Blue Canoe

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Ian Tamblyn

Ian Tamblyn (born December 2, 1947) is a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter and record producer, adventurer, and playwright. MUSIC CAREER Born and raised in Fort William, Ontario, Tamblyn studied at Trent University, graduating in 1971 and subsequently settling in Chelsea, Quebec. He released a demo cassette, Moose Tracks, the same year. In 1976 he released his full-length debut album, Ian Tamblyn, which won a Juno Award for Best Folk Music Recording that year. Since that time he has completed over 25 recording projects. He plays guitar, piano, hammered dulcimer, and synthesizer, as well as singing. Tamblyn has recorded a number of instrumental music albums inspired by his adventure travels to remote places such as the north shore of Lake Superior, the Nahanni River, and the Chukchi Sea, and his participation in scientific research expeditions to locations such as Greenland and Antarctica. Magnetic North and Antarctica incorporate on-location field recordings into the music. Magnetic North was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album of 1990. Over My Head was recorded in-studio after a live concert commissioned by the Canadian Museum of Nature, in which music was blended with tape looped field recordings of birds. In 1999, Tamblyn composed the background music for the first season of the Canadian animated TV series Toad Patrol. In 2008 Tamblyn, along with Bruce Cockburn and other Canadian folk artists released Dancing Alone, a two CD tribute album of the songs of influential Canadian songwriter and poet William Hawkins. Tamblyn also produced the majority of the tracks on the album. Tambyn entertained on the main stage at the Peterborough Folk Festival in 2001.


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Along the edge the ice was closing in
There's still a path where a blue canoe might go
That eyes might hold the black, black water
That eyes might know the white, white snow

And yes I'm scared, yes I'm frightened
The water is so dark and cold
But if you seek - well then it follows
Where she beckons you must go

I do not know where I'm going
Something calling from the other side
Pulling light from late December
The monochrome of black and white.


The water speaks , it swirls , it  eddies
Around the bend, ice now blocks the way
Still there's a path, through mist rising
There is a path through these dark days.

(repeat first verse)

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Written by: Ian Tamblyn

Submitted by Brannah on May 23, 2020


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