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Year With No Spring (2020 Yearbook)

by Sean McGaughey

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1.
The Street 01:47
The Street I In our lives of I7 Having much IV We very often I Just lose touch I While we sit I7 With lots to eat I7 IV We give no thought IV I Upon the street I V We give no thought V I Upon the street V We have plenty IV Why not share I No One should be V Be homeless anywhere (Repeat) My house is nice Safe and warm There are those With clothes all torn We have nice shoes with soft warm socks They try to stay Warm in their box They try to stay Warm in their box
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Em Six days from home. No place to take a break. Load at dawn in Calgary, For Kamloops by eight Nothing on the passes But rigs and bears Tried to stop for food and fuel Nobody there. G D Em Sure feel like a Knight of the Road G D Em When a shift becomes a Quest A Bringing food to those in need G A a cog in a countrywide supply-side chain of wheels . Em Six days from home. No place to take a break. Load at dawn in Calgary, For Kamloops by eight Nothing on the passes But rigs and bears Tried to stop for food and fuel Nobody there. G D Em Sure feel like a Knight of the Road G D Em When a shift becomes a Quest A Bringing food to those in need G A a cog in a countrywide supply-side chain of wheels . Eyes peeled wide Aimed at the ground Logs won’t be checked At the compound Hope to squeeze in Some sleep and a shower Back on the highway In the pre dawn hours. Bridge D On the wings of Mercury Em Home on my mind D Worry in the shotgun seat Em Family left behind. Instrumental Chorus Instrumental
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The Uncertainty Engine Music Dragondreams Lyrics + Vocal Melody S. McGaughey Intro (8 Bars) V1 (16 Bars) He lives in an a tower That shares his name Toys with the poor Never feels shame. V2 (16 Bars) He'll say that he speaks for the common man Sows hatred for others from far away lands Chorus ( 16 Bars) He's a sower of lies, Sells a false dream Quick to lay blame Cause you to scream Always deny On every screen uncertainty machine V3 (16 Bars) Instrumental Interlude--- Let 'er rip DD V4 (16 Bars) In lands round the world It's always the same We're on to their tricks We know them by name Chorus2 (16 Bars)
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We tapped upon your window, stood out on the drive The dog barking happily on the other side I wanted to embrace but these groceries have to do I hope behind the glass you heard us say we love You V2 The neighbour left a box of eggs on the stair. More than enough for myself and folks to share My dad came to the hall, but I could not come near We had to keep our distance, faces streaked with tears Chorus I want to wrap you in a warm embrace Watching your eyes light up, your smiling face Keeping our distance, This too shall pass. Longing to hug from behind panes of glass. Bridge- Outro Whisper Though we can’t touch, I look into your eyes. Respectful of distance, we improvise.
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© Sean McGaughey July 27, 2020 V1 It has been the strangest of winters A season of identical days Invisible storms surrounding the globe While the people shelter in place V2 New wisdom can be seen shining brightly in the heavens But little can be found on the ground. Some say nature began to return To the near empty streets in the towns. Chorus This will be known as the year with no spring As frost transmuted into fire The rich squeeze profit from the hardship of the poor. While the poor unite in their ire V3 The silent winter gave way to fire in the streets As centuries injustice came to head And the hoi polloi refuse to believe Turning their backs upon the dead Bridge There’s a time to stay sheltered, and a time to stand Though they are called heroes, they’re exploited Slaves in their own land. Chorus V4 We hope the world can be brought together. While all nations press pause But the storm still rages, winter continues It never ended just thawed
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Is it Finished? © Aug 2-6, S. McGaughey and M. Greenberg Intro Fx2, Gx2, Fx2, Dx2 V1 Em Woke up this morning, A7 Not knowing what’s to come Em Like my dreams have merged with day to day A7 And plans have come undone Em Is it a worry? A7 Or maybe a solution? G If tomorrow’s unknown A And today is still in play. (Is this..) Chorus D Is this the beginning of the end, C Or the end of the beginning? D Seems like forever-- C Was it just yesterday? D Call it the new normal C but it’s anything but. F Have we even begun? G Or is it finished? F Have we even begun? D Or is it finished? V2 Em You turn vague feelings A7 Into opinions Em Opinions always A7 Trump the facts. Em You make an enemy A7 Out of science G You think disease A Is just an act (Is this..) Instrumental [Emx2, A7 x2] repeat 3 Bridgelike 2 lines to final chorusx2. Gx2 Can I still believe in hope Ax2 ..at all… (Is this..)
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Living Wage 01:47
Lyrics by Stephen Wort. https://stephenwordsmith.bandcamp.com/ Sean McGaughey: Vocals, Composition, and BIAB programming.
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Falling 01:51
Curious and Curiouser gently falling downward unceasing can't see the bottom or remember what's up top Can't Stop Can't Slow Down Until We Hit the Ground falling slowly falling dreaming I Wonder if we'll Land or forever drop Can't Stop Can't Slow Down Until We Hit the Ground there's that rabbit once more he's going to be late hurry don't be left behind we cannot hesitate one sip makes you smaller a rag doll on the floor head out to a garden waiting past the door Can't Stop Can't Slow Down
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Hold the line Sean McGaughey © February 19, 2020 Recording capo3 Key of Eb C We did not draw this line G But we will walk this line F We will hold the line together C-F G We. Will. Not. Cross. C We Stand in Line G We can redraw the line. F Unity is strength C-G C we can stand up to the Boss 1) C Every decade or so, another con regime F C G concocts a crisis in public education C They hobble and cut until a shell remains F G- G7 A fire-sale for their cronies has always been the scheme. Chorus 2) But parents and teachers can dance their dance again With all its familiar steps and turns. They use slander and half-truths to advance their plans We have won before, we will fight them and win. Chorus Bridge Am Em A frog in a cauldron doesn’t really notice Am Em When the comfortable water becomes dangerously hot Am Em So when left to simmer in a pressure cooker Dm Dm/C G G7 It could be boiled alive or it could jump out of the pot
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Lyrics: C G C / The teddies came down from the windowsill C F C / The teddies came down from the ledge C G F / No longer a sight for the sorest eyes C G C C A beacon brought down from a hedge C G C / Fuzzy Theo observed the commotion C F C / Neptune in this ocean of Ted, C G F / With a grin on his face stitched so firmly in place C G C C As he looked o'er his shoulder and said: F / C / Hey, wasn't it good for a while, eh lads? F / G / Wasn't it fun for a while? F / C Am We had our day in the sun, eh lads? C G C / And brought all the children a smile C G C / And brought all the children a smile C G C / The teddies came down from the windowsill C F C / The teddies went into the box C G F / The boxes went into the workshop, then C G C The workshop went under the locks C G C / The people came out of the houses C F C / Stepped blinking out into the calm C G F / And Theo the fuzzy was beaming because he C G C / Could shout to his brothers in arms: G / / / We brightened the days at their darkest F F C / And had us an absolute riot G / / / Yeah, wasn't it good for a while, eh lads?' F F G G7 But all of the lads had gone quiet... The teddies had gone from the windowsills The bears had all vanished from sight The lockdown was lifted, our thoughts had now shifted To setting a country to rights And Theo the fuzzy still lingered With a grin as if he had a choice He turned round to cry with a twitch in his eye And a catch in his cottony voice Hey, wasn't it good for a while, eh lads? Wasn't it fun for a while? We sure had our day in the sun, eh lads? And brought all the children a smile Hey, wasn't it grand while it lasted? He would cry to whoever was there Turn and smile with great charm to his comrades-in-arms... But everything round him was bare
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Harvest 04:10
Verse progression D A C G V1 We survey the garden at sunset At a bounty exceeding all expectations A season of labour is nearing an end It is time for rest and celebrations V2 We tilled and planted, watered and weeded Prayed for rain, watched the sky Kept on praying, at the end of a shovel Confident in the reply Chorus Progression D C Gx2 And the rains came, And the sun shone down And the garden flourished The harvest is greater than we hoped We have plenty and more. Who knows what next year has in store. V3 Lay it all in for the winter We can weather the longest storms Save some seed to plant in the springtime Share what we have with the poor. Chorus Bridge A G D For soil, sun, wind, and rain we give thanks We sing our song of thanksgiving In all things and always we give thanks For another season worth living. Chorus Extro D C G (Repeat alot) We sing our song of thanksgiving For another season worth living.
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The Caller 02:39
The Caller Sean McGaughey © August 12, 2019 ¾ country waltz in C C C/B Am Am/G He packs up the pickup with boxes of records, F G a pair of turntables, and a PA C C/B Am Am/G He sets out early across the prairies F F G G7 To a Village Hall dance at the end of the day. Chorus: F C Bow to your partner, Bow to your corner F C Allemande left, circle right. F C C/B Am Dosado, with your partner G G C and promenade on home. He rides the foothills six legged, Connected as brothers, horse and man If a square can be made among the riders He calls a horseback dance, out on the land. Chorus Bridge G When the high school boys Am were playing Be-bop-a-lua G Am He was down in the basement, honing his craft. G Am Am/G For fifty years, he’s travelled the highways F G G7 Ready when anybody wants to dance. Chorus
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Let Down Your Hair Lyrics Jane Eggers, Feb 2020 Music Sean McGaughey 6/8 VERSE: G x 2 Draw the curtain Em X2 Fix your mask C x2 Straighten your story D Dsus-D In case they ask VERSE: Gx2 It’s all theatre Em x2 They want a show Cx2 Let down your hair D Dsus-D And off you go CHORUS: Em Star goes shooting G Across the sky Em Find your power D Dsus-D Let it magnify G Clock ticks Em Comet flares C Time to see the world D Dsus D And let down your hair. VERSE: Been learning from books In that ivory tower Now it’s time to shine Find your superpower. VERSE: May feel alien But this is your day So let down your hair And get on your way. CHORUS:
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All the More 03:25
Yeah I'm a sneaky one That's what you say about me But when it comes to it You've never had to doubt me I'm just that sort of person Who's there through good and bad I'm just that sort of person Who'll be there when you're sad You know you can count on me You know you always have You know you can count on me I'll be your heart's great salve You know you can always count on me Yeah I'm a tricky one That's what you say about me But when it comes to it You just can't live without me I'm just that sort of person Who you just can't resist I'm just that sort of person Who just wants to be kissed (by you) You know you can count on me You know you always have You know you can count on me I'll be your heart's great salve You know you can always count on me Let the storms rage around us Let the winds howl and roar Let the rains pour down on us I'm covered by your love all the more You know you can count on me You know you always have You know you can count on me I'll be your heart's great salve You know you can always count on me
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Traveller (Sam Beckett's Blues) (c) Feb 5, 2020 Sean McGaughey FAWM 3 Intro D F#m G A V1 Bar 5-12 D F#m I always wanted to be a time traveller, G A Visit seven wonders, ancient Rome D F#m I'm a tourist trapped in the 20th century G Gm7 Swallowed in crowds, always alone Chorus (esque) 13-17 A Bm I take other people's problems and make them my own. A Em- Em7 Wishing the answers I find for them will lead me back home. V2 D F#m Each week I leap to another time, another body G A Al and Ziggy help me try to set things right D F#m What I dreamt would be the dawn of a new age G Gm7 Turned out for me to be an endless night Chorus Bridge C D Dsus D I'm tired of the leaping. C D Dsus D Tired of receiving other lives for safekeeping. C D Dsus D Tired of wondering if this leap will be my last A Em7 A Too tired to inhabit a stranger's past Extro D Bm I want to get off this endless highway, D Bm Will the next exit finally go my way D Bm Or am I destined forever to roam, G D never finding my way home
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Aug 14, Lockdown Verse Wasn't it Fun: Part II Intro C G C / C G C / The teddies came back to the windowsill C F C / Their soft arms stretched wide as their grin C G F / How swiftly we'd acted, but while we're distracted C G C C Our old friend '19 slipped back in C G C / C G C / Papa David looked fondly upon them C F C / As he brought his work laptop inside C G F / And the quarantine sun lit the face of each one C G C C He then paused for a moment and sighed C G C / F / C / Hey, wasn't it fun for a while, eh lads? F / G / Wasn't it fun for a while? F / C Am We had our season of freedom, lads C G C / Went crazy, but did it in style F / C / Yeah, wasn't it great to be out there? F / C / Not much, but it sure was enough' F / C Am With his spirits still high he searched for a reply C G C / But everyone round him was stuffed

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For the past several years, I have approached the word 'album' in the sense of a collection, like a scrapbook, or a yearbook. This album is a yearbook of demos and live off the floor performances from a very productive year of songwriting. I started the year embroiled in a province-wide labour dispute, that led directly into a worldwide pandemic. It should come as no surprise that the main themes of this album are social justice and the pandemic. But several pop love songs and silly ukulele filk also make an appearance.

There is no such thing as a one man band. I am grateful for all the friends and co-conspirators I have gathered through my annual involvement in February Album Writing Month and the 50 songs in 90 days challenge, as well as my local songwriting communities.

As always thanks to my wife and son who are my greatest supporters and usually the first to listen.

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released January 4, 2021

Sean McGaughey- Most vocals, guitars, lyrics, ukuleles, bass, keys, robot band programming, etc., etc.
Collaborators: Wm Brian McLean aka moonraccoon, Nick Howell, Stephen Wordsmith, Sr. Coops, Chris Clarke, Mark Greenberg, Jane Eggers, Alex Klages, Paul Hudson aka Dragondreams

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Sean McGaughey Ontario

I am a folk singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and children's entertainer in Simcoe County Ontario. By day, I am a mild-mannered Elementary School teacher-librarian.

Since 2013, I have been participating the the February Album Writing Month Challenge at fawm.org to write 14 songs in February.

This year I challenged myself to up my musicianship and production values. This is the result.
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