Empress of Ireland

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This recording is dedicated, with respect, to those tragically lost on The Empress of Ireland; and to Tom Phimister, my dear friend. Inspiration for this recording occurred while visiting The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. Visit and support your favorite museum.

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released February 29, 2016

Doyle Dean: Most Things
Jerod Sommerfeldt: Computer, Piano, Toys

Produced by Utility Project
Additional Engineering: Rob Zolner
Graphic Design: Manfred Hofer
Portrait: Jason Hunter
Webmaster: Tania Shurko
Consultant: Ian Kinder (theempressofireland.com)
Images: Guy D'Astous (rms-empress-of-ireland.com)

Thank you to our families and friends; The Department of Theater and Dance at SUNY Potsdam; Kelly Christensen, Brian Escamilla, Ian Kinder, Bridget Leary, Frank O'Donnell, Tony Ostyn, and Chuck Simmons.

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Track Name: The Empress of Ireland
She's made of British Steel
from top of mast to keel
The Empress of Ireland

Weighin' 14,000 tons
And carryin' 1400 someones
The Empress of Ireland

In the river bed she rests
since her untimely death

More than a thousand deaths
a thousand final breaths
on the Empress of Ireland

Throw a rose to those
still on board
The Empress of Ireland
Track Name: My Farewell Song
When we booked this trip
Oh we were so in love
I couldn't go thru with it
blame the stars above
Now I'm moving overseas alone

Don't you worry about me
Cuz I'm goin' away
Sing my farewell song
Watch my goodbye wave
There's confetti in the air
and champagne in my hair
When we booked this trip
I never thought it would go like this

When I heard the news
Oh the morning of
How could this be true?
blame the stars above
Don't you worry about me anymore

Bon voyage, mon amor
Bon voyage, adieu adieu
Farewell my love
Sing my farewell song
Track Name: Letter from Quebec City
Dear Love, it's me again
I write to you each day
post it here to this address
Where I believe you stay
I've tried many times but I can't get my mind
to accept what could be true that I may have lost you

Come to me, Overseas

I don't care how long it takes
Pack up your travel case
fill it with the things that you can't live without
Life ain't the same without you next to me

Come to me, Overseas

If I don't hear back from you, that's ok
I'm at home on the docks where I wait
Life ain't the same
Track Name: I'm an Army Man
I never planned on this sort of vocation
We're more like a club on a vacation

Once we've disembarked, goodbyes all said
can't wait to see their faces when we knock 'em dead

a bit nervous, yeah, that's the thrill
tonight in front of everyone, we're gonna kill

I'm an army man
I play in the Salvation Army Band

All I need is my horn (and a little love)

It's not a bad job, except for the pay
If you like to spread the love in an unusual way

Go make music, we all need some
You gotta toot your horn, you gotta bang your drum

Be an army man
Go play in the Salvation Army Band

Salvation of course means that I'm saved
tho the empress took me below to my grave

as I look down from heaven above
I'm proud to say I still play the music I love

Cuz I'm an army man
Track Name: The Stoker
NO ONE KNOWS
THE STOKER
DOWN BELOW I'M NOT YOUR CONCERN
CATCH THE COAL FROM THE TRIMMER
AND MIND IT BURNS

BLACK DUST LIVING IN BLACK DUST
BREATHE IT IN BREATHE IT OUT

YOU CAN LOSE YOUR MIND BEING A STOKER
MANY OF OUR KIND HAVE JUMPED OVERBOARD

PROUD TO BE A STOKER ONE OF THOSE WHO SAILS IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE

NO ONE KNOWS THE STOKER AND THAT'S FINE WITH ME
Track Name: Ride
RIDE

CAN YOU FEEL? IN YOUR BONES? CAN YOU FEEL? WE'RE NOT GOING HOME

RIDE

CAN YOU FEEL? DO YOU KNOW LOVE THE FEEL YOU'RE LOSING CONTROL
CAN YOU SMELL? THE SEA? WILL YOU HOLD ME?

SOME THINGS ARE BETTER NOT TO KNOW WHEN YOU'VE GOT NO CONTROL
Track Name: Take Your Dreams
TAKE YOUR DREAMS AND PUT 'EM IN YOUR POCKET
TAKE YOUR DREAMS AND KEEP 'EM UP YOUR SLEEVE

WHEN I STOP WAITIN' TABLES
EVERYONE 'S GONNA BE WAITIN ON ME
TAKE YOUR DREAMS AND SEND 'EM OUT TO SEA

YOU'RE TELLIN' SOMEONE
AND THEN THEY MAKE FUN
THAT'S THE LAST THING YOU NEED

YOU MIGHT BE A THIRD CLASS PASSENGER
ON THE SECOND DECK
BUT YOU'RE THE FIRST REAL PERSON I SEE

FRATERNIZING WITH PASSENGERS IS FORBIDDEN

TONIGHT WE'RE HEADED ACROSS THE SEA
TONIGHT IS FULL OF POSSIBILITY
THE CROWD'S THINNIN,' I'M GRINNIN'
CUZ I'M THINKIN OF YOU
TONIGHT WE'RE GONNA SEE THIS THROUGH
Track Name: Portholes Open
PORTHOLES OPEN
LET THE AIR FLOW
Track Name: Sleeping Tight
SLEEPING TIGHT SLEEPING TONIGHT
WITH THE RIVER ROLLIN' UNDER ME
THE WATER'S COLD NOT FAR FROM THE NORTH POLE

SLEEPING TIGHT SLEEPING TONIGHT
WHILE THE MOTOR CHURNS THE UNDERNEATH
LET'S HAVE SOME FAITH
LET'S HAVE SOME TRUST
THERE'S A CREW ON BOARD LOOKIN' AFTER US

I CAN'T SAVE YOU
IF I CAN'T SAVE MYSELF
I CAN KISS YOU
I CAN HOLD YOU
I CAN LOVE YOU MORE THAN I LOVE MYSELF

IT WON'T BE LONG TIL WE'RE OUT AT SEA
TURN OUT YOUR LIGHTS TURN ON YOUR DREAMS

SLEEPING TIGHT SLEEPING TONIGHT
WITH THE RIVE ROLLING UNDER ME
BABY SLEEP TIGHT YOU'RE WITH ME TONIGHT
Track Name: A Clear Night
A CLEAR NIGHT
LET'S HOPE IT HOLDS
WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO LIVERPOOL
FROM CANADA

A CLEAR NIGHT
LET'S HOPE IT HOLDS
WE'RE ON OUR WAY
THERE'S WORD OF SMOKE UP AHEAD
FROM THE FIRES TO THE NORTH
WE'RE ON OUR WAY IT'S OK

I SPOT A SHIP ONE POINT AHEAD
ON MY STARBOARD BOW
ROLL IN THE FOG
WHAT HAPPENS NOW
SOUND THE HORN
EVACUATE PLEASE JUST COME WITH ME
HOPE THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE
SINK OR SWIM EITHER WAY I DIE
Track Name: Obsolescence
SEE THE PEOPLE HIT THE WATER
THEIR EXPRESSIONS
SHADOWY FIGURES OF BELONGINGS
NO LONGER NEEDED
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER
FEEL THE WATER RUSHING THROUGH ME
SEE THE PEOPLE RAIN DOWN UPON ME
SHADOWY FIGURES NO LONGER NEEDED
HERE COMES THE EMPRESS
NO LONGER NEEDED
Track Name: Falling
I'M FALLING THROUGH SPACE
THAT'S LIQUID AND SALTY TO TASTE
WHAT IS THIS PLACE?
THE WORLD SEEMS SO FAR AWAY
ABOVE THE WAVES LIFE GOES ON

I'M FALLING THRU SPACE
THAT'S LIQUID AND SALTY TO TASTE
THE WORLD SEEMS SO FAR AWAY

YOU CAN'T REACH ME
I SEE YOUR FACE AS I FLOAT AWAY
YOU LOOK SO SAD YOU CAN'T SEE ME
I PROMISE YOU IT'S NOT THAT BAD
I SEE YOUR FACE
YOU CAN'T SAVE ME
YOU'LL BE OK
DON'T THINK 'WHY ME?'
JUST SAVE YOURSELF YOU'LL BE OK
Track Name: Hindsight
IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW
I WOULDN'T BE ASKING 'IF?' BUT 'HOW?'
IF YOU KNEW WOULD YOU LEAVE
SO CLOSE TO SHORE
IT'S WHAT ARMS ARE FOR

THE PHYSICAL WORLD IS WHAT STANDS BETWEEN
THE WAY WE BEHAVE AND A MORAL HUMAN BEING
WOULD YOU FLOAT LIKE A LOG
OR WOULD YOU PADDLE LIKE A FROG?
NOT ASKING 'IF' JUST ASKING 'HOW'
JUMPING OVER
NO TIME TO HELP YOU HAD TO SAVE YOURSELF
OR DID YOU?
SAY GOODBYE TO RESPONSIBILITY
GOODBYE TO PHYSICAL ABILITY
GOODBYE TO MORAL OBIGATION
GOODBYE TO THE CAPTAIN'S STATION
NO TIME TO HELP
OR WAS THERE?
Track Name: A Question for Captain Kendall
WERE YOU MISTAKEN
OR MAYBE SAVING YOUR SKIN
WHEN YOU SAID AT THE INQUIRY
THE FINAL ORDER GIVEN WAS
CLOSE WATERTIGHT DOORS?

I CAN'T QUESTION BRAVERY
JUST YOUR ACCURACY
NOW WE KNOW
THE ENGINE ROOM TELEGRAPH READ
FULL SPEED AHEAD

WERE YOU MISTAKEN?
CUZ THAT'D BE NEWS
TO THE ENGINE ROOM
WERE YOU MISTAKEN?
Track Name: The Empress of Ireland (Reprise)
JUST LIKE THIS OLD BROKEN HEART
EVERYTHING ONE DAY FALLS APART
THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND
THERE WERE A THOUSAND DEATHS
BUT NUMBERS ARE MEANINGLESS
WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE IS MISSED
GOD BLESS THE EMPRESS OF IRELAND