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Will Lyr Req: Gala Water (from Battlefield Band etc.) (8) RE: Lyrics to Gala Waters 16 May 98

Hi, Tim. Which song on the Stringband Live album is it? I've got the vinyl (or, rather, my cohabitant does), but no turntable. The most likely looks to be the St. Kilda' Medley.

By the way, it's nice to see a reference to Stringband. They did great music and had a real impact on Canadian music. Also Canadian humour (It used to be fun to watch someone listen to "Show me the length" for the first time). But I've got to admit that I was taken aback to see it refered to as a "Toronto" band. It was wonderful music partly because the music cut across a bunch of Canadian ideas and themes.

I did check the vinyl, though, and all five albums that I've got were recorded in Toronto. And they did start in Toronto, so you've got some truth on your side ... (just not the true truth).

Bob Bossin has a page ( with some nice history of the group. His version of the Stringband identity is that the group was about "collecting, writing and playing music that we thought expressed the concerns, humour and cussedness of people from St. John's to Tofino to Tuktoyaktuk." Now, I like Toronto just as much as anyone from B.C., but my misplaced west coast soul refuses to believe that a Toronto band could do that. Besides, Bob Bossin lives on Gabriola Island, which is about as far from Toronto as one can get.

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