Darlingford

by Cara Luft

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This album was recorded on location in a chapel in the Foothills of Alberta, in several old churches on the Canadian Praires, and in living rooms, hotel rooms and studios across Canada, the United Kingdom and the USA.

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released 01 May 2012

Produced by Cara Luft
Executive Producer: Andrew McCrorie-Shand

FEATURING:
Cara Luft - vocals, acoustic guitars (6 and 12 string), 5 string banjo, organ bass, hand claps, hambone, big drum, footsteps
Andrew Downing - upright bass, hand claps, footsteps
Mark Mariash - drums, percussion, big drum, hand claps, foot stomps, footsteps
Andrew Collins - mandolin
Jesse Zubot - violin
Andrew McCrorie-Shand - hurdy gurdy, accordion
Scott Poley - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel
Damon Mitchell - electric guitar
Lloyd Peterson - lap steel, snare drum, hammond organ
Chris Coole - 5 string banjo (track 11)
Barry Luft - 5 string banjo (track 12)
Tim Kikkert - hambone
Keith MacPherson - harmony vocals
Tim O’Brien - harmony vocals
Keri Latimer - harmony vocals
Andy Worthington - harmony vocals
JP Hoe - lead and harmony vocals
String quartette:
Simon MacDonald - 1st violin
Chris Anstey - 2nd violin
Gregory Hay - viola
Yuri Hooker - cello
String quartette score for Dallaire composed by Andrew Downing

Studios and Engineers:
Wonder Dog Recording - Winnipeg, MB and on location in Alberta and Manitoba Engineer: Lloyd Peterson

Canterbury Music Company - Toronto, ON
Engineer: Jeremy Darby

Yellowfish Studio - Lewes (Sussex), UK
Engineer: Ian Caple 

Waterside Studio - Liverpool, UK
Engineer: Scott Poley

Rocky Mountain Sound - Calgary, AB
Engineer: Rob Smith

Vert Productions - Owen Sound, ON
Engineer: Trevor MacKenzie

Syte Sounds - Toronto, ON
Engineer: Andrew Collins

Drip Audio - Vancouver, BC
Engineer: Jesse Zubot

Found Sound Productions - Toronto, ON
Engineer: David Travers-Smith

YaYo Productions - Winnipeg, MB
Engineer: Norm Lussier

Edited by Lloyd Peterson and Cara Luft with additional editing by David Travers-Smith
Mixed & Mastered by David Travers-Smith at Found Sound, Toronto, ON

All songs written by Cara Luft (SOCAN) except 
It’s Gonna Be Alright, House on Fire, Idaho, Bye Bye Love, and Charged! 
written by Cara Luft & Lewis Melville (SOCAN);
My Darling One written by Cara Luft, Lewis Melville & Lynn Harbaugh (SOCAN); Bring ’Em All In written by Mike Scott; Portland Town written by Derroll Adams; He Moved Through the Fair traditional arr. by Cara Luft (SOCAN);
and The Ploughboy and the Cockney traditional arr. by Cara Luft (SOCAN)

All songs published by Cara Luft/Blue Case Tunes and are registered with SOCAN 
except Bring ’Em All In (Water Music Inc) and Portland Town (Silkie Music Publishers).

Cara Luft proudly endorses John Pearse Strings, Schertler Pickups and K&K Pickups.

An abundance of vintage Martin guitars were used on this recording. 
Many thanks to Michael MacLeod from The Acoustic Guitar in Calgary 
for outfitting Cara with such a fine collection.

Design by Brendon Ehinger at Colourblind Graphic Design, Winnipeg, MB

Photography by Julie Vincent of J&J Lawrence Photography

Help spread the word by introducing Cara’s music to your friends and community. Find Cara on all your favourite social networking sites (facebook, twitter and youtube)

For more information about Cara and for booking inquiries please visit www.caraluft.com

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Singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Cara Luft is that rare artist steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth yet willing to alter that fabric, stretch the boundaries, not afraid to bend genres and styles. She has earned a solid reputation as one of Canada’s finest live performers whose engaging, down-home style is wrapped in a delicious sense of humour. ... more

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Track Name: Only Love Can Save Me
Only Love Can Save Me 

- Cara Luft

Oh darkness, why do you surround me after giving you everything?

I’ve asked the light to come and find me, tell the devil it’s time to leave

Mmmm, Only love can save me, Only love can save me...

I’m calling to the Holy of Holies, waiting for her face to shine

Be cradled in the arms of the mother and held tightly through the night

Mmmm, Only love can save me, Only love can save me...

Digging out from all the lies and sorrow, send that ladder down from on high

Gonna climb all the way to heaven, the gates are in my sight

Mmmm, Only love can save me, Only love can save me...

I’m shedding all the pain inside me, burning fires through the night

Rub the ashes all over my body, take a step into the light

Angels singing Glory Hallelujah, I can hear them call my name

Sent the devil packing south of the border, I won’t be in darkness again

Mmmm, Only love can save me, Only love can save me...
Track Name: Bye Bye Love
Bye Bye Love
- Cara Luft & Lewis Melville

My love is over
And I’m living in an empty home

The band’s still playing
Now I’m dancing all alone

Bye bye goodbye forever
Bye bye goodbye my lover
Bye bye goodbye love of mine

I had no idea
It came down on me out of the blue
Nothing I could do

Now I’m done with your lying
And I’ll soon be done with tears for you

Bye bye goodbye forever
Bye bye goodbye my lover

Bye bye goodbye love of mine
Bye bye goodbye love of mine

Love of mine

Didn’t see the warning
And I guess I missed most of the signs
I’d lost track of time

I got caught daydreaming
I can see how love can make you blind

Bye bye goodbye forever
Bye bye goodbye my lover
Bye bye goodbye love of mine...


Goodbye love of mine
Track Name: Bring 'Em All In
Bring ’Em All In 

- Mike Scott

Bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in
Bring ’em all into my heart

Bring the little fishes, bring the sharks

Bring ’em from the brightness, bring ’em from the dark

Bring ’em all in...

Bring ’em from the caverns, bring ’em from the heights
Bring ’em from the shadows, stand them in the light

Bring ’em all in...

Bring ’em out of purdah, bring ’em out of store

Bring ’em out of hiding, lay them at my door

Bring ’em all in...

Bring the unforgiven, bring the unredeemed
bring the lost, the nameless, let them all be seen
Bring ’em out of exile, bring ’em out of sleep

Bring them to the portal, lay them at my feet

Bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in, bring ’em all in
Bring ’em all into my heart...
Track Name: House On Fire
House On Fire
- 
Cara Luft & Lewis Melville

It was the month of May and all the birds were singing

Songs of sadness, songs of pain, a song of my house burning

Future in flames, my heart was aching
I called Miriam and asked if she could hold me

Headed straight for my car with things that I could carry

I went to Miriam’s, it’s not too far, a drive across the city

Stayed in her yellow room upstairs, window facing east

Slept all alone in bed, and strange as it seems
I wore the bathrobe he gave me last year

And lay with my sorrow hoping love would appear

Eleven days at her house, tears were streaming

I’d lay down on her couch and Miriam would hold me
As evening settled in we’d start talking

About friendship and our fears and I would play my banjo

Playing and laughing and talking and crying

And asking the questions of why does this happen
To me and to you and to everyone over

Again and again and again and again?

It was the month of May this year
My house was burning

So I went to Miriam’s, just me and my banjo
Track Name: The Ploughboy and the Cockney
The Ploughboy and the Cockney 

- Traditional, arr. Cara Luft

It’s of a London cockney I now will relate
He went into the country to find himself a mate
He went into the country to find himself a mate

He rode and he rode until he came to some public town

And there he alighted to drink at the Crown
And there he alighted to drink at the Crown

A beautiful damsel he there did espy
Which caused him to tarry and therefore to bide
Which caused him to tarry and therefore to bide

He said, “My fair damsel, if you will be mine

Then all the gold and silver I have shall be thine
Then all the gold and silver I have shall be thine.”

But a ploughboy was standing by and hearin’ him say so

He said, “Me London cockney, I know what I know,”
He said, “Me London cockney, I know what I know.”

“We shall take up our arrows and go fight in the field

We’ll fight a good battle and gain her good will,
We’ll fight a good battle and gain her good will.”

And when he said this, he gave him such a blow
“Oh, now me London cockney, you know what I know!
Now me London cockney, you know what I know!”

Oh, it never shall be said on all the plough bench
That a ploughboy was not willin’ to fight for his wench 
That a ploughboy was not willin’ to fight for his wench

“Oh, carry me to London and there let me die,
Don’t let me die here in a strange country

Don’t let me die here in a strange country.”
Track Name: Idaho
Idaho
- 
Cara Luft & Lewis Melville

My life is in pieces, I’ve fallen in a great big hole
Spinning in circles, I’m burning hot and cold

My mama’s big sister, she’s living in Idaho
Crossing the border, I need somewhere to go

I need to begin my life all over again

She loves Jesus, he helps with what she needs
And when I’m with her his spirit she gives to me

I stay in the basement with George W. on the wall
Lambs and the lions, I get to sleep with them all

I need to begin my life all over again

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Dear Lord I thank thee for all the things you’ve done
Offer salvation when I am on the run

For my mama’s big sister, she’s living in Idaho
Crossing that border, I need somewhere to go

I need to begin my life all over again 


Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Track Name: Dallaire
Dallaire
- 
Cara Luft

There’s a land that once was free, a land that speaks of God’s beauty
If you can only see

And there I stood looking down, it was like a garden all around
The storm rolled in without a sound

Shadows fell, darkness called, demons came to take it all And suddenly I felt so small

Fields of green turned to red, rivers flowed with the blood of the dead
So many prayers left unsaid

I shook hands with the devil, I stood and listened to his lies

Thought I saw the angels falling and the son had covered up his eyes
He covered up his eyes

Foreign kings in foreign lands, they took the power out of my hands
To withdraw was their command

I did shout and I did pray, I told my men that we would stay
While the world looked away

I went to see the devil's own to talk of peace and hope for all
But his smile just froze my soul
I saw you run, I heard you cry, they cut you down and I watched you die

So many tears in my eyes
So many tears in my eyes

I shook hands with the devil, I stood and listened to his lies

Thought I saw the angels falling and the son had covered up his eyes
He covered up his eyes

Now I don't sleep at night, I stay up waiting for the light I tell myself it’ll be alright

But what I see when I’m looking down is just sadness all around
And the angels don't make a sound

Now if Jesus could have his say he'd make those kings kneel down and pray

And they’d confess they walked away
They’d confess they walked away
Will you forgive us?
Can you forgive me on that day?

I shook hands with the devil, I stood and listened to his lies

Thought I saw the angels falling and the son had covered up his eyes

I shook hands with the devil, I stood and choked upon his lies

Thought I saw those angels falling and the son had covered up his eyes
Track Name: Off My Mind
Off My Mind 

- Cara Luft

40 miles from my home
40 miles on the blacktop rolling

I’m looking ahead
Those clouds are full, it’s like the sun is dead
Two months now since you’ve gone
Two months since you left me for her siren song
Oh yeah, it won’t be long til I will get you off of my mind
I’ll tell you now it won’t be long til I will get you off of my mind

Does she believe all the things you say?
Does she know that one day you’ll walk away?

Does she like where your heart has been
And that your soul is as black as sin?

Did you tell her that you can’t be trusted?
That your head’s in the clouds and your mind’s all busted?

Oh yeah, it won’t be long til I will get you off of my mind
I’ll tell you now it won’t be long til I will get you off of my mind

I won’t be the one who lies down quietly
And watches you get away
With doing all that you do best

Lyin’, cheatin’, Hurtin’, stealin’
Leaving your kids crying at their mother’s breast

I asked the Lord on high
If he’d come down and look you in the eye

Account for all the things you did
All the hearts you broke and the lies you said

He just cried and shook his head
He said the devil’s got you by the neck

Oh yeah, it won’t be long til I will get you off of my mind
I’ll tell you now it won’t be long til I will get you off of my mind

40 miles from my home
40 miles on the blacktop rolling

Sun is filling up the sky
Burning off this pain of mine
Go ahead now and play your games
I’m bowing out and I’m driving away
Oh yeah, it won’t be long til I will get you off of my mind
I’ll tell you now it won’t be long til I will get you off of my mind
Track Name: Portland Town
Portland Town 

- Derroll Adams

I was born in Portland town, I was born in Portland town
Yes I was, yes I was, yes I was

I was married in Portland town, I was married in Portland town
Yes I was, yes I was, yes I was...

Children I had one two three, Children I had one two three
Yes I did, yes I did, yes I did...

Sent my children off to war, Sent my children off to war
Yes they did, yes they did, yes they did...

Killed my children one two three, Killed my children one two three
Yes they did, yes they did, yes they did...

I won’t have my kids no more, I won’t have my kids no more
No I won’t, no I won’t, no I won’t...

I was born in Portland town, I was born in Portland town
Yes I was, yes I was, yes I was...
Track Name: He Moved Through the Fair
He Moved Through The Fair
- 
Traditional, arr. Cara Luft

My love said to me “My mother won’t mind

And my father won’t slight you for your lack of kind.”

He laid his hand on me and this he did say

“It will not be long, Love, till our wedding day.”

He went away from me and he moved through the fair
And slowly I watched him move here and move there

He made his way homeward with one star awake

Like a swan in the evening moves over the lake

Last night I dreamt that my lover came in

He came in so sweetly, his feet made no din

He stepped up beside me and this he did say

“It will not be long, Love, till our wedding day.”
Track Name: My Darling One
My Darling One
- 
Cara Luft, Lewis Melville & Lynn Harbaugh

Oh where have you been? Oh where have you been?
Oh where have you been, my darling one

Oh where have you been? Oh where have you been?
Oh where have you been, my darling one

You’ve been traveling so long, you’ve been traveling so long
You’ve been traveling so long, my darling one

You’ve been far from your home, are you traveling alone? My darling one I’m thinking of you

Oh where have you been...

Are there tears in your eyes? Are there tears in your eyes?
Are there tears in your eyes, my darling one

Have you fallen in love? Have you found your chosen one?
My darling one I’m thinking of you

Oh where have you been...

There’s a picture of you, there’s a picture of you
There’s a picture of you, my darling one

You’re wearing a smile and your dress is of blue
My darling one I’m thinking of you

Oh where have you been? Oh where have you been?
Oh where have you been, my darling one

Oh where have you been? Oh where have you been?
Oh where have you been, my darling one

You know I’m thinking of you
Track Name: It's Gonna Be Alright
It’s Gonna Be Alright 

- Cara Luft & Lewis Melville

I’m gonna climb out of this valley

I’m gonna go somewhere I’ve never been 

Run to the ocean, stand in the water

Cry as the waves come rolling in 

Make my way to the water
Watch the waves come rolling in

I will not be so broken-hearted

The treasures deep inside me lost

I won’t think about tomorrow
Or what lies ahead 

Just turn my face towards the sun

I’m gonna shine my light
I’m gonna stand and fight
I’m gonna be alright

I’m gonna build a bridge with my brothers

And take my mother out for a night on the town

I’ll sit and play some tunes with my father

My sister and I are gonna talk til the walls come down

Me, my friends and family, we’ll watch those walls come down

I’m gonna shine my light
I’m gonna take delight
I’m gonna shout it out

I’m gonna stand and fight
I’m gonna be alright
Track Name: Charged!
Charged! 

- Cara Luft & Lewis Melville

It was on a Sunday morning in the merry month of June
I was driving to Ontario, I had to get there soon

Thought I’d cross the border, take a shortcut through the States
I’ll live to regret it cause it was a big mistake

The guard stopped me at customs and asked “Whatcha bringing in?”
He stood for law and order so I gave a nervous grin

“I’m passing through your country and I won’t be staying long
I’m a Canadian folk singer and I’m only bringing songs.”

He said, “I’d really like to trust you but you surely have to stop
Hassling folk singers is a big part of my job

I’d really like to let you go but I don’t know where you’ve been
So pull your car on over ‘cause I have to bring you in.”

He looked my car once over, he tore the panels off the door
He poked around my engine, he tore the rug off of the floor

I could see him get excited and I started to feel the heat
‘Cause he found some marijuana underneath the seat

It’s not mine! It’s not mine!
I never touch wacky tobaccy, I only drink what’s on the vine

It’s not mine! It’s not mine!
I don’t know where it came from but I swear it isn’t mine!

I’ve only smoked three times before and I never did inhale
I’ve never had a ticket and I’ve never been in jail

I was raised on God and Jesus, at school my marks they were the best
But now I’m at the border and I’m under arrest

I’ve been charged! I’ve been charged!
They found a stash of contraband under the front seat of my car

I’ve been charged! I’ve been charged!
I’m an alien invader and a criminal at large

For all of my troubles I thank my good friend Rich
I don’t know how it got there but I know that it was his

I’m stuck here at the border and things are getting rough While he sits in his living room and takes another puff

It was his! It was his!
He left it in a plastic bag and now I’m really pissed
It’s not mine! It’s not mine!
But now I’ve got to take the rap and I might be doing time

Everything is going wrong, I’ve used up all my luck
I’m caught with someone else’s pot and now I’m really f#*%$

They’ve gone and flagged my passport and they’re going to take my car
And now he’s looking closely at the wood on my guitar

It’s not Brazilian! It’s Argentinean!
And those drugs aren’t mine, they’re his and now I’m really screwed!

I’ve been charged! I’ve been charged!
I’m an alien invader and a criminal at large