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Another summer's end. A cabin in Moreno Valley. The remnants of three 2014 Philmont staffs. And a whole bunch of instruments.

Some of these recordings start in the middle of the songs, but then that's the nature of spontaneous music among good friends.

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released October 25, 2014

Rather than risk crediting the wrong instrument to the wrong person (quite a few of us play multiple ones) on each song, or worse, leaving someone out, the musicians are credited below:

Metcalf Station:
Nathan "Captain McCallen" Smith
Kyle "Addison Beauchamp" Soyer
Weston "Paddy" Mate
Travis "Two-Foot" Scherschel

Rich Cabins:
Ellyn Washburne
Sam Anderson
Kyla Rohrbough

Cypher's Mine:
Claire Ficke

Apologies if someone was left out, but it probably happened.

Recorded and edited by Ellyn Washburne, Camp Director of Rich Cabins, 2014.

Album cover picture by Will McKinney, Program Councilor at Fish Camp, 2014. Album cover design by Kyle "Addison Beauchamp" Soyer, Program Councilor at Metcalf Station, 2014.

Special thanks to Will, Vickie, and Tom "Anvil" McKinney for hosting us all at the Eagle Nest cabin.

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Six-Tone Storm Chime New Mexico

The winds of the North Ponil Canyon rattle canvas like the C&N RY No. 1 is still rumblin' by.

To the inaugural 2014 staff of Metcalf Station at Philmont Scout Ranch, that's just the echoes of history.

Left to right in the banner: Kyle "Addison Beauchamp" Soyer, Weston "Paddy" Mate, Tucker "Rusty" Baker, Nathan "Captain McCallen" Ford,
Matthew "Sim Webb" Hauser, and Travis "Two-Foot" Scherschel.
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Track Name: New Railroad
Workin' on a new railroad, Metcalf is its name
Workin' on a new railroad, Metcalf is its name
Workin' for T. A. Schomburg in a land that's still untamed
Been all around this world

All day long we're spiking rail along the North Ponil
All day long we're spiking rail along the North Ponil
The echo off the canyon is the sound of my hot steel
Been all around this world

Loggers come for old red spruce and western yellow pine
Loggers come for old red spruce and western yellow pine
They're here to take the timber for the Continental Ties
Been all around this world

Lumber mills and drivin' wheels run on coal and steam
Lumber mills and drivin' wheels run on coal and steam
But it takes to hands of flesh and blood to make these hammers sing
Been all around this world

Workin' on a new railroad, Metcalf is its name
Workin' on a new railroad, Metcalf is its name
Workin' for T. A. Schomburg in a land that's still untamed
Been all around this world
Been all around this world
Been all around this world
Track Name: The Irish Pub
Well, you're walkin' through a city street, you could be in Peru
And you hear a distant calling and you know it's meant for you
Then you drop what you were doing and you join the merry mob
And before you know just where you are, you're in an Irish pub

(Chorus)
They've got one in Honolulu, they've got one in Moscow too
They got four of them in Sydney and a couple in Kathmandu
So whether you sing or pull a pint you'll always have a job
'Cause where ever you go around the world you'll find an Irish pub

Now that design is fairly simple and it usually works the same,
You'll have 'Razor Houghton' scoring in the Ireland - England game
And you know your in an Irish pub the minute you're in the door,
For a couple of boys with bodhrans will be murdering Christy Moore

(Chorus)

Now the owner is Norwegian and the manager comes from Cork
And the lad that's holding up the bar says 'Only Eejits Work'
He was born and bred in Bolton but his mammy's from Kildare
And he's going to make his fortune soon and move to County Clare

(Chorus)

Now it's time for me to go, I have to catch me train
So I'll leave ye sitting at the bar and face the wind and rain
For I'll have that pint you owe me, if I'm not gone on the dry
When we meet next week in Frankford in the fields of Athenry

(Chorus X2)
Track Name: Rivers and Roads
A year from now we'll all be gone
All our friends will move away
And they're goin' to better places
But our friends will be gone away

Nothin' is as it has been
And I miss your face like hell
And I guess it's just as well
But I miss your face like hell

Been talkin' 'bout the way things change
And my family lives in a different state
If you don't know what to make of this
Then we will not relate
So if you don't know what to make of this
Then we will not relate

Rivers and roads
Rivers and roads
Rivers 'til I reach you
Track Name: Free Bird
Nope. Not posting 'em.
Track Name: Sick Note
Dear Sir I write this note to you to tell you of my plight
For at the time of writing I am not a pretty sight
My body is all black and blue, my face a deathly grey
And I write this note to say why Paddy's not at work today.

Whilst working on the fourteenth floor,some bricks I had to clear
To throw them down from such a height was not a good idea
The foreman wasn't very pleased, the bloody awkward sod
He said I had to cart them down the ladders in my hod.

Now clearing all these bricks by hand, it was so very slow
So I hoisted up a barrel and secured the rope below
But in my haste to do the job, I was too blind to see
That a barrel full of building bricks was heavier than me.

And so when I untied the rope, the barrel fell like lead
And clinging tightly to the rope I started up instead
I shot up like a rocket till to my dismay I found
That half way up I met the bloody barrel coming down.

Well the barrel broke my shoulder, as to the ground it sped
And when I reached the top I banged the pulley with my head
I clung on tightly, numb with shock, from this almighty blow
And the barrel spilled out half the bricks, fourteen floors below.

Now when these bricks had fallen from the barrel to the floor
I then outweighed the barrel and so started down once more
Still clinging tightly to the rope, my body racked with pain
When half way down, I met the bloody barrel once again.

The force of this collision, half way up the office block
Caused multiple abrasions and a nasty state of shock
Still clinging tightly to the rope I fell towards the ground
And I landed on the broken bricks the barrel scattered round.

I lay there groaning on the ground I thought I'd passed the worst
But the barrel hit the pulley wheel, and then the bottom burst
A shower of bricks rained down on me, I hadn't got a hope
As I lay there bleeding on the ground, I let go the bloody rope.

The barrel then being heavier then started down once more
And landed right across me as I lay upon the floor
It broke three ribs, and my left arm, and I can only say
That I hope you'll understand why Paddy's not at work today.
Track Name: The Tree Song
I wish I was a ponderosa, king of all the pines
Lord over the Douglas firs, master of the great ridge line
Every spring I'd fill the valley
With butterscotch vanilla candy
Light enough to float upon the breeze

I wish I was an aspen tree, I'd never be alone
With all my brothers and my sisters in our very own family grove
Skin as pale as the clouds above
Leaves of silver green
We'd dance and sing and shimmer in the breeze

And I'm just lookin' for a place to sink my toes into the earth
A place to stretch my arms up to that sky
Be Mother Earth's radio tower
Nurtured by the sun and showers
Broadcast that joy of life out where the bluebirds fly

I wish I was a willow weepin' at a river bend
But I would never shed no tears because that river'd be my friend
It'd tell me of where it had flowed and all it's hopes for where it's goin'
It let it's laughter ring upon the breeze

I wish I was a sycamore, the only in the park
And all the children, they would come to me to rest their backs against my bark
With a book or with a friend
Or only with their thoughts to mend
They'd let their hair be tousled by the breeze

I wish I was a great redwood, the tallest of them all
I'd intertwine my feet with all my fellows, never we would fall
And why out where the angels nest
I can feel the Creator's breath
Hear the Universe whisper on the breeze

And I'm just lookin' for a place to sink my toes into the earth
A place to stretch my arms up to that sky
Be Mother Earth's radio tower
Nurtured by the sun and showers
Broadcast that joy of life
Broadcast that joy of life
Broadcast that joy of life out where the bluebirds fly
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Track Name: The Gardner
I sense a runner in the garden
Although my judgements known to fail
Once built a steamboat in a meadow
Cos I'd forgotten how to sail

I know the runner's going to tell you
There ain't no cowboy in my hat
So now he's buried by the daisies
So I could stay the tallest man in your eyes, babe

I sense a spy up in the chimney
From all the evidence I've burned
I guess he'll read it in the smoke now
And soon to ashes I'll return

I know the spy is going to tell you
It's not my flag up in the pole
So now he's buried by the lilies
So I could stay forever more in your eyes, babe

I sense a leak inside my phone now
From all the lies I have told
I know he has your private number
And soon he'll make that vicious call

I know the leak is going to tell you
There ain't no puppy in your leash
So now he'll fertilize the roses
So I could stay the king you see
In your eyes, babe
In your eyes, babe

So now we're dancing through the garden
And what a garden I have made
And now that death will grow my jasmine
I find it soothing I'm afraid

Now there is no need for suspicion
There ain't no frog kissing your hand
I won't be lying when I tell you
That I'm a gardner I'm a man
In your eyes babe
In your eyes babe
In your eyes babe
Track Name: 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Said Red Molly to James that's a fine motorbike
A girl could feel special on any such like
Said James to Red Molly, my hat's off to you
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952
And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme
And he pulled her on behind
And down to Boxhill they did ride

Said James to Red Molly, here's a ring for your right hand
But I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man
I've fought with the law since I was seventeen
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine
Now I'm 21 years, I might make 22
And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you
And if fate should break my stride
Then I'll give you my Vincent to ride

Come down, come down, Red Molly, called Sergeant McRae
For they've taken young James Adie for armed robbery
Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside
Oh, come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside
When she came to the hospital, there wasn't much left
He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
But he smiled to see her cry
And said I'll give you my Vincent to ride

Says James, in my opinion, there's nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeveses won't do
They don't have a soul like a Vincent 52
He reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys
He said I've got no further use for these
I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride
Track Name: Wait So Long
I could never pretend that I don't love you.
You could never pretend that I'm your man.
That's exactly the way that I want it.
That's exactly the way that I am.

And you call me in the morning with your troubles
Takin' it downtown every night
I could never place the stars at night above ya.
I got my hands on the ground,
and you know I'm right.

You wait so long,
You wait so long,
You wait so long,
You wait so long.

It's a coffee stained earth ever time it happens.
Liven up honey it ain't that bad.
Any afterthought rose to recognition
Like every other coffin that I had

And your buick broke down in Winnemucca,
Fall to your knees and you pray to the lord
Then you take up hope at the politicians:
Nothing happens in this burnt out town anymore.

You wait so long,
You wait so long,
You wait so long,
You wait so long.

And your heart rolls on like a frozen freight train
You know that I help you if I can
But I'm just a raindrop in a river
Just a little itty-bitty grain of sand

And you know that I'm doomed to repeat this
With all the bad habits that I've learned
But it's better than your fire-borne fornication
And all the dirty money that you earn.

You wait so long,
You wait so long,
You wait so long,
You wait so long.
Track Name: Down in the Valley
I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Like ridin' around on railcars and workin' long days

Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways

Call it one drink too many
Call it pride of a man
But it don't make no difference if you sit or you stand

'Cause they both end in trouble and start with a grin
Yeah they both end in trouble and start with a grin

We do it over and over and over again
We do it over and over and over again

Oh-oh
Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

I know there's California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain't ever been to but
Down in the valley with
Whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin'
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go

I am on my way
I am on my way
I am on my way back to where I started

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh
(Continue in background)

One more for the stars and the eyes of the walls
I saw your face, I heard you callin' out

I saw your face in the crowd and you came out
Just like the sun and the moon and the stars at night

There was a sign on the door and it reads to me
Just like the sun and the moon and the stars at night

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

Oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh

I am on my way
I am on my way
I am on my way back to where I started

California, Oklahoma
And all of the places I ain't ever been to but
Down in the valley with
Whiskey rivers
These are the places you will find me hidin'
These are the places I will always go
These are the places I will always go

So I wish I was a slave to an age-old trade
Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways
Track Name: Casey Jones
Come all you rounders if you want to hear
The story about a brave engineer
Casey Jones was the hogger's name
On a four-six wheeler boys
He won his fame

The caller called Casey at half-past four
He kissed his wife at the station door
Mounted to his cabin with his orders in his hand
And he took his farewell trip to the promised land

Casey Jones! Mounted to his cabin
Casey Jones! With his orders in his hand
Casey Jones! Mounted to his cabin
He took his farewell trip to the promised land

He pulled out of Memphis in midnight's dark chill
He whistled at the crossing with an awful shrill
The snakes all knew by the engine's moan
That the man at the throttle was the good Casey Jones

He looked at his watch, but his watch it was slow
He looked at the water, but the water was low
He turned to his fireman and this is what he said,
"We'll make it to Canton, but we'll all end up dead!"

Casey Jones! We'll make it to Canton
Casey Jones! But we'll end up dead
Casey Jones! We'll make it to Canton
We'll make it to Canton but we'll all end up dead

So pour on you water and shovel your coal
Stick your head on the window watch them drivin' wheels roll
"I'll run this train straight off of the rail
'Cause we're two hours late with the western mail!"

Casey pulled up about a mile from Vaughan place
With the Number Four engine starin' him right in the face
He called to his fireman, "Sim, you better jump!
'Cause there's two locomotives that's a-going to bump!"

Casey Jones! Two locomotives
Casey Jones! That's a-going to bump
Casey Jones! Two locomotives
There's two locomotives that's a going to bump

At the edge of the tender Sim crouched down low
He called back to Casey, "It's time to go!"
But the last thing he saw when he leapt from the side
Was Casey at the whistle with the break open wide

Next morning Sim woke in a hospital bed
They told him that Casey was the only one dead
Crew members, passengers, children and wives,
Those six chimes of warning saved all their lives

Casey Jones! Six chimes of warning
Casey Jones! Saved all their lives
Casey Jones! Six chimes of warning
Those six chimes of warning saved all their lives

Casey Jones! Mounted to his cabin
Casey Jones! With his orders in his hand
Casey Jones! Mounted to his cabin
He took his farewell trip to the promised land