Travelin Man

by Mike McKenna Jr

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Mike McKenna Jr is a soulful and often haunting balladeer, with a unique grit and power in his voice, a folky rhythm to his guitar playing, and an authenticity of his stories that has captivated listeners in his native Maritimes and around the North American folk community.

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released May 7, 2016

All songs written by Mike McKenna Jr
Produced by Mike McKenna Jr & Kento Kataoka

Mike McKenna Jr - vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica
Kento Kataoka - acoustic/electric/lapsteel guitar, piano, B3 organ, bass
Mark Haynes - bass
Shane Barrett - drums, percussion (tracks 2, 4, 5, 6)
Edmund Catlin - drums (tracks 1 & 3)

Engineered by Simon Petraki at Seratone Studio, Montreal QC
Mastered by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering, Halifax, NS

Album art by Anthony McQuaid

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Mike McKenna Jr is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. His distinct, powerful voice and colourful narratives shape a uniquely soulful, acoustic storytelling style.

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Track Name: Take Me Home
Take me son oh take me to
the river when I die

throw my ashes overboard so
I can float on back to all
the sweet things that I said goodbye to
many years ago
Son please let that river takes me home

I hitched my way up north to find
the better part of me
and the day I met your mama was
the smartest thing i'd ever done to date
but I drank too much
she kicked me to the street
cuz i wasn't yet the man i'd need to be

Take me son oh take me to
the river when I die
throw my ashes overboard so
I can float on back to all
the sweet things that I said goodbye to
many years ago
Son please let that river takes me home

Take me home, Take me home

well it wasn't long i saw her with
another boy in hand
as the leather on my boot is raw
I landed my fist upon his jaw real quick
i knew he had a girl n i saw his past
his greedy yellow smile
he was trying to have your mama on the side

Take me son take me to
the river when I die
throw my ashes overboard so
I can float on back to all the
sweet things that I left behind
so many years ago
Son please let that river takes me home

ever since that day your mama
never left my side
We bought ourselves a piece of land
n i built us a house with my bare hands
i swore to her that ill be damned
if go on back to Boston where
i was born...
where my folks live on.....

Take me son take me to
the river when I die
pour some whiskey overboard so
I can have a couple drinks with our good Lord
while we watch over your mama for
I can't leave her alone
Son please let that river take me
I said son please let that river takes me home

Take me home, Take me home, Take me home
Track Name: Little Things
When I was just a boy
and my grandmother said to me
Dear when I'm old and I lose my mind
You'll need to take care of me

Before she passed on
I was given one more day
I heard her voice again in my head
and my thoughts drifted on away

Well I feel it's been forever since
I've had the pleasure of driving
at this point in my life..
I miss the little things

Sometimes bein along,
Well it's good for the soul
More time for my mind
More time as I grow old

and someday I'll meet you there
and someday I'll meet you there
and someday I'll meet you there
Whoa..

Well I could see so clearly
my first memory
I'm on your lap in a rocking chair
cutting pears while we watch tv

and you always watched over me
Like I knew you would
But when ya barely recognized my face
Was the part I never understood

and someday I'll meet you there
and someday I'll meet you there
and someday I'll meet you there
Track Name: Just Breathe
Time to time i found
that the stepping stones are meant to be
no matter how many hills i climb yea
it never all makes sense to me

cuz life is a hustle
and the whole world ain't gonna leave u alone
so sit back in control of your mind your soul
and just breathe

so sit back in control of your mind your soul
and just breathe

fiddle solo

A patient womans arms
is the only place that keeps me strong
no matter how many times I fall yea
with your love I can't go wrong

cuz my life is a hustle
and the whole world ain't gonna leave me alone
so I sit back in control of my mind n my soul
and just breathe

so sit back in control of your mind your soul
and just breathe
Track Name: Travelin Man
Edward Huxley was a traveling man
He lived by the lake in a broken down van yea
Well he told me stories of Mexico nights
Losing all his money n losin his pride yea

Oh the travelin man…
Oh the travelin man…
Oh the travelin man…
Travelin man..

Well he found himself squattin on indian land
and it wasn't taken well by the locals back then
They beat him up and left him on the side of the road
But the travelin man he wasn't ready to go

Oh the travelin man…
Oh the travelin man…
Oh the travelin man…
Travelin man...

Lonely stations playing songs for change,
No-one stops to listen no...
Dusty clothes he walks on the other side of the road..
With his face in the sun yea

He was rallied by the police down on the highway 5
With a busted up noggin and two black eyes
They gave him 5 bucks and a pat on the back
He ain't never had a run in with the coppers like that no

Oh oh travelin man
Oh oh travelin man yea yea
Oh oh travelin man whoa
Travelin man yea..

You can't tell a free spirit how to live his life
and he always keeps movin' and always packs light
He may never be remembered as a mighty oak tree
Cuz he'd rather cross the desert like a tumbleweed..

The travelin man, oh lord
Travelin man, yea
Travelin man, oh
Travelin man oh oh
Travelin man yea
Travelin man oh..
Track Name: The Highway
Well he passes now and then
As I watch over the highway
I'm lookin from overhead
For a killer runnin free

Well the late shift took its toll
and I pulled one over again
and I struggled to see a face inside
So I slowly drew my weapon

and he rolled the window down
and presented me his card
"For Dominion Coal n Steel I drive
I'm not going very far"

"Sir you were going 105
I'ma have to check your load"
and without a hesitation
I was looking down the barrel

Of a fully loaded gun
I saw flashes of my life
I had only just had met my daughter
I'd a newly wedded wife

I said "Sir please settle down,
I'll just lay down on the ground"
But he must've pulled the trigger 'fore
The words were out my mouth

Well he passes now and then
As I watch over the highway
I'm lookin from overhead
For a killer runnin free
Track Name: Die in the West
Well I keep coming home just to see you my dear
My parents are old and their time's coming near
Well my pockets are rich and my back's getting poor
and I keep my chin high and my feet on the floor

It must've been some time since I last seen you
When you waved me goodbye from your living room
The company just paid my flight to come home
and a week off ain't much when you travel alone

and I said I know...
That our love can just never be
As long as I need Fort McMurray
Love you know how much I miss the sea
and the breeze on the Mira River
Oh the nights spent with you were the best
and as long as there's work on the oil rigs my lover
I'll leave you my heart but I'll die in the west

Even out on the rigs I found Maritime charm
As I worked at the sides of my brothers in arms
Had the lads from the Rock and the mainlanders too
When you're this far from home you connect by your roots

Well my grandfather spent half his life underground
and his lungs were so black that he practically drowned
and now I don't wish for my children to see
Their old man to look 50 when he's 33

and I said I know...
That our love can just never be
As long as I need Fort McMurray
Love you know how much I miss the sea
and the breeze on the Mira River
Oh the nights spent with you were the best
and as long as there's work on the oil rigs my lover
I'll leave you my heart but I'll die in the west

Baby I know that you love the East Coast
So I raise up my glass and I offer a toast
To our last visit before I go back
Just to bank up my money while the oil sands last
Oh you must tell my son where he'll bury me
In the soil of Cape Breton I'd much rather be
and I hope I can save enough money to rest
When the time comes to cross my arms over my chest

and I said I know...
That our love can just never be
As long as I need Fort McMurray
Love you know how much I miss the sea
and the breeze on the Mira River
Oh the nights spent with you were the best
and as long as there's work on the oil rigs my lover
I'll leave you my heart but I'll die in the west

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