The Wayfarer

by Megan Thom

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about

My debut album is a collection of nine songs that were born over the past 5 years of traveling, storytelling, learning and loving.

The fragile bones of voice and chords have been fleshed out with incredible creativity and consummate musicality by the amazing gentlemen mentioned in the credits.

The Wayfarer is an invitation to a journey. Care to join?

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released January 31, 2014

Megan Thom – vocals, guitar
Christopher Herbst – vocals, dobro
Alex Rempel – bass, mandolin
Rodrigue Dechaine – cajón
Geoff Howe – bass, guitar, vocals
All compositions by Megan Thom except the lyrics of “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by W.B. Yeats (Public domain in Canada).

Album Art by Cat Thom
Graphic Design by Jessica Yarish

Produced by Geoff Howe at Floor Session Studio
Mastered by Tad Ruszel at Lone Harmonic Studio

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Megan Thom Vancouver, British Columbia

Megan Thom is a versatile singer-songwriter who honed her talent in the pubs of Galway, Ireland, the lodges of Churchill, Manitoba and the shoe stores of rural Switzerland. Her music draws from her diverse musical training that includes soul, jazz, bluegrass, celtic folk songs, gospel, klezmer and opera. ... more

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Track Name: Crossroads
Well, I am just a rambling soldier, discharged from the war
With my fiddle in my hand
I roam without no purpose and I roam without no aim
In this strange new land (break)
It’s all the same

One day I met a stranger just standing by the road
He said son take heed
I see you’re lookin kind rough, of trouble you have seen enough
I know just what you need

If you’ll just meet me at the crossroads when the stroke of midnight’s coming
Don’t you dare be late
If you’ll just meet me at the crossroads when your wildest dreams are coming true
Don’t hesitate
It’s not too late

He said I’ll make to you an offer that’ll help you fill your coffer
You could be the richest man
Gold and jewels, pretty women, finest silks and finest linen
For that fiddle in your hand

If you’ll just meet me at the crossroads when the stroke of midnight’s coming
Don’t you dare be late
If you’ll just meet me at the crossroads when your wildest dreams are comin true
Don’t hesitate
It's not too late

Well that soldier’s eyes did widen, he had no trouble deciding
He had nothing left to lose
My walking boots are old and worn, my clothing it is ripped and torn
And my fiddle it is yours

He said, “I’ll meet you at the crossroads when the stroke of midnight’s coming
I will not be late.
He said, “I’ll meet you at the crossroads when my wildest dreams are coming true,
I won’t hesitate.”
It’s now too late

Well that stranger started grinning and he had a contract written
He said sign it if you will
When the agreement it was finished, well that stranger he did vanish
But his voice echoes still

If you’ll just meet me at the crossroads when the stroke of midnight’s coming
Don’t you dare be late
If you’ll just meet me at the crossroads when your wildest dreams are comin true
Don’t hesitate

And it said, “Meet me at the crossroads when the stroke of midnight’s coming
And you can’t resist the pull
And it said, “Meet me at the crossroad, you’ve a debt that must be paid
And I’ll collect it in full

And it said, “Meet me at the crossroads when the stroke of midnight’s coming
And you can’t resist the pull
And it said, “Meet me at the crossroad, you’ve a debt that must be paid
And I’ll collect it in full

'Cause that fiddle was your soul
Track Name: The Rain Song
And the rain it keeps on falling
It’s falling to the ground

Well I woke up this morning in my white house on the shore
My husband he was snoring and the kids they wanted more
The chickens they are cooing and they need to be fed
Well I guess that I should get out of bed

Well the tide is low now and there’s oysters in those swells
The seaweed for the garden must be got before it smells
There’s driftwood to be milled up for the fire that keeps us warm
And we’ll all be safe inside before the storm

Well life out on these islands can be hard, it can be wet
When the weasel gets your chickens or your boat it is upset
Then the tide comes in with treasures someone lost now and then
But I guess that I would do it all again
Track Name: Sun Song
The sun never says to the earth
"You owe me."
The earth never says to the sun
"Well, we tried."
Look what happens with a love like that
it lights up the whole sky

And the sun shines down to the sea
12 bar instrumental

The earth never says to the roots
"You owe me."
The roots never say to the earth
"Well, we're through."
Look what happens with a love like that
all the flowers that ever grew.

And the sun shines down through the trees.
12 bar instrumental

The mother never says to her child,
"We're finished."
The child never says to her mother,
"Well, we're done."
Look what happens with a love like that
All the children ever born.

And the sun shines down
over me
Track Name: He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Track Name: Selkie Dreaming
Moonlight scatters on the shore
I was just a boy, not much more
The most beautiful woman was dancing there
And the moonlight shone on her selkie hair

I watched them dance round and round
Their pelts were scattered on the ground
She stole my heart with a glance
So I stole her pelt, she had no chance

A selkie’s freedom is her life
You stole my pelt and made me your wife
I will serve, I have no choice
A selkie’s freedom is her voice

We settled on that rocky beach
Life was hard, but we had each other
I caught the fish, you baked the bread
I thought you’d stay, that’s what you said

But then one night the waves were rough
You heard the call and it was too much
You found your pelt, hidden there
And the moonlight shone on your selkie hair

The waves were calling to the sea
The selkies sing their songs to me
I will not serve, I’ve made my choice
A selkie’s freedom is her voice

Now I stand alone on the shore
Now I am old, there’s not much more
So I spend my days waiting here
To see the moon on selkie hair
Track Name: The Wayfarer
When I first come to this country in 1849
I saw many fair lovers but never saw mine
I viewed it all around me saw that I was quite alone
And me a poor stranger and a long way from home

And I wish that I could fly away
And I wish that I could fly on home

Well I am just a poor stranger I’m a long way from home
I left my dear old mama and my papa all alone
I came to find a better life, the hope of something more
It’s been a long ride and I’m tired of knocking at that door

Well do you see me standing there, would you reach out your hand?
Or pretend that I’m not there or that I don’t understand?
Can you see me? Can you hear me? Don’t you know that I’m alive?
I’ve come a long way just to say that I’ll survive

Well I am brave and I am hungry, I am lost and I am found
I don’t know where I am going, I don’t know where I belong
But you see me, and you hear me, and you know that I’m alive
I’ve come a long way just to say that I’ll survive
I’ve come a long way and I know that I’ll be fine

Oh I wish I was a turtle dove
Had wings and could fly
Far away to my lover’s lodgings
Till morning was night
And there in her lily white arms
I’d lay there all night
And look through the pretty windows for the dawning of day

And I wish that I could fly away
And I wish that I could fly on home
Track Name: Miracle
You open your eyes wide to see the sun
You open your eyes wide, the day has come
For the first time in history
There is you and there is me

You open your eyes and you are in my arms
You look up at the sky and realize you’ve come
For the first time in history
You open your eyes wide and you can see

And I’ve wondered so long and I’ve wandered so far
To see you grow, to see who you are
There has never been more miracle than
And in all the stars in all of the skies
In all the secrets of those mountains high
There has never been more miracle than

From where do you come, little one?
And what do you see in your dreams?
Do you know who I am?
Do you know who you’ll be?

And I’ve wondered so long and I’ve wandered so far
To see you grow, to see who you are
There has never been more miracle than
And in all the roots in all of the trees
In all the waves in all the seas
There has never been more miracle than you

Who knows where you will go?
Who knows what you will find?
Who knows what you will see with those open eyes
But wherever you may go
And whatever you may find
There will never be more miracle than you