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written by Randy Sutherland
about which mr thomson do you suppose?

this beautiful song of randy's has haunted me since i first heard it, from an album of randy's titled 'utter nonsense'- which contains remarkable renditions of edward lear's poetry into songs, including the jumblies, the quangle wangle's hat and the pobble who has no toes. it includes too lewis carrols works turned to music, and a healthy serving of his own great pieces too, amd limericks by rory who was seven (or so) at the time. I learned this piece with great pleasure- the writing is so evocative. it is a brave songwriter who will write the line 'can you cup your fleshless hands and drink the stream?'. visit randy's blog at
randysutherland.blogspot.ca

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there are two painful errors associated with this song- both of them are mine. can you spot them? boyoboy, do i feel stupid as i spot these errors. i expect my clever buddy brent mason will spot the big error first. the little error is better hidden, it may take years before someone finds that, but i can't fix it.

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Mr Thomson © Randy Sutherland, 2003

If you close your eyes and listen, you can hear the “Georgian Moan”
As the waters lick the outstretched hand of the shores he walked upon
Mr Thomson’s skyline comes to my mind before I fall too deep
In that all refreshing Devil’s blessing Both of us call sleep

Mr Thomson what’s it like? Do those hungry black flies bite?
Can you cup your fleshless hands and drink the stream?
‘Well I’m stretched across this light, b’tween the forest and the night.’
Won’t you come and paint your way into my dreams?

Rain falls on the harbor; words fall on deaf ears
Trying to paint the river’s song, before it disappears
Mr Thomson’s skyline comes to my mind
Before I fall too deep,
In that all refreshing Devils Blessing
Both of us call sleep.

Mr Thomson what’s it like?
Do those hungry black flies bite?
Can you cup your fleshless hands and drink the stream?
“Well I’m stretched across this light,
Between the morning and the night.”
Won’t you come and paint your way into our dreams?

If you close your eyes and listen, you can hear the “Georgian Moan…”

credits

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

percussion: john morrison
acoustic bass, guitar and vox: sandy mackay

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sandy mackay St John, New Brunswick

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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!
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