Wisdom and Wine

by Roland Digh

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The fourth album in a set of five of original music


released January 1, 2014




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Roland Digh British Columbia

A British writer now living on Vancouver Island. Loves writing songs in different genres and hearing them through other artists. After playing on six continents in some fifty-eight countries he is settling down to write another album.

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Track Name: Many Lovely People
Many Lovely People

Many lovely people came close by my door today
I wished that I had try to say a kindly word
To help them on their way
But I was much too busy
Thinking about myself and what I might do
I hope that no one ever seems to be like that to you

I learned through all my younger years
That we should love our fellow man
No matter who they are or where they came from
We should say, won’t you come again
But once their backs are tuned away
I’ve learned a different view
I hope that no one ever seems to be like that to you

No matter what we’ve seen or what’s been done
We try to tell ourselves we do no wrong
That everyone is free we all belong
And now I know I cannot understand why
Some men will leave a friend alone to cry
Why can’t we live the way we say we are
Track Name: Wisdom and Wine
Wisdom and Wine

My love is a woman, but only a child
She is a vision, a soft swirling smile
A petal of poverty, a queen from a throne
She is wisdom, she is wine
She is sorrow, she is mine

Her eyes are a picture, a dance of the dawn
She moves as a poem, an angelic wand
Her tears fall as stardust caressing her smile
She is wisdom, she is wine
She is sorrow, she is mine

My love’s understanding, a haven of warm
She makes love divinely, desire reborn
And e’er as she trembles all my heart is afire
She is wisdom, she is wine
She is sorrow, she is mine
Track Name: The Tambor Song
The Tambor Song

Some of them won’t make it, no, no, some of them can’t take it
It’s a long way from that pink chiffon to a homegrown baked on café bronze
Some of them’ll cry “Oh, oh, I got a little too much rojo”
In Tambor Bay that first day in the sun

Comin’ in on the evening bus, they were makin’ such a helluva fuss
Herman even turned the water on, the first time in over a week
Then the town folk gave up theirs, so the new folks could sit in the chairs
“Hey, ocho cerbeza, muy pronto, if you please”

They ordered waffles in the morning, got a cute little grin from Tony
They got the Rice and Beans and the coffee much too strong
Then they all ran down to the sand, said, “I’m gonna get as much sun as I can.
I’m gonna bake my body if it takes me all day long”

They spent the best part of the tardes lyin’ flat out on their carcass
Dreams of juicy steaks and ice cream in their heads
They were dyin’ from the heat, when along came the time to eat
“You want the Rice and Beans or the Beans and Rice instead?”

Goin’ out on the mornin’ bus two days later in a helluva muss
They were sunstroked bad all glowin’ like the light of the moon
You could smell all kinds of cream, and a bit of those Rice and Beans
You gotta take your time when you tan in our lagoon
Track Name: Dead Horizon
Dead Horizon

Hypnotic rays of losing sun
entrance the findings of the man
enclosed beyond the thought to run
and hide in timid failures

Before the steps retraced from fear
succumb to stares from lecherous ears
advancing, holding wooden spears
and then retreating deadly

For ripples on a deep lagoon reflect the sounding of the moon
the sun in stumble to its’ tomb of a dead horizon

With no one there to pacify
defame, cremate or crucify
with birth and death to liquefy
in non-existent faith

And doors unopened, windows closed
the rights, the wrongs retreat their flow
far underneath the breast of coal
in bins of losing tonnage

In humorously laughing clouds
who spit their jokes among the crowds
who spit back curses long and loud
and declare a challenge open

And mystic cups still over flown
with beer and wine and caustic soda
long before the junkie shows
that he holds all the answers
Track Name: Love

It’s strange the way the waters drift and for the moon they wane
It’s strange the way the land recedes and of the sun the same
It’s strange the way the treetops bare when winter time comes ‘round
It’s strange and so are many things, so strange when love is found

It’s funny when you see the light you never saw before
And funnier to wait for dark indulging to the core
And funny still to watch the lands at how they live and die
It’s funny, so are many things when love is at your side

It’s new and strange and funny but it’s there and undenied
It’s new, it never seems to age, for a love cannot subside
It’s new, but not rejected; it’s a feeling, not a sound
It’s new, but so are many things when one has love around.
Track Name: Ballad of Justice
Ballad of Justice

In a warm summers eve on the ninth day of June
In the torrid year of fifty nine
A young girl was assaulted and a young girl was killed
Her torn and broken body left behind

Who killed Lynne Harper the town of Clinton cried
Find us a man that we can send away to die
It’s so horrid for a twelve year old to have to die this way
Somebody surely has to pay

A young boy who was with her on the night that she was slain
Was arrested on the day that she was found
Fourteen years old, Steven Truscott was his name
And he became the victim of a town

You killed Lynne Harper you took her for a ride
You might say you are innocent but we say that you’re lyin’
For at Lawsons Bush you stopped & then you raped her on the ground
That’s where the girl you killed was found

On the sixteenth of September after three months in a cell
They impaneled a jury of twelve men
The Judges name was Furgeson, a man of learned years
And in Goodrich the beginning of the end

For without a confession or a bloodstain on his clothes
Eyewitnesses of fingerprints or something he had torn
There was no direct evidence, just circumstantial say
But they found the youngster guilty anyway

For seven long years minds forgot about the crime
Until Isabel Le Bourdais wrote a book
And once again the doubts were raised, the public asking why
Maybe we should take another look

A review was finally granted and the public had to smile
They’d made up their minds he wasn’t guilty after all
The Supreme Court of Canada, the highest in the land
Took Steven Truscott’s life into their hands

And for three long months they would hear it once again
All the evidence that showed the years before
And the doubts were still raised and the country was amazed
This was one case we all were fighting for

But still no one proved of his innocence or guilt
Some thought he should stay in jail & others thought he wouldn’t
But the law says to prove beyond a reasonable doubt
When will they let the young man out

For even of the judges they could not make up their minds
Although eight of them had held that he should stay
But one judge descended; there are thousand more behind
While that boy is in a prison cell today

And what of the laws of this great land of ours
If they can’t prove him guilty why is he behind the bars
And why is Steven Truscott made to suffer out the pain
When the system of our justice is to blame
Track Name: Valley of Recall
Valley of Recall

The light before the waning hours flickers, never glows
Amidst the reaching mountain tops and trickling streams below
It’s my recollection hideaway my valley of recall
The setting where I reminisce my days of rise and fall

And in the deepness of the mist which settles in the field
A self-hypnotic feeling, a command to which I yield
It presents the greatest questions that a man can ever find
It asks the wheres and whys of life, and thoughts of former times

Love has no shelter can’t you see
The evening air comforts me

And throughout nature’s stillest hours
where sound is seldom heard
I contemplate on why I’m here, what purpose I’m to serve
For I feel it is my duty to contribute what I can
For only when I find myself can I be called a man
Track Name: Old Trains
Old Trains

Old trains are dyin’, more planes are flyin’
Crash into a billion little pieces on the ground
Some demonstration for some tiny nation
Sorry ‘bout the kids mom, we’re just tryin’ out a bomb

Bright BMW, red light it just went through
Ran down some old lady as she’s walkin’ ‘cross the street
Hand on the cellular, line direct to a lawyer
“Fax me out a bill John, got to grab a bite to eat”

Sons & daughters, moms and fathers, read the evening news
All the gab in the tabs, “Honey turn back the page”
Grandpa was my hero when I was just a kid
And bobby sox were sexy, ducktails all the rage

We’re all a bunch of thieves stealing blessing on our knees
We pray to go to heaven but we’d rather go to Hell
If you were God, you’d damn the bunch of us
Even saints are sinners now as far as I can tell

Sons & daughters, moms and fathers, read the evening news
All the gab in the tabs, “Honey turn back the page”
Grandma was my hero when I was just a kid
And bobby sox were sexy, ducktails all the rage

I wanna say, give a reminder

Earthquakes and mean typhoons walk the gangplank two by two
Lookin’ ‘round for Noah as they slide into the sea
Dungeons and dragon bits, fat man hollers, “P--- on it.
Someone’s got to go and so it might as well be me”
Track Name: The Glow of Dawn
The Glow of Dawn

We see the blackness of the night
We see the light of the day
We never miss the grey of dusk
That majestic sinking ray

But who of you throughout this land
Would dare to call me wrong
When I declare that the greatest is
The brilliant glow of dawn

For with this glow the daylight comes
A bright and shining morn
A day that should have been here by now
Except that sadists scorn

For there are those among us now
Who live the nights so dark
They’re marching now with their voices strong
Just to see that daylight come

They’ve seen the dusk but not the day
They’ve seen the dark too long
And all the time you can hear them pray
To see that glow of dawn

The rights of them and the rights of us
For we are equal men
And so until we live as one
I’ll lend a helping hand

For hands like yours and mine my friend
Can help to right this wrong
We’ll have to stand and fight as one
No matter how hard or long

And so I’ll stand and I hope with you
Together we’ll be strong
Horizon bound we will turn our eyes
And see that glow of dawn
Track Name: You Are To Me
You Are To Me

You are to me like the morning sun
The dewdrops twinklin’
You are to me when the day is done
My inspiration
You’re all that I ever needed
All I want to know, remember
You are to me like I’m to you

You’re sweet as a newborn flower
Soft as a summer breeze
Fresh as an evening shower
Strong as the love of Jesus
I think of the times we’ve shared
That no one else will know, remember
You are to me like I’m to you

You hold me, sometimes take my breath away
I squeeze you harder
Your love is more than I can ever say
We’ve only just got started
I know it’s hard to understand
That I can love the way you do, but darlin’
You are to me like I’m to you
Track Name: Come Unto Me
Come Unto Me

Come unto me my children, those of universal soul
With a common dad and mother and sis and brother too
With the seek of common knowledge and the hopes of all in find
Come unto me my children so that we’ll not fall behind

Come unto me my cousins let us live and die as one
Let each drink from the bottle and we’ll play and share our fun
We can cry upon our shoulders and condone each others fears
Come unto me my cousins together laugh and share our tears

Come unto me my neighbor join our family today
There are never set conditions and we have no dues to pay
For we live by loving all of you and survive by all your love
Come unto me my neighbor and as one we’ll rise above

Come unto me my enemies so that we can part our hate
Let us sit and break our bread loaf, let us sing and celebrate
For I find to be of hating we must be of loving to
Come unto me my enemy, here, I give my hand to you

Come unto me my yet to meet so that we can be as friends
Let our love for one another be a package that we send
To the ones who do not know us let us try to welcome all
Come unto me my yet to meet and as one we’ll rise and fall

Come unto me you everyone and share my happiness
Disregard your silly worries, give your mind a well earned rest
For it’s now that we should free ourselves it is now we start to live
Come unto me you everyone come and share the love I have