Whistle and Hum

by Anna van Riel

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Whistle and Hum is a collection of folk infused, alt-country tracks loaded with harmonies, storytelling and bluegrass infusion.

Created through contra-trade with prodcuer and sound engineer Danny Fairley (aka Civilian Sol) for lots of homemade bread and veges, the album will be toured through sustainable and earth homes in Canada and the United States in July and August of 2013 before returning to New Zealand for a homecoming launch.

Created in the small mountain town of Lake Wanaka in the deep South of NZ, the album has been hailed the first ever to be engineered, performed, produced, mastered and packaged all locally.

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released June 12, 2013

Danny Fairley (aka Civilian Sol) -Producer/sound engineer +banjo, lead guitar, mandolin, percussion.
Damon Schwalger (aka The Nomad)- Mastering
Dominique Stayne- Double Bass/fretted bass
Helen Carter- Clarinet/keys
Liv McBride- backing vocals
Lisa Johnson- Accordion
Enger Pelosi Fear- violin
Jeff Sinnott- Drums

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Anna van Riel

New Zealand's Award winning and independent singer/songwriter Anna van Riel has played at the world highests music festival in the Himilayas, performed the NZ national anthem for 50,000 punters at the Four Nations Grand Final and sung her original works for Prince Albert of Monaco. Anna's favourite and most recent success is winning album of the year in her home town. ... more

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Track Name: Breakdown
Vs1
Engine blown in a billow of smoke
As we rolled on into town
The Ffg was like a thick pea soup
Hore frost gripped the ground
Big old moon was on the rise
Night was deadly still…
But was broken by a sudden cry
Of a night bird on the hill

Ch
Break down, down, down
In another lonely town
It’s true I stole my baby’s car
Bad luck for me (I didn’t get too far)
Break down, down, down
I always have bad luck
This time I’m stuck in Shingle Creek
In a broke down pick-up truck

Vs2
While I was being faithful
Your picture in my pocket
Turns out you were putting your fuse in someone else’s socket
I’ve been with you for way too long
I thought our love was good
But the only thing that was hot about you
Was the smoke pouring out the hood

Ch
Break down, down, down
In another lonely town
It’s true I stole my baby’s car
Bad luck for me (I didn’t get too far)
Break down, down, down
I always have bad luck
This time I’m stuck in Shingle Creek
In a broke down pick-up truck
This time I’m stuck in Shingle Creek
In a broke down pick-up truck
Track Name: Who owns you?
Vs1
Oh step back into line
No you are not encouraged to use your mind
We’ll do the walking and we’ll do the talkin for you girl
They were lying when they told you that this is a free world

Ch
But when you fall we’ll help you back on your feet
You’ll be fooled to think that there’s no deceit
And when you’re ready to go your own way
We’ll keep a line on you so you don’t stray
Now tell me who owns you

Vs2
Oh drive on into town
Your circumstance has changed and we need to log it down
Oh things are lookin’ up and you’ve found something new
Just don’t go gorgettin’ that we’ve got our eye on you

Ch
But when you fall we’ll help you back on your feet
You’ll be fooled until you see a receipt
And when you’re ready to go your own way
We’ll keep a line on you so you don’t stray
Now tell me who owns you
Why do you tell me who owns you

Vs3
Oh someday you will see
You can try all you like……but you will never, never own me
Track Name: Baby Brain
Vs1
Don’t try telling me that this here thing ain’t true
Don’t try shuttin’ me down cause honey I’m tellin’ you
That everytime I feed this child I swear I forget your name
Oh you may be my husband but darlin’ I got baby brain
Vs 2
I went a pickin’ apples but found I’sa pickin pears
Then I used my toothbrush to wash behind my ears
I milked the bull instead of the cow with very little gain
I tell ya it’s a real condition. This mama’s got a baby brain
Ch
I went to see my Dr, he said what ails you so
I wish that I could tell ya Doc but hell I just don’t know
So I tried to tell my story, I went onto explain but then
Forgot what I was there for her said “Hmm, girl. You got a baby brain”.

Vs3
Although I’m slightly crazy and some days are pretty rough
There is one advantage to baby brain and being up the duff
I got pulled up by a policeman for speeding in a slow lane.
I said, “Officer I’m sorry, but this Mama’s got a baby brain”
(and he said Maam that’s a real condition)
Ch (and it’s a real condition)
Track Name: If I didn't have you
Colorado is just around the corner

And everyone will open up their homes

I worry I wont have enough to offer

And I worry I can’t do this thing alone

Vs2
But everything inside me keeps on pushin’
And all my bones are telling me it’s right
What if I forgot to count my blessings?
What if I were without you tonight
Ch

What if I didn’t have you?

Vs3
In Portland, Oregon my friends are waiting
With arms wide open. Surely it’s a sign
And you say baby grab what’s for the taking
I’m right here with you things’ll work out fine

Ch
What if I didn’t have you
If I didn’t have you

Br
And you’ll find me out at the washline
You will find me hangin’ out your jeans
And I find it helps just to pass the time
And ponder what this whole life really means to me

Ch
If I didn’t have you
What if I didn’t have you

Vs4
Well I hear New York city never sleeps now
Yet opposite for Bethel town, Vermont
We’ve been on this road so long, and it just keeps rolling on
Yet right beside me is all I’ll ever want

Ch
What if I didn’t have you
If I didn’t have you
Voice over
Vancouver, Oregon, Colorado, Just begun, Old Vermont and down to New York City
Track Name: The Love Game
Vs1
As I sit here, by my window
Mournfully watching the evening sun go down
A big fat lonely tear rolls down my lonely cheek and
I wonder pretty baby when are you gonna come around?
Ch
So tell me, tell me pretty baby that you love me
Oh can’t you, can’t you pretty baby can’t you
That this poor old lonely heart keeps beating for you
Yet I know your heart will never beat for me
Vs2
Oh back in Cincinnati we danced a little ditty under the waning moon
I feel for you completely when you told me sweetly, “Hot lips I’ll see ya soon”
But now my heart is breaking while I sit here waiting for the telephone to ring
Oh this love game is such a lonely thing
Ch
So tell me, tell me pretty baby that you love me
Oh can’t you, can’t you pretty baby can’t you
That this poor old lonely heart keeps beating for you
Yet I know your heart will never beat for me
Vs3
My party dress hangs on the door, there’s love notes scattered on the floor
I’ve never felt such…heat-ache-be-fore
Ohhh….this love game is such a lonely thing
I said this love game is such a lonely thing
Oh yes this love game is such a lonely thing
Track Name: Swamped
Vs 1
Turns out….I am not in love with you
Yeah it turns out… I was in love with the idea of
I got wrapped up, caught out in my cotton wool confusion
It panned out to be some destitute allusion
Yeah it turns out

Ch
And I…..Felt like I’d been stomped
But it turns out…I was simply swamped in some
Crazy ass idea of you

Vs 2
For years I’d been crying over
A pool of milk I spilt
I thought that it was love
Turns out it was just guilt
So now I’m saying sorry
For what more can I do
But it feels really good to know
I am not in love with you

Ch
And I…..Felt like I’d been stomped
But it turns out…I was simply swamped
in some
Crazy ass idea
And I…..Felt like I’d been stomped
But it turns out…I was simply swamped in some
Crazy ass idea of you


Turns out….I am not in love with you
Track Name: Too Strong Daddy
Ch
Oh Rock me baby, rock me darlin
Wont you rock me too and Fro
Well he was so strong Daddy
Too Strong Daddy for me

VS1
Well just the other night thought the feeling was right
That he would rock me too and fro
But he was so strong Daddy, too Strong Daddy for me
But he was so damned strong when he spun me around
I landed high in a tree
Oh he was that strong Daddy
Too strong daddy for me

Ch
So Rock me baby, rock me darlin
Wont you rock me too and Fro
Well he was so strong Daddy
Too Strong Daddy for me

Br
They were playing guitar in a smoky old bar
In a good ol’southern way
It was a night on the town, when he swung me around he said
That kid really knows how to play

VS2
Well he said come a little closer a little bit closer
Wanna feel your breath on my lips
The music slows down
They’re closing the town for the night
He says one last twirl for a beautiful girl
And I will rock you too and fro
But he was…(wait for count in, back to tempo)
…so strong daddy
Too strong daddy for me

Ch x 2
So Rock me baby, rock me darlin
Wont you rock me too and Fro
Well he was so strong Daddy
Too Strong Daddy for me
Track Name: The Tale of Henny Penny
Ch
Oh that Chicken. Oh that chickens got lust
She always seems to find a way to make a chicken bust
She is not your usual chicken, ain’t no guinea or foul
And somehow she keeps getting’ out but good Lord I don’t know how.

VS1
Well hey Henny Penny gonna lock you up tight
You ain’t gonna run tonight
Gonna keep you safe when a big fox come
Henny Penny don’t you run
I feed you good cord and I feed you good grain
Your roost is warm and safe from the rain
A place for you when day turns to night
Henny Penny don’t take flight

CH
VS2
This Farming life comes new to me
I been so long in the big city
But I longed for the rivers and longed for the plains
A piece of dirt I could maintain
Now I harvest corn with sheaths like silk
From this cow I get my milk
And eggs for breakfast if I could
But this little chicken wont stay put
CH

Bridge
Sometime on the porch at night when I close the shutters
I look out and I swear I see that chicken with bolt cutters
I shake my head and say dear Lord, “I think I’m gone insane”
But the next day when I look for her that chickens gone again

CH
Oh that Chicken. Oh that chickens got PLUCK!
She always seems to find a way to make a chicken bust
She is not your usual chicken, she’s got a spirit that’s free
And if I stop and think about it
That chicken is a lot like me.
Track Name: Share my Fire
Vs1
I lay down my boots. Stretch my legs out by the fire
Staring up t the moon it’s been a long day
Why don’t you lay down and rest with me for a while
And the whiskey warms my throat as it welcomes in the night
And the smell of you is carried on a cool breeze
But the sun backed earth will keep us warm tonight

Ch
And I…..I feel like my back is breaking
And yeah…. When the long hard day is through
No I, I, I…I don’t want what’s for the takin
No I only wanna share my fire with you
Instrumental
Vs2
And when my fire is fading and the moon sinks behind the hill
No I, I don’t want what’s for the taking
I just want your lovin, baby say you will
And then the new day wakes me and reveals that you have gone
Warm embers are all that’s left behind
And I know it’s time that I moved on
Yeah I know it’s time that I moved on
CH x2
Track Name: Whistle and Hum
Vs1
The moon is shining ever so brightly
There’s a tune floating on the breeze
I’m gonna take this pony and ride
Into the moonlit skies
And sing myself a cowgirl melody


Vs2
My fire is burning as bright as the night is long
I rest, only when I know I can’t go on
But when the darkness meets sunrise
I will take my pony and ride
And sing myself a cowgirl melody

Ch
Cowgirl, cowgirl, No I never get lonely
Oh, Cowgirl, cowgirl, this true only because
I can whistle and hum
As I ride into the sun
And sing myself a cowgirl melody

Vs3
There’s nothing in this ol’ life that I would change
As I ride my pony over the highest plain
All day I ride and I roam
Then I drive these cattle home
And sing myself a cowgirl melody

Ch
Cowgirl, cowgirl, No I never get lonely
Oh, Cowgirl, cowgirl, this true only (because)
I can whistle and hum
As I ride into the sun
And sing myself a cowgirl melody