Railway Lines

i was born
onto the railway line
train ran right over me
didnt see it coming?
did you see it coming?
or love is blind

what would my father say?
what would your mother say?
what would our brothers say
if the mountains fell into the sea?

made a million
lost another
in fools gold
now i’m on my third
only the best
in guinness

i was thrown
onto the railway line
train ran right over me
didn’t see it coming?
did you hear it coming?
or love is blind

i was born onto the railway line
train ran right over me . . .

© sylvi & see through publishing may 1998 (socan)

on Raven Shadows CD (2006)
Railway Lines : Acoustic Tracks (3:40)

on Voices & Wheels (2000)
within the electroacoustic soundscape
Railway Lines : Trains of Thought (7:50)

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‘Railway Lines: Trains of Thought’ stretches the Boundaries of Radio by collaging sound, story and song in an aural journey. This composition strives to extend the familiar structures of radio and music, by transforming sound sources with signal processing and combining them in creative ways, while inviting the listener into an imaginary journey along metaphoric Railway Lines.

A child of Irish Immigrants who grew up on the West Coast of Canada, though no longer able to walk or play an instrument because of Multiple Sclerosis, i am “still brave” because of my community and because Electroacoustic Soundscape composition and “New and Improved” Radio provides me access to transcend Dis-Ability and continue to explore Fields of Sound. The Railway has both transported and run over many lives, both first nations and immigrants, in its quest for expansion and development. The Railway, while being sold out from under our feet, is still symbolic of various lines (commodities/communication/cultures) that break us apart and vibrant lines that bind us together as community in the unique and changing cultural horizon that is Canada