the simple peace of a quiet forest. He may not have consciously planned it, but "Under Saturn's Wheel" is something of an autobiography, chronicling four decades spent as a folksinger working through life’s complexities with an ear, an eye, a hook and a line for his next song.
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released November 7, 2010

Recorded in the kitchen by Paul Benedict and Don Richardson, Reels on Wheels, Toronto, 2007

Produced by Paul Benedict & Chris Rawlings

Under Saturn's Wheel
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Chris Whiteley: harmonica
Henry Heillig: bass

Anguish of our Souls
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar, alto and tenor recorders
Jorn Anderson: percussion, kalimba
Henry Heillig: bass
Daisy DeBolt: accordion, vocal harmony
Ann Lederman: vocal harmony

Beads and Trinkets
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar, soprano recorder, electric guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Daisy Debolt: vocal harmony

Stormy Woman
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Anne Lederman: fiddle

Family Life (aka Chinese Acrobats and Jugglers)
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
William Carn: Trombone
Nicolas Heath-Rawlings: glockenspiel

Andy's on Bourbon
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Michael Pinsonneault: alto sax
Chris Whiteley: pedal steel
William Carn: trombone

Funny How the Rain Gets In
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Daisy DeBolt: vocal harmony, accordion
Michael Pinsonneault: flute
Richard Smythe: electric guitar

Potter's Wheel
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Chris Whiteley: pedal steel
Michael Pinsoneault: flute
The Rawlings' Tones*: chorus

It's Your Motto
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Warner Clarke: 12 String acoustic guitar on wa-wa
Daisy DeBolt: vocal harmony
Michael Pinsonneault: alto sax

How to Keep the Blues on the Run

Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Daisy DeBolt: vocal harmony
Michael Hasek: Harmonica
Anne Lederman: fiddle
The Rawlings' Tones*: chorus

To Cross the Great Divide
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar, tenor recorder
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Michael Pinsonneault: flute
Chris Whiteley: pedal steel, harmonica

Sweet Incenses
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Daisy DeBolt: vocal harmony, accordion
Michael Pinsonneault: alto sax

Ragin' @ Windstorms
Chris Rawlings: vocals, guitars
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Michael Hasek: national steel guitar

Hold on to Your Dreams
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar, alto recorder
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Daisy DeBolt: vocal harmony
Anne Lederman: fiddle, vocal harmony

They Fought for Bread
Chris Rawlings: vocal, guitar
Jorn Anderson: percussion
Henry Heillig: bass
Anne Lederman: fiddle, vocal, mandolin

*The Rawlings' Tones: Lynn Heath, Warner Clarke, Beth Hoen, Joe Romaine, Gail Fergueson, Noah Zaccharin, Laura Fernandez

Artwork by Sue Freypons

Web Site & CD Cover by Heidi Tsao

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Track Name: Blues on the Run
(How to Keep the) Blues on the Run
Oh the rain keeps fallin' it's a blue grey morning
Got some heavy pressure on me, pretty mama
If you're feelin' like there's a low ceiling
You've got my sympathy but

Refrain: 2X
I caught on just in time
How to keep the blues on the run

Oh it's hot and muggy, hay's getting' soggy
Everything turning on me, Oh Lordy
Got no money, I just lost my honey
She just set me free but

Refrain: 2X

Well I'm an old grasshopper, real clock stopper
I just fiddle round all day, pretty mama
But my minds so busy, it would make you dizzy
Come on, I'll show the way that

Refrain:2X

Give me a million dollars and a starched white collar
I would feel like a hot dog steamé, Lordy
I'm an old time rambler, but a hard luck gambler
Must have been my lucky day that

Refrain: 2X + 1st line

Back
Track Name: It's Your Motto
It's Your Motto
Out in the suburb, the foreman gives the word
And the orchard melts away
People in the city say ain't that a pity
When they drive out for the day
Somewhere down the line a banker gets rich
Kids in a private school
They get a feeling for wheeling and dealing
They learn that money rules

Chorus:
Under the ramp there's a homeless street camp
With the bags and the mats and the pigeons and rats
And you pray every day as you pass on your way
You won't be let go
And you follow the creed of the corporate greed It's your motto

You're right in the middle trying to answer the riddle
Getting caught in the squeeze
It's all about power, not the ivory tower
No room for truth or trees
Corporations gulp and the tabloid pulp barfs the latest rave
People bleed while executives feed on what downsizing saved

Chorus:
Under the ramp there's a homeless street camp
With the bags and the mats and the pigeons and rats
And you pray every day as you pass on your way
You won't be let go
And you follow the creed of the corporate greed It's your motto

Got Liberal guilt where your home is built
Go buy the homeless news
Or pick up your pen every now and then
For a charity that you choose
Ain't gonna change in the long range
'Till the Earth can't bear the toll
Of people's need and people's greed
With no will to control

Chorus: As Above

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Track Name: Funny How the Rain Gets In
Funny How the Rain Gets In

We bought a house in the old part of town
Leaked every time it rained
So we caulked the cracks around the windows
Replaced the shingles and drain
Tarred the roof, did the waterproofing
Subterranean
Got someone to put up siding
It's funny still the rain gets in

Went to a family reunion
Talk about quality time
The ghosts of the ancestors
They were walking in their prime
Well the young folk were toking, the old folk were joking
As we watched the sun roll in With a joyful heart, it was a brand new start
But it's funny how the rain gets in

You can walk the straight and narrow
Never throw your passions to the wind
Somewhere, sometime, you'll be feeling just fine
Then the rain gets in
Ain't it funny how the rain gets in

Now every once in a blue moon I get my ticket to cry
Sometimes I think I'm a lucky man
Sometimes I know it's a lie
Yes and every time I get that way I know I just can't win
For weeks in a daze, I'm lost in a maze
Wonderin' how the rain gets in
Ain't it funny how the rain gets in

Now I never walked the straight and narrow
I sailed my passions with the wind
But somewhere, sometime I'll be feeling just fine
Then the rain gets in
Ain't it funny how the rain gets in