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Liberty

It's About Time 1. Liberty
2. No Matter What
3. Her Waves
4. Stay Awhile
5. New Tomorrow
6. Long Time Dead


Thoughts from the Songwriters:
Jim and Shirl have been collaborating together for many years now... finally this album has come to fruition highlighting some of the early creative work they produced together. Such has been pivotal to future aspirations.

Recording this album at Tonic Sound, Yorkeys Knob with Peter Grayson the effort and the learning curb is acknowledged for all three in the process. Pete did a fabulous job. The engagement with this project excellerated each us further toward greater levels of attainment just through having taken the action to develop the material that we did. Creative projects like this are the result of a solid commitment, highlighted by professional aspiration and respect for the role that we each play in actuating the outcome from such a simple possibility.

"I am truley grateful to the people who I work with in this industry and in my own local network, those who make it interesting and appealing to continue on this journey through endeared relationships, through endeavours to continually be life long learners treading a path to who knows where really, but just enjoying it and knowing that the passion keeps strong because of what we are doing," says Shirl.
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The CD features six (6) original tracks with easy listening vocal and instrumental flavours seasoned with slide, swing blues, country, pop and folk style influences.


NEWS: The CD Launch



Select each heading below to expand information about insights as well as song lyrics.

Liberty - insights
arrow Liberty [Shirley Lynn & Jim McCabe]

Freedom for all – without repression…

"To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandela

I love the quote above... it really highlights the multi dimensional perspective we need to have in order to maintain balance in our lives. It's not just about what we want for ourselves, it is about what we would want for everyone within their own lives.

"Think of oneself, not at the expense of others, and think of others not at the expense of oneself." This has become an affirmation of mine and I continue to echo it in the back of my mind continually so that I can maintain a sense of balance in my own life.

It's an ultimate goal - to be free. What that means to each of us though could vary considerably. Our life is a "stage" upon which we act out what we need to at any particular point in time and may it always be realised at a more intrinsic level that it is the journey for improvement and evolvement that we face each and every day that sustains us toward better living practice, appreciation of others, acceptance of difference and simply peace with ourselves. This work is ready to be done.


"There's a great big space from here to eternity
People finding possibility
With dimension from a single point of view
Babe when you shine your light through all you say and do"


You have LIBERTY...
Shine a light for who you are. Look beyond what you have. Be more than what you've been programmed to become. Transcend the limited self. Embrace what's really possible.
"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." Nelson Mandela



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Liberty

Intro:

VERSE 1:

There’s a great big space from here to eternity
People finding possibility
With dimension from a single point of view
Babe when you shine your light through all you say and do

CHORUS

Uh hu hum - babe shine your light
Uh hu hum - it can set you free
Uh hu hum - babe shine your light
For liberty

VERSE 2
:
What if kings were queens and jacks could change the wheel
Turning lives around to find a better deal
It’s a chance you take when you open your heart and see
Babe when you shine your light well it can set you free.

CHORUS

INSTRUMENTAL

CHORUS

VERSE 3:

What if white was black and purple was the colour of blue
Repositioned is it still the same to you
Solid dreaming and working with the power to be
The world is crying out in search of liberty
The world is crying out in search of liberty

CHORUS

CHORUS
Outro:




No Matter What - insights

arrow No Matter What [Shirley Lynn & Jim McCabe]

This song seasoned with swing blues gets you in the mood for no matter what...
It's a bit of a fun tune that bring focus to the instrumental roll on the harmonica and the embellished development of the guitar solos.

Life can be a bit like that....
"No Matter What"... ya gotta just keep on going.

"No Matter What" - we still always need to make our own choices, we still need to decide who we are, what we're going to do and how we're going to do it. We still need to determine what will be our approach to life. Sometimes we need to be staunch and steadfast in our own commitment while sometimes we just need to be able to go with the flow.


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No Matter What

Instrumental- harmonica
Verse 1:
No matter what you say, No matter what you do
No matter what you say or what you do
I’ll be thinking of you-ooh I’ll be thinking of you ooh ooh
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh __________No matter what!
Instrumental- guitar

Instrumental- harmonica
Verse 2:
No matter where you go, No matter where you’ve been
No matter where you go or where you’ve been
I’ll be waiting - ooh I’ll be waiting - still
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh _________No matter what!
Instrumental- guitar

Instrumental- harmonica
Verse 3:
No matter what you need, no matter what you know
No matter what you need or what you know
I’ll be ready to go- ooh I’ll be ready to go -with the flow
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh__________No matter what!
Instrumental- guitar

Instrumental- harmonica



Her Waves - insights

arrow Her Waves [Shirley Lynn & Jim McCabe]

This song is not about the waves in the ocean or the 'sound' waves invisible to our eyes. This song relates to the waves, cycles and biorhythms more particularly atuned to female cycles and emotional state contained therein.

If you're a female you'll be aware of your own biorhythms. If you're a male, you're more likely to have experienced the callibration and place where this may take you to. Well... this song relates to that state of being....

The following is just interesting....
Bioryhtyms and Cycles....
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biorhythm

According to the theory of biorhythms, a person's life is influenced by rhythmic biological cycles that affect his or her ability in various domains, such as mental, physical and emotional activity. These cycles begin at birth and oscillate in a steady (sine wave) fashion throughout life, and by modeling them mathematically, it is suggested that a person's level of ability in each of these domains can be predicted from day to day. The theory is built on the idea that the biofeedback chemical and hormonal secretion functions within the body could show a sinusoidal behavior over time.

Most biorhythm models use three cycles: a 23-day physical cycle, a 28-day emotional cycle, and a 33-day intellectual cycle. Although the 28-day cycle is the same length as the average woman's menstrual cycle and was originally described as a "female" cycle, the two are not necessarily in any particular synchronization. Each of these cycles varies between high and low extremes sinusoidally, with days where the cycle crosses the zero line described as "critical days" of greater risk or uncertainty.

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Her Waves

Intro: Instrumentation
Verse 1:

Sometimes she is like an island
Sometimes she flows like the sea
Sometimes she’s my best companion
Sometimes she’s my Tsunami.

Chorus
Oooh ooh oo oo I know her waves
Oooh ooh oo oo and that’s OK
I still love her every day.  

Verse 2:

Sometimes she is like an angel
Sometimes she lives in my dreams
Sometimes she is my guardian
Sometimes she is my queen.

Chorus

Bridge:

She’s a woman and you may not know just what she’s going through
She’s a woman and it may be that she’s just feeling blue….  

Instrumentation


Verse 1- repeat  

Chorus  

Outro:

I still love her everyday
I still love her anyway


Stay Awhile - insights

arrow Stay Awhile [Shirley Lynn & Jim McCabe]

Sometimes when writing songs, our memory banks are drawn upon to gain inspiration for songs. This is one such song that taps into past experience bought to the fore and penned as a relationship song. The harmonies add strength to the the relationship calling of this song.


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Stay Awhile

CHORUS: Won’t you stay a while - I love to see your smile
Won’t you stay a while – so we can talk it over
Won’t you stay awhile - again we can be lovers
Aah Aah Aah - sweet - sweet love  

VERSE: I made mistakes, I know its true
I’m a fool when it comes down to you
Maybe time will heal the pain
So together in love we’ll be again

CHORUS:

VERSE: Sweet autumn leaves, I haven’t a clue,
How it is to get through to you
You walked away with the strings to my heart
Here I wonder why we’re apart

CHORUS: Won’t you stay a while - I love to see your smile
Won’t you stay a while – so we can talk it over
Won’t you stay awhile - again we can be lovers
Aah Aah Aah - sweet - sweet love  
Repeat on last line x2

 

New Tomorrow - insights

arrow New Tomorrow [Shirley Lynn & Jim McCabe]

Inspired by the journey of our forefathers, who left their homeland in days gone by to come out to Australia steps taken for a new beginning in their lives. They were here for a better life for themselves. With this journey there lies the realisation that many who travelled teh distance to get here may never have returned to their homeland or their loved ones. Such was the sacrifice that was made.

Research into family history also aligned the story to specific details and references like the following:
Shirley's great grandfather did migrate from England to Australia coming on the ship Merkera which landed in Bowen from where John Shardlow then headed straight for the gold fields in Croydon where he settled, married had family and died at the very early age of 28 years.


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New Tomorrow

Intro:
Verse 1:

Leaving the shores of our own motherland
For a place somewhere across the sea
Far beyond the horizon it seems
To dream, to dance and be free

CHORUS
We hold our dreams in our heart 
With sadness from our homeland we part
With this journey we’ll make a new start 
Carry us forth, let the wind blow
Fill our sails as we go into a - New Tomorrow

Verse 2:
Headed for Queensland Australia
On our vessel Merkara we sail
Once docked in Bowen we’ll reset our course
The gold rush to Croydon our trail

CHORUS
Instrumental (intro)

BRIDGE
Voices heard from the motherland
God speed – carry them safe
Land of opportunity
To hear from you – we wait...

Chorus

Repeat Chorus
Outro:

 

Long Time Dead - insights

arrow Long Time Dead [Shirley Lynn & Jim McCabe]

This song is not meant to diminish the more serious side of life. It's meant to be more of a beacon that wakes us up to say, life is short, get over the things that hold you back, do the things you're passionate about, the things that dreams are made of. Live your life as if it were a dream. Every moment counts.
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Long Time Dead

Verse 1:
We’re gonna be dead for a long time, so I believe in living well
Spent too much time soul searching, life’s meaning, too hard to tell

Chorus

We’re gonna be a - L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g time dead
We’re gonna be a - L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g time dead

Verse 2:
Live like there’s no tomorrow, live your life today
Tune in to pain and sorrow, melt the blues away

Chorus

We’re gonna be a - L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g time dead
We’re gonna be a - L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g time dead

INSTRUMENTAL

Chorus

We’re gonna be a - L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g time dead
We’re gonna be a - L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g time dead

Verse 3:
Dreams on the horizon, seem too far away
Visions into the future, live your dream & you’ve got it made

Chorus

We’re gonna be a - L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g time dead
We’re gonna be a - L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g, L-o-n-g time dead
Long time dead
Long time dead

Instrumental finish and fade

 

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