Across the Sea

by Luke Mercier & Rolling River

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The main idea behind the tunes chosen and written is that music is a constant living creation from many strands of human experience. Some of the most obvious would be the early African-American stringbands, the Round Peak playing of Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell, Kentucky fiddlers such as Clyde Davenport, Hiram and Art Stamer, Snake Chapman, early New Orleans jazz, Gospel, and even rock 'n roll. Old time music never was a retreat from other worlds of music, but part of the multi-cultural soup we swim in. The bottom line is we play music we like. We find these tunes incredibly fun, earthy and joyous. If anything we hope we're catching just some of the vitality and spirit we hear in those musicians we love - both those contemporary and those from an earlier age.

~ Tim Bergen

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released 27 March 2003
Tracks 2,6,8,10, & 13 recorded by Grant Edmonds at the Dark Studio in Toronto, ON. Canada.
Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, & 12 recorded by Dave Vanderploeg at Naturally Digital.
Track 5 recorded by Luke Mercier at the cabin.
Produced by Dave Vanderploeg and Luke Mercier.

Copyright 2003 Luke Mercier & Rolling River.
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Track Name: Fortune
Once I had a fortune,
All locked up in the trunk.
But I lost it all a gamblin'
One night when I got drunk.

Wish I had a pretty little horse
And corn to feed him on.
And a pretty little wife stay at home,
And feed him when I'm gone.
Track Name: Handsome Molly ~ Across the Sea
Handsome Molly

Wished I was in London,
or some other seaport town,
I'd set my foot on a steamboat
and sail the ocean round

Chorus

Sail across the ocean
Sail across the sea.
I'd think of Handsome Molly
Wherever she may be

I saw her in church last Sunday
and she passed me on by
I could tell her heart was changing
By the roving of her eye

Sail across the ocean
Sail across the sea.
I'd think of Handsome Molly
Wherever she may be

Now don't you remember Molly
When you gave me your right hand
You said if you'd ever marry
that I would be your man

Sail across the ocean
Sail across the sea.
I'd think of Handsome Molly
Wherever she may be

Now you have broken your promise
Go home with whom you please
While my poor heart is aching
Here lying at your ease

Sail across the ocean
Sail across the sea.
I'd think of Handsome Molly
Wherever she may be

Her hair as black as a raven
Her eyes as black as coal
Her cheeks shone like the Lillies
Out in the morning glow

Sail across the ocean
Sail across the sea.
I'd think of Handsome Molly
Wherever she may be