Above Wild Water

by Ian Bruce & Victor Besch

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    This CD was a 4 years in the making. Started in 2008. Frankly, the time must have been wrong, it just was not happening despite much promise. By this time Ian and Victor were in great in Germany as was a new CD.
    Logistics made it difficult to find the time. Ian was General Manager of their Michelin Starred Restaurant in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Victor was teaching bagpipes in Bremen, Germany.
    Eventually, in 2012 another attempt was made to complete their second CD together. Eureka! The time was right. New songs and and a desperate need to enjoy the recording process. They came up with a real beauty.
    Probably helped by the fact Ian and Charlie Milne had just written the title track. It and most of the others on here are winners. Proven by their very contented audiences.
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Solway Sands 04:22
SOLWAY SANDS (Ian M. Bruce/Victor C. Besch) If silven by starlight from coal black sky Or gilded by beams from the blue Or misted and eerie I'll always try To keep Solway Sand on my shoe Though I was not born here, it's here I feel free Together we're seamlessly sewn. I and the spirit of Solway agree T's the greatest peace I've ever known. CHORUS I'm leaving the bright lights of Glasgow behind For rolling hills, beach and the bog For strolling along on Solway sand And throwing a stick for my dog. If you leave him alone the adder won't bite For the midgies I can't say the same. Here on the trail of the soaring Red Kite The keepers are guarding their game. The ghosts of the reivers peek over the hill Powerlessly they gaze on Cattle now safe, threat painlessly still And foot and mouth fires are gone. CHORUS To Gretna through Stewartry out to the west Let's raise a glass, drink a toast And I hear to your south, though I've never been There's a beautiful Cumbrian Coast. God bless you Kentigern, fare thee well Rutherglen. But I wont be so far away. If you or I yearn to meet up again CHORUS
Slip Set 05:13
THE SLIP SET (Ian M. Bruce & Victor C. Besch Pushin' and a shovin' backs to the car How far did it go? Not far. Slide slip, slide slip slippery snow Pushing' and a shovin - Still won't go. Skiddin' to the left. Skidding' to the right Faith man, faith ma. It just might Grip this time. You never know! Pushing' and a shoving' but it still won't go. Fingers freezing'. Pink with the chill Pushing' like hell but the car stood still Wheels spin fast. Throwing ups ice. Covered us both. Really not nice. 'Ventrally moved to another place One last push. We fell on our face. Jolt and a jerk - Didn't collide But landed in the garden on the other side.
HELP ME FIND MY WAY HOME (Ian M. Bruce/Victor C. Besch) He rolled up his sleeves, he firmly believes Do it well if a job needs doing. Forging a career through blood, sweat & tears Working the whole day through. Takes a wee break, soothing the ache Miraculous rejuvenation. At the end of the day he gets a little pay But he never found his way home. The opposite guy with his shifty eye Sneaks off round the corner. Watching others sweat is as close as he gets To working a whole day through. Takes a long break, feigns a headache Pure procrastination At the end if the day he's told to go away But he never found his way home. Dressed to the nines, careful designs Must create the right impression. Another diplomat talks through his hat Compromises his whole day through A constant preach, a goad and a screech Stirring a conflagration. But he never found his feet nor political beat So he never found his way home. You'd almost swear he just didn't care It's a habit. He can't kick it. Had another swig till his liver got big From working the whole day through. He drank another glass, fell on his arse Cold inebriation. In cold winter chill he lies quite still He never found his way home. One last vice, throwing the dice And faith at some daft system Another wheel spin, again no win But gambled the whole day through. T he odds were bad, he risked all he had Hideous speculation One last shot he lost the bloody lot Even lost his way home. So what of these five? They all survive To some extent I within me. From busting a gut to systems all shut Lasting the whole day through. Sometimes I feel great, sometimes in a state Bi-polar fluctuation. Confusion reigns again so I picked up the pen To help me find my way home.
ABOVE WILD WATER (Ian M. Bruce/Charlie Milne) CHORUS Up above wild water Up above the raging sea. Great white horses flounder down below me. Upstanding on this rock I'd rather be. One single step, toes teeter on the edge. I'm feeling not so steady now up here upon this ledge. I know I'm only human. I know that I can't fly But something deep inside keeps tempting me to try. CHORUS St. Mary's Island, Cara casts a warning to the sea. Lizzard stands so lonely where a ship should never be. Summoned by the sirens and drawn towards the damned. Please be my saving Grace; Help keep me where I am. CHORUS Up here on this compromise where we have stood for years. Sharing love and laughter and talking through our fears. Tested by temptation time and time again. Time and time and time and time And time and time again. MIDDLE And if like "Darling Clementine" I fall into the foam. Throw a line, in good time, Take me home. Don't yield to temptation. You know it is a sin. Each vict'ry truly helps you others to win. Fight boldly onward. Dark passion subdue. Don't disregard the dangers. Let love see you through.
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE (Ian M. Bruce/Charlie Milne) If you could fly like an eagle Would you take me under your wing? If you sang like a tenor Would you choose a song I could sing? Soaring so high! Sweet notes in the sky. Would I wear you down? Would I spoil the sound? REFRAIN Or are you not tearing me? Scaring me? Not laughing me down? Are you hearing me? Cheering me? Crowning this clown? You're a rock! You're a mountain and I am a tiny wee hill. You run like a hare. By comparison I'm standing still. And if I am fast then you're faster still. If I said please slow down would you say "I will!"? REFRAIN Damned insecurity. See what you do to me Day after day after day after day. If I crave your attentions And hang upon all that you say Would you push me away? When you go to high places Do you think of me on the floor? If you roared like the rapids Would you float me gently to shore? I'm sorry my friend, but I need to know. Is there a chance, A chance you won't show? Coz I think you are tearing me! Scaring me, Not laughing me down? Are you hearing me? Cheering me? Bringing me round. Put a frown on this clown!
BURNSONG SUITE (Ian M. Bruce) DEUCH AND KEN (Written with Carsphairn Primary Kids) I sat by the river and watched it flow free. Just as the day was a-dawning My true love is gone; too far from me. And it's oh my poor heart is a mourning. Cally has gone; he's left for the war Just as... Nobody knows what they're fighting for. He's gone by land; he's gone by sea. Just as... Oh Cally, Cally come back to me. And oh... But just like the water, time flows away. I sit here alone day after day. By Deugh or by Ken; by river and burn And wish for the moment my Cally retuns. But something has changed. I'm losing my fear. Soft winds are whispering into my ear. And all of the flowers are smiling at me. Could it be my Cally is free? The flowers were sweet. The wind never lied. Just as... We're sat by this river side by side. And oh... SEASONS OF THE RIVER CHORUS September brings the autumn. Autumn brings the fall. Fall of leaves and water. Mother Nature's call. Calling is the time. Time slips through the vine. See the clock of water. Time is yours and mine. Ours for the taking. Hours for to give. Though the bodies die. Still the spirits live. CHORUS Calling is the winter. River at a high. All the hills are covered over White to winter sky. Trees on the horizon. Icicles and snow Footprints in the frost Cold sun sitting low. All the birds are flying Flying to the sun. While snow and ice is melting Spring must surely come. CHORUS All the birds are flying Landing by the burn. To build nests they are trying For food and drink they yearn Calling is the river Watch winter disappear. Spring is diamond sparkling Sparkling for the year. Another year of seasons Flying past so fast. They all have their reasons Enjoy them while they last. ACID RAIN CHORUS Acid rain burns my face. Thought I'd found a happy place Walking home in this nightmare With my clothes burning bare. need some alkaline. I went home - Mum went spare When she saw me standing there Standing there with no clothes on She wondered where my clothes had gone. Please let me explain. CHORUS I was banished to my room To contemplate my certain doom. I can't take this stuff anymore All this junk I've heard before. Aw, get me out of here. CHORUS I'm so fed up being so far down. I feel as if I'm going to drown. They say everything will be OK That everything's hip hip hip hooray. Life is one sad song. CHORUS Lo and behold to my surprise The sun always seems to rise. From the most unhappy rhymes If you read between the lines. Life is looking up. CHORUS


This CD became a firm favourite of Scottish radio Stations including BBC Radio Scotland. Album of The week on Celtic Music Radio, TD1 Radio and Mr. Anderson's Fine Tunes on Radio Scotland. Killer Title Track!


released February 1, 2012

Ian Bruce - Vocal, 6 and 12 String Guitars, Bass, Mandolin, Keyboard, Percussion
Victor Besch - Vocal, Guitar, Accordion, Recorders, Bagpipes, Keyboard, Percussion


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