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Your Roots Still Run Deep

by Dan Gooch

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1.
Be my Butternut Oh would you be my butternut And can I have another cup of your love? And if you’ll be my sweet chickpea Then we might make the spiciest of all the meals Oh would you be my honey pie? It doesn’t always make sense (Why?) we’ve got the right ingredients Oh would you be my honey pie? Oh would you be my honey pie? Your butter, your flour your pastry your fillin’ Just add another cup of your sugar And we could make sweet sweet love in the kitchen Oh would you be my honey pie? It doesn’t always make sense (Why?) we’ve got the right ingredients Oh would you be my butternut And can I have another cup of your love?
2.
La Baie Georgienne The sun shines down through the carolinian canopy The tinted sunlight brightens the way I see The yellows and reds on a Thanksgiving weekend The gentle wind brings the rolling waves to my bare feet Our sails catch the breeze as we come about and trade our seats The deep blue sky descends into the Baie Georgienne The soil beneath our feet Does not travel too deep And from the limestone cracks I can hear you speak Your waters whipser then they flow clearly The milky way spans far from this small island The shapes of puzzle pieces drift across the night sky then Set down in our dreams and our minds can rest at ease
3.
Big Old Oak Tree Big old oak tree, why’d have to you lay down and die? Big old oak tree, I feared there’d come a time. The shade you gave us now has gone and that I cannot deny. But your roots still run deep Long since your branches have gone Acorns you scattered now have grown Your roots have kept our soil strong, big old oak tree. Big old boulder, why’d you have to go and keel over? Big old boulder, where am I gonna rest my shoulder? Now that you have gone and crumbled, I will have to find some closure. Well the wind it, whips, the water wears So cruel is every element Yes you were like a rock But time does not relent, big old boulder. Big old oak tree, seems tall trees are layin’ down Big old oak tree, we thought you’d always be around All that you were is up to us to raise from the gound.
4.
Crabapple Tree Zoe, you are a good girl please don’t leave. The sun is high and I don’t want to say goodbye So you will lie in the fronyard Under the crabapple tree Your family will remember the sound of your voice when you spoke But you wouldn’t ever come home when we called you Zoe, you were a good girl but you had to leave The sun was high and it was time to say goodbye But you’ll always lie in the front yard Under the crabapple tree With your family In our memory
5.
Green Lantern Let’s get lit up at the Green Lantern Have another Jar Let’s get lit up at the Green Lantern A beacon in the dark. Bootleg boys are on the boat They head towards the old green glow. They cross the lake, and climb the cliff This ain’t no time for temperance. Open up and down the hatch They say we’re gonna like this batch. Just don’t tell little Mel Tonight we’re gonna raise some hell. They can try to keep us dry Ain’t gonna work, I’ll tell you why Folks ‘round here, one and all We gots to have our alcohol.
6.
Cold Wood Floor I breathe in the cold air and I sigh The trees are all turning to fire I put my feet on the cold wooden floor And I know that we’ll be alright I’ll wear your scarf and you take my sweater We could go out, it’s apple picking weather Take off your socks, feel this cold wooden floor Before we have to go Autumn changed everything, the sound of the seasons changing And regaining our resolve Soon snow will cover the leaves in the park And I will awake in the dark It may seem familiar, this cold wood floor So I will remember the fall.
7.
Mountain Song The mountain called me by the name “Just a little longer, just a little higher,” she sang. I was short of breath, my back was in pain. But all I could hear was that sweet refrain, She sang: ”Keep climbing on. Forget all the rest, just listen to my song. Keep climbing on.” And I was drawn to her voice though I knew it was wrong. But the mountain kept on singing all the same: “Step up, step lighter, step after step, don’t delay.” I had come so far, there was no turning back, no way. Just me, you and the mountain and I could not resist her refrain. She sang: ”Keep climbing on. Forget all the rest, just listen to my song. Keep climbing on.” And I was drawn to her voice though I knew it was wrong. The hardest thing I had to do To tune out that mountain so I could hear you. But from now on I’ll be drawn to your voice cause I know it’s the right choice.
8.
Rouge River Blues Rouge River blues Beavers and canoes Honey give me a peak Just hike up your Petticoat Creek Rouge River maiden Forget that Frenchman’s Bay man Baby, I’ll row your boat Just hike up your Petticoat Creek I can’t take it any longer Show me your body of water Rouge River blues Beavers and canoes Honey give me a peak Just hike up your Petticoat Creek
9.
Radiant Lake 03:26
Radiant Lake The summer can’t last forever But what if it could, would I feel any better?the On a soft bed of rocks I can comfortably lie. And look up at the clouds as they pass me by. Oh Radiant Lake give me one more day To savour late summer’s delight Oh Radiant Lake just one more day Then I’ll be on my way I waited so long for the summer to glow So quickly the green burned to brown I foud this spot on my soft bed of rocks But should I have even laid down? Chorus There’s no denying a chill in the air Yet with a chill comes a fire I’ve laid here so long on my soft bed of rocks That even from rest I am tired. Chorus Oh Radiant Lake just one more day Then I’ll be on my way
10.
Drive into the Sun The red and white light in the twighlight, a patriotic glow But these citizens all drive too slow. The sun explodes on the horizon and a warm feeling grows And these eyes are tempted by the visor But I leave it up and drive Drive straight into the sun once again Twice a day, get aways from the wheels spinning The horizon unwinds as the dotted white lines take me straight to the sun Someone had the bright idea to save the daylight But for me it never works out right Though it’s light the sun gets heavy on the road into the night And these eyes are tempted by the visor But I leave it up and drive Chorus Drive straight into the sun A warm feeling grows Down to the bone I feel it grow Chorus
11.
Mars Shadow 05:49
Mars Shadow We paddled in not knowing what might begin In a tent on an island we settled in A nice spot to stay as our fire crackled away What was perfect that day would soon go away But we knew that you’d have to go But we didn’t know about that funny red glow And our Mars Shadow With no moon in sight the planet provided the light Our shadows that night made everything right But soon came the day the red turned to grey I had to stay and you went away Chorus

about

Your Roots Still Run Deep is Dan Gooch’s debut album, released independently in October 2013.

For his full-length first offering, Dan Gooch serves up a brassy mix of roots ballads and barn burners. Your Roots Still Run Deep is inspired by family history and the Canadian wilderness. Crabapple Tree and Big Old Oak Tree lament the passing of family members and friends while Green Lantern and Rouge River Blues make light of Dan’s Great Grandfather’s fabled speak-easy and home town of Pickering, Ontario. Radiant Lake, Cold Wood Floor, and Drive into the Sun describe emotional experiences associated with the passage of Canadian seasons. Mountain Song takes us overseas and recounts Dan`s encounter with Mount Fuji. La Baie Georgienne and Mars Shadow document stunning natural phenomena encountered in Ontario`s wilderness and Be my Butternut is just a straight-up gourmet love song.

Dan’s lyrics are emphasized by sweeping vocal arrangements. Long-time musical collaborator Emily Jill West delivers haunting vocal lines and Jono Gooch offers his magical brother harmonies.

Soaring yet intricate Brass Quartet arrangments feature prominently on Your Roots Still Run Deep and they are what sets Dan Gooch’s music apart. Dan arranged and performed each part with varying combinations of Trumpet, Flugel horn, Trombone and Euphonium.

All instruments on the album were recorded acoustically. Jim Sexton’s Double Bass occupies all of the right spaces, venturing far beyond expected bass territory. All other instruments are performed by Dan. No guitars were used, instead replaced by chucking ukulele and claw-hammer banjolele. Dan recorded the piano parts on the piano he learned on as a child. The Harmonium provides a hypnotizing harmonic bed to complete the harmonic landscape.

Your Roots Still Run Deep was recorded by Dan Gooch and mixed and mastered by Mike Butlin. It’s at once an earnest artistic debut and a showcase of Dan’s extensive tool kit.

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released October 17, 2013

All songs written and arranged by Dan Gooch.

Dan Gooch - Voice and all instruments
except:
Jim Sexton - Double Bass
Jono Gooch - Voice
Emily Jill West - Voice

Recorded by Dan Gooch.
Mixed and mastered by Mike Butlin.

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Dan Gooch Toronto, Ontario

Trumpet player Dan Gooch always found it a shame that he couldn’t sing when he played his instrument. Now singer-songwriter Dan Gooch has a hard time deciding what to play while he sings. Sometimes he still wishes it was the trumpet.

Dan Gooch is a multi-instrumentalist who is based out of Toronto's Junction neighbourhood.
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