call of the wheel

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written by sandy mackay

call of the wheel is about staying home and reading about travel and rock'n'roll touring, instead of doing it. dave bidini's excellent book "on a cold road' paints a gloriously painful portrait of canadian musicians traveling the cold roads trying to earn a living or as it turns out, the odd meal. (visit dave at davebidini.ca )

so, you may ask, "sandy, why then are you threatening yourself with a similar death worse than fate, by tempting destiny to fling you to the road?" it's because i'm working in the genre of canadian folk music, so i feel pretty safe that i won't have to go anywhere too much or too often.

i live on an island in backwoods new brunswick- an idyllic place, as you can see from the kitchen on the cover of the album, and i'm pretty happy staying there.

usually.

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lyrics

Call of the Wheel © Sandy Mackay

I wrote an ode to the writer's road:
Highway 2 where John Steinbeck drove,
Charlie and Rocinante,
GM Cervantes,
They're long gone, so long John!

I wrote an ode to the writer's road:
I careen where Jack Kerouac drank and drove,
Route 101,
some dangerous fun
but it's time to get back, so long jack.

I am not some cracking egghead,
though I have read a book or two
in the pages I feel the call of the wheel,
but i'm bound at home with you

I wrote an ode to the writer's road:
A vicarious dream the Rheostatics drove
Dave told the tale
"On a Long Cold Road"
I been saved, so long Dave!

Saved from a death that is worse than fate
the gig-road to hell through a golden gate
in my own quiet room I am curled in my chair
with a diesel fume and the breeze in my hair

I am not some cracking egghead,
though I have read a book or two
in the pages I feel the call of the wheel,
but i'm bound at home with you

With Barbara Ward to the Borderline
In the state of Maine down the old Airline
It was blowing a gail, I was chasing my tail
But I’m in a a sellors song, and I can’t go wrong

I am not some cracking egghead,
though I have read a book or two
in the pages I feel the call of the wheel,
but i'm bound at home with you

credits

from call of the wheel, released September 15, 2012
produced by tim davidson and sandy mackay with bill preeper at
ripple effect music in saint john new brunswick canada

drums: john morrison
background vox: steve sellors jude vadala
bass, guitar, banjo, vox: sandy mackay

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sandy mackay St John, New Brunswick

sandy
sometimes lives on a little island in a big river in New Brunswick.
Plays strings keyboards and bagpipes.
We're writing new songs these days, it's fall coming into winter and enjoyable snow!
Looks forward to seeing you soon, somewhere... send
messages to easandymackay@gmail.com
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