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reidjamieson on August 04, 2011 16:04

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    RAIL - written by Reid Jamieson & Carolyn Victoria Mill

    winner of the grand prize for folk in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
    top 10 finalist in SHORE104's Song Search
    Placement in BEING HUMAN (SyFy)



    Put your ear to the rail,
    you can hear my love come down
    Where hearts and heroes fail,
    I won’t be turned around

    Sleepwalking these rails,
    I let the grass grow long.
    Oh my memory fails,

    and I forgot my song.
    Blackberries grow wild,
    smell of pitch in the sun.
    Weeds roll over my mind,
    and they almost won.

    But I said no more...

    Put your ear to the rail,
    you can hear my love come down
    Where hearts and heroes fail,
    I won’t be turned around

    Tearing up these weeds,
    blow the smoke in my stack.
    The sound of steel on steel,
    and there’s no going back.
    I got a head full of coal,

    hear the lightning crack.
    Light a fire in my soul,

    and get me back on track.

    Put your ear to the rail,
    you can hear my love come down
    Where hearts and heroes fail,
    I won’t be turned around

    No more driving this blind,
    time to throw that switch.
    Drives a spike in my mind,
    and makes my fingers itch.
    You better get on board,
    or get out of my way.
    Hauling heavy and slow,

    but I’m leaving today.

    And I said no more...

    And I know that I’ve been here before,
    And it’s taken its toll on me.
    But I’m not giving up anymore,
    No I’m not giving up on me…

    Reid Jamieson: Vocals, Guitar. John Sheard: Piano.
    Mark Beaty: Bass. Michael Frost: Drums.


    7 timed comments and 4 regular comments

    • reidjamieson
      reidjamieson at 0.49 on September 25, 2013 17:07

      @kashakaman: thx kindly kashakaman. we were both raised by alcoholics and have addictive personalities for sure. CVM gave up cigarettes after 25 years, she will be 10 years clean on dec 22! she wrote her pain into that song in hopes of inspiring some friends to be strong in the face of their demons. Myself I struggle with beer, food, you name it. have been lucky enough to miss a few of the tougher ones, but its all relative to how badly you want the thing. probably my biggest addiction is REGRET. can't get enough of it ;-) may you never give up on yourself. keep in touch.

    • kashakaman
      kashakaman at 0.49 on September 25, 2013 03:56

      Beautiful guitar, fantastic lyrics, great railway groove, and some pretty sweet lyrics dude! You and Carolyn make an awesome team, but it made me wonder if either of you have overcome addiction? The last 4 lines really resonated with me, and made me think you guys have a pretty authentic take on this subject...

    • reidjamieson
      reidjamieson at 1.40 on August 07, 2013 21:34

      @CharlesNeal: hey there Charles, thanks you kindly! the missus wrote the lyrics to that one, I did the music...we are a team! please email if you are up for some collaborating or anything. would love to make some connections south of the Canadian border. thanks, eh?

    • CharlesNeal
      CharlesNeal at 1.40 on August 06, 2013 19:52

      Very Nice Work Reid,Really Great Stuff! Maybe Interested in getting you to write with a New Artist I'm Producing with Greg Barnhill,Her name is Lanndon,She's 17 years Old,,Type her name in on Facebook,You Tube,or right here,,or go to,,and get a feel for what she's about..Who Knows,,Got Two Labels on the table now,,,Thanks

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    • SandyBeaches
      SandyBeaches at 0.47 on May 29, 2013 05:04

      Heard you on Stuart McLean years ago. Have never stopped loving this track!!!

    • Janet Panic
      Janet Panic on September 13, 2012 21:31

      Lovely and shivery good. Makes my hair lift and heart ache and I will be adding it to Voices Radio
      Toronto 106.5 FM, Vancouver 106.3 FM, Calgary 88.1 FM, Edmonton 89.3 FM, Ottawa 95.7fm, Sirius 156

    • burrowsm
      burrowsm at 0.38 on May 10, 2012 10:49

      hey, glad I found this track. Love your voice on it and great writing.

    • ReneeBmusic
      ReneeBmusic on March 18, 2012 23:45

      Like your song, calms and intrigues me at the same time.

    • thevelvetchameleon
      thevelvetchameleon on March 09, 2012 05:57

      Congrats Reid! It's always a pleasure looking up to songwriters like you :)

    • reidjamieson
      reidjamieson on March 03, 2012 14:49

      RAIL won the grand prize in the Folk category in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

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