ROOTS

by Duff MacDonald

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"This album is a culmination of all of my musical influences over the years which includes the sounds of country, gospel, pop, rock, folk bluegrass and of course ROOTS."
There are some songs on the album which are traditional folk and gospel that I took and arranged to suit my style." The album is reminiscent of Eva Cassidy, Loreena McKennitt or Duncan Sheik with a taste of Ben Harper. Where within one album you will hear varying styles of music.
It is the soulful music of the southern gospel Baptist church, the haunting melodies of Scotland, the simple Country Pop and Folk of the prairies of Canada and the uplifting Bluegrass mountain music of the 1930’s with a contemporary twist. " I love the sound of tribal drums, rhythm guitar, accordian and strings...that flavors most of the music on here."
"It's the music that influenced me over the span of my career. I always wondered why I couldn't get this album made for some reason. It wasn't time. I needed to have all those musical experiences, to have the privilege to work with those incredible musicians like Bob Foster (Jann Arden, Rock of Ages, We Will Rock You), Jester Hairston (Amen, Mary's Boy Child) and Tony Quarrington and gain the knowledge and respect for the artists and styles, first and foremost, then it just came to me."

BIOGRAPHY
Hailing from the wide open prairies of Saskatchewan, Duff has been singing and songwriting since the age of seven. He picked up the guitar at age fourteen and went on to win the Saskatchewan Search For the Stars at age 16. He also was a finalist in the Music City Song Festival in Nashville for his song “Dreamin". His first professional recording came on a CD Compilation entitled “Desolation Sound” . Duff received airplay for “If I Only Had the Time” and “In the Night” on CBC Radio Canada.

He spent most of his childhood singing Gospel and Pop music with the local church choir and from that formed a Pop Gospel Vocal group called "Just Friends", who subsequently were chosen to perform at the EXPO 86 World's Fair in Vancouver. After High School, he garnered a full scholarship to study Opera at North Dakota State University but soon found himself in Vancouver performing, writing and recording.

As a part of the wave of the African Relief efforts he was asked to perform on the Saskatchewan African Relief Recording/video entitled “Wheatheart” and on the recording/video of “Light a Child’s Life”(Toronto Sick Kid’s Hospital) on Canada’s Much Music in 1989.

Mr. MacDonald is a seasoned performer of the stage, radio and television, acting in over 30 musicals and plays across Canada and the USA. He has also appeared in several national and international commercials . You are sure to have seen him in film and television roles like Cinderella Man, Foolproof, The Music Man, Jane Doe, G-Spot and Once a Thief.

RECENT TV APPEARANCES: EP # 13 "The Being Frank Show" CHCH TV (www.beingfrank.com), "Daytime" Toronto Rogers TV, "Scene and Heard" Mark Campbell/GLOBAL TV (Lethbridge, AB)

Official CD Release Party was held at Bread and Circus, Toronto. Opening Act: Dirty Dishes.
Appearing on stage with Duff in the band was Juno award winning Tony Quarrington (guitar/mandolin) and Canadian National Fiddle Champion Scott Woods along with Cathy Nosaty, Gary Justice, Ben Birchard, Bobby Prohaska, Craig Fair, Danny Williams and Michelle Berting.

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released February 6, 2011

LINER NOTES:

Album Produced by Duff MacDonald

Dedicated to Mom and Dad.

Thank You...Martin for his inspiration and constant love, support and talent. Lindsay Case @Indie Pool, The MacDonald Clan, Jean Warner, Maxine Oucharek, "Just Friends", Betty Wittig, Vern and Carol Gay Bell, Bev MacDonald for exposing me to so much music and many great artists, Bev Delich, Alex Mustakas and the Drayton Family, Robert Foster for teaching me how music is really supposed to sound, Michael Lerner, Michael Gabriel, Gary Justice at REVsound, Craig Arnatt at Desolation Sound Studio, Shauna MacDonald and "Cookie Pussy" and all those great artists who took a chance and inspired all of us on many levels.

All Music and Lyrics by Duff MacDonald except Will Ye Go Lassie Go (W. McPeake), Wayfaring Stranger, I Know I’ve Been Changed (C. Tindley), Muddy Water (from "Big River"/Roger Miller), Motherless Child and The Water Is Wide and Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (J.Burke/Al Dubin). All mechanical rights purchased.

Arranged, recorded, mixed and played by Duff MacDonald
except Water Is Wide (REVsound/Gary Justice - Gary Justice: Electric Guitar, Cathy Nosaty: Accordian) and Garden of Eden (Michael Lerner Studio/Michael Lerner: Guitar and Tambourine) in Toronto, ON. Canada.

All vocals and backing vocals by Duff MacDonald
All songs produced by Duff MacDonald 2010.
Album Design by Martin Kilpert and Duff MacDonald

© 2011 Duff MacDonald Music
SOCAN/BMI - Unauthorized reproduction, copying or rental of these recordings are strictly prohibited by law. All Rights Reserved. Made in Canada.

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Hailing from the wide open prairies of Saskatchewan, Duff has been singing and songwriting since the age of seven. He picked up the guitar at age fourteen and went on to win the Saskatchewan Search For the Stars at age 16. He also was a finalist in the Music City Song Festival in Nashville for his song “Dreamin". His first professional recording came on a CD Compilation entitled “Desolation Sound” ... more

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Track Name: I Am Fine
There was a time when I had everything
You on my mind you made me sing
I'd look to you like an only child
Why do I keep the joker wild

I laid my heart upon my ragged sleeve
I never thought you'd ever leave
I vowed to you to be ever true
I am now decidedly blue

Chorus
I am low and feeling left
I am left and feeling low
I will learn from my mistake
What to give and what to take
I am low

Walkin' downtown my own best friend
When will the phone calls ever end
I stopped waiting by the phone
From now on I'm gonna be alone


I am low and feeling left
I am left feeling low
I will learn from my mistake
What to give and what to take

I won't give anymore
I wont wait at the door
Like a blind man I see
LIke a bird I am free

Chorus
I am fine and feeling left

I am left feeling fine
I will learn from this mistake
How much to give and never take
REPEAT LAST CHORUS

I am fine
I am fine, my mistake
I am fine, I am fine, I am fine.
Track Name: Roots
Some people livin' high on the hog
I live the simple life with no problems at all
These are my roots, these are my roots

The tracks were my friend
The old half tonne barely ran
I got six siblings gone
But I am not alone
These are my roots, I'm not alone, hey hey

Chorus:
My roots grow strong and deep
I can feel it in my feet
From my head to my toes
And the earth down below
These are my roots

Now some peeps have changed
And t'other way
I'm diggin my own trench
Gonna fight till I'm dead
These are my roots, I 'll move ahead

Repeat Chorus

Now don't think of me
Old fashioned and square
I want my 45's
And still know I can jive
These are my roots
I'm 45 and I can jive!

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Deceived
Seems like every time I start somethin'
Its breaks apart like bread in my hands
I met you and I dreamed of heaven
But what we had seeped through like sand

Chorus:
Deceived
Broken and betrayed
Deceived
It cannot stay this way
Only my heart tells the truth
Of my next move
Where am I going to?

Now every time I see you in the street
It makes me want to scream out loud
How can you smile and say "see ya soon"?
All I want is to run and shout
Chorus
Break

Even when your heart is healed and done
And the tide is going out
I thought I could stand alone again
But I wish I had never met you before

I was....
Deceived....

Of my next move.
Track Name: English Bay
I'm goin' home on a flight named number ninety nine
The clouds will part the sea will wave me in to my shore

I'm goin' home to the family is always there
They stand alone and far away I'm gettin' near

To English Bay on a summers day
English Bay
Yea....
On Sunset Beach no snow on the reach
Is Sunset Beach

I'm goin home the people tall
The buildings small
The rent is due they can't sue me for my shoes

On English Bay on a summers day
English Bay
On Sunset Beach no snow on the reach
Is Sunset Beach

Don't fade away English Bay
Behind the mist
If you're gonna leave
Please take me
Cause I'd surely miss

English Bay on a summers day
English Bay
On Sunset Beach
No snow on the reach
English Bay on a summers day
On Sunset Beach
No snow on the reach is Sunset Beach

Repeat and fade....
English Bay Sunset Beach
English Bay Sunset Beach
Track Name: I Know I've Been Changed
I know I've been changed
I know I've been changed
I know I've been changed
angels in Heaven done signed my name

Well if you don't believe that I've been redeemer
you know the (angels in Heaven done signed my name)

oh follow me down to that old Jordan stream
angels in Heaven done signed my name

I stepped in the water and the water was cold
you know the angels in Heaven done signed my name

oh it chilled my body but not my soul
angels in Heaven done signed my name
Track Name: Will Ye Go Lassie Go
Oh the summertime is coming
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?
Chorus
And we'll all go together
To pluck wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?

I will build my love a tower
Near yon' pure crystal fountain
And on it I will build
All the flowers of the mountain
Will ye go, Lassie go?

If my true love she were gone
I would surely find another
Where wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather
Will ye go, Lassie go?
Track Name: Different
I've seen you before
But not in this skin
I've seen your face before
But all in a dream
I've seen this before
But this time its gonna be different
I know it'll be different

It's gonna be different this time
With only you my friend

Take this hand I offer
It only happens once
Once and then it's over
But it's not over (its not over)
No its not over (its not over)
Its only just begun
To really make a difference

Yea, we're gonna make a difference
You and I
We can be different
If we try
Let's make a difference
You and I
It can be very very very different
This time
Mmmm....yea

Birds of a feather
They're gonna stick together
You can try and tear us apart
But you won't get far
No you won't get far
We're gonna stick together
Those birds of a feather
You can try and tear us apart
But you won't get far
We'll stick together
Birds of a feather
They always stick together.
Track Name: I'm Waiting
I'm waiting for a change in my life
I'm waiting for a time that feels right
I'm waiting inside a world of lost souls
They're also waiting for a time to grow old

And Its all inside our minds
And we'll go on living
Time after time
Though they tell us
That they'll send us all that we need
By the time it gets here
We're no longer in need
We're waiting...

I'm waiting for the wall to break down
I'm waiting for a war to break out
I'm waiting for I cannot help the poor
They're also waiting for the food at their door

Chorus
We're all waiting for God to help us cope
We're all searching for a glimmer of hope
We'll all be waiting for a long long time
Cause the answers we're looking for are deep, deep inside

Chorus....
Track Name: Leave Her Alone
All that it took was the touch of his hand
Caressing a baby who could barely even stand
How can we know what really happened there
This baby's face looks so scared

Leave her alone
She's only a baby
Leave her alone
She's just a child
And now that it's over
Doesn't mean she's OK
Its only just begun
Her life has just begun

It took a load of courage to do what she's done
It took a lot off her teenage years
She's lost all she'd won
She's burnin up in inside
Help her to put out the fire
You're all she requires

CHORUS X2

Spoken Word:
Mom: And tell Mommy again what you said you'd do to him if he came in here?
Child: I said I'm gonna kick his ask.
Mom: Oh, thats not nice.
Child: If he gonna come in here, he's gonna kick my ask
Mom: He will?
Child: Yea, he'll come out of the movie, he'll come out, he'll come out and kick my ask, but I can kick his ask.
Mom: But that's not a nice word, you should say kick his butt
Child: Oh......
Track Name: Wayfaring Stranger
I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger
A-traveling through, this world of woe.
Yet there's no sickness, toil nor danger
In that bright land, to which I go.
I'm going there to see my father
I'm going there no more to roam;
I'm just go-ing over Jordan
I'm just go-ing over home.

I know dark clouds will gather round me
I know my way is rough and steep;
Yet beauteous fields lie just before me
Where God's redeemed, their vigils keep
I'm going there to see my mother
She said she'd meet me when I come;
I'm just go-ing over Jordan
I'm just go-ing over home.

I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger
I'm just go-ing over home.
Track Name: Walk Over Water
Dominus Sanctus Amen Amen

Everyday's a constant struggle
In the world we're all in trouble
Turn on the TV
Propaganda runnin' wild

We're all like children in a playground
Never knowing when we'll fall
Take my hand
A better world
Waits ahead

CHORUS
Then we'll walk over water
Yes we'll walk over water
Oh we'll walk over water
To the other side
Yeah....Oh....ohhh

Feed the children kill the forests
We're all blind until they show us
Nothin' left now
Unless we all
Take control

CHORUS
Track Name: Kimelly
Spoken: She came from the wilderness
She danced like fire
Like spark to a flame
She drank my desire

Your eyes
They shine in the night
And your smile
It gleams like a childs
When you walk all the world revolves around you
Never looking back on what they say or do

In time
You never tapped your feet
And with your mind
There was always a guarantee
I've always wondered
How two young hearts could know so well
They'd be the best of friends

CHORUS:
So open your heart, your heart baby
And feel me inside you
I warm the cold, the cold, the cold
Held captive inside your soul
Kimelly
Yea....

So now
Your show is on the line
And you've moved up
But they're not crying, no they're not crying
So all you've missed is the tears for your compassion
Nobody sees the love that is shot from your heart

Chorus

Vocal Break:
No no no.....
Um cha um cha um cha

Chorus
Track Name: Garden Of Eden
He's out by the campfire
Jivin' with Doreen
Pitchin his fastball mighty fine
Smokin and swearin
Don't care whose carin'
In his Garden of Eden in the shade

Pickled his own onions
Stood his ground like a warrior
Grass was always greener on the other side
He wrangled seven children
Chief of the fire
In his Garden of Eden in the sun

Oh... he can fly
He is free to be

Dancin with angels
Shakin hands with Elvis
Walkin the bases with Satchel Paige
Meetin Ma and Daddy
Plantin his own 'taters
But thats nothing compared to his
Garden of Eden in the stars
Oh in the stars
Track Name: Muddy Water
Look out for me, oh muddy water
Your mysteries are deep and wide
And I got a need for going some place
And I got a need to climb upon your back and ride

You can look for me when you see me comin'
I may be runnin' I don't know
I may be tired and runnin' fever
But I'll be headed south to the mouth of the Ohio

Look out for me, oh muddy water
Your mysteries are deep and wide
And I got a need for going some place
And I got a need to climb upon your back and ride

Well, I been down to the pain and sorrow
Of no tomorrows comin' in
But I put my pole to the river bottom
And I've got to hide some place and find myself again

Look out for me, oh muddy water
Your mysteries are deep and wide
And I got a need for going some place
And I got a need to climb upon your back and ride
Track Name: The Water Is Wide
The water is wide, I can-not cross o'er.
And neither have I the wings to fly.
Build me a boat that can carry two,
And both shall row, my true love and I.
A ship there is and she sails the seas.
She's laden deep, as deep can be;
But not so deep as the love I'm in
And I know not if I sink or swim.
I leaned my back up against a young oak
Thinking he were a trusty tree
but first he bended and then he broke
Thus did my love prove false to me.
O love is handsome and love is kind
and loves a jewel while it is new
but when its old love it growth cold
And fades away like the morning dew.
Track Name: Missing You
Well the wind is blowin the trees are swayin
And I don't know what I should be sayin
I'm missing you

Well the sand is hot
I could have forgot
I'm here where I
want to be not
And I'm missing you

Chorus:
I......I'm missing you
I......I'm missing you

I feel the pain
My heart's on fire
To be with you
Hey come back you got my heart
Baby I'm torn apart
To be with you
Nothin else will do!

Chorus
I...I'm missing you
I...I'm missing you
I...I'm missing you
I...I'm missing you
Whoa...
Track Name: Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES

Those who dance and romance while they dance
They seem so happy and gay
Though they sing and they swing as they sway
Somehow I can't feel that way

For I'm dancing with tears in my eyes
'Cause the boy/girl in my arms isn't you
Dancing with somebody new
When it's you that my heart's calling to

Trying to smile once in a while
But I find it so hard to do
For I'm dancing with tears in my eyes
'Cause the boy/girl in my arms isn't you

Trying to smile once in a while
But I find it so hard to do
For I'm dancing with tears in my eyes
'Cause the boy/girl in my arms isn't you