Pacificana

by Tamara Power-Drutis

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Reimagined americana songs of the Pacific Northwest (Pacificana) from mid-19th Century through early 20th Century exploring the settlement era, Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the Wobblies, travel to the west, and their influence on our local culture.

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released April 29, 2013

This recording was made possible by co-sponsorship from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in partnership with Tamara Power-Drutis.

Lead Vocals: Tamara Power-Drutis
Backup Vocals: Ian Williams, Annie Janzter
Backup Choir: Emily Westman, Robert Power-Drutis, Natalie Mai Hall
Guitar and Ukulele: Ian Williams
Drums and Percussion: Emily Westman
Double Bass: Scott Teske
Harmonium: Robert Power-Drutis
Piano: Robert Power-Drutis
Cello: Natalie Mai Hall
Trumpet: Ian Williams
Flute: Annie Jantzer

Producer: Katie Mosehauer
Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Pierre Ferguson
Recording Engineer: Justin Davis

Album Art by ERG Designs
www.elizabethgahan.com/Home_ERGDesigns.html

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Check out the new Pacificana EP! Reimagined songs of the Pacific Northwest, a project co-sponsored by the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Track Name: Ghosts of the West
LYRICS

Here where room and silence keep
Companionship, in state austere
The dignity of death is here,
The lonely vastness of the great expanses
The native sons now rest

Above the gleaming skies of gold
One lone and mighty peak is seen
While gathered at it’s feet in green
Ten thousand destined men are told;
The native sons refuse
To rest
The ghosts of west

And still so still so still the air
Our burden drops the web of care
And still so still so still the air

Beneath the sunset’s golden sheaves
The awful deep walks with the deep,
Where silent sea doves slip and sweep,
And commerce keeps her loom and weaves
The native sons refuse
To rest
The ghosts of the west

And still so still so still the air
Track Name: York Addition
LYRICS

Too ree ama, too ree ay
Too ree ama, too ree ay

Down on the corner of dock and holly, a woman comes and says to me
“Will you come and work for Jesus?”
I asked “how much does Jesus pay?”
And she tells me “Jesus pays no money”
I say “Well I wont work for him
I’ll go down to York addition and find a job with Charley Lind.”
Track Name: Cold Water
LYRICS

Cold water
Cold water for me

I’ll go to the brook and I’ll go to the spring
and over bubbles I merrily sing
I’ll go through the woods and I’ll go to the spring
and over bubbles I’ll merrily merrily merrily sing

Cold water
Cold water for me

There’s nothing so pure and nothing quite so free
Cold water pours over me
There’s nothing like water to give
The strength we need for to live
Track Name: Celia Mine
LYRICS

A love sad was parting from his dear one
And both were tasting bitterness and woe
For though they long had planned upon their marriage
Their parents both had sternly ordered “No”

You are too young they said and have no money
On which the family’s burden to begin
Then let me go he said, and seek a fortune
If I go West I know I’m bound to win

I will see you in Seattle Celia Mine
It won’t be long till 1909
Like henceforth will all be song
Be it short of be it long
When I see you in Seattle Celia Mine

The years had quickly passed since they had parted
Through trials hard the youth had fought his way
Though hindered oft, he maintained his devotion
And persevered nough else will ever pay
A little land he bought for for a beginning
And quickly sold for double what he’d paid
Thus prospered from the first and blessed from Heaven
The groundwork for a fortune soon was laid
Track Name: Pie in the Sky
Long haired preachers come out every night
Try to tell us what’s wrong and what’s right
But when asked about something to eat
THey will answer in voices so sweet

You will eat
By and By
In that glorious land about the sky
Work and pray
Live on hay
You’ll get pie in the sky when you die

And the starvation amry they play
And they sing and they clap and thy pray
Till they get all your coin on the drum
Then they’ll tell you when you’re on the bum

If you fight hard for children and wife
Try to get something good in this life
You’re a sinner and bad man they tell
When you die you will go straight to hell