Old Songs

by Lindsay Cuff

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Some albums, like old photographs kept in a wooden box or tucked away in a worn leather wallet, remind us not only of who we once were but of who we are. OLD SONGS was recorded six years ago in Lindsay's hometown in British Columbia, Canada with a host of talented friends and family.

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released January 25, 2012

Engineered by Chris de Souza at Anna the Platypus Recording in 2006.
All songs written by Lindsay Cuff.
Musicians:
Lindsay Cuff (vocals, violin, accordion, guitar)
Simon Hocking (bass, mandolin)
Aaron Rathjen (bass)
Brad Whitmore (drums)
Jared Falk (drums)
Chris de Souza (electric guitar)
Jonathan Cuff (backing vocals)
Cover Design:
J. Unrau

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Lindsay Cuff Kimberley, British Columbia

Born on the east coast into a family of musicians, Lindsay Cuff has been playing and singing since the day she was born. She's played everything from old-time to classical to ambient electronic and has performed as a singer and violinist on stages in North America, Europe, Mexico and recently, Morocco. Lindsay now lives in New York where she also works with DJ Rupture as part of Nettle. ... more

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Track Name: Farther Along
The doctor came this morning
Doctor, why am I sick?
Maybe it’s because of my sorrow
Please prescribe something quick

I rode to the churchyard
Dear God, why am I blue?
God answered, Come back tomorrow
Then you can be renewed

I rode back to my house,
Sipped on a bottle of gin
Thought about my lost love
And the state I’m in

We’ll never know all about it
Or ever understand why
But we shall walk in the sunshine
And watch the flickering light
Track Name: Annie Oakley
Annie, Annie Oakley
Shoot a dime from your partner’s hand
Finally a woman I could really understand
The sharpest shooter in the Wild Wild West
But it’s never the cowgirls that we remember the best

Were you thinking of Frank Butler
When the train hit you?
Or maybe Sitting Bull,
Did you love him too?


Can you tell me what to do with my life?
Should I settle down, make a beautiful wife?


Annie, Annie Oakley
Standing barely five feet tall.
Everybody gathered for the chance that you might fall
But you fixed your hat and you raised your gun
And you thought about picking apples, making love in the sun


Can you tell me what to do with my life?
Should I settle down, make a beautiful wife?


Annie, Annie Oakley
Shoot a dime from your partner’s hand
Finally a woman I could really understand.
The sharpest shooter in the Wild Wild West
But it’s never the cowgirls that we remember the best
Track Name: Saskatchewan
Sitting on a greyhound bus
Staring at the sun
I see a man, a cow, a train
And wonder why they really came here

Oh Saskatchewan,
Where have you gone?
Where are you going?
Is it very far?

Stuck between it all
Can’t stand nor fall
They say you’re going nowhere
But that’s not what I saw

Oh Saskatchewan,
Where have you gone?
Where are you going?
Is it very far?

I know how you feel
Always making a deal
You win three, you lose two.
That’s how it is for me and you

Oh Saskatchewan,
Where have you gone?
Where are you going?
Is it very far?
Track Name: Musgrave Mender
Where are all the fellows and the fishermen’s wives?
They’re drunk on a dream of hope for better lives
The babies are crying and the mothers are lying
They say, Hush little babe, it’ll all be alright.

But the Musgrave mender,
Musgrave mender
Watches them all pass away

Longing to forget but forgetting to long
They tap their toes to old familiar songs
Goodnight Irene and farewell to sweet Marlene
They swish their skirts looking for a way to leave

But the Musgrave mender,
Musgrave mender
Watches them all pass away
Track Name: Slow Dance
I saw you on the metro today
by the window yet so far way
Heard you whistle an old tune
sounded like Blue Moon

If I had the guts to say,
Please don’t you go, won’t you stay
Put your hands on my hips
We’ll dance one slow

Had a dream of you last night
We were driving out of sight
You turned to me in the fading light
said, You look beautiful tonight
I turned back to you and said
I like it slow

We begin the long ramble home
Like a heave or a low sounding moan
We are awkward where we are
Strangers where we go
To a chorus of hellos and goodbyes
We waltz so slow
To a song of our hopes and our sighs
We waltz so slow

Blue moon I saw you standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own