Stowaway

by Ronney Abramson

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released December 22, 2017

All songs written by Ronney Abramson
and published by Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

Produced by Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin for
True North Productions (1977)

Recorded at Manta Sound Studios, Toronto
Engineers: Andrew Hermant and Gary Grey

Strings recorded at Eastern Sound, Toronto
Engineer: Ken Friesen

Strings arranged and conducted by Matthew McCauley

Originally mastered for vinyl by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisc
Photography and art direction: Bart Schoales

Restoration and remastering:
Paul Edwards / Houdini Recordings, Montreal

℗ 2017 Castor Island Music / Ronney Abramson

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Ronney Abramson Montreal, Québec

With a style that warmly blends gentle jazz-infused rock and R&B-inspired pop, Ronney Abramson is back doing what she loves most: playing music and writing songs.

An award-winning singer-songwriter with several charted singles to her credit in Canada, she is now gaining a whole new audience and generation of fans worldwide.
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Track Name: Your Love Gets Me Around
YOUR LOVE GETS ME AROUND
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

Well I don’t imagine, it’s out of fashion

To love and complain

Living in transit, business demands it

It’s not always okay, no no

But I don’t got no bus to take me on no holiday
My car won’t run, the clutch is gone

There’s just no way

Though I got no means to take me to New Orleans today

Your love get me ‘round

I said your love get me ‘round
Oh well your love get me ‘round okay

A train is for running away just for nothing
And a cloud is for rain
Maybe tomorrow I’ll get down and borrow back

My newly-born glimpse of the Seine
I would like to be a sailor or a stowaway

And sail my dreams out to the seas

Of turtle bay

Though I’ve got no anchor in Marseilles today

Your love get me ‘round

I said your love get me ‘round

Oh well your love get me ‘round okay
Track Name: Moon’s Memory / Sometime
MOON'S MEMORY / SOMETIME
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

I’ve seen the ways of wonder
I’ve lived inside a jar
I’ve been a wayward car
Inside a spiral
I’ve walked the road to silence
I’ve been that way before
I’ve tried to close the door
On all that matters

Oh sometime
Would you like to be mine?
And I’ll close my eyes
On your heartwarming lullabies

I see you follow madness
And so we meet again
A mind is meant to bend
Or it won’t travel
The sign that says existence
It’s hanging on my wall
I tried to be so tall
It was hard to hang it

Oh sometime
Would you like to be mine?
And I’ll close my eyes
On your heartwarming lullabies

Oh sometime
Would you like to be mine?
And I’ll close my eyes
On your heartwarming lullabies
Track Name: Long Lonely Winter
LONG LONELY WINTER
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

The words are shot dead right through their heads
Like some worn out empty bodies
Nothing to do except kill me a few
And hope that their meanings
Their floors and their ceilings
Will somehow, sometime come through

It’s gonna be a long lonely winter
If the times keep bringing us down
It’s gonna be a long lonely winter
With summer so hard to track down

And what’s this about the lights going out
With daytime only half empty?
I guess it must mean the days that I’ve seen
Are more than just leanings
On scores and on dealings
And will somehow, sometime shine through

It’s gonna be a long lonely winter
If the times keep bringing us down
It’s gonna be a long lonely winter
With summer so hard to track down

The sailing is rough, it’s hard to be tough
With nothing to show for the waiting
So hold on to me ‘cause I don’t want to see
The flight of our love go
Through doors and through windows
Like homeless, tired bad company

It’s gonna be a long lonely winter
If the times keep bringing us down
It’s gonna be a long lonely winter
With summer so hard to track down
Track Name: S-T-O-Please
S-T-O-PLEASE
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

He was a mighty dancer
A steelyard king at the slot machine
An all-night rider paladin
They called him Cowboy Jim
Barman said expect a fight
He’s higher than a kite tonight
High explosive dynamite is he

She was a maid of honour
An angel-cake of the movie screen
A flowered darlin’, a violin
She was a roadside queen
And she said why don’t you let it go
And listen to the radio
For God sake just let it go for me

And she said

S-T-O-Please why don’t you let him be
Please stop
I’m beggin’ on my bended knees
S-T-O-Please

He’s underneath the ice machine
Uh-oh, what does it mean?
He’s got to understand you’re the king
Oh Cowboy Jim
Barman says you better look around
Or you’re gonna get yourself run downtown
The cops don’t come for just anyone, you see

Motel lights are out tonight
Oh-oh, what can it mean?
Someone said that’s the last they’ve seen
Of Cowboy Jim
Standing by the slot machine
She rids her head of steelyard dreams
She’ll never see her paladin again

And she said

S-T-O-Please why don’t you let him be
Please stop
I’m beggin’ on my bended knees
S-T-O-Please

And she said

S-T-O-Please why don’t you let him be
Please, stop
I’m asking you to S-T-O-Please
Please stop
I’m asking you to S-T-O-Please
Please stop
I’m asking you to S-T-O-Please
Track Name: Baby Brown Eyes
BABY BROWN EYES
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

When I hear you sigh
Oh I love my baby brown eyes
Tell you why
You’re my baby brown eyes
And all my dreams
All my commandments can be scattered to the wind
I was kind of hoping
I could be joking but
I can’t hide a thing
Oh baby when you shine for me
Those baby brown eyes now just for me, oh oh
Get a glimpse now it’s time to see
You’re my baby brown eyes

When I hear you sigh
Oh I love my baby brown eyes
Tell you why
You’re my baby brown eyes
And all my dreams
All my commandments can be scattered to the wind
I was kind of hoping
I could be joking but
I can’t hide a thing
Oh baby when you shine for me
Those baby brown eyes now just for me, oh oh
Get a glimpse now it’s time to see
You’re my baby brown eyes

And all my dreams
All my commandments can be scattered to the wind
I was kind of hoping
I could be joking but
I can’t hide a thing
Oh baby when you shine for me
Those baby brown eyes now just for me, oh oh
Get a glimpse now it’s time to see
You’re my baby brown eyes
My baby brown eyes
My baby brown eyes
Track Name: Two Faces Of Woman
TWO FACES OF WOMAN
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

Take me down to where the devil goes underground
Where he turns on the heat
Maybe god will be sweet and give us some rain
And tell the people when it all comes down
That would be as far as it could go
As far as it could go

Oh devil I’m leaving
I curse the day you went and took me in and put
Two faces of woman on me

Heaven knows why it’s hard to be alone again
But the devil in my eyes
Is as strong as the ties of being in love
Please believe me when it all turns ‘round
You make me wise enough to know
That only love can show

Woah baby it’s hard to choose
Two faces are hard to use
And you know baby I’d love to lose
The two faces of woman through the love of one man

Oh devil I’m leaving
I curse the day you went and took me in and put
Two faces of woman on me
Track Name: As Time Sneaks By
AS TIME SNEAKS BY
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

All the money in the world I swear
Wouldn’t get me anywhere
‘Cause I love you
And time sneaks by
If my hand were the kind to win
Would you take me back again?
Oh baby
You’re such a crazy man
And I know it’s pure frustration
To be caught in this sort of situation
I think I’ll get up and change the station
I’ve tried to hide it
Time to live beside it again

Feelings are for hearts to bear
I know they won’t get me where
I’m bound to go
But they change me
I know you tried to be the one
I could rest my head upon
But that’s not so free
And I understand
And I know that I can’t change it
Only time and days and months can mend it
I know baby how hard it is to bend it
I’ve tried to hide it
Time to live beside it again

You say that we can’t live as one
I guess we tried too hard too long
And you found out
It was like getting older
So I think I’ll say goodbye in there
And tell you that it’s nice to care
About someone
As time sneaks by
And I know it’s pure frustration
To be caught in this sort of situation
I think I’ll get up and change the station
I’ve tried to hide it
Time to live beside it again
I’ve tried to hide it
Time to live beside it again
Track Name: Never Seem To Get Along Without You
NEVER SEEM TO GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

My heart is like an open door
When you walk in
I’d like to lock it for sure
Safely inside I see
Just you and me
The world outside
Has got no key
Well we just get along
We just get along
No doubt about it
There’s no way around it

I never seem to get along
I never seem to get along
Without you
I never seem to get along
I never seem to get along
Without you

Some days I’m just beside myself
‘Till you walk in
Just you and nobody else
And you give me that silly smile
Like a crocodile
You hold me like
A puppy child
Well we just get along
We just get along
No doubt about it
There’s no way around it

I never seem to get along
I never seem to get along
Without you
I never seem to get along
I never seem to get along
Without you

I never seem to get along
Never seem to get along
Without you
I never seem to get along
I never seem to get along
Without you
Track Name: Song For Canaan
SONG FOR CANAAN
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

Little bells in my head ringing
Never seem to go away
How can I just keep on singing
If in my key they will not play?
And they’re ringing out of tune
A lampoon to a solitary moon
In keys too high to climb
Oh tell me, is Canaan really hard to find?

Little birds in my heart winging
Never seem to fly away
How can I just keep on thinking
If from my thoughts I cannot stray
It’s like flying from a jail
From the smell of a seedy old hotel
Through skies too high to climb
Oh tell me, is Canaan really hard to find?

And those bells keep getting louder
Enough to scare those birds away
Taking their time, too high to climb
Oh tell me, is Canaan really hard to find?

Little bells in my head ringing
Never seem to go away
How can I just keep on singing
If in my key they will not play?
And they’re ringing out of tune
A lampoon to a solitary moon
In keys too high to climb
Oh tell me, is Canaan really hard to find?
Hard to find
Hard to find
Hard to find
Track Name: The Best Friend I've Ever Known
THE BEST FRIEND I'VE EVER KNOWN
Music & Lyrics by Ronney Abramson © 1977 Castor Island Music (SOCAN)

You, in my dreams
You are my heavenly light it seems
You don’t bear me down
When I’m off of the ground
Oh baby, I love you for the patience you have shown
And thank you, babe
For being the best friend I’ve ever known

Who’d understand
The indecisive woman I am
When I try so hard
And you’ve got my heart
Oh baby, such a style of romance all your own
Well thank you, babe
For being the best friend I’ve ever known

And the shakiness inside of me
Wants to dance a better beat
When you aren’t here to comfort me
And life is all there is until tomorrow
This face is all I own
‘Till I hear that telephone
Well, thank you babe
For being the best friend I’ve ever known

And the shakiness inside of me
Wants to dance a better beat
When you aren’t here to comfort me
And life is all there is until tomorrow
This face is all I own
‘Till I hear that telephone
Well, thank you babe
For being the best friend I’ve ever known

You, in my dreams
You are my heavenly light it seems

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