Overview & Credits


Introducing Uncle Steve's first World Music collaboration, in an EP release of his soulful standards.


track 1

vox & keys - hans henning backhaus
vox - lotte kivikas
arrangement - hans henning backhaus

engineered by hans henning backhaus
engineered at blue planet music
bavaria, germany
www.blueplanetmusic.de

lotte's vocals engineered by lotte kivikas
engineered at lotte's home
stockholm, sweden
www.myspace.com/lokivikas

© 2010 d. s. mcphail - socan

tracks 2-7

steve mcphail - vox, guitar, percussion
andrew beddoes - drums, keys, strings
dave campbell - bass
ahava shira, kaia mitchell, debbi neher - backup vox

engineered by andrew beddoes

recorded at - andrew beddoes productions
salt spring island, bc, canada
ajbeddoes@live.com

mastered by dan rudick

mastered at jacknlefty's multimedia services
jacknlefty@saltspring.com

© 2007 d. s. mcphail - socan

Spirit Warriors

lyric by stephen mcphail
music by henning backhaus

From the centre of the world
clearly see that what we do...
Is like a shadow on the ground
while our vision is what's true...

Oh great spirit, help us to sway
as blooming blossoms on your tree...
We perform our dance of power
nourished by life's mystery...

Season's rain for crying things
help us grow to stand up tall...
Spirit warriors laugh at those
who keep trying to make us small...

From the centre of the world
grows the eternal flowering tree...
Full of leaves and singing birds
it's the soul of being free...

The Abyss

lyric by stephen mcphail
music by aaron bewza

Driving downtown
cruising a desert highway...
Tumble weed homeless
curled up on the sidewalk...
Strip malls & billboards
like cactus & sagebrush...
Far as the mountains
along the horizon...

Desert highway... Sun going down...
Desert highway... Lunar eclipse...
Desert highway... I'm going down..
That highway... Into the night..

Trying to avoid
armadillo roadkill...
Honking at buzzards
circling overhead...
Coyote dj
howling ads & news bites...
Bug music droning
in between...
Stalking a jaguar
who's stalking me...
Weaving through canyons
Of concrete & steel...
Wind devil in the alley
blowing garbage about...
Chopper ghost rider
giving a traffic report...

Come On

lyric by ann lindberg / stephen mcphail
music by stephen mcphail

Here you come again...
Down the street towards me...
Baby, you are so fine...
Wind dancing in yr hair...
Sun smiling on yr face...
Want to make you mine...

Come on, baby,
Come on, baby, let's talk...
Come on, baby...
Walk with me...

Just looking at you...
Drives me crazy...
Baby, you are so fine...
Like rumbling surf...
Rolling up the beach...
Making you mine...

Come on, baby...
Come on, baby, let's rock...
Come on, baby...
Roll on over me...

Yr one in a million...
My girl for life...
Baby, you are so fine...
When yr smiling at me...
Birds sing in the sky...
I'm glad yr mine...

Come on, baby...
Come on, baby, let's twist...
Come on, baby...
Shake all over this...

Deed to Paradise

lyric by ann lindberg / stephen mcphail
music by eduardo teja / stephen mcphail

With you I had everything
Sharing the deed to paradise...
Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh
Through the power of love...
We were blessed ones,
Sharing the deed to paradise...

Think I know what love is
Love has given me strength...
Think I know what love is
Love has given me hope...
Think I know what love is
The deed to paradise...

Played a trick on my self
Losing the deed to paradise...
Tempted by forbidden fruit
Squandered our precious love...
Losing my faith, naked & ashamed,
Losing the deed to paradise...

I received my just reward
Finding the deed to paradise...
Taught me I was not alone
Forgiving others, I forgave myself...
We are blessed ones,
Finding the deed to paradise...

Coconuts

lyric & music by stephen mcphail

Till all sad songs are sung
Clowns all laugh till we're free...
Birds freeze from fear of flying
Fish forget how to swim in the sea...

Put yrself to it...
Yr heart & yr soul...
Till coconuts fall off the tree...

Till soldiers are all wreathed in glory
Terrorists have all sold their story...
Politicians all live up to their press
Homeless have all become homey...

hen you put yr arms around me
Dancing a torrid fandango...
Cherish the moment of bliss in a kiss
& Wild monkey love all a tango...

Refugee Highway

lyric by stephen mcphail
music by eduardo teja & stephen mcphail

Dreaming of a dream
Of shelter from the storming...
Sturdy grove of trees
Birds chirping in the morning...

Shut out the horror
Exploding nightmare overhead...
Sudden blasts of gunfire
Newborn orphans in their bed...

Refugee highway...

Widows flee with other strangers
Survivors take what can be carried...
Avoid the soldiers, bribe the smugglers
Homes & belongings now all buried...

Searching for this night to end
Leaning weary to the light of day...
Seems half the world is struggling
Down this refugee highway...

Sailor's Valentine

lyric & music by stephen mcphail

Punchdrunk fighter
numb to the pounding...
This ship careens from wave to the next...
Walking dead crew stagger their watch...
Convinced of our doom
the captain's been hexed...

Grinding their teeth
& cracking their knuckles...
Banshees weep & wail...
Cannibal combers
chew 'round the edges...
What's left of our tattered sail...

Might say it's just a mirage...
Delusion of the sleep deprived...
Rapture that comes diving too deep...
Or, I'm just simply out of my mind...

My compass rose
through dangerous seas...
Sailor's valentine...
My only abiding destination
Sailor's valentine...

Up in the rigging, happy as pie...
Dancing with frozen fingers & feet...
Safe in my heart, the memory of you...
Food for my soul, all that I need...

Might say it's just a mirage...
Delusion of the sleep deprived...
Rapture that comes diving too deep...
Or, I'm just simply out of my mind...

Anyway, you want to look at it...
Makes me feel just fine...
The joy just thinking of you...
My sailor's valentine...

My morning star in a clearing sky...
Sailor's valentine...
My only abiding destination
Sailor's valentine...

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