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BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN

CD Volume 12: The Canada Sessions
33 Songs from the Early Years
PART I:  Stage Songs ~ PART II: Original Songs
http://www.hillmanweb.com/albums/album12.html
On Maple Grove CD MGS-2003-12


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1. Muddy Mississippi Line
2. Let It Be Me
3. Mama Tried
4. The French Song
5. 24 Hours from Tulsa
6. Sweet Dreams plus
Born To Lose
7. Apache
8. Somewhere My Love
9. (You Were) On My Mind
10. Kentuckian Song
11. Whole LottaShakin'
I'm Walkin' ~ O Boy
12. Help Me Make It 
Through The Night
13. Down in the Boondocks
14. Green Grass of Home
15. Put Your Hand 
In the Hand
16. Catfish Bones©
17. Chattanooga Prison Train©
18. Workin' For the Man©
19. Blues 'round My Door©
20. Alligator Mama©
21. Cajun Child©
22. Fool On A Stool©
23. Sad Country Love Song©
24. Mississippi Tripper©
25. Glory Land©
26. Old Jed Clark©
27. Satisfied©
28. Memory Take Me Back©
29. Highway 354©
30. Hillman Express©
(* Original Songs: Words and Music by Bill Hillman)


PART II: THE ORIGINALS
Words, Music and Production for all songs by Bill Hillman
See CD 10 for 24 of Our Best Originals

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Tracks 16 - 25 from Album No. 5: 
Originals, demos and collectibles from the early years.
Copyright Maple Grove Music SOCAN/BMI
CREDITS
  • All lead and back-up vocals by Bill & Sue-On
  • All lead and rhythm guitars by Bill Hillman
  • Drums and Percussion by Sue-On Hillman
  • Bass & Fiddle by Barry Forman
  • Engineering by Collin Bennett and Harry Hildebrand at 
  • Century 21 Studios, Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
  • Original Songs, Arrangements Production, PLUS 
  • Photography and Graphic Design by Bill Hillman
RUNAWAY SLAVES ~ PRAIRIE DANCE HALLS ~ CHINA DOLLS ~ CAJUN FIDDLES ~ BAR ROOM LOSERS
WAYWARD WOMEN  & RESTLESS RIVERS ~ ~ MONTANA TOURS ~ WANDERLUST ~ ORIENTAL LAMENTS ~
WISTFUL LOVE BALLADS ~ ALLIGATOR POACHERS & MOONSHINERS ~ GOSPEL SONGS ~ MANITOBA BOYHOOD MEMORIES . . .
THESE RAMBLINGS
FROM THE MIND OF BILL HILLMAN
HAVE INSPIRED THE SONGS WITHIN

16. CATFISH BONES (Bin Long Time Gone) ~ Duet
CATFISH BONES (Bin Long Time Gone)
Jailer Jimmy John you better get your britches on
Catfish Bones bin here and gone
Jump, run, shout ~ you better get the hitches out
Sheriff and Judge 'bout ta run you out

Catfish Bones bin long time free
Hide, crawl, sneak through my turnip greens
Sheriff and Boss they want him for who bought him 
And they shot him and they caught him in the bottom land

Chorus
But Catfish Bones ~ Now he's gone
Catfish Bones ~ Watch him run

Betrayed him and they trade him to a man that hate
Ole Bones can't live alone without his mate
Ole Bones done gone like a turkey through the corn
Watch him walk on muddy water like there he born

17. CHATTANOOGA PRISON TRAIN ~ Sue-On
CHATTANOOGA PRISON TRAIN
The prison train leaves Chattanooga come the mornin'
He'll say goodbye to Tennessee - Sweet Memories
They're taking all I have to live for come the mornin'
O Lord how I wish he were free

Trees will whisper to the wind -- "Willie I love you"
Drifting clouds will take my message to his ears
He'll hear every sound of nature say -- "I love you"
Summer breezes will dry away my tears

Chorus
But I'll find a way
I'll find a way
I'll find a way
To get back to his arms

He shot a man who had no right to come between us
Should have run before they locked him in a cell
If I could walk through prison walls, I'd be there with him
O Lord help me bear this living Hell

Cross Roads: As in music direction: torn between Memphis and NashvilleSue-On at Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Broadway, Nashville, TennesseeBill in the Ernest Tubb Record shop before live broadcastBill on stage at the Ryman Grand Ole Opry HouseDoug Kershaw on the Opry
18. WORKIN' FOR THE MAN ~ Bill
WORKIN' FOR THE MAN
I'm workin' for the man
I'm workin' for the dollar
Got to get to Louisian'

Bend down, turn 'round
Runnin' just to cover ground
I'm coming sweet Suzie Ann

Pick a sack - drag a sack - another row
Another day - a workin' day - goes so slow
Workin' for the man
Gotta get to Louisian'

If I could ride that southern line
I'd leave this Georgia clay behind
On my way down to that Mississippie delta land
Home at last I know I'd find
That dark-haired girl I left behind
Bye Bye Georgia
Hello Louisian'

RPM MAGAZINE REVIEWS
December 13, 1975 and Fall 1976
19. BLUES 'ROUND MY DOOR ~ Duet
BLUES 'ROUND MY DOOR
Baby sittin' on the West Coast
I got the blues sittin' on the East Coast
And there's five thousand lonely walkin' miles sittin' in between
If I could leave today I know
I'd reach my baby, I miss her so
And the blues hangin' 'round my door
Would drive the clouds to a distant shore

Baby sittin' on the West Coast
Blues sittin' on the East Coast
Baby's runnin' free
Blues are killing me

There's sunny skies over my baby
Rain and cloud in New York City
And there's five thousand wakin' tears running in between
If I could see her one more time
I'd give my baby a piece of my mind
And the blues hanging 'round my door
Would drive the clouds to a distant shore

20. ALLIGATOR MAMA ~ Duet
ALLIGATOR MAMA
All the girls in Vegas town
They ain't got nothin' on -- you
They can't cuddle, they can't huddle
Or put things in a muddle -- like you

You love me all to bits
Scare me out of my wits -- oo oooo
You got style, you got class
And I wanna make it last -- with you

You're a little bit o' Frankenstein
A whole lotta Einstein -- but mine
You're a little bit behind times
A little like a fine wine -- but mine

You got my head a-reelin'
You got me always feelin' -- fine
You're acting funny with my money
But you'll always be a honey -- of mine

You're an anti-Mister Nader
You're a chronic music hater -- but you're mine
Never early, always later
A mean old alligator -- but you're mine

You haunt rundown theatres
You always burn the taters -- in time
So we go out to dinner 
You're not getting any thinner -- but you're mine

21. CAJUN CHILD ~ Bill
CAJUN CHILD
Chorus
Run Run Run with me my child
We're runnin' free and we're running wild
Run Run Run with me my child
The revenuers hounds make the gators look mild

My papa raised me up on a river boat
Poaching alligators and every thing afloat
Papa did all rightand he kept us fed
But when he saw the law here's what he said...

Papa kept a still in the bayou land
Made the best whiskey that a belly could stand
The money made a living for my Papa and me
But when the law came my Papa would say...

When my Mama up and died my Papa cried hard
She left him just me and the Louisiana mud
We had to make a living by the sweat of our brow
Papa found a way right then and now...

22. A FOOL ON A STOOL ~ Bill
A FOOL ON A STOOL
Ole misery giving, lowly living, honky tonk bar
Now you done gone, yeh you gone too far
All the weeping ditties on your jukebox have come true
You gave me honky tonk blues 
But now there ain't nothing, nothing more to lose
You got me in a corner sittin' pickin' out a losers tune

Your honky tonk women took me away from her arms
Honky tonk whiskey closed my eyes to her charms
Looking 'round for my honky tonkin' fair weather friends
But now I'm outa money - Funny how it ends
A fool on a stool with a bottle full of memories

Kevin ~ Sue-On ~ Bill
Kevin ~ Sue-On ~ Bill
23. A SAD COUNTRY  LOVE SONG ~ Bill
A SAD COUNTRY LOVESONG
Play me a sad country lovesong
Sing it so sweet and low
Play me an old fashioned love song
I've been away for so long

We met in a small prairie dancehall
We danced till the dawn's early light
I held her close as we whispered
The words to each song that night

Now I sit at this bar in the city
Fame and fortune I've found
But my thoughts all drift to the homeplace
A girl -- and a prairie town.

24. THE MISSISSIPPI TRIPPER ~ Sue-On
MISSISSIPPI TRIPPER
Well the Mississippi Tripper runs from New Orleans
Steaming through Memphis with her Cajun Queens
Riverboat rascals and midnight ramblers
Fancy talking hustlers and all night gamblers

The Mississippi Tripper is a southern dream
Carrying all the finest from New Orleans
Yankee carpetbaggers and midnight flyers
Busty Creole mammas and old black drivers

The Mississippi Tripper runs on muddy water
Carrying me away from my blue-eyed guy
I'll miss the Mississippi and its muddy water
But nothing like I'll miss the good old southern life

25. GLORYLAND ~ Duet
GLORYLAND
It's just beyond the river in the Gloryland

Sing out Glory ~ Shout Hallelujah
We're walking in His sunshine, let His light shine on

Well I've got religion and I know it's right for me
Just beyond the river in the Gloryland

Old Satan tries to tempt me but he jsut can't find the way
Just beyond the river in the Gloryland

I'm going to see my Jesus in the promised land someday
It's just beyond the river in the Gloryland



More Hillman Original Outtakes from
ALBUM 6: THE HILLMAN EXPRESS ~ TRACK 16
Tracks 26 - 30

26.  OLD JED CLARK ~ Bill
OLD JED CLARK
Hey Jed, I love your daughter
Eyes as blue as Tennessee water
Hey Jed, I think ya otter
Find a way to hide your daughter

Moonshine flows like water
Brewed by Jed and brung by daughter
Feel fine till her father
Shot a hole in the bucket I bought her

Chorus
Well he comes on run with an old squirrel gun
Jed ain't one to poke it in fun
Found us by the Sycamore tree
Bessie Sue, a bottle and me

Lead whines o'er my shoulder
Run and hide if I wanna get older
Girl cryin' cause I ain't bolder
Man gotta be half daft to hold her

* * *  THE CHASE * * *

Prism lens shot that we used for the front cover
Sue-OnSue-On, Bill, Kevin - On StageThe Outlaw Rambling Band from Canada

27.  SATISFIED ~ Bill
SATISFIED
Well I'm satisfied... when I'm walking with my Jesus
Satisfied, walking with my Lord
Satisfied, when I''m walking with God's children
Lead me on, to the other side

Take me by the hand, my sweet Jesus
Take me by the hand, my sweet Lord
Take me by the hand, I'm one of God's children
Lead me on, to the Promise Land

Well I feel alright, when I'm talking with my Jesus
I feel alright, talking with my Lord
I feel alright, talking with God's children
Lead me on, through the night

28. MEMORY TAKE ME BACK ~ Bill
I was raised on a 3/4 section farm in South Western Manitoba -- NW 24-16-22 -- and most of my boyhood memories involve life on the farm and visits to the village of Strathclair, 1 1/2 miles north. Memory Take Me Back is a reflection of those nostalgic days. More recently I was asked by the Brandon University Geography Department to write a chapter for a textbook on Manitoba geography that would be published by the University of Manitoba as a university level textbook. My topic was to be centered on rural prairie settlements and I chose my hometown, Strathclair  -- using the title Strathclair: A Prairie Town with a Past, Present & Future or Evolution of the Strathclair District. Previously, as part of a Masters Degree project, I had transcribed the journals ('20s-'60s) of my maternal grandmother, Katie Campbell and these first-hand accounts were a great resource for instilling a bit of human warmth into what started as a more academic project. I also turned to Memory Take Me Back for inspiration and the following excerpt is really just an expanded version of the song:

The glory years of Strathclair and many other similar prairie communities reached their zenith in mid-twentieth century -- the '50s decade. The excitement and spirit generated by these towns was perhaps best epitomized by the Saturday Night "event." Following the Saturday evening supper hour, families would prepare to "go to town." The first cars to arrive would get the best seats. This meant finding a diagonal parking spot along the north side of main street (North Railway Street) in the well-lit, high-traffic area extending from the pool room at Minnedosa Street to the modern 'self-serve' department store at Campbell Street (Figure 3) '50s Town Map. 

Between these termini, people of all ages walked a jostling gauntlet along a strip of thriving businesses. Three favourite spots were the drugstore with its soda fountain and magazine rack, the Chinese cafe‚ with its booths for socializing, and a rival eatery which featured a jukebox, pinball machine and lunch counter with stools. Many of the men gathered in one of the two male bastions -- the beer parlour and the pool room; while a favourite routine for the women was to peruse the line of parked Fords, Chevies and Dodges -- each vehicle demanding a nod, wave or a detour off the sidewalk for a chat. 

When the week's discussion lagged out on the street, there seemed to be no end of open doors to shops to provide diversion: bakery, grocery, dry goods store, newspaper office, garages, butcher shop, hardware store, restroom, shoemaker, and tinsmith. In the winter there was always skating, curling and hockey at the rink. 

The routine for some was to go to the 7 o'clock movie at the Bend Theatre, delaying the sidewalk promenade for later. From a thirty-five cent allowance, kids could eke out a full night's entertainment which included a movie (complete with newsreel, Three Stooges short, cartoon, serial, previews, and draws for prizes), popcorn, "coke" or popsicle, double bubble gum, jawbreakers, and a fifty-two page comic book.

Later in the decade, many people gathered outside the electric shop which provided an outdoor speaker connected to the twenty-one inch television in the window, few realizing that this box with its flickering black and white pictures was a harbinger of drastic change to this weekly social phenonemon that everyone took for granted.

 MEMORY TAKE ME BACK
Mother's mother on the porch where she's makin butter
Grandfather's out in the yard where he loves to putter
Screen door slams -- sister runs in crying
Skinned a knee out where the collie dog's lying
Memory take me back just one more time

Daddy's in the field where he keeps the prairie dust flying
Rain don't come but the clouds keep on trying
Though drought and hail made times a lot tougher
A mother's love saw that we didn't suffer
Memory take me back just one more time

Saturday night Daddy takes us into town for a movie
Late night shopping and farm talk swapping on Main Street
Old men standing by the pool hall talking
Young folks out on the sidewalk walking
Memory take me back just one more time

29.  HIGHWAY 354 ~ Bill
We have spent a lifetime juxtaposing our love of music and performing with our other day-job careers. For most of our lives we lived on the farm that was first homesteaded by my great grandfather. Wherever our travels took us, the journey always started on Highway 354 which runs north-south past Maple Grove. This song was an attempt to show how this gravel road was really our gateway to whatever dreams (both real and beyond reach) and journeys (far and near) we pursued over the years.
HIGHWAY 354
Slam the car door
Highway 354
Gonna take me from a week of 9 to 5
Love that highway sound
Lonely Manitoba towns
Lights and truckers, weekend lovers flying by

O I can take it, think I'll make it
Even though it takes a mighty long time
O I'll keep shakin' and fakin'
And rakin' in the dollars and dimes

Gimli Carman Dauphin
Brandon Shilo Austin
Then on the road and home to Maple Grove
McCreary Minnedosa
Portage Wawanese
 I'll keep makin' records - Looking for gold

Nine to five a day job
Only in the way job
Longing for the weekend show
Nine to five a day job
Just a slavin' pay job
Dreaming 'bout another life I know

30.  HILLMAN EXPRESS ~ Duet
The covering title of this album of 15 original songs was the Hillman Express: Track 15. For this closing theme song to the Prairie Saga side,  we just carried on with the train analogy: Get on board, we'll make you more than satisfied. Whistle blowing, wheels a-rolling, come on and ride. Don't need no ticket, there ain't no wicket, there ain't no fee. Our magic potion is locomotion and ridin's free. Ride, Ride, Ride, on through the night. Rolling on outa sight. Rockin' Express speedin' through the west. Ride, Ride, Ride, on the Hillman Express. From prairie sidings to those exciting bright city lights. The music's hummin', as we keep runnin' on through the night. Don't need no baggage, we're gonna manage to get it on. To every station, 'cross the nation, come ride along.
 HILLMAN EXPRESS
Get on board ~ We'll make you more ~ Than satisfied
Whistle blowing ~ Wheels a-rolling ~ Come on and ride

Don't need no ticket ~ There ain't no wicket ~ There ain't no fee
Our magic potion ~ Is locomotion ~ And ridin's free

Chorus
Ride Ride Ride on through the night
Rolling on outa sight
Rockin' Express
Speedin' through the west
Ride Ride Ride
On the Hillman Express

From prairie sidings ~ To those exciting ~ Bright city lights
The music's hummin' ~ As we keep runnin' ~ On through the night

Don't need no baggage ~ We're gonna manage ~ To get it on
To every station ~ 'Cross the nation ~ Come ride along

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